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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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Wednesday, November 2,2011

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by Rich Tupica
(SCENE) hosts one-man-indie-band For those looking for an eclectic mix of rock and indie sounds, (SCENE) Metrospace hosts Commodore Cosmos (a Lansing-area rock duo), Scott Nelson and a return appearance from Jerry Fels and the Jerry Fels, a Massachusetts-based one-man-indie-band.
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Wednesday, October 26,2011

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by Rich Tupica
For those who can’t wait until the weekend to get in costume and shake that thang to some booming house music, Mac’s Bar could be the spot. On Thursday, it hosts a night that’s dubbed “Haunted House.” Aside from a costume party, area DJs will also make some noise, including Ruckus, John Beltran, Jake Pechtel, Rachael P, and Robert Perry.
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Wednesday, October 19,2011

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by Rich Tupica
Darryl McDaniels, or “DMC” as most of the world knows him, made up one third of the pioneering rap group Run-DMC, which formed in 1981 and disbanded in 2001. The iconic trio scored rap hits throughout the ‘80s with “It’s Tricky,” “Walk This Way,” “King of Rock,” “My Adidas” and “It’s Like That.
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

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by Rich Tupica
Glitter Trash was started in 2010 by lead singer “Jena Talia,” a pre-op transsexual who refuses to accept boy/girl labeling and prefers to be called a “hybrid.” The Detroit-based band plays mid-1970s-inspired punk and is known for wild stage shows. On Friday the band plays Uli’s Haus of Rock.
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Wednesday, October 5,2011

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by Rich Tupica
Bluegrass at the Loft Greensky Bluegrass, a Kalamazoo-based bluegrass band,takes the stage at The Loft tonight. The band keeps busy, playingnearly 175 shows per year of what they call “poignant rural balladsabout real people.” This gig is the CD release show for “Handgu...
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Wednesday, September 28,2011

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by Rich Tupica
Jerry Fels and the Jerry Fels ' yes, that’s the name ' is a catchy one-man band that’s goofy and unpretentious with a smart, ironic edge. The Massachusetts-based songwriter plays keys, guitar and a kick-drum while singing. Fels, who headlines an all-ages show at (SCENE) Metrospace Thursday, has been steadily gigging across the country since 2003.
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Wednesday, September 21,2011

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by Rich Tupica
Meatmen’s Tesco Vee will be belting out some offbeat lyrics Sunday night. The Meatmen makes its only Lansing appearance in 2011 on Sunday at The Loft, when the band plays an early, all-ages show. Fronted by Lansing punk legend Tesco Vee, The Meatmen have been playing obnoxious and offensive music since the band formed in Lansing in 1979.
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