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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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Thursday, October 2,2014

Turn it down: Pete Yorn interview

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Songwriter Pete Yorn plays an all-ages, acoustic solo set Sunday at the Loft. The New Jersey native’s musical genesis happened in the late ‘90s in small Los Angeles clubs. After he signed with Columbia Records and released 2001’s “Musicforthemorningafter,” he hit the alternative mainstream with hits like “Life on a Chain.” In 2009 he released a collaborative album with actress Scarlett Johansson and followed it up with a solo, self-titled disc on Vagrant Records. Last year he released a record with his band, the Olms. Yorn talked to us by phone from Santa Monica.
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Wednesday, September 24,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Electric Six at The Loft, Monday, Sept. 29 Detroit’s Electric Six gained international acclaim in 2003 with the single “Danger! High Voltage,” a high-energy, disco-rock song featuring backing vocals from Jack White. It made it to No. 2 on the British charts. The sixpi...
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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 Mac´s - 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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