Tyrant record release at the Loft
Friday, March 25 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.
All ages, $12, $10 adv., 8 p.m.
Lansing-based thrash-metal outfit Tyrant releases its new EP, “Black Hand,” Friday at the Loft. The all-ages show also includes sets from the Revenant, Aphotic and Heed the Assailant. Tyrant, which comprises brothers Philip Winters (guitars/vocals) and Andrew Winters (drums) and bassist Anderson Creager, formed in 2011. In February 2012, the power-trio released its “Jaws of Agony” demo and followed it up in late 2014 with the “Purge” EP. The band spent last year gigging across the state, honing a blistering signature sound that spans from lightning fast guitar solos to dark, ambient breakdowns. Fans of early Metallica, Sepultura, Slayer or Megadeth may want to check out this moshfriendly release show.
PATTY LARKIN AT THE TEN POUND FIDDLE
Friday, March 25 @ Ten Pound Fiddle – Community Music School, 4930 Hagadorn Rd., East Lansing. $20, $18 members, $5 students. 7:30 p.m.
Since her 1985 debut LP on Philo Records, “Step Into the Light,” Patty Larkin has developed a reputation for her distinct vocals and masterful jazz-influenced guitar playing. Her sound has been described as “folk-urban pop music.” Her long career has seen many high notes, including her 2010 LP, “25,” a record celebrating a quarter century playing Americana music. The disc includes guest spots from Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega and Mary Chapin Carpenter, among others. Larkin performs Friday at the Ten Pound Fiddle. The folk scene mainstay will play songs from her catalog of 11 studio albums, including her most recent, 2013’s “Still Green.” All Music Guide applauded “Still Green” for its “witty but heartfelt take on life, love and the world.” Meanwhile, Rolling Stone magazine praised Larkin for her “evocative and subtle sonic shading.”
THE DRUNKEN CUDDLE AT THE AVENUE CAFE
Thursday, March 24 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $7, 8 p.m.
The Drunken Cuddle, a stripped-down Denver-based country-punk duo, debuted in 2013 with its whiskey-fueled LP, “Can We Stay With You Tonight?” In 2014, the pair — Erik Arvoy (guitar/vocals) and Katie Sternig (drums) — dropped their sophomore disc, the 13-track “Alligator Shoes” LP. Since then, the touring road warriors have become a fixture on the indie outlaw country circuit, churning out loud and belligerent stompers along with some genuine acoustic ballads. Fans of Larry and His Flask or Two Cow Garage might want to check out the Drunken Cuddle Thursday when the band headlines the Avenue Café. Opening the show is Joe Fox, frontman of Lansing’s own the Devil’s Cut. Also on the bill is Elliott Eremita, a St. Johns-based indie-punk songwriter.