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Dan Sartain, Strange Powers: Magnetic Fields, Primus/Gogol Bordello, Music of Led Zeppelin w/ Utah Symphony, Bob Dylan, Harvard Bass

Live: Music Picks Aug. 12-18


Dan Sartain
  • Dan Sartain
Thursday Aug. 12
Dan Sartain

When you see what the slight Alabama native Dan Sartain looks like, you might be surprised at what he sounds like. He’s a new master of stripped-down rockabilly and blues-rock who made some noise opening for acts like The White Stripes and The Hives a few years back, and his new album, Lives, is an entrancing brew of old-timey rock & roll that should thrill the hot rod and Betty Page set. And if you can listen to “Walk Among the Cobras” without your booty moving, you must be dead inside. Bad Weather California open the show. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7 p.m., $10

Friday Aug. 13
Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt & The Magnetic Fields
Salt Lake City isn’t likely to see a Magnetic Fields tour come through town any time soon, given the band’s tendency to stick to larger cities and hipster enclaves. But the Salt Lake City Film Center is hosting the next best thing with the Pioneer Park screening of the documentary Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt & The Magnetic Fields. Magnetic main man Merritt is a bit of a mysterious figure, revered by many as “the Cole Porter of his generation” and also seen as one of pop music’s great curmudgeons. This film was shot over a 10-year span and reveals the heartbeat of a true lyrical genius while fans like Peter Gabriel and Sarah Silverman pay homage. The movie debuted at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival, and the screening at Pioneer Park will be preceded by a live set courtesy of King Niko. Pioneer Park, 300 W. 400 South, 8 p.m., Free

Primus, Gogol Bordello
This is one of those bills that seems like a match made in heaven. Primus has been releasing genre-bending music for more than two decades, with creative force/bass player Les Claypool at the helm as the band navigated seas of cheese and rivers of pork soda. The trio hasn’t released a new album since 1999’s Antipop, but they’re using a short fall run of shows to hone their chops before heading into the studio to record a new album slated for 2011. In Gogol Bordello, led by maniacal frontman Eugene Hutz, Primus found an ideal touring partner. Gogol’s brand of gypsy-punk incorporates all manner of sounds, and the band’s interaction with the fans at their shows should get the crowd at The Rail to a fever pitch by the time Primus takes the stage. The Rail Event Center, 235 N. 500 West, 7 p.m., $36

Saturday Aug. 14

Music of Led Zeppelin with the Utah Symphony
So, you don’t think you’re into classical music? Consider this show an easy entry point. The final night of this summer’s Deer Valley Music Festival pairs the Utah Symphony with one of rock’s most familiar songbooks, and conductor/arranger Brent Havens brings along a rock ensemble complete with electric guitars and paint-peeling vocalists to make sure the versions you hear of “Immigrant Song,” “Heartbreaker,” “Stairway to Heaven” and “Black Dog” aren’t merely Muzak versions of the classics, but bombastic in the best, most Zeppelinesque way
. Deer Valley Resort, 2250 Deer Valley Drive South, 7:30 p.m., $30-$85

Tuesday Aug. 17

Bob Dylan
It’s easy to slag Bob Dylan as an over-the-hill rocker who hits the road to pad his bank account. It’s easy, but also completely asinine because, as anyone who’s seen the man play the past few years can attest, a Dylan show is anything but a rote recital of old favorites. It would be easy enough for Dylan to coast on his back catalog—which just happens to be arguably the most significant in American rock & roll history—but he does nothing of the sort. His shows are typically evenly split between newer material (and his past four albums have been among the best of his five-decade career) and imaginative reconstructions of older songs that risk turning off some fair-weather fans. Seeing Dylan and his always top-notch band is a one-night lesson in American roots music, performed by a true legend who continues to create intriguing art both on stage and in the studio. Deer Valley Resort, 2250 Deer Valley Drive South, 7 p.m., $49.50

Wednesday Aug. 18

Harvard Bass
Born Victor Hugo Ramos, DJ Harvard Bass developed his style as a youngster sneaking into techno and house clubs in Tijuana to watch the DJs work the crowds. He eventually sold his toys for money to buy DJ gear and embarked on a career as a DJ and producer with a distinct Latin vibe. This summer, he’s part of Scion’s mini-tour of DJs criss-crossing the country, and in Salt Lake City he’ll be joined by Don Rimini, Franki Chan and Gina Turner. W Lounge, 358 S. West Temple, 9 p.m., Free by RSVPing at Scion.com/Radio17Monthly

Coming Up
John Prine, Carrie Rodriguez (Red Butte Garden, Aug. 19), Big Boi, Chromeo
(Pioneer Park, Aug. 19), Dangermuffin (The Urban Lounge, Aug. 19), Nappy Roots (Bar Deluxe, Aug. 19), Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty (The State Room, Aug. 19), Earth, Wind & Fire (Deer Valley, Aug. 20), Exodus (Club Vegas, Aug. 20), Norah Jones, Corinne Bailey Rae (Red Butte Garden, Aug. 20), Rasputina (The Urban Lounge, Aug. 21), Relient K (Thanksgiving Point, Aug. 21), Orgone (The Urban Lounge, Aug. 23), Alejandro Escovedo (The State Room, Aug. 24), B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Al Green (Deer Valley, Aug. 24), Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube (Gallivan Center, Aug. 25)

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