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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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Wednesday, August 1,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Genuine alt-country and psychobilly fans may want to check out Slim Cessna’s Auto Club when it stops at Mac's Bar Thursday.
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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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