Mike Posner looks and talks a lot like one of those college guys who’s finally on his own after being badgered for years by his parents to do his homework and cut the lawn. Free of parental shackles, he’s binge-drinking, high-five slapping his frat buddies, and flirting with anyone who has boobs seven days a week now. So it’s no surprise that the 22-year-old singer cut his first mixtape in his dorm room. It’s also no surprise that he’s pals with the brain-dead 3OH!3, whose popularity doesn’t extend outside of college campuses. But at times Posner has a surprisingly soulful voice, which he flexes repeatedly on his debut album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff. But too bad he exercises it and his newfound freedom by being such a vindictive asshole. In the hit single “Cooler Than Me,” he tears into an unimpressed girl who has better things to do with her time than hang out with this self-absorbed jerk. And in “Cheated,” he sings, “Nobody told me I was dating a whore.” Real mature, huh? Still, if binge-drinking, high-five-slapping, and skirt-chasing are your thing, you’ll feel right at home when Posner headlines the Up in the Air Tour at House of Blues at 7 p.m. DJ E-V, XV, Bad Rabbits, and Stephen Jerzak are also on the bill. Tickets: $30, $25 in advance. —Michael Gallucci
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