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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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Thursday, February 21,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The East Lansing-based band East Harvest plays an eclectic mix of acoustic indie, soul, and reggae rock. The band, which is releasing its "Restless" EP Saturday at an all-ages show at Mac's Bar, features vocalist/guitarist Adrian Sanchez, Connor Ralph (vocals/percussion), Spender Ralph and Joe Vasquez (bass), Jordan Otto (percussion) and Royce Phillips Jr. on saxophone.
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Wednesday, February 20,2013

Joshua Davis releases new album

Local musician's 'eye-opening' experience in Israel inspires album

by Rich Tupica
Most albums start in practice rooms or music venues where songs take their shape. But the roots of Joshua Davis' new album, "A Miracle of Birds," run all the way to the West Bank in the Middle East, a hostile terrain where Israelis and Palestinians hurl stun grenades, teargas and rocks at each with seemingly endless verve.
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Thursday, February 14,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Detroit prog-rockers Stikyf't return to Lansing Saturday for a gig at The Loft. The "gypsy art-rock" band takes from a variety of genres, from jazz and Latin, to rock, jam and metal. Fans of Shocking Blue might want to check out this show.
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Wednesday, February 6,2013

Start your engines

'RuPaul’s Drag Race' star stops at Spiral

by Rich Tupica
Before Latrice Royale was a world-famous, plus-sized drag queen and reality TV star, she was Timothy Wilcots, a child of the '70s growing up in Compton, Calif., just blocks away from gangsta rap legends Eazy E and Dr. Dre.
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Wednesday, February 6,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Over the past three years The FunDubMentals have been playing its hybrid of reggae/dub/ska/roots music across the state. In 2010, they were voted "Best New Band" in the Northern Express Magazine. Friday, the band headlines a Bob Marley Birthday Bash at The Loft.
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Wednesday, February 6,2013

New in town

Guitar Center

by Rich Tupica
Guitar Center is the largest chain music store in the world, and this week Lansing gets a store of its own. On Thursday, the California-based company opens its 242nd location in the Frandor Shopping Center with a grand opening party that’s guaranteed to catch some eyes.
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Wednesday, January 30,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
If you love poppy punk and football, you're in luck — this show doubles as a Super Bowl Party. For the past five years, Way to Fall has been steadily gigging and recording its brand of pop-core, taking influence from their pop-punk forefathers.
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Wednesday, January 23,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Steel Wheels, a Virginia-based four-piece folk band, returns to The Ten Pound Fiddle on Friday. The Steel Wheels tap into Americana traditions, but add a fresh-sounding acoustic fervor.
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