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Live: Music Picks Nov. 7-13

By City Weekly Staff
Posted // November 7,2013 -

THURSDAY NOV. 7

Crystal Antlers

When you’re in a band, you don’t always get the luxury of being just a band; you’re often your own booking agent, publicist, distributor, etc., as in the case of indie-rock band Crystal Antlers. But signing with Innovative Leisure in August gave Crystal Antlers the time and headspace to devote all their passion to “writing, playing shows and recording,” says vocalist/bassist Jonny Bell in a press release, and that focus shows on the band’s new album, Nothing Is Real, released Oct. 14. A lot of the songs reveal the band members’ punk roots with driving, headstrong rhythms, and are full of uneasy tension that’s released through cathartic breakdowns. Check out the slow-moving but incendiary “Rattlesnake,” with Bell’s signature scream-singing. Your Meteor is also on the bill. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), 8 p.m., $8, KilbyCourt.com


SATURDAY NOV. 9

Hands

Synesthesia is a rare neurological condition, “a process in which one type of stimulus produces a secondary, subjective sensation,” according to Webster’s Dictionary—e.g., you smell the color blue, you see words and numbers as certain colors. It’s also the name of Hands’ debut LP, released in April. Listening to the Los Angeles-based quartet’s indie-rock songs probably won’t cause you to suddenly taste tangerines (unless you’re a synesthete, then it very well could), but they will definitely make you want to get up and shake your tail feather. With their pop-splashed sound—complete with lots of loops and snappy rhythms—Hands will appeal to fans of Passion Pit and Local Natives; check out “Trouble” and the electronica-tinged “Nothing But Animals.” A Silent Film is also on the bill. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The State Room, 638 S. State, 9 p.m., $14, TheStateRoom.com

Deerhoof
If your band earns the lofty praise “the best band in the world”(!) from Pitchfork, no less, you must be doing something right. And for prolific California noise-pop quartet Deerhoof, that includes pitching their untidy art-rock sound into all kinds of interesting sonic territory, heard most recently on the EP We Do Parties, which came out in February. Vocalist/bassist Satomi Matsuzaki’s candy-sweet, almost childlike voice floats over intricate percussion, scruffy guitar and beepy, bloopy electronic effects, for a sound that’s contagiously catchy and dance-y. The instrumental scrambler ride “Just for That” is dizzying in its dangerous assembly of musical layers that seem to clang and clash together but somehow work in the end; also check out Deerhoof’s dreamy cover of The Velvet Underground’s “All Tomorrow’s Parties,” written by Lou Reed (RIP). (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $15, TheUrbanLoungeSLC.com

The Cliks
After a five-year hiatus, alt-rock band The Cliks are back on tour after releasing their newest album, Black Tie Elevator, in the spring. During the break, openly transgender lead singer and Cliks founder Lucas Silveira had testosterone hormone therapy that could have ruined his singing voice. Instead, Silveira’s soulful voice is now deeper and fits well with the album’s blues feel. That is not the only change The Cliks have undergone: Silveira is also the only original member of the band left, and he’s backed by a rotating group of musicians. But for The Cliks, change is good. Hot Peach, Advent Horizon and Outside Infinity will start things off. (Laurie Reiner)
Lo-Fi Cafe, 445 S. 400 West, 9 p.m., $8 in advance, $10 day of the show


WEDNESDAY NOV. 13

Anthony Green

Having kids gives you a lot to sing about, and the joys and fears that come with being a father is a prevalent theme in Circa Survive frontman Anthony Green’s solo material. His 2012 album, Beautiful Things, included several songs dedicated to his eldest son—“James’ Song” and “Lullaby”—and his latest album, Young Legs, out Nov. 12, continues his family’s story, with a cover photo of James and the newest Green, Luke, playing piano together. But it’s not all child’s play; single “Breaker” is a blaster about a destructive relationship that’s intoxicating in more ways than one, with heavy use of drums and guitars that will remind Circa fans of the rock band’s Juturna days. Brick & Mortar and Dave Davison of Maps & Atlases are also on the bill. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
Murray Theater, 4959 S. State, 6:30 p.m., $15

Fruition
The twangy bluegrass/folk-rock/Americana sound produced by Portland, Ore.-based band Fruition is catchy and toe-tapping all on its own, but when Georgian backing vocalist Mimi Naja takes over lead vocal duty, that’s when you really sit up and take notice. On “The Wanter,” from Fruition’s new album, Just One of Them Nights, her unique alto voice challenges the notion that all female singers—especially in folk music—have to sound “pretty”; instead, she sings in a straightforward and powerful way that’s reminiscent of Those Darlins lead vocalist Jessi Zazu. The subject matter of the song also challenges traditional ideas about gender, as Naja sings, “I’m the wanter, you really don’t want me,” and “I’ma keep runnin’ from a wedding ring.” Greensky Bluegrass is also on the bill. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The State Room, 638 S. State, 8 p.m., $20, TheStateRoom.com

Tristen
For Nashville, Tenn.-based pop songstress Tristen’s latest album, Caves, released Oct. 15, she took sacred tropes of folk music and turned them on their ear. “At first I wanted to make a dance record,” she says in her online bio. “That’s where my headspace was. … I wanted to challenge the acoustic reverence of the Americana music world and I wanted to piss off the old folkies.” The result is lush and spellbinding, with an interesting juxtaposition of poetic, tension-filled lyrics and slick, expansive synths. The songs range from the gorgeous “Winter Night” to the biting and confrontational “Forgiveness.” Ezra Furman is also on the bill. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), 8 p.m., $10, KilbyCourt.com

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