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Breathe Owl Breathe, Joss Stone, Henry Rollins, Aashish Khan, CocoRosie, Concrete Blonde

Live: Music Picks June 17-23


Breathe Owl Breathe
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Thursday June 17
Breathe Owl Breathe

If you’ve never visited the Ogden Nature Center, its summer concert series is the perfect chance to check out the mellow meadows, blue skies and dragonflies. The first show features Breathe Owl Breathe, a folk-based Michigan trio that blends guitar, cello and various percussive instruments into wondrous songs that sound simple, belying the sophistication of songwriter Micah Middaugh. And when Middaugh and cellist Andrea Moreno-Beals start harmonizing in a beautiful spot like the nature center, you’ll truly feel like you’re on a mini-vacation, all worries left behind. Future shows at the Ogden Nature Center include Brenn Hill July 15 and The Waifs Aug. 12. Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th St., Ogden, 7 p.m., $15 adults/$10 children

Friday June 18

Joss Stone
At just 23 years old, it seems Joss Stone has already had multiple careers. The British belter burst on the scene with her re-imagining of the White Stripes—the Detroit duo’s raucous “Fell in Love with a Girl” became her swanky, soulful “Fell in Love with a Boy” on her 2003 debut, The Soul Sessions. Since then, she’s sold more than 10 million albums globally thanks to pop hits like “You Had Me” and “Spoiled,” joined the acting ranks with a role as Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII’s fourth wife, on The Tudors, and gotten into a nasty fight with her record label—a common occurrence among rising stars in the music biz. No matter, though, because Stone will always have the golden pipes that made her a child prodigy. Josh Charles opens her show, part of Red Butte Garden’s annual Gala in the Garden. Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way, 8 p.m., $60

Saturday June 19

Henry Rollins
Who would have thought when Henry Rollins was scooping ice cream just before joining Black Flag that 30 years later the young punk would grow up to be a multi-media superstar? He’s continued doing music while expanding his resume to include writing books of prose and poetry, hosting his own TV chat show, acting in various films and TV shows and doing commercials. If you think pimping Apple products means Rollins has left his punk roots far behind, you need to see his spoken-word performance, where the anger and insightful commentary that made him a legend comes bubbling back up. His shows can be at turns funny, disturbing and educational. The only thing they never are is boring. The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, 7:30 p.m., $25 advance/$30 day of show

Aashish Khan
In Indian music circles, Aashish Khan is on a level of the Rolling Stones or Beatles in terms of being a flat-out legend. In fact, Khan has collaborated with at least two Beatles, George and Ringo, in addition to Eric Clapton, during his years blending traditional Indian music with modern, Western influences. He’s a virtuoso of the 25-string sarode, essentially a sitar on steroids, and you might have heard his music filling the soundtracks to Ghandi and A Passage to India. He recorded his 1991 album, Inner Voyage, right here in Salt Lake City, and this week he returns for a concert benefiting the India Cultural Center. The money raised will go towards construction of a building in South Jordan to house the center. Tickets are available at Bombay House and through Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Circle, 7:30 p.m. $20/$11 for students

Tuesday June 22

It’s hard to believe that SubPop, the label that introduced the world to bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden 20-plus years ago, has evolved so dramatically as to include the odd worldbeat-meets-folk of CocoRosie. The sound captured by American sisters Sierra and Bianca (no last name necessary, apparently—they’re the Cher of weirdo-folk) is worlds away from so-called “grunge,” but sort of entrancing in its own right. Their new album, Grey Oceans, was recorded on a globe-trot through Buenos Aires, New York, Berlin, Paris and Melbourne, with the singing siblings picking up inspiration at each stop along the way. Lord knows how they’ll pull off the ornate sounds of their album live, but I bet it will be fun to watch them try. Diane Cluck opens the show. The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $15

Concrete Blonde
Hard to believe it’s been 20 years since Concrete Blonde released their Bloodletting album, but it’s true. And to celebrate, the trio, led by iconic frontwoman Johnette Napolitano, is hitting the road for the first time in seven years. “My dad passed away recently and was a big fan of the band and it occurred to me that a 20th anniversary’s only going to happen once and that my dad would have said that it’s a good idea and that we should do it,” Napolitano said of the tour
. The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, 9 p.m., $25 advance/$30 day of show

Coming Up
Slightly Stoopid (The Depot, June 24), Cowboy Junkies, Michelle Shocked (Library Square, June 24), Espinoza Paz (The Rail, June 26), Mates of State (In The Venue, June 28) Steel Train (Kilby Court, June 30)

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