Artist Spotlight: The Bruised Reed

Melody Baetens

A weekly feature showcasing local artists

Name: The Bruised Reed

Lineup: The band is husband and wife duo Kirsten Wheeler on vocals and Josh Wheeler on “everything else.” When they perform live they’re helped out by Tim Stout on bass, John Fitchett on guitar and Bobby Poole on drums.

Fresh fuzz: The Wheelers describe their sound as fuzzy, indie power pop. Hear their new single “Messed Up” and other songs online at

Next: The Bruised Reed will be one of 20-plus bands from Detroit, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and beyond performing at the annual Mittenfest in Ypsilanti. Taking place at Bona Sera Restaurant, 200 W. Michigan, the three day event is a fundraiser for literary nonprofit 826michigan. The Bruised Reed performs at 8:45 p.m. Friday. For more information, visit

Melody Baetens