THE OUT CROWD
What great timing! Two weeks following the DVD release of Dig!, a top-notch film documenting the divergent careers of the Brian Jonestown Massacre and the Dandy Warhols, former disgruntled BJM member Matt Hollywood is coming to town with his latest project, The Out Crowd. So what … so what?! Then I Saw the Holy City is the latest and perhaps greatest representation of the oft-forgotten modern-psychedelic movement! Plus, the Hammond/sitar/guitar wall of sound matched with methodically enunciated vocals is a feast for lovers of indulgent rock stars, all ragged in the flesh and tight quarters. “I know I’m not the first to say this but playing live really is like making love to everyone at once,” Hollywood told Dagger. Sugarbeats, 2106 S. 1100 East, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Info: 403-4083 (with The Graze).
Ripton Hilton manages to sound nothing like Bob Marley or any of the reggae legend’s numerous progeny. The reason? Hilton, aka Eek-a-Mouse, has spent over 30 years pleasing crowds with his signature singjaying—a vocal/DJ hybrid coupled with insane skat-like articulation: “Bedda middi bedda modda middi bedda biddi biddi” and “Mummy jus’ a bawl/’poor, poor, poor,’ me cry/she seh/’son cry no more’/Bang bang biddy bong bong” for example, are typical of irie-rat-spun songs. Expect a lot of bubbly, political sound offs and a nice little contact high. The Velvet Room, 149 W. 200 South, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: 800-888-8499.
Also Thursday: New Found Glory, Eisley, Reggie & the Full Effect (In the Venue); Q & Not U (Kilby Court); Still Life Projector (Mo’s Bar & Grill)
KILBY COURT 5-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
It doesn’t matter if you don’t like going to Kilby Court because it doesn’t serve alcohol, young hipsters are off-putting and you’re opposed to green fiberglass. It doesn’t matter because the all-ages concert venue has become a mainstay in Salt Lake City, infusing our counterculture with the sort of vibrancy you can’t purchase through Ticketmaster. It’s also the best place to spot Leia Bell’s legendary concert fliers announcing national and local acts wise enough to stop by the tiny west-side art shack. Tonight, help the independent venue celebrate five years of sound with Hudson River School, New Transit Direction and The Brobecks. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Info: 320-9887.
KINGS OF LEON
Don’t hate Kings of Leon because they’re beautiful and shaved their beards. Well, go ahead and resent them for lending a track off Youth & Young Manhood to a Jetta commercial, but even that you have to admit is pretty clever. Plus, it’s fun just trying to figure out how on Earth little Caleb Followill manages to sound like Tom Petty drenched in codeine. After seeing them perform at the Sundance Blender party to a crowd of unappreciative Hollywood groupies, it was apparent the backwoods-boys-turned-vogue-rockers are still all about making music like they make love—check the new Aha Shake Heartbreak for the down-and-dirty proof. In the Venue, 579 W. 200 South, 8 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 800-888-8499.
Also Friday: Broken Bones (Lo-Fi Café); The Romantics (Gallivan Center); Gravity (Halo)
Fiery Furnaces, Dios Malos (In the Venue—see Music, p.55); Outrageous Cherry (Kilby Court); The Locust (Lo-Fi Café); Third Eye Blind (Delta Center); 5 Browns (Kingsbury Hall); Clumsy Lovers (Velvet Room); Polyplush Cats, Stilleto (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Medicine Circus CD Release (Todd’s Bar & Grill); Stacy Kidd (W Lounge); James McMurtry (Suede)
MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO.
Secretly Canadian is losing its stealth cover. The Indiana-based record label is starting to get recognized for a ridiculously all-star roster. With artists like Early Day Miners and Damien Jurado representing, there’s no telling how far up saddle creek SC might travel. Of course, Jason Molina is a pretty good indicator of future progress: His mellow-yellow projects, Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co., are contagious like love—bittersweet and essential. If Will Oldham puts a funny feeling in your stomach, listen to Molina. Just don’t limit his talent to comparisons. Oh, and remember this blurb when he and SC are as big as the brightest eye. Lo-Fi Café, 127 S. West Temple, 6:30 p.m. All-ages. Info: LoFiCafe.com.
Also Sunday: Earth Jam 2005 (Liberty Park); Steve Kimmock Band (Port O’ Call)
Velvet Revolver (E Center—Music, p.54)
Jack Johnson’s all fine and good, but if you want something with depth while straddling beachside campfires, there’s no better audio companion than M. Ward’s Transistor Radio. The haunting troubadour’s fourth album is just sparse enough to be complicated—a study in straightforward American folk cross-referencing loose threads of experimental noise. It really is the kind of record spun for lazy mornings in bed or late nights wandering streets wondering what happened to your baby. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. Info: 320-9887.
Also Tuesday: The Grand Kerfuffle: Violent Femmes (University of Utah)
Note the Bowie-esque vocals, live guitar, drums and any other accents that mark a departure from Moby’s previous efforts. Until Hotel, the vegan, chrome-domed artist based success in commercial-ready anthems heavy on electronic sounds. His latest release maintains his signature translucence that first turned listeners into dreamers; however, some critics blame its debut at No. 28 on Billboard’s album charts to an overriding dull and even condescending tone. His dancehall days may be over, but that might not discourage a chill-out crowd. In the Venue, 579 W. 200 South, 8 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 800-888-8499.
Also Wednesday: Hella, Outhud (Lo-Fi Café); DJ Rap (Velvet Room)
The Used (In the Venue, April 29-30). Great White (Whiskey, April 29). Victor Wooten (Velvet Room, April 30). The Killers, Tegan & Sara (Kingsbury Hall, May 2). Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday (E Center, May 2). Rock & Roll Soldiers (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, May 3). Trashcan Sinatras (Suede, May 6). Mercury Rev, Doves (In the Venue, May 8). Mudvayne (In the Venue, May 11). Keane (Abravanel Hall, May 12). Willie Graff (W Lounge, May 14). And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead (Lo-Fi Café, May 15). Roger Sanchez (Vortex, May 21). Queens of the Stone Age (In the Venue, May 23).