KRCL Polar Jubilee, SNDTRKR, KUER Gold Party, Tame Impala, John Pizzarelli, The Grouch, Bret Michaels | Music | Salt Lake City | Salt Lake City Weekly


KRCL Polar Jubilee, SNDTRKR, KUER Gold Party, Tame Impala, John Pizzarelli, The Grouch, Bret Michaels

Live: Music Picks Dec. 2-8


Friday Dec. 3
The Polar Jubilee

KRCL is launching a new winter fundraiser, and rather than adding another on-air radiothon to the mix, the community radio station is throwing a bash that could become a seasonal favorite in SLC. The Polar Jubilee will have fine tunes from the likes of the Joshua Payne Orchestra, Spell Talk and Mad Max & the Wild Ones doing a bit of holiday-themed rockabilly. Bad Brad Wheeler will lead a Hanukkah Harmonica Army to celebrate the Festival of Lights (don’t worry, harmonicas will be available at the party). Throw in appearances by an Elvis Santa and food and booze courtesy of a slew of favorite Utah restaurants and breweries and you have the makings of a major to-do. Salt Lake Hardware Building, 105 N. 400 West, 7 p.m., $30

This Portland duo is an offshoot of moody popsters Southerly, and the partners involved, Krist Krueger and Eli Jemison, consider SNDTRKR a “live performance-based film-scoring A/V project.” What does that mean, exactly? Well, the duo throws a film up on a screen at their shows—either a familiar flick or something they filmed themselves—and then they create an impromptu soundtrack for the film on stage. At times, they simply create a soundtrack to the room they’re playing, instead of worrying about a film. I’m hoping they go that route for The Woodshed. Who knows what they might come up with? The Hotness and David Williams open. The Woodshed, 60 E. 800 South, 9 p.m., $5

Sunday Dec. 5
KUER Gold Party

Technically speaking, KUER turned 50 over the summer—their first broadcast was June 5, 1960—but we’ll cut them some slack for the lag in throwing a party because their Gold Party is looking so damn good! It starts with the headlining entertainment, courtesy of American roots-rock heroes Los Lobos (left), who will be playing a couple of sets during the festivities. Resident jazzbo Steve Williams will be hosting a jazz lounge with live tunes, actors from the Plan-B Theatre Company will be reading selections from David Sedaris’ works, and Squatters is even brewing up a special beer for the occasion. The party is invite-only, but it’s also a fundraiser; a $200 donation via gets you an invitation for two to both the open house and Los Lobos concert. Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. Broadway, 5 p.m., $200 donation

Monday Dec. 6
Tame Impala

You probably won’t hear a more far-reaching album this year than Tame Impala’s InnerSpeaker. And I mean that quite literally: The band hails from Perth, one of the most isolated cities in the world, and they recorded it in a remote mansion two hours away from that urban oasis in a mansion with a 180-degree view of the Indian Ocean. After the recording was done, the band traveled to the woody upstate New York recording studio of sonic superman Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Sleater-Kinney, MGMT) to do the final mix. The result? An expansive slab of stoner rock-meets-Beatles-esque pop that actually sounds like all the travel was worthwhile. Stardeath and White Dwarfs open the show. The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $12

John Pizzarelli
The renowned singer and guitarist helps Salt Lake City get into the Christmas swing of things with a Monday-night show sure to heat up a cold night. John Pizzarelli is renowned for his suave interpretations of the so-called Great American Songbook, so I’m guessing his versions of holiday classics might have a little more flavor than the bland Muzak versions heard at the neighborhood grocery. Maybe he’ll even throw in some of his recent tribute to Duke Ellington. Sheraton City Center, 150 W. 500 South, 7:30 p.m., $25

Tuesday Dec. 7
How The Grouch Stole Christmas

For four years now, hip-hopper The Grouch has gathered a crew and lit out across the country to deliver the How The Grouch Stole Christmas extravaganza. Headlined by The Grouch and Rhymesayers’ Brother Ali, the show also includes Eligh and Los Rakas. This is the kind of gig to get your favorite hip-hop-head in the season’s spirit. The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $18 advance/$20 day of show

Wednesday Dec. 8
Bret Michaels

I have a sneaking suspicion that far more people go see Bret Michaels’ solo concerts out of curiosity spawned by his relentless series of VH1 “reality” shows than actually own his solo albums. Not that there’s anything wrong with that; Michaels is one of the genuinely nice guys in rock. And I would imagine he delivers at least a couple Poison cuts in his set lists among his over-serious solo tunes, along with some covers. The Depot, 400 S. West Temple, 8:30 p.m., $40 advance/$45 day of show

Coming Up
Horse Feathers, Y La Bamba, Paul Jacobsen (Kilby Court, Dec. 9), The Judds (EnergySolutions Arena, Dec. 9),
The Movement (Club Sound, Dec. 9), Dark Star Orchestra (The Depot, Dec. 10), Framing Hanley, It’s Alive! (Avalon Theater, Dec. 10), Jeff Daniels (Eccles Center for Performing Arts, Park City, Dec. 11), Jeffree Star, (The Complex, Dec. 12), Jerry Joseph, Wally Ingram (The State Room, Dec. 12), Chris Duarte Group (Sun & Moon Cafe, Dec. 13-14), Family Force Five, Forever the Sickest Kids (In The Venue, Dec. 13), Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband (Layton High School, Dec. 13)

Dan Nailen


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