March 13 2013
Friday, Dec. 28 — Invoking psychedelic sounds with acoustic instruments while also tapping into classic country and gospel may seem like a daunting task for the average musician. But local songwriter...
March 13 2013
The Plurals, one of Lansing's busiest indie bands, plays Wednesday at The Avenue Café. Opening the show are fellow local punks To Fear the Wolf and Honah Lee, a New Jersey-based power-pop-punk band
March 6 2013
This year's Grammy Awards had a surprise winner for "Best Spoken Word Album." Famed folk singer Janis Ian won for her autobiography, "Society's Child," over such big-name nominees Michelle Obama, Bill...
March 6 2013
Grammy winner Jack White's Third Man Records is known for pressing records from the likes of Beck, Wanda Jackson and The White Stripes. Last week, the famed label released some Lansing-based rock n roll,...
Feb. 27 2013
Fans of jazz and gumbo might want to stop by The Avenue Café every Thursday for a free performance by the Peter Nelson Jazz Quartet and a chance to order from the New Orleans-inspired menu
Feb. 23 2013
Aside from recording over 10 mix tapes, he has a strong focus on the business side of music, including promotions, marketing and management. Perm’s label, Street Dream Entertainment, has become his...
Feb. 21 2013
The East Lansing-based band East Harvest plays an eclectic mix of acoustic indie, soul, and reggae rock. The band, which is releasing its "Restless" EP Saturday at an all-ages show at Mac's Bar, features...
Feb. 20 2013
Most albums start in practice rooms or music venues where songs take their shape. But the roots of Joshua Davis' new album, "A Miracle of Birds," run all the way to the West Bank in the Middle East, a...
Feb. 14 2013
Detroit prog-rockers Stikyft return to Lansing Saturday for a gig at The Loft. The "gypsy art-rock" band takes from a variety of genres, from jazz and Latin, to rock, jam and metal. Fans of Shocking Blue...
Feb. 6 2013
Guitar Center is the largest chain music store in the world, and this week Lansing gets a store of its own. On Thursday, the California-based company opens its 242nd location in the Frandor Shopping Center...
Feb. 6 2013
Before Latrice Royale was a world-famous, plus-sized drag queen and reality TV star, she was Timothy Wilcots, a child of the '70s growing up in Compton, Calif., just blocks away from gangsta rap legends...
Feb. 6 2013
Over the past three years The FunDubMentals have been playing its hybrid of reggae/dub/ska/roots music across the state. In 2010, they were voted "Best New Band" in the Northern Express Magazine. Friday,...
Jan. 30 2013
If you love poppy punk and football, you're in luck — this show doubles as a Super Bowl Party. For the past five years, Way to Fall has been steadily gigging and recording its brand of pop-core,...
Jan. 23 2013
The Steel Wheels, a Virginia-based four-piece folk band, returns to The Ten Pound Fiddle on Friday. The Steel Wheels tap into Americana traditions, but add a fresh-sounding acoustic fervor
Jan. 16 2013
While he may spend his days teaching and selling at Elderly Instruments, at night Elden Kelly impresses audiences with his vocals and virtuoso guitar skills. His eclectic jazz style blends a broad range...
Jan. 9 2013
Mid-Michigan isn't exactly a booming opera scene — perhaps that's why vocalist Brenden Gunnell, a 2002 graduate of Haslett High School, decided to relocate to Oslo, Norway
Jan. 9 2013
A night Latin entertainment happens Friday at The Firm. The event, dubbed "Latin Xplosionar," is "a celebration of culture and dance," according to the organizers. The night will feature two DJs spinning...
Jan. 4 2013
Soon after Feb. 9, 1964, Lansing area teens began filing into Marshall Music in search of guitars, organs, amplifiers and drum kits. Those school kids had just witnessed the Beatles perform on "The Ed...
Jan. 2 2013
Ann Arbor folkies Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys perform at The Avenue Café Friday, along with local Americana gypsy-jazz band Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle (L.U.V.S.). Lindsay Lou & the...
Dec. 26 2012
When you're a happy newlywed, penning tear-in-your-beer honky-tonk tunes can be a bit fiddly. But that doesn't stop Carra Barratt Stasney, one half of Copper and Coal, a Portland, Ore.-based classic country...

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