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Live: Music Picks June 23-29

Neon indian, Bossa Nova, The Beach Boys and more

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Neon Indian

Neon Indian's dreamy synth-pop broke out in a big way with 2009's Psychic Chasms (Lefse). Led by Texas composer/singer Alan Palomo, they were among an early class of bands in 2010 that led a notable acceptance of dance and electronic genres into mainstream alternative playlists. That was thanks mostly to the unapologetic flourish of "Polish Girl," which probably remains the band's most recognizable single. After a few years away, Neon Indian returned with VEGA INTL. Night School (Mom + Pop, 2015), which innovates upon the novelty of the band's early albums and includes a much more dynamic vocal performance from Palomo, who convincingly summons Prince in "The Glitzy Hive." As a composer, Palomo still tweaks supple beats and interesting samples to create a reliably catchy, if slightly left-of-center, listening experience that will expand minds and make booties quake. (Kimball Bennion) Ogden Twilight Concert Series, Ogden Amphitheater, 343 E. 25th St., 5 p.m., $5 in advance, $6.50 day of show (plus $1.50 fee),

Evening in Brazil: Bossa Nova
Local septet Evening in Brazil plays the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim and other groundbreaking composers. It's a real transport, as the ensemble's interpretations work their magic.And it's hard to find anything more lush, soothing and sweet than Brazilian jazz. Based on the bossa nova dance rhythms that emerged in Latin America the 1950s and '60s, it's playfully perambulatory, yet not as angular as bebop. Its style of Latin percussion isn't as aggressive as samba, and its instrumentation not as fiery as Cuban jazz. In other words, this is the perfect soundtrack to a mellow early summer evening. (Brian Staker) The Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main, 7:30 p.m., free,


The Beach Boys
In Beach Boys history, 1966 was a seminal year, marking the release of their masterpiece Pet Sounds and, later that year, the now-iconic single "Good Vibrations." As both reach their 50th anniversary, the two men who stake an equal claim to the Beach Boys legacy, Brian Wilson and Mike Love, are touring separately. Love's current iteration of the Beach Boys will stop by Utah first, with a two-night set of their Good Vibrations Tour. Love's band plays up the band's clean-cut, surf-rock heritage, and performs all the classics that, by now, are as integral to the American summer as the 4th of July. The other half of the Beach Boys coin is Wilson's headier songwriting, which began with Pet Sounds—and his Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary tour stops here in October. It's impossible to enjoy one version of the Beach Boys without appreciating the other, so just go to both shows. (KB) Ed Kenley Amphitheater, 403 N. Wasatch Drive, Layton, 8 p.m., $44-$79,

Aztek, Gravy.Tron, Mr. Vandal, Hecka, Drix

One of Utah's most prolific underground record labels, Dirt First, already boasts an arsenal of impressive musicians, and has expanded its influence with a clothing line. DF continues its campaign of local domination on Friday with local and national artists that practice the dark art of post-dubstep with headliner, Chicago-based Aztek, along with locals Gravy.Tron, Mr. Vandal and Hecka, who will rep Salt Lake City's ever-evolving hip-hop and trap scene. Aztek's Renegade ( came out last month, and Dirt First will unveil its fourth compilation ( Friday. Thumping bass drops and consciousness-expanding future beats are guaranteed. (Alex Springer) Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $5 before 10:30 p.m., $7 after,

Moving Units, Conquer Monster, Fossil Arms
Los Angeles-based Moving Units emerged during the early-2000s post-punk revival that brought groups like Franz Ferdinand, The Faint and Bloc Party to prominence. Neurotic Exotic (Metropolis, 2013) found them with new members abetting singer Blake Miller, and a funkier groove. Locals Conquer Monster and Fossil Arms open. The former fuses 8-bit retro computer game sounds with vintage synth sounds, while Fossil Arms is perhaps the New Order of local synth pop bands (or maybe Erasure). Fossil Arms' album Only ever have nightmares when i'm ill (, 2014) is an anthology of moonlit imagery. In any case, this is an evening to party like it's 2009. (BS) Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7 p.m., $10,


Steep Canyon Rangers, Six Feet in the Pine

From the mountainous Eastern-Seaboard state of North Carolina comes the bluegrass group Steep Canyon Rangers. The ensemble ascended quickly in bluegrass circles until they were tapped by comedian/musician Steve Martin for the collaboration Rare Bird Alert (Rounder, 2011), which earned a Grammy nomination. No slouches themselves, SCR actually won the award with their own Nobody Knows You (Rounder) in 2013. Locals Six Feet in the Pine play a haunting mix of folk and bluegrass on their debut, Dead Set (, released last November. SCR also performs at the Utah Arts Festival on Sunday, June 26. (BS) The State Room, 638 S. State, 9 p.m., $20,


Electric Six

Rocketing forth from a dimension that represents a paradoxical intersection of Vegas lounge lizards, garage rock and disco, Electric Six aims to make sweet love to your ears. Don't let their artfully rumpled suits and randomly generated lyrics fool you; they're a highly disciplined outfit, consistently recording and touring since 2003. Bitch, Don't Let Me Die! (Metropolis, 2015) offers another healthy dose of Electric Six's penchant for telling the stories that we only think about when we find ourselves alone and desperate at 3 a.m.—but songs like the glammy holiday tune "Big Red Arthur" show that they've learned some new tricks. If songs about drunken Santa impersonators and the logistics of divorce as a cowboy interest you, Electric Six is your band. DJ/DC, In the Whale and locals Transit Cast open. (AS) Metro Bar, 615 W. 100 S., 8 p.m., $10 in advance, $15 day of show,


Modest Mouse, Brand New

Brand New's blend of alt-indie-emo-punk and the experimental indie rock of Modest Mouse are complementary, so they're perfect co-headliners; their sets will flow together without feeling repetitive. They're also both back from lengthy hiatuses. The band is preparing its first new album since 2009's Daisy (Interscope) and, if it's anything like the first single, "I Am a Nightmare," it will be more energetic and poppy than the band's previous albums. Modest Mouse is promoting Strangers to Ourselves (Epic), their first album since 2007's We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank and, the imminent reissue of their once-rare Night on the Sun EP. Each group plays a full set. (Kathleen Stone) The Great Saltair, 12408 West Saltair Drive, 7:30 p.m., $49-$59,


311, DJ Soulman, DJ Jarvicious

Every few years, a new band attempts to recreate the beach-grunge sound that 311 has pumped out since the early 1990s. It's not much of a surprise—after an auditory stroll through the 35 songs that comprise The Essential 311 (Sony Legacy), you can see how their stony joints had such a big influence on these young alt-rock upstarts. Nick Hexum and rapper SA Martinez mainstreamed the concept of dueling lead vocalists, and simultaneously incorporated elements of hip-hop and reggae with Tim Mahoney's churning guitar chords, P-Nut's relentless bass and Chad Sexton's monstrous drums into the pinnacle of party music. With special guests DJ Soulman and DJ Jarvicious. (Alex Springer) The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, 8 p.m., $56,