nBoyskout are kind of intimidating. The Bay Area quartet’s unbridled confidence translates into a scary-sexy swagger that causes timid souls to sweat. From singer/guitarist Leslie Satterfield’s syrupy, well-mannered coo to early videos of group members sharing a bed, wine and kisses, they eroticize sound without being the least bit sleazy. Perhaps more impressive is their balance of contrasts. Tracks seem both innocent and tainted, pensive and nonchalant, regretful and guilt-free. “She laughs when she says, I’m so turned on,” is inviting and playful though featured on a track entitled “Suicide” off their sophomore release Another Life, a solid follow-up that indicates Boyskout’s just getting started. The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 10 p.m. (With Lazerfang and The Rubes).
Also Thursday: Say Anything (In the Venue'see Music); Godsmack, Breaking Benjamin (E Center); Rise Against, Thursday (Great Saltair); Ciara (Harry O’s, Park City)nn
• Ben Lee (Avalon Theater); Lost Prophets (In the Venue); SLUG Localized (Urban Lounge)nn
• The Wolfs (Slowtrain); Story of the Year (Avalon Theater); Pit Er Pat (Urban Lounge); Eric Church (Suede, Park City)nn
• Atreyu (Avalon Theater); The Psychic Paramount (Urban Lounge)nn
nThe revolution, it seems, will not only be televised but also used to generate overpriced ticket sales. When Pete Townshend wrote “Won’t Get Fooled Again” in 1971, he scripted the rise and fall and rise again of society’s “boss.” More than two decades later, Townshend and his band, The Who'a group widely recognized as the godfathers of punk'are charging $97-$202 for reserved floor seating at their most recent comeback tour. For some, the hypocrisy is glaring. Others, however, believe the cost of entry is well worth an opportunity to hear new, live Who material, including stripped-down acoustic numbers and another Townshend mini-opera. If $15 bucks is more up your alley, just pick up the new Endless Wire and rock out at home. Delta Center, 301 W. South Temple, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: Ticketmaster.com.
nIt seems Rhymesayers can do no wrong. The Minneapolis-based record label is home to genre-defying emcee P.O.S., ladies-man Atmosphere, albino rapper Brother Ali and Blueprint, a hip-hop artist whose smooth, sometimes unsettling delivery matches his fellow roster mates’ sexy/creepy appeal. Many know him as the leader of Greenhouse Effect, but it’s Blueprint’s samples that provide the group’s appeal. His solo efforts are no different, with songs like “It’s Like That” off 2006’s Weightless enhanced by a female-powered soul-jam. Islands have a similar knack for gathering diverse sounds'including Nintendo-friendly electronics and sultry bass clarinet'for their catchy indie-pop tracks. With Islands changing lineups like yesterday’s boxers, you’d think the music would suffer. Au contraire'it’s just more of a constant, welcome surprise. In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com.
LEE SCRATCH PERRY
City Weekly hoped to publish a full-length interview with reggae-dub master Lee Scratch Perry, but the legendary artist made good on his reputation for burning bridges and one fierce publicist/client blow-out later we’re left to report the usual: Legendary mixer/producer is the “riddim” king. He’s about one degree of separation away from every significant reggae figure most notably Bob Marley whose success is attributed to Perry. Despite, or perhaps because of his, his apparent off-kilter, mad-scientist personality, he continues to put out new, groundbreaking material that’s likely to create another generation of Beastie Boys, Clash rockers and others who find inspiration in Black Ark’s smoky remains. The Depot, 400 S. West Temple, 9 p.m. Tickets: DepotSLC.com.
nThe image is indelible: washed-out black and white juxtaposed against various interpersonal conflicts and a man trying to make sense of it all by tinkling the ivories. Admittedly, the first few viewings of John Legend’s video for “Ordinary People” left me with a rather sour impression of his work. Later, listening with eyes closed, the neo-soul pianist/vocalist’s powerful voice and command of keys compensates for dramatic theatrics. Thing is, Legend doesn’t need smoke, mirrors or choreographed fights to move crowds. He doesn’t even need to take his shirt off like D’Angelo. He might, however, invite an attractive lady onstage to dance a little too close. Front row, watch out. Harry O’s, 427 Main, Park City, 8 p.m. Tickets: SmithsTix.com.
• Straylight Run, Matt Pond PA (In the Venue); Antlerand (Kilby Court); Radio Rebellion Tour: Norma Jean (Club BoomVa, Ogden)nn
30 Seconds to Mars (Great Saltair, Nov. 16). Bishop Allen (Velour, Nov. 16). Wolf Eyes (Urban Lounge, Nov. 17). P.O.S., Cecil Otter (In the Venue, Nov. 17). The Toasters (The Depot, Nov. 20). Cannibal Corpse (Avalon Theater, Nov. 22). Alice In Chains (Great Saltair, Nov. 22). Black Label Society (The Depot, Nov. 22). L.A. Guns (Club Vegas, Nov. 24). Queensryche (The Depot, Nov. 28). Panic! At the Disco (E Center, Nov. 29). The Lemonheads (The Depot, Dec. 1). The Dears (Urban Lounge, Dec. 4). Artemis Piledriver (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Dec. 5). Plus 44 (In the Venue, Dec. 7). Big John Bates (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Dec. 9).