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Thursday, August 23,2012

Soak up the Sun

Diverse music festival takes over Mason

by Rich Tupica
Living in a small town can be a tad drab, a little too hushed and bit too Mayberry-ish. Perhaps that’s why the city of Mason decides to ditch the quiet life, pitch a beer tent and pump up the volume this time every year.
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Wednesday, August 22,2012

Mighty encouraging

Local band releases love letter video to Michigan

by Rich Tupica
Think of classic Michigan rock 'n roll, and you'll probably conjure up images of a shirtless Iggy Pop rolling around uninhibited on stage, shrieking into a microphone. Or perhaps you'll imagine MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer ripping into the restless opening chords of "Kick Out the Jams." But guitarist Larry Neuhardt and vocalist DeShaun Snead, who headline the Lansing-area band Mighty Medicine, prefer to honor the music and the history of Michigan in a more carefree and unruffled fashion.
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Wednesday, August 22,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
The third installment of Fusion Shows' Summer Sing-Along happens Friday at The Loft. The series showcases a number of local bands performing a full set of covers from a particular band. This time around, Elliot Street Lunatic performs as the Beatles, while Mike Mains & the Branches perform as pop-radio rockers Third Eye Blind.
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Wednesday, August 15,2012

'Like a death in the family'

Downing’s strange, sudden 'retirement' leaves some at WLNZ in tears

by Rich Tupica
Retirement after a 37-year career would typically be a celebratory affair, with a jubilant going-away party hosted by co-workers and management that would honor the decades of devoted service.
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Wednesday, August 15,2012

If You Brew It, They Will Come

Lansing Beer Week taps a keg

by Rich Tupica
For the casual beer drinker, the story behind the ice-cold suds they just ordered at their local watering hole doesn't weigh too heavily on the mind. For microbrew connoisseurs, however, it's all about ingenuity and innovative tastes.
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Wednesday, August 15,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
The Jackpine Snag, a Lansing-based grungy-doom blues trio, plays one last show Thursday before taking a hiatus from live gigs. The band is made up of Joe Hart (guitar/ vocals), Greg Lamb (bass) and Todd Karinen (drums).
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Wednesday, August 8,2012

Folk in the road

Great Lakes Folk Festival 2012 brings world music to the streets of East Lansing

by Rich Tupica
Lora Helou, the festival's associate director, said she respects the Dylan-esque sound, but said the team of organizers is more interested in introducing fascinating faraway cultures to East Lansing.
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Wednesday, August 8,2012

A smooth 'Crossover'

Local artist Phil Denny drops debut CD

by Rich Tupica
Phil Denny has no regrets about his drastic career swap. Two years after ditching his day job as vice president for US Capital Mortgage, the Lansing native has adeptly transitioned into his dream job as a professional smooth jazz saxophonist.
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Wednesday, August 8,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Bomb the Music Industry! (BtMI), a New York-based DIY musical collective led by songwriter and producer Jeff Rosenstock, returns to Mac's Bar Wednesday for an early, all-ages concert hosted by Fusion Shows.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

A second stab at the first time

After a last-minute cancellation last year, Michigan Rock N Brew organizers try again

by Rich Tupica
As Ted Wilson sits in his East Michigan Avenue office wrapping up a late-evening meeting about the Michigan Rock 'N Brew Festival he’s organizing, the DIY promotional method he's implementing proves its worth, at least in some capacity.
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