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Turn it Down! Mike Mains & The Branches and The Lansing Collectable Toy, Comic and Record Show


Mike Mains & The Branches

Friday, March 22 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.

16kknd, $20, $15 adv., 8 p.m.

Last month, Mike Mains & the Branches debuted a video for “Breathing Underwater,” a new single from the forthcoming LP on Tooth & Nail Records. Mains described the poetic, yet unapologetically poppy track as “a song begging for all of life’s broken pieces to be glued back together.” The new album, “When We Were in Love,” is set to release in spring. Friday, he’ll play some tracks off the forthcoming album with opening acts Maddy Hartson and 89th Key.

Since 2009, Owosso native Mike Mains (guitar/vocals) has been a staple in Michigan’s indie-rock scene, performing songs at clubs across the state with his rhythm section, the Branches. After the group unveiled its 2010 debut LP, “Home,” they started heavily touring across the country. By the spring of 2013, the Branches crowd-sourced enough money to produce its sophomore record, “Calm Down, Everything Is Fine.” The folk-tinged alt-rock LP hit stores in 2014 and featured Zach Farro, formerly of Paramore, on drums. Over the past couple years, Mains has embarked on solo projects with singles like “My Way” in addition to recording with the Branches.

The Lansing Collectable Toy, Comic and Record Show

Sunday, March 31 @ Okemos Conference Center, 2187 University Park Dr., Okemos. All ages, FREE admission, 9 a.m. to4 p.m.

Tesco Vee, known locally and abroad for fronting the legendary Lansing-based punk band,The Meatmen, has stepped back from music over the last few years in order to devote more time to his other passion: vintage toys, vinyl albums and collectables.

Vee started gathering retro goodies in ’90s, but it wasn’t until March 2018 that he launched his company, Tesco’s Toys. The launch resulted in him hosting the first-ever Lansing Collectable Toy, Comic & Record Show at the Royal Scot Banquet Center. That inaugural shindig drew more than 1,200 collectors and attendees from across the state. Since then, he’s moved the all-ages event to the more spacious Okemos Conference Center. “The vendors will have tons of vintage and newer toys, as well as records,” Vee said. “Of course, there will also be comic books, rock ’n’ roll memorabilia, posters and a lot more — it covers two floors.”

In its third year, this show has experienced rapid growth. What started as a 40 table show has more than doubled in this year’s production. “Now we’re 112 tables strong and turning dealers away,” Vee said.

This show will feature thousands of items from vendors spanning across three states. The retailers are stocked with everything from Ninja Turtles, Transformers and Star Wars toys, to even older pop-culture relics. For the music lovers, multiple tables will offer LPs and 45s to dig through along with other hard-to-find mementos. For those unable to attend, the next show is already set for November 10.


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