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The Winter Blanket, Ted Leo, Elf Power, Brazilian Girls ...



Thursday 4.19
Peeping Tom, Dan the Automater (The Depot'see Music, p. 49); Say Anything, Saves the Day (In the Venue); The Brobecks, Soular (Kilby Court)

Friday 4.20
The Winter Blanket are established enough to wax poetic with a full-length album. Instead of getting drunk on their signature sound, however, the Minneapolis, Minn., duo cut a short-and-sweet EP that lives up to the widely touted, rarely executed All Killer, No Filler rock credo. To wit, Golden Sun doesn’t so much rock as it does tremble with smoldering, shoegazer jams full of fuzz guitars and hazy harmonies courtesy of Doug Winter and Stephanie Davila (think Hope Sandoval on a good day). Mellow but not numb, the brief collection of bittersweet songs envelopes like a … well, you can see where this is going. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 9 p.m. All-ages. Info:

Benefit concert (Bada Bean); One Year Anniversary Bash (The Hotel); Pseudo Slang, Mindstate (Monk’s); Reggae Fest: Afro Omega (Harry O’s, Park City)

Saturday 4.21
The last D.C. rockers to come through town landed on Easter and were turned away when local club owners figured, quite rightly, that Salt Lake City residents are more interested in Christ rising than they are in minimalist East Coast punk. Disappointed, the band Antelope left bitter and plagued by migraines. Sad indeed. Let’s show Washington some love by turning out in droves for Ted Leo & the Pharmacists. The seminal punk and his merry rhythm section teamed up with Fugazi’s Brendan Canty to produce Living With the Living, another electrifying work of crisp, socially conscious pop, punk and classic rock. Check the incendiary “Bomb. Repeat. Bomb” if you think Leo’s mellowed with age. And don’t miss Love of Diagrams, stripped-down thunder from down under in the spirit of Kim and Thurston (or certain riot grrl groups with guest male vocals). In the Venue, 579 W. 200 South, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets:

Anyone who has attempted to start and sustain a record label in Salt Lake City understands the significance of Dr. Cyclops Records’ longevity. For two years now, label founders Havok and Sinister have treated Utah residents with a healthy dose of “music for the damned”'variations on horror punk, death rock, goth rock, industrial, and psychobilly genres. Roster all-stars Diemonsterdie recently released a remastered version of their cult classic, Honor Thy Dead, complete with live video clips. Cyclops also ships their goods all over the world and offers digital distribution for unsigned bands. Give props tonight with Diemonsterdie, Left For Dead, The Glyphs, Impaler, Anything That Moves, Royal Dead, food, beverages and macabre thrills. Invites available at Obscura Clothing, Heavy Metal Shop, Arsenic Fashions or Redrum. Bar Deluxe, 666 S. State, 9 p.m. Info: 521-5255

Also Saturday: Novi Split (Slowtrain); School of Rock: Black Sabbath (The Circuit); Horse the Band, The Number Twelve Looks Like You (Avalon Theater); G. Love & Special Sauce (The Depot)

Sunday 4.22
Slightly Stoopid, Wylde Bunch (The Depot); Casey Neil (Monk’s)

Monday 4.23
Elf Power produce psychedelic pop under the coveted Elephant 6 umbrella, sharing with fellow sixers Neutral Milk Hotel and Apples in Stereo a talent for packaging epic fantasy and post-modern narratives into sweet, slightly unsettling songs big on mop-top head-bobbing tempos suited for Ed Sullivan’s stage. The Athens, Ga., collective also dabbles in lush orchestration and ballads made for tripping through the tulips. Which isn’t to say Elf Power spend their days wasting time in picturesque fields. They’re transforming a dilapidated building into a sustainable studio and headquarters for their record label Orange Twin, which also doubles as a land-conservation group overseeing 150 acres in Athens. Pretty groovy, right? Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets:

Tuesday 4.24
Much has been made of Brazilian Girls’ deceptive name (none of the members are Brazilian, only one of them is female'we get it), but it’s their sophomore album that’s got some explaining to do. Where 2005’s eponymous debut featured enough frantic, debauched tunes to get Carnavale started (like “Pussy”), the recent Talk to la Bomb lingers in the sort of tracks that sound beautiful but bored like androgynous dancers in a Robert Palmer video. Icy seduction is cool if you want to groove with just enough force to keep your cocktail upright. Here’s hoping they turn up the heat tonight. The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, 9 p.m. Tickets: (with DJ Jesse Walker)

Toots & The Maytals could scale back their workload and play sold-out audiences on the strength of their contributions to the hit soundtrack, The Harder They Come, or re-purpose reggae anthems as lackluster Best-of compilations knowing full well we’d keep ponying up the bucks for that sweet, sweet nostalgia. Who could resist Toots’ powerful R&B vocals or the group’s soulful cover of John Denver’s trademark ballad, “Take Me Home, Country Road.” Not ones to take the easy route, Toots & The Maytals collaborated with a diverse bunch of musical luminaries including Willie Nelson and Jeff Beck for their latest release, True Love. Suede, 1612 Ute Blvd., Park City, 10 p.m. Tickets: 800-888-8499

Wednesday 4.25
The Loud Talking Tour (Solid Ground Café); Martin Sexton (The Depot); Aqueduct (Urban Lounge)

Hip Hop Is Dead Tour w/ Nas (Harry O’s, April 26). Richard Swift (Kilby Court, April 28). Bright Eyes (Kingsbury Hall, April 29). Gwen Stefani, Lady Sovereign (E Center, April 30). DJ Shadow (The Depot, May 1). The Rapture, Shiny Toy Guns (In the Venue, May 2). Scott H. Biram (Urban Lounge, May 3). Band of Annuals CD Release (Kilby Court, May 4). Mastodon, Against Me! (In the Venue, May 7).