SALT CITY DERBY GIRLS PARTYnn
Much like NASCAR and hockey, people watch women’s roller derby for the inevitable crash and burn. Sure, it’s fun to see which jammer will score first, but we’re always waiting for one fiery skater to drag her tattooed competitor down the track for a swift beating. Don’t worry'the Salt City Derby Girls know what they’re getting into. And despite what you’ve heard in the media, it’s not all that strange for women to juggle professional careers and part-time work on wheels. Celebrate the natural speed demons tonight with local bands Middle Distance, Glacial, Blackhole and Spooky DeVille, who’ve just recorded an ode to SCDG’s credo, “Rubbin’ Salt in Open Wounds.” Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Info: SaltCityDerbyGirls.com.
Also Thursday: Utah Arts Festival (Library Square); Jett Black, Frontside Five (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); The Supersuckers (The Depot); Ditty Bops (In the Venue)nn
You “Wanna Know” Obie Trice? You might already recognize the Detroit rapper from HBO’s Entourage, the series that used his aggressive delivery for a very special episode set at Sundance. How aggressive? He made Adrian Grenier look tough. He also functions with a bullet in his head. So there’s that. Like 50 Cent and Tupac (at least one time around), Trice is a survivor. Some say he’s just riding hometown buddy Eminem’s coattails, but one listen to 2003’s Cheers or his latest release Second Round’s on Me makes it clear he’s doing it his way: Self-made, all the way. You know? Harry O’s, 427 Main, Park City, 8 p.m. Tickets: 800-888-8499, SmithsTix.com.nn
Also Friday: Utah Arts Festival with Ten Mile Tide (Library Square); Sound Team (Kilby Court'see Music); Sound of Urchin (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Micky & the Motorcars (Exchange)nn
Hillstomp is an angry locomotive speeding out of Portland, leaving behind a trail of ex-wives, dead-end day jobs and civilized restraints. Armed with bitter temperaments, the much-loved duo finds solace in ramshackle, backwoods blues, seeped in rockabilly primer. Their debut One Word went over like whiskey among northwest indie-rockers and R.L. Burnside fans. Similar drunken fever spread with The Woman Who Ended the World, which sounds like it was recorded in a bathroom using everything including the kitchen sink. Pat’s BBQ, 155 W. Commonwealth, 9 p.m. All-ages. Info: 484-5963, PatsBBQ.com.nn
Punk’s not dead. Judging by Glass Candy’s “Heart of Glass” posturing, neither is disco. Amazon frontwoman Ida No shares Debbie Harry’s platinum good looks and blistering confidence. She owns the stage, struts with swagger and leads the other two retro-maniacs through airy, synth-driven tracks. B-boys and b-girls, check the neat robotic-vox effects on “Lovin’ Machine,” a funky take on the widely covered summer-camp song “Iko Iko.” It’s nothing new, nothing technical'just fun and fancy-free. For those not tempted to shake a leg tonight, better check your pulse. Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 10 p.m. Tickets: 24Tix.com (with The Chromatics and Vile Blue Shades).nn
Also Saturday: Utah Arts Festival with Kelly Hunt (Library Square); Mushman (Egos); Flat Mountain Girls (Johnny’s On Second); Voodoo Organist (Burt’s Tiki Lounge)nn
Utah Arts Festival with The Desecration of the Johnny People (Library Square); Joe Jackson (Red Butte Garden)nn
Twizted (In the Venue); The Coup (Egos); We Jam Econo: The Story of The Minutemen (Brewvies)nn
Poison, Cinderella (Usana Amphitheatre); John Hiatt, North Mississippi All-Stars (Red Butte Garden)nn
THE COURT & SPARKnn
Joan Didion once wished for a group of graduating seniors to be, in five years, laughing and crying all at once. A similar state of juxtaposed emotions might be reached through Hearts, the fourth album by Bay Area alt-country artists The Court & Spark. For best results, listen with headphones with the volume turned up, way up, to easily understand MC Taylor’s hushed musings. This isn’t just country'it’s countrified soul. From the sultry “Let’s Get High” to mellow numbers “Berliners” and “We’re All Uptown Rulers,” Court and Spark inspire hearts to soar and break. Better to have loved and lost … Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com (with Band of Annuals).nn
Also Wednesday: 4-Play Concert Series (Gallivan Center); Yellowman & the Sagittarius Band (The Depot)nn
Rogue Wave (Kilby Court, June 30). Royal Bliss (In the Venue, July 1). Jonny Lang (Red Butte Garden, July 1). Black Heart Procession (Urban Lounge, July 2). Ray Davies (The Depot, July 7). Indigo Girls (Red Butte Garden, July 9). Bang Sugar Bang (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, July 11). AFI (Utah State Fairpark, July 13). Built to Spill (The Depot, July 13). Koko Taylor (Red Butte Garden, July 14). Social Distortion (In the Venue, July 14). Dave Hole (The Depot, July 14-15). LL Cool J (Harry O’s, July 15). The Fixx (The Depot, July 18). Rusted Root (The Depot, July 19). Panic! At the Disco (In the Venue, July 24). Magnolia Electric Co. (Urban Lounge, July 27). Chris Isaak (The Depot, July 29). The Rentals (In the Venue, July 28).