Thursday, Feb. 21 — Still no plans for the weekend? City Pulse has tracked down some innovative singer-songwriters hitting area venues this week. If none of these float your boat, check out the newest edition of Turn It Down — a survey of Lansing’s musical landscape — in this week’s issue of City Pulse.
PLeThorA at Uli’s Haus of Rock
Described as “head splittingly loud” by fans, PLeThorA started out as a joke project that turned serious. Flint natives Donny Lusty (lead vocals), Matt LaRoque (lead guitar, vocals), Anthony Seitz (bass) and Carl Harahuc (drums) maintain a comedic approach to music, writing to whatever the moment feels like. The result is heavy metal songs about Lusty’s favorite dinosaur, a slug named Bartholomew and an upbeat, growling ballad about a lucky pirate. Unsurprisingly, PLeThorA was inspired by artists from a variety of genres, including Tenacious D, Flight of the Conchords, Shania Twain and Spinal Tap. Also on the bill for Friday will be metal bands The Dread Return, Undercut and Faultered Step.
Friday, Feb. 22 @ Uli’s Haus of Rock, 4519 Martin Luther King Blvd., Lansing. All ages. $5, 8 p.m.
Digeometric at Mac’s Bar
Psychedelic funk and cosmic jams come together in the Chicago-based quartet Digeometric. Formed in 2010, the fast-growing act has shared stage time with funk-fusion bands like Orchard Lounge and Ultraviolet Hippopotamus. Members Dave Campbell (guitar), Alex Francois (tenor sax, keyboard), Mike Duffy (drums), Marty Gierczyk (tenor sax, EWI) and Ken Pecho (bass) have formed a musical identity based on smooth space themes and digital geometry that them have described as “jazztronicafunkadelic.” Playing with Digeometric this Friday with be electronic jam bands G Snacks and Desmond Jones.
Friday, Feb. 22 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18 and over. $10, 9 p.m.
Time2Play at The Unicorn Tavern
Lansing cover band Time2Play offers rock, blues, and country with an extra dose of compassion, as the group plays pro bono to raise money for local charities and nonprofit organizations. Founded by former band members from Lansing groups Sunset Creek, Hometown and the Lost Marble Band, Time2Play has covered songs across many genres, including works by Mary Chapin Carpenter, Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Band. Members Fred Dyer (keyboard), Dave Ludington (drums), Jack Cahill (guitar, vocals), Kathy Brandenburg (vocals), Lyle Marshall (bass, vocals) and Tom Petroni (guitar) will play at The Unicorn Tavern this Friday to benefit the MSU Students Cancer Support Network.
Friday, Feb. 22 @ The Unicorn Tavern, 327 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing. All ages. FREE. 8 p.m.