GRAVES BROTHERS DELUXE
Black shoes, black heartsGraves Brothers Deluxe cultivate morbid fascination in dead icons and steel guitars. The San Francisco-via-Mississippi trio of darkness plays spooky rock for the after-hours set. Vocalist Stoo Odom, whose birthday falls on the death-days of Elvis and Bela Lugosi, wandered the streets of New Orleans until some kind spirit blessed him with the power of a sultry, spine-tingling voice. Backed by sexy electric and stand-up bass, wavering strings and snap-crackle-pop skins, Odom growls out, If Id died I would have called you! Im a loner swinging in the breeze. Oh, Stoo! Do, do that voodoo that you do for me. Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 10 p.m. Info: 746-0558 (with The Breaks).
Also Thursday: The Lethal West (Kilby Court); Jackpot (Egos); Jon E. Dangerously (Halo)
PIT ER PAT
Bye-bye Blackbirds, hello Pit er Pat! You may not recognize the Chicago-based trio clipped of its original winged moniker, but their latest release, Shakey, picks up where the old name left offdevout allegiance to playful, innovative sounds. This is indie art-rock for the young at heart, brimming with jazzy beats and halted, high-pitched vocals (think Blonde Redhead or early Redd Tape). Check the classically trained pianist, the former member of Neutral Milk Hotel and a founding member of Alkaline Trio. Can you say, supergroup for the experimental underground set? Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Info: 320-9887 (with Causeway)
%u272D Also Friday: Violet Run, Q Stands for Q (Sugarbeats); Starmy, Rodeo Boys, J.W. Blackout (Urban Lounge); Metalhead (Velvet Room); Stephen Ashbrook (Hog Wallow)
STILETTO CD RELEASE
Please fight the impulse to pigeonhole Stiletto as a girl band. After all, how many local groups would you label as boy bands, simply because each member happens to be male? Besides, Julie Styer, Felicia Baca, Leena Rinne and Cathy Foy dont deserve to be stigmatized like one of Puffys slewy reality-pop acts. Theyve paid their dues, recorded a tough-as-nails album, and gathered enough spray paint to stencil on a super slogan for ready and willing bar-goers. Come listen, learn and decide whether or not to purchase a copy of Lovely & Lousy (its possible that opting not could result in minor injury). Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 10 p.m. Info: 746-0558 (with Red Bennies and the Horns)
Also Saturday: Erasure (Kingsbury Hall); Finch (Lo-Fi Café); Ibex Throne (Burts Tiki Lounge); The Deadbeats (Halo)
BUILT TO SPILL
Last time Built to Spill came to town, frontman Doug Martsch struck an unassuming pose as a not-so-undercover opening act. He stepped onstage in trademark flannel and beanie, strummed through a hypnotic acoustic set, and meandered offstage without aplomb. No fuss. No star power. Just rockstraight outta Boise. Since forming in 1993, Martsch and Co. have produced innovative, looping alternative rock thick with pop culture references and vocals with Neil Young twang. Following 2001s Ancient Melodies of the Future, Martsch veered off into solo territory. Now hes back, and the group plans to release new material by fall. Will it adhere to the usual templateor mark a departure? If past lyrics are any indication: The plan means nothing stays the same. The Velvet Room, 149 W. 200 South, 9 p.m. Tickets: 800-888-8499.
Also Sunday: Mary Timony (Kilby Court); Glasseater (Lo-Fi Café)
The Loved Ones (Kilby Court); Dead to Fall (Lo-Fi Café); The Dears, Shout It Out Louds (Urban Loungesee Music, p. 50)
Knock, knock. Whos there? The Stone Roseswe want our band back. Sorry. You cant have it! Kasabian put a spin on your soundthey didnt completely rip it off, as you so rudely insinuate. Well, OK. But what sort of personalized stamp did the British brutes slap down? Kasabian is tougher, with more attitude, swagger and penchant for hip-hop-derived beats. Their self-titled debut is the sort of album that makes you feel cool just listening to itas if some slick confidence is rubbing off in stereo. Of course, the band will always be cooler: Weve just got big balls, bassist Chris Edwards told Glide. In the Venue, 579 W. 200 South, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 800-888-8499.
Also Tuesday: Tilly & the Wall (Kilby Court); Say It Aint Weezer (Burts Tiki Lounge)
Upon first glance, Language. Sex. Violence. Other? reads like a how-to manual for ad execs and media moguls. Its probably no coincidence the Stereophonics chose such a tantalizing title for their latest album. The Welsh trio, fresh off a falling out between vocalist Kelly Jones and former schoolmate/drummer Stuart Cable, is committed to proving their relevance. In fact, to show just how serious they are about rock, these re-formed artists are releasing a cover of the Stooges I Wanna Be Your Dog. Look for it on the Superman B-side. Until then, go ahead and call it a comeback. In the Venue, 579 W. 200 South, 8 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 800-888-8499.
Also Wednesday: Marshall Tucker Band (Peerys Egyptian Theatre, Ogden)
Richmond Fontaine (Egos, June 4). Reba McEntire (Usana Amphitheater, June 4). Helio Sequence (Kilby Court, June 5). Supagroup (Urban Lounge, June 6). Drowning Pool (Lo-Fi Café, June 8). The Beach Boys (Sandy Amphitheater, June 9). Brant Bjork (Burts Tiki Lounge, June 11). Chris Isaak (Red Butte Garden, June 12). Digable Planets (Suede, June 14). The Futureheads (Lo-Fi Café, June 14). G. Love & Special Sauce (Library Square, June 18). Farm Folk Festival (Tremonton, June 18). Hacienda Brothers (Egos, June 20). Kenny Chesney (Delta Center, June 21). Hot Hot Heat (Sound, June 21). Faster Pussycat (The Whiskey, June 24).