Fisherking plays final show
Friday, Jan. 27 @ Mac’s Bar, 2600 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.
$10/$7 adv., 8 p.m.
Fisherking has been a staple of the Lansing punk rock scene, releasing a series of melodic hardcore discs, including “2 Songs,” the “Forget It” EP and its 2012 LP, “Ghost.” However, in late December, the band announced it’s breaking up. The Facebook post stated, in part: “It is with heavy hearts that we must announce that Fisherking's days are finally coming to an end. We have been extremely fortunate to have met the best people in the world and shared the stage with the best bands in the world.” Fisherking plays its final show Friday at Mac’s Bar. Openers are Bike Tuff, React and Dead Hour Noise. In July, Fisherking released “True Nature,” a five song EP. That, along with the rest of the band’s catalog, is available as free downloads at fisherkingband.bandcamp.com.
John McCutcheon at the Ten Pound Fiddle
Friday, Jan. 27 @ Ten Pound Fiddle — MSU Community Music School, 4930 S. Hagadorn Road, East Lansing. $20/$18 members/$5 students. 7:30 p.m.
Folk songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John McCutcheon has released 38 albums since the 1970s. A master of the hammered dulcimer, McCutcheon also has chops on guitar, banjo, autoharp, mountain dulcimer, fiddle and jawharp. His time as a traveling songsmith has earned him acclaim from the likes of the Washington Post, which dubbed him “folk music’s rustic renaissance man.” His latest LP, “Trolling for Dreams,” features 14 original songs rooted in traditional Appalachian instruments, rhythms and storytelling, but it also enters the realm of heartland-rock music. The six-time Grammy nominee debuted on vinyl back in 1975 with his “How Can I Keep From Singing?” LP on June Appal Recordings. Over the years, he’s had a number of records on the noteworthy Rounder Records imprint, which is best known for its Alison Krauss releases.
Homegrown Throwdown: Week Three
Friday, Jan. 27 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $12/$10 adv., 6:30 p.m.
Lansing’s biggest annual battle-of-the-band competition, the Homegrown Throwdown, enters its third week of competition Friday. Performing this week are Sinhaven, the Century Soundtrack, No Stars and Mirrurs. Also taking the stage is Odds Fish, a Lansing-based progressive rock band that touches on both classic and alternative rock sounds — what the band refers to as “indie rock with a kick.” The group comprises lead singer Meagan Earls, guitarist Will McCullough, bassist/backup vocalist Nick Kressler and drummer Michael Romblom. Keep up with the band at facebook.com/oddsfishmusic. Scary Women, another local female-fronted quartet, also performs. The stripped-down punk-rock outfit has booked steady local gigs since last year and also ventures across Michigan. Next month, the band has gigs in both Kalamazoo and Detroit.