Less Than Jake Plays Mr. Smalls; Stage AE Hosts Big Gigantic Concert (Fri., 2/23/18)

1) If you want to relive ska punk’s glory days of the late ’90s, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Mr. Smalls with Less Than Jake. Combining the distinctive beats of punk with the horns and saxophones of ska, Less Than Jake hit the mainstream in 2003 with the album Anthem. The band has toured with Bon Jovi, The Warped Tour, and Bad Religion. We can hope to hear their famed “She’s Gonna Break Soon” as well as old and new favorites. Co-headlining the show is Worcester, Massachusetts, pop-punk band Four Year Strong. Openers are Direct Hit! and Bearings. 7 p.m. Sold Out. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvalle. (EC/RH)

Less than Jake performing in 2006. Photo: bendus and Wikipedia.

Less than Jake performing in 2006. Photo: bendus and Wikipedia.

2) Big Gigantic will bring their “livetronica” to Stage AE. The electronica portion comes courtesy Dominic Lalli, who lays the beats and samples. The live portion? Jeremy Salken, who plays drums, as well as Lalli, who also plays tenor saxophone. Wild stage lighting will ensure the show is as much a visual feast as it is an audio one. The duo, based out of Boulder, Colorado, has released six albums, beginning with 2009’s Fire It Up. Their newest, 2016’s Brighter Future, features rapper Waka Flocka Flame and electronic peers Cherub. Rapper Logic and Griz (who also melds saxophone with electronica) appear on the record too. Pittsburgh audiences will remember Logic and Griz from their respective appearances at 2017’s Thrival Music. Brighter Future received a deluxe release and a remixed release in 2017. Of course, Big Gigantic have remixed plenty of songs too, including Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow.” The Floozies open. Doors open 7 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore. (CM)