Saturday, July 21 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $20, 7 p.m.
The Goddamn Gallows are quite possibly Lansing’s busiest band ever. The group—known for its twangedout, punk rock gutterbilly sound—has toured the world incessantly since 2007, crashing in countless tour vans and flophouses along the way. It was 2004’s “Life of Sin” LP, followed by 2007’s “Gutterbillyblues,” that earned the band a cult following that’s still growing today. The band’s latest LP, 2018’s “The Trial,” is out now via Sailor’s Grave Records. Over the years, the Gallows has honed its sound into a distinct brand of demented Americana—pairing classic instruments like the washboard, accordion, mandolin and banjo with raucous punk guitars and the evil howls of vocalistguitarist Mikey Classic. July 21, the band returns from yet another tour for a headlining show at Mac’s Bar, openers are the Koffin Kats, Viva Le Vox and the Jonestown Crows.
Saturday, Aug. 4 @ The Robin Theatre, 1105 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. All ages, 8 p.m.
Early next month, Frontier Ruckus plays an intimate gig at The Robin Theatre. Since its formation in 2003 in East Lansing, the group (led by songwriter Matthew Milia) has toured the world multiple times and leaves next month for yet another European tour. “Things have certainly changed a bit since we were kicking around MSU in the early 2000s,” Milia said, “but it always feels like coming home in a way.” Last year, the Detroit-based band released its fifth LP, “Enter the Kingdom”—a disc recorded in Nashville with original Wilco drummer Ken Coomer. “We just started our sixth LP, which we’re doing in an old church south of Ypsilanti,” Milia said. “It’s feeling like a fresh start…the new songs are a bit more stripped down and raw—sort of a return to form of our earliest stuff.”
Friday, July 13 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave. FREE, 21+, 8 p.m.
Gaytar, which disbanded in summer 2005, returns to the stage Friday at The Avenue Café. Since 2005, the band has played two reunions—the last being a 2011 benefit show at Mac’s Bar. The Lansing-based protest-punk band, which formed in 2003, comprises songwriter Richard Keyes (vocals-guitar), Todd Karinen (drums) and bassist Mark Manojlovic. During its original run, the trio recorded one self-titled LP for Bermuda Mohawk Productions and also gigged in Lansing, Kalamazoo, and Detroit, even sharing stages with the likes of Easy Action and Eyes Like Knives. Also performing at The Avenue Café is Smashing Blumkins, the bizarre-crust band known for only playing shows on Friday the 13th. After 13 years of sporadic, sloppy shows, this is billed as the mysterious local band’s “final show.” Sharing the bill is a new addition to the Lansing music scene: the Psychic Hearts.