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Wednesday, February 23,2011

Industry keeps expanding

Band finds room to grow with 'Trouble House'

by Rich Tupica
Joshua Barton had a huge revelation back in 1999 after stumbling upon a record by Spiritualized, an English neopsychedelia band. Further digging led him to Spacemen 3 albums, and a crop of other loud, droning, and feedback-ridden tunes ' a genre known as “shoegaze.
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Wednesday, February 23,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
One of those acts, Mr. Denton on Doomsday has been gigging around Lansing for years playing their brand of experimental indie metal. The band’s sound could be compared to Incubus and System of a Down; however, the band mixes it up with some funk, a mess of erratic beats and insightful lyrics.
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Thursday, February 17,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
Atomic Tom is a Brooklyn-based band that created a buzz on YouTube after they performed their single "Take Me Out" live using four iPhones on a New York City subway. The fictional premise of the video is that the band’s instruments have been stolen and they were forced to improvise, using their iPhones.
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Wednesday, February 2,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
In the 1950s, he formed the Bluenotes with pianist Joe Weaver, which led to gigs with John Lee Hooker, Big Joe Turner, Ruth Brown and Eddie Burns. He also played in the house band for Detroit’s Fortune Records label, where he recorded with Detroit legends Nolan Strong & the Diablos and Andre Williams.
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Wednesday, January 26,2011

TURN IT DOWN: A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The show is raising funds for a documentary about Karp, a defunct Washington-based band that reflected the sounds of the Melvins and Black Sabbath. “Karp Lives: A Documentary Film About a Band Called Karp” traces the band’s career, which lasted from 1990 to 1998.
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Wednesday, January 19,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
This year’s lineup includes a long list of local indie rock, punk and singer/songwriters. Bands on the main stage will play 40-minute sets, with acoustic acts performing shorter sets on a secondary stage during the usual lull for set-up and tear-down..
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Wednesday, January 12,2011

LansingMusic.tv rocks the Web

Three guys from Dewitt launched a music channel to showcase noteworthy local performers

by Rich Tupica
With a few digital cameras and computer programs, LansingMusic.tv founders Sean Bradley, Casey Cavanaugh and Austin Howard produce interviews and shoot live performances by local musicians from every genre. The DIY station also posts written album reviews, show previews and other local news.
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Wednesday, January 12,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
Blues guitarist extraordinaire Bobby Murray played guitar for Etta James for 25 years and recorded with B.B. King and T-Bone Walker. On Friday, the Bobby Murray Band performs at Leroy’s Classic Bar & Grill.
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Wednesday, January 5,2011

Looking Back & Looking Ahead: Music

Record labels, venues keep on rockin’

by Rich Tupica
Ramseur Records (which has also released Avett Brothers records), and continued a rigorous tour schedule. The band’s latest album, “Deadfalls and Nightmalls,” was released July 20. As for 2011, Frontier Ruckus has already booked another tour across the U.
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Wednesday, January 5,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
Seven bands will share the stage Friday at Mac’s. From metal to pop punk and funk, the night will be a diverse blend of Michigan rock outfits. Headlining the show is Hellmouth, a Detroit metal band on Paper Plastick Records.
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