The music of Sea Wolf is typically of the lushly orchestrated pop-rock variety. And on a normal Sea Wolf tour, band leader Alex Brown Church has to take a five-piece band on the road with him to even come close to capturing the ornate revelries that fill albums like 2009’s White Water, White Bloom or 2007’s excellent Leaves in the River. On his current jaunt, though, Church is stripping it down and going it alone, acoustic-style, for the first time ever. Expect this show to be one full of awestruck, respectful silences between tunes. Sera Cahoone and Patrick Park open. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7 p.m., $12 advance/$14 day of show
Sunday Oct. 3
A member of Utah hip-hop heroes Numbs, Mark Dago is releasing his solo debut, SelfHighFive, on Oct. 5, and he’s taking the tunes directly to the people with a series of shows up and down the Wasatch Front. Dago is joined on SelfHighFive by some notables, from his Numbs bandmates to Tash from Tha Liks, but the vocalist is front and center on winning cuts like “Miniboss,” the smooth “Alright” and hard-hitting “Cosmic Legend.” Greenhouse Effect, 3231 S. 900 East, 9 p.m. Cover TBA; Monday, Oct. 4 at Velour, 135 N. University Ave., Provo, 9 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 5 at Mo’s Neighborhood Grill, 358 S. West Temple, 9 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 6 at Mestizo Coffee House, 641 W. North Temple, 7 p.m.
How often do you get to attend a record release party and at the same time be part of a new recording? About never, I’m guessing, but the Joshua Payne Orchestra offers just that opportunity Sunday. Officially, the band’s gig is a celebration of its first 7-inch record, a self-titled single that includes covers of Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” and Mario’s “Break Up.” The show will include a set by the JPO trio configuration, followed by a set from the full nine-piece orchestra that will be filmed and recorded for a future live album and DVD. Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center Black Box Theater, 138 W. 300 South, 6 p.m., $8
Monday Oct. 4
Granted, this so-called “gruesome twosome” is getting the party started a little early, but Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper’s Halloween Hootenanny tour is bound to be one of the more memorable nights of tricks and treats in October. The tricks? Alice getting killed multiple times in increasingly creative ways and Zombie’s cartoonish stage show. The treats? Some rock & roll classics like “Eighteen” and “School’s Out” from Cooper, and modern riff-rock mayhem from Zombie: “Dragula,” “Living Dead Girl” and tunes from his new Hellbilly Deluxe 2 album. Murderdolls open the show. Usana Amphitheatre, 5150 S. 6055 West, West Valley City, 6 p.m., $25 to $49
San Francisco-based lo-fi troubador Ty Segall describes his new album, Melted, as sounding like “cherry cola, sno-cones and taffy.” I’m going to assume he means the record is some pleasing ear candy, and he’s right; Segall’s lo-fi recording style can’t hide the insistent hooks infiltrating songs like the raucous, hand-clap-happy “Girlfriend” or churning drone of “Sad Fuzz.” Melted is one tasty treat. The Woodshed, 60 E. 800 South, 9 p.m., Cover TBA.
Wednesday Oct. 6
With the August release of the electronics-heavy Tomorrow Morning, Eels mastermind Mark Oliver Everett, aka “E,” completed his loosely connected album trilogy that began with 2009’s garage-rocking Hombre Lobo and continued with this year’s stark, acoustic-based End Times. Three releases in a year might seem like a bit much from one artist, but Eels fans are often as obsessive as the leader of their favorite band, and “too much music” is not a concept they take seriously. And it had been four years since an Eels release—four years E spent writing an autobiography and taking part in a documentary film about himself and his quantum-physicist father that aired on the BBC and PBS. In The Venue, 579 W. 200 South, 7 p.m., $22.50
The Devil Makes Three (The State Room, Oct. 7), Mark Chesnutt (The Westerner, Oct. 7), The Futureheads (Oct. 8, Kilby Court), Ludo (Avalon Theater, Oct. 8), The Drums, Surfer Blood (The Urban Lounge, Oct. 8), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Liberty Park, Oct. 9), Felice Brothers, Adam Haworth Stephens (The State Room, Oct. 9), Playing for Change (Eccles Center, Park City, Oct. 9), Pigeon John (The Urban Lounge, Oct. 10), Caribou (The Urban Lounge, Oct. 11), The Nighthawks (The State Room, Oct. 11), Ra Ra Riot (In The Venue, Oct. 12), Film School, Depreciation Guild (The Urban Lounge, Oct. 13), Kevin Seconds (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Oct. 13), Widespread Panic (The Rail, Oct. 13)