Lupe Fiasco, with B.o.B., Dosage. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 628-3151. 8:30 p.m. $40. All ages. After rising to fame through an appearance on Kanye West's Late Registration and his own first single, the skateboarding love story "Kick Push," Chicago native Lupe Fiasco quickly established himself as a relentless artistic force. Though some of his grandiose plans (like three-disc LupE.N.D.) never materialized, Lupe's talent as a lyricist and energy as an emcee make it inexcusable to miss any of his live performances - even if there's no release date in sight for his third record Lasers, the namesake of this tour. Paired with Atlanta's Coldplay-inspired B.o.B., one of 2010's favorite freshmen, the cross-genre eclecticism and relevant pop sensibilities showcased in this performance are a wildly exciting glimpse into the re-imagination of rap. NICK FELDMAN
Nickelback, with Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown, Sick Puppies. Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St.; Tacoma, 253-272-3663. 6:30 p.m. $45-$75. All ages.
Nickelback, with Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown, Sick Puppies. Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St.; Tacoma, 253-272-3663. 6:30 p.m. $45-$75. All ages.Nickelback is aptly described as an "alternative rock" band. They certainly serve as an "alternative" to original song craft, making the previous king of clichéd Canadian songwriting, Bryan Adams, come off like Bob Fucking Dylan. "Alternative?" Yes, to music that has edge and street smarts and provokes listeners with fresh ideas; white toast and lime hospital Jello have more flavor than a Nickelback song. But "alternative" mostly works because Nickelback is as boring, tired and dated as the term "alternative rock" itself. For much of that we can thank Live Nation, whose satanic contract shat this band all over the airwaves. There's goin' to be some Ed Hardy for Target up in the Tacoma Dome tonight. MA'CHELL DUMA LAVASSAR