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Live: Music Picks July 30-Aug. 5

PRhyme, Chicano Batman, Grace Potter, Soul Asylum and more




  • PRhyme

PRhyme With Adrian Younge, Bishop Nehru
"You Should Know," by the hip-hop duo PRhyme (Royce da 5'9", DJ Premier) featuring DJ/producer Adrian Younge and singer Dwele, takes aim at crappy, mainstream bling rappers. "Allow me to put some sense on you coons/ Too much success, um, here comes your doom," says Royce. The reality check comes because so many rappers do what they do for jewels, top-shelf booze and booty. The message is layered over an ethereal beat with sampled brass instruments taken straight from Younge's own discography, which might serve as a reminder to all those "Yung" rappers: Namely, that they can do better than this. One yungsta who heeds the message is 18-year-old Bishop Nehru, whose "Fickle Mind$" (from the 2013 mixtape Nehruvia) says pretty much the same thing—just with more bravado. It's good to see backlash against mainstream hip-hop isn't purely generational. (Randy Harward) Pioneer Park, 350 S. 300 West, 5 p.m., $5 advance/$10 day of show,


The Fryed Brothers Band
  • The Fryed Brothers Band

Sturgis 75th Featuring The Fryed Brothers Band
Ever wanted to quit your job and be a biker? The Barbary Coast is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota by calling in The Fryed Brothers Band—the Led Zeppelin of biker bands. They've played their roadhouse rock & roll with everyone from Willie Nelson to Billy Idol, so you know they're legit. The morning after this party—which also features Captain Jack & The Stray Dogs, and food by Smoke A'Billy BBQ Grill—you can ride with the Fryeds to Vernal (for a show at Little B's) and from there to Sturgis. Sign in starts at 10 a.m. Showing up to work on Monday is up to you. (Randy Harward) Barbary Coast, 4242 S. State, 6 p.m., $10 advance/$12 day of show


  • Madchild

The poisonously violent-rhyme-spitting Madchild, of the Canadian rap group Swollen Members, is touring with another solo album, Silver Tongue Devil (Battle Axe). Get ready for things to get a little deep and autobiographical: It's about his battle with addiction (in 2012, he told that he wasted $3 million on drugs) and struggle against other personal devils. But he's still the maniac Madchild; his rhymes are also insanely misogynistic and hedonistically—and kind of gratuitously—violent, and backed up by beautiful and dark piano hooks. His performance is tight, and full of just as much madness as before he was sober. Stay safe Friday night, Battle Axe Warriors. (Tiffany Frandsen) Liquid Joes, 1249 E. 3300 South, 8 p.m., $15 advance, $20 day of show,


Slightly Stoopid
  • Slightly Stoopid

Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads
Wrap your head around this: San Diego's Slightly Stoopid released their first album 20 years ago next year. That means that Sublime's Bradley Nowell, whose Skunk label released the record, has been dead that long. Where—cough!—does the time go? At the time, the group seemed like Sublime Jr., but they've more than proved their mettle with their multiply-influenced punk-folk-reggae-blues-dub-ska sound. They dropped their eighth album, Meanwhile ... Back at the Lab (Stoopid Records) last month, and it's as strong as that stuff you're puffin'. They're bringing along the similar, but more hip-hop-minded, Dirty Heads, who've been together almost as long. Both bands have amassed loyal followings over the years. Expect the Gallivan Center to be packed tonight. (Randy Harward) The Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main, 5:30 p.m., $37,


Chicano Batman
  • Chicano Batman

Chicano Batman
Let's ponder, for a moment, an actual Chicano Batman. It sounds weird, but it kinda works: A lowrider Batmobile with hydraulics and explosive dingleballs? A sidekick called Robincito? Come on. It's almost better than the real thing. But there's a serious side to this foursome. "We're trying to embody a political movement within our symbol," singer-guitarist-organist Bardo Martinez says in the documentary Chicano Batman: Not Another Band From East L.A. (see it on YouTube). The idea behind the band, he says, is to blend pop culture with serious ideas—and since the Batman logo and the United Farm Workers' black eagle symbol are so alike ... there you go: Chicano Batman. But how do they sound? Imagine a blend of mid-tempo Latin rhythms from the school of Sergio Mendes, with chicha, which is a blend of cumbia rhythm and surf and psych rock. Can't imagine that? Well, it's mellow, smooth and a little trippy, like a Sunday drive in a lowrider with a fat Ziploc riding shotgun. Although these cats are opening for Alabama Shakes tomorrow night at Red Butte Garden, that show is sold out. Good thing they're coming in a night early for this show. (Randy Harward) Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 8 p.m., $8,


Soul Asylum, Meat Puppets
  • Soul Asylum, Meat Puppets

Soul Asylum, Meat Puppets
In the early '90s—and for a long time afterward, you couldn't go anywhere without hearing the Soul Asylum track "Runaway Train." The wistful track, which was far from the rollicking Minneapolitan punk rock that got them their major-label deal in the first place, was played to death. This, while superior singles from the same album—like the intense, cathartic, anthemic "Somebody to Shove"—faded away. Oh, well. It's the way it goes. The good news is the band stuck around, even after losing founding bassist Kurt Mueller to cancer in 2005, and another founding member, guitarist Dan Murphy, to the quiet life in 2012. Arizona punk legends Meat Puppets have a similar story. The highly influential band, who famously joined Nirvana for their 1993 MTV Unplugged appearance and a moderate hit ("Backwater"), weathered its share of setbacks—mostly drug-related, although bassist Cris Kirkwood did time in the Arizona state pen for beating a post-office security guard with his own baton in 2003. But they reunited and rallied to release four more albums that—while not as urgent and fearless as their earlier work—are still solid. The chance to see them both on the same stage is a gift. (Randy Harward) Sky, 149 Pierpont Ave., 9 p.m., $20 in advance/$25 day of show,


Grace Potter
  • Grace Potter

Grace Potter
When Grace Potter & The Nocturnals exploded forth in 2005 with Nothing But the Water (Hollywood), jaws dropped. The band's fresh take on the classic-rocky end of the jam-band sound, along with Potter's ace songwriting and spunky live persona (she rocks a Flying V guitar!) made GP&TN an instant hit. They released three more albums together, including 2012's The Lion the Beast the Beat—not one of them a stinker, and each charted higher than the other. You can credit that to Potter and her band's aforementioned talents—but one wonders if maybe it was because of a slow-creeping commercialism that began to infuse her songs. Danceable beats, collaborations with Kenny Chesney ... all potentially terrifying. But she also co-wrote three songs with The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, and dueted with Willie Nelson. Nothing to worry about, right? Well, "Alive Tonight," the first single from her forthcoming solo album Midnight (Hollywood), has everything we love about Potter—but the shout-y chorus is more Katy Perry than Grace Potter. Another sneak-peek track, "Look What We've Become" is likewise commercial. Although her moxie is intact, and the songs are still pretty good, Grace Potter through a pop filter is a bit of a disappointment—if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Even so, you should see this show. Pop or not, Potter is a force. (Randy Harward) Deer Valley Resort's Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, 2250 S. Deer Valley Drive, Park City, 7 p.m., $40-$75,

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