Pittsburgh Event

Stream Stef Chura’s Debut Album, Messes/Show tonight @ClubCafe



Today, you can head over to Noisey and stream the debut album from (and read an interview with) Detroit’s Stef Chura, Messes, out tomorrow on Urinal Cake Records. Long a staple of the Detroit and Ann Arbor DIY scene, songwriter and guitarist Stef Chura has crafted a perfect album of grungy, 90s-tinged confessional songs, too loud to be bedroom pop, and too confident to be ignored. Already praised by the likes of Pitchfork, NPR Music, MTV News, Stereogum, Paste, and more, Messes is a promising and confident debut for an artist we’re sure to hear from a lot in the coming years.

STEF CHURA TOUR DATES (new dates in bold):
Tue. Jan. 31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
Wed. Feb. 1Philadelphia, PA @ Glitter Galaxy
Thu. Feb. 2Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville
Sat. Feb. 4Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar [Record Release Show]
Wed. Feb. 8Grand Rapids, MN @ Witch House
Thu. Feb. 9 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen w/ Priests
Fri. Feb. 10 – Madison, WI @ Der Rathskeller w/ Priests
Sat. Feb. 11 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry w/ Priests
Wed. Feb. 15 – Vancouver, BC @ 333 w/ Priests
Thu. Feb. 16 – Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project w/ Priests
Fri. Feb. 17 – Portland, OR @ Disjecta w/ Priests
Sat. Feb. 18 – Eugene, OR @ The Boreal w/ Priests
Sun. Feb. 19 – Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club w/ Priests
Mon. Feb. 20Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex w/ Priests
Wed. Feb. 22La Jolla, CA @ Che Café Collective w/ Priests
Fri. Feb. 24Salt Lake City, UT @ Diabolical Records
Sat. Feb. 25 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
Wed. Mar. 15 – Sat. Mar. 18 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Wed. Mar. 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Fri. Mar. 24 – Somerville, MA @ ONCE Somerville
Mon. Mar. 27 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake


“The Detroit-based indie rocker Stef Chura sings in a wry, hooded tone somewhere between acidic Liz Phair and eyebrow-raised Chrissie Hynde; her voice is a colorful instrument that hits a lot of emotional nerve clusters at once. On “You,” she lets it unfurl like a snapping flag.” – Pitchfork

“Her music recalls the propulsive, pop-driven rock of icons like Liz Phair and Hole; her conversational, confessional lyrics add a touch of folksiness.” – NPR Music

“there are a bunch of reasons you should pay attention to the grunge pop songstress.” – Noisey

“The twilight-shaded alt-rock track is topped off with Chura’s striking vocal presence, each word quivering with power whether whispered, moaned, or fiercely belted out. It’s the sound of a songwriter taking familiar sounds and molding them into her own unmistakable image.” – Stereogum

“A major highlight on the record is Chura’s voice, which is prone to breathy, almost yodel-y stretches, and can take the simplest lyric and twist it into what sounds like a hundred knots until, suddenly, you realize that’s the chorus. ” –MTV News

“Chura packs the album full of doubts, anxieties, stresses and breakthroughs. It’s an album about all the shit that life throws at you and coming out, at least somewhat, better on the other side.” – Raven Sings the Blues

“Delivering with a perfectly imbalanced combination of dead-pan brush-offs and evident pensiveness, Stef Chura has pressed and pressed herself and in doing so created something gold.” – GoldFlakePaint

“Stef makes hooky indie rock and she has a way with a turn-of-phrase, too. (Think Liz Phair joining Throwning Muses, that’s kinda like what she sounds like.)” – Brooklyn Vegan

“The standout here is Chura’s singular voice, a seemingly delicate, orphic thing that can slide from breathy lullaby to belted ballad.” – Paste