nIt started with a mix tape. Somewhere between Dead Kennedys and The Queers, one hopped-up Operation Ivy track sparked my continued love affair with Tim Armstrong’s street-smart snarl. While the ska-punk group disbanded long before young passion ignited, I got my rocks off with Rancid, neo-punk rockers whose radio hits got lumped in with Green Day and The Offspring. Billie Joe & Co. wound up on TRL, but Armstrong, Lars Frederickson and their loyal mates stayed true to their roots'right down to follicles supporting skyscraping Mohawks. Jump in the pit tonight (and tomorrow if it feels alright). In the Venue, 579 W. 200 South, 6 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com. (With The Wolfs)
STACEY BOARD CD RELEASE
n“Keep it up, I know the road it may kill me/ Give it up, then I will surely die,” Stacey Board sings on the new Look to the Sun’s “Today Is Not the Day,” presenting a conundrum that sets the tone for her latest release. The local artist paints haggard portraits of heartache and weariness followed by lines etched in a tunnel’s dim light. She’s been down, but not out'nothing a few good cries couldn’t fix. It helps that Board is blessed with sweet, lush vocals and the chops to brush acoustic strings just so. Without music, who knows where she’d be. A singer/songwriter whose musings might just get your through personal Catch 22s. Hog Wallow Pub, 3200 E. Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd., 9 p.m. Info: StaceyBoard.com.
Also Thursday: Supersystem (Kilby Court); Adrian & The Sickness (Burt’s Tiki Lounge)nn
Rancid (In the Venue); Mushroomhead (Avalon Theater); Planes Mistaken for Stars (Broken Record); Ellis Paul (The Depot)nn
Brand Nubian (In the Venue); Insane Clown Posse (Great Saltair); NoMeansNo, International Playboys (Burt’s Tiki Lounge)nn
Architecture in Helsinki (In the Venue'see Music, p. 48); The Audition (Avalon Theater); Peelander Zee (Burt’s Tiki Lounge)nn
WE ARE SCIENTISTS, ART BRUT
nIt takes a certain kind of talent to succeed at post-punk. Modern-day interpretations are often a bit too focused on repetitive rhythms, turning each track into a danceworthy number that when paired with 11 similar songs becomes mindnumbingly dull. Art Brut avoids such pitfalls by championing slapstick humor over detached irony. Eddie Argos'whose vocal delivery is similar to Mark E. Smith’s sing/speak style before The Fall sensei’s cool slur turned into undecipherable slobber'makes silly declarations about his fifth-grade girlfriend and rock stardom (“Look at us! We formed a band”). Cute, but not precious, Art Brut might just make it after all. In the Venue, 579 W. 200 South, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com (with The Spinto Band).
nPlenty of art-school students have abandoned their initial sculpture or printmaking calling to become full-time rock & rollers. Few, however, foray into the music industry without embracing its basic tenets, namely the ability to play an instrument and/or sing. That’s why CSS are rather baffling. The Brazilian artists formed their band on a whim without bothering to pick up a guitar, the drums or Songwriting 101. Instead, they plunged right in and'surprisingly enough'produced a catchy collection of electro-pop songs. Cansei de Ser Sexy’s “Meeting Paris Hilton” and “Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death From Above,” feature tongue-in-cheek lyrics that both flirt and taunt pop-culture in a jilted-English coo. It’s the perfect aperitif to Ladytron’s more intense electro-clash, one that hasn’t been officially updated since 2005’s Witching Hour. The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, 9 p.m. Tickets: DepotSLC.com.
?• Also Tuesday: System & Station (Kilby Court); Our Time In Space (Broken Record'see Music, p. 50)nn
nThere’s more to Canada than hockey, Bryan Adams, Neil Young and enviable health care. Thanks largely to indie-rock collectives (Arcade Fire, The Dears, Metric, Feist, etc.) making friends all over, our neighbors to the north are turning ears once firmly tuned to Detroit, Chicago and other U.S. music scenes. Swollen Members are furthering the winds of change with Black Magic, their fifth release of clever, conscious hip-hop. The Vancouver trio, who broke out in the mid-’90s, invited a slew of guest emcees for added snap, crackle and pop, most notably Ghostface Killah who teams up with Mad Child and Prevail on “Weight,” an explosive narrative laced over a looping electro-harpsichord sample. Pretty tight stuff, eh? In the Venue, 579 W. 200 South, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com.
Yo La Tengo (In the Venue, Oct. 12). LucyBell (The Depot, Oct. 12). Donald Glaude (In the Venue, Oct. 14). The Killers (Great Saltair, Oct. 14). Califone (Urban Lounge, Oct 17). Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (The Depot, Oct. 18). SuperHeavyGoatAss (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Oct. 19). Glass Candy (Urban Lounge, Oct. 21). Dashboard Confessional (McKay Events Center, Oct. 23). 44 (In the Venue, Oct. 24). Eric McFadden Trio (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Oct. 24). Evanescence (In the Venue, Oct. 25). Donovan Frankenreiter (The Depot, Oct. 25). Pablo Ceballos (Hotel/Elevate, Oct. 27). Throwrag (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Oct. 30). Eagles of Death Metal (The Depot, Oct. 30). Jello Biafra (University of Utah, Nov. 2). Western Underground (The Depot, Nov. 3). Exene Cervenka & The Original Sinners (Urban Lounge, Nov. 3).