Thursday, July 26, @ The Fledge, 1300 Eureka, Lansing. All ages, $25, 7 p.m.
Dinosaur Jr. co-founder Lou Barlow is on the road playing solo acoustic performances across the country. Thursday he stops at The Fledge in Lansing. At the intimate gig, Barlow will not only tell stories between tunes that span his 35-year music career, but also take requests from fans. In 1983, Barlow formed his first band, Deep Wound — which soon evolved into the highly influential alternative-rock band Dinosaur Jr. Over the years, the band has released a pile of acclaimed records, most recently 2016’s “Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not” LP. Outside of Dinosaur, Barlow masterminded other notable indie bands, like Sebadoh — his long-running lo-fi outfit. In 1995, his other side-project, Folk Implosion, reached the Top 40 with the song “Natural One,” the lead single on the “Kids” soundtrack. His latest solo record, 2016’s “Apocalypse Fetish” EP, was issued by Joyful Noise Recordings.
Thursday, Aug. 2, @ Old Town General Store, 408 E. Grand River Ave. Lansing. All ages, $15, $9 students, 7:30 p.m.
Concerts in the Courtyard, an eclectic series of musical concerts featuring local and national songsmiths, are held Thursday evenings at the flower-lined courtyard behind the Old Town General Store. A portion of the proceeds benefit Music is the Foundation, which supports music programs across mid-Michigan. On Aug. 2, the stacked lineup includes four songwriters from across the state: John Finan, Ben Hassenger, Jaime Marvin and Sharon Tse. Local fixture Ben Hassenger, aka “Michigan’s Ukulele Ambassador,” performs a wide range of songs, with topics ranging from love and food to dogs and baseball. Meanwhile, Detroit-born singer-songwriter Sharon Tse is known for her distinct, powerful voice and fingerstyle guitar playing that draws from pop, folk and jazz. Her original tunes should satisfy fans of both the Great American Songbook and modern folk.
Friday, Aug. 3, @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 21+, FREE, 9 p.m.
Since 2006, the Hex Bombs have been a force in the West Michigan punk scene and beyond thanks to its Social Distortion meets Misfits catalog of old-school “proletariat” punk. In March, the band released its most recent anthemic sing-along single, “Let’s Go”— the track is streamed at thehexbombs.bandcamp.com. In its 12 years, the Hex Bombs have cut two LPs, 2009’s “We Are Rock ‘n’ Roll” and 2011’s “Get Back to Work.” A longawaited third full-length, “United,” is in production. Fans of Dropkick Murphys or Bouncing Souls might want to keep an eye out for the new disc. In the meantime, next week, the Kalamazoo-based band rolls into Lansing for a headlining slot at The Avenue Café, which is hosting a free show that’s boasting both “rad bands” and “cheap booze.” Sharing the stage is a trio of locals, including Dasterds, Foxhole and Disappointed Dad.