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Homegrown Happenings: The Nice Device, the Muggs and more...

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The Nice Device comes home to finish a U.S. tour with an EP release party Friday (Oct. 17) at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Friendly Foes and Millions of Brazilians also will perform. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $7. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

Detroit blues-rockers the Muggs will celebrate the release of a new vinyl single — “Bite of the Weredog”/“Leanin’ Blues,” both leftover from sessions for the group’s sophomore album, “On With the Show” — with a gig Friday (Oct. 17) at the Northern Lights Lounge, 660 W. Baltimore St., Detroit. Speedy Greasy and New York’s the Anabolics also are on the bill. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $7. Call (313)

873-1739 or visit www.themuggs.com.

The Hosts bring out their new album on Saturday (Oct. 18) at the Pike Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. The Detroit psychedelic/folk rockers will be joined by Commerce & Hiller and the People’s Temple. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Ann Arbor’s music institution the Ark will have its 12th annual fall fundraiser on Saturday (Oct. 18) with a Hillbilly Pirate Ball featuring Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $50-500. Call (734) 761-1451 or visit www.theark.org.

The Jesse Palter Quartet will headline this month’s edition of B’Jazz Vespers from 6-8 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 19) at the First Baptist Church of Birmingham, 300 Willits St. Admission is free, but an offering will be taken for the musicians. Call (248) 644-0550 or visit www.firstbaptistbirmingham.org.

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