Friday night, man. Thank goodness it’s here!
Keith Roberts will be the first to tell you that his band Young Dubliners is not just some Irish band. Yes, Roberts is from Ireland, but the rest of the Dubliners are veterans of the Los Angeles rock scene and the band’s sound reflects that. Roberts’ accent adds an authenticity to the Celtic element that the band — which just released its ninth studio album, appropriately titled 9 — uses as the fuel for its straight-ahead bar rock. There are no gimmicky drinking songs: This is like a pint of honest rock music with a shot of Irish flair dropped in for extra kick. If you’re ready to get St. Patrick’s Day started early, here’s your chance when they come to Knitting Factory Friday. The show starts at 8 pm and is $14. (MIKE BOOKEY)
Some fine folk will be coming out of Mootsy’s tonight when the Pine Hearts, Cold Mountain Yeti and the Holy Broke hit the intimate stage. Show up around 9 pm for the $5 show.
Also of note:
It’s indie duo/trio night at the Bartlett tonight with & Yet, Cedar & Boyer and Adam & Olive. The show is $7 and starts at 8 pm.
Vince Neil is hitting the Northern Quest Casino. Yup, he’s still rockin’ and rollin’. Check him out here before his band Mötley Crüe comes through the Spokane Arena in November. Tickets are $35 and up and is all-ages. Starts at 7:30pm
Downtown Moscow is celebrating Mardi Gras early this Saturday. Food events and a parade will happen all day but live music will start at 9 pm. Bands include: Sweatshop Union, Soul Siren, McTuff, Bare Wires and the Fabulous Kingpins.
The Viking is hosting a fundraiser Saturday evening to help raise money to fix the marquee signs outside of the bar. The lineup include, the Lion Oh My, Death By Pirates and Thunder & Lightening. There will be a silent auction and raffle items.
Around this time last year, Chicago post-metal outfit the Atlas Moth posted online that they would stop in Spokane for a last-minute show — and the hesher elite rallied the troops and threw the guys a great time. When that happens, awesome bands come back here knowing that Spokane is a remarkable place to play. The Atlas Moth has been said to be “militantly adventurous” in their experimentation — drawing from both doom and blues to create a sound that is theirs alone. It’s just as much black metal with a groove as it is rock music with a bloody edge. It’s weird and creepy and totally familiar all at once. Kind of like Spokane. Maybe that’s why they liked us so much. (LEAH SOTTILE) They come back Tuesday night playing the Hop! at 7 pm. Cost is $8.
And last, but not least. Tool is coming to the Spokane Arena Tuesday! Doors open at 8 pm and tickets start at $49.50.