Free screening of 'Parasomnia' hosted by Bill Malone of the Plagues

Thursday, Sept. 22 @ Grand Ledge Sun Theatre, 316 S Bridge St., Grand Ledge, FREE, 9:30 p.m.

Back in in the mid-‘60s, Bill Malone was vocalist and bassist for one of Lansing’s most popular teen bands, the Plagues. But after relocating to California in the late ‘60s, he got involved in the film business. By the ‘90s, he was directing big-budget movies. While in town for the Plagues’ reunion show Friday night in Laingsburg (see article on p. 12 for details), Malone will also host a free screening of his 2008 film, “Parasomnia.” The screening, Thursday at the Grand Ledge Sun Theatre, includes a brief Q&A session. The film is a horror-thriller centered on a woman suffering from a medical condition that causes her to sleep her life away, waking briefly on rare occasions. The film’s soundtrack contains some of Malone’s favorite Michigan ‘60s garage rock tunes, including a few by the Plagues. The 143-minute flick is rated R.


From Big Sur album release show

Sunday, Sept. 25 @ Moriarty’s Pub, 802 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, FREE, 18+, 5 p.m.

From Big Sur celebrates the release of its new LP Sunday with a free release party at Moriarty’s Pub.

The new 12-song CD, “Crosscurrents,” is the Lansing-based rock band’s fourth album and can be streamed online through iTunes, YouTube and Spotify. The disc is thick with vintage-inspired classic rock vibes — think “L.A. Woman”-era the Doors mixed with the Band and a dash of glam. The group describes its sound as “modern psychedelic.” From Big Sur comprises Kevin Ream (vocals/guitar), Wesley Tkaczyk (vocals/bass), Shawn Doolittle (drums) and Mark King on vocals, keys, guitar and mandolin. The new record features all original songs and was self-produced by the band at home studios in Lansing and Dansville.

In the Whale at the Loft

Friday, Sept. 23 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $15/$13 adv., 7 p.m.

Fresh off a gig at Brooklyn’s Afropunk Fest, In the Whale opens for Detroit rockers Electric Six Friday at the Loft. Also performing at the all-ages show is Fox and the Hounds. In the Whale, a Denver-based alternative/punk/blues outfit, is embarking on a North American tour, and Lansing is its first stop. The group is promoting its upcoming EP, “Quicksand,” and new single, “American Eyes.” Since forming five years ago, the duo — Nate Valdez (guitar/vocals) and Eric Riley (drums/vocals) — has performed at high-profile events, including Riot Fest, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. In the Whale has also warmed up stages for the likes of Jane’s Addiction and the Toadies. The Chicago Tribune described the pair’s sound as “stripped down to a simple essence,” calling the tunes “dirty, fun and caked in garage grime.”

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