Heartsick (formerly Know Lyfe) releases new album

Saturday, Dec. 12 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $18, $15 adv., 5 p.m.

Heartsick, formerly known as Know Lyfe, changed its name back in February, and vocalist Alfonso Civile said it’s been a smooth transition. “We get to basically push reset and start fresh, from artwork to image to vibe of the band,” Civile said. “It has just been 100 percent positive.” Saturday at the Loft, the veteran Lansing-based metal band releases its first album under the new moniker. The self-titled disc has been four years in the making. “You are going to hear some of the most brutal death metal stuff we’ve ever done, and then suddenly you will be listening to some poppy punk melody,” Civile said. The show also features DeverauX, Beyond the Fallout, Of Virtue, Pralaya, Ground Tracer, Avenue Sky and Tall Tales. Every ticket to the release show includes a copy of the new Heartsick album.


The Chirps at the Aztec Room

Saturday, Dec. 12 @ The Aztec Room (lower level of El Azteco), 1016 W. Saginaw, Lansing. 21+, $5, 10 p.m.

The Aztec Room, aka the lower level of El Azteco West, is once again serving up both Mexican food and live music. Saturday, the Chirps headline the room; openers are Rhode Island Sluts and Nova. The Chirps, known for its mutated rockabilly-punk sound, were a fixture of the early 2000s Lansing music scene. The band’s bio says it formed in 2002 as “a way to lampoon modern country and neo-folk.” Since its birth, the band’s had a spotty history. “We've never actually broken up,” said vocalist Chaz Brackx. “But there have been periods of like two or three years we didn't do any gigs.” The lineup has also shifted throughout the years. The current lineup features Jason Metcalf on lead guitar, Jonny Baird on bass fiddle and drummer Ryan Bliton. Fans of Hasil Adkins, Warren Smith or the Cramps might want to check out the Chirps.

Beatles Tribute Show at the Avenue

Friday, Dec. 11 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $5, 8 p.m.

Two Lansing-based rock bands pay tribute to the Fab Four at the Avenue Café with a one-time concert: An Evening of Music Celebrating the Beatles. From Big Sur and Abbey Road Lunatic (a side-project of Elliot Street Lunatic) perform classics from the group’s entire catalog, spanning from the pre-Beatlemania Cavern Club era to the latter days’ LSD-inspired works. “We are going to chronologically run through the Beatles’ career with our set,” said From Big Sur vocalist/guitarist Kevin Ream. Of course, members of each band are diehard devotees of the lads from Liverpool. “We’re huge Beatles fans,” Ream said. “Our bass player, Wes Tkaczyk, and I grew up together watching our dads trade Beatles vinyl with each other. We've been huge Beatles fans our whole life.”

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