Ann Arbor’s Mark Fain showcases his songwriting prowess with his well-thought project Gun Lake. With Ryan O’Reilly on guitar, Macklin Underdown on bass, and Peter Felsman on drums, the band uses hauntingly beautiful three part harmonies to create solemn folk-rock tunes in the same vein as Mumford & Sons or Band of Horses. Their album Balfour, released in March 2011, is an exceptional example of the quality work springing from the local music scene. Each track is carefully considered, and like any choice album it is impossible to skip songs. Their voices seem to hang in the ether a little longer than the rhythm of their songs, so their harmonies are slightly left behind for you to ponder. Snap the QR Code to see Mark Fain perform a solo version of the album’s first track “Cliffhanger.” 9pm. $5. 36 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti. www.woodruffsbar.com
Kristen Roupenian’s You Know You Want This is a collection of short stories that revels in the mystifying aspects of interpersonal relationships without ever feeling the need to justify them.
This thoughtful mini-retrospective of the artist’s work traces his visual journey as an African American contemporary artist from the 1970’s until today.