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Thursday, Sept. 6, @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18kknd, $10, $8 adv., 8 p.m.
Back in April, Jenn’s Apartment released “We’re A Small Band,” an 11-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 Friday 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.
Friday, Aug. 31, @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 21kknd, FREE, 9 p.m.
Locust Point, a Lansing-based trio, specializes in headbangin’ hard-rock guitar riffs that simultaneously echo six-string icons like Thin Lizzy, Motorhead, Dire Straits and Alice in Chains. Comprised of metal scene veterans Dave Peterman (drums/vocals), Phil Lynch (guitars/vocals) and bassist Al LaRose, the group formed in 2016 and has since performed around 10 shows. Friday, Locust Point returns to the stage for a free show at The Avenue Café. “Playing live, our goal is to indulge our punk side, while also trying to conjure a little old-school power trio feel,” Peterman said. “It’s definitely a different experience than the record.” As for the new CD, the hook-filled, self-titled LP was recorded by the band and local producer/musician George Szegedy of Crystal Drive and Peoples Temple.
Also performing Friday at The Avenue are The Psychic Hearts, Faultered Step and Children In Heat — a Misfits tribute band. Children in Heat comprises Nicholas Merzig (lead vocals), Eric Lee Farnum (guitar), Jay Kincer (bass) and drummer Todd Karinen. The group, which formed in 2008, plays over 20 carefully chosen horror-punk tunes. “It wouldn't be a Misfits show without ‘Horror Business,’ ‘Bullet,’ ‘Skulls’ or ‘Night of The Living Dead,’” Kincer said. “We play a mix of classics and some deeper cuts. Our original agreement was: ‘Danzing-era only, nothing that Metallica covered.’” According to Karinen, the crowds are never disappointed with the trio’s set list. “I think most of the set is fan favorites,” he said. “The crowd usually goes nuts and sings along. This year, we’re taking on all of the ‘Walk Among Us’ album, and sprinkling in some extras.”