Landoh and Captain Boom headline Ugly Sweater Party
Friday, Dec. 23 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $10/$8 adv., 18+, 7 p.m.
Mac’s Bar hosts a bumpin’ holiday-themed party featuring a mashup of EDM and hip-hop artists. And of course, ugly sweaters are encouraged. Set to perform are headliners Landoh and Captain Boom, as well as DJ $our, Willy Cobain and Lil’ Rockstar Jay. Landoh, a U.S. Army National Guard member, began rapping at 16. In September 2013, he released an emotive video for “Nightmares,” which was pulled from his debut EP, “Never Landon.” Since then, he’s released a series of mixtapes and videos, and last year he dropped his sophomore release, the “AOE” EP. You can stream both mixtapes at land0h.bandcamp.com. Landoh says his introspective indie-hop-hop tracks reflect “the daily life and struggle of being a man from a young age.” For more information and show dates, visit landoh.com.
Wahya's at the Avenue Cafe
Thursday, Dec. 22 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18+, donations, 8 p.m.
Primitive garage-rock duo Wahya’s performs Thursday at the Avenue Café. Opening the show are local punks Scary Women and two brand new Lansing-based rock outfits: Half Tongue and Your Mom’s Worst Nightmare. The North Carolina-based Wahya’s comprises Joshua Johnson (guitar) and Lindsey Sprague (drums), with the pair sharing lead vocal duties. Johnson has spent time gigging with Paint Fumes, while Sprague has toured with the Trashettes and Daddy Issues. Wahya’s loose brand of fuzzy, psych-fueled rock ‘n’ roll is documented on the band’s 2014 digital single, featuring “Third Eye” and “Polarized Vision.” The tracks, which the band describes as “evil garage-gospel, like Johnny and June with less church,” were released on the Shipwrecked Records imprint and are available for streaming at wahyas.bandcamp.com.
Mr. Denton on Doomsday at the Loft
Friday, Dec. 30 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18+, $10/$8 adv., 8 p.m.
Three Lansing-based bands are set to perform a year-end show Dec. 30 at the Loft. The bill features Mr. Denton on Doomsday, Odds Fish and Hut Two Hike. Since the experimental hard-rock band’s 2009 debut, “The Mouse Circus” LP, Mr. Denton has been a fixture in the local music scene. With influences ranging from the funkier sounds of Incubus and the Red Hot Chili Peppers to the dark riffing of Black Sabbath and King Crimson, the group has scored opening slots at big shows, including dates alongside the Misfits, Candlebox, Saliva and Sponge. The four-piece has also toured the country, performing at iconic venues like Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles and the Beat Kitchen in Chicago. In June 2014, the band released its second LP, “Origami Trail.”