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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Good clean fun

Brian Regan brings his clean brand of comedy to the Wharton Center on Sunday

by Rich Tupica
Friday, Oct. 26 — Comedian Brian Regan may have started as a struggling club comic back in the early ‘80s, but like many other successful funnymen, he hustled hard. Soon enough, Regan moved on to late-night TV appearances and performing around 100 nights a year at large theaters across the map.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Wizards of winter

Trans-Siberian Orchestra rocks Breslin on Friday

by Rich Tupica
Thursday, Nov. 15 — When a major record label gives a progressive-rock fanatic an unlimited budget and total artistic control, a few things are certain: pyrotechnics, lasers and over the top light shows. Back in 1993, that was just the case for producer/songwriter Paul O'Neill, founder of Trans-Siberian Orchestra. After landing a record deal, his extravagant interpretation of prog-rock began to take shape. O’Neill, a 40-year veteran in the rock industry, has been an ardent follower of theatrical bands like Pink Floyd, The Who, Rush and Yes for decades, but he also loves classical music. And it’s not hard to tell.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

New tunes and an old store

With new album on the horizon, Frontier Ruckus to play FBC anniversary bash Friday at the Loft

by Rich Tupica
Thursday, Nov. 29 — Playing over 1,000 gigs across the globe in the past five years hasn’t stopped Frontier Ruckus from recording a few acclaimed studio albums. And it appears their output isn’t slowing down: the Michigan band’s upcoming record, “The Eternity of Dimming,” fills two slabs of wax.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

From Cuba, with jazz

Cuban timba musicians bring Grammy-nominated sound to Wharton Center tonight

by Rich Tupica
Thursday, Dec. 6 — Tiempo Libre’s latest album, “Secret Radio,” pays homage to the band members’ teen years — before they were nominated for three Grammy Awards, touring the world or performing with Joshua Bell on NBC’s Tonight Show.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Joshua Barton: Caught on tape

Lansing songwriter goes solo with new spacey country album

by Rich Tupica
Friday, Dec. 28 — Invoking psychedelic sounds with acoustic instruments while also tapping into classic country and gospel may seem like a daunting task for the average musician. But local songwriter Joshua Barton doesn’t seem to have a problem finding that assorted medium — maybe it’s because his musical idols range from Spacemen 3 to Johnny Cash.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Plurals, one of Lansing's busiest indie bands, plays Wednesday at The Avenue Café. Opening the show are fellow local punks To Fear the Wolf and Honah Lee, a New Jersey-based power-pop-punk band.
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Wednesday, March 6,2013

'Society' woman

Grammy winning folk singer plays East Lansing Friday

by Rich Tupica
This year's Grammy Awards had a surprise winner for "Best Spoken Word Album." Famed folk singer Janis Ian won for her autobiography, "Society's Child," over such big-name nominees Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton and Ellen DeGeneres.
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Wednesday, March 6,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Grammy winner Jack White's Third Man Records is known for pressing records from the likes of Beck, Wanda Jackson and The White Stripes. Last week, the famed label released some Lansing-based rock n roll, the "Never More" 7" single by The People's Temple. A release show for the single happens tonight at The Avenue Café.
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Wednesday, February 27,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Fans of jazz and gumbo might want to stop by The Avenue Café every Thursday for a free performance by the Peter Nelson Jazz Quartet and a chance to order from the New Orleans-inspired menu.
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Saturday, February 23,2013

Q&A with Big Perm

Lansing rapper keeps busy

by Rich Tupica
Aside from recording over 10 mix tapes, he has a strong focus on the business side of music, including promotions, marketing and management. Perm’s label, Street Dream Entertainment, has become his main focus in life, and his efforts are beginning to pay off.
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