Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Stef Chura

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Stef Chura | Photo by Makena Duffy for XPN

Joining us in the studio for this Indie Rock Hit Parade live session is an artist who is a mainstay of the Detroit music scene. Stef Chura began gigging around Michigan about a decade ago, and turned the tragic death of a friend into motivation to take her music into the studio. The resulting album, 2017’s Messes, caught the attention of celebrated label Saddle Creek, who signed Chura and reissued her debut the following year. Matching her relentless touring schedule, Chura quickly teamed up with Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo to write and record her next album, which materialized earlier this year. Midnight contains some of Chura’s most potent material yet, and she brought her full touring band (guitarist Clara Salyer, bassist Chad Stocker and drummer Ryan Clancy) to our studio to rip through a trio of new songs.

Our session begins with a rollicking rendition of “They’ll Never,” which pits Chura’s commanding vocals against a twin-guitar jangle. Next is the cathartic single “Scream,” which boasts an entertaining video set as a high school drama. Chura indeed lets loose in the song’s closing moments. Finally there’s “3D Girl,” whose chorus is so irresistible, her bandmates can’t help but shout along.

Listen to Stef Chura’s Indie Rock Hit Parade session below, watch the performance of “Scream,” and check out some photos from the studio…

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