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Wednesday, November 21,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
For those who still dig neon clothes and poppy synthesizers, the Starfarm show tonight at the Green Door may be the pre-Turkey Day spot to be.
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Wednesday, November 14,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Sparky and Rhonda Rucker perform across the country and around the world, singing songs and telling stories from the American folk tradition. Friday the married couple makes a stop at the Ten Pound Fiddle concert series.
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Wednesday, November 7,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Detroit-based band Electric Six gained some national attention in early 2003 with the "Danger! High Voltage" single, a high-energy, disco-rock song that featured backing vocals from Jack White. It made it up to No. 2 on the British charts.
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Wednesday, October 31,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Mac's Bar hosts a Halloween Costume Carnival Sideshow tonight. The event includes a costume contest, live music, sideshow acts and a prize raffle. Performing live is the increasingly busy local gypsy-roots band Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle.
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Wednesday, October 31,2012

End of the road

Travelers Club wrapping up 30-year journey

by Rich Tupica
The Travelers Club International Restaurant and Tuba Museum in Okemos has been an oddball, off-the-beaten-path spot for food and brews since 1982, sitting quaintly by while the big box stores and chain restaurants moved in and transformed the area into a shopping mecca.
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Wednesday, October 24,2012

Nobody's voice

Lansing author explores the case of the Cleveland Strangler

by Rich Tupica
A chat with local author Steve Miller about his new true-crime book "Nobody’s Women" can take some disturbingly dark turns. He knows this genre isn't everyone’s bag.
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Wednesday, October 24,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Clear Soul Forces has been gaining serious momentum since the four Detroit rappers joined up in 2009. This Friday, the group performs at Mac’s Bar.
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Wednesday, October 17,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
One Be Lo (a.k.a. One Man Army) has been a Michigan hip-hop fixture since he started getting noticed for his storytelling rhymes in 1998. That was also when he co-founded the rap duo Binary Star. This Thursday he performs at The Loft along with openers Ricky Rucker, Goodman Brown, GWiz and DJ Ruckus.
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Wednesday, October 10,2012

Taking it to the streets

The battles of the Lansing buskers

by Rich Tupica
Commuters along Michigan Avenue have noticed a change in scenery in the Frandor area: a steady succession of sad faces holding cardboard placards pleading for cash. "Anything helps," the signs often say. That's just one of the hitches local street entertainers come across while performing on the city's sidewalks.
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Wednesday, October 10,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Typically the Ten Pound Fiddle concert series is reserved for veteran folk performers from across the globe, but occasionally a local group or performer is asked to play. This Friday, that honor goes to the Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle, an "Americana, gypsy-jazz, blues and vaudeville" band that plays a Fiddle show at Old Town's Creole Gallery.
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