The Plurals release ‘Swish’ LP at The Avenue
Saturday, Aug. 5 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 21kknd, FREE, 8 p.m.
Before the Plurals hit the road on an extensive tour across the United States, the Lansing-based alt-rock band releases its fourth full-length album Saturday at the Avenue Café with a free show. The new 12-song record, “Swish,” is stocked with Midwestern fuzz-pop and was released by the band’s own indie label, GTG Records — which just celebrated its 100th release by issuing “GTG100,” a compilation of its current roster of bands. The Plurals mostly recorded “Swish” during two sessions, amidst the trio’s spring 2016 tour, at OmniSound Studios in Nashville. The album, a follow up to 2015’s “An Onion Tied to My Belt,” is available on CD, digital and vinyl. For a taste, check YouTube for the band’s new music video for “Overthinking.” Opening the record-release show at the Avenue Café are Tidal, Miski Dee (of City Mouse) and Small Thefts.
Durand Jones & The Indications at Mac’s Bar
Wednesday, Aug. 9 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $10, 7 p.m.
Retro-soul band Durand Jones & The Indications, a lively R&B outfit authentically echoing classic ’60s soul pioneers like James Brown and Otis Redding, headline Wednesday at Mac’s Bar. Fans of Charles Bradley, Aloe Blacc or the late Sharon Jones might want to check out this show. It features openers Mikeyy Austin and composetheway. Jones, a Bayou-born vocalist, started his career in the fall of 2012 after relocating to the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. After belting out a powerful cover of “(Sittin’ On The) Dock of the Bay” at an undergrads party, he was encouraged to continue. From there, he hooked up with a tight-rhythm section that included horns and keys. After the group laid down their deep-groove sounds on a four-track recorder, the track “Smile” earned them a deal with Colemine Records, which promptly pressed up a 45 rpm, followed by a 2016 self-titled full-length.
Ribcage at The Loft
Saturday, Aug. 5 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $8, $6 adv., 7 p.m.
Ribcage, a local hip-hop duo backed by a three-piece band, performs an all-ages show Saturday at the Loft. Openers include AM CR3W, the Plastic Bears and Asklepius. Ribcage, formed in 2010 by Roy Kirby and Kyle Nabbefeld, have a unique, oddball sound, which their bio describes as: “politically charged” with “aggressively delivered vocals … often inspired by G-funk and early-’90s hip-hop.” The pair debuted in 2013 with its “Tear Your Playhouse Down” single. A series of singles, EPs and mixtapes followed, including 2014’s “Midwest Sound” mixtape and 2015’s “The Revolve” EP. Ribcage’s most recent effort, “BOOKS!,” dropped last summer. Over the last seven years, Ribcage has performed at Common Ground Music Festival, opened of Kuniva of D12 and has also headlined at venues across Mid-Michigan.