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Thursday 12/1

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ANDROID LUST

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We all knew Data was lying: Star Trek: The Next Generation’s beloved human facsimile went on a bit too much about his supposed lack of emotions. How could he not have a thing for Counselor Troi or Number One? New York City’s Android Lust confirms suspicions, expressing their hot robot love with brooding electro-symphonies. Bangladesh-born/U.K.-reared frontwoman Shikhee steers the East Coast Goths through eclectic, albeit consistently dark, sounds. Club Vegas, 445 S. 400 West, 9:30 p.m. Info: 364-8347, ClubVegas.org.

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Also Thursday: Mommy & Daddy (Lo-Fi’s Cafe/Spice); Sol Jibe (Cabana Club); Warsaw Poland Brothers (Egos); Jack Jumpers (Urban Lounge)

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Friday 12/2

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WRECK-O-NIZE

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City Weekly’s recent renovations gave way to a rather large vacancy in the former reception area. Some employees suggested we fill the empty space with a few cardboard mats for impromptu breakdancing sessions. A fine idea, albeit one that only Josh “Crazy Legs” Wangrud could possibly realize. Unlike those participating in tonight’s 3-on-3 break-dancing competition, we have neither the skills nor the style to truly bust a move. Wreck-O-Nize will also feature graffiti, DJ and popping exhibitions and performances by The Numbs, Broken Silence, Dimension X, Illfluent and Flava Entertainment. Kiwanis-Felt Recreation Center, 440 S. 900 East, 5 p.m. All-ages. Info: 755-3262 (also Saturday at 2 p.m.).

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PSEUDO RECORDINGS SHOWCASE

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Ryan Workman’s name suits him well: He’s spent the last few months working overtime to promote artists on his local indie label, Pseudo Recordings. You might have seen him at the bar, fliers in tow, his towering figure weaving through intoxicated hipsters to spread the gospel of Eli, Dan and Dave. Tonight, prove Workman his efforts weren’t for naught! Attend Pseudo’s first showcase performance featuring The Wolfs, Cosm and the Red Bennies. Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 10 p.m. Info: 746-0557, MySpace.com/TheUrbanLounge.

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DROP IT LIKE IT’S HOP

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In other Bangladesh news, San Francisco business analyst Matt Sueoka is spearheading an engineering project to revamp one of the country’s most decrepit orphanages. Located on Bhola Island, the Charfassion Orphanage houses over 100 children within its earthquake-ravaged walls. Sueoka called on members of HopscotchNetwork.org, a group of partner nonprofits serving under-resourced children, to aid in reconstruction efforts. Salt Lake City affiliates chose the rock to further the cause, however, thanks to our town’s Incestuous Musicians Network'a group of partner artists serving each other'the evening’s benefit show line-up features only two stellar acts: J.W. Blackout and Books About UFOs. Egos, 668 S. State, 9 p.m. Info: 521-5255, ClubEgos.com.

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Also Friday: Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Kingsbury Hall); KUTV Holiday Pops Concert (Cottonwood High); Naked Aggression (Lo-Fi); Nickel Creek (Eccles Center, Park City); Blackalicious (Suede, Park City)

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Saturday 12/3

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PUSSYCAT DOLLS

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Choreographer Robin Antin formed the Pussycat Dolls in 1995 as a burlesque dance revue, its revolving cast of buxom broads sprinkled with appearances by Gwen Stefani, Pam Anderson and other notable figures looking for another place to strip. Then Nicole Scherzinger came onboard and the Dolls shifted focus from skivvies to singles, climbing up the charts with their Busta Rhymes-aided hit, “Don’t Cha.” While the pop starlets are suddenly all about the music, they haven’t forgotten their sex appeal. Tonight’s performance even encourages other women to strut their stuff as Dolls’ impersonators. The hottest kitty-cat wins a diamond pendant. What? Who said commodification? Bite your tongue! Harry O’s, 427 Main, Park City, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: 800-888-8499, SmithsTix.com.

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Also Saturday: Cave In (Lo-Fi); Ghostowne (Coyotz); Creepshow (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Purdymouth (Urban Lounge); Afro Omega (Egos'see Music)

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Tuesday 12/6

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KURT BESTOR CHRISTMAS

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“People might say I write New-Age music, but I don’t buy it or even listen to it,” Kurt Bestor told City Weekly last Christmas. “New-edgy” might be a more fitting term for Utah-based composer, a man equally prized for his keyboard skills and award-winning hair. Bestor is desperate to escape comparisons to Yanni and John Tesh'who wouldn’t be, really? Sure, his instrumental sounds are borderline dull, but their classical roots are more complex than critics might suggest'and check the man’s eclectic taste in tunes in this week’s Track Stars (p. 53). Any friend of Sly Stone is a friend of ours. Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, 8 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 355-2787, ArtTix.org (through Saturday, Dec. 10).

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Also Tuesday: Gypsy Soul (Eccles Theater, Park City High School)

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Wednesday 12/7

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Fail to Follow CD Release (Lo-Fi); Chris Duarte (Egos); John Brown’s Body (Suede, Park City)

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COMING UP

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Agent Orange (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Dec. 8). Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons (Egos, Dec. 9-10). All-American Rejects (In the Venue, Dec. 10). Dandy Warhols (In the Venue, Dec. 10). Dokken (Whiskey, Dec. 10). Monsters of Metal (Club Vegas, Dec. 10). International Noise Conspiracy (In the Venue, Dec. 13). MySpace Presents: A Change of Pace (Lo-Fi, Dec. 13). As I Lay Dying (Great Saltair, Dec. 14). Neil Diamond (E Center, Dec. 16). U2 (Delta Center, Dec. 17). Swamp Donkeys (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Dec. 23). Jackass (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Dec. 29).

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