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Wednesday, December 31,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Turn it Down’s picks for Top 3 Lansing-made rock ‘n’ roll records of 2014 (in no particular order)
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Tuesday, December 23,2014

Turn it Down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
NYE with Peoples Temple, Devil´s Cut, Plurals at Avenue Cafe, Wednesday, Dec. 31 The Avenue Café is kicking off the New Year with a roster of loud and local rock ‘n’ roll bands. Co-headliners are Peoples Temple and the Devil’s Cut; openers are the Plurals and Voyag...
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Wednesday, December 17,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Psychopathic Records´ at The Loft, Sunday, Dec. 21 The Family Fun Time Tour, hosted by Psychopathic Records and Native World Inc., stops Sunday at the Loft. The eccentric hip hop bill features Anybody Killa, Boondox, Big Hoodoo, Smokehouse Junkiez, Bobby Knuckles, Insane Asylum, MC Kno...
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
10th Annual Punks Vs. Pokes, Friday, Dec. 12 With a promise of “tuneful twang, thunderous punk and everything in between,” each year Punks Vs. Pokes hosts a dueling roster of punk rock and alt-country bands at Mac’s Bar. The annual showcase is hosted by Aaron Bales of...
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Ten Pound Fiddle´s Holiday Sing, Friday Dec. 12 All talent levels are welcome to attend and sing at the 12th Annual “Holiday Sing” Friday at the Ten Pound Fiddle concert series. The event is hosted by longtime local folk-music supporter Sally Potter. The diverse selection o...
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Wednesday, November 26,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Hail Santa! Local metalheads will put their devil horns to good use with a holiday charity show Saturday at the Loft. Taking the stage are St8 of Mine, Five Hundredth Year, My Perfect Nightmare and New Day Revolution. There will be a food/toy drive and raffles for door prizes, with all proceeds going to the Homeless Angels of Lansing. “Like new” or “gently used” toys are acceptable; gifts cards are also welcome. Headliner St8 of Mine, a Laingsburg-based hardcore band inspired by Slipknot, Pantera and Mudvayne, is vocalist Steve Jodway, Mike Martin (drums), Corey Smith (bass) and guitarists Shawn Willett and Matt Martin. The song “False Crown,” a teaser for the band’s upcoming album, is streamed at facebook. com/st8ofmine.
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Wednesday, November 19,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
AC/DC tribute band ICY/DICEY at The Avenue Cafe, Wednesday Nov. 26 Another Australian musical export will be spotlighted at The Avenue Café. Next week AC/DC releases its 15th studio LP, “Rock or Bust,” and then the veteran rockers hit the road on a 40th anniversary tour pro...
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Jahshua Smith & the Race Card at the Loft, Friday, Nov. 14 Detroit native Jahshua Smith, an emcee on the Blat! Pack imprint, headlines at the Loft. Smith’s latest disc, his full-length debut “The Final Season,” received acclaim and charted on the CMJ hip-hop chart...
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Punk preservation: The Touch & Go Zine story

Touch and Go magazine chronicled hardcore history, as seen by two fans from the lansing Underground

by Rich Tupica
At night, Vee and Stimson, both in their mid-20s at the time, would sit in Vee’s second-floor apartment in downtown Williamston and listen to new, ultra-limited pressings of hardcore punk, post-punk, even second-wave ska. They would browse the bins at Flat, Black Circular in East Lansing for the latest Black Flag singles.
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
This year, the Ten Pound Fiddle turns 40 and WLNZ-FM turns 20. To celebrate, both organizations are co-hosting the “20/40” party at the Avenue Café. Headlining the all-ages show is the Ragbirds, an Ann Arborbased Americana/fusion group. The band, which plays a split set — one at 8 p.m. and another at 10:30 p.m. — is led by vocalist/songwriter Erin Zindle. She plays violin, mandolin, accordion, and banjo while dancing. TJ Zindle (guitar), Randall Moore (percussion), Dan Jones (bass) and drummer Jon Brown round out the band’s lineup. The Ragbirds mixes pop, gypsy, Afro-Cuban, Celtic, Middle Eastern and African and Cajun sounds. Also performing is the Ypsilanti-based Black Jake & The Carnies. The selfproclaimed “Kings of Crabgrass” hit the stage at 9:15 p.m.
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