Jason Alarm releases 'Piling it On' LP Saturday, Dec. 10 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.
All ages, $15/$12 adv., 7 p.m.
Grand Ledge-based power-new wave band Jason Alarm releases its first full-length record, “Piling it On,” Saturday at Mac’s Bar. Opening the show are the Devil's Cut, Jake Simmons & the Little Ghosts, Rent Strike and Mr. Fox & the Hounds. Known for its shredding rock ‘n’ roll guitars and blasting synthesizers, Jason Alarm gained a strong local following with their high-energy all-ages shows in the mid- 2000s but then disbanded in 2011. Last year, the band reunited for one show and then hit the recording studio. Over the years, Jason Alarm has released tracks on local labels like Bermuda Mohawk, Good Time Gang and Lower Peninsula Records. The group comprises frontman Matt Waterman (vocals/guitar), Kirk Mason (drums), Alex Rosendall (guitar), David Birdsall (keys) and bassist Pat Hogan.
Eighth annual UnKalled 4 Christmas Show
Friday Dec. 9 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $12/$10 adv., 8 p.m.
Local rapper Jimi Kanklez hosts the eighth annual UnKalled 4 Christmas Show Friday at Mac’s Bar. Kanklez said the event blends Christmas with a dark dash of Halloween. “I started throwing the show because I love Halloween,” he said. “I figured, ‘Why does have to be over after October?’” The show doubles as a release party for Kanklez’s new records, “Alien Muzik” Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. The discs will be released by his own label, E.T. Ent. Also on the bill is fellow local rapper Jayson Starks, who will drop his own new LP, “Laundry Day,” on the E.T. Ent. imprint. Hard copies of the records are available locally at the Ink & Needle tattoo shops. Also sharing the stage are KYDD, Jaqadeliq, Michigan Misfits, Young Prize and more.
Metallica tribute One at Tequila Cowboy
Thursday, Dec. 15 @ Tequila Cowboy (Lansing Mall), 5660 W. Saginaw Highway. $10, 8:15 p.m.
While the Tequila Cowboy Bar & Grill inside the Lansing Mall is known for booking veteran and emerging modern country acts, next week it delves into some classic metal. One, which hails itself as “the only tribute to Metallica,” will perform songs from its catalog of 60 songs. The Minneapolis-based band, which formed in 2008, covers Metallica’s early garage-band days all the way through the iconic band’s more recent albums. Along with sonically matching the band, One is known for its “full arsenal” of theatrics and stage props. Not only has One mastered the guitar licks, some of the members picked up tricks and stage moves while working on the road as a part of Metallica’s road crew — the guys have even jammed with Metallica on their main stage.