BAND OF HORSES, KINGS OF LEON, THE STILLS
nFar be it from me to tell someone how to do his/her job, but it seems sort of awkward to book at least three big acts on two stages in one venue on the same night. Still, it would be just as misguided to skip tonight’s dueling lineups. First, get over your anti-retro hang-ups. Pretend Kings of Leon actually arrived in a time machine from 1975 courtesy of Lynyrd Skynrd. Next, pick up Everything All of the Time and marvel out how many soul-wrenching notes Band of Horses packs into each hollow, ethereal song (but don’t bug them with requests for “The Great Salt Lake”). Finally, bask in The Stills’ remarkable departure from post-punk to timeless, sweetheart rock. Change is good. In the Venue, 579 W. 200 South, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com.
Also Thursday: UCW Wrestling (Club Vegas); Carbon Leaf (Suede, Park City); Pink Nasty, The Rodeo Boys (Urban Lounge)
JENNY LEWIS & THE WATSON TWINS
nTHE VELVET TEEN
nLike a box of misfit toys, Kilby Court is often left behind in favor of seemingly adult pursuits. Some, namely once-struggling bands, forget their roots as soon as the ink dries on major-label contracts. Not Jenny Lewis. Rilo Kiley’s co-founder is getting back to her roots, performing Loretta Lynn-inspired tunes off Rabbit Fur Coat. Only problem is her 7:30 show is sold out. Don’t despair if you lack a golden ticket. Instead, catch The Velvet Teen, Boundstems and Johnny Woodbriar, whose early Kilby show might prove they’ve got next. Just think: Back in the day, someone passed up Lewis & Co. because they weren’t a big deal. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 6:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com.
Also Friday: The Strokes (In the Venue); Lisa Marie CD Release (Rose Wagner Center); Jinga Boa (Urban Lounge); Skint CD Release (Burt’s Tiki Lounge'see Music, p. 54); Oscar G (Hotel/Elevate'see Music, p. 56)nn
Eden’s Watchtower Festival (Gallivan Center); Gym Class Heroes (Avalon Theater); Darude (In the Venue); Queensryche (The Depot); Skint CD Release (Brewskis, Ogden'see Music, p. 54)nn
Solillaquists of Sound (In the Venue); North Mississippi All-Stars (Suede, Park City)nn
nSometimes less is more but, in Oakley Hall’s case, one set of impressive pipes ’tis a far, far better thing packed in three-part harmony. Peter Sullivan, Rachel Cox and Claudia Mogel’s varied voices drive the Brooklyn sextet through an appealing tangle of country fiddle, electric fuzz guitar, lap steel and banjo en route to pseudo-jam-town. Lengthy sections on Gypsum Strings’ “Lazy Susan” are almost psychedelic, whirling around a sweeping drone. “Living in Sin in the USA,” on the other hand is a romantic waltz with a solo Cox confirming one is the loneliest number that you’ll ever know'and the prettiest pain you’ll hear. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com
Also Monday: Turbo ACs (Urban Lounge); DJ Curtis Strange (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Reggae Lounge (Monk’s)nn
Jedi Mind Tricks (Avalon Theater); Shinedown (The Depot)nn
nMethod Man is one of the only dudes who can get away with lines like “You the type of treat I’ve been dying to eat,” thanks to a cheese-free, butter-smooth flow that makes otherwise insulting comments seem downright respectful. Or maybe it’s that he’s just as tasty as the eye candy content of his songs. The real treat is catching him without Wu-Tang Clan whose massive presence sort of overwhelms individual talent in a live setting. It’s like picking out all the green Skittles. They’re all good, but sometimes you want to savor one flavor at a time. Suede, 1612 Ute Blvd. (Kimball Junction), Park City, 9 p.m. Tickets: SmithsTix.com.
ROCK STEADY BENEFIT
nThere are plenty of reasons to catch Ghostowne live, such as to get blitzed and start a fight. Tonight, however, frontman Steven Wells (who pushes ads for City Weekly by day) and his merry bandmates will put on a show to benefit a cause far more important: The fight against Parkinson’s disease. Wells founded the event five years ago to help those, like himself, who suffer from motor-system disorders. This year he convinced heavy-hitters like Lee Rocker, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Rich Wyman, Stephen Ashbrook and Mary Beth Maziarz to take up arms. Do you need another reason? The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, 7 p.m. Tickets: SmithsTix.com.
Rancid (In the Venue, Oct. 5-6). Adrian & The Sickness (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Oct. 5). Mushroomhead (Avalon Theater, Oct. 6). Insane Clown Posse (Great Saltair, Oct. 7). NoMeansNo (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Oct. 7). We Are Scientists, Art Brut (In the Venue, Oct. 9). Ladytron (The Depot, Oct. 10). Yo La Tengo (In the Venue, Oct. 12). Donald Glaude (In the Venue, Oct. 14). The Killers (Great Saltair, Oct. 14). Glass Candy (Urban Lounge, Oct. 21). Dashboard Confessional (McKay Events Center, Oct. 23). Evanescence (In the Venue, Oct. 25). Pablo Ceballos (Hotel/Elevate, Oct. 27). Throwrag (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Oct. 30). Eagles of Death Metal (The Depot, Oct. 30).