Turn it down

By Rich Tupica

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

New Canyons at Mac’s Bar - Thu. Mar 20

New Canyons is based out of Chicago, but the experimental group has local roots. “We’re really excited to perform in Lansing again,” said the group’s co-founder Andrew Marrah about their Thursday gig at Mac’s Bar. “We haven´t played our old hometown since we moved to Chicago seven years ago.” New Canyons is an electronic band incorporating elements of shoegaze, dreampop, ambient and noise. The band’s debut album, “Everyone is Dark,” is an eight-song disc released stocked with synthesizers, taking cues from New Wave icons like the Cure and Depeche Mode. Richard Giraldi at Loud Loop Press praised the album’s “lush, dripping programmed soundscapes.” Opening the Mac’s Bar show is The Foreign Resort.

%u2028Thursday, March 20 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $10/$8, 18 , 9 p.m.

Matt Martens (Know Lyfe) tribute %u2028- Fri. Mar 21

Matthew Martens, former drummer for local metal band Know Lyfe, died March 7 at age 30. The Jackson native drummed for the band from 2006 until December 2012. Friday, a long roster of locals pay tribute to Martens at “A Night Under the Covers,” the third annual cover-set show. Performing are Know Lyfe, Mr. Denton on Doomsday, DeverauX, Beats & Angles, Pacifier and Born & Farwell. “Take Questlove and Abe Cunningham of the Deftones, add in a little bit of Dave Grohl and that was Matt,” said Alfonso Civile, Know Lyfe’s vocalist. “He was just a destroyer behind the kit. That’s what he loved.”

%u2028Friday, March 21 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, 5 p.m., $15/$10 in advance.

Holly Near at Ten Pound Fiddle

%u2028California native Holly Near, a veteran singer-songwriter, has released around 30 albums in the past four decades. Her latest, “Peace Becomes You,” is a 28-track double CD featuring covers, standards and some love songs, all belted out in her distinctive, powerful voice. Near is respected across the globe for her musical activism, which dates back to Vietnam War protest concerts. Near joined a folk group in high school and soon scored acting roles on sitcoms like “The Mod Squad,” “Room 222” and “The Partridge Family.” She was also a cast member of the Broadway musical “Hair.” Throughout her long musical career, Near has worked with legend like Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Joan Baez and Phil Ochs.

%u2028Friday, March 21 @ Unitarian Universalist Church, 855 Grove St, East Lansing, $20/$18 members/$5 students. 8 p.m.