Wednesday, June 20 @ 6:45pm
In a great story of seizing your destiny, 28-year-old guitarist and singer Stef Chura, a DIY organizer on the Detroit underground garage rock scene and once clerk at Ypsi Food Co-op when she was just out of high school, has been reaping the success of a commitment she made to transforming her quirky, delicate basement tapes and bandcamp posts into a recognizable voice going all the way. Hear low fi power pop, confessional lyrics sung with a husky sincerity and punctuated by her pleasing vibrato and twangy picking, plus the crunch and polish of artists like Liz Phair, Hole, and The Breeders rise out of her delivery. It’s a combination that’s gotten her named by Paste, NPR, and Pitchfork an artist to watch out for. In her trio’s eccentric, tongue-in-cheek videos from their EP Messes, grit and distortion play off the bright hues of bubblegum pop. Audiences beyond SE Michigan are taking notice at SXSW, the Bowery Ballroom, the Greek Theater LA, and the Fox Theater Oakland, playing solo and supporting acts like Lord Huron. Rollingstone said: “The debut LP from Detroit dynamo Stef Chura wrings fresh sounds out of the classic combination of electric guitar and voice. On ‘Slow Motion,’ one of 2017’s best opening tracks, she sulks and sparks over Cobain-esque chords; by ‘Speeding Ticket,’ 10 tracks later, she’s exhausted but no less compelling.” Come cheer her on and hear truly awesome garage pop from a Michigan original.