The Devil's Cut, Last of the Easy Riders at the Avenue Cafe
Saturday, March 25 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $10, 7 p.m.
The Devil’s Cut, returning to Lansing after a U.S. tour, headlines a roster of rock ‘n’ rollers Saturday evening at the Avenue Café. The show was supposed to be the band’s album release party, but due to a mastering hold up, only a free four-song teaser disc will be available. The forthcoming EP, “People Let You Down” on East Grand Record Co., is a follow up to 2015’s “Antium” and features a fresh batch of tunes by the Devil’s Cut frontman Joe Fox. While the band’s genesis was more in the amped-up bluegrass realm, this new batch of tracks showcases Fox’s ability to pen earnest, Springsteen-esque lyrics and pair them with robust, heartland-punk melodies. The band also features Jay Goldsmith (bass), Corey Staley (guitar) and drummer Derek Vaive.
Sharing the stage Saturday are fellow local bands Jason Alarm and Speak Easy, as well as Last of the Easy Riders, a Denver-based outfit. The four-piece specializes in Byrds-inspired folk-rock harmonies and country-tinged psychedelic sounds. The group’s guitarist, Lansing native Christopher Minarik, is a former member of an assortment of other area acts, including Language. Last of the Easy Riders’ self-titled debut EP was released last year on Agitated Records and features song credits from each member of the band, which also features Mitch Mitchum (drums, vocals), Daniel Duggan (bass, vocals) and guitarist Bradley Grear. While in town, the band is spending a week recording its new album with local analog producer George Szegedy.
American Opera and Carter Hulsey at the Robin Theatre
Friday, March 31 @ The Robin Theatre, 1105 S Washington Ave, Lansing. All ages, $10, 7:30 p.m.
The Robin Theatre hosts two touring troubadours on March 31, American Opera and Carter Hulsey. Indie-rock songwriter John Bee’s solo project, American Opera, has scored him not only a devoted national fan base, but also a record deal with Spartan Records, a Seattle-based label. Bee, who cut his teeth playing in the now-defunct post-hardcore band Your Best Friend, is a Saginaw native now living in Brooklyn. He spends much of the year touring the country, including high-profile gigs opening for acts like the Avett Brothers, Josh Ritter and Cursive. Last week he was performing showcases at South By Southwest. The American Opera debut LP, “Small Victories,” is due out this year. Meanwhile, Hulsey is an American alt-country singer/songwriter from Joplin, Miss. Hulsey’s songbook is stocked with haunting folk-rock melodies paired with polished, modern hooks.