Dylan continues to mine the Great American Songbook
May 4 2017
This new, occasional column is devoted to the Great American Songbook, which comprises the best of popular vocal music from the last century until rock ‘n’ roll took over. Twice a month or...
Jayme Stone digs for gems from Alan Lomax’s archives
March 15 2017
Like many folk musicians, banjoist Jayme Stone has spent a lot of time with the field recordings made by Alan Lomax, one of the 20th century’s most important folk musicologists. But a recent encounter...
Carole King musical will make you feel like a natural person
Jan. 11 2017
Behind every great song is a great songwriter. “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” highlights one such songwriter and the inspiring true story of her successful transition from anonymity...
Dec. 28 2016
Many elements combine to make traditional wedding receptions special. But many veteran wedding guests would agree that the right playlist once guests hit the reception hall dance floor can turn an ordinary...
Nov. 2 2016
Narc Out the Reds, a local alternative/noise pop band known for its frantic yet melodic tracks, releases a new 10-inch vinyl Saturday at Mac’s Bar. The single, released via the GTG Records imprint,...
Former Barenaked Ladies singer brings reimagined Beatles songs to East Lansing
Sept. 28 2016
The ensemble’s touring show, based on “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” hits the Wharton Center stage Oct. 6. The touring ensemble is a mix of classically trained musicians,...
‘Motown the Musical’ delivers the classics with modern polish
March 16 2016
The first time I heard most of the songs that were featured in "Motown the Musical," was through a tiny plastic earpiece attached to a small, Japanese transistor radio tuned to a local '60s radio station
Jan. 27 2016
The hills of East Lansing — or rather, the halls of Hannah Community Center — are alive with music this weekend as Ten Pound Fiddle presents the 14th annual Mid-Winter Singing Festival. While...
David Frizzell brings decades of country music history to Lansing performance
Dec. 9 2015
Country artist David Frizzell produced a string of hit records in the 1970s and 1980s, but his biggest hit — the 1981 duet, “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma,” with Shelly...
Dec. 9 2015
It’s hard to imagine the holiday season without the beloved songs and melodies that accompany it. Every year, new artists are rearranging and covering songs like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”...
Singer Morgan James defies definitions
Dec. 2 2015
Morgan James calls herself a soul singer, but her career doesn’t fit neatly into that box
Former Verve Pipe drummer releases his first solo EP
Feb. 11 2015
“That drum fill, man, it’s just fuckin’ right.” I’m sitting at the bar with Donny Brown, and Zakk Wylde and friends are ripping through a cover of “Mississippi Queen”...
James Gardin fills Mac’s Bar with positive vibes
April 22 2015
When James Gardin stepped onto the stage at Mac’s Bar on Saturday, he admitted he was overwhelmed by the crowd. Eight songs and over an hour later, however, there was no sign of nerves or tension....
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Dec. 10 2014
The 19th national tour for “Annie” makes its way to East Lansing next week, 37 years out from its debut on Broadway in 1977. Its origins go back further still if you consider the beloved Depressionera...
A survey of Lansing's musical landscape
Oct. 2 2014
Songwriter Pete Yorn plays an all-ages, acoustic solo set Sunday at the Loft. The New Jersey native’s musical genesis happened in the late ‘90s in small Los Angeles clubs. After he signed with...
Classic horror movie ‘Carrie’ finds new life as Broadway-style musical
Oct. 15 2014
If you ever thought, “Hey, someone should adapt a Stephen King novel into a Broadway style musical,” look no further than the MSU Department of Theatre’s production of “Carrie the...
Lansing’s music scene sounds off on licensing fees
Dec. 23 2014
According to the long-running MasterCard ads, an experience can be priceless. Of course, the actual price of that experience includes a $90 concert ticket, a $15 transaction fee, $20 for parking and a...
Country and rock songs that go great with a night at the bar
Oct. 22 2014
Country music and rock ‘n’ roll were seemingly forged in the crucible of the 20th century bar scene. These songs wear their heritage proudly, and will be giving bar-goers group sing-a-long...
A survey of Lansing's musical landscape
Sept. 17 2014
While Clarence “Blowfly” Reid’s songwriting career started in the 1960s, it wasn’t until his 1971 LP, “The Weird World of Blowfly” that his cult following began to grow....
Tom Wopat talks jazz, Tarantino and ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ in HD
Jan. 15 2014
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...

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