Miranda Sings Hits The Smith Center, The Lique Give Bunkhouse a Hometown Treat

What to do after dark.

Miranda Sings

Miranda Sings

Thursday 1

She dances, she teaches, she cracks jokes, but most importantly, she sings. You should be familiar with Miranda Sings, a.k.a. Colleen Ballinger, the YouTube star who has won over the hearts of millions with her hilarious satirical take on popular artists. Ballinger’s character and alter ego is a quirky, egotistical and overconfident singer who runs a (surprisingly) successful vlog, and she’s coined the hit catchphrase “Haters back off” to address the naysayers who send in hate mail. Sings’ vlogs have amassed such a following that they’ve spawned a Netflix exclusive series, Haters Back Off. Now that she’s conquered the entertainment world, she’s heading to The Smith Center to bring some of her sporadic “scat” to Las Vegas. “Where My Baes At?!” (361 Symphony Park Ave., 7 p.m.)

Friday 2

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve already gotten a taste of The Lique, our city’s own soulful, jazzy, hip-hop quintet led by master wordsmith Rasar Amani. In July, the group released its full-length debut album, Democracy Manifest, and it’s been in heavy rotation on our office playlists ever since. It’s a masterwork, chock-full of powerful, poignant political raps over a smooth, jazz-heavy backdrop, and tracks such as “Batman” and “Walk Into My Office” are perfect examples of the potent formula. They’ve taken it to New York and California, and now they’re bringing it back home along with local singer-songwriter Cameron Calloway at the Bunkhouse Saloon. We hope the two acts will hit the stage simultaneously to give us a hometown treat. (124 S. 11th St., 9 p.m., bunkhousedowntown.com.)

The Lique. Photo: Mike Kirschbaum Mike Kirschbaum

The Lique. Photo: Mike Kirschbaum

Saturday 3

Still hungry for more local music? Venture to Backstage Bar & Billiards for the We Are Pancakes Cookies and Mimosas EP Release Party. You might be saying to yourself, “Man, that’s a lot of food in the name of one event,” but trust us, this is one appetizing, satisfying dish that’ll tickle the palates of even the snobbiest music nerds. Besides performing at venues throughout the city, the indie-rock quintet took part in the Road to Life Is Beautiful’s battle of the bands, where they made it to the final round. While they didn’t win, the event was the perfect introduction to local music fans and opened up a world of indie rock fused with crafty, electronic weirdness. If “Nothing” can serve as an indicator for where the band’s going, we predict big things. Catch ’em before they blow up. (601 Fremont St., 8 p.m., facebook.com/backstagebarlv.)

Sunday 4

Cap off the weekend by witnessing a local boy rock a stage built for the big guys. DJ, producer and vocalist Mikey Francis sharpened his skills as a musician by playing in the electro-rock band Black Boots and spinning regularly at smaller venues such as Insert Coin(s) (RIP) and on the LGBT club circuit. Tonight, he’s taking the stage at Heart of Omnia, where he’ll bring that experience to life in a set that favors the crashing hi-hats and persistent bang of house. Francis recently posted an all-too-cute photo of himself hanging ten with his daughter on a skateboard, so show him what’s up by cruising in and getting down to an eclectic set. You might need a helmet for this one. (In Caesars Palace, 10:30 p.m., omnianightclub.com.)

Mikey Francis

Mikey Francis

Monday 5

Thankfully, the rodeo is in town, so you can kickstart your week by catching country superstar Chase Rice bringing his North Carolina swagger to our desert. Rice stands out from the crowd of rising artists because he tackles the genre with an unconventional approach that takes elements from country, pop and hip-hop and mixes them into an aurally pleasing Southern cocktail. Aside from rocking rooms across the nation and meeting fans on tour, Rice has been able to hunt, toss around a football and fish. He’s livin’ the life, and you can watch it all unfold on Facebook. Then “Ready Set Roll” into The Chelsea for his performance. (In The Cosmopolitan, 8 p.m., cosmopolitanlasvegas.com.)

Tuesday 6

The boss is in the building! Night Bass label owner AC Slater is bringing his bass-backed bangers and house-heavy hits to Beauty Bar. The Los Angeles-bred DJ burst onto the scene in 2008 with a remix of Math Head’s classic “Turn the Music Up.” The track became a hit with core dance music fans, and it may have even trumped the popularity of the original. Slater recently collaborated with U.K. garage phenom Taiki Nulight on the brief double-sided EP, My Peoples, that fuses the groovy low-end courtesy of Slater with the splashing hi-hats of Nulight. It’s a welcome addition to Slater’s already prolific discography, and we think the songs will grace his sets for years to come. Grab some buddies to get “Psycho” when the beat drops! Oh, we almost forgot to mention that it’s Nickel F—n’ Beer Night, so you can get properly oiled to dance the night away, you dancing machine. (517 Fremont St., 9 p.m., beautybarlv.com.)

Wednesday 7

A-Trak dropped his rambunctious remix of Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Heads Will Roll” in 2009, and yet it’s still managed to find its way into the sets of everyone from turntable legend Tiësto to trailblazing trap monster RL Grime. It’s a testament to the track’s wide appeal. But if you have yet to become enchanted by the song, it flips the leading melody from a high-energy rock tune to a boomin’ electro-house track. He’ll be sure to drop it when he hits Surrender tonight. (In Encore, 10:30 p.m., surrendernightclub.com.) 

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