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Thursday 3.8
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- Hella (Kilby Court'see Music, p. 50); Malajube, Snowden (Urban Lounge'see Music, p. 49); Copywrite (Monk’s); Morgan Heritage (Suede, Park City)

Friday 3.9
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MIDLAKE, MINIPOP
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By now, you’ve probably heard that Midlake is the second coming of ’70s soft rock. Judging by the Fleetwood Mac harmonies on “Roscoe,” a sweet velvet jam off their third full-length, Trials of Van Occupanther, word on the street is not far afield. Most of the Denton, Texas, group’s repertoire, however, is characterized by Tim Smith’s rich, somehow British-tinged vocals and instrumentation that reflect the group’s formal jazz background. Can’t we just agree that it’s quite pretty and move on? Opening act Minipop should satisfy cravings for straightforward material with sugary vocals and wall of synthesized sound. In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com.

- Also Friday: Rascal Flatts (ES Arena); Taking Back Sunday (Kilby Court); The Matches (Avalon Theater); Mike D & Thee Loyal Bastards, Kleveland (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); The Wolfs (Broken Record); Steele Croswhite (Liquid Joe’s); Eek-a-Mouse (Suede, Park City); Clipse (Harry O’s, Park City)

Saturday 3.10
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ROCKY VOTOLATO
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It took four full-length albums, but Seattle singer-songwriter Rocky Votolato finally realized the impossible dream of quitting his day job to play, tour and record a follow-up to 2006’s Makers, a solid effort built on honest songwriting that reflects the sort of working-class values one hopes don’t dissipate now that Votolato’s self-employed. Check him out at Provo’s premiere all-ages venue tonight. Velour, 135 N. University Ave, Provo, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Info: VelourLive.com (with Joshua James).

- Also Saturday: Allred CD Release (In the Venue); Che Arthur (Kilby Court); The New Amsterdams (In the Venue); Young Dubliners (The Depot); Dead City Lights, Cross-Eyed Slut (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Salt Lake Soundcheck (Club Vegas)

Sunday 3.11
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SLC PUNK!
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While chock full of cartoonish stereotypes, the film SLC Punk! at least attempted to highlight part of Utah’s unique subculture. The tale of two supposed punks living, drinking, fighting and screwing in Salt Lake City is, at its heart, a wayward coming-of-age story set to music by The Stooges, Fear, Dead Kennedys, Blondie and The Exploited. Good stuff if you don’t take it too seriously'and ignore Devon Sawa’s exaggerated acid-fiend portrayal of Sean Fightmaster, a local legend who died in December. Proceeds from today’s screenings benefit the Emma Watson Recovery Fund to help offset expenses from the 3-year-old’s liver transplant. Brewvies, 677 S. 200 West, 2, 4, 6 & 8 p.m. Info: Brewvies.com.

Monday 3.12
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KITTIE, WALLS OF JERICHO
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Kittie scared the crap out of me with 1999’s “Brackish,” a song that pretty much introduced to mainstream audiences the female death-metal growl (later surpassed in quality by Arch Enemy’s Angela Gussow). After a couple of lackluster albums, the Canadian quartet more or less faded away. Disappointed (hey, I’m a masochist and those Hot Topic outfits were rad), I blamed their absence on Lilith Fair and empty promises to support young female artists whose names weren’t Jessica, Britney or Christina. Now they’re back with new material and a tour with Detroit’s Walls of Jericho, whose Candace Kucsulain holds her own in the metal boys’ club. Country Club Theater, 3930 S. Washington Blvd., Ogden, 6 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24tix.com

JESSICA SOMETHING JEWISH, BUCK DEXTER, STEPHEN CHAI
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Three electronic solo artists, one smashing night. All three have roots in Utah, though only two remain. Jessica Something Jewish rocks the glam Casbah in Oregon, cares less about where he’s been, and more where he’s headed. Buck Dexter won one round of City Weekly’s Showdown to the SLAMMys, but his laptop hip-hop didn’t mesh well with the rest of his opponents’ rock-based sound. Stephen Chai helped I Am Electric turn into Laserfang with spooky horns. His eponymous work, distinguished by an often anguished falsetto, is all over the place'in a good way'from Latin-tinged rhythms (“People”) to seductive numbers that swing sweet and low (“Market Share”). Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7 p.m. All-ages. Info: KilbyCourt.com.

- Also Monday: Chevelle (In the Venue); Twilight Circus Dub Sound System (Monk’s)

Tuesday 3.13
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Plain White Ts (In the Venue); These Arms Are Snakes (Kilby Court); Tokenspiel, Almost Undone (Liquid Joe’s)

Wednesday 3.14
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VERMILLION LIES, SLIPPERY KITTENS BURLESQUE
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Vermillion Lies take found sound to a whole new level. Sister duo Kim and Zoe Boekbinder are known to pound, pluck, strum and blow horns, lobsters, pots and pans, broken pipes, toy pianos, xylophones and, on occasion, a rusty barbecue grill for material that swings between raunchy barroom anthems and whimsical, dark-folk lullabies. Their thirst for diverse instrumentation and wide-ranging vocal techniques results in an exciting, schizophrenic collection of songs on Separated by Birth, an album whose saucier numbers will likely pair well with Slippery Kittens Burlesque’s classic stage moves. Burt’s Tiki Lounge, 726 S. State, 10 p.m.

Also Wednesday: Camden (Kilby Court); Smoke or Fire (Urban Lounge); Sam Bush (Suede, Park City)

COMING UP
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The Sword (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, March 18). Badly Drawn Boy (Urban Lounge, March 19). TV on the Radio (Urban Lounge, March 21). Dirty on Purpose (Kilby Court, March 25). Page France (Kilby Court, March 29). Isis (In the Venue, March 30). De La Soul (Harry O’s, March 30). Apples In Stereo (The Depot, March 31). Vicious Rumors (Club Vegas, March 31). Panda & Angel (Urban Lounge, April 1). Galactic (The Depot, April 4). Blackalicious (Suede, April 4). Maria Taylor (Kilby Court, April 5). Appleseed Cast (In the Venue, April 7).

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