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Brotha Lynch Hung at the Loft
Thursday, Sept 28 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18+, $20, $15 adv., 9 p.m.
California native and horror-core rap legend, Brotha Lynch Hung, headlines Thursday at The Loft alongside Lansing’s own DJ E-Nyce. Brotha Lynch, real name Kevin Mann, is signed to Tech N9ne’s Strange Music – home to his most recent album, 2013’s “Mannibalector.” Mann started his prolific rap career in the mid-‘80s with his group, the Street Talk Crew. By 1993, he’d went solo, rebranded as Brotha Lynch Hung and collaborated with Master P on “24 Deep,” Mann’s debut EP. A couple of years later, Mann gained international success with 1995’s “Season of Siccness” LP. The record, which features his classic single “Locc 2 Da Brain,” was his first to enter the Billboard 200. Aside from his own recordings, Mann has helped produce classic tracks for other artists, like Master P’s “I'm Bout It” and singles for E-40 and Mr. Serv-On.
Mike Mains at Mac's Bar
Wednesday, Oct. 4 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $12, $10 adv., 7 p.m.
Since 2009, Owosso native Mike Mains has been a staple in Michigan’s indie-rock scene, performing at clubs across the state with his band, the Branches. After the group unveiled its debut LP, 2010’s “Home,” and issued the single “Stereo,” it started heavily touring across the country. By the spring of 2013, the Branches crowd-sourced enough money to produce its sophomore record, “Calm Down, Everything Is Fine.” The folk-tinged alt-rock LP hit stores in 2014 and featured Zach Farro, formerly of Paramore, on drums. Over the past year, Mains has been on hiatus from the Branches while busily pursuing a solo career. His new single, the poppy “My Way,” was issued last month on iTunes and Spotify. Fans can hear it live Oct. 4 when he headlines Mac’s Bar. Openers are Brett Newski, Earth and Sea and Red Legs.
Mustard Plug returns to the Avenue Friday, Sept. 29 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 21+, $10, 8 p.m.
Since Mustard Plug released its debut DIY cassette tape in 1992 – “Skapocalypse Now!” – the group has been forerunners in the underground ska-punk movement. The Grand Rapids-based sextet, which comprises founding members Dave Kirchgessner (lead vocals) and Colin Clive (guitar/vocals), released its seventh LP, “Can’t Contain It,” in 2014. The disc, released by No Idea Records, features guest appearances by Dan Potthast of MU330 and Sean Bonnette of Andrew Jackson Jihad. Kirchgessner said the LP stays true to Mustard Plug’s goal of “playing party music for punk rockers.” For two decades, the band recorded LPs for its previous label, Hopeless Records, while touring the United States, Europe, South America and Japan. In that time, the group has played around 2,000 shows and sold more than 200,000 albums. Friday, the band headlines The Avenue Café. Openers are Miski Dee, Whoopi Goldblum and the Hunky Newcomers.