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Wednesday, August 26,2015

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by Rich Tupica
  L. Soul album release at the Loft Friday, Aug. 28 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $12, $10 adv., 8 p.m. East Lansing-based rapper L Soul releases his new album Friday at the Loft, openers are Ca$h Nelly, Ishmael, Swavy Nation, Diamond Jones and Tugga....
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Wednesday, August 19,2015

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by Rich Tupica
Ultrabunny at the Robin Theatre Wednesday, Aug. 19 @ The Robin Theatre, 1105 South Washington Ave., Lansing. All ages, $10, 9 p.m. The newest venue to pop up in Lansing’s music scene, the Robin Theatre in REO Town, hosts a variety of events — including loud and raw rock m...
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Wednesday, August 12,2015

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by Rich Tupica
The Calamity Cubes and Ford Theatre Reunion at the Avenue Farmageddon Records-signed band the Calamity Cubes are a Kansas-based “trashicana” band who croon about getting bent on whiskey, love and murder. The rugged country-punk trio features guitar, banjo, and upright bass...
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Wednesday, August 5,2015

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A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Keith Anderson at Whiskey Barrel Saloon, Thursday, Aug. 6 Modern-country star Keith Anderson headlines Thursday at the Whiskey Barrel Saloon; opening the WITL-hosted show is the Bear Creek Brothers. Anderson, a singer/songwriter, has appeared on NBC’s “Today,” “I...
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Wednesday, July 29,2015

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A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Fawn Larson at Macīs Bar, Thursday, July 30 Louisiana native Fawn Larson started playing harmonica at 6. Soon after, she picked up the fiddle and never looked back. The singer/songwriter, now based in Nashville, plays a dynamic blend of alt-country, folk and indie rock. Her new album, ...
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Wednesday, July 22,2015

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When Particles Collide at Macīs Bar, Wednesday, July 29

by Rich Tupica
When Particles Collide, an alt-rock duo from Bangor, Maine, mixes Blondie-influenced vocals with commanding, Queens of the Stone Age-style guitar riffs and a punk rock ethos. The band headlines Mac’s Bar Wednesday, openers include local bands Hat Madder and Red Teeth. Rounding out t...
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Wednesday, July 15,2015

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A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Plurals release 'An Onion Tied To My Belt' at the Avenue Since 2007, the Plurals have been a fixture in the Lansing music scene, releasing a string of DIY alt-rock discs on its GTG Records imprint. The three-piece band is back with its third full-length album, “An Onion Tied to...
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Wednesday, July 8,2015

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A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
  Chris Cresswell, Ian Graham at Macīs Bar, Saturday, July 11 Vocalist/guitarist Chris Cresswell has fronted Toronto-based punkrock band the Flatliners since its genesis in 2002. It wasn’t until 2014 that he cut his acoustically driven solo debut album. The disc was produc...
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Wednesday, July 1,2015

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A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Abbey Hoffman plays free Avenue Cafe show, Thursday, July 9 Since 2012, singer/songwriter Abbey Hoffman has gigged around Lansing playing her fervent folk tunes. She plays a free show July 9 at The Avenue Café, opener is M Mackay. In late 2014, Hoffman released “This Too Shall Pas...
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Sunday, June 28,2015

Beers, bands & brawls: The story of The Brewery

Forty years ago the Silver Dollar opened its doors. But its precursor, the Brewery, has its own wild legacy.

by Rich Tupica
In the early hours of July 3, 1974, an estimated 300 patrons of the Brewery, Lansing’s most notorious rock club, drunkenly flooded East Michigan Avenue in what the city of Lansing later dubbed a “major disturbance.” One police officer was injured. Several police cruisers were damaged. It was a free-for-all. The incident was nothing new to local law enforcement. Since its owners, Paul Kacer, Bruce Wahlin and Rick Becker, launched the show bar in April 1972, it had not only become the place to see up-and-coming national acts, it was also the place to get loose — thanks to the short-lived lowered drinking age of 18.
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