“I love to be on the road playing,” says Chile-via-New York City Latin-jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuna. “When you’re playing, you’re creating and giving so much, and people also give back to you. Music is my healing spirit and protection from the day I was born, and maybe even before that.” The honey-voiced Acuna didn’t actually discover jazz music until she was 15, but the mountain of critical accolades for her two albums, 2000’s Wind From the South and last year’s Rhythm of Life (Verve), make a good case for the before-I-was-hatched theory. Thursday, Feb. 6 @ Kingsbury Hall, University of Utah, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: 355-ARTS.
Musta been a typo—San Francisco’s New Monsoon wasn’t on the Maroon 5 bill last night; they’re here Thursday and Friday with their own shows. As pointed out before, the band has drawn comparisons to everything from the Allman Brothers and Santana to the String Cheese Incident and the Dave Matthews Band—if you’re still smelling funky world-fusion jams, go with it. The Zephyr show is a benefit for the Utah Rivers Council, brought to you by the Utah Kind Benefits Association. Thursday, Feb. 6 @ The Zephyr Club, 301 S. West Temple, 355-CLUB, 9:30 p.m. (with Koteba). Also: Friday, Feb. 7 @ Beatnik’s, 240 25th Street, Ogden.
Washington D.C. folk duo Commondbond (Mary Beth de Pompa and Ashley Miller) aren’t all about gauzy ruminations of Lilith Fairs past: With bluesy, meaty chops, tight harmonies and even a tune called “Hippie Cowgirl,” they’ve got some tough-love soul and humor, as well. “We’ve written together and separately,” Pompa says of the pair’s creative process. “When we write separately, we bring the ideas together and arrange them as a work from Commonbond. You never know when the ‘song fairies’ may come.” Thursday, Feb. 6 @ The Dead Goat Saloon, 119 S. West Temple, 328-GOAT, 9 p.m. Also: Friday, Feb. 7 @ J.B. Mulligans, 804 Main, Park City, 9 p.m.
MATT FLINNER QUARTET
The monster mandolin virtuosity of Utah homeboy Matt Flinner has never been in question—how he’d follow-up 2001’s sizzling Latitude, on the other hand, who knows? Walking on the Moon (Compass), his brand-new disc with the Matt Flinner Quartet (featuring guitarist Gawainn Mathews, bassist Sam Bevan and drummer Aaron Johnston), finds the answer in electricity: The band’s plugged-in and rolling past bluegrass into funk, jazz and blues territories previously unexplored on record by Flinner’s flying fingers (say it five times fast, go ahead). The album drops Tuesday; the party is tonight. Friday, Feb. 7 @ The Dead Goat Saloon, 119 S. West Temple, 328-GOAT, 9 p.m.
The ATOMIC PUNKS
Salt! Lake! City! You’ve had a taste the classic Hollywood metal experience with Danger Kitty, now grab your bandanna-ed ankles and get ready for the real (fake) thing: The Atomic Punks, the ultimate Van Halen tribute band (all Dave, no damn Sammy), sporting the VH seal of approval and frontman extraordinaire Ralph Saenz, who’s more David Lee Roth than Roth is anymore—or maybe ever was. So, why hasn’t Eddie called? “Van Halen has never asked me to sing for them,” Saenz says. “If they did, I would say yes. But I would have to bring my wife.” Dude, that’s so Sammy … Friday, Feb. 7-Saturday, Feb. 8 @ Liquid Joe’s, 1249 E. 3300 South, 467-JOES, 9:30 p.m.
COHEED & CAMBRIA
Straight outta Nyack, New York, Coheed & Cambria bring scary new game to emo-screamo-whatever: Claudio Sanchez’s high-pitched voice (think Geddy Lee) and righteous afro (think Undercover Brother). Second Stage Turbine Blade (Equal Vision), the band’s debut, is a white-hot eruption of progressive science-fiction riffage and pop-rock intuition that defies logic and yet still works as effectively as a sledgehammer to the thorax—they’ve gotta love the metal, right? “We’re really not the consummate indie-rockers that we should be,” Sanchez admitted to BettaWreckonize.com. “We like a lot of Hessian rock.” Saturday, Feb. 8 @ Xscape Basement, 115 S. West Temple, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: 800-888-TIXX
A jam band with great songs? That’s what everyone from the Los Angeles Times to Rolling Stone says about Moe—but we’re still not playing their “spell it lowercase with a period” game, sorry. Wormwood (iMusic), the quintet’s new release out this week, made concessions to the in-concert vibe by utilizing live beds and adding spacey segues, but it’s still tasty Southern-flavored rock & roll and quirky hooks at the core. “It was tough,” says bassist Rob Derhak. “We really didn’t know what we were doing. Our engineer actually got sick because things were so intense.” Sunday, Feb. 9 @ Harry O’s, 427 Main, Park City, 435-647-9494, 9 p.m.
DEREK TRUCKS, TONY FURTADO
The inherent dangers of putting two of the country’s hottest slide-guitarists on the same tour aside—kinda like the president and vice president traveling together, isn’t it?—the double-bill of Derek Trucks and Tony Furtado is a match of pure bottleneck bliss. Where Trucks rips out incendiary roadhouse blues-rock, Furtado plays, well, pretty much every other style of roots music. “I don’t think I could ever be happy staying in any one place musically,” he says. “I don’t know how people are able to do that.” It’s called Branson, Tony. Monday, Feb. 10 @ The Zephyr Club, 301 S. West Temple, 355-CLUB, 9:30 p.m.
Reverend Horton Heat (Xscape, Feb. 13). Young Heart Attack (Zephyr Club, Feb. 13). Louis Osbourne (Axis, Feb. 13). The Bangs (Xscape, Feb. 14). Enuff Z’Nuff (Expose, Feb. 14-15). Rainer Maria (Xscape, Feb. 16). The Roots (Harry O’s, Feb. 17). Mofro (Zephyr Club, Feb. 19). Del McCoury Band (Kingsbury Hall, Feb. 19). The Pharcyde (Suede, Feb. 20). PH Balance (Lazy Moon, Feb. 20). Baby Anne (Axis, Feb. 20). Finch (Xscape, Feb. 23). Further Seems Forever (Xscape, Feb. 28). Gene Loves Jezebel (Expose, Feb. 28-March 1). Snocore Rock Tour (Bricks, March 1). DJ Rap (Axis, March 6). Folk Implosion (Liquid Joe’s, March 8).