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By Rich Tupica

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

City Pulse hosts: Teenage Slumber Party at Mac´s

The first in a series of upcoming City Pulse-hosted events happens Wednesday at Mac’s Bar when Teenage Slumber Party and Catalina Wine Mixer play an early, all-ages show. Headlining is Teenage Slumber Party, a Grand Ledge-based punk-rock duo made up of Dylan Sowle (guitar/vocals) and Ariel Rogers (drums). The minimal sound is sloppy and poppy, sounding somewhat like a confused mix between The Oblivians, The Gories, Mudhoney and the Moldy Peaches. Opening the show is Catalina Wine Mixer, a local pop-punk band featuring John Bradford (vocals/guitar), David Robb (guitar), Jonathan Andrews (bass), and Mike Bologna (drums).

Wednesday, Sept. 5 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages. $6, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Fetus Omelet at Blackened Moon

Yup, you read that right — Fetus Omelet plays Saturday at the Blackened Moon Concert Hall. Not surprisingly, Blood of the Unborn and Desiring Dead Flesh are sharing this brutally heavy bill. Also taking the stage is SNDR, Ouchy, and Hillside Barrier. Fans of Pantera, Cannibal Corpse and Hatebreed may want to check out Hillside Barrier, a busy Lansing-based group of metal heads. The band features vocalist Scott Whittum, drummer Mike Waller, bassist Kyle Lance, and guitarists Jason Hillside and Josh Knechtges.

Saturday, Sept. 1 @ Blackened Moon Concert Hall, 3208 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lansing. $10, 7:30 p.m. doors, show at 9 p.m.

23rd Annual "Blues for Dystrophy" at Green Door

For nearly a quarter century, the Green Door has hosted “Blues for Dystrophy,” which brings in a long list of local blues-rockers to benefit a Muscular Dystrophy charity. The all-day show, happening this Sunday, features Stan Budzynski & Third Degree, Smooth Daddy, Frog & the Beeftones, the Burnsides, the Hoopties, Big Willy, Krosby´s Konspiracy, Mike Espy & Yakity Yak, From Big Sur, and more. This is a family-friendly show before 9 p.m., but its 21 and over after that. unday at the Green Door.

Sunday, Sept. 2 @ Green Door, 2005 E. MichiganAve, Lansing, 21 and over, $10 donation charge.

Electro-punks return to Mac´s with Hunky-punks

The Mindguards mix obnoxious electro beats with wild punk melodies. The local duo features Richard Keyes (vocals/guitar), formerly of Gaytar, and Jerimiah Gager (bass/vocals). Keyes calls the band “a punk-rock homage to both Mike Watt and Nicki Minaj,” taking influence from the likes of Sonic Youth and Meshuggah. The Mindguards headline Mac’s Bar this Thursday, along with openers Lord Vapid (local one-man-band) and The Hunky Newcomers (local punk rock). Fans of The Replacements and The Ramones might want to check out the Hunky Newcomers’ debut disc, “Hard Dude Stuff” on GTG Records.

Thursday, Aug. 30 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18 and over. $5, 9 p.m.

Yeah, sure, "Whatever"

Every Wednesday at Club X-Cel is “Whatever Wednesdays” featuring DJ Duke (a.k.a. Patrick Duke). The event is also broadcast live on 97.5-FM with on-air personality Alabama. Along with giveaways and swag, there are drink specials and free cover for ladies 21 and over ($5 for ladies under 21) all night long.

Wednesday, Aug. 29 @ Club X-Cel, 224 S. Washington Square, Lansing. 18 and over, cover charges vary. xcelloungedancebar.com.