The Capital City Film Festival is more than just film screenings — it’s also stacked with top-notch electronic music artists, DJs and rock bands. Here’s a sampling of what to expect this time around. Check out the full 2016 schedule at capitalcityfilmfest.com/schedule.
SHIGETO at the Loft Sunday, April 10 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $17/$15 adv., 7 p.m.
Zach Saginaw, aka Shigeto, is an Ann Arbor-based musician known for his beat-driven, richly textured electronic music. His hip-hop and jazz-flavored instrumentals are often rhythmically fractured while still melodically deep and layered. Aside from electronic sounds, he incorporates live drums and field recordings into his avant-garde sound. Since his 2010 debut, the "New Crossings” EP on the Moodgadget label, Shigeto has released a string of acclaimed records via Ghostly International. Last year his “Intermission” LP garnered praise for its synth-heavy, ambient tracks. All Music Guide called Saginaw a “producer and instrumentalist who mixes the analog and the electronic on a level occupied by few others.” Sunday, Shigeto headlines the Loft; openers are Mishigami, KONG and Craig Doepker.
Peanut Butter Wolf at the Loft
Thursday, April 7 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $12/$10 adv., 8 p.m.
After starting his career as a DJ in 1989, Chris Manak, aka Peanut Butter Wolf, spent nearly four years spinning for the late rapper Charizma. In 1996, three years after Charizma’s murder at age 20, Manak launched Stones Throw Records — Charizma’s posthumous “My World Premiere” single was the label’s debut. Since then, Manak has continued running the label, releasing slabs of wax from the likes of J Dilla, Madlib, J. Rocc, Aloe Blacc and Madvillain. All the while, he’s also continued spinning records and performing as a touring DJ, filling clubs across the globe. His current roster of gigs has him sharing stages with rap heavyweights like Egyptian Lover and Earl Sweatshirt. Thursday he brings his turntables to the Loft. Opening the show are local hip-hop fixtures James Gardin & the Full Respect and Ozay Moore.
O'Brother at Mac's Bar
Sunday, April 10 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $12, 7 p.m.
O’Brother, a moody Atlanta-based post-rock band in the vein of Sigur Rós, Cave In and Mogwai, performs Sunday at Mac’s Bar. Warming up the stage are Frameworks, Big Jesus and Undesirable People. Since its 2009 debut — the “In Comparison of Me” EP — O’Brother has been known for its heavy sound and wide range of dynamics. The band describes its otherworldly melodies and reverb-soaked walls of sound as “apocalyptic space-pop.” In 2011, the five-piece band released its first full-length record, “Garden Window.” In March, the band dropped its third proper studio effort, “Endless Light.” Noisey praised the sonic depths of the record, saying the band “produces a sound that is thick and rich, and if you close your eyes, it feels like you’re being enveloped into it.”