Gig Report

By Hannah Scott
Cheap Girls. Courtesy photo.

A sampling of shows happening in Lansing over the next few days.

Saturday, Oct. 13 — Here’s a sampling of shows happening in Lansing over the next few days. Also check out this week's edition of Turn it Down, a local music column that appears weekly in City Pulse, for other live-and-loud gigs happening across mid-Michigan.

Cheap Girls at Mac’s Bar
One of Lansing’s busiest rock bands, Cheap Girls, returns to Mac’s Bar tonight. The trio includes drummer Ben Graham, bassist/vocalist Ian Graham and guitarist Adam Aymor. These guys have released three full-length albums and several EPs with numerous independent labels, each disc getting increasingly more of a buzz. Their sound could be traced back to The Replacements, Lemonheads or Husker Du. Thanks to some indie hype, the trio has spent time on stages in Europe, Canada and across the U.S. many times over. The band’s latest album, “Giant Orange,” on Rise Records will be available for purchase. This Saturday’s show is also part of Cheap Girls’ nationwide tour with The Front Bottoms, a New Jersey punk duo known for raw lyrical leitmotifs and rich acoustic melodies. Members Brian Sella (vocals, guitars) and Mathew Uychich (drums) will be touring with Cheap Girls across the country through October.
Saturday, Oct. 13 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All Ages. $10, 7 pm.

Ty Stone at The Loft
Ty Stone is a patriotic singer/songwriter with Detroit origins and a country rock lean. However, don’t confuse patriotism with blind pride; Stone is never afraid to admit that this American life can be shit sometimes — and perhaps that’s why he attracted the attention of Kid Rock, who went on to executive produce Stone’s debut album, “American Style.” Drawing inspiration from his father’s life and the lives of blue collar workers nationwide, Stone maintains an authentic, homegrown aesthetic that he backs up with sheer gutsiness, a trait he needed to open stadium shows for Kid Rock’s gritty fan base.
Wednesday, Oct. 17 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All Ages. $6 advance, $10 at door. 7 pm.

The Lash at The Green Door
The Lash makes use of all the fun things in Celtic rock: weaving fiddle rhythms, a vocalist with a curling Irish accent, and all sorts of references to the old country. It’s worth noting, however, that The Lash don’t always strictly adhere to a genre that has swelled over the last decade. At times the songwriting sounds less like Celtic rock and more like rock and roll with Celtic instruments. You can hear Elvis Costello influences in songs like “Belly Up” and “Henry Street Real.” And did we mention that The Lash used to garner protests from folk music organizations because their rock-driven Celtic themes were too radical? %u2028
Tuesday, Oct. 16 @ The Green Door, 2005 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing. 21 and over, 9:30 pm.