Hailey Wojcik at the Avenue Cafe
Thursday, May 26 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18+, $7, 8 p.m.
Lansing-based songwriter Hailey Wojcik headlines the Avenue Café May 26; opening the show are Sumarah, Stef Chura and Scary Women. Wojcik, who debuted in 2010 with her “Diorama” LP, splits time between Brooklyn and Michigan. Last year, she received critical praise for her latest solo record, the “Book of Beasts” EP. Noisey called it “a dark, whimsical little nugget of punky-pop goodness.” The self-made record was released digitally at wojcik.bandcamp.com and on cassette via Wiener Records. While Wojcik handles most of the duties on the EP, it does feature Brian Viglione (of the Dresden Dolls and Violent Femmes) on drums. Wojcik also films and edits her own stop-motion music videos. Her latest, the delightfully bizarre “Dog V. Man,” can be viewed at haileywojcik.com.
Cavalcade LP release show at the Avenue Cafe
Saturday, May 21 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18+, $5, 7 p.m.
Saturday’s Dark Art Bizarre, which showcases and sells occult-inspired artwork from Michigan-based artists, crafters and filmmakers, is also stocked with a lineup of heavy bands. The slate of performers features Hordes, Dead Hour Noise, Residivis and DJ Deatheater. Also on the bill is Lansing-based metal-punk band Cavalcade, which is using the event to release its new vinyl LP, “Lake Side Effect.” The sophomore LP is the first to feature Sean Peters on lead vocals. “We’ve progressed a little more into traditional song structures,” said Cavalcade guitarist Cale Sauter. “But it's still weird enough to alienate the less adventurous punks and metal heads.” As for a favorite track on the record? “Mine is ‘The Bottom is Not Pitless,’” Sauter said. “It’s based around a beautifully mangled attempt by a doctor who didn’t speak fantastic English to comfort me after my dad passed away.”
Stitched Up Heart at the Loft
Saturday, May 21 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $12/$10 adv., 6:30 p.m.
Los Angeles-based hard-rock band Stitched Up Heart headlines Saturday at the Loft; openers are Sierra Denae, Martyr for Madison and Portals. Led by vocalist Alecia “Mixi” Demner, Stitched Up Heart formed in 2010 and two years later released its debut EP, “Escape the Nightmare.” In 2014, the band’s pop-tinged sound got heavier with the release of its second EP, “Skeleton Key.” All Music Guide described the atmospheric sound as “Evanescence meets In This Moment.” Last year, that heaviness continued with the release of the band’s “Finally Free” single. To date, the song’s music video has racked up over one million YouTube views. Stiched Up Heart has played more than 300 shows across the country, including a stint on Warped Tour. The band’s forthcoming LP on Another Century Records, “Never Alone,” hits stores June 17.