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Wednesday, March 11,2015

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A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Bastards of Young, a Lansing-based Replacements cover band, performs its first show Friday at the Loft. Sharing the bill is local AC/DC cover band ICY/ DICEY, and the JetBeats. Bastards of Young comprises members of classic Lansing bands 19 Wheels and the dt’s. The lineup is: Tim Marzorati (vocals/ guitar/mandolin), Scott Owens (guitar), Marc Nischan (guitar), Blair Darling (bass), and drummer Randy Farlin. “Paul Westerberg´s writing has always been with me,” said Owens, a long-time fan of the pioneering alt-rock band.
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Avenue Café is becoming known for its Americana-punk shows thanks to Steve King. The café’s event manager has a knack for bringing in banjowielding troubadours from across the country. King’s next frenetic-folk show is Friday. Headlining is the Handog Hearts, the rootsy one-man-band project of Indianapolis-based singer/songwriter Austin Stirling. The Hangdog Hearts started as a full band in 2012, but Stirling quickly stripped it down to a solo project and honed his soulful “angry-Gypsy-folk” sound. Its latest release is 2013’s “Under the Floorboards.” Openers at the Avenue are Brother Doug and songwriter James Hunnicutt, a Farmageddon Records artist. Over the years, Hunnicutt, a Washington state native, has recorded or played with a number of rustic-roots bands including Joe Buck Yourself, the Goddamn Gallows and Shooter Jennings, to name only a few.
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Wednesday, February 25,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Genocya at Mac's, Saturday, Feb. 28' Genocya returns Saturday to Mac’s Bar for its first Lansing show of the year. The Lansing-based metal band is known for its malevolent metal sound that blends thrash, death and black metal into one heavy concoction. The band, which ...
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Wednesday, February 18,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Dirk Powell and Riley Baugus at the Ten Pound Fiddle, Friday, Feb. 20 Fiddler Dirk Powell and banjoist/guitarist Riley Baugus bring their oldtime music expertise to the Ten Pound Fiddle. Deeply rooted in Appalachian heritage, both members of the duo are highly regarded in the American...
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Wednesday, February 11,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Chris Bathgate returns to Mac´s Bar, Thursday, Feb. 12 Pinckney-based indie-folk songwriter Chris Bathgate returns Thursday to Mac’s Bar for an all-ages show. Openers are Streaking in Tongues, Mudwest, Joshua Barton & Seerstones and Molly Sullivan. Bathgate has a distinct fo...
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Wednesday, February 4,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
John Gorka at the Ten Pound Fiddle, Friday, Feb. 6 After cutting his teeth in the 1980s Greenwich Village music scene, John Gorka became a preeminent figure in the new folk movement. Friday he performs at the Ten Pound Fiddle. The New Jersey native, known for his sharp wit and poignant...
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Wednesday, January 28,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Not all rock shows are organized solely to benefit musicians’ egos. The annual Greater Lansing Food Bank Benefit, now in its fifth year, has become an institution in the Lansing rock scene. The event features live music by local indie and alt-rock bands while also collecting grub for the food bank. Attendees who donate a non-perishable food item save $2 off admission. One of the performers is Jackpine Snag, a doomy grunge-blues band featuring guitarist/vocalist Joe Hart, bassist Jason Roedel and drummer Todd Karinen. Karinen is also the founder and organizer of the event.
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Wednesday, January 21,2015

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A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Lead Belly & Josh White tribute show, Friday, Jan. 23 It is the early 1940s. Blues/folk legends Lead Belly and Josh White are backstage between sets, enjoying some downtime. What do they talk about? This is the setting for the Ten Pound Fiddle’s “Black Fathers of Folk ...
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Wednesday, January 14,2015

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A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Cheap Girls, Split Single at Mac´s Bar, Friday, Jan. 16 Still pumped from its latest power-pop release, the “Famous Graves” LP, Cheap Girls returns to its home turf of Mac’s Bar for a headlining gig. Those who buy advance tickets online get a free poster. Warming up t...
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Wednesday, January 7,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Duhks at Ten Pound Fiddle, Friday, Jan. 16 The Duhks perform the first show of the Ten Pound Fiddle’s winter season. The Canadian band, known for its energetic modern folk sound, formed in 2001 in Winnipeg. The five-piece group blends old-fashioned folk with French Canadian a...
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