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Wednesday, July 25,2012

Survival, not revival

Cheap Girls celebrates five years in the Chevy van

by Rich Tupica
The rigorous tour regimen started not long after the band began garnering buzz for its 2008 debut LP, "Find Me a Drink Home." The band plays its five-year anniversary show Friday at Mac’s bar
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Wednesday, July 25,2012

High energy, big ears

Eclectic Eric Darius tops smooth jazz bill in Holt

by Rich Tupica
"He is high, high energy — from start to finish," Wilson said. "I don’t know how he blows on a saxophone like that for over an hour. People are going to be shocked by his performance."
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Wednesday, July 25,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
The debut seven-track EP by a new local "post art pop" band, Language, will be released Thursday at Mac's Bar. Language, which features Chris Minarik (guitar/vocals), Bobby Sullivan (guitar/synth) and drummer Joseph Dellgowan, is influenced by Girls, Yo La Tengo, Joy Division, Wire and an assortment of other British post-punk bands and classic American pop groups.
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
For those who dig unique covers of classic jams, Friday at The Loft may be the spot. The "Summer Singalong Vol. 2" hosts a roster of local bands, all performing sets by other bands and artists. Cavalcade, Lansing-based weirdo metal extraordinaires, performs the "Donnie Darko" soundtrack; meanwhile, pop-punks Frank & Earnest rocks out as Bruce Springsteen and the E. Street Band.
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Wednesday, July 11,2012

'We were different: We were kind of rockabilly'

After 55 years and hundreds of shows, The Blue Echoes — Lansing's first rock band — keeps on rolling

by Rich Tupica
The band's love of country-tinged rock shined through on cuts like "It's Witchcraft," a primitive and menacing hillbilly-rock track that could've easily been released on the Sun Records label. (A copy of the single was available earlier this week on eBay — for a cool $249.)
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Wednesday, July 11,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
For those interested in flipping through thousands of vinyl records, a good place to start might be the Saturday's Lansing Record & CD Show at the University Quality Inn in Frandor (next to Spare Time Entertainment Center). The huge show, which opens at 11 a.
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Thursday, July 5,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
For those who still dig big hair and poppy synthesizers, Friday night at Lou and Harry's may be the spot to be, for a free show by Starfarm. The flashy area cover band plays a "totally awesome collection of '80s songs."
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Wednesday, June 27,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Lansing Parks & Rec Rocks Lansing Parks and Recreation is hosting its free summer-long "Concerts in the Park" series at parks across the city. On Wednesday, The Hoopties play Quentin Park on the south side. The band dabbles in blues, country, zydeco, reggae and old soul. The Hoopties' debut CD, "It Ain't Never Been Easy," dropped last September. The band includes veteran vocalist Twyla Birdsong, Jason Strotheide (bass), Aaron Holland (guitar), Andy Callis (piano, organ, accordion, sax), Eric Payne (drums) and James "Mocha" Waller (sax, harmonica, percussion). Organizers of the concert series encourage guests to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. All concerts are held Wednesday evenings. A couple of the other upcoming park shows include the Lansing Concert Band at Riverfront Park on July 4, and The Sea Cruisers at the Turner Dodge on July 18. For more information visit lansingmi.gov/parks.
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Wednesday, June 20,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Moon and sun rise in Old Town Festivalgoers who prefer specialty beers and tasty food along with live music may want to check out the Festival of the Moon (6 to 11 p.m. Friday) and Festival of the Sun (2 to 11 p.m. Saturday) in Old Town. As for the music, Moon headliners include Tony Lucca of NBC’s “The Voice,” along with locals Billiards Music and Ben Keeler & the 500 Club. On the following day the Sun stage hosts headliners Frontier Ruckus, along with Those Willows, Sabertooth Fiancee, Empty Orchestra and Elliot Street Lunatic.
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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Fire on water

DragonHeart Racing brings an ancient Chinese sport to Lansing

by Rich Tupica
Labor Day weekend saw the first Capital City Dragon Boat Race, which introduced the sport to mid-Michigan and also inspired some of its novice racers, particularly Team DragonHeart. The members were hooked on the feeling of breezing down the water with a crew of 20 focused mates working in unison.
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