One of many female artists signed in the wake of Alanis Morissette’s mid-’90s femmesploitation frenzy who went on to record better albums than Jagged Little Pill, New York City’s Patti Rothberg killed with 1996’s smoldering Between the 1 and the 9. The familiar tale of label letdown followed, but Rothberg still kicks her unique urban folk and straight-up rock—word is she even has a hot version of Kiss’ “Got to Choose” up her sleeve. Mo Diggity’s, 3424 S. State, 9 p.m. Info: 832-9000.
Also Thursday: The Day After, Kite-Eating Tree (Kilby Court); Shiftless Rounders (Halo).
Says here that legendary workaholic thudbroomer Mike Watt has finally released a new album, The Secondman’s Middle Stand (Columbia), his first in seven years—we’re sure it’ll show up any day now. The ex-Minutemen/Firehose bassist is touring with the new disc’s organ/drums/no-guitar Secondmen; expect many a tune about the 2000 illness that nearly killed him. “It took so much from me,” Watt says, “I figured I could take a record from it.” Egos, 668 S. State, 9:30 p.m. Info: 521-5255 (with J.W. Blackout).
HELL’S BELLES, I CAN LICK ANY S.O.B.
Damn, Seattle all-female AC/DC tribute band Hell’s Belles are becoming an SLC institution. Portland redneck rock & rollers I Can Lick Any Son-of-a-Bitch in the House, they come ’round as often as they can—this time with a brand-new album: Menace (In Music We Trust), which finds frontman Mike D more pissed-off and political than ever, easily earning S.O.B.’s nickname of “the country Rage Against the Machine.” Liquid Joe’s, 1249 E. 3300 South, 9:30 p.m. Info: 467-5637.
Also Friday: A Flock of Seagulls (Velvet Room); Passion of the Mics Tour (Urban Lounge).
After rocking proper at the X96 Big Ass Show (perhaps you’ve heard of it) during the day, participating radio-fest bands Goldfinger and Story of the Year plan to sit down and get all acoustic and sensitive for a benefit fund-raiser for the Utah Animal Rights Coalition in the evening. Admission is $12 in advance ($15 at the door), and the bands will hang and chat after the show. Fine Arts Auditorium, University of Utah, 8 p.m. Info: 633-5722, UARC.com.
PAUL VAN DYK
Let’s not kid ourselves: Voter-registration drives hosted by musicians and such right now almost unilaterally have the end-goal in mind of trouncing Dubya—nothing at all wrong with that; just sayin.’ The Rock the Vote Tour, headlined by über-hot German (?) DJ Paul Van Dyk, is “devoted to protect freedom of expression as well as political enlightenment, and animates young Americans to vote for the next American president.” Note that it said “next,” not “current.” Subtle! The Vortex, 404 S. West Temple, 9 p.m. Info: 355-5920.
Also Saturday: Norah Jones (Usana Amphitheater); The Supersuckers (Egos); Hell’s Belles (Liquid Joes).
LIL’ BIT & THE CUSTOMATICS
Texas rockabilly outfit the Customatics may not use a drummer, but they do have a honky-tonk angel up front who’ll set your ticker beating like a floor kick: Jen “Lil’ Bit” Adams, a fetching Patsy Cline/Loretta Lynn devotee injecting the Customatics’ greased-back ’billy with two-steppin’ country charm for a combo that’s been Texas-certified as “hotter than a 39-cent pistol” (price not adjusted for inflation). Burt’s Tiki Lounge, 726 S. State, 9:30 p.m. Info: 521-0572 (with Sweatin’ Willie).
Ska, reggae, jazz, soul, dub, R& —New York City’s Slackers have mastered them all over the course of 13 years and six albums, not the least of which being 2003’s Close My Eyes (Hellcat). What’s left? “Well, I’d like to be a lot more successful,” saxophonist David Hillyard told PunkNews.com. “I think right now we’re making about as much money as you would if you were a fry chef at McDonald’s.” The Velvet Room, 145 W. 200 South, 7 p.m. Tickets: 800-888-8499.
Also Monday: John Vanderslice (Kilby Court); Hope of the States (Liquid Joe’s).
Mike Watt, Patti Rothberg—it’s old-school week at the Alt-Rock Corral, ain’t it? Of course, no other ’80s/’90s band is receiving more deserved hype and love than the reunited Pixies: Frank Black, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago and David Lovering, none of whom are granting interviews, leaving your local press outlets to slap together timelines and discography overviews in order to appear as though they haven’t missed the boat; look for ’em. Oooh, will they play “Palace of the Brine”? Kingsbury Hall, University of Utah, 8 p.m. Tickets: 800-888-8499.
Speaking of old school, what have SoCal stoner-metal kings Fu Manchu been up to since 2002’s California Crossing? Says here they finally have a new album, Start the Machine (Fu-Manchu.com), and it’s loaded with the kind of molten riffage you know and love from the Fu, plus some surprises—we’re sure it’ll show up any day now. You might have also caught ’em on the Discovery Channel’s Monster Garage, new haircuts ‘n’ all. The Crazy Goat, 119 S. West Temple, 9:30 p.m. Info: 328-4628.
Also Tuesday: The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower (Lo-Fi Café); Peter Rowan, California Guitar Trio (Port O’ Call).
Senses Fail (Lo-Fi Café); Helios U.K. (Sound); Capleton (Velvet Room); Signal Path (Egos).
Sahara Hotnights (In the Venue, Oct. 1). Indigo Girls (Kingsbury Hall, Oct. 1). Division of Laura Lee (Lo-Fi Café, Oct. 4). Tech N9ne (Suede, Oct. 5). Walls of Jericho (Lo-Fi Café, Oct. 8). Bloody Lovelies (Halo, Oct. 8). Old 97’s (In the Venue, Oct. 9). Jesse Sykes (Suede, Oct. 9). Fishbone (Velvet Room, Oct. 13). Dope (The Ritz, Oct. 13). Blood Brothers (Lo-Fi Café, Oct. 14). Drive-By Truckers (Oct. 18). P.J. Harvey (In the Venue, Oct. 19). Les Claypool (Velvet Room, Oct. 21). The Cramps (Sound, Oct. 24).