The story behind Sea Wolf’s White Water, White Bloom (Dangerbird Records) reads like Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago if Justin Vernon had brought his soul mate to the cabin. Alex Brown Church wrote much of the follow-up to Leaves in the River holed up in Montreal with his new love, who helped inspire the album’s focus on worlds colliding—East-meets-West, upper-crust and working-class tango. Recorded in Omaha with Mike Mogis (Monsters of Folk), the LP continues Church’s love affair with words and storytelling, the art of which he has down pat. Lush lyrical content paired with a kaleidoscope arrangement of air/pump organ and acoustic/electric guitar make for an album as satisfying as a good read. In the Venue, 579 W. 200 South, 8 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix. com (with Port O’Brien and Sara Lov)
MUSIC TO CLEAN YOUR EARS OUT
If NBC’s The Biggest Loser has taught us anything—besides, maybe, how terrifying it would be to encounter Jillian Michaels in a dark alley—500 pounds is a tremendous burden for one person to carry. 500 pounds of food, distributed among Utah’s underfed population, is quite another matter. With that in mind, Eden’s Watchtower Records has teamed up with the Utah Food Bank for the annual Music to Clean Your Ears Out. The event, featuring performances by DulceSky, Menlo, Iberis, Emily Allen, Michelle Vreeland, Theta Naught, Patsy Ohio, Elemental and Born to Ride, along with bellydancers The Skirts and Shahravar, is free, but attendees are encouraged to donate food and clothing. Sage’s Cafe, Vertical Diner and Nobrow Coffee will be on hand to help offset more temporary hunger pains. Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main, 2 p.m. All-ages. Info: EWRecs.com
Love him or hate him, gossip blogger extraordinaire Perez Hilton has an admirable passion for music— and he’s using his self-made celebrity to promote his favorite artists. The Hilton-curated tour features Ladyhawke, Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, Sliimy and a band that played Rachael Ray’s shindig at South by Southwest this past March:If you’ve never heard of Semi-Precious Weapons, imagine a cross between David Bowie, RuPaul and Johnny Rotten—that nearly describes the New York band’s street-tough diva singer whose shiny gold stiletto boots and skintight striped leggings only begin to capture his outrageous personality. The other members were no slouches, either, the bassist slamming his instrument against his head, slamming his body into the brick wall, jumping onto the railing, flirting with the female audience members and generally just freaking out (in a good way). It was a performance almost as manic as a Monotonix gig. See if they can recapture the magic, tonight. In the Venue, 579 W. 200 South, 6 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix. com
In the 2004 documentary Kill Your Idols, veterans of New York City’s cutting edge “no wave” scene lament the younger generation of “art rockers” who are doing absolutely nothing new. The criticism is a common one among music purists, but is it so crazy to believe there’s room for both innovative and familiar art—especially if the same old song is good? Like, really good? Well, Deer Tick is one of those bands that folks tend to pick on for not reinventing the wheel. Thing is, though, the young roots-rockers craft excellent, hearty songs with barroom gusto and lyrics that make you go hmm (I believe there’s a silence in sound”). On War Elephant (2007) and the new Born on Flag Day, Deer Tick, John McCauley sings like his life depends on it. The delivery is gutsy and boozy. Yeah, we’ve been down this road before, and we’ll enjoy the jaunt once more. The State Room, 638 S. State, 8 p.m. Tickets: TheStateRoomSLC.com
SCION RADIO 17 KICK-OFF
For some, the idea of a car company throwing an intimate concert is just plain wrong. Others, however, have adopted The Facts of Life credo—you take the good, you take the bad … you accept corporate sponsorships as a familiar part of the contemporary live music experience. After all, no one is forcing you to drink the Kool-Aid. And, if you can dig it, tonight’s Scion Radio 17 Monthly show is free. Held in just five markets including Salt Lake City, the series will bring to town artists who might otherwise skip Utah. September’s edition features Craze, Drop the Lime, Blu Jemz and Rob Wonder. The catch? Guests must RSVP ahead of time at Scion.com/RadioMonthly. W Lounge, 358 S. West Temple, 9 p.m.
Better Than Ezra (Star Bar, Oct. 1); Brother Ali (In the Venue, Oct. 2); Motograter (Club Vegas, Oct. 2); Thursday (In the Venue, Oct. 3); White Hinterland (Slowtrain, Oct. 3); The Accused (Club Vegas, Oct. 4); Charlie Hunter (The State Room, Oct. 5); Sian Alice Group (Urban Lounge, Oct. 5); AP Tour (In the Venue, Oct. 6); Juliette Lewis, The Ettes (Club Vegas, Oct. 7); Passion Pit (Urban Lounge, Oct. 7)