Less Than Jake at Stage AE (CPs Wed., 11/13/13)
1) If you want to relive ska punk’s glory days of the late 90’s, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Stage AE with Less Than Jake. Combining the distinctive beats of punk with the horns and saxophones of ska, Less Than Jake hit mainstream in 2003 with the album Anthem. After touring with Bon Jovi, The Warped Tour, and Bad Religion, the band headlines the 2013 Fat Tour with support from fellow punkers Anti-Flag, Masked Intruder, and Get Dead. We can hope to hear their famed “She’s Gonna Break Soon” as well as old and new favorites. Doors open at 6 p.m. 400 N. Shore Dr., North Shore.
2) Dig out your hairspray and your acid washed jeans for a night of 80’s rock with Bret Michaels at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. The former Poison vocalist and Butler native has been on the music scene for 30 years. Since his Poison days, Michaels has done anything and everything from reality TV to fatherhood to giving to multiple charities. Tonight, though, we get to see the Bret Michaels we’ve come to love as the glam rocker with old favorites like “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and new hits like “Fallen.” 8 p.m. 103 Slade Ln., Warrendale.
3) For all the bibliophiles out there who can’t seem to find a restaurant or bar that suits their liking, bookworms can rejoice at The Library. From the book covers protecting the menus to the names for menu items, any literary scholar will feel right at home here. Try the James and the Giant Peach cocktail, featuring peach vodka and gin. The menu is split into chapters, serving a wide array of dishes from small plates to full entrées and desserts. You can also order the Animal Farm sandwich, featuring turkey, bacon, Gouda, and a fried egg, or The Sclarlet Letter, a tortellini dish featuring spinach and red peppers. Cool kids don’t think this is a nerd’s hangout. There are pool tables upstairs and plenty of cold beer on tap. Tonight, readers and trendsetters alike can enjoy half off small pizzas. 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. 2302 E. Carson St., South Side.
4) Celebrating his first album of all original work, Eddie Spaghetti brings some country rock to the city tonight at the Thunderbird Café. The Supersuckers front man comes to celebrate his new album, The Value of Nothing, where he breaks down genre barriers to include country, rock, and pop into one package saying, “Hey world, this is the real me!” Experience the toe-tapping new tunes like “Empty” and “You Get to be My Age.” If we’re lucky, we may just hear some of our Supersuckers favorites, too. 8 p.m. 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville.
5) The boys of winter, our Pittsburgh Penguins, take on their bitter rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers, tonight at the Consol Energy Center. 8 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.