Thursday, March 7 — Still no plans for the weekend? City Pulse has tracked down some ‘90s skate punk, a controversial folk artist and Celtic jamgrass hitting area venues this week. For even more upcoming shows, the newest edition of Turn It Down — a survey of Lansing’s musical landscape — is in this week’s issue of City Pulse.
The Flatliners at Mac’s Bar
Drawing inspiration from ‘90s skate punk, The Flatliners are veteran touring musicians, having been on the road since their early teens. Their latest LP, Cavalcade, is the band’s third full-length album. It is a group effort that harvests talent from punk groups like The Expos, Permanent Bastards and A Wilhelm Scream for guest appearances and jam sessions. The Flatliners — Scott Brigham (guitar, vocals), Chris Cresswell (guitar, vocals), Jon Darbey (bass) and Paul Ramirez (drums) — have seen widespread success on the punk and post-punk scenes, touring with headliners like Bad Religion and NOFX. This spring marks their seventh year together and includes international tour dates in Europe and Australia.
Thursday, Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, All Ages, $10-$12, 6 p.m.
Janis Ian at the Hannah Community Center
Lifelong singer/songwriter/poet Janis Ian returns to Michigan with the classic songs and lyrics that have inspired community organizers, actors and fellow musicians since she was thirteen years old. Ian’s songs topics have been controversial in the times of their release, such as her first record, Society’s Child, which was attacked for its depictions of interracial relationships. Most recently, Ian is celebrating a Grammy for her 2013 audiobook, Society’s Child, for best spoken word. The book marks another achievement in Ian’s decades-long career of musicianship, as well as poetry, creative writing, and philanthropy. Check out this week’s story in City Pulse, as well as an hour-long exclusive interview with Ian.
Friday, Albert White Theater, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing, All Ages, $5-$20, 8 p.m.
Rootstand at The Loft
Gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day, Celtic jamgrass group Rootstand kicks off their “Lucky 13” tour on Monday at the Loft. In their 10th year together, Brant Losinki (guitar, vocals), Matt Pernar (drums, vocals), Tim Sheldon (banjo, vocals) and Brennan Andes (bass), have sought to combine reggae, country, blues, jazz, and traditional Celtic themes for audiences across Michigan and the Midwest. Rootstand has produced three full-length albums. Their most recent album, 2011’s Rootabeggar, is a whiskey-themed LP with Sublime-style vocal tracks.
Monday, The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 , $5-$7, 8 p.m.