March 21 2012 12:00 AM

A Loss for Words headlines massive show

On Friday at The Loft, expect a jam-packed show with four separate tours sharing one bill. The all-ages show includes A Loss For Words, The Sheds, The Menzingers, Make Do and Mend, Code Orange Kids, Captain We’re Sinking, Hometeam, Priorities and Yours Truly. Headlining the night is A Loss for Words, a pop-punk/melodic hardcore band from Abington, Mass. The five-piece outfit is signed to Rise Records and recently released “No Sanctuary,” its second full-length album. Another band making some noise is The Sheds, a five-piece post-skacore band from Agoura Hills, Calif. The band is influenced by the likes of Bad Religion, Hot Water Music and Less Than Jake. It was formed in November 2005 by the three teenage Miller brothers: Mac, Evan, and Morgan and also includes Stephen Palazzo (trumpet), and Niki Vahle (drums). A new Sheds’ EP, “Self/Doubt,” comes out April 24 via Rite of Passage Records. Friday, March 23 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, $10 advance, $12 door, doors 4:30 p.m.

Oi! Punk legends mean 'business'

Since 1979, The Business, led by vocalist Mickey Fitz, has released a pile of punk albums. The band worked with Epitaph Records, had Lars Frederickson of Rancid produce one of its records and released a split with the Dropkick Murphys. The “Oi! punk” legends play Mac’s Bar Friday, along with a cast of other punks, including The Hexbombs (from Kalamazoo), Downtown Struts (from Chicago), and Ironclad (from Ypsilanti). The Business originated in Lewisham, South London, and soon after its 1983 “Suburban Rebels” LP became a landmark in the “Oi!” movement. Since it formed, The Business have dropped 12 full-lengths, 11 EPs/singles, and 11 compilation/live albums. The band has also been featured on over 75 punk-rock compilations with other rowdy bands. In 2010 the veteran punkers released “Doing the Business” on Sailor’s Grave Records.Friday, March 23 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over. $10 advance, $12 door, 9 p.m.

Metal bands rock Blackened Moon

Mobile Deathcamp headlines a night of heavy and fast metal bands Friday at Blackened Moon Concert Hall. Mobile Deathcamp, a Toledo-based band that formed in 2008, is known for its vicious speed/trash metal. Opening the show is Halstatt, Culprit, Die-Sect, From Blue to Gray and When Gods Fail. Also making some noise is Fatal Demise, a Mecosta-based trash trio that takes influence from the likes of old Slayer, Metallica, and Anthrax.  Friday, March 23 @ Blackened Moon Concert Hall, 3208 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lansing, 18 and over (or accompanied by a legal guardian), $10 at door, 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Red Tail Ring, Drew Nelson

Two emerging Michigan-based acoustic/folk acts play a “twin bill” at the Ten Pound Fiddle on Friday. Opening the show is Red Tail Ring, an old-time flavored duo made up of Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo.Drew Nelson, who has a growing following in on the state’s west side, plays the evening’s second set. Nelson will be playing songs from his latest CD, “Tilt-A-Whirl” on Red House Records. Drew has toured across North America and Europe, performing solo and opening for popular rock artists like Melissa Etheridge and Edwin McCain, as well as esteemed folk singers like Josh White Jr. and John Gorka. For more information, visit Friday, March 23 @ Ten Pound Fiddle – Unitarian Universalist Church, 855 Grove St. East Lansing, all ages. Box office 7 p.m., doors 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $15 public, $12 Fiddle members, $5 students.

Tyler Vander Maas Sax Quartet

Fans of progressive jazz may want to stop out to (SCENE) Metrospace on Saturday. The Tyler Vander Maas Sax Quartet will play some original compositions by Vander Maas. While the music is heavily influenced by traditional jazz and harmonies, he uses those as a platform from which to “explore new directions.” The show will conclude with another composition for tenor sax and piano.Saturday, March 24 @ (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles St., East Lansing, all ages. Doors open at 7 p.m., music at 7:30 p.m. $3 students, $5 public. 

A Great Big Pile of Leaves At Mac´s

Brooklyn-based rockers A Great Big Pile of Leaves have been churning out indie-pop tunes since it was formed in 2007 by guitarist/singer Peter Weiland and drummer Tyler Soucy. On Saturday, the band plays an all-ages show at Mac’s Bar, along with a cast of indie-rock openers, including: Mansions (Seattle), Young Statues (Philadelphia), Vinacious (East Lansing), and Benthos (Mount Pleasant). A Great Big Pile of Leaves, fresh off a performance at SXSW in Austin, has toured with the likes of Motion City Soundtrack, Say Anything, and Saves the Day. The band’s last LP was 2010’s “Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex?”; a new album is in the works.

Saturday, March 24 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages. $10 advance, $12 door, 5 p.m.