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Weekend Riff: The Claudettes Play Debut Lansing Gig at Mac's, New Jersey Rocker the Parlor Mob at the Loft, Rise Against in Michigan

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Weekend Spotlight: Chicago indie rock duo the Claudettes reach Mac's

-Friday: Johnny Iguana and Michael Caskey (above) of Chicago organ-drums-bass trio Oh My God are at Mac's in Lansing Friday with their new band, the Claudettes, an instrumental project they describe as "the other side of the music stratosphere" from their regular band. Openers include Flatfoot and the Gentleman's Club.

"The Claudettes emerged from my longtime love of Otis Spann / S.P. Leary duo recordings from the '60s, but expanded from that Chicago blues sound to roll in soul-jazz and trippy excursions into echoed-out vintage Tin Pan Alley territory," Iguana said.

Iguana is stoked to bring his new project to Lansing.

"Lansing is one of the first towns my band Oh My God started playing outside of Chicago, and Mac's is the club we've played the most," he said. "The Claudettes gives me the chance to just totally pound the piano keys intThe Parlor Mobo submission, until they lie cowering and shuddering in the corner, saying
quietly, 'Won't somebody please, please h-h-h-help me?' I want that corner to be one of the four corners of Mac's Bar."

Check out three Claudettes tracks, here. (Photo credit: Mike Hari Photography.)

-Saturday: Catch beloved Lansing indie rock band Drinking Mercury at Mac's Saturday, along with Chicago folk-rock group Facing Winter.

-Saturday: Fusion Shows and 94.1 the Edge present "A Not So Silent Night 3" Saturday at the Loft, featuring the Parlor Mob, Iamdynamite, Way To Fall, The Rival and Redbird. Tickets are available via Fusion Shows, and if you buy two or more tickets in advance you'll receive a free digital download of the Parlor Mob's new release, "Dogs!"

-Road Trip Pick: Politically-minded punk revivalist guys Rise Against headline the Fillmore in Detroit, along with Taking Back Sunday and Awolnation. Rise Against's latest album, March's "Endgame," presents a set of honest-to-goodness punk rock, complete with driving, melodic hardcore and, as always, sociopolitical commentary. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.

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