Friday, June 8 @ The Robin Theatre, 1105 S Washington Ave, Lansing. All ages, $15, 7:30 p.m.
The Rupple Brothers, a Chesaning-based psychedelic folk trio, return Friday to Lansing for a headlining show at the Robin Theatre. Group leaders Evan and Cole Rupple were raised in a musical family—their father was an aspiring musician, so their pool of influences runs deep. “All of us listen to a lot of strange and otherworldly music and sounds,” Cole Rupple said, “so we can tend to push it as far and wildly as we can … there are no musical boundaries.” Aside from the brothers’ record collection, James Blum (the trio’s multi-instrumentalist), delves into jazz and pre- Renaissance classical music for inspiration. The band, which is booked solid through October, will release its debut LP this summer through LakeHouse records. The album was recorded earlier this year in West Virginia at The Fox Burrow studio.
Thursday, June 14 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 16+. $25, $20 adv., 7 p.m.
Jim Heath, better known as the Reverend Horton Heat, is a Dallas native who’s been a pioneering force on the rockabilly/psychobilly scene since his first band formed in 1985. The Victory Records-signed singer-guitaristsongwriter has perfected a distinct sub-genre he calls “country-fed punkabilly”—a rowdy blend of country, surf, punk, big band and swing. Thursday, June 14 those sounds will fill The Loft, along with openers Big Sandy & His Fly- Rite Boys and Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones. Over the years, the Reverend Horton Heat has grown in popularity not only from radio play on college stations, but his rigorous touring schedule. In 1995, MTV’s Beavis and Butt-Head famously flipped out to the band’s “Psychobilly Freakout” single—earning both a “this guy rules!” and “this guy rocks!” from the notorious animated duo. In 2014, the Reverend dropped the “REV” LP, his eleventh studio album.
Saturday, June 16 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18+, $20-$32, 7 p.m.
Lansing saxophonist Phil Denny, who dropped his fourth album “Align” last week, hosts a release party June 16 at The Loft. The debut single, “Switch Up,” has already reached No. 11 on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz chart. “This is the first album I’ve recorded from my home studio,” Denny said. “I wanted to learn more about the hands-on aspect of producing— especially recording saxophones.” Songwriting-wise, Denny embarked on a raw, soulful path. “‘Align’ hones in on my R&B influences, and I took a very genuine approach on this record,” he explained. “Some sessions were ‘one takes,’ where no overdubs or edits were made.” Of course, Denny still spans from danceable up-tempo tunes to slow, sultry grooves. “There’s an emphasis on memorable and lovely melodies,” he said. “Some even tastefully incorporate elements of lush, stringed instruments.” On June 22, Denny also performs at East Lansing’s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival.