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Wednesday, September 17,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
While Clarence “Blowfly” Reid’s songwriting career started in the 1960s, it wasn’t until his 1971 LP, “The Weird World of Blowfly” that his cult following began to grow. His sexually explicit songs and parodies, performed in a flashy mask and cape, range from “Shittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” to raunchy originals like “Porno Freak.” Friday, the 75-year-old performer headlines at the Avenue Café; opening is the All American Funk Parade.
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Wednesday, September 10,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
After a three-month hiatus from live shows, Lights and Caves, a local experimental indie rock band, returns to the stage Saturday. Openers are Signals, Alaska, Last Night Saved My Life and the Class Acts. Lights and Caves is Dillon Gorden (vocals/guitar), Evan Rudman (drums), Stefan Wiseman (bass) and Jason Marr (guitar). This week’s Turn it Down is an interview with Gorden, who gives insight on the band’s past and its upcoming album.
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Saturday, August 30,2014

Turn it down: Cheap Girls play free concert at Broad

Cheap Girls, DJ Ruckus, Hat Madder play free, outdoor show

by Rich Tupica
Get ready for the second annual End of Summer Concert, a free outdoor show hosted by City Pulse, The Impact 89FM and the Broad Art Museum on the campus of Michigan State University. The show’s headliner is Cheap Girls, a local group enjoying a little national acclaim. Other performers are DJ Ruckus and the Hat Madder, both fixtures in the Lansing music scene. The event which is on the lawn of the Broad Museum, is sponsored by Music Manor, Flat Black & Circular, Crunchy’s, Splash of Color and Goomba’s Pizza.
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Wednesday, July 16,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Early November goes acoustic at Macīs - Friday, July 25. Since it formed in 1999, The Early November has released three EPs and three LPs, on labels like MCA, Drive-Thru, and most recently Rise Records. The band performs an all-ages acoustic set at The Loft. Openers are Empire! Emp...
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Wednesday, July 9,2014

Gone all summer

Cheap Girls leads the pack of a new breed of Lansing rockers getting national attention

by Rich Tupica
Last month, Ian Graham was preparing for an 18-hour drive to Florida with his band, Cheap Girls. The trip would serve as the first leg of the trio’s three-month national tour, which is now zigzagging its way through the Midwest on its way to Los Angeles. But just hours before the momentous journey’s start, Graham was decidedly relaxed. Which was puzzling, because he hadn’t started getting ready.
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Wednesday, July 9,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Plurals go acoustic at Macīs - Friday, July 11. Lansing alt-rock fixture the Plurals tones down its amped-up sound with an acoustic set featuring Tommy & Hattie Plural. The Plurals’ bio describes its sound as “noisy, poppy, spacey and punky.” Opening are Epoxy...
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Wednesday, July 2,2014

Turn it down

Common Ground edition

by Rich Tupica
While Common Ground has been known for its classic rock lineup in the past, this year boasts a more indie rock theme. Brand New, a Long Island-based alt-rock outfit, headlines opening night Tuesday. Warming up the stage are Circa Survive and the Hold Steady.
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Wednesday, June 25,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Hot Mess at the Unicorn - June 27-28. The Hot Mess, a local rock ’n’ roll cover band, plays two nights in a row this weekend at the Unicorn Tavern in Old Town. The group is vocalist Sara Cruz, Steve Langlois (guitar), Kevin “Chip” Herbert (drummer) and bassi...
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Wednesday, June 18,2014

Golden road

Q&A: Gordon Lightfoot plays Wharton on 50th anniversary tour

by Rich Tupica
Bob Dylan once said that when he heard a Gordon Lightfoot song, he wished it would last forever. The two songwriters came up through the ‘60s music scene together, churning out folk tunes that have become standards.
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Wednesday, June 18,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Kongos at The Loft - Mon. June 23%u2028Kongos has its roots in South Africa and London, but the band, which headlines an all-ages show at the Loft, is based in Phoenix these days. The folk-rock group is composed of four brothers who are the sons of songwriter John Kongos (who scored a hit...
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