By Rich Tupica

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

Lights & Caves
Since forming eight months ago, the Lansing-based indie band Lights and Caves has already played alongside MGMT at the 2013 Common Ground Music Festival and recorded its upcoming debut album, “In Satori.” The album-release show happens Saturday at The Loft. Also dropping a new disc at the show is Way to Fall, a local pop-punk outfit. Lights and Caves’ poppy new LP was recorded with Mike Govaere at Downbeat Studio in Chicago and mastered by John Naclerio at Nada Recording in Albany. Also performing at the dual release show is Good Day Good Sir, a Grand Rapids-based duo led by songwriter Luke Nowland, who calls it “a two-person band that sounds as loud as five.”
Saturday, August 24 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $12, $10 adv, Doors at 7 p.m.

Hellmouth at Mac
Some blood-curdling screaming happens Friday at Mac’s Bar thanks to Hellmouth, a Detroit-based hardcore band. Also throwing down are Dead Church, Explicit Bombers, Rifle Diet and Banned & Burned. Hellmouth was founded by former Suicide Machines vocalist Jay Navarro, guitarist Alex Awn, bassist Jeff Uberti and drummer Justin Malek. The band’s Facebook page lists its interests as “film, motorcycles, cults, sex, death, literature, philosophy, comic books, obscure electronic devices, disease and tattoos.” (Hmm, they forgot Tiffany lamps and Steiff bears.) Known for its distinct hybrid thrash metal/punk sound, Hellmouth released its first demo in 2008. In 2010 the Paper Plastick label released the acclaimed “Gravestone Skylines,” a 15-track LP. Fans of Celtic Frost, Black Flag or Entombed might want to check out this show.
Friday, Aug. 23 @ Macs Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $10, $8 adv., 8 p.m.

DeverauX at The Loft

Local melodic hard-rock band DeverauX headlines Friday at The Loft. Opening are The Skylit Letter, The Getout and Eleanor Quigley. DeverauX, a Lansing-based unit, was formed in 2011 by drummer David Floyd, guitarist Chas Millican and vocalist Phil LaMay – bassist JD Younk joined soon after. The band’s bio describes its sound as “driving rhythms, thrashing riffs, melodic hooks and a powerful message of self perseverance.” The band also won the “Q106 Homegrown Throw Down,” a local battle of the bands, two years in a row. The band’s debut EP, “The Last of Us,” was released on Jack the World Records and will be available at the Loft show.
Friday, August 23 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., All ages. $8, $5 adv, $10 under 21, Doors at 8 p.m.

Those Poor Bastards at Mac
s Bar
Fans of primitive yet untraditional roots music might want to check out Those Poor Bastards, a Gothic-country duo performing Saturday at Mac’s Bar. Opening is Rickett Pass and Hooks N Crooks. Hank Williams III had this to say about Lonesome Wyatt (guitarist/vocalist) and The Minister (banjo and bass): "Those Poor Bastards are the best Gothic Country I have heard yet to this day. The depressing gloomy vocals coming out of this drifter named Lonesome Wyatt has hints of Marilyn Manson to Nick Cave, Throwrag and maybe even a hint of a demented Adam Ant with a shot of a Pilled Up Johnny Cash.”
Saturday, Aug 24th @ Macs Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18 , $12, 9:00 PM

Lansing Symphony Orchestra
The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s 84th season launches Sept. 13 at Wharton Center with “Masterworks 1: Thrilling Beginning.” Featured is Enescu’s exhilarating Romanian Rhapsody No. 1, a composition inspired by the folk elements of his Romanian roots. The concert also features a commanding piece by Lisa Pegher, performing the energetic Percussion Concerto, written by American composer and Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon. Closing the evening is Dvork’s Symphony No. 7, a piece that Dvork himself aspired to “shake the world.” For those looking to catch the entire LSO season, new subscribers receive 25 percent off. Visit lansingsymphony.org or call (517) 487-5001 for more ticket information.
Friday, September 13 @ Wharton Center, $15-$50, all ages, 8 p.m.