Thursday, April 6 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $15, 7 p.m.
Nothing, a Relapse Records-signed band, headlines Thursday at the Loft; opening the all-ages show are two heavy, Lansing-based bands: Hordes and Cavalcade. Nothing formed in 2010 in Philadelphia, but the alt-rock/shoegaze band’s frontman, Domenic Palermo, got his start leading Horror Show, an early 2000s hardcore-punk act. Horror Show’s career was cut short after a 2002 incident landed Palermo in prison for two years for aggravated assault. (He pleaded self-defense). After his release, Palermo formed Nothing, and by 2014, the group debuted on Relapse Records with its “Guilty of Everything” LP. All Music hailed it as an “impressively dark and beautiful debut album.” Last year, after touring the United States and Europe, the band released its sophomore LP, “Tired of Tomorrow.”
The Cool Kids at the Loft
Sunday, April 9 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $20, 8 p.m.
Freshly reunited Chicago-based hip-hop duo the Cool Kids headline Saturday at the Loft. Opening the show are DJ Owen Bones, Jahshua Smith & the Race Card and Mikeyy Austin & the Happy Medium. The Cool Kids formed 12 years ago after the pair – Sir Michael Rocks and Chuck Inglish – met online and traded beats and rhymes. After online demos received critical praise from tastemakers like Pitchfork, the duo opened a tour for M.I.A. and then dropped its debut EP, “The Bake Sale,” in early 2008. The group’s “When Fish Ride Bicycles” LP followed in 2011. In July, after a five-year hiatus, the band announced its reunion and tour dates. Last week, Billboard.com premiered the duo’s new video, “TV Dinner.”
Zoos of Berlin, Stef Chura and Guilty Simpson at the Avenue Café
April 6-8 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18+, $5, 9 p.m.
The trio of film fest concerts at the Avenue kicks off Thursday with Zoos of Berlin. The Detroit-based quartet plays art-pop music that melds Brian Eno-influenced electronics and melodious, abstract indie rock. Last year, the band released its “Instant Evening” LP. Openers are: Krissy Booth, Double Winter and LVRS. On Friday, lo-fi indie rocker Stef Chura performs along with openers Small Parks, Peter J Hochstedler and Lucy. Chura released her debut LP, “Messes,” in January via Urinal Cake Records. On Saturday, Detroit emcee Guilty Simpson headlines a night of hip-hop. Openers are Red Pill, Nolan the Ninja and DJ Ruckus. Simpson signed with Stones Throw Records in 2006 after being championed by the late hip-hop legend J Dilla.