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Wednesday, July 22,2015

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When Particles Collide at Macīs Bar, Wednesday, July 29

by Rich Tupica
When Particles Collide, an alt-rock duo from Bangor, Maine, mixes Blondie-influenced vocals with commanding, Queens of the Stone Age-style guitar riffs and a punk rock ethos. The band headlines Mac’s Bar Wednesday, openers include local bands Hat Madder and Red Teeth. Rounding out t...
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Wednesday, July 15,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Plurals release 'An Onion Tied To My Belt' at the Avenue Since 2007, the Plurals have been a fixture in the Lansing music scene, releasing a string of DIY alt-rock discs on its GTG Records imprint. The three-piece band is back with its third full-length album, “An Onion Tied to...
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Wednesday, July 8,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
  Chris Cresswell, Ian Graham at Macīs Bar, Saturday, July 11 Vocalist/guitarist Chris Cresswell has fronted Toronto-based punkrock band the Flatliners since its genesis in 2002. It wasn’t until 2014 that he cut his acoustically driven solo debut album. The disc was produc...
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Wednesday, July 1,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Abbey Hoffman plays free Avenue Cafe show, Thursday, July 9 Since 2012, singer/songwriter Abbey Hoffman has gigged around Lansing playing her fervent folk tunes. She plays a free show July 9 at The Avenue Café, opener is M Mackay. In late 2014, Hoffman released “This Too Shall Pas...
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Sunday, June 28,2015

Beers, bands & brawls: The story of The Brewery

Forty years ago the Silver Dollar opened its doors. But its precursor, the Brewery, has its own wild legacy.

by Rich Tupica
In the early hours of July 3, 1974, an estimated 300 patrons of the Brewery, Lansing’s most notorious rock club, drunkenly flooded East Michigan Avenue in what the city of Lansing later dubbed a “major disturbance.” One police officer was injured. Several police cruisers were damaged. It was a free-for-all. The incident was nothing new to local law enforcement. Since its owners, Paul Kacer, Bruce Wahlin and Rick Becker, launched the show bar in April 1972, it had not only become the place to see up-and-coming national acts, it was also the place to get loose — thanks to the short-lived lowered drinking age of 18.
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Sunday, June 28,2015

The Woolies Celebrate 50 Years

Drummer of legendary East Lansing band reflects on Chuck Berry, 'Who Do You Love' single

by Rich Tupica
In mid-August 1968, the Woolies walked into the Dells, a now demolished music venue in Haslett near Lake Lansing. The shaggyhaired, blues-inspired rock ‘n’ roll group was hired for a multiple-day run backing the legendary Chuck Berry.
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Wednesday, June 24,2015

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A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Hayley Kiyoko at Macīs Bar, Wednesday, July 1 Vocalist/actress Hayley Kiyoko headlines July 1 at Mac’s Bar, with opener Alex Mendenall and Faithy Halick. Aside from her modernpop tunes, Kiyoko is known for playing Velma Dinkley in three liveaction “Scooby-Doo” movi...
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Wednesday, June 17,2015

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A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Elliot Street Lunatic return to Macīs Bar, June 19 Lansing-based indie-rock band Elliot Street Lunatic (ESL) returns to Mac’s Bar Friday for its first show in nearly two years. Openers are Off The Ledge, Watching For Foxes, Mudwest and Gravity Lens. ESL is fronted by songwriter J...
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Wednesday, June 10,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
James Gardin & the Full Respect at Macīs Bar, Thursday, June 18 Formerly known as P.H.I.L.T.H.Y., Lansing-based hip-hop artist James Gardin headlines June 18 at Mac’s Bar along with Jabee, Rafaīel and Miles Young. “My current sound is a mix of funk, rap and gospel,&rdqu...
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Friday, June 5,2015

Fight for your right

Wilson rises up with new LP

by Rich Tupica
With a debut 2013 album titled “Full Blast Fuckery,” one could guess that Wilson delivers fist-pumping hard-rock tunes. Known for its colossal, riff-driven sound, the Detroit based band comprises vocalist Chad Nicefield, guitarists Jason Spencer and Kyle Landry, bassist James Lascu and drummer Matthew Puhy. This year the band inked a deal with Razor & Tie Records and recorded its hook-filled sophomore album, “Right to Rise,” in Atlanta. The upcoming disc is due out June 30.
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