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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Wednesday, November 16,2011

‘Vibrant nightlife’ — or vandalism and violence?

Some business owners say the downtown bar crowd is out of control: ‘It’s just kind of a zoo down here’

by Rich Tupica
Early last Thursday, local event promoter and hip-hop fan Ygnacio Notch Bermudez, 35, was shot to death outside The Loft, a live music venue and bar at 414 E. Michigan Ave. The murder is the latest and most alarming development in a series of incidents that have frustrated and infuriated some local business owners.
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Wednesday, November 16,2011

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Jake Simmons & the Little Ghosts drops vinyl LP

by Rich Tupica
Jake Simmons, one of two songwriting talents behind the now-defunct West Michigan indie band Dead Scene Radio, is back with his new band, Jake Simmons and the Little Ghosts. The band plays an all-ages vinyl LP release show at Mac s Bar on Thursday.
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Wednesday, November 9,2011

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by Rich Tupica
Front Bottoms (indie) pop into Lansing NewJersey-based indie-pop band Front Bottoms headlines an all-ages showThursday at Mac’s Bar. Also taking the stage are Martyr Me, TheUnguarded Moment and PK Fire. While Front Bottoms is a duo made up oflong-time friends Brian Sella (vocals, g...
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