April 12 2017 12:20 AM

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

Grey Matter

Grey Matter 'Visitors' EP release at Mac's Bar

Friday, April 14 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $8, 7 p.m.

Grey Matter, a Lansing-based progressive ska-punk band, releases its new “Visitors” EP Friday at Mac’s Bar. Opening the all-ages show are Backpacks, Convenient Trash and Solitary Subversion. Also performing Friday is Rick Johnson Rock and Roll Machine — Johnson is best known for his bass work in Mustard Plug, the long-running Grand Rapids-based ska-punk outfit. Grey Matter, whose influences include Bomb the Music Industry! and La Dispute, comprises Mack Doyle (guitar/vocals), Will McPeek (keys/vocals), Jacob Lawrence (bass/vocals) and drummer Nick LaForge. The group debuted in the fall of 2015 with its “Failure” LP and later that year released a split cassette with the Nuclear Moms, a Columbus-based punk band. To stream the band’s catalog, visit greymattermi.bandcamp.com.

Off the Ledge

Off the Ledge debuts new video at the Avenue

Saturday, April 15 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 21+, $7, 8 p.m.

Off the Ledge have kept busy this year, filming live sets on WKAR’s “Backstage Pass” television series and LCC Radio’s “Grand River Studio Sessions.” Saturday, the funky rock band headlines the Avenue Café; opening the gig are Tell Yo Mama, the Gasoline Gypsies and Sierra Denae. At the show, Off the Ledge will debut its new music video for “Full Circle,” the keytar-driven title track off the band’s upcoming EP. The six-song record is slated for an August release. The group, formed in 2015, comprises Matt Shannon (lead vocal, guitar), Tab Wakley (guitar), Eric Brandes (drums) and bassist Luke Dahlstrom. Known for complex arrangements and danceable tunes, the group describes its hybrid sound as “alterna-rock jazziness” that blends ‘90s college rock with ‘70s rock and classic blues influences.


Emarosa at The Loft

Monday, April 17 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $13-$15, 7 p.m.

Emarosa, an alternative pop band out of Lexington, Ky., headlines an all-ages show Monday at the Loft. Openers are Cedar Green, Earth and Sea, So Called Ghost and the True Blue. Emarosa, formed in 2006, originally leaned toward a heavier, post-hardcore sound but has since settled into a more polished pop sound. The group’s full-length debut arrived in 2007 on Rise Records and moved enough copies to reach the Billboard 200 and Heatseekers charts. In 2014, the band dropped its “Versus” LP, which hit No. 61 on the Billboard 200, the band’s highest charting album yet. Over the past decade, the band has seen multiple lineup changes, with lead guitarist ER White and keyboardist Jordan Stewart remaining as the only two original members.