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Live: Music Picks Oct. 3-9




Beats Antique

In August, Bay Area electronic/tribal-fusion trio Beats Antique launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for one of their largest undertakings yet: the creation of a stage for their upcoming tour, which could accurately be called a multimedia explosion, as well as a live performance-art production. And guess what? Salt Lake City gets to be the first city to see the final product. Tonight’s show kicks off Beats Antique’s tour in support of their highly anticipated upcoming album, A Thousand Faces: Act 1 (Beats Antique Records), out Oct. 15. The two-part epic—the second half will be released in the spring—is inspired by Joseph Campbell’s monomyth, also called “The Hero’s Journey,” a narrative pattern found in many heroic stories told around the world. Concertgoers are in for a spectacular immersive experience, as “the album combined with our video production brings this story to life, making each member of our audience the hero,” according to the band’s website. Check out the recently released single “Beelzebub,” which features Primus’ Les Claypool—it’s as awesome as it sounds. The Fungineers and Sorne will start things off. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, 9 p.m., $21 in advance, $26 day of show


Provo Rooftop Concert Series: Parlor Hawk, The Lower Lights, The National Parks

Tonight, we bid farewell to the Provo Rooftop Concert Series till next summer, but with a lineup of Parlor Hawk, The Lower Lights and The National Parks, it’s going to be a hell of a conclusion to what’s been an incredible season of live music. Indie-folk rockers Parlor Hawk recently released a gorgeous self-titled album of 11 wistful songs—check out album highlight “Maryanne,” with its powerful, emotional chorus. If going to church didn’t turn out to be your thing but you miss the music, you’ll love The Lower Lights, who play beautiful bluegrass- and folk-inspired versions of classic hymns like “Lead Kindly Light” and “Nearer My God to Thee,” as heard on their album A Hymn Revival Vol. 2. And The National Parks’ debut album, Young, is flawless, folksy Americana. (Kolbie Stonehocker) Provo Town Square Parking Terrace Rooftop, 100 N. 100 West, Provo, 8 p.m., free

Cameron the Public
When 17-year-old Imagine Dragons fan Tyler Robinson died of cancer in March, the band’s entire fanbase mourned the loss. Imagine Dragons later established The Tyler Robinson Foundation in his honor, which raises money for families that cannot afford their children’s cancer treatments. This week, Cameron the Public, a pop-rock band fronted by Robinson’s cousin Cameron Rafati, will perform a set at The State Room to release the band’s single “Apple Pie” and to raise money for the foundation’s cause. We Are the Strike is also on the bill. (Ivy Smith)
The State Room, 683 S. State, 9 p.m., $10 in advance, $12 at the door.


KT Tunstall

It’s been three years since Scottish-born singer-songwriter KT Tunstall has released any new material, and her brand-new album, Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon is a welcome reminder that she’s a master at penning deceptively simple songs about powerful emotional themes, all beautifully sung with her crystal-clear voice. Written in two 2012 sessions in Arizona that preceded and followed a personally turbulent summer for Tunstall—her father passed away, and her 10-year relationship with her husband ended—the album is poignant and intimate. Check out the music video for the twangy, piano-filled single “Feel It All,” which features the most symbolic role of a wooden plank ever. A man and Tunstall stand barefoot and face to face on the plank, then slowly turn and walk away from each other until they’re each standing at opposite ends—and it’s revealed that Tunstall’s end happens to be hanging over a cliff. With the lyrics telling of the departure of a particularly significant person, it’s a pretty heart-stopping moment when the two plank-walkers decide to turn and look back at each other. Brian Lopez is also on the bill. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The State Room, 638 S. State, 8 p.m., $40

Tim Kasher
Tim Kasher’s (Cursive, The Good Life) folksy, intriguingly nuanced sophomore solo album, Adult Film (Saddle Creek)—coming out Oct. 8—is aptly titled; it doesn’t refer to a naughty movie, but to the complicated emotions and situations that grown-up folks deal with every day. From the ups and downs of relationships (“Where’s Your Heart Lie”) and wondering about the importance of your work (“American Lit”), to the death of a family member (“A Lullaby, Sort Of”) and being OK with your significant other cheating on you (“The Willing Cuckold”), Kasher’s songwriting is razor-sharp, perfectly capturing the thorniest, most frightening parts of not being a kid anymore with honesty and wry humor. “You Scare Me to Death”—with spooky, wobbly-sounding saw playing in the background—hits the nail on the head as it explores the fear of impending loss that bubbles up when you realize you really love someone, whether that person departs due to “car crash, or a heart attack or simply losing interest.” Laura Stevenson is also on the bill. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $12 in advance, $14 day of show


Man Man

Sometimes it’s important to throw everything out and start over, which is what experimental indie-rock band Man Man got to do on their fifth album, On Oni Pond (ANTI-). “With this album we got to do something that very few bands or creative people get to do, which is a reboot, and one that feels natural,” says frontman Ryan Kattner, more commonly known as Honus Honus. The result—born out of intense collaboration with drummer Pow Pow—is awesomely weird but masterfully put together, and trips through diverse genres with devil-may-care abandon. It’s full of some seriously great lyrics, too, like on the ukulele ballad “Deep Cover” (“The heart is a motherfucker, I’m positive of that”) and the brassy “Loot My Body,” (“Feel free to loot my body [just take whatever you want]”), with lots of pissed-off robot sounds in the background, and Honus Honus’ vocals seeming to borrow some gutsy yelps from Modest Mouse singer Isaac Brock. Xenia Rubinos will start things off. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $15

Thirty Seconds to Mars
Not a lot of bands include fans in the making of their albums, but Los Angeles rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars is different. They interviewed their fans for a music video for the song “Do or Die” from their latest album, Love Lust Faith + Dreams. The seven-minute video featured fans from all over the world telling stories about loss and struggles and how music helped them through those experiences. One person even said that if they didn’t have music, they wouldn’t be alive today. The testimonials are paired with shots from the band’s latest tour, making it an inspirational video that will have you reminiscing about how music affected and changed you. New Politics will start things off. (Laurie Reiner)
Great Saltair, 12408 W. Saltair Drive, Magna, 7:30 p.m., $28 in advance, $33 day of show

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