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Thursday 3/30

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DWIGHT YOAKAM

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You have to love a guy who’s willing to go head-to-head with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. Dwight Yoakam, who appeared in Wedding Crashers with the irreverent dukes of comedy, held his own as a gent trying to work out a divorce settlement with his pill-popping wife. Off-screen, Yoakam takes on urban country cowboys with a mean honky-tonk guitar. The Kentucky native started his career by opening for seminal punk and post-punk acts like X, Dead Kennedys and the Butthole Surfers, sharing with them a passion for old-school rockabilly. His latest album, Blame the Vain, was recorded on a new label without longtime producer Pete Anderson, but its content features the same versatility exhibited in every medium he takes on. The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, 9 p.m. Tickets: 800-888-8499 (with Eddie Spaghetti).

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Also Thursday: Tilly & the Wall (Kilby Court); Silverstein (Avalon); Evolver, Our Time in Space, Purr Bats (Urban Lounge); Impaler, Die Monster Die (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Ether Orchestra CD Release (Urban Lounge)

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Friday 3/31

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LITTLE DOLLS

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“The pins and needles prick the skin of little dolls,” but the Little Dolls prick right back. The four Sabbath-loving female shredders are quite possibly the best new tribute act to surface in some time. Their spot-on versions of classic Ozzy hits including “Paranoid” and “Crazy Train” actually sound more vicious than the Prince of Darkness’ original recordings. Oh, did we mention that guitarist Sara Marsh also plays with the Iron Maidens? A group equally skilled at summoning metal gods in their hell-raising, bat-chomping prime'not as the sandwich-eating Ozzy recently parodied on Family Guy. Club Vegas, 445 S. 400 West, 9:30 p.m. Tickets: 24Tix.com (with Shred Bettie and Monorchist).

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Also Friday: James Blunt (Depot); Guster (McKay Events Center); Clumsy Lovers (Egos); Gogol Bordello (Suede)

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Saturday 4/1

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JAMARAMA LIVE

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“If you’re old enough to walk, you’re old enough to rock.” So say organizers of this year’s Jamarama Kidsfest, a tot-friendly music festival that trumps anything that old purple dinosaur ever did. That’s because event organizers selected headlining acts whose songs, while Rated G, are more complex and imaginative than “I love you, you love me.” Dan Zanes and Milkshake are rock-star alumni, having played in the Del Fuegos and Love Riot, respectively. Zanes just wants to record music that families can enjoy together. He likes to think of his albums, featuring such luminaries as Loudon Wainwright III, Roseanne Cash, John Doe, Lou Reed and Aimee Mann, as simply “unsanitized, unpasteurized” works that his baby girl will still appreciate when she’s old enough to drive. Beep, beep! Beep, beep! Yeah! Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, 2 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 355-2787

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ROCKY VOTOLATO

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When Conor Oberst released his split-personality double-disc I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning/Digital Ash in a Digital Urn, overzealous critics heralded him as the next Bob Dylan. The comparison seemed a bit off, as do more recent reviews of another talented singer/songwriter, Rocky Votolato. Don’t get me wrong'the guy is good. But he’s no Bill Callahan. Which isn’t to say Votolato should work harder to ape the pipes behind Smog. In fact, let’s be thankful that on Makers he appropriated universal themes (heartache, hope) and made them all his own. That’s what legends do, you know? Velour, 135 N. University Ave, Provo, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 800-888-8499 (with Damien Jurado).

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Also Saturday: Taking Back Sunday (In the Venue); Irving, Jana Hunter, Sikemma (Kilby Court); The Management, GDB (Captain’s Quarters); Little Dolls (The Circuit); Books About UFOs CD Release (Urban Lounge'see Music); Bronco, The Rodeo Boys (Burt’s Tiki Lounge)

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Sunday 4/2

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The Samples (The Depot)

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Monday 4/3

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Dresden Dolls (In the Venue'see Music); Matt & Kim, Meneguar (Kilby Court); Toots & The Maytals (Suede)

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Tuesday 4/4

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TOOTH & NAIL TOUR

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Label tours are a great way to discover new favorites'or identify bands you’d demand some sort of cash payment to watch again. Hopefully tonight’s lineup won’t elicit the latter reaction. Tooth and Nail is currently showcasing Emery, Anberlin, Far-Less, The Classic Crime and Jonezetta, a bunch of bright young things whose sounds range from pop-punk to screamo and hardcore. Find out which ones merit a second listen tonight. Avalon, 3605 S. State, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: KTix.net.

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Also Tuesday: Take Action Tour (In the Venue); Midwest Dilemma, Matt Pless (Kilby Court)

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Wednesday 4/5

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I CAN LICK ANY SON OF A BITCH IN THE HOUSE

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Finally, an album that does justice to I Can Lick Any Son of Bitch in the House: Live at Dante’s captures the Portland group’s down-and-dirty backwoods sound with heated renditions of harmonica-drenched, blues-driven, left-leaning anthems including “Dear Mr. Henson,” “Westboro Baptist Church,” and “Haywward, CA ’76.” A few spins on the jukebox and you’ll question whether the boys are mistaken when they tell you their sweet home is nowhere near Alabama. Egos, 668 S. State, 9:30 p.m. Info: 521-5255, ClubEgos.com (with Jett Black).

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Also Wednesday: Holden (Kilby Court)

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COMING UP

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Zion I (Urban Lounge, April 3). The Bad Plus (The Depot, April 6). John Vanderslice (Kilby Court, April 10). Fall Out Boy (McKay Events Center, April 11). The Living Things (The Depot, April 12). Kittie (Club BoomVa, April 12). New Transit Direction (The Depot, April 15). Dinosaur Jr. (The Depot, April 16). The Stills (In the Venue, April 17). Rob Zombie (Great Saltair, April 18). Bang Sugar Bang (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, April 18). The Iron Maidens (Club Vegas, April 21). The Editors, Stellastar (The Depot, April 22). The Dollyrots (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, April 25). Mike Doughty (In the Venue, April 28). The Sounds, Morningwood (In the Venue, April 29).

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