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Wednesday, May 19,2010

The Bop is back

Bop (Harvey) reunites for Art Festival concert

by Rich Tupica
After forming in 1984, Bop (Harvey) began a trip through reggae, soul, Latin, funk and psychedelic rock with one goal in mind: to make each crowd dance their asses off. Which is what the East Lansing band did for 10 years ' all the while keeping busier than most local acts.
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Wednesday, May 12,2010

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

In vinyl veritas

by Rich Tupica
The label saw its biggest success in 2009 with the release of the Frontier Ruckus double-LP, "The Orion Songbook/Way Upstate and the Crippled Summer pt. 1" The label’s next record is from Sunil Sawani of Troy, Mich., who Krohn calls “the best songwriter you’ve never heard of.
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Wednesday, May 5,2010

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

Cheap Girls hit Mac’s

by Rich Tupica
For those who prefer glow-sticks and turntables over guitars, Lansing is also set on weekly, live electronic music. Mac’s Bar hosts Neon Tuesday every week. The area’s best DJs spin the latest dance tracks to a packed room. Admission is free for 21 and over ' just bring your dancing shoes, and money for the bartender.
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Wednesday, April 28,2010

Turn It Down

High-strung rock with hooks

by Rich Tupica
It’s just me doing almost everything, but I can’t play drums so Scott Bozack, who also recorded it, played drums. Isaac VanderSchuur (The Hat Madder) played some guitar on it and my friend Dave Brunger added some slide guitar. I just started layering. I wanted to make a nice headphone record that also rocks.
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Wednesday, April 21,2010

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

Raw Hamburger

by Rich Tupica
Neil Hamburger is known for his dry, oddball stand-up comedy that often makes celebrities the butt of his punchline. His following has been growing since the release of his debut album, “America’s Funnyman,” in 1996.
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Wednesday, April 14,2010

Turn It Down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
This year features a new batch of exclusive, collectible vinyl from Wilco, The Velvet Underground, John Lennon, Them Crooked Vultures, Soundgarden, TV On The Radio, Pavement, Beastie Boys, Coheed Cambria, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, Bloc Party, The Doors, Sex Pistols, Weezer, The Black Keys and more.
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Thursday, April 8,2010

Turn It Down

Enter a 'hole of noise'

by Rich Tupica
Since the Lansing-based band released its first DIY album in 2005, McCord, along with Nicholas Richard (bass/vocals) and Hattie Danby (drums/vocals), have been sharing songwriting duties and exploring the roots of alternative rock and the vocal styling of ‘60s pop-genius Brian Wilson.
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Wednesday, March 31,2010

Turn It Down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Since forming in 2006, the jeanjacket-clad band has received a burst of online buzz after the release of “I.C.B.M.,” its 2007 debut 7-inch on Bermuda Mohawk Productions (BMP) and “Wardrive,” its 2008 debut full-length on Planet Metal Records, which was recently re-released on vinyl.
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Sunday, March 28,2010

Turn It Down

Keeler taps into 'Water'

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 Cooke-style soul and Tom Waits, while still staying true to his ‘90s alternative roots ' which shows in his debut solo album “The Cold” (2008).
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Wednesday, March 10,2010

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

Two new venues open

by Rich Tupica
The Loft Located in the heart of downtown Lansing, above Harem Urban Lounge, is the area’s newest rock club: The Loft. Masterminded by Jerome White, a veteran local promoter, The Loft opened in February to serve one purpose: live shows. Both national and local acts will be booked at the space.
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