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Maps & Atlases, Arlo Guthrie, Blue King Brown, Stanley Clarke & Ten Out Of Tenn

Music Picks March 26-April 1

By Jamie Gadette
Posted // March 25,2009 - THURSDAY 3.26
MAPS & ATLASES

There’s a whole lot going on in Maps & Atlases’ sound, but unlike other so-called math rockers, the Chicago band’s richly textured melodies are hardly impenetrable. In fact, a couple of their songs bring to mind a relaxing tropical island getaway. Does the spirited flow have anything to do with Erin Elders having grown up in Hawaii? Perhaps, though the result is just one of many the guitarist incorporates into his two-handed tapping technique. Elders and Dave Davison combine their serious guitar skills to create music that some listeners confuse as computer-generated compositions. Their technical chemistry matched with a grab bag of cool percussive instruments makes for solid post-rock music with global flair.
Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com (with The Spinto Band)

SUNDAY 3.29
MusicLive_090326_Arlo_Gu_F5.jpgARLO GUTHRIE

Arlo Guthrie is one of those names that nearly everyone recognizes but which fewer and fewer people can link to the person behind it. Good thing the iconic folk artist continues to hit the road, spreading his timeless music with a message to new generations of socially and politically charged individuals. Guthrie’s current trek is a doozy. The Lost World Tour started in October 2008 and runs through May 2009 giving folks all over the country an opportunity to hear the amiable legend’s memorable narratives backed by his relatively new collaborators The Burn Sisters, whom he met at the Woody Guthrie Festival, an annual concert series paying tribute to his father. Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Circle, University of Utah, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 581-7100

MONDAY 3.30
BLUE KING BROWN

Utah’s Afro Omega might have been an ideal opener for Blue King Brown who share in common with the local artists a strong, charismatic female lead singer and inspired updates on traditional reggae. Where Afro Omega incorporates elements of dub into their “sexy reggae” sound, the Australian collective takes roots-reggae to the next level with an energetic group chemistry that reinforces their message of positive change through good, old fashioned unity—together, we can rally for peace, for improved environmental sanctions, for love and understanding. And so on. Good stuff and even better when paired with dynamic, polished musicianship with a fiery rhythm section. Get up, stand up. The Downstairs, 625 Main, Park City, 7:30 pm. All-ages. (with John Brown’s Body)

WEDNESDAY 4.1
STANLEY CLARKE

Stanley Clarke returns to Salt Lake City following his recent Kingsbury Hall appearance with Return to Forever, a quadruple–threat force featuring original founding member Chick Corea with fellow jazz-fusion geniuses Al DiMeola and Lenny White. Clarke’s career spans nearly four decades of eclectic work, releasing studio recordings and composing scores for such illustrious TV shows and films including the incomparable Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and Boyz N the Hood. But nothing really compares to watching him perform live. Clarke says he spent years trying to get “inside” the instrument to truly understand it—and to show it who’s boss. Now the two have a solid working relationship that yields impressive demonstrations of how practice makes perfectly mind-blowing art. What better way to break in Salt Lake City’s newest live music venue? The State Room, 638 S. State, 8 p.m. Tickets: TheStateRoomSLC.com

MusicLive_090326_Ten_Out_F7.jpgTEN OUT OF TENN
Forget everything you know about Nashville and listen up. Beyond the glitz and glamour of contemporary country’s biggest names is an eclectic population of rising artists who aren’t necessarily reaping the benefits of living in Music City. Ten Out of Tenn is a proactive response to the preconceived notions that prevent many new voices from rising above the mainstream din. The band is more of a project/revolving supergroup launched in 2005 to set the record straight about Nashville’s music community. This year’s touring lineup includes Erin McCarley, Matthew Perryman Jones, Butterfly Boucher, Griffin House, Tyler James, K.S. Rhoads, Trent Dabbs, Katie Herzig, Andy Davis, and Jeremy Lister. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Info: KilbyCourt.com

COMING UP
Dark Star Orchestra
(The Depot, April 2); Pelican (Club Vegas, April 2); Brett Dennen (Murray Theater, April 4); Kottonmouth Kings (Great Saltair, April 4); Cannibal Corpse (Club Vegas, April 6); Spindrift (Urban Lounge, April 7); The AP Tour feat. Family Force 5 (In the Venue, April 7); White Denim (Urban Lounge, April 8); Lily Allen (In the Venue, April 8); Jason Isbell & 400 Unit, Justin Townes Earle (The State Room /The Heavy Metal Shop in-store, April 8); The Lee Boys (The State Room, April 9); Glasvegas (Avalon, April 10); The Presets (Murray Theater, April 11); The Wailers (The Depot, April 12); Travis (The Depot, April 14)
 
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