The last Twilight Concert of the season—have you secured your blanket space yet? As The Salt Lake Tribune has astutely pointed out, Rosanne Cash writes some of her own lyrics and had a dad who died last year (didn’t think we’d be missing Dan Nailen this soon, but ...). The daughter of Johnny’s last album, the universally lauded Rules of Travel (Capitol), was one of the most hauntingly beautiful folk-pop albums of 2003, and more than enough to remove her from dad’s shadow. THURSDAY, Aug. 19 @ The Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main, 7 p.m. Free (with Chuck Prophet).
PAUL GREEN’S SCHOOL OF ROCK
No relation to the Jack Black movie, though Philadelphia School of Rock founder/teacher Paul Green sorta believes there was a corporate conspiracy to co-opt his idea, in operation since 1998. Green and 26 (!) of his rock & roll students, ages 12-17, are out on their first tour (field trip?), the SLC date of which finds the kids tackling the intimidating music of Frank Zappa, with ex-Zappa frontman Napoleon Murphy Brock. THURSDAY, Aug. 19 @ Sugarbeats, 2106 S. 1100 East, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 800-888-8499.
As certain as their Christian names are Eric Toothpaste, Abe E. Ruthless, Nasty D, Jarn, Steve Sleaze and Clint Transit, Phoenix’s F-Ups are destined for Hot Topic mall-punk fame. Sorry, not even their own precious corner on MySpace.com (sooo indie-cute) can obscure the fact that the F-ups and their full-length debut, Hope You Appreciate It, F—ker!, rep the greasy-funny side of punk—you know, the correct side. F—DAY, Aug 20 @ Lo-Fi Café, 119 S. West Temple, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Info: LoFiCafe.com (with Stolen Marches and To No Avail).
J.W. BLACKOUT, SIX-SIDED BOX
Been awhile since we’ve spotlighted local alt-country wonders J.W. Blackout, and it’s a damned shame. As excellent as their last CD was (we’re still waiting for the follow-up, Mr. Jamison Wilkins), you have to catch the current hittin’-on-all-cylinders incarnation of Blackout live to restore your faith in good-times/good-tunes rock ‘n’ twang. As for openers Six-Sided Box, an SLC space-jazz-pop collective who have no trouble getting freaky, well, show up early and prepare to be wowed. FRIDAY, Aug. 20 @ Egos, 668 S. State, 9:30 p.m. Info: 521-5255.
They played both Woodstock and Monterey Pop in the ’60s and haven’t stopped touring since, but Los Angeles boogie-blues band Canned Heat still aren’t much more than a footnote on rock history with the hits “On the Road Again,” “Let’s Work Together” and “Goin’ Up to the Country” (all now TV-commercial staples). Still, 36 albums over 36 years is no small feat—what are the rest of the Woodstock and Monterey bands up to? SATURDAY, Aug. 21 @ The Canyons Resort Village, 4000 The Canyons Blvd., Park City, 6 p.m. Info: 435-901-7664.
We tend to ramble on about the sorry state of mainstream country music here, and often wonder why a Western state like Utah seems to produce so few C& artists. So, when we happen across a local trad-country singer-songwriter like Brenn Hill, now on his third indie release since 2000, Endangered (BrennHill.com), it’s encouraging. Hill was also recently named Male Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Western Music—not bad for a Hooper kid. SATURDAY, Aug. 21 @ Snowbird Resort, Plaza Deck, 5 p.m. Free. Info: 800-232-9542.
Austin rocker-at-heart folkie Wendy Colonna is making the most of her first Utah visit: three nights, three venues. The strawberry-tressed singer-songwriter has a stack of critical accolades thicker than a Texas T-bone, topped off with the proclamation that she’s “a woman who combines the sensuality of eye-candy with the can-do strength of grrrl rock.” Check out Red (WendyColonna.com); it’s all true. MONDAY, Aug. 23 @ Mo Diggity’s, 3424 S. State, 9 p.m. Also: TUESDAY, Aug. 24 @ Liquid Joe’s, 1249 E. 3300 South, 9:30 p.m; WEDNESDAY, Aug. 25 @ Sun & Moon Café, 5195 Emigration Canyon, 9 p.m.
New Orleans jam-funkers extraordinaire Galactic didn’t need to prove themselves with further sonic experimentation, but they went beyond anyway last year with Ruckus (Sanctuary), an impressive Dan the Automator-produced record featuring shorter tunes and the digital sheen of loops and samples. The groove is still in the pocket, just 21st-century style. As for Boulder openers The Motet, they still jam it old-school, thank you. MONDAY, Aug. 23 @ Suede, 1612 Ute Blvd. (Kimball Junction), Park City, 9:30 p.m. Info: 435-658-2665 (with The Motet).
Some diehards will swear they’ve never topped 1988’s Trinity Sessions, while most will agree that Toronto’s Cowboy Junkies have never released a less-than-gorgeous album, including this year’s One Soul Now (Zoe). The Junkies’ lazy-hazy country-tinged shoegazing remains unmistakable, and there’s still no voice on Earth like Margo Timmins.’ Plus, with this album’s lyrical outlook, they should be Editor Ben Fulton’s favorite band: “Death, children, divorce, financial worries, age, sickness and just general fatigue,” Timmons says. TUESDAY, Aug. 24 @ Suede, 1612 Ute Blvd. (Kimball Junction), Park City, 9:30 p.m. Info: 435-658-2665.
FIVE-MINUTE ROCK STAR
In these reality-TV, everyone’s-a-star times, the cover band is passé. Why go see a band butcher your favorite hits when you can step behind the mic and butcher ’em yourself? Likewise, karaoke against the backdrop of stiff prerecorded tracks just suuucks. Stepping in to fill that void are local enterprises like Egos’ Punk Rock Karaoke, and now Liquid Joe’s Five-Minute Rock Star—all live, all rock, all night. Pick a tune, live forever. WEDNESDAY, Aug. 25 @ Liquid Joe’s, 1249 E. 3300 South, 9:30 p.m. Info: 467-5637.
BR5-49 (Port O’ Call, Aug. 26). Michelle Malone (Mo Diggity’s, Aug. 27). AC/D-She (Egos, Aug. 27-28). City Weekly SLAMMys Party (Urban Lounge, Aug. 28). Face to Face (In the Venue, Aug. 30). Melvins (Liquid Joe’s, Aug. 30). Ben Kweller (In the Venue, Sept. 1). Throwrag (Lo-Fi Café, Sept. 1). Jill Cohn (Mo Diggity’s, Sept. 2). Synthpop Festival (Red Lion Hotel, Sept. 3-4). Blackalicious (Suede, Sept. 4). Guster (In the Venue, Sept. 6). Dave Matthews Band (Usana Amphitheater, Sept. 8). Stereo 360 (Egos, Sept. 9). Joan Osborne (Red Butte Garden, Sept. 12). Ministry (Velvet Room, Sept. 19). Scissor Sisters (Liquid Joe’s, Sept. 21).