Woo! What a weekend. Tonight alone is jam-packed with live entertainment starting with one of my valley picks, heavy, experimental metal groups/Southern Lord label mates SLC's Eagle Twin and Sunn O))) at Avalon.--- These dudes don't play too many all-ages shows, so if you're under 21 make haste to 3605 S. State at 7 p.m. Here's the headliner powering a Swedish jeans commercial. Oh the Swedes!
If brutal noise isn't your thing, head up the canyon for the kick-off to Snowbird's Tent Revival featuring the Blind Boys of Alabama, JJ Grey and Mofro, Mavis Staples and many others. The event runs through Sunday and special packages are available at the resort if you'd like to stay the weekend.
Tonight also marks the first night of the first annual Salt Lake City Film Festival, which ace intern Hattie Macleod sneak previews here. It's not live music, per se, but the men behind Birthquake helped launch the alternative cine-fest.
Spy Hop Records hosts its Musicology Showcase with performances by Heterodactyl, Sam Burton, Malevolent MC, Orion Chacon-Hurst and other students involved in the unique nonprofit. Hattie Macleod strikes again with an in-depth look at both the student-run label and tonight's show at In the Venue. Tune into NPR on Sunday for a piece on another hands-on Spy Hop offering, the Open Mic program.
If you just want to stay in, tune into Circus Brown's Not a Side Show featuring local artists Castor and Pollution (who are leaving our fair city for Seattle), and Mario Cart.
Other highlights this weekend include Elvis Costello with Utah Symphony at Deer Valley and Xavier Rudd at The Depot Saturday, and Pete Yorn at Murray Theater with Zee Avi Sunday night.
Here's Rudd performing "Stargaze" on Jimmy Kimmel.