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Wednesday, June 22,2011

Lunar power and solar energy

Old Town's annual Festival of the Moon and Festival of the Sun have their own special vibes

by Rich Tupica
The Festival of the Sun and Festival of the Moon is all about getting outside in Old Town while enjoying fine wine, cuisine, cold craft-brewed beer and music.
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Wednesday, June 15,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
Sunny Wilkinson is a local jazz singer known for her mischievous vocal style. She has sung with The Count Basie Band, Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass, Clark Terry, Mark Murphy, Milt Hinton, Curtis Fuller and Edgar Winter, among others.
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Wednesday, June 8,2011

New York, Paris, Milan... Lansing?

Local designers dress up The Loft Saturday night

by Rich Tupica
The designer collective Pomp was founded this year by locals Kristy Warner, Keisha Thomas, Christine White and Bryenna Reinicke, who met in the Lansing Community College fashion technology program, where they’re all enrolled..
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Wednesday, June 8,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
Wolvserpent, featuring Blake Green (guitar) and Brittany McConnell (drums/violin), create droning and ominous sounds devoid of any poppy elements. The band is known for blistering through live sets with Melvins-style heaviness at insufferably high volumes, while also mixing in grim, funereal dirges.
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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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