Whitesnake's blues-metal, Manhatten Transfer's jazz-vocal expertise and Juicy J's strip-hop

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We're quickly approaching an epic weekend that includes Volume and ArtFest, so you might as well get warmed up today with some options found in our event listings and Staff Picks

Here are some highlights for Thursday, May 28: 

LIVE BANDS | Over the winter, Sleater-Kinney somewhat inexplicably opened their reunion tour in good ol' Spokane. Now, just a couple days after the release of a new album, blues-metal dudes Whitesnake are opening their summer tour at NorthernQuest Resort & Casino. Will they play '80s hits like "Here I Go Again"? Um, ya. And expect a heavy dose of the new set, on which lead singer David Coverdale revisits his Deep Purple years. Here's a bit of what that sounds like: 
LIVE BANDS | Another band whose commercial heyday was the '80s is Manhattan Transfer, although the jazz-vocal experts didn't have any models rolling around on car hoods, ala Whitesnake. Instead, it was just vocally intense and amazing takes on classics. They play the Fox tonight. 

LIVE BANDS | And yet another big live show Thursday, this one involving Oscar-winner Juicy J, who earned his trophy as part of Three 6 Mafia, heroes of the Memphis hip-hop scene. More recently, you've heard him on records by Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj. He plays the Knitting Factory tonight.