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Live Music Picks: September 7-13

Berlin, X, Joshua James, Talia Keys and more.

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  • Michael Grecco

Lost '80s Live: Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet), Cutting Crew, Wang Chung, Naked Eyes, Berlin, The Flirts, Tommy Tutone, special guest TBA
This show is the sleeper hit of the summer—a dizzying, nonstop parade of music and memories where you'll know every last song. That's because the artists are under a directive to play only their hits. If you're Tommy Tutone and all you've got is "867-5309/Jenny" and two minor singles, that's all you play. Same goes for everybody else. To use a word that's been abused like a redheaded stepchild since the Day-Glo decade, it's awesome! Damn near every act hangs out after their sets to pose for photos and sign stuff. Last year, I met my junior-high MTV crush Valerie Day of Nu Shooz and chatted briefly with A Flock of Seagulls' Mike Score—who's lost his iconic hair, but whose headlining set was the lengthiest and best, capping off an incredibly satisfying night. Granted, it was weird that Wang Chung singer Jack Hues was inexplicably absent—and will be again this year—but Cutting Crew guitarist Gareth Moulton was a fine substitute. Berlin's Terri Nunn still sings like a badass and kinky little bird, but although she's at work on a new album with her former bandmates, she tours with scabs for the time being. As for the other acts, expect them to deliver the goods while you're effectively reduced to your awkward teenage self. No word on the surprise special guest for this date, other than it's not Dramarama, which sucks 'cause they're on other Lost '80s dates. (Randy Harward) Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main, 6:30 p.m., $35-$75, all ages,


  • Frank Gargani

X, Skating Polly
Forty years ago, Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom and DJ Bonebrake formed X. They were at the vanguard of first-wave LA punk and, as they increasingly folded in elements of American roots music into their literary noise, they helped pioneer the cowpunk scene alongside noteworthy acts like Jason & the Scorchers, The Beat Farmers, The Blasters (whose Dave Alvin replaced Zoom for a spell), the Meat Puppets, Rank & File (featuring Alejandro Escovedo) and some band called Social Distortion. On the strength of their 1980 debut Los Angeles and 1981 follow-up Wild Gift (both on Slash), they were featured alongside Black Flag, the Germs, the Circle Jerks and Fear in Penelope Spheeris' (Wayne's World) celebrated documentary The Decline of Western Civilization. This commenced a period of hotness that ended in hiatus after 1987's See How We Are. A brief reunion produced another studio album and an acoustic album before the band returned to their solo and side projects. In 2004, they got back together for good—releasing no new music, but playing to adoring fans who didn't care about that. Now X is the subject of a four-decade retrospective at the Grammy Museum®, and they're stopping in SLC so we can see how they are now. (RH) The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, 8 p.m., $23 presale, $28 day of show, 21+,


  • Jake Buntjer

Givestock: Dr. Dog, Joshua James, Joe McQueen Quartet, The National Parks, Fictionist, RKDN, Beachmen, Cinders, Panthermilk and a "local mystery band"
So Even Stevens, the sandwich shop chain that famously donates a sammich for every one purchased in its stores to hunger-thwarting nonprofits, is behind the community music and art fair Givestock. Check this out: When you buy a ticket, Even Stevens steps up the ratio by donating two meals to the Utah Food Bank. What we get for our money keeps with the chain's rep for high quality, the lineup is as tasty as their drool-inducing food. Philly indie rockers Dr. Dog headline the bill featuring locals of national and international renown, including jazz master Joe McQueen, singer-songwriter Joshua James, alt-rockers Fictionist, indie folk troupe The National Parks, dance rockers RKDN, indie-alt rock trio Beachmen, acoustic pop group Cinders, funk-pop foursome Panthermilk, and a "local mystery band." On top of that, there's gonna be art displays (live mural painting, a gigantic dichroic glass skull), food trucks and Even Stevens pop-up shops, vendors, a pirate-themed adult playground, charity personal grooming services, hammock garden and hands-on musical education with a "musical petting zoo" (watch the goat-ar; it bites) and the DrumBus. Those of legal age will appreciate the availability of booze. That's an awful lotta fun and feels for such a cheap ticket. Kinda makes you wonder who's giving to whom. Then again, maybe the point is that we should all practice generosity, so the world becomes a festival for everyone. (RH) Fort Buenaventura Park, 2450 A Ave., noon-10 p.m., $10 at Even Stevens, $20 online, all ages,


  • Melahn Atkinson

Local Women Who Rock: Talia Keys and the Love, VadaWave, Ginger and the Gents
There's nobody better qualified to present an evening of local women who rock than singer/songwriter Talia Keys, who's known as much for her captivating stage presence and refreshingly frank lyrics as her passion for important issues, including feminism. Her latest band, Talia Keys and the Love, is going on two years as her main musical vehicle, and they're fresh from opening for Andrew Bird at the Twilight Concert Series last month. Now Keys is working with local community radio station KRCL to produce the third annual Local Women Who Rock concert and, in addition to Keys' reggae and soul-influenced sounds, the bill is rounded out by the more punkish/new wave VadaWave (featured last year in Entertainment Weekly) and Ginger and the Gents, whose hard-edged rock is reminiscent of No Doubt. The common denominator: Each is fronted by confident, demonstrative artists who just happen to be women. (Brian Staker) The State Room, 638 S. State, 9 p.m., $15, 21+,


  • Scott Jarvey

Charley Jenkins
Roosevelt, Utah, native Charley Jenkins didn't take long to recognize that his dream of playing country music would draw him to Nashville. Working for a music publishing company there, he honed his songwriting and performing skills, and by 2013 released his fourth album, The Way It Is (Refinement). His career has taken a few detours, like returning home in 2008 to help care for his father, who was suffering from cancer (and later passed away). But around that time he was a finalist on Nashville Star—the country take on American Idol—and he's since opened for Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and other country luminaries. His story epitomizes a struggle to maintain authenticity in a genre dominated by stereotypes. To that end, he infuses rock and pop elements into a relatively purist American style. With local bass wizard Jonni Lightfoot (from mid-'90s alt-rockers Honest Engine, soft-rock legends Air Supply and Sunset Strip glam rockers D'Molls) in his band, it definitely gives Jenkins' twangy tunes a low-end boost—some honky-tonk badonkadonk, if you will. (Brian Staker) Sandy Amphitheater, 1245 E. 9400 South, 8 p.m., $10-$25,