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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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Wednesday, December 11,2013

Turn it Down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Verve Pipe at Charlotte Performing Arts - Sat. Dec 14 Not many Lansing bands have scored international hits and sold millions of records. The Verve Pipe scored now classic alt-rock hits, including 1996’s “The Freshman,” a No. 5 Billboard hit single on RCA Records. The ...
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Wednesday, December 4,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Way to Fall at Macīs Bar - Thu. Dec 12 Way to Fall, a local polished punk band, headlines Dec. 12 at Mac’s Bar. Opening the all-ages show are Hometeam, Midwest Skies and Maybe Next Time. Way to Fall formed in 2008 when the band members were still in high school. Band members Se...
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Thursday, November 28,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
'Still Angsty Tour' at (SCENE) Metrospace - Wed. Dec 4th Three indie acts from across the map perform Dec. 4 at (SCENE) Metrospace. The package show, dubbed “All Grown Up, Still Angsty Tour,” includes The Saudades (from Cincinnati), Lauryn Peacock and Beards (Nas...
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Thursday, November 21,2013

Cheap Girls chat about upcoming LP, touring

Lansing power pop band returns for homecoming show after world tour

by Rich Tupica
It’s been a year since Cheap Girls last played Mac’s Bar, the venue where the members cut their teeth and quickly developed a dedicated following. The road warriors haven’t been hanging around Lansing much – as usual, the band’s been busy gigging across the United States and other continents.
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