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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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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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