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Wednesday, May 2,2012

Taking comics seriously

Capital City Collectibles hosts Free Comic Book Day

by Rich Tupica
Jahner owned Capital City Collectibles for three decades until he passed away on Sept. 22, 2010, at the age of 55. Jahner’s love for rarities kept the store packed with thousands of comics, action figures, books, memorabilia, films and more.
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Wednesday, May 2,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Whether The Features are opening shows for their pals in Kings of Leon, taking the stage at Bonnaroo or going on an indie DIY tour, the Nashville-based band hasn’t slowed down since it formed in 1994. Fans of the Manchester Orchestra may dig the band’s indie-pop-rock sound. On May 9, the band stops at Mac’s Bar. Opening the gig is local rockers The Hat Madder. The Features’ latest LP, “Wilderness,” includes tunes like “Another One” and “Fats Domino,” showcasing the band’s ability to mix pop ingenuity with vivid lyrics, catchy hooks, and experimental soul. “I feel like we walk this fine line,” said singer/guitarist Matt Pelham. “We’re not weird enough for a certain crowd and we’re a little bit too out there for the other crowd.” Nevertheless, the band caught the attention of the members of Kings of Leon; they signed The Features to its own label, Serpents & Snakes, back in 2009.
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Wednesday, April 25,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
The Mitten Mavens, a Lansing-based all-female roller derby team, hosts a rock show fundraiser Friday at Mac’s Bar. Taking the stage is a bill full of local rockers, including Narc Out the Reds, The Playback (local indie rock), Charlie Slick (electro-glam from Ann Arbor), Inflatable Best Friend (Kalamazoo-based rock), and The Dolphins (local garage/rock-n-roll).
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

Viva vinyl!

Local shops await annual Record Store Day sales

by Rich Tupica
While the 4-year-old event is a day validating the love of digging through crates of LPs and 7-inches, it’s also a huge financial boost for the indie shops. Local stores participating this year include Flat, Black and Circular, The Record Lounge and Schuler Books and Music (Eastwood).
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
"My whole sound is kind of this funky house, funky disco and a bit of techno,” said DJ Dan, who is playing The Loft Friday. The event is hosted by X Theory Collaboration: “Lansing´s newest electronic music movement.” DJ Dan (a.k.a. Daniel Wherrett) has been a fixture in the techno scene since 1991, when he began to make a name for himself in Los Angeles. Since then he’s toured the world and released stacks of records. “I’ve definitely gone more underground,” Wherrett said in a phone interview. “I’ve decided to go back to my roots and play funkier house — more underground stuff. I really have no desire to go into the mainstream.”
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Wednesday, April 11,2012

Doing things differently

An opening-night documentary profiles a local success story: Elderly Instruments

by Rich Tupica
Heading toward his office, Aleshire works his way through the labyrinth of shelving units bursting with stock, while he passes by a swarm of fellow employees, all busy filling Internet orders for rare vintage guitars, or perhaps tracking down an item for a customer waiting upstairs.
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Wednesday, April 11,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Aside from premieres of Michigan-made films, screenings of international indies and TedX conferences, the 2nd Annual Capital City Film Festival also hosts live music each night at The Loft. Kicking things off on Thursday is the indie-bluegrass band Greensky Bluegrass, with openers Joshua Davis, Flashing Blue Lights and The Whiskey Pickers.
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Wednesday, April 4,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
The Blackened Moon Concert Hall is stocked with East Coast death-metal acts on Thursday. Bands set to thrash through some black metal include HellCannon (from Buffalo) and New Jersey-based rockers Legionary and Death Sick. Representing Lansing are Genocya and Seraphim Burial. Genocya has been playing a mix of thrash, death, and black metal for a decade. The band, which recently released its first full-length album “Ever Descent,” includes Dane Brown (vocals), Brad van Satan (guitar), Matt Cunningham (guitar), Tim Sever (drums) and Jim Albrecht (bass). Genocya returns to Blackened Moon on April 28 to play its 10th anniversary show, which will include performances from openers Sauron, Dozic and more.
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Wednesday, March 28,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Mac’s Bar will be kickin’ the bass Saturday when five Michigan-based DJs spin some bass-heavy electro. Hitting the decks at the event, dubbed “Mac’s Hot Shit,” is DJ C. Phear (from Detroit), POPSH!T (from Kalamazoo), K@dog (from Detroit), iNoV8 (from East Lansing), and Peppstep. Over the past 10 years DJ C. Phear, a.k.a. Casey Phear, has become a fixture in the Detroit electronic music scene and a driving force in the Michigan dubstep and DNB scenes. His sets also include jungle, jump-up, trip hop, liquid DNB, and soul dubs.
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Wednesday, March 21,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
On Friday at The Loft, expect a jam-packed show with four separate tours sharing one bill. The all-ages show includes A Loss For Words, The Sheds, The Menzingers, Make Do and Mend, Code Orange Kids, Captain We’re Sinking, Hometeam, Priorities and Yours Truly. Headlining the night is A Loss for Words, a pop-punk/melodic hardcore band from Abington, Mass. The five-piece outfit is signed to Rise Records and recently released “No Sanctuary,” its second full-length album.
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