Live Tonight: Macklemore, Iska Dhaaf, Rhett Miller, and More

Florida-born Jake Miller may have just turned 21, but his feel-good hip-hop has been the star of the party since 2011, when he landed a gig opening for Snoop Dogg. Some of the lyrics on his debut album, Us Against Them, give away his youth, but his steady, confident cadence proves he’s got what it takes to hang with his peers. With Action Item, Air Dubai. The Crocodile. 8 p.m. $20-$60. ACP

The Flatliners & Sundowner A pair of top punk acts play tonight, both supporting strong new records. Toronto’s Flatliners are touring behind Dead Language, which adds a healthy dose of rock to their muscular punk sound, while Sundowner’s latest, Neon Fiction, is its most expansive release yet. With Living With Lions, Poke Da Squid. El Corazon Lounge. 7 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS. DL

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis It’s hard to write anything about Macklemore that hasn’t already been written this year. He and Lewis return home for three sold-out shows at KeyArena after touring the world, setting sales records, taping an appearance on Sesame Street, being named UN Equality Champions, and possibly selling out? (See “When the Price Is Right.”) Through Thursday. With Talib Kweli and Big KRIT Dec. 10 &12; Dec. 11 opener TBA. KeyArena. 8 p.m. SOLD OUT. MFB

Iska Dhaaf The latest installment in Red Bull’s Sound Select series pairs indie rockers Jagwar Ma with locals Iska Dhaaf, the new band from Ben Verdoes of Mt. St. Helens Vietnam band and Nathan Quiroga of Mad Rad. Joining them is blip-tastic local electronica wizard Vox Mod, who animates his own music videos. The Neptune. 8 p.m. $3 with RSVP/$12 DOS. All ages. KS

While his long-loved alt country band the Old ’97s preps a honky-tonk garage-rock record, Dallas songwriter Rhett Miller is taking to the road with a collection of the prettier songs he’s written of late. He has history with the venue he’ll fill tonight with his heartbroken, whiskey-soaked ballads: It was in The Triple Door’s dressing room that the former Old ’97s frontman wrote “Sleepwalkin’,” a song about a fictional affair with Seattle director Lynn Shelton off his last full-length Dreamer. With Lydia Ramsey. Triple Door. 7:30 p.m. $20 adv./$25 DOS. MSB

 
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