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Wednesday, January 9,2013

Turn It Down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
A night Latin entertainment happens Friday at The Firm. The event, dubbed "Latin Xplosionar," is "a celebration of culture and dance," according to the organizers. The night will feature two DJs spinning the hottest reggaeton, cumbia, merengue and salsa.
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Friday, January 4,2013

Back to the Garage

Madness, money and music: The legacy of Lansing’s 1960s rock scene

by Rich Tupica
Soon after Feb. 9, 1964, Lansing area teens began filing into Marshall Music in search of guitars, organs, amplifiers and drum kits. Those school kids had just witnessed the Beatles perform on "The Ed Sullivan Show" ' and they wanted to experience the energy of live rock ’n’ roll.
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Wednesday, January 2,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Ann Arbor folkies Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys perform at The Avenue Café Friday, along with local Americana gypsy-jazz band Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle (L.U.V.S.). Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys give a nod to American roots music while creating a distinct sound through inventive arrangements.
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Wednesday, December 26,2012

Copper tones

Country duo carries on classic honky-tonk sound

by Rich Tupica
When you're a happy newlywed, penning tear-in-your-beer honky-tonk tunes can be a bit fiddly. But that doesn't stop Carra Barratt Stasney, one half of Copper and Coal, a Portland, Ore.-based classic country group.
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Wednesday, December 26,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Although the influential, Flint-based band Kid Brother Collective only lasted from 1993 to 2004, the band still has a dedicated following. The post-hardcore band is back with a new vinyl reissue of the band's classic "Highway Miles" album.
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Wednesday, December 19,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
For those looking to rave one more time before it all ends, perhaps the "Mayan Underworld Rage" at The Loft is the place to be. The event, which happens Thursday and will feature a light show, features Michigan DJs spinning techno and dubstep tracks.
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Wednesday, December 12,2012

Keeping the Sun from setting

Williamston movie theater turns to crowdsourcing to leap into 21st century

by Rich Tupica
There's a flickering cinematic nostalgia that hits moviegoers when they take in a movie at the Sun Theatre in downtown Williamston. It's a virtual 1950s time warp of a structure, complete with a metal-panel facade and a wide, V-shaped marquee that extends above the entrances.
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Wednesday, December 12,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Record Lounge in East Lansing will host three local bands Saturday at a free in-store show. Making some demented ruckus are BerT, Total Hipster Crusher, The Plague Years and American Gothic.
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Wednesday, December 5,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Tiempo Libre, a Miami-based "timba" group, returns to Wharton Center for the third time on Thursday. The high-energy group has consistently toured since its genesis in 2001, nabbing three Grammy nominations along the way.
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Wednesday, November 28,2012

Fiddles and mohawks

Annual genre-fusing show doubles as CD release party for local band

by Rich Tupica
These days, if you're talking about country music, you usually think about superstars like Kenny Chesney or the glossy pop styling of Taylor Swift – a manufactured contemporary sound that strays so far from true twang that it should be barred from claiming the genre.
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