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Sunday, June 28,2015

The Woolies Celebrate 50 Years

Drummer of legendary East Lansing band reflects on Chuck Berry, 'Who Do You Love' single

by Rich Tupica
In mid-August 1968, the Woolies walked into the Dells, a now demolished music venue in Haslett near Lake Lansing. The shaggyhaired, blues-inspired rock ‘n’ roll group was hired for a multiple-day run backing the legendary Chuck Berry.
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Wednesday, June 24,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Hayley Kiyoko at Mac´s Bar, Wednesday, July 1 Vocalist/actress Hayley Kiyoko headlines July 1 at Mac’s Bar, with opener Alex Mendenall and Faithy Halick. Aside from her modernpop tunes, Kiyoko is known for playing Velma Dinkley in three liveaction “Scooby-Doo” movi...
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Wednesday, June 17,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Elliot Street Lunatic return to Mac´s Bar, June 19 Lansing-based indie-rock band Elliot Street Lunatic (ESL) returns to Mac’s Bar Friday for its first show in nearly two years. Openers are Off The Ledge, Watching For Foxes, Mudwest and Gravity Lens. ESL is fronted by songwriter J...
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Wednesday, June 10,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
James Gardin & the Full Respect at Mac´s Bar, Thursday, June 18 Formerly known as P.H.I.L.T.H.Y., Lansing-based hip-hop artist James Gardin headlines June 18 at Mac’s Bar along with Jabee, Rafa´el and Miles Young. “My current sound is a mix of funk, rap and gospel,&rdqu...
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Friday, June 5,2015

Fight for your right

Wilson rises up with new LP

by Rich Tupica
With a debut 2013 album titled “Full Blast Fuckery,” one could guess that Wilson delivers fist-pumping hard-rock tunes. Known for its colossal, riff-driven sound, the Detroit based band comprises vocalist Chad Nicefield, guitarists Jason Spencer and Kyle Landry, bassist James Lascu and drummer Matthew Puhy. This year the band inked a deal with Razor & Tie Records and recorded its hook-filled sophomore album, “Right to Rise,” in Atlanta. The upcoming disc is due out June 30.
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Wednesday, June 3,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Laura Stevenson at Mac´s Bar, Thursday, June 4 Brooklyn-based indie-folk-rock songwriter Laura Stevenson headlines an all-ages show Thursday at Mac’s Bar. Openers are Tidal, Cardboard Swords and Stefanie Haapala. Stevenson’s latest LP, “Wheel,” was released in 2...
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Wednesday, May 27,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
E-40 at Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge, Sunday, May 31 Bay Area rap legend E-40 headlines Sunday at Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge, with Stevie Stone opening the show. E-40, who comes to Lansing on his “Choices Tour 2015,” debuted in 1990 when his group, the Click, released the “...
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Wednesday, May 20,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Jimi Kanklez opens for Lil Wyte and JellyRoll, Friday, May 22 Opening Friday’s Lil Wyte and JellyRoll concert at Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge is Lansing-based rapper Jimi Kanklez, among others. The concert is the only Michigan date of the “Pour Another Tour.” Kanklez, a Ro...
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Wednesday, May 13,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Surfer Blood at the Loft, Wednesday, May 20 Surfer Blood has toured the world and shared stages with alt-rock icons the Pixies and Guided By Voices. On Wednesday, the Floridabased indie band headlines at the Loft. Opener is local indie rockers Lights and Caves. This month, Surfer B...
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Wednesday, May 6,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18 , $10, 8 p.m., Thursday, May 7 Sean Bonnette, front man of Phoenix-based folk-punk outfit Andrew Jackson Jihad, performs a solo set Thursday at the Avenue Café. Bonnette formed Andrew Jackson Jihad in 2004 and has since toured the cou...
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