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Wednesday, June 1,2011

Turn it down: A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
All proceeds go to “Landon’s Fund.” The late Andrew Carpenter was born in Charlotte, and still has family in the Lansing area. His cousins Shawn Semen and Mark Semen (of the now-defunct Lansing rock bands MK Ultra Culkin and Gaytar, respectively) reunited their bands and organized the benefit.
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Wednesday, May 25,2011

Turn it Down: A survey of Lansing’s musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Bordering on super-group status, the band features members of pop masterminds The Copyrights, as well as Rivethead, Houseboat and Gateway District. Dear Landlord’s brand of pop-punk is packed with epic choruses and snotty vocals.
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Wednesday, May 18,2011

Turn it Down: A survey of Lansing’s musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
This Saturday at Mac’s Bar the band unveils its 10th release, “The Plurals Today, The Plurals Tomorrow: A Futurospective,” a ninesong full-length. Good Time Gang Recordings (a label operated by the band) is co-releasing the CD along with fellow Lansing label Bermuda Mohawk Productions.
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Wednesday, May 11,2011

Turn it down: A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
You don’t need to leave Lansing to get into the Aloha spirit Mighty Uke Day is a celebration of the joyful Aloha spirit of the ukulele. The free event, taking place indoors and outdoors at various locations in the heart of Old Town, will be hosted by organizer and local musician Ben Hassenger Sr.
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Wednesday, May 4,2011

Last call at the Cat

Taxes force Old Town LGBT club to close after a two-year run

by Rich Tupica
After months of financial woes, The Chrome Cat, a lesbian-oriented hot spot, closed its doors Saturday, an emotional night for not only its loyal patrons, but its dedi- cated staff as well. The final evening featured a performance by The House Divas, which packed the venue to capacity one last time.
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Wednesday, May 4,2011

Turn It Down

by Rich Tupica
Also taking the stage are the heavy and droning sounds of True Widow. The Dallas-based band formed in 2007 and quickly delved into the world of drone, shoegaze and post-rock. Its echoing guitars and sprawling songs are topped off with meandering, reverb-drenched vocals.
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Wednesday, April 27,2011

Turn it down: A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Pennsylvania-based folk artist Anne Hills’ voice is often compared to Judy Collins. She will perform Friday at the Ten Pound Fiddle, along with songwriter David Roth. Hills has been a fixture in the folk world for more than three decades with her soaring, crystal-clear soprano. She cut her teeth in the Chicago folk scene and has since even delved into more experimental work with jazz musicians and theatrical presenters. Along the way, she has garnered such prestigious followers as folk legend Tom Paxton, who called Hills “quite simply one of my absolute favorite songwriters.”
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Wednesday, April 20,2011

That's all folk

Broad musical genre brings together different styles and fans of all ages

by Rich Tupica
Indie-folk musicians often play shows at (SCENE) Metrospace, Basement 414, Mac’s Bar, The Loft and even intimate spaces like coffee shops and house venues. Other venues like The Pump House, a community center in East Lansing, consistently feature national, local alt-country and Americana acts.
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Wednesday, April 20,2011

'I'm certainly not in any way tired of the music'

WKAR’s Bob Blackman signs off after 37 years of hosting ’The Folk Tradition’

by Rich Tupica
On Sunday, his final show will air at 6 p.m. on WKAR, featuring Blackman’s favorite singers and musicians ' the ones who’ve inspired his love of folk music over the years. As for his reasons for ending “The Folk Tradition,” Blackman said it was just time to move on and spend more time with his family.
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Wednesday, April 20,2011

Where folks go for music in Lansing

by Rich Tupica
The Ten Pound Fiddle has been the heart of the Lansing folk scene since its first concert in 1975. Since then, the concert series has grown in volunteers and members (members receive a discount on ticket prices). With a strong focus on a diverse mixture of traditional folk, the Fiddle coul...
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