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Weekend Riff: Hot Hip Hop with Machine Gun Kelly, Wilson Rocks Mac’s, Michigan Metal Night

-Hip-Hop Highlight: The Loft and Livin’ Legends bring a crazy-cool hip-hop lineup to Lansing on Saturday: Machine Gun Kelly performing with openers the Specktators, Green Skeem and Stryve.

The SpecNeed proof this is a must-see? Machine Gun Kelly is inked to P. Diddy’s Bad Boy Records and was voted MTV's Hottest Breakthrough MC Of 2011. According to Bruce D. Pettit IV -- a Chicago-based talent manager and manager of the Specktators and Nerdy Fresh Clothing Team -- this show is an obvious sell out!

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door, with doors opening at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are available via this link.

Get your metal fix at Mac’s in Lansing Friday, with a fantastic lineup of heavy Michigan bands, including Genocya, Dagon, Satyrasis, the Devastator and Halstatt. Tickets are $5 at the door.

-Saturday: East Lansing and Detroit-based Wilson (above) has become one of Michigan’s most popular hard rock bands by injecting its heavy, snap-tight brand of music with brisk rhythms and plenty of hook heavy rock ‘n’ roll. The five-piece headlines Mac’s on Saturday, bringing along area bands New Venice, Old Gods (featuring Jeff Tuttle of Dillinger Escape Plan) and the Skylit Letter.

In other Wilson news, the gents are gearing up for their third, half-month long tour throughout the U.S. They’ve also been recording new material and are waiting for a few new tracks to be mixed and mastered. “The release of these tracks is still to be determined, but it's some of the best sounding stuff we've had to date!” guitarist Jason Spencer said. Curious? Check out the band’s music, here.

-Saturday: Indie folk rings throughout Michigan State University on Saturday, as local acts Breathe Owl Breathe and Gifts or Creatures will bring their earnest folk-pop to the Residential College of Arts and Humanities (RCAH) Theater. Read more about the show in the Lansing State Journal What’s On. Sample songs from Gifts or Creates via Reverbnation and Breathe Own Breathe on their official website.

-Sunday: Sunday marks the birthday of the late Martin Luther King, Jr., an American activist, clergyman and inspirational leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. To commemorate the occasion, the Michigan State University Jazz Orchestras I, II and II will hold two free memorial concerts, titled “Spirituals, Prayer and Protest,” celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Read all about the show in this week’s Lansing State Journal What’s On.


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