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Live: Music Picks Nov. 14-20




Electro-pop duo Carousel began making music in 2011 while they were in school at Berklee College of Music in Boston. After they graduated, Jackson Phillips and Kevin Friedman moved to sunny Los Angeles, and while they may not cite it as a direct influence, you can certainly feel the warmth of that nearby star in their dreamy, perfectly pop music. They also happened upon the perfect name for their band, as their music evokes images of swirling colors and bright lights, as if you were flying through the air on a candy-hued horse. Carousel’s latest album, EP Palms—released in the summer—is inviting and danceable, with some ‘80s electronic influences and atmospheric falsetto vocals. Devareaux and Klaye Birdz will open. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $10,


I’m not even gonna talk about RJD2 because that dude sold out The Depot last time he was here. Instead, let’s discuss that other guy, Tony Simon, aka Blockhead. Though not entirely a household name like RJD2, throughout the early to mid-2000s, Blockhead was known as Aesop Rock’s right-hand producer and is responsible for the majority of his best stuff—i.e., Float, Bazooka Tooth and Labor Days. But besides significant releases as a hip-hop beatsmith, Blockhead has also found a place in the realm of deep breaks and instrumentals. His 2012 release, Interludes After Midnight, is arguably his best work, and wraps up obscure rap samples, clanky pianos and moody soul cuts into a nice little dance-friendly package. Obviously, RJD2 is also on the bill. (Colin Wolf)
The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, 9:30 p.m., $21 in advance, $26 day of show,

The Foreign Resort
Fans of moody ‘80s bands like Joy Division, The Cure and The Jesus & Mary Chain will dig The Foreign Resort’s new-wave/post-punk sound. The Danish foursome weaves their dark but catchy music with chilly synths, danceable beats, lots of electric guitar and deep, near-monotone vocals. Single “Dead End Roads,” from the band’s upcoming album, New Frontiers, sounds like a blast from the past, something leather-wearing goths would bob their heads to in the basement of a smoky club. Nova Albion and Gravital will start things off. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), 8 p.m., $6,


Blitzen Trapper
For their aptly named seventh album, VII, the Portland-based experimental country/folk sextet delved into the world of memory to create a record that’s part storytelling, part love letter to the Northwest. With a mostly country sound, plus touches of hip-hop-influenced beats—sounds weird, I know, but it works—that the band describes as “Rocky Mountain whoop-ass,” the 10 songs are reminiscences of lost love (“Ever Loved Once”), the pine-foresty beauty of Oregon (“Geography of Oregon,” complete with rain sounds) and that old shack in the woods that served as a teenage drinking spot (“Feel the Chill”). The album is personal but universally relatable in its honesty. “May these songs minister in ways mysterious and eternal, or at least maybe make you shake a hip,” says frontman Eric Earley. The Alialujah Choir is also on the bill. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The State Room, 638 S. State, 9 p.m., $25,


Julianna Barwick
Iceland is a seriously magical place—at least that’s what I hear in the music made there. Louisiana-born singer-songwriter Julianna Barwick was invited by Sigur Rós producer Alex Somers to come to Iceland to record her third full-length album, Nepenthe. The musician, accustomed to creating her music alone in her Brooklyn bedroom with her own vocal layers and translucent instrumental loops, says recording with the guest musicians who helped form the album’s lush sound was a “180 turn.” Influenced by Iceland’s enchanting landscape as well as a recent death in her family, she created 10 haunting, achingly beautiful songs that resonate on a level that’s near unearthly. Silver Antlers and Grizzly Prospector will also perform. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), 8 p.m., $8,


The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
When seeing Reverend J. Peyton (guitar), his wife, Breezy (washboard), and Ben “Bird Dog” Bussell (drums) play their respective instruments, it’s easy to believe that they sprouted these music-making objects as extensions of their own bodies. This Indiana Americana/blues trio pound, scrape, bang and strum their music to life with a fiery fervor, with Peyton’s barking, bass-y voice commanding the rowdy proceedings, heard most recently on 2012’s Between the Ditches. Check out “Devils Look Like Angels”—with the great line “The devil lives right here, doing very well”—and the hillbilly hoedown of “Shut the Screen.” Whatever religion Reverend Peyton is peddling, you’ll convert. Shot in the Mountains will start things off. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $12 in advance, $15 day of show,


The Deer Tracks
There’s a whole herd of band names these days that have the words “deer” or “antlers” in their name, but The Deer Tracks’ music is so cool, they can get away with it. David Lehnberg and Elin Lindfors—from beautiful Gävle, Sweden—are the only constant members of the band, with a rotating cast called upon from time to time to help fill out their spellbinding sound, which they describe as “Northern Lights electro.” The Deer Tracks’ most recent album, The Archer Trilogy Pt. 3, was released in February and is the concluding installment of the sprawling Archer sequence. The album was recorded in a remote cabin in the Swedish wilderness, and features Lindfors’ weird, elf-like singing and twinkly electronic effects in meandering sonic landscapes. Ice Choir and Float the Boat will open. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
Bar Deluxe, 666 S. State, 9 p.m., $8 in advance, $10 day of show,

A Great Big World
Even if you don’t know the band A Great Big World, you have probably heard their songs. Made up of Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino, the duo has released only EPs so far, but their soulful song “Say Something” has been on So You Think You Can Dance, and the pair performed it with Christina Aguilera on The Voice’s Nov. 5 episode, getting the song to No. 1 on the iTunes charts. Expect to hear more from them in the future, especially once their debut album, Is There Anybody Out There?, is released in January. The Contras will also perform. (Laurie Reiner)
Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), 8 p.m., $10,

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