Sincere releases “The Shining” at Mac’s Bar
Saturday, July 1 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.
18+, $12, $10 adv., 8 p.m.
As a former member of the Mid Mobb section, a Lansing-based rap group, Sincere has been a fixture in the local hip-hop scene for almost a decade. Now living in Fort Lauderdale, he returns to the Capital City to release his new full-length, “The Shining.” The album, years in the making, drops digitally August 4 worldwide, but Sincere is releasing an early physical edition Saturday at his record release show. The Mic-Club event, set for Mac’s Bar, also features Coach Pe$o, M.O.E., Jahshua Smith and J. Chase. As for the new disc, Sincere said the tracks were inspired from his youth in Flint, years living in Lansing and his recent time spent in Atlanta and Florida. “The album has a connecting-flights theme – situations in each city,” he said. “It’s 100 percent about my life issues and triumphs: the streets, love, life and politics.” Fans of Mobb Deep or Nas might want to check out “The Shining” LP.
$1 Nacho Punk Night, the GloryHoles at The Avenue Café
Thursday, July 6 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 21+, FREE, 9 p.m.
The Avenue Café hosts another night of free live music, along with $1 vegan and regular nachos served at midnight. Headlining the show is the Gloryholes, a Memphis-based pop-punk outfit that describes itself as “three gay guys that play all original gay punk songs.” The trio is comprised of some colorful stage names, including: Harry Manhole (guitar/vocals), Tri-pod Rod (drums/vocals) and bassist/ vocalist Gacey Slater. Sharing the stage is Half Tongue, a newly formed East Lansing band comprising Tiffany Hannay (vocals/guitar), Duncan Tarr (bass) and drummer James Spreitzer. Fans of ’90s grunge bands like Hole or Toadies might want to check them out. Rounding out the bill are Matt Wixson’s Flying Circus and Miski Dee of City Mouse.
Canaan Smith at The Loft
Friday, June 30 @The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $20, $12.75 adv., 8 p.m.
Country artist Canaan Smith, along with opener Kari Holmes, perform an all-ages show Friday at The Loft. Smith, 34, is Mercury Records-signed singer/songwriter known for his 2011 debut single, “We Got Us” and his follow-up single, 2014’s “Love You Like That.” Smith, a Virginia native, moved to Nashville in 2009 after penning a No. 10 Billboard Country hit, “Runaway,” for the band Love and Theft. By 2014, as he was completing his debut LP, “Bronco,” Rolling Stone Magazine listed him as one of the “10 Artists You Need to Know.” Aside from modern country, Smith has also delved into reality television as a contestant on season 15 of “The Amazing Race.” Last year, he also performed on the season finale of “Bar Rescue.”