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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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Wednesday, January 16,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
While he may spend his days teaching and selling at Elderly Instruments, at night Elden Kelly impresses audiences with his vocals and virtuoso guitar skills. His eclectic jazz style blends a broad range of music traditions Aside from his six-string abilities, Kelly has also developed a syncretic style on the Arabic oud, the Turkish cumbus and the Glissentar, an 11-string fretless guitar.
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Wednesday, January 9,2013

A Nobel performance

Haslett-born opera singer finding success overseas

by Rich Tupica
Mid-Michigan isn't exactly a booming opera scene — perhaps that's why vocalist Brenden Gunnell, a 2002 graduate of Haslett High School, decided to relocate to Oslo, Norway.
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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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