Thursday, May 16 — Thrash metal, “gypsy art rock” with a little Brooklyn folk on the side makes its way to Lansing this weekend. The hard-pounding Sin Theorem and experimental Stikyfüt bring a harder edge Friday to Uli’s and The Loft, respectively. Meanwhile, New York singer songwriter Laura Stevenson hits Mac’s on Sunday.
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Stikyfüt at The Loft
Hailing from Detroit, Stikyfüt identifies its mix of jazz, roots, hard rock and psychedelic as “Gypsy Art-Rock,” with influences that range from Jefferson Airplane to Black Sabbath. According to lead guitarist Phil Wrenbeck, Stikyfüt’s style is a matured version of blues-rock that goes beyond the traditional sounds of the genre. The band’s songwriting is a collaborative effort that evolves as it is completed, which Wrenbeck says is how the band keeps from limiting itself. Stikyfüt, a relatively young band formed in 2011 by Wrenbeck (guitar, vocals), Emily Detwiler (lead vocals), Josh Stilman (drums) and Jordan Landau (bass), has yet to release a full-length album. The band’s appeal is based on energetic live shows that bond with fans. However, Wrenbeck says the band hopes to be in the studio this summer to produce a second EP that better captures the spirit of its live shows.
Friday, The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18 . $5-$8, 8 p.m.
Sin Theorem at Uli’s Haus of Rock
Sin Theorem’s underground fan base has grown since it was created in 2005 by drummer Ronnie Lee Graham, who already had more than a decade of experience playing metal by then. The thrash metal band — Chad Miller (vocals), Tony Massey (Guitar, vocals), Pete Meyers (bass), Alex Diesel (guitar) and Graham (drums) — spent years touring the Midwest before landing a spot in the 2011 Vans Warped Tour. Sin Theorem, which has releaed a series of EPs and singles, has toured with and opened for the likes of Sevendust, Cannibal Corpse and All That Remains. Friday is also a farewell show for Graham, who is looking to create a new metal/progressive band sometime this year.
Friday, Uli’s Haus of Rock, 4519 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing. All Ages. $5-$7, 9 p.m.
Laura Stevenson and The Cans at Mac’s Bar
Born into a musical family from Long Island, Laura Stevenson taught herself to play everything from the banjo to classical piano composition at a young age. She rounded out her musical growth by frequenting punk rock shows, even while she was part of four different choirs and a cappella groups. While her style and presence have a definite appeal to the Brooklyn neighborhoods she lived in during her early twenties — even going so far as to describe herself as an “unfunny Woody Allen” — Stevenson’s songwriting is much more in line with the folk music of earlier generations like Neil Young and Leonard Cohen. Her natural vocal talent has been honed by female songwriters like Carole King. Stevenson’s third album, “Wheel,” released in April, marks a step away from the lo-fi production of her previous LPs, while still maintaining an acoustic appeal. Opening for Stevenson is another Brooklyn band, Field Mouse, and a relatively new East Lansing folk ensemble, the Bard Owls.
Sunday, Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All Ages. $10-$12, 7 p.m.