Friday, Aug. 10, @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 21+, FREE, 8 p.m.
Late last year, Others Eyes, a melodic hard-rock trio based out of Gratiot County, released “Closer to Closure,” its self-produced 15-track sophomore LP. Fans of Chevelle, Seether or Staind might want to check it out on iTunes or CD Baby. Since then, the post-grunge/alt-metal band has played packed shows at head-banger hangouts like the Machine Shop in Flint, warming up stages for the likes of Bobaflex and Royal Bliss. In June, Others Eyes—which comprises Jesse Mannausau (guitar/vocals), PJ Mcgillis (bass) and drummer Corey Studt—also shared a bill with metal legends Quiet Riot at the first-ever Rock N’ Roll Fest, hosted on Ojibway Island in Saginaw. Friday, Others Eyes returns to Lansing for the first time in years for an opening slot at The Avenue Café. Sharing the bill are the Liars Circle, the Kingdom of Ends and (headliners) the Jackpine Snag.
Saturday, Aug. 11, @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, $8 Adv., $10 Doors, 7 p.m.
FINKEL, or by the band’s own stylization F I N K E L, played its first gig at Mac’s Bar. In those days, the group was called Less Is More, and its big accomplishment was a mashup track with the Queen and King, which earned over 22 million plays on Spotify. Since then, the husband and wife duo of Brian Spencer and Jane Finkel have moved the project to Los Angeles, and are making a name for themselves as a burgeoning electro pop rock outfit; taking modern elements of alternative rock and electronic dance music and rooting them in pop sensibility. FINKEL is back on the road, and the pair are returning to their home state for another gig at Lansing’s most fabled dive bar. For a full Q&A with the band, visit www.lansingcitypulse.com
Wednesday, Aug. 22. $35, 7 p.m.
Freddy Cole’s usual stops are clubs in New York, D.C. and Chicago, not to mention Europe and Australia. But a handful of lucky people will see him here on Aug. 22. Tickets should be available online shortly at www. jazzjamm.com. You’ll find out there where the venue is. The show is a benefit for the nonprofit Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan. Seating is limited to 70, but a second show will be added if the 7 p.m. one sells out. Cole, 87, is something of a late bloomer. Once in the shadow of his late brother Nat King Cole and niece Natalie Cole, he has emerged as a star jazz singer and pianist. His band includes guitarist Randy Napoleon, an MSU professor of jazz — the connection that is bringing Cole to town.