Primal country meets doomy-stoner rock

Fans of aggressive rockabilly and slow to mid-tempo rockin’ may want to stop by Mac’s Bar Thursday. Slim Chance & the Can’t Hardly Playboys will rip through a set of outlaw-country originals and may throw in a few classic-country numbers as well. The Nashville-based band features Zach Shedd (upright bass/vocals), known for his work with Hank Williams III. Also performing is Viva Le Vox, a Florida-based punk-blues band with a stage show that’s been described as a “hillbilly zombie circus.” Representing for Lansing are a couple of local roots rock groups, including the Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle and Leper Colony. Rounding out the roster is Wormfoot, a local stoner-rock two-piece, specializing in heavy-doom tunes. The local duo features Baby Genius of The Goddamn Gallows and Jay Goldsmith of Dozic.

Thursday, Feb. 16 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over. $8, 9 p.m.

John McCutcheon plays the fiddle

Six-time Grammy Award nominee John McCutcheon returns to the Ten Pound Fiddle Friday to perform a set of genuine folk tunes. The Wisconsin-based multi-instrumentalist has been performing across the world for four decades and has recorded 34 albums. He’s also known for playing the hammered dulcimer, banjo and fiddle (to name a few) – all while singing his well-crafted songs and telling insightful stories in between tunes. His set lists include political and topical songs, love songs, environmental songs, and songs about baseball, interspersed with a few classic, old-time tunes. It’s no wonder The Washington Post called him “folk music’s rustic renaissance man.”

Friday, Feb. 17 @ Mac’s Bar, Unitarian Universalist Church, 855 Grove Street, East Lansing, all ages. Tickets: $18 public; $15 Fiddle members; $5 students. Box office opens at 7 p.m., doors open at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m.

Cheap Girls release “Giant Orange” LP at Mac’s

Over the past few weeks, Lansing-based power-pop trio The Cheap Girls’ upcoming album “Giant Orange” has gotten national press from publications like Rolling Stone and Spin Magazine. The band plays an all-ages record release show Friday at Mac’s Bar.

While the new LP, the group’s third, won’t officially be released on iTunes and in stores until February 21, local fans can pick up a copy a few days earlier at this show. The band, which includes Ian Graham (bass/ vocals), Ben Graham (drums), and guitarist Adam Aymor, has kept busy with a long string of tour dates since it formed back in 2007. This album marks the band’s first release with Rise Records, which is also home to electronicore band Attack Attack! Warming up the stage at Mac’s is The Hat Madder, Little American Champ, and Shores.

Friday, Feb. 17 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages. $8 advance, $10 at door, 7 p.m.

Doug Mains & the City Folk release debut CD

(SCENE) Metrospace will host an alternative indie-folk concert Saturday featuring Doug Mains and the City Folk, The Saw Had Eyes that Sea, Nathan Alan, and Kyle Nelson Pentecost. The show is a release party for Doug Mains and the City Folk´s first full-length album, “The Mountain´s King.” Doug Mains and the City Folk features songwriter Doug Mains (guitar/ vocals), Kelly Pond (vocals/violin), Kim Wren (upright bass), Rob Germeroth (percussion), and Josh Michaels (cello/accordion). The folk group seduces its audiences with two-to-four-part harmonies and string arrangements.

Saturday, Feb. 18 @ (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles St., East Lansing, all ages, $5 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m.; music at 8 p.m.

Indiana metal heads invade Blackened Moon

A few Fort Wayne-based metal bands play the Blackened Moon Concert Hall Saturday, along with Ouchy, a Holt-based metal band known for mixing in some industrial tones. Representing Fort Wayne is Under a Broken King, a melodic hardcore band that plays a specific, newer form of metal dubbed “Djent.” Also making some noise is Burnt Among the Ashes and In Silent Ruin.

Saturday, Feb. 18 @ Blackened Moon Concert Hall, 3208 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lansing. 18 and over, under 18 allowed with guardian, $7, doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 9


Rookie of the Year headline at The Loft

Rookie of the Year, led by singer/songwriter Ryan Dunson, is an indie rock/ acoustic band from Fayetteville, N.C. Fans can pick up a copy of the band’s new album, “Along For the Ride,” Tuesday when the band headlines an all-ages show at The Loft. Opening the show is an assortment of locals, including School Boy Humor, Charlatan, Way to Fall, and Paper Wings. Rookie of the Year has been active, in various formations, since late 2002, with Dunson the only constant member. The band has released a number of albums and have toured across the map playing festivals like the Warped Tour and sharing bills with groups like Relient K, Mae, Copeland, and Mutemath, to name a few.

Tuesday, Feb. 21 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., all ages, $7 advance, $8 door, doors 7 p.m., 7: 30 p.m. show.