TURN IT DOWN
|By Rich Tupica|
A survey of Lansing's musical landscapeThe Expendables have been playing their brand of reggae rock for 15 years, mixing in just a hint of ‘80’s guitar. The Santa Cruz natives headline Sunday at The Loft. Opening the show are CBJ, Skee-Town Stylee and Dirty Heads. The Expendables are on a summer tour along with Dirty Heads, a Southern California-based reggae/hip hop band. The Expendables’ members enjoyed a laid-back lifestyle growing up: surfing, skating, partying and playing music were commonplace. Since 1997, they’ve headlined venues from coast to coast, selling over 40,000 units with no physical distribution and no record label.
The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, $18,
Fusion Shows host Endeavors’ album-release show Saturday. Also performing the all-ages show are Of Virtue , SycAmour, Paths, Gift Giver and Brought Up. The Livingston County-based band has developed a steadily growing metalcore fan base, performing at festivals like Warped Tour and BLED Fest. The band released its “Sleeping Sickness” demo EP in 2011. Over the past few years Endeavors has opened for the likes of For The Fallen Dreams (Rise Records), Bury Your Dead (Victory Records), Everytime I Die (Epitaph Records) and Norma Jean (Razor & Tie).The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave.,Lansing, all ages,
$10, $8 advance, 6 p.m.
City Mouse, a Riverside, Calif.-based outfit, headlines a night of poppy punk at Midtown Brewing Co. City Mouse has been touring and recording for a few years now with a rotating lineup. Mainstay front-woman Miski Dee Rodriguez writes the melodic power-pop/punk riffs and belts out the vocals, too. Warming up the stage are locals Frank and Earnest and Little American Champ. Coincidentally, both opening acts feature punk drummer Ryan Horky, who’s also known for his work in the Cartridge Family — as well as for his long, bodacious beard. This is perhaps the first punk show at MBC.
Midtown Beer Co., 402 S. Washington Square, Lansing,
This long-running weekly event is hosted by local singer/songwriter Jen Sygit and open to seasoned musicians and rookies alike. Depending on the night, you could hear a mishmash of folk, blues, bluegrass, swing, jazz or folk rock. The event runs from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., with artists signing up for three songs, or about 15 minutes. People are required to bring their own instruments, but a four-channel sound system, two microphones and one acoustic guitar are supplied. Sygit, meanwhile, is steadily busy playing solo shows across the state, whether it’s collaborating with fellow local songwriter Sam Corbin or gigging with a number of other area groups, including The Lincoln County Process, Stella! or Eight to the Bar.
Dagwood’s Tavern & Grill, 2803 E.
Many punk and underground music scenes have been influenced by self-made, DIY magazines (“zines” or “fanzines”). In 1979, Lansing became home to Touch and Go, a legendary Xerox-made mag that chronicled the emerging hardcore punk scene. On July 11, the Michigan State University Library hosts “24 Hour Zine Thing.” Those interested in creating a zine from scratch are welcome to attend, with materials and workshops provided. People are asked to start conceptualizing and writing their publication, then do layout work and photocopying at the library. A show-and-tell/reading will follow. Copies of every zine will be added to the librarys extensive collection, if the author wishes.
MSU Library, 366 W. Circle Drive, East Lansing, all ages, FREE,