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Bit reunion, Narc Out the Reds release show

Saturday, Nov. 5 @ Mac’s Bar, 2600 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18kknd, $10/$8 adv., 8 p.m.

Narc Out the Reds, a local alternative/noise pop band known for its frantic yet melodic tracks, releases a new 10-inch vinyl Saturday at Mac’s Bar. The single, released via the GTG Records imprint, features two epic multi-movement 10-minute songs. The disc is a follow up to 2013’s “... Have Just Enough to Cover Up” EP. Opening the show are City Mouse and Sidewatcher. The evening also features a reunion of Bit, the long defunct Lansing band featuring Starfarm vocalist Whitney Spotts. Bit, which played its last show a decade ago, also includes guitarist Ben Southwell and bassist Mike Hall.

“Our sound is a weird amalgam of punk, metal and indie rock,” Spotts said. “We lovingly called it ‘spaz rock.’ Our songs tend to be short and intense.”

Prior to the band’s breakup in 2006, Bit released two EPs: 2004’s “Seppuku” and 2006’s “The Catastrophe Report.” The band’s original drummer, Aaron Hager, is not able to make the show, so John Miller from Narc Out the Reds is filling in. For Spotts, who is best known locally for her poppy ‘80s cover band, getting back in Bit mode takes some extra effort.

“With Bit, aside from being a much more aggressive style of singing, there is all the anxiety that comes with presenting original music,” Spotts said. “At the same time, it’s very exciting because it taps into a different emotional space. Our performances have always been raw, high-energy affairs.”

To hear Bit’s catalog, visit bitmusiclansing.bandcamp.com.

Alex Mendenall 'Into the Hinterland' LP release

Saturday, Nov. 5 @ The Robin Theatre, 1105 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. $12/$10 adv., 7 p.m.

Alex Mendenall, a Lansing-based soul/folk songwriter, has recleased a string of EPs over the last few years. Saturday, he releases his debut full-length disc, “Into the Hinterland,” at the Robin Theatre. Mendenall, who frequently performs as a solo act, is bringing a seven-piece band to Saturday’s gig. Opening the show at the Robin Theatre are Nashville-based duo AdriankkndMeredith and Trouble with Nick, a Lansing-based trio. Mendenall mixes funky, upbeat songs with moody, modern Americana tunes. The new 14-track record shows his songs further exploring classic ‘60s and ‘70s soul, as well as cinematic soundscapes. Or, as he describes it: “My music is high energy and features carefully crafted wordplay and soulful chord progressions.” Over the years, Mendenall has shared stages with a number of area favorites, including the Accidentals and the Appleseed Collective. He’s also opened shows for touring acts like Tyler Hilton and Ryan Cabrera.


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