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Wednesday, October 3,2012

Still angry after all these years

by Rich Tupica
After an hour-long conversation with punk legend Henry Rollins, one thing is clear: The guy is intensely patriotic and socially aware. For those who've followed his 30-year career, it should come as no surprise. He's passionate and vocal about virtually everything.
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Wednesday, October 3,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Taproot, a four-piece hard-rock band that formed in 1997 in Ann Arbor, performs Wednesday at The Loft along with co-headliners Nonpoint. Taproot started to gain national attention as the nü-metal phase was sputtering out, even scoring a national hit with "Poem" in 2002.
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Wednesday, September 26,2012

Exile on Michigan Ave.

Bombastic business owner may lose his multi-purpose venue

by Rich Tupica
If you're plugged into the Lansing music scene, you may have noticed a flurry of bitter posts in your Facebook newsfeed last month from the Zeppelin's Music Hall page. The posts were mostly directed at City Pulse's local music coverage, specifically wondering why we weren’t covering Zeppelin's events.
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Wednesday, September 26,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Jim Finkley, better known by his stage name Joe Buck, is a hard-stomping one-man band. With a kick drum at his feet and a beat-up acoustic in his hands, Buck viciously mixes classic hillbilly music with snarling gutter-punk vocals and distortion.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Blues brothers — and sisters

BluesFest rolls through Old Town this weekend, highlighting a unique Lansing sound

by Rich Tupica
In Lansing, there are two key fixtures that support the area's vibrant blues scene, keeping that 12-bar chord progression within two degrees of separation at any time: The Green Door, which has become a hallowed institution for the blues, attracting national and international acts with its electric atmosphere, and the annual Old Town BluesFest, which rolls into town like a storm once a year, shaking north Lansing to the quick.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Phoenix with nine lives

Disaster-prone Williamston pub expands with live performance venue

by Rich Tupica
When a business proprietor experiences three disasters in as many years, finding a willing insurance company gets to be a thorny state of affairs. Perhaps that's why bar owner Craig Banwell keeps his insurance agent, Ganesh Reddy, by his side — at least during interviews with local media.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Breathe Owl Breathe, an East Jordan, Mich. folk group, blends guitar, banjo, cello and vocals into an earthy indie folk sound. The trio's original songs are subtle and heartfelt, but sometimes come with a touch of humor. The band headlines a night of indie-folk Friday at (SCENE) Metrospace.
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Wednesday, September 12,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
For those looking to relax by the water with some jazz piano, Thursday at the Waterfront Bar & Grill in the Lansing City Market may be just the spot. The evening features a performance from the Arlene McDaniel Trio, a local group known for original compositions and lesser known jazz standards. McDaniel is a veteran pianist in the field of jazz, working in the mid-Michigan area and beyond for 30 years.
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

When festivals attack!

REO Town reinventing itself as place 'where art is made.'

by Rich Tupica
If you drive south on Washington Square out of downtown Lansing, just beyond I-496 you'll hit REO Town. At least, you used to. Now you hit a Road Closed sign, a Sidewalk Closed sign, and, to top it all off, an orange Detour sign with giant arrow pointing toward the highway.
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

Diva sings the blues

Lansing songstress orchestrates stylish performance event

by Rich Tupica
The blues has always been sodden in gloom. Even the late gospel vocalist Mahalia Jackson once said, "Anybody singing the blues is in a deep pit yelling for help." But that’s not true for Twyla Birdsong.
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