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Wednesday, February 5,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. at The Loft - Fri. Feb 7th From a humble beginning in a Royal Oak basement in 2009, indie-pop band Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., led by Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein, has risen to become a national act, including a performance on “Conan.” The band’s ...
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Wednesday, January 29,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Tease-O-Rama at Spiral - Thu. Feb 6th The next Tease-O-Rama, Spiral Video & Dance Bar’s regular burlesque and drag show, happens Thursday, Feb. 6. The Valentine’s Day spectacular is produced by Autumn Luciano and DJ Sammy Courtney and hosted by Ace DeVille. It includes...
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Wednesday, January 22,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The dts Reunion at The Avenue Cafe - Sat. Jan 25th. The dts formed in the Lansing area in the late ‘80s, playing a brand of amped up power pop and rock ‘n’ roll, echoing influences like The Replacements, Soul Asylum and Husker Du. After a 12-year hiatus, the band re...
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Wednesday, January 15,2014

Duke elegant

Tom Wopat talks jazz, Tarantino and ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ in HD

by Rich Tupica
It’s been 28 years since Tom Wopat squealed around the fictional roads of Hazzard County in that old Dodge Charger, The General Lee, in the hit CBS show “The Dukes of Hazzard.” These days, however, he’s committed to recording jazz music and acting on Broadway.
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Wednesday, January 15,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Toasters at Macs - Fri. Jan 17 Formed in 1981 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan by British guitarist Rob "Bucket" Hingley, the Toasters played thousands of gigs across the world and became a global act during the ‘90s. While the third-wave ska band was initially i...
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Thursday, January 9,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Dizzy Dearest Album Release - Fri. Jan 10th Dizzy Dearest formed in 2009 when lead vocalist Maggie Kay Emison and her brother, Jarod Emison, played a high school talent show together. The local indie-rock band released its debut EP, “All These Flowers,” in 2011. Friday at M...
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Friday, January 3,2014

Shiawassee County ‘crippled’

Generator shortages just one of the problems experienced outside of Tri-County region

by Rich Tupica
A towering, Sleepy Hollow-esque oak in Joe and Nancy Robinson’s front yard has hung over Beard Road in Shaftsburg as long as anyone can recall. Planted roughly 180 years ago, during the Andrew Jackson administration, the tree has weathered all types of severe storms until this one.
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Friday, December 20,2013

Narc Out the Reds drop new EP

Lead singer Chris Baratono: “We kiss all the rock sub-genres but don’t sleep with any of them.”

by Rich Tupica
Thursday, Dec. 19 — Progressive-pop-rockers Narc Out the Reds, led by songwriter Chris Baratono, dropped a new EP, “Narc Out the Reds … Have Just Enough to Cover Up,” via GTG Records last month. This is the third release from the Lansing-based outfit.
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Wednesday, December 18,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Big D at the Loft - Sun. Dec 22 Big D and the Kids Table, a veteran six-piece band led by David McWane, brings its classic brand of Boston-style ska-punk to Mac’s Bar; openers are the Pietasters, Lawnchair Crisis, Take a Hint and The Snails. Big D has toured for 18 years playing ...
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Friday, December 13,2013

Frontier Ruckus returns to Lansing, studio

City Pulse checks in with Matthew Milia of Frontier Ruckus on inspiration for the next album

by Rich Tupica
Friday, Dec. 13 — The members of Frontier Ruckus cut their teeth in the Michigan folk-rock scene while attending Michigan State University, though today they spend much of their time on the road or flying overseas playing gigs. The band, formed in 2003 by its 28-year-old chief songwriter Matthew Milia, is in the studio working on a fourth full-length album.
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