Soulja Boy, friends! For anyone who went to a formal, prom or club in the late-aughts, their “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” dance (see below) will never be forgotten. Opening up the Red Room show are Benji Frankkz, Spac3man and DJ D3Vin3. The show starts at 8 pm and tickets are $25 at the door.
The Photo Atlas, an indie dance-punk band from Colorado, will show at the Viking tonight along with openers Banish the Echo. The show starts at 8 pm.
The Big Dipper brings in Portland death metal act Night Nurse Friday night along with Diazepam, Rot Monger and Blacktracks. The event will be out of control loud, but the $7, all-ages show will be well worth the hearing loss.
Of course, who could forget that Arcade Fire is coming to the Gorge Friday night, asking concertgoers to come dressed in costume? If the band is something to you, you’ll be there. See our story here.
For those who didn’t get to hear Mama Doll at Volume — the show’s line snaked so far down the sidewalk many never made it inside — here’s another chance to hear the four-piece indie folk act play at their upcoming album release show Saturday at the Bartlett. Their debut album, As the Crow Flies, is a mix of melancholy, sweet harmonies and rockin’ riffs you’ve come to expect from the group. Songs like “Rumors” (See below) and “As the Crow Flies” (formerly known as “Crow Song”) have been on their website since they were just a two-piece, so getting to hear the newer songs on the album shows just how far they’ve come in the year they’ve been together — especially lovely is “Between Lovers.” This weekend’s show kicks off the group’s monthlong West Coast tour. The show starts at 8 pm with Dova opening. $10/$12 day of.
Maybe you own a motorcycle, maybe you don’t. On Saturday night, you can easily slip into an Easy Rider state of mind at the Born to Be Wild concert Saturday. Featuring original members of Steppenwolf (keyboardist Goldy McJohn) and Pegasus (guitarist Glen Bui), Born to Be Wild primarily plays a rock ‘n’ roll set list of Steppenwolf’s greatest hits, like “Born to Be Wild” and “Magic Carpet Ride.” The group will be fresh from playing the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally when they zoom through cycle hot spot Daley’s Cheap Shots, surely bringing a taste of Sturgis along with them. The show starts at 7 pm and is $20.
Meanwhile, the Festival at Sandpoint continues with Nickel Creek with an Aftival concert at the Hive from Moon Taxi. Basically, you can stay in Sandpoint all night listening to awesome music if you so choose.
Bruno Mars is taking on the Gorge Saturday night. But you might have already seen him on the Super Bowl half-time show (go Seahawks!), and maybe that’s enough (it probably is).