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Wednesday, November 17,2010

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

by Rich Tupica
Dagwood’s hosts open mic Looking to perform your music in front of a live audience? Tuesday Night Open-Mic at Dagwood’s might be the spot. The event has been running for three years and performers from as far away as Winnipeg have performed. Jen Sygit, a local singer/songwr...
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

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

by Rich Tupica
American roots music is often thought of as having a strictly traditional vibe. Sunday at Mac’s Bar, four acts will showcase examples of edgy, on-the-fringe roots music. Rachel Brooke will perform her old-time, acoustic country tunes, all by her lonesome.
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Wednesday, November 3,2010

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

by Rich Tupica
My Other Friend, a Brooklyn-based indie band, is headlining a rock show this Sunday. Fans of Arcade Fire and A Brief Smile may want to check this female-fronted band out. Opening the show are two local acts. Drinking Mercury, which features members of The Plurals, has been playing shows since 2000.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

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

by Rich Tupica
On Sunday, Rum Runners celebrates Halloween night with another costume contest: First place wins $125, second place wins $75 and third place wins a $50 Rum Runners gift card. Free Halloween t-shirts will be handed out to the first customers each night.
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Wednesday, October 20,2010

Meat and greet

The Meatmen are back, playing to longtime fans and recent converts

by Rich Tupica
Tongue planted firmly in cheek, Tesco Vee, the Lansing band’s legendary mastermind and vocalist, broke into the hardcore punk scene in 1979. That’s when he co-founded the Touch and Go fanzine and record label (which later, under a different owner, evolved into an enormously influential indie label).
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Wednesday, October 20,2010

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

by Rich Tupica
Meluch has long been fascinated by natural sounds and the textures of decay. He began playing piano before his feet could reach the pedals. He is a veteran drummer of a half-dozen bands and an avid collector of instruments and analog devices, although Meluch relies on guitar and voice as the basis for his work as Beno't Pioulard.
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Wednesday, October 13,2010

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

by Rich Tupica
A huge part of hip hop that’s often overlooked is the production side of the genre. On Oct. 21 (SCENE) Metrospace will host Bump Night, a beat battle event that hopes to shed some light on local hip-hop producers. The winner will receive a $200 prize and the competition will be judged by local celebrities.
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Tuesday, October 12,2010

Meet the Meatmen — again

Veteran punk band reconnects with fans old and new

by Rich Tupica
With song titles like “Crippled Children Suck,” and “1 Down, 3 to Go” — written just after John Lennon was assassinated — The Meatmen have always been known for vulgar and oddball punk rock songs. Tongue planted firmly in his cheek, Tesco Vee, the Lansing band’s legendary mastermind and vocalist, broke into the hardcore punk scene in 1979. That's when he co-founded the Touch and Go fanzine and record label (which later, under a different owner, evolved into an enormously influential indie label). In 1980, Vee decided to not only write about bands, but to start his own — and to add some raunchy and politically incorrect humor, something he thought the scene lacked.
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Wednesday, October 6,2010

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

by Rich Tupica
Who says rap metal died along with Limp Bizkit? This Friday, Universal recording artist Rich Nix is set to throw down his hybrid of metal, electronic and rap at The Loft. Nix is a 24-year old Canadian singer, songwriter and producer who recently released the “Note to Self” EP.
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Wednesday, September 29,2010

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

by Rich Tupica
The show this Friday will showcase the musical duo (who also happen to be married) and their uncanny interpretations of blues classics, like Son House’s “Death Letter Blues.” The pair also perform work songs, field hollers, country music, folk songs and gospel tunes ' all of which eventually influenced the creation of what is now popular music.
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