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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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Wednesday, March 3,2010

Old Town = Funkytown

May concert may inspire dancing in the streets

by Rich Tupica
Every year Old Town is host to JazzFest and BluesFest, each of which draws over 15,000 people to the streets of Lansing. Now there’s a new, funkier event on the block. Mi-Funk, a one-day concert, is the latest live-music event in the heart of Old Town..
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

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

Neo-romantic indie-folk

by Rich Tupica
“It’s hard for me to leave Lansing where I had so much, where I could work with all the venues and artists,” he said. “Every folk musician in Michigan I knew. Those are the kids I’d hang out with and play shows with all the time. When I came out here, I just didn’t have that.
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