Thursday, May 2 — Rock is not dead, at least in Lansing this weekend. Nashville and Hollywood natives hit The Loft and Mac’s Bar, respectively, for a couple nights of hard-driving, 90s-inspired rock and roll. Both bands also have a connection with a certain 90s rock band everyone loves to hate (read below for more).
And check out this week’s Turn It Down — a survey of Lansing’s musical landscape — in the print edition of City Pulse for more shows going on over the next week.
Framing Hanley at The Loft
Originally playing as Embers Fade in 2005, the post-grunge and hard-rock quintet from Nashville changed their name to Framing Hanley after the death of a close friend in 2006. The band’s demos attracted the attention of Creed bassist Brett Hestla, who mentored the young musicians and helped evolve their songwriting. In 2007, Framing Hanley signed their first record contract with independent label, Silent Majority Group. Framing Hanley’s first LP, “The Moment,” sold well and was supported by Sirius Radio. Fans of 30 Seconds to Mars and 3 Doors Down have a lot to like about the similar post-grunge feel of Framing Hanley. Meanwhile, the band pushed boundaries with their hard-rock cover of Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop” in 2008. Hanley released a second album, “A Promise to Burn,” in 2009. Opening for Framing Hanley are rock outfits The Chuck Shaffer Picture, Mason’s Case, Life Remaining and The Getout.
Friday, The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All Ages. $15-$20, 7 p.m.
Spence at Mac’s Bar
While some musicians make Los Angeles their destination, Spence seeks to break out of Hollywood, finding the city’s high fashion demands too constricting. With a style of hard rock influenced by earlier bands like Atom Smash and Linkin Park, the five — Daniel David (vocals, guitar), Seth Jared (guitar), Jordan Stricklen (guitar), Kelly Mead (bass) and Brad Hurst (drums) — started in 2011 with a four-song recording with Creed bassist Brett Hestla. Spence saw some success with L.A. venues, but felt quashed by the expectations of the mainstream Hollywood music scene. Today the band tours across the country, finding that its fan base is spread far and wide. Spence has released a series of EPs, with the most recent release, “Noir” in 2012. Opening for Spence is local alternative rock band Forever There After, Lansing indie punk band To Fear The Wolf, and Lansing experimental band 80 Tons of Mercury.
Monday, Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All Ages. $6-$8, 7 p.m.