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Wednesday, February 11,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Chris Bathgate returns to Macīs Bar, Thursday, Feb. 12 Pinckney-based indie-folk songwriter Chris Bathgate returns Thursday to Mac’s Bar for an all-ages show. Openers are Streaking in Tongues, Mudwest, Joshua Barton & Seerstones and Molly Sullivan. Bathgate has a distinct fo...
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Wednesday, February 4,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
John Gorka at the Ten Pound Fiddle, Friday, Feb. 6 After cutting his teeth in the 1980s Greenwich Village music scene, John Gorka became a preeminent figure in the new folk movement. Friday he performs at the Ten Pound Fiddle. The New Jersey native, known for his sharp wit and poignant...
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Wednesday, January 28,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Not all rock shows are organized solely to benefit musicians’ egos. The annual Greater Lansing Food Bank Benefit, now in its fifth year, has become an institution in the Lansing rock scene. The event features live music by local indie and alt-rock bands while also collecting grub for the food bank. Attendees who donate a non-perishable food item save $2 off admission. One of the performers is Jackpine Snag, a doomy grunge-blues band featuring guitarist/vocalist Joe Hart, bassist Jason Roedel and drummer Todd Karinen. Karinen is also the founder and organizer of the event.
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Wednesday, January 21,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Lead Belly & Josh White tribute show, Friday, Jan. 23 It is the early 1940s. Blues/folk legends Lead Belly and Josh White are backstage between sets, enjoying some downtime. What do they talk about? This is the setting for the Ten Pound Fiddle’s “Black Fathers of Folk ...
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Wednesday, January 14,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Cheap Girls, Split Single at Macīs Bar, Friday, Jan. 16 Still pumped from its latest power-pop release, the “Famous Graves” LP, Cheap Girls returns to its home turf of Mac’s Bar for a headlining gig. Those who buy advance tickets online get a free poster. Warming up t...
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Wednesday, January 7,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Duhks at Ten Pound Fiddle, Friday, Jan. 16 The Duhks perform the first show of the Ten Pound Fiddle’s winter season. The Canadian band, known for its energetic modern folk sound, formed in 2001 in Winnipeg. The five-piece group blends old-fashioned folk with French Canadian a...
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Wednesday, December 31,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Turn it Down’s picks for Top 3 Lansing-made rock ‘n’ roll records of 2014 (in no particular order)
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Tuesday, December 23,2014

Turn it Down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
NYE with Peoples Temple, Devilīs Cut, Plurals at Avenue Cafe, Wednesday, Dec. 31 The Avenue Café is kicking off the New Year with a roster of loud and local rock ‘n’ roll bands. Co-headliners are Peoples Temple and the Devil’s Cut; openers are the Plurals and Voyag...
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Wednesday, December 17,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Psychopathic Recordsī at The Loft, Sunday, Dec. 21 The Family Fun Time Tour, hosted by Psychopathic Records and Native World Inc., stops Sunday at the Loft. The eccentric hip hop bill features Anybody Killa, Boondox, Big Hoodoo, Smokehouse Junkiez, Bobby Knuckles, Insane Asylum, MC Kno...
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
10th Annual Punks Vs. Pokes, Friday, Dec. 12 With a promise of “tuneful twang, thunderous punk and everything in between,” each year Punks Vs. Pokes hosts a dueling roster of punk rock and alt-country bands at Mac’s Bar. The annual showcase is hosted by Aaron Bales of...
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