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Wednesday, March 2,2011

Detroit blues star Eddie Kirkland killed in car crash

Guitarist performed in November at Leroy’s Classic Bar & Grill

by Rich Tupica
Detroit blues legend Eddie Kirkland, 87, who played with the likes of John Lee Hooker and Otis Redding, was killed in an automobile accident Sunday while doing what he did since the 1940s ' touring the country and playing the blues.
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Wednesday, February 23,2011

Yasmin Levy: Infusing old songs with new flavors

The singer brings together musicians from around the world in her band

by Rich Tupica
Having spent most of her life in Jerusalem, singer Yasmin Levy was introduced to a hotbed of cultures, many of which find ways into her style of international music.
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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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