GTG Fest 2016 at the Avenue Cafe
Friday, Oct. 7–Saturday, Oct. 8 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E.
Michigan Ave., Lansing. $7 per night, 7 p.m.
For the past decade, GTG Records has been recording and releasing DIY CDs and vinyl from an assortment of rough-around-the-edges indie rock bands from Lansing and beyond. This weekend, the label hosts its annual music festival, GTG Fest. The two-day shindig, which showcases the label’s lengthy roster of bands, kicks off at the Avenue Café Friday and concludes Saturday with a performance from the label’s flagship band, the Plurals. Friday’s show features Tidal, Rent Strike, Birdhouse, Narc Out the Reds, Charlie Darling, Jeremy Porter & the Tucos, Drinking Mercury, Bong Mountain and Small Parks. Saturday’s bill offers Flatfoot, Bat Yulefly, Matt Wixson’s Flying Circus, Elroy Meltzer, LVRS, Indonesian Junk, Jake Simmons & the Little Ghosts, Tens, the Stick Arounds, Two Houses and the Plurals. For more information, visit gtgrecords.net. For tickets visit tiny.cc/gtgfestpresale.
Standing Sun release 'Wilder' LP at Mac's Bar
Friday, Oct. 7 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $10/$8 adv., 7 p.m.
Standing Sun, formerly known as Wilder, drops its latest album Friday at Mac’s Bar. The high-energy, bluesy rock ‘n’ roll band — which includes drummer Jeff Twomley of defunct Lansing-based band Alco — recorded the new album locally on analog equipment at Glenn Brown Productions in East Lansing. The 11-song record was named “Wilder” in honor of the band’s former name. Vocalist Drew Machak and guitarist Bill Brown round out the Standing Sun lineup. Fans of Led Zeppelin, the Black Keys, Cage the Elephant or the White Stripes might want to check out this power trio. For a taste of the LP, the band’s new music video for its “Wild Honey” single is available on YouTube. Sharing the stage at Mac’s Bar are Lipstick Jodi, Plethora and Ribcage.
Red Tail Ring album release show at Robin Theatre
Thursday, Oct. 13 @ Robin Theatre, 1105 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. $15/$10 adv., 6:30 p.m.
Kalamazoo-based Americana duo Red Tail Ring performs an Oct. 13 CD release show at the Robin Theatre in REO Town. Sharing the bill is fellow roots act the Corn Potato Duo. Red Tail Ring’s new disc, “Fall Away Blues,” marks the group’s fourth full-length. The album, released by Earthwork Music, melds contemporary folk with reimagined traditional ballads. After seven years of touring, the pair — Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo — has toured across the country and even ventured overseas to Denmark, Germany and Sweden. The Corn Potato Duo, which comprises Aaron Jonah Lewis and Lindsay McCaw of the Corn Potato String Band, has also played its rustic brand of fiddle-fueled music across the globe, including stints in Europe, Mexico and India. The group is best known for its country rags and Southern gospel tunes.