Local rock takes spotlight

By Rich Tupica

The Lansing area is stocked with venues that support local music. Below are some shows at three of the top spots to see local indie, metal, hiphop and electronic music.

Mac’s Bar

Lansing’s only psych-punk band, The People’s Temple, has been busy releasing 7-inch records on three different labels across the country. The band has also been recording tracks for an upcoming, early Rolling Stones-flavored, full-length. Check out some of the band’s new tunes on Friday, Jan. 22, at Mac’s Bar. Opening the show is Kalamazoo’s skuzziest punks, The Menthols. This band is a nice mixture of stoned-out Hawkwind jams and garage punk. Also set to make some noise is Catalina Wine Mixer. This Lansing band of youngsters writes poppy punk tunes and covers some Green Day and Blink 182 classics. @ 2700 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing. 9 p.m., 18 , $5

(Scene) Metrospace

For those wanting a more toneddown indie show on Friday, Jan. 22, (Scene) Metrospace has got it. Lansing’s Stargrazer opens the show with a lyric heavy, solo-bass performance. Another area fixture, Fields of Industry, will also take the stage. Led by songwriter Joshua Barton, this five-piece combines the influences of Lou Reed and Spacemen 3 with captivating ambient melodies. The band is wrapping production on its upcoming album, set to be released early this year. White Pines (Brooklyn) is booked. Fans of Frontier Ruckus and Fleet Foxes may want to check out this acoustic driven band. @ 110 Charles St., East Lansing. 8 p.m., all ages, $5.

The Small Planet

The following night, Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Small Planet, vinyl record lovers may want to stop out and support The Record Lounge, an East Lansing record shop that is hosting its Second Anniversary "Middle of the Mitten" Showcase. The concert is a celebration of the store’s second year in business and will also include a raffle of door prizes from record labels and local businesses.

The first (all-ages) half of the show, which starts at 4 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m., will include performances from Boleyn, A Big Crash, Simien The Whale, Tiger! Tiger! and Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate).

The second half of the night (18 ) will run from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and will include performances from Feel Good Violence, The Break-Ups, Poor Boys Relief, Life Size Ghost and Mr. Denton On Doomsday.

To hear a preview of the “Middle of the Mitten” bands, tune into The Impact 88.9-FM on Thursday, Jan. 21. The station will spotlight the showcase on its local music program “The Basement,” which airs every Thursday from 8-10 p.m.

Pre-sale tickets are $5, regardless of age, and are available now at The Record Lounge (which is now located inside Scavenger Hunt, 501 East Grand River). For information about ticket prices at the door, visit the Small Planet Web site at: www.thesmallplanet.info

@ 16800 Chandler Rd., East Lansing, 4:30 p.m. to last call. $5 advance, $7-$9 at door.