For Michael Patrick, Designer Drugs isn’t just a clever name—it’s a mantra and muse. Growing up in Philadelphia, the now-prolific DJ honed his craft on a pair of 1200s while cultivating a serious interest in psychotropic drugs. Patrick combined street smarts with book learning to get where he is today, researching acid in the library before dropping it, becoming a classically trained musician before wreaking havoc on the club scene. Now based in New York and working with JHN RDN, Patrick’s Designer Drugs is known for debauched parties gassed on crazy-catchy electro-house that’s buoyed more than 23 remixes for artists and labels including Dim Suk, The Veronicas, Little Boots—even Mariah Carey. Expect to hear these guys all over the place, from the club to your friend’s living room. The first taste is free, but Designer Drugs are addictive. Trapp Door, 615 W. 100 South, 9 p.m.
Moreland & Arbuckle are definitely the type of act you want to experience live. The Kansas (not Kansas City) based trio helmed by Dustin Arbuckle and Aaron Moreland (with “silent” electric trio partner Brad Horner on drums) bring both an intensity and easygoing appeal to the stage, transforming clubs into front porches which, for some reason, always seem more suitable for singing the blues. The group invites plenty of raised eyebrows for their corn-fed roots, but the Midwestern boys know their way around a Delta blues song. Their LP 1861 combines the best of both worlds with echoes of traditional standards captured alongside roots and rock/punk influences that soar on Arbuckle’s screaming harp and Moreland’s various guitars (parlor, cigar box, electric, resonator, acoustic). Wine Cellar, 2550 Washington Blvd, Ogden, 9 p.m. Info: 801-399-3600 (also Monday at The State Room)
SAMANTHA CRAIN, THAO & THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN
Samantha Crain’s previous stop through town arrived on the heels of her debut EP The Confiscation, a haunting work of classic Americana/folk music that established the Shawnee, Okla., native as an artist to watch. Crain’s new album with The Midnight Shivers makes good on the first five songs’ promise of even better things to come. Blessed with a powerful set of pipes, the singer/guitarist’s voice continues to evolve, becoming increasingly difficult to describe and all the more enchanting for its unusual beauty. Indie-folk artist Thao Nguyen and The Get Down Stay Down will share the bill with Crain. Thao fans might be interested in her recent collaboration with the Portland Cello Project, a group of classically trained cellists redefining what it means to be a string session. PCP’s Thao & Justin Power Sessions comes out June 9. The album will also include a Pantera cover! Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com (with Sister Suvi)
Bob Log III (Urban Lounge, May 7); Company of Thieves (Murray Theater, May 7); Poolside Party w/ RydahJ.Klyde (Club Bliss, May 8); M.D.C. (Bar Deluxe, May 9); Youth Group (Kilby Court, May 10); Saliva (Murray Theater, May 11); Margot & The Nuclear So & Sos (Kilby Court, May 11): Louis Logic (Urban Lounge, May 11); Wolves In the Throne Room (Bar Deluxe, May 12); Manchester Orchestra (Avalon, May 13); Mogwai, Women (In the Venue, May 13); Twiztid (Great Saltair, May 13); The Detroit Cobras (Urban Lounge, May 14)