This weekend, in between sessions writing my book, She's Just Not That Into Costumes - Deal With It, I'll be celebrating Halloween with some killer live shows. I suggest you do the same, whether you're dressed in sexy/silly/scary gear or not.---
Tonight, Langhorne Slim, Dawes and The Devil Whale round out a triple-threat bill of genre-bending Americana/folk/roots-rock/blues with a touch of psychedelic flourishes tossed into local opener's ever-evolving sound. Langhorne Slim (currently touring in support of the brand new Be Set Free), Dawes (basking in Paste magazine’s adoration) and Utah’s The Devil Whale (on the heels of a California gig with Those Darlins), each strive to, as The Devil Whale like to say, “be our own genre.” Cool, right? Plus, after seeing Langhorne whoop it up onstage, all you’ll be thinking is, “Where can I get me some of that?” Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m. Tickets: 24Tix.com
Over at Club Edge, Laserfang and Ether headline an evening of experimental rock with an emphasis on badass noise.
Tomorrow, wow, well it depends on whether you want to simply shake that thang or get your ears blasted by a few legendary rockers. For a straight-up party, hit up the Pierpont Entertainment District for a wild block party stretching between Lumpy's Downtown and Sandbar. The Hotel/Elevate is also back in business as of tonight, so if you're in the vicinity stop in and congratulate the new owners on their return to the scene.
Dinosaur Jr., back in their original form (Lou Barlow!) will inspire everyone to wear earplugs at Urban Lounge followed by a DJ set with Ted Dancin'. Read Brian Staker's interview with Dino's drummer!
Head to Provo for some locally made, locally played action featuring The Brobecks, Neon Trees and Elizabethan Report at Velour.
Also, I heard there's a party at your house?
Spend the evening after at The State Room with Jason Isbell. On his self-titled sophomore release he hits home with stories told from other folks’ perspectives—the experience of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, for example, as on “Soldiers Get Strange.” The former Drive-By Trucker speaks from the heart and with an honesty that makes it easy to relate to all of the characters featured on the album. His gritty take on love and loss lets a song like “Cigarettes & Wine” get under your skin, scratching at that memory of the one who got away: “She lives down inside of me still/ Rolled up like a $20 bill/ She left me alone with these pills/ And the last of my youth.” Grab some whiskey and Kleenex—this night’s going to be a doozie.