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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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Wednesday, September 22,2010

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

by Rich Tupica
For those looking for a night of original bluesy music ' with a touch of saxophone ' Big Willy might be worth checking out at the Green Door this Thursday. The Lansing band, led by Will Rideoutt (guitar/vocals), is heavily rooted in blues, with a solid dose of old-school rock and soul elements.
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Wednesday, September 15,2010

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

by Rich Tupica
If there is anything consistent about Lansing rock shows, it’s their eclectic bills, with bands of various genres sharing the stage at the same show. Below are a few shows that mix and match sounds into one night of loud music.
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Wednesday, September 8,2010

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

by Rich Tupica
This week is stocked with shows from a number of Lansing-area venues. From Mac’s Bar and The Loft, to a recently opened coffee shop in Okemos, live music from many genres are scattered across the city. Aside from locals, a few touring bands will also be passing through, here are just a few.
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Wednesday, September 1,2010

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

Truly hair-raising

by Rich Tupica
The emergence of independent record labels in the 1980s was a pivotal moment for under-the-radar music. When influential labels like Sub Pop, Dischord, Touch and Go, Bomp! and K Records began pressing up limited slabs of vinyl, it proved anyone with motivation could make a record, promote it and sell it.
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