(Scene) composes itself

The gallery will host a concert tonight featuring the
Sixth Species Ensemble, a Michigan State University-based ensemble
spearheaded by MSU music graduate Phillip Sink, who is also a composer,
saxophonist and teacher. The concert features new works by fellow
university composers, including Victor Marquez, Phillip Sink, Louis
Andriessen, Tim Patterson and Mark O’Connor. The Sixth Species Ensemble
has been a semester-long collaboration in which MSU musicians join
forces as a composer collective devoted to performing only new works by
living composers. One of the pieces the ensemble will perform is Sink’s
own song cycle, “Dans les Nuages,” for baritone, harp, vibraphone and
bass clarinet. To preview Sink’s song, “When We Were Young,” recorded
by the Sixth Species Ensemble, visit

Wednesday, Nov. 30 @ (SCENE)
Metrospace, 110 Charles St., East Lansing. $5 public, $3 with student
ID, all ages, doors at 7 p.m.; music at 7:30 p.m.

Mac’s Bar  gets  heavy

Since Cavalcade signed with Housecore Records (a label
owned by former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo) the Lansing-based
weird-metal band has kept busy playing shows, recording tracks for an
upcoming album, and even touring with Down, Anselmo’s own metal band.
“(The members of Cavalcade) are extreme in their own sense, but they
bring a whole new element to the genre,” Anselmo said in a 2010
interview. On Friday, Cavalcade plays Mac’s Bar, along with headliners
Sleepeater, a Grand Rapids “doom-pop-dream-metal band” with no shortage
of obnoxious screams. Opening the show is Record of War, a Lansing
hard-rock band made up of Tyler Babcock, Erik Jacobsen and Greg Maher
(previously from the local Lansing band Endless Aisle), along with John
Peterson on vocals. 

Friday, Dec. 2 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over. $5, 9 p.m.

Country-fried Tex-Mex tunes at Fiddle

A long-time favorite on the national folk scene, Tish
Hinojosa spends most of her time in Europe, only doing a couple of
American tours each year, On Friday, she plays the Ten Pound Fiddle;
the music starts at 8 p.m. In this rare swing through the Midwest,
she’ll perform songs influenced by harmonious country, folk music, even
some Hispanic sounds. Concertgoers can expect songs sung in English,
but also a few in Spanish. Born in 1965, Hinojosa was the youngest of
13 children and was raised by Mexican immigrants. After becoming a
fixture in the folk-music world, she’s charted twice on the Billboard
Country Charts and has recorded 18 albums, including some titles for
Rounder Records, a notable American-roots label.

Hinojosa’s latest CD, “Our Little Planet” (CRS/Varese
Sarabande Records), features a stripped-down country-western sound. The
12 original songs on this collection feature a deeply Americana mix of
traditional bluegrass and her trademark sound of contemporary folk and
Tex-Mex. Check out songs and videos at 

Friday, Dec. 2 @ Ten Pound Fiddle —
Unitarian Universalist Church, 855 Grove Street East Lansing, Lansing.
Public $15, members $12, students $5. Box office at 7 p.m., doors at
7:30 p.m., music at 8 p.m. More information at:

You better werk

Ohio-based jam-band The Werks returns to
Mac’s Bar on Saturday for a night of “psychedelic dance rock.” Since it
formed in 2007, the band has released three albums, and made a name for
itself across the map, thanks to devoted fans and busy promotional
street teams. The group produces a dance-party vibe that fuses the
shredding guitars, wild organ jams and even some straightforward
classic rock. Its signature sound is centered on its use of funk-slap
bass, synthesizers and modern dance beats. The band holds its annual
Werk Out Music and Arts Festival each September.Opening the show is Ty
Beat, who combines electronica, hip hop and live-instrumentation into a
varied set of experimental music. The Grand Rapids native is equal
parts songwriter, producer and drummer. He applies rock-and-roll
styling to original hip-hop grooves, creating a live show that’s
somewhere between a “gritty punk rock show and late-night Detroit
rave.” Fans of DJ Shadow might want to check out this set. 

Saturday, Dec. 3 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over. $10, 9 p.m.

SuperDre returns to Lansing

Emerging Michigan-born producer and DJ
SuperDre spins funky-minimal techno Saturday at The Loft. Also
performing are locals Robert Perry and DJ Sammy.

SuperDre, a Grand Rapids DJ/beat maker,
has shared bills with the likes of DJ Irene, John Acquaviva and
Terrence Parker. She performs most of her sets on turntables, but she
also incorporates the use of midi controllers.

For more information, visit

Saturday, Dec. 3 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing,  $5 advance, $7 for 21 and over, $10 for 18 and over, must be 18 to enter, doors 9 p.m.