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Wednesday, August 31,2011

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing’s musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
For those who are actually co-op residents, there is no cover charge and they can bring a “plus-one” guest. Also, residents and their guest will have a “line bypass” as well, so there’s no waiting outside, no matter what time they show up. There is a $4 cover for non-co-op residents.
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Wednesday, August 24,2011

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Also taking the stage is Billiards Music, a Lansing band specializing in acoustic-dub music. The band has a West Coast, reggae-rock sound similar to Sublime. Billiards Music started as a solo project featuring songwriter Brandon Jo (guitar/lead vocals).
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Wednesday, August 17,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
This Friday features a performance by local bluegrassfolkies Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, playing Americana tunes with a vocal style that sometimes reflects old-school jazz vocalists. There is free parking at Lake Lansing, and for the kids there’s free entry to play on a moonwalk and a giant slide.
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Wednesday, August 10,2011

From rocker to writer

Former Fix vocalist turns to true-crime chronicles

by Rich Tupica
“Girl, Wanted” chronicles Pender’s' manipulative ways: The prosecutor in the case called her “the female Charles Manson.” Pender managed to stay on the run for months, thanks to a cleverly designed network of friends, disposable cell phones and the support of a wealthy sex addict.
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Wednesday, August 10,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
Performers include Frank and Earnest, The Plurals, The Playback and the punk sounds of Fisherking. While it’s distributed throughout the United States and 20 other countries, Razorcake often covers and reviews Lansing bands. A recent issue featured The Cheap Girls (a Lansing rock band) on the cover.
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Wednesday, August 3,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
The band plays Mac’s Bar Saturday. Opening the show is a roster of locals, including The Devil’s Cut (folk/bluegrass), and Chaz Brackx & the Tight Teens (rockabilly). Also performing is the Klaw Mark Kittens, a local “burlesque wrestling” troupe that features women wrestling in vintage lingerie ' as in the risqué 1950s films by Irving Klaw.
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Wednesday, July 27,2011

Strength in numbers

WKAR documentary chronicles Lansing’s ‘community sings’

by Rich Tupica
The frequent singing events are held locally at the Unitarian Universalist Church and annually at the Hannah' Community Center for the Mid-Winter Singing Festival, which packs the house with hundreds of people ready to tackle the Great American Songbook, folk standards and spirituals.
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Wednesday, July 27,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
The band opens a show at Mac’s Bar Thursday in support of its new 7-inch single “Night on the Town” (Magwheel Records). In early 2010 Porter also released his debut solo album, “Party of One,” then went on to play dozens of shows across the East Coast, Midwest and Canada, hitting all the major cities.
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Wednesday, July 20,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
Opening the show are The Fencemen (featuring members of Small Brown Bike and Ettison Clio), along with locals Frank and Earnest, plus Aspiga from New Jersey. Narc Out the Reds also recently pressed up a 7-inch single, which will be released at the show.
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Wednesday, July 13,2011

He jumped off the Speedwagon, but stayed on the road

Duke Tumatoe remains true to his bluesy roots

by Rich Tupica
“I take inspiration from a lot of the stuff I grew up listening to: I grew on the south side of Chicago in the ’50s and ’60s ' I was exposed to it as a kid,” Tumatoe said. “They played it on the radio. It’s what we listened to. I got to hear some of the best electric blues players in Chicago: Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf.
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