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Wednesday, November 19,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
AC/DC tribute band ICY/DICEY at The Avenue Cafe, Wednesday Nov. 26 Another Australian musical export will be spotlighted at The Avenue Café. Next week AC/DC releases its 15th studio LP, “Rock or Bust,” and then the veteran rockers hit the road on a 40th anniversary tour pro...
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Jahshua Smith & the Race Card at the Loft, Friday, Nov. 14 Detroit native Jahshua Smith, an emcee on the Blat! Pack imprint, headlines at the Loft. Smith’s latest disc, his full-length debut “The Final Season,” received acclaim and charted on the CMJ hip-hop chart...
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Punk preservation: The Touch & Go Zine story

Touch and Go magazine chronicled hardcore history, as seen by two fans from the lansing Underground

by Rich Tupica
At night, Vee and Stimson, both in their mid-20s at the time, would sit in Vee’s second-floor apartment in downtown Williamston and listen to new, ultra-limited pressings of hardcore punk, post-punk, even second-wave ska. They would browse the bins at Flat, Black Circular in East Lansing for the latest Black Flag singles.
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
This year, the Ten Pound Fiddle turns 40 and WLNZ-FM turns 20. To celebrate, both organizations are co-hosting the “20/40” party at the Avenue Café. Headlining the all-ages show is the Ragbirds, an Ann Arborbased Americana/fusion group. The band, which plays a split set — one at 8 p.m. and another at 10:30 p.m. — is led by vocalist/songwriter Erin Zindle. She plays violin, mandolin, accordion, and banjo while dancing. TJ Zindle (guitar), Randall Moore (percussion), Dan Jones (bass) and drummer Jon Brown round out the band’s lineup. The Ragbirds mixes pop, gypsy, Afro-Cuban, Celtic, Middle Eastern and African and Cajun sounds. Also performing is the Ypsilanti-based Black Jake & The Carnies. The selfproclaimed “Kings of Crabgrass” hit the stage at 9:15 p.m.
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Q&A with country music icon Rosanne Cash

Cash to perform at Wharton Center

by Rich Tupica
When you’re the daughter of Johnny Cash, your Tennessee roots are apparent and profound. But while Grammy Awardwinning singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash was born in Memphis in 1955, she was uprooted as a toddler to California, and for the last two decades she and her husband/ bandmate John Leventhal have raised their children in Manhattan.
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Drinkin' 'n' Singin': A list of the best drinking & bar songs

Country and rock songs that go great with a night at the bar

by Rich Tupica
Country music and rock ‘n’ roll were seemingly forged in the crucible of the 20th century bar scene. These songs wear their heritage proudly, and will be giving bar-goers group sing-a-long material long past last call.
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Cruthu debuts at Kings Destroy show., Sunday, Oct. 26 Kings Destroy is taking a day off from its tour with Pentagram to headline a heavy show Sunday at the Avenue Café. Opening are Beast in the Field and Hordes. Making its Lansing debut at this show is Cruthu, a new, female-fronted...
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

Behind the label

Local music production company gears up for annual DIY music fest

by Rich Tupica
Michael Azerrad’s book “Our Band Could Be Your Life” has become essential reading for those gripped by the grimy genesis of alternative rock. It chronicles the careers of a cast of underground ’80 and 90s bands like Mudhoney, Beat Happening and Hüsker Dü. For some, it’s simply an engaging read, but local musician Tommy McCord seems to be using it as a how-to guide for his music career.
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Local H at The Loft, Saturday, Oct. 18 Alt-rock band Local H, best known for its 1996 post-grunge tune “Bound for the Floor” (you remember, “And you just don’t get it/keep it copasetic!”), plays a free show Saturday at the Loft. Opening are the Legal I...
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Monday, October 13,2014

Turn it down

Mid-Michigan Zine Fair edition

by Rich Tupica
Self-publishing a DIY magazine, or “zine,” takes a lot of work. I should know. In June 2008, local graphic designer Kara Swanson and I self-published a free Lansing-focused music and art zine called — get this — “Turn it Down!” The release show for the zine featured 15 area bands and drew about 200 locals to the now defunct Basement 414. Then, in early 2009, City Pulse approached me to write a local music column under the “Turn it Down” moniker. Thanks to that one-issue zine, for the past five years City Pulse has dedicated this page to highlighting localmusic shows.
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