ANIMAL JAM SLC
Vegan Drinks—the local arm of nationwide group founded in New York City—is adding live music to its list of offerings with this month’s meeting doubling as a benefit concert for the Ching Farm Animal Sanctuary. The evening will kick off with a vegan bake sale (the public is encouraged to bring meat- and dairy-free treats to add to the cause) followed by a shared dialogue typical of the collective’s meetings at Vertical Diner. Featured local artists DJ Alain, The Plant Shop, Silently Thundering and Wasnatch will wrap up the event with an eclectic range of tunes. Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 7 p.m.
AMANDA BLANK, MATT & KIM
Philly emcee/vocalist Amanda Blank is not another dime-a-dozen pop tartlet headed for a tabloid train wreck. Her real-deal star potential is evident the moment she steps onstage to deliver rapid-fire come-ons and shove-offs over clever beats. She’s the cool, raunchy girl from around the way/the block/next door raised on a steady diet of Rhythm Nation and Depeche Mode, taking on the music-industry double-standard that pigeonholes female artists who talk about (gasp) sex. Blank’s solo debut I Love You (Downtown) is an indie electro-dance/hip-hop album written dedicated to all the ladies but appealing to anyone down with fresh, confident and fun old-school style meets new-school forward-thinking. Brooklyn’s energetic indie darlings Matt & Kim will headline tonight’s gig. Widely celebrated for their live shows/dance parties, the charismatic duo are currently touring in support of the new Grand. In the Venue, 579 W. 200 South, 7 p.m. All-ages Tickets: 24Tix.com