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Wednesday, December 22,2010

His own beat

Local rapper steps away from hip-hop clichés

by Rich Tupica
Taking mental notes on a variety of hip-hop heavyweights such as Pete Rock, Timbaland, the Neptunes and DJ Premiere, Gonzalez began to develop his own style. Over the past few years he has released three mix tapes and two albums, “Digital Dope” and “Higher Learning.
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Wednesday, December 22,2010

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

by Rich Tupica
For those looking to hit the town on New Year’s Eve, a variety of Lansing venues are planning celebrations to usher in 2011. Here are a few of the hot spots hosting special events on Dec. 31. Some venues are already taking reservations, so plan ahead..
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Wednesday, December 15,2010

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

by Rich Tupica
In 2008, after graduating from Columbia College in Chicago with a music composition degree, Keeler’s sound began to morph into a polished blend of Sam Cookestyle soul and Tom Waits, while still staying true to his ‘90s alternative roots. Catch his latest band, Ben Keeler and the 500 Club, live at The Loft on Thursday, Dec.
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Wednesday, December 8,2010

A new spin

FBC owner Rosemont departs after 33 years

by Rich Tupica
“He’s working here every day next week, then he’s getting in his car and driving to Santa Fe,” Bernath said. “After being with a guy for 33 years it was like a long marriage. He’s got knowledge that no one else has as far as oldies, ‘60s music, Beatles trivia, Michigan 45s ' there’s hardly anyone else in the world that knows as much as he does.
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Wednesday, December 8,2010

'Orchard' yields a bounty of local musical talents

Paleo, Small Houses among artists on new CD

by Rich Tupica
“In The Orchard Of Osiris,” a new compilation of mostly Michigan artists, wasn’t thrown together on a whim.The 15 tracks were seamlessly woven together by musician and graphic artist Peter Richards, who compiled and released the album on his label It Takes a Village to Make Records.
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Wednesday, December 8,2010

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

by Rich Tupica
Catch the band live at The Cheap Girls Holiday Show, set for Friday, Dec. 17 at Mac’s Bar. The night is a showcase of local acts from different genres. Opening the show are the delicate folk sounds of Small Houses, the shredding metal of Genocya, and the hardcore punk of Dire Wolf ' an eclectic bill to say the least.
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Wednesday, December 1,2010

Flashy flashback

Tribute albums kowtow to KISS and Devo

by Rich Tupica
9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 Oade’s Hidden Camel, 1210 S. Washington Ave., Lansing $5, 21 and over Reds, Calliope, Cavalcade, Gates of Steel, The Plurals, BerT, Frank and Earnest, Lord Vapid, Hat Madder, Public Pubes, Break- Ups, Stargrazer and MK Ultra Culkin..
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Wednesday, December 1,2010

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

by Rich Tupica
GDP has been busy in the last year. He released two albums, toured multiple times across the map, and played shows with hip-hop legends the Wu-Tang Clan. GDP’s “Useless Eaters” is slated for 2011. Fans can listen to his “Magic Bullet Cassette” for free at Run For Cover Records’ website.
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Wednesday, November 24,2010

Lasting impressions

Eclectic Art Tattoo hosts grand opening party

by Rich Tupica
Morrill, Mike Riina and Sean Peters, opened their own 800-square-foot shop Aug. 30. An addition to the staff is Craig Horky, a prolific local artist known locally for his unique original concert posters. The four tattoo artists and painters met while working at Splash of Color in East Lansing.
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Wednesday, November 24,2010

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

by Rich Tupica
The cover albums, to be released by GTG Records, feature almost all Lansing bands and were recorded over the past year and a half. “Explosions: Lansing Salutes Devo” and “No More Tomorrow Baby: A Tribute to KISS” CDs will be given away for free at the show.
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