SOULS OF MISCHIEF
It?s hard to believe 12 years have passed since Souls of Mischief released ?93 ?Til Infinity,? a funky anthem for the decade prior. And while it seems the Bay Area hip-hop quartet took an early departure during the Clinton-Bush flux, their rhymes flow thick through the underground. Sometimes sounds are siphoned off as solo side projects, or released on the super down low. You see, A-plus, Opio, Phesto and Tajai eschew corporate brouhaha, opting to release material through their own label, Third Eye Vision. Such marketing techniques make it difficult for those lacking in-the-know status to keep up with the group?s latest achievements, which is why curious bystanders should make it a point to attend this live demonstration on the mic. Lo-Fi Café, 127 S. West Temple, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 800-888-8499.
I know what you?re thinking: Modest Mouse is sooo early-to-mid-?90s. You were all up in the MM before the Seattle-based band sold out for some car commercial, way before Good News for People Who Love Bad News and ?Float On? earned regular rotation on popular radio airwaves and a spot on The O.C.?s weekly episode list. But guess what? If you liked the sound of Isaac Brock going off about the universe and everything, then there?s no reason to pass up a chance to see him and his jowly mates in concert. Tonight. Seriously. In the Venue, 579 W. 200 South, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 800-888-8499 (with Cass McCombs).
?Sometimes we fail miserably and sometimes we get it right. When we do get it right, well, the universe makes sense for a blessed moment or two,? Dave Alvin wrote in an online response to a fan?s personal note. The weathered musician knows a thing or two about falling down and flying high. His career?spanning three bands (Blasters, Knitters, X), numerous backup gigs and one killer solo project?reflects a life seeking direct impact. Combining elements of country, punk, folk and blues, Alvin represents industrious Southern California?a place where he often returns, road-weary and thirsty for blue-collars. His latest release, Ashgrove, references a defunct Melrose-area club where he first encountered such blues luminaries as Freddie King and Big Joe Turner. Libby Gardner Concert Hall, University of Utah, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: 355-2787.
ONE TREE HILL TOUR
David Cross once noted the rapid rate at which kids are growing up these days, remarking that we should change the legal age of consent to keep up with the little buggers. This might sound sick, but the way The WB markets its prime-time teens, his comments aren?t entirely out of left field. Consider this: two main characters on teen soap One Tree Hill are in high school and married?married! What, are they Amish? No, in fact, because they often join their friends, partying like it?s 90210. Now the show is going on tour, promoting bands (The Wreckers, Bethany Joy Lenz and Tyler Hilton) whose songs color each episode like a magic-eye portrait?complex, original and as addictive as, well, The WB. Kingsbury Hall, University of Utah, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: 800-888-8499.
? Also Friday: Art of Kanly (Lo-Fi Café); Zilla (Suede)
GET OUT THE SONG!
For those who are tired of standing around watching musicians when they could just as easily be up onstage unleashing the rock, Utah Hemophilia Foundation is willing to listen. Today?s Get Out the Song! extravaganza benefits the foundation and the services it provides for families affected by bleeding disorders. This isn?t your typical karaoke?participants will jam with countless others in front of a large-screen TV, play ?Name That Tune,? and find other ways to make beautiful music. It could be your only opportunity to impress crowds who might otherwise taunt a mediocre voice. Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 W. 3100 South, 11 a.m. Info: 484-0325.
? Also Saturday: Modest Mouse (In the Venue); Tolchock Trio, Brobecks (Kilby Court); Before Today (Lo-Fi Café); Music 4 Tsunami Relief (Totem?s); United States of Electronica (Urban Lounge); Signal Path (DV8); Dean Coleman (Vortex)
SLUG SWEET 16 BIRTHDAY PARTY
If you answer ?Ducky? when asked which Pretty In Pink character best describes you or the person you wanted to date in high school, chances are you bypassed formal dances in favor of an empty parking lot and a sixer of Bud, cursing all those preppies getting busy in some confetti-strewn gym. It?s also likely you coasted through the ?90s bucking mainstream culture with a vengeance, armed with your underground bible: SLUG magazine. Tonight, help celebrate the local alternative publication?s 16th birthday by actually going to prom. Local homies The Rodeo Boys will be on hand to perform an all-?80s-all-the-time set, along with four DJs and a photographer to capture your best interpretation of Molly Ringwald?s pretty punk frock. Area 51, 348 W. 500 South, 9 p.m. Info: 487-9221.
There?s something about Jay Nash that inspires a trip to the Pacific Northwest, where a sleepy beach house awaits a boy and his guitar to serenade the stars. Such impulses make sense, considering Nash recorded A Stream Up North over one relaxing Labor Day weekend. His sound earns comparisons to David Gray (if he were American), Eddie Vedder (if he were more coherent, or boring, as some diehard Pearl Jam fans might retort), and Bruce Springsteen (without the East Coast blue collar). Of course, Nash would prefer listeners draw their own conclusions, just as long as they?re willing to embrace another acoustic minstrel. Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 10 p.m. Info: 746-0558 (with Paper Sun).
? Also Tuesday: OK Go (In the Venue); Pat Metheny (Kingsbury Hall)
? Say Anything (Kilby Court); Goldfinger (Lo-Fi Café, see Music, p. 55)
Jucifer (Egos, March 10). These Arms Are Snakes (Lo-Fi Café, March 11). Young Dubliners (Velvet Room, March 11). Mother Hips (Egos, March 11-12). Tegan & Sara (Lo-Fi Café, March 12). North Mississippi Allstars (Suede, March 15). Elvis Costello (Kingsbury Hall, March 20). Low (Velvet Room, March 21). Gift of Gab (Egos, March 26).The Decemberists (Lo-Fi Café, March 28). Reverend Horton Heat, Supersuckers (Velvet Room, April 6).