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Thursday 6.14
Heiruspecs (The Urban Lounge); The Firm (Zanzibar); Xur (Broken Record); Fail to Follow (Burt’s Tiki Lounge)

Friday 6.15
In case you haven’t noticed, the ’90s are back in a major way. This is a very good thing if you always wondered whatever happened to Zach de la Rocha or, in the case of The High Violets, Bella Low. The Portland shoegazer group used to hobnob with The Dandy Warhols before Dig! exposed Courtney Taylor-Taylor as an arrogant douche bag. After a brief hiatus and realignment, the band’s founding members recruited Kaitlyn ni Donovan and her daydreamy, heaven’s breath vocals to form The High Violets. Their latest release, Where You Are, is sweet, mellow, unpretentious and far out'the perfect antidote to the whiny, overproduced sounds we’ve come to expect from radio ’hos of the ’00s. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets:

With the possible exception of Battle of the Bands competitions, there’s really no good reason to book a death metal group, folk singer and hip-hop collective on one stage in one night. Which is why whoever put together tonight’s lineup deserves three cheers and some beers for pairing Portland’s Diesto with Salt Lake City’s Form of Rocket, two sweet foursomes whose similar sound will suit your mood for chaotic metal'the former likes it on the sludgier side with lyrics just a tad more coherent than the local group’s often indecipherable, blessedly juvenile screams. This lineup is guaranteed to yank your ya-yas out. The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 10 p.m.

Also Friday: Two Cow Garage (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); DJ Hurricane (The Hotel); The Wolfs, Three Times Denied (Broken Record); Destroy the Runner (Club NVO, Logan); Naughty By Nature (Harry O’s, Park City); Southern Class (Brewskis, Ogden)

Saturday 6.16
Marco Antonio Solis (E Center); Nekromantix (In the Venue); Broke City CD Release (Club Sound); Jesse Malin (Kilby Court); And You Know This (Downtown Hookah Lounge); Ugly Duckling (Urban Lounge); Britny Fox, Enuff Z’ Nuff (Club Vegas); Chubby Checker (Peppermill Concert Hall, Wendover)

Sunday 6.17
She’s Your Sister, Butchman & Sundance (Monk’s); Redfang, Blackhole (Broken Record)

Monday 6.18
Adema, Eleventh Hour (Club Vegas); Umbrellas (Solid Ground Cafe)

Tuesday 6.19
A couple of weekends ago, local alt-country group High Beams performed a dead-on cover of Tom Petty’s “American Girl,” a tribute that reaffirmed the straw-haired troubadour’s talent and the timeless quality of his songs. Hymns have a similar appeal, with material somehow soaked in California sun though the band grew up in North Carolina and currently lives in Brooklyn. Their debut LP Brother/Sister also confirms a self-professed admiration for Stephen Malkmus, with vocals that blend the Pavement singer’s quirky delivery with Petty’s nasal seduction. Jon McLaughlin, on the other hand, was clearly raised on a steady diet of Billy Joel. The young, clean-cut piano man tore the roof off Park City’s Star Bar during 2006’s Sundance Film Festival and'while not quite Jerry Lee Lewis'wowed crowds that otherwise prefer their rock with a heavy dose of guitar. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets:

Also Tuesday: Tortoise (Urban Lounge'see Music, p. 50); Corpse Show Creeps (Burt’s TIki Lounge); Stage Sessions (Club Vegas)

Wednesday 6.20
Speaking of pianists, McLaughlin could learn a thing or two from Chick Corea, the prolific trailblazer whose contributions to jazz fusion earned him 12 Grammys. Corea has worked with Miles Davis (who turned him onto the electric organ) and a laundry list of contemporary jazz and soul musicians including Al DiMeola and Sarah Vaughn. His abilities extend so far, he named his label Stretch Records and released works by both the Elektric Band and Akoustic Band. Now Corea’s teamed up with legendary bluegrass artist Bela Fleck (no slouch himself, Fleck has 8 Grammys under his belt), proving there ain’t no mountain high'or diverse'enough for him to conquer. Check out their collaborative album The Enchantment and prepare to be blown away tonight under the bright summer stars. Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way, 6:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 325-7328

X96 4-PLAY
Battle of the bands clause in full effect (see previous page)! Local alternative radio station X96’s annual 4-Play organizes various local groups of varying genres to compete for a coveted spot at the Big Ass Show on Oct. 6. Tonight’s lineup features heavy-folk rockers Subrosa, their bassist and his new female-fronted ska group Fews & Twos, animated hip-hop artists Rotten Musicians and The Brobecks, who recently split and regrouped but kept the name, so don’t be confused if two key players are missing. You can catch them in Let’s Become Actors another night. And remember, the audience determines the winner of each Wednesday 4-Play round. Try not to be apathetic. Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main, 7 p.m. All ages. Free. Info:

Also Wednesday: Hardy Harr (Kilby Court); River City High (Burt’s Tiki Lounge)

Christopher Lawrence
(The Hotel, June 22); Clint Black (Peppermill Concert Hall, June 22); Les Claypool (The Depot, June 23); Deftones (In the Venue, June 23-24); Marnie Stern (Urban Lounge, June 25); Paul Wall (Teazers, June 25); Steve Winwood (The Depot, June 25); Great Lake Swimmers (Kilby Court, June 26); Dan Deacon (Urban Lounge, June 27); X96 4-Play (Gallivan Center, June 27); Eek-a-Mouse (Suede, June 28); Kenny Chesney (Usana Amphitheatre, June 28); The Iron Maidens (Club Vegas, June 28-29); Richmond Fontaine (Bar Deluxe, June 29); Melt Banana (Urban Lounge, June 30); Black Diamond Heavies (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, July 2); Big Business (Urban Lounge, July 3);