Gig Report

By Hannah Scott
Dopapod. Courtesy photo.

A rundown of Lansing shows this week

Thursday, March 21 — Funky electronica and underage rappers are a few more shows hitting the Lansing area this week. Brooklyn-based Dopapod and Chicago-based Kids These Days join a host of unique bands coming to Lansing.

Check out this week’s edition of Turn It Down, which appears in the print issue of City Pulse, for more on the shows ahead.

Dopapod at The Loft

Boasting three studio albums to date and appearances at festivals like Burning Man and Bonnaroo, Dopapod’s style of Brooklyn funk and experimental electronic has proven successful. The band’s most recent LP, Redivider, marked a new direction with its vocal tracks — a first for the Brooklyn-born quintet. Though heavy in electronic elements, Dopapod has often chosen alternative studio spaces for recording, such as a barn on Tyrone Farm, a completely solar-powered farm in northeast Connecticut. The members — Eli Winderman (keyboards), Neal Evans (drums), Rob Compa (guitar), Chuck Jones (bass) and Luke Stratton (sound) — continue their extensive North American tour this spring and summer.

Friday, The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 , $8-$10, 9 p.m.

Kids These Days and Chance the Rapper at Mac’s Bar

A lot of youthful energy is poured into the seven-member collective of hip-hop, funk, and rap that is Kids These Days. Young enough to get carded at their own shows, the Chicago-raised ensemble has nevertheless seen a good deal of success on the touring circuit and in the studio. Their 2012 debut LP, Traphouse Rock, was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and mixed by Mario C. of the Beastie Boys. Wednesday’s show is part of a double-billed tour with another Chicago native, Chance the Rapper. Also barely old enough to drink, Chance the Rapper saw explosive success in Chicago’s hip-hop scene in 2011 — he released his first LP to a sold out live show at Lincoln Hall in 2012. Opening for Kids These Days and Chance the Rapper are hip-hop acts phourthelove & Rus Darko and Tay Rhodes.

Wednesday, Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, All Ages, $10-$12, 6 p.m.