THE FULLY BLOWN CD RELEASE
Mike Sasich has done it again. The Utah-based musician/engineer is responsible for cranking out some of the tightest local albums in recent memory including works by Andale!, Bronco and The Rubes. This time, Sasich lent his golden touch to Salt Lake City garage-punk rockers The Fully Blown’s new Threesome In Sparta whose steady speed makes for some primo workout/party fuel. The LP charts a familiar, appealing trajectory with dueling chainsaw guitars and Joel Elder’s gruff, slightly off-key vocals staying the course throughout its lucky 13 tracks. It’s good and hearty like a cup of Dinty Moore stew. Eat up. The Woodshed, 60 E. 800 South, 9 p.m.
HIP-HOP FOR CHARITY
After spending much of the summer pounding Western and Midwestern pavement, members of the 4 O’Clock Shadow Tour—Dumb Luck, YZE, Pat Maine, KonSICKwence, and Pig Pen—are shifting their attention to their own backyard with a concert to generate funds for local underprivileged families. The road warriors will be joined by some of Utah’s hardest-working emcees including Big Al, Ortega, OSH the Wizard, Definition, Melvin Junko, Spitso of the Soul Shakers, Smash Brothas, The Bad Apples, Definit and Dusk of Mindstate. Each of the artists will have 15 minutes to demonstrate their skills. Arrive on time to catch all of the action. Five Monkeys, 7 E. 4800 South, Murray, 9 p.m.
SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE
If your understanding of emo starts and ends with Fall Out Boy, or even Dashboard Confessional, do yourself a favor and look into A Promise Ring, Rites of Spring, early Jimmy Eats World and, of course, Sunny Day Real Estate whose 1994 Sub Pop debut Diary recently enjoyed a remaster/reissue along with the pioneering group’s follow-up (and partial cause of the band’s dissolution) LP2. Before emo and its snarling cousin Screamo infiltrated Top 40 and gave the genre a bad name, Jeremy Enigk and Co. married elements of hardcore with sensitive, angst-ridden lyrics delivered in a tortured whisper-to-a-scream. When SDRE split in 1995, two members joined Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters and Enigk went solo, temporarily getting part of the group back together for two releases, though bassist Nate Mendel says there was still “unfinished business.” Murray Theater, 4959 S. State, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com
Mayer Hawthorne’s latest LP, A Strange Arrangement, kicks off with sweet harmonies reminiscent of The Beatles’ “Because”—a collection of soothing ahhhhs that wouldn’t be out of a place on a jingle announcing an old-time radio station’s call letters. The rest of the album couples that familiar nostalgic sound with contemporary flavor courtesy of the Motor City artist who floored producer/DJ/Stones Throw label head Peanut Butter Wolf upon delivering his first batch of demos. Wolf initially credited its old school flavor to clever sampling, but Hawthorne wrote and performed every lick of music—right down to the golden vocals powering the tracks’ mellow-yellow super soul. Now signed to Stones Throw, he joins real-deal crooners like Richard Hawley in restoring a tradition of heartthrob performance with a twist. Hawthorne applies his smooth-operator skills (and sense of humor) to an online advice column featured on Stones Throw’s Website. Send in queries to DearMayer@gmail.com. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com
Three albums in and Arctic Monkeys are still running up against a wall of stateside skepticism. The U.K. outfit made waves as the buzz band of 2005 with their electric pop debut Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, a solid album but not one that established them as more than a flash-in-the-pan. Their third LP, however, reveals a group of lads who can truly rock like men. While certainly not as gritty or heavy as the sounds Humbug’s producer Josh Homme creates with his band Queens of the Stone Age, the new record is sultry, smart and packs serious staying power. Why many American critics continue to deride the Monkeys is a mystery, and a damned shame. In the Venue, 579 W. 200 South, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com (with Airborne Toxic Event)
Rancid (In the Venue, Sept. 24); Meat Puppets, Dead Confederate (Urban Lounge, Sept. 25); Flogging Molly (In the Venue, Sept. 25); Perez Hilton presents Ladyhawke, Semi-Precious Weapons (In the Venue, Sept. 26); Brooke White (Avalon, Sept. 26); Nico Vega (Club Vegas, Sept. 28); David Cross (In the Venue, Sept. 28); Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, These United States (Urban Lounge, Sept. 29); Deer Tick (The State Room, Sept. 29); Clutch (Depot, Sept. 29)