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Wednesday, January 11,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Chris Bathgate’s melancholy indie-folk has earned him a loyal following in the Midwest and beyond. On Thursday, he plays Mac’s Bar; openers include Small Houses, Pioneer and Kevin Killen. His acclaimed new album, “Salt Year,” has been compared to songwriters Damien Jurado and Will Oldham. Bathgate is originally from rural Iowa, but now calls Pinckney home.
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Wednesday, January 4,2012

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by Rich Tupica
'Lansing Covers Lansing' CD release show A new compilation CD of Lansing bands covering songs by other Lansing outfits will be released Friday at Mac’s Bar. Taking the stage will be a few of the featured artists: Frank and Earnest, Small Houses, Tommy Plural (solo acoustic), Cavalcade and American Gothic. The album, “Secret Identities: Lansing Covers Lansing,” is a co-release by LansingMusic.tv and Good Time Gang Records. The comp features Lansing bands Drinking Mercury, Small Houses, The Break Ups, The Plurals, Narc Out The Reds, Frank and Earnest, Cavalcade, Jason Alarm, Calliope, Fields of Industry and American Gothic covering new and old songs by area bands like The Fix, Small Brown Bike, The Ones, Jen Sygit and Mystic Shake, among others. CDs are $8.
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Wednesday, December 28,2011

Rock: Lansing acts made waves nationally and internationally

by Rich Tupica
Going to local rock clubs like Mac's Bar or The Loft isn't one click away, and most often it isn't free (unless one has managed to weasel their way onto a guest list). So it's a remarkable feat when bands not only win a local following, but also manage to make some waves nationally and internationally.
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Wednesday, December 28,2011

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by Rich Tupica
Na Style Jaa's pre-NYE rap show For those who cannot wait until New Year's Eve, The Loft hosts a night of unconventional hip-hop acts at a Friday show dubbed “New Year’s Eve EVE.” Lansing-based Na Style Jaa takes the stage. The eccentric rap group formed in January, and has since created a genre the group calls “story core,” which most often combines humor and dramatized historical events into the lyrics.
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Wednesday, December 21,2011

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Hoopties debut new member at Green Door

by Rich Tupica
American-roots band The Hoopties plays some original material while also paying homage to the members'euro;' favorite musical heroes with a few choice covers. The Lansingbased group, which plays the Green Door on Thursday, dabbles in blues, country, zydeco, reggae and even some old soul.
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Wednesday, December 14,2011

Turn it Down

by Rich Tupica
Chinese Telephones are a Milwaukee-based pop-punk band that s been playing shows across the country since 2004. On Thursday, the band plays an all-ages show at Mac s Bar. Chinese Telephones has been featured in such indie publications as Maximum Rocknroll, Razorcake and Punk Planet.
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Thursday, December 8,2011

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Holiday Sing At Ten Pound Fiddle Come belt out some songs at the 9th Annual Holiday Sing at the Ten Pound Fiddle. The event is hosted by longtime local folk-music supporter Sally Potter, who invites one and all to sing holiday and seasonal selections, no matter what the talent level.
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Wednesday, November 30,2011

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
(Scene) Composes itself The gallery will host a concert tonight featuring the Sixth Species Ensemble, a Michigan State University-based ensemble spearheaded by MSU music graduate Phillip Sink, who is also a composer, saxophonist and teacher.
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Wednesday, November 23,2011

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
The Fling is an indie-rock band from Long Beach that plays shoegaze-inspired folk tunes and psych-pop ballads. The band, which plays Mac s Wednesday, has a new single, "Dogpile," on Dangerbird Records. Also taking the stage is Yukon Blonde.
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Wednesday, November 16,2011

‘A musical death-row revue’

Nellie McKay plays doomed convict Barbara Graham

by Rich Tupica
In 2006 the Manhattan-based jazz-pop singer and multi-instrumentalist ditched Columbia Records, due to artistic differences: She loudly supports People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, gay rights, and feminism. She even wrote a song for death-row inmate Troy Davis before his September execution.
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