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Wednesday, September 5,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Over 1,000 students are expected to fill the field outside of the MSU Auditorium for the annual Spartan Remix. The free, all-ages event features music from DJ Rod P — the official DJ for the Detroit Pistons — Karen Rodriguez, Enrique Rosas Duet and Zain Shamoon and the Blat Pack. Dances will be performed by the ASU African Student Union, FreQuency Dance Crew and the MSU Breakdance Club.
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Friday, August 31,2012

A complete guide to Lansing's music scene

Venues, record stores, music shops and local radio stations around town

by Rich Tupica
If moving into your new digs at Michigan State University included lugging heavy boxes of vinyl LPs and guitars up seemingly endless flights of stairs, getting hip to Lansing's music venues should be at the top of your list of things to do instead of homework. While mid-Michigan doesn't have a St. Andrew's Hall or Majestic Theatre, there are some great spots to check out left-of-the-dial tunes and some national touring groups.
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Wednesday, August 29,2012

The Zoobie's sessions

'Gypsy-jazz' band records album inside abandoned Old Town bar

by Rich Tupica
Dylan Rogers unlocks the back door of the dilapidated, vacant bar on the outskirts of Old Town, and slowly pushes it open. "Hello! Anybody here?" he shouts, carefully entering, crowbar in one hand, flashlight in the other. Then the stench hits— the kind of unpleasant odor only found in a building after years of neglect and vandalism. Thanks to Rogers and his wife, however, that odor is now ever so faintly covered up with the aroma of household cleansers.
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Wednesday, August 29,2012

Laugh track

Lansing student standup comedians polish their acts

by Rich Tupica
The notorious "Bill Hicks Hates Hecklers" video on YouTube is as good a crash course in standup comedy etiquette as you can get. In the grainy reel from the '80s, a drunken female heckler shouts, "You suck!" at Hicks, unleashing a string of primal screams from the comedian in which he calls her everything from a "drunk bitch" to an "idiot piece of shit." Lesson: do not call Bill Hicks names.
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Wednesday, August 29,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
City Pulse hosts: Teenage Slumber Party at Mac's The first in a series of upcoming City Pulse-hosted events happens Wednesday at Mac's Bar when Teenage Slumber Party and Catalina Wine Mixer play an early, all-ages show. Headlining is Teenage Slumber Party, a Grand Ledge-based punk-rock duo made up of Dylan Sowle (guitar/vocals) and Ariel Rogers (drums).
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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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