The Aimcriers at the Avenue Cafe
Saturday, April 16 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $5, 8 p.m.
The Aimcriers headline a night of local bands Saturday at the Avenue Café. Opening the show are the Tiny Murderers, the Union and Off the Ledge. Since 2003, the Aimcriers have been mixing folk, alt-rock and a bit of punk into one concentrated blast of American rock ‘n’ roll. From straight-ahead rockers to moody ballads, the band’s range is sonically dynamic. The Aimcriers are Johnny Aimcrier (guitar, vocals), Andy Aimcrier (guitar), Danny Aimcrier (drums), and Nate Aimcrier (mandolin, keys, guitar). In 2014, that sound was showcased on the Grand Ledge-based outfit’s “Solid State World” LP — vinyl copies will be available at the show. The band will also debut a batch of new songs from its upcoming, yet to be titled, full-length album. A suggestion box will be available for album title ideas.
Vandalay Releases 'Flicker' LP at the Loft
Friday, April 15 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $12/$10 adv., 7 p.m.
Vandalay formed as a hard rock quartet in 2012 and has since evolved into a stripped-down duo with a big, danceable sound. The Lansing-based outfit, comprising Ben Warner (guitar/vocals) and Jake Greenwood (drums/keys/vocals), releases its new “Flicker” LP Friday at the Loft. “We’re a duo now and this album was written with that in mind,” Greenwood said. “Our bass player parted ways last fall. The new record’s sound was heavily influenced by us thinking of how to cover the low end of our songs. There’s a lot of digital bass. This created a modern and poppy addition to our sound.” As for the lyrical inspiration? “It deals with tying up loose ends from your past,” Greenwood said. “This is sometimes difficult, because your memory becomes distorted over time — to the point where you only have a flicker of a particular memory.” Opening the Loft show are the Legal Immigrants, Jena Irene Asciutto and Building Birds.
Younce Guitar Duo at the Robin Theatre
Sunday, April 17 @ The Robin Theatre, 1105 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. $20/$15 adv., 7 p.m.
Father-and-son acoustic, improvisational outfit Younce Guitar Duo melds pop music with jazz and world fusion melodies. Expert guitarists Jerry Younce and Ryan Younce are known for their fingerpicking styles, which draw from Gypsy, Flamenco, Latin and Celtic traditions. Sunday, the Michigan-based pair, which performs around 150 shows per year, brings its twelve-string barrage to the Robin Theatre. Prior to teaming up in 2009, both guitar slingers were gigging across the state. Jerry Younce cut his teeth in Detroit’s 1960s jazz scene. He attended Wayne State University for jazz studies and went on to perform with dozens of Midwestern bands. His son, Ryan Younce, has played in indie-rock bands as far back as 2002, including time gigging with his own band, Escanaba Firing Line.