Steel Wheels plays double-header at Robin Theatre
Friday, Aug. 19 @ The Robin Theatre, 1105 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. All ages, $25/$20 adv./$15 for children under 10, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
The Steel Wheels, a Virginia-based band, plays soulful brand of contemporary mountain music. The dynamic four-piece outfit plays two shows Friday at The Robin Theatre in REO Town, one at 7 p.m. and another at 9 p.m. Last year, the band released its latest LP, “Leave Some Things Behind.” The double 10-inch vinyl set was released via Bing Ring Records, the group’s own independent label. The band describes the album as “a deeply human, emotionally authentic work that interweaves timely songs with timeless sounds.” The band formed back in 2004, while the members were attending Eastern Mennonite University. In 2007, the guys released an early effort, billing themselves as Trent Wagler & the Steel Wheels. In the 2010, the group released its first proper LP, “Red Wing.” The disc hit the Americana Music Association’s Top 40 chart and the track “Nothing You Can’t Lose” was named best country song at the Independent Music Awards.
Every Time I Die at the Loft
Thursday, Aug. 18 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $17/$15 adv., 7 p.m.
Buffalo-based metalcore band Every Time I Die headlines Thursday at the Loft; opening the heavy show are Old Wounds, Heartsick and Of Virtue. Every Time I Die is touring the U.S. through November and then travels to the United Kingdom in December and Australia in January. The group, which formed in 1998, released a string of records on the Ferret Music imprint. The band’s latest release, “Low Teens,” was released last month on its current label, Epitaph Records. Every Time I Die was founded by brothers Keith and Jordan Buckley but has seen multiple lineup shifts and also transitioned from emo-tinged hardcore to punk-influenced metal. All Music describes the band’s vibe as “mixing alternative metal, Southern metal and screamo.”
American WiFi at the Green Door
Saturday, Aug. 20 @ The Green Door, 2005 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 21+, 9 p.m.
While the Green Door is mostly known for its blues and cover band shows, this year the venue has been booking more original rock ‘n’ roll and pop bands. Saturday it hosts American WiFi, a polished West Michigan-based pop-rock trio. The group’s self-described “hard driving rhythms” and “oversized ‘80s-style production” reflects their chart-topping influences, like John Mayer and Maroon 5. After its formation in 2013 — not long after the members graduated high school — American WiFi started playing gigs across the Midwest. The group, which comprises lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Greyson Bos, lead guitarist Sam Starkie and drummer Levi Lilly, even took home a 2014 ArtPrize honor in the Best Pop/Electronic Artist category. Last year, the band dropped its latest release, the “When the Sun Goes Down” EP.