James T. Cotton, Ruckus at The Avenue Cafe
Friday, March 17 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 21+, FREE, 10 p.m.
A man of many aliases — Dabrye, James T. Cotton, SK-1 — Tadd Mullinix is known for a unique sounds that features hip-hop and acid techno influences and beautifully crafted abstract beats. Over the past 15 years, the Michigan-based producer has become known around the globe for a series of EDM releases on the Ghostly International label, including his debut Dabrye LP, 2001’s “One/Three.” That same year, he was selected by Carl Craig to be a live performer at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival. Friday, Mullinix performs a techno set as James T. Cotton at the Avenue Café. Released under the Cotton moniker, his singles “Mind Your Manners” and “I Seek” became favorite spins for club DJs and led to Mullininx’s successful extended stay in Berlin. Also performing at the Avenue Friday is Ruckus, a Lansing-based DJ who co-founded the Man vs Wild imprint last year.
Cardiac Arrest, Bog Wraith at Mac's Bar
Saturday, March 18 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $10/$8 adv., 8 p.m.
Since the late 1990s, Cardiac Arrest has been a fixture in the Chicago death-metal scene. While the band’s lineup has changed over the last two decades, it’s still managed to release four albums and a handful of singles, including two split 7-inches this year. Saturday, the band headlines a night of heavy music at Mac’s Bar. Openers include Centenary (from Detroit) and Exploding Zombies (from Flint). Also on the bill is Bog Wraith, a Lansing-based death metal outfit that formed in the summer of 2016. Bog Wraith specializes in slam, black metal and death metal – and comes stacked with plenty of intricate riffing. The band comprises Alex DeRose (vocals), Michael Weber (bass), Aaron Gray (drums) and guitarists Julian Hendrickson and Chase Applegate. Follow the band at facebook.com/bogwraithmi.
Captured! by Robots 20th anniversary show at Mac's Bar
Friday, March 24 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $12/$10 adv. 8 p.m.
Since 1996, Captured! by Robots has been shocking audiences across the country with its peculiar, humorous lineup: one man and five real robots playing covers. The band, which released its self-titled debut LP in 1997, is fronted by San Francisco-based musician JBOT (the human), who builds and programs his robot backing musicians to play horns, guitars and percussion. The band of bots rigorously tours the country and has warmed up stages for Public Enemy, Motörhead and A Flock of Seagulls. Opening the “20 Years of Suffering Tour” show March 24 at Mac’s Bar is the Jackpine Snag. The Lansing-based heavyblues outfit releases “Bark of the Monarch,” at the show. The four-song EP is pressed on vinyl and comes with a download code an extra Jackpine track.