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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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Wednesday, April 20,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
Detroit native Kamalay, the singer, guitarist and group leader, has been playing professionally since he graduated from the University of Detroit in 1974. Artists he has worked with include Joel Mabus, Betty Joplin, the Chenille Sisters and Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong.
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Wednesday, April 13,2011

A collector's dream

Record Store Day features limited-edition collectibles from assorted artists

by Rich Tupica
“In my eyes, it’s a tacit acknowledgement by the record industry that there’s a loyal, committed group of customers who are looking for something more than the run-of-the-mill, no frills product that the majority of music consumers give no second thought about,” Butts said.
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Wednesday, April 13,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
This Friday, he’ll play at the Ten Pound Fiddle. Old New England murder ballads, Southern Appalachian and Irish songs, gospel: Eriksen does them all. His music has been featured in films like Billy Bob Thornton’s “Chrystal,” “Behold the Earth” and the Oscarwinning.
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Wednesday, April 6,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
This Friday the band’s “Dirge Across America Tour” will stop at Mac’s Bar. In April 2010 after the re-release of “Abuse,” Wormrot’s debut album on Earache Records, the group embarked on another tour across Europe and the United States. The band will release a new full-length titled “Dirge” in May.
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Wednesday, March 30,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
The band plays the Landshark Friday. Sharing the bill are Audrey (Muskegon), Good Weather For Airstrikes (Howell), Bloomill (Mt. Pleasant). Elliot Street Lunatic will record its sophomore album in California this June with producer Casey Crescenzo from The Dear Hunter, a national indie band.
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