Bob Newhart
Friday, January 25
Spirit Mountain Casino, 27100 SW Salmon River Hwy.
8 p.m., $20 (and up), 21+
Don’t know the comedian? He was the protagonist on the classic sitcoms “The Bob Newhart Show,” “Newhart” and “Bob,” but maybe his name just didn’t sink in? All jokes aside, I actually figured Bob had passed on at some point between “Elf” and now (he played Papa Elf on the Will Ferrell-vehicle), but I must have forgotten we live in an age of social media where everyone knows when anyone who has ever been on television dies. Newhart is, of course, a legend of comedy, and even at the ripe-ol’-age of 83 should bring laughs-o-plenty to the fine patrons of Spirit Mountain Casino on this given night. I have to admit, the more-than-fair price tag of $20 is quite tempting for this living legend.

Allies CD release
Friday, January 25
Duffy’s Hangar, 2275 McGilchrist St. SE
9 p.m., free, 21+
Allies is the newish brainchild of Ben Thede and Cain Stoneking of Foxtrot and Ronan Baker of The Minute Hand Ballet, and this concert at the recently revamped Duffy’s Hangar will serve as the release of their new album “From Nowhere”. This friend-fest will include all things Ben, Cain and Ronan, with the trio of musicians’ aforementioned bands and Baker’s solo side-project “Light Treason” slated to play as well. On behalf of Ben, Cain and Ronan, I would like to formally invite you to attend the show, because if there isn’t an audience to keep them in line, I have a strong suspicion this band of music lovers may get a bit noodle-y. Plus, based on the players’ previous projects, I’d wager the music is quite good.

Mick Bare’s Big-Assed Rock & Roll Birthday Soiree
Saturday, January 26
Brown’s Towne Lounge,
189 Liberty St. NE
9 p.m., free, 21+
Just as his iconic heroes — Rose, Jager, Bowie, Bolan, Rollins — local rock n’ roll mainstay Mick(ey) Bare does everything with a bit of blue-jean flair. So when asked to pitch his birthday party/concert shindig to the Cherry City show-going public, he naturally responded with: “you’ll never see more drunk guys play that many notes that loud.” The concert will feature the Bare-fronted rock n’ roll project $100 Jayhawks as well as heavy rock act Bonafide, which features Elvicious Cash, Andrew and Scott Quackenbush and Adam Debates. Also on the Mick Bare-front, there’s a “The Falcon” reunion and album in the works (more on that soon).

Oh Darling
Saturday, January 26
Boon’s Treasury, 888 Liberty St. NE
9 p.m., free, 21+
I would describe L.A.’s-by-way-of-Portland’s Oh Darling as a working band. The female-fronted synth-frosted cutesy-pop combo has had songs featured on CW’s One Tree Hill, Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva, ABC’s Ugly Betty, Fox’s Bones, USA’s Royal Pains, as well as commercials for Volkswagen, and television network promotions for Grey’s Anatomy and Gossip Girl. You can hear their music at The Gap, Urban Outfitters, Old Navy, Pinkberry, Origins and BCBG. They were sponsored by Evian “the world’s #1 brand of premium natural spring water” (all from their press release). I was unaware that bottled water brands sponsored bands. Essentially they are a successful jingle-writer that performs live. However, if you’re stuck in a funk, and haven’t left the house in a few months — save for errands and trips to school/work of course — this may be a good show to ease you away from your television and back into the land of the living.

VICE, Life for a Life
Wednesday, January 30
The A-Frame, 5775 Gaffin Rd. SE
7 p.m., $6, all-ages
The brutal hardcore of Staten Island’s VICE will descend on Salem’s The A-Frame along with California’s Life for a Life, the pun-o-rrifically named Trap Her Keep Her and 9th Step in a Wasteland Production’s night that’s hardcore from start to finish. VICE combines ragin’ lyrics (that often fly off the tracks and into screamin’ lunatic territory) with concise and danceable rhythms that blast off into awesomeness at all the right times. Life for Life’s brand of hardcore, on the other hand, features two-minutes-or-less tracks that progress from hip-hop-esque rhythms into head-bangin’ breakdowns and back again.

The New Shanghai Circus
Thursday, January 31
Historic Elsinore Theatre,
170 High St. SE
7 p.m., $14-30, all-ages
When was the last time you went to the circus? Even if it’s been recently, the New Shanghai Circus looks to be a unique experience for our often variety-starved city, pairing acrobats, jugglers, contortionists and — according to the press release — two thousand years of Chinese circus traditions into one show. Sounds like exciting entertainment for the whole family… or just you if you need to mix things up and are brave enough to attend an event on your own (or you can tell the people sitting next you that you have a friend performing that you’re going to meet up with after the show).

Alameda, Hauntings
Friday, February 2
Gilgamesh Campus,
2065 Madrona Ave. SE
9 p.m., free, 21+
Oh, thank the heavens! With news of Gilgamesh’s The Lounge closing I feared Gilgamesh was leaving the year-round live-music game (that’s what we call it in the biz). But with news of this excellent show, it appears my worries were for naught. Portland-favorite indie-folk collective Alameda will team up with native son Josh Blanchard (as Hauntings) to provide the entertainment for this particular eve. Check out some of Alameda’s fine tunes at alamedaportland.bandcamp.com. Blanchard’s music probably has something to do with Dr. Who, sustainable living or other 1970s versions of the future.