Friday, June 2 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.
18+, $12/$10 adv., 8 p.m.
Local metal group Past Tense headlines and debuts a new music video Friday at the Loft. Opening the show are Deveraux, Jonestown Crows and LOA. The new video, “Let the Sin Begin,” was filmed at Omar’s Show Bar in Lansing and is a track from the band’s forthcoming, ten-song record. Past Tense, which comprises Matt Noe (drums), Richard Bates (guitar/vocals), Banzai Ryan (bass/vocals) and lead vocalist Shannon Strobel, is currently writing new material — and they prefer to keep it simple. “We’re metal,” Ryan said. “We're more of an old school, traditional metal band. We long for the time before there were 50 subgenres of metal. The good old days.” For those who can’t make the performance at the Loft, Past Tense performs again Saturday at the Foundry in downtown Jackson.
Turn Up The Bricks At The Avenue Cafe
Friday, June 2 @ the Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 21+, $5, 8 p.m.
Turn Up the Bricks has been playing its ‘60s and ‘70s-tinged brand of jammy, progressive folk rock since it formed last year in East Lansing. Originally envisioned as a stripped-down acoustic trio, the band has since beefed up its soulful, psychedelic sound, adding drummer Sergio Ibanez and going electric — though the group will warm up its Friday set with some acoustic numbers. The group, which also includes songwriter Alex Passanesi (lead vocals/guitar), Connor Meston (viola/percussion) and Joe Baker (bass/keys), headlines Friday at the Avenue Café. Fans of classic rock like the Grateful Dead or Frank Zappa might want to check out the show. Opening is the Lucky Dutch, a Chicago-based roots-rock outfit that debuted in 2014 with its “Bury the Night” LP. In April, the Lucky Dutch issued its “Price of Fame” Record Store Day 7-inch single.
Tweed And Dixie At Tequila Cowboy
Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10 @ Tequila Cowboy, 5660 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing. FREE, 21+, 4 p.m.
Flint-based country rockers Tweed and Dixie return to Tequila Cowboy for two free shows, June 9 and 10. The four-piece comprises Rick Maida (bass/vocals), Justin Clifford (drums), Billy Gunther (guitar/vocals/keys) and guitarist/vocalist Barry Forster. The group, which formed over the summer of 2015, describes its high-energy sound as a hybrid of outlaw-country icon Waylon Jennings and ‘80s hair-metal giants Whitesnake. Over the past two years, Tweed and Dixie have kept busy touring across the state and have shared stages with country stars like Josh Thompson and Larry Gatlin. Last year, the band signed with Y'all Ternative Records, which is slated to release the band’s debut EP sometime this year. In the meantime, to sample some of the band’s eclectic cover tunes, including Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried” and AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck,” search for the band’s videos on YouTube.