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Thursday, Sept. 13 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $15, $13 adv., 7 p.m
Genuine alt-country and psychobilly fans may want to check out Slim Cessna’s Auto Club when the band returns to Mac’s Bar Thursday, featuring openers Twin Falls. The Denver-based band has been churning out gothcountry-punk-gospel since the early ’90s, even releasing six acclaimed LPs on Jello Biafra’s Alternative Tentacles imprint. The band’s distinct sound goes from high lonesome to high-energy, but always keeps a deranged Americanroots edge. Cessna has toured North America repeatedly, sharing stages with the Melvins, Johnny Cash, Violent Femmes, Primus and, most recently, Kid Congo Powers. The group’s latest album, 2016’s “The Commandments According To SCAC,” is available through the Virtual Label Group on LP, CD, and also as an “Expanded Audio Edition,” which features the album re-mixed in 5.1 surround sound, three extra minutes of music and additional instrumentation.
Wednesday, Sept. 5 @ Crunchy’s , 254 W. Grand River Ave, East Lansing. 21+ after 9 p.m., FREE, 8 p.m.
Since 2005, Arizona native Johnny Aimcrier has fronted The Aimcriers, his country-tinged rock ’n roll band. In 2014, the Grand Ledge-based band issued its “Solid State World” LP on both CD and vinyl. Starting Sept. 5, Aimcrier will dial back his amped-up sound at a series of solo performances at Crunchy’s in East Lansing. Every first and third Wednesday in September, October and November he’ll play two-hour sets of eclectic tunes. “I’ll be playing a 60/40 mix of covers and originals with each show having a different theme for the covers,” Aimcrier explained. “There’ll be a night of Arizona bands, like the Gin Blossoms and Sidewinders—then a night of R.E.M. tunes or a night or songs typically sung by women.” As for the Aimcriers, the band is “slowly recording another album,” according to Aimcrier. For all the Crunchy’s dates, visit facebook.com/TheAimcriers.
Thursday, Sept. 6 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18+, $10, $8 adv., 8 p.m.
Back in April, Jenn’s Apartment released “We’re A Small Band,” an eleven-song LP of original tunes inspired by mainstream ’90s alt-rock and 2000s pop punk — fans of Eve 6 or the Hold Steady might want to check it out. The LP, along with the band’s 2016 “Forever the End” EP, are both streamed in full at jennsapartment. bandcamp.com. For those who want to hear it live, the Lansing-based trio headlines Thursday at The Avenue Café — openers are Dalton Deschain & the Traveling Show, Ricochet the Kid and Paper Bags. Jenn’s Apartment — which comprises Roy Kirby (guitar/ vocals), Chris Davis (bass/vocals) and drummer Justin Pine — formed in 2004 and promptly issued “Let Them Talk We Will Sing,” a release more in the post-hardcore vein. By 2006’s “Divide and Conquer” album, Kirby’s songwriting had evolved closer to its current, poppy hook-driven sound.