After a long week of covering a huge event like Common Ground (check out the coverage at www.lansingcitypulse.com), I have an overwhelming urge to check out some local music. So I’m wasting no time and diving right into some upcoming, smaller scale events.
First up is the long roster of doom and gloom metal scheduled for the aptly titled “Doomfest,” on Thursday, July 16, at Mac’s Bar.
This is not your typical head bangers’ ball; each band either plays slow, downtempo demented riffs, or they put their own spin on heavy metal. If you haven’t heard Cavalcade (Lansing ) you are missing out on the best weirdo-metal in the state.
Also set to throw up some devil horns are Bullpig (Grand Rapids), Beast in the Field (Michigan psych-metal), Bahamut (hardcore metal from Detroit), The Plague Years (instrumental metal from Lansing) and Minus9 (Ypsilanti grindcore).
2700 E. Michigan Ave. Lansing, $8, 18 , 9 p.m.
Since its return to East Lansing last summer, The Small Planet has become a steady outlet for an array of local acts, and Friday, July 17, when the spacey-pop sounds of Elliot Street Lunatic headline, is no exception. The band’s impressive debut CD, “Stories From the Void,” is available at Schuler Books & Music in the Eastwood Towne Center. Opening the show is Audrey, a Lafayette, Ind.,-based band with catchy hooks.
16800 Chandler Road. East Lansing. 18 , 9 p.m., $5 for 21 , $8 for 18
For those yet to completely succumb to MP3 downloading, the Lansing Vinyl Record & CD Show will set up shop Saturday, July 18, at the University Quality Inn in Frandor. The huge show features a mix vinyl, CDs.music DVDs, band posters, T-shirts, vintage magazines and all sorts of music memorabilia. From rock ‘n’ roll and soul, to jazz, funk and folk, all genres are represented.
3121 E. Grand River Ave. (next to Holiday Lanes), Frandor. FREE admission. Show runs from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information e-mail Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If American rootsinfluenced blues and twang is more your thang, stop by Mac’s Bar Monday, July 20, for a killer night of rockabilly and gospel stomp. Colorado one-man-band bluesman Reverend Deadeye has become a Lansing fixture this year, stopping in every few months, and he impresses every time. If you stop out to this show, you are guaranteed to hear his trademark tune, “Fuck the Devil.”
Sharing the stage is Lansing’s own The Goddamn Gallows and the psychotic bluegrass of Los Duggans (Echo Park, Calif.)
$5, 18 , 9 p.m.