BONNIE “PRINCE” BILLY
n“It’s hard to believe that this album is actually going to be released Sept. 19. Sounds more like something that would come out Sept. 11,” says a disgruntled voice-over by comedian Neil Hamburger in one of three quirky commercials promoting Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s The Letting Go. Hamburger’s character, furious that Billy foiled a perfectly good vacation, eventually kills the somber singer-songwriter in a cheesy hotel room. The end result might strike some as morbid, but those quick to take offense should just as quickly move along. Billy’s work touches on death as much as life. His weathered vocals tear through hardened exteriors, opening souls, bringing to the surface a sense of nostalgia calm enough to inspire … letting go. The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, 8 p.m. Tickets: DepotSLC.com (with Vile Blue Shades).
Also Thursday: Birdmonster (Kilby Court); SuperHeavyGoatAss (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Michael Franti & Spearhead (Suede, Park City)nn
SAY HI TO YOUR MOM
nHome recording is getting better all the time, but Eric Elbogen could just as easily produce albums from a trailer without Pro Tools or any other fancy-schmancy equipment. The one-man show known as Say Hi to Your Mom laid down tracks for four oddball-themed LPs on a PC built with his cold, dead hands. OK, he’s not dead. But the subjects of 2006’s Impeccable Blahs are lifeless, bloodsucking vampires. Misunderstood vampires, that is. “All of us aren’t quite as mean as the drama queens,” Elbogen explains on “Not as Goth as They Think We Are,” in hushed, methodical tones. Other tracks support similar claims of normalcy offset by SHTYM’s eerie undertones. Even the nicest vampires bite. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com
Also Friday: Form of Rocket CD Release (Urban Lounge'see Music); Rev. Payton’s Big Damn Band (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Royal Bliss (Tony’s); The Trademark, Skullfuzz (Broken Record); Opal Hill Drive (Club Vegas)nn
PROTEST THE HERO
nKing’s X harmonies and militant death-metal barking help distinguish Protest the Hero from their contemporaries: Technical speed-metal gurus with progressive, choir-worthy voices in hardcore bodies preaching political dissent over lightning-fast riffs. Just when you think you’ve got them figured out, PTH toss in a female guest vocalist to lighten the load with sweet cries and acoustic strings fitting for a creekside wedding. Their latest album Kezia might turn off fans of straightforward, head-banging rock with its challenging, schizophrenic compositions, but others might dig what sounds like someone trying to prove a complex math theorem, giving up and destroying the classroom out of frustration. Avalon Theater, 3605 S. State, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: KTix.net (with The Sword).
Also Saturday: Form of Rocket CD Release (Kilby Court'see Music); Glass Candy (Urban Lounge); Books About UFOs (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); John Brown’s Body (Suede, Park City)nn
Irving (Kilby Court); Dashboard Confessional (McKay Events Center, Orem); Alias & Tarsier (Urban Lounge)nn
Paleo, The Silent Years (Kilby Court); Eric McFadden Trio (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Cabaret Voltage (Urban Lounge)nn
THE TYDE, BLACK ANGELS
nThe Tyde and Black Angels are two sides of the same coin. Two ‘60s-era throwbacks celebrating Byrds harmonies and hazy psych-rock respectively. Where The Tyde produce sunny surf soundtracks, Black Angels conjure images of Willem Dafoe in Platoon’s tragic denouement. Hell is war, war is hell, Charlies are everywhere and we’re repeating the same damned horrors perpetuated by a regime that, like our current administration, ruled by fear. Black Angels’ latest release Passover is a nice foil to The Tyde’s Three’s Co. Life’s tough. Pick your battles. Enjoy the ride. Oh, and try not to pull another no-show. (I’m talking to you, Black Angels.) Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com.
nFiona Apple has erred and been forgiven. Many think she’s divine. As an artist, she is both resilient and completely unstable, withstanding personal and professional blows at one turn then ranting, raving and breaking down onstage before crowds of adorers. But, for all the dramatic ups and downs, one thing is clear: the woman can sing. No one can take away from her those powerful pipes and often-poison pen responsible for such soulful tunes as “Just Like Honey,” “Fast as You Can” and “Get Him Back.” Lovers scorned take cover. Everyone else, forget the hype. Her talent speaks for itself. Huntsman Center, 1825 E. South Campus Dr., University of Utah, 8 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: UtahTickets.com.
Also Wednesday: Bouncing Souls (In the Venue); Evanescence (Great Saltair); Donovan Frankenreiter (The Depot); Hudson Falcons (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); London Calling (W Lounge)nn
Maceo Parker (Suede, Oct. 26). Pablo Ceballos (Hotel/Elevate Oct. 27). Ziggy Marley (The Depot, Oct. 27). Lyrics Born, Cut Chemist (Suede, Oct. 27). Eagles of Death Metal, Throwrag (The Depot, Oct. 30). Sparta (In the Venue, Nov. 2). Western Underground (The Depot, Nov. 3). Exene Cervenka & The Original Sinners (Urban Lounge, Nov. 3). Robert Randolph & The Family Band (In the Venue, Nov. 4). Salt City Derby Girls Benefit (Urban Lounge, Nov. 4). Lee “Scratch” Perry (The Depot, Nov. 14). Wolf Eyes (Urban Lounge, Nov. 17).