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Tonight's Live Music Picks

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My stint covering Sundance a few years ago left me a bit drained on the whole experience, but damn if I'm not kicking myself in the leg right now for missing one of this year's coolest musical events in Park City: Mark Lanegan joined frequent collaborator Isobel Campbell during her scheduled performance at yesterday's Sundance/ASCAP Music Cafe. Those who witnessed his surprise appearance say it was, not surprisingly, jaw-dropping good. Man. Oh man. The lesson? If you have the time, head up the canyon for the remaining festival dates. You never know who will make an appearance---.

One surefire good time - Arguably the best place to catch celebrities during Sundance is Downstairs, if only because the owner is a celebrity himself. Danny Masterson is best known for his role in That ’70s Show, but since taking a hands-on approach to his Park City nightclub, the actor is perhaps best recognized around these parts as DJ Mom Jeans. Masterson will man the turntables on Jan. 30 as part of a festival closing party. Tonight, get in on the action with featured acts Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Kid Sister, plus host/badass actor Danny Trejo (Runaway Train! Machete!). Downstairs, 625 Main, Park City, 9 p.m.

In non-festival-related fun:

Fictionist’s Invisible Hand was one of the best-produced albums of 2009—local or otherwise. The Utah County band formerly known as Good Morning Maxfield worked with Scott Wiley on the flawless record, and team up with him again for the stunning follow-up, Lasting Echo. The slightly more upbeat work retains the group’s signature grip on sweeping, romantic classic rock brought to epic heights by tight instrumentaion and Stuart Maxfield’s voice. On Lasting Echo he discovers his inner wail and lets it loose at unbelievably spot-on moments (see: closing remarks on “Sunshine of a Shell”). Good stuff. Fictionist are legit. Catch them before they skip town to pursue the bright lights. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7 p.m. All-ages (Also Friday at Velour)