Live: Music Picks Apr. 21-27 

McQueen Jazz, Talia Keys, Frightened Rabbit and more

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THURSDAY 4.21
McQueen Jazz Festival

In case there was any doubt, Ogden's McQueen Jazz Festival was named after legendary hometown saxman Joe McQueen, now in his sixth decade of performing (April 18 was the State of Utah's declared Joe McQueen Day). Six years in the works, it's intended as a tribute to the legacy of the musician who put the town on the map in the jazz world, performing with several generations of musical greats. The event focuses on Weber County talent, with the Ogden High Jazz Band, the Vespers Jazz Quartet with special guest Kris Johnson, Skyline Trio and Black Bess and the Butchers. It's a great way to show how area musicians have been influenced by McQueen's work over the decades, and continue it into the future. (Brian Staker) Peery's Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden, 7:30 p.m., $15 (adults), $12 (seniors/military), $50 (VIP), no children under 10, EgyptianTheaterOgden.com

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FRIDAY, SATURDAY 4.22-23
Mokie, Talia Keys & Friends

Utah's premiere jam band, Mokie, is after two things: 1. creating musical conversations on par with heroes the Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers Band, The Band and Phish; and 2. enjoying themselves as much as possible. With members Jeffery Martin (bass), Dave Cutt (guitar), Nick Manson (keyboard), Chip Jenkins (guitar) and David Brogan (drums)—each contributing a discernible and dexterous piece to this genuinely captivating whole—Mokie is undoubtedly a band to see repeatedly, without fear of ever hearing the same set twice. Talia Keys, the local multi-instrumentalist wonder, with the aid of her handy looper, weaves rock, soul, reggae and funk into her songs, which feature her powerhouse vocals and keen guitar chops. Often teeming with politically charged lyrics, addressing our societal failings and room for growth, her songs aim to create a greater compassion for the earth and each other. (Zac Smith) The State Room, 638 S. State, 9 p.m., $20 (or two-night pass for $30), TheStateRoomSLC.com

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SATURDAY 4.23
Scott H. Biram, Jesse Dayton, The Supersuckers

Scott H. Biram may have top billing here, but the truth is that this bill is a three-headed hydra of headliners. Biram, with his crazy "Dirty Old One-Man Band" act, merges country, blues and metal on his ninth album, Nothin' But Blood (Bloodshot), and can do more by himself than most bands. Jesse Dayton is a one-man vessel of country music majesty, a sharp singer-songwriter and guitar player, having done sessions with Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. He's also the man behind the fictional band Banjo & Sullivan from Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects. And then we have The Supersuckers, the undisputed, at least in their own—and their fans'—minds, "greatest rock & roll band in the world," who put on a show fit for an arena or a roadhouse. Just one of these acts puts on a show to remember. All three of them on one night? It's a fuckin' festival. You will need a designated driver. (Randy Harward) Metro Bar, 615 W. 100 South, 8 p.m., $15 in advance, $17 day of show, SartainAndSaunders.com

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Palaye Royale
Coming from Las Vegas by way of Toronto, Palaye Royale might be recognizable from their 2014 Samsung Galaxy Note commercial, which featured them performing their single, "Get Higher." The trio's indie-rock sound draws from many wells, including glam, garage and a touch of Britpop. The emphasis is on glam, though, as they look like early Manic Street Preachers, copping that same flamboyant swagger, and sound like a blend of The Throbs, Hanoi Rocks and The Black Crowes. They're touring behind their debut album, Boom Boom Room (PalayeRoyale.com), which came out last year and contains the blistering "Don't Feel Quite Right." Shasta and the Second Strings, Not My Weekend and When The Fight Started open. (RH) The Loading Dock, 445 S. 400 West, 6:30 p.m., $10 in advance, $12 day of show, LoadingDockSLC.com

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Frightened Rabbit, Caveman
Hailing from Scotland, Frightened Rabbit is sure to amaze with their unique brand of accent-flourished indie-rock. Originally a solo project for singer-guitarist Scott Hutchinson, Frightened Rabbit has released five studio albums, two EPs and two live albums—each more polished than its predecessor. Since the band became a full ensemble in mid-2008, they have played SXSW, toured with Death Cab for Cutie and constantly pushed their sonic boundaries. The band's most recent release, Paintings of a Panic Attack (Atlantic), produced by Aaron Dessner of The National, speaks highly to their sonic-evolution. Caveman, from Brooklyn, N.Y., is a smart bunch of indie-rock cosmonauts. By slinging together cool croonings, tasteful static, hints of surf rock and a soulful pop-sensibility, Caveman has achieved a warm, welcoming and fresh sound, yet retained enough raw energy to captivate even the most stubborn listeners. (ZS) The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, 7 p.m., $18 in advance, $20 day of show, TheComplexSLC.com

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WEDNESDAY 4.27
Dressy Bessy, L.A. Witch

In the "whatever happened to" department, Denver, indie band Dressy Bessy just released their first album in eight years (Kingsized, on Yep Roc). They might not have been the most popular female-fronted indie band of the '90s, or even one of the most notable Elephant 6 collective outfits, but they have been pioneers of nerd rock since their 1997 debut, the Ultra Vivid Color 7" (Little Dipper). With singer-guitarist Tammy Ealom (late of The Minders), and guitarist John Hill (Apples in Stereo), you can see where their pop sensibilities lie, wearing their ever-so-geeky hearts on their sleeve. After their long break, the new collection—abetted by guest appearances by REM's Peter Buck, The Minders' Rebecca Cole and others—finds them raring to go, after close to 20 years popping the proverbial bubbles in bubblegum music, anxious and excited like it's the late '90s all over again. Locals Baby Ghosts and Big Baby open. (BS) The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 8 p.m., $8 in advance, $10 day of show, TheUrbanLoungeSLC.com

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FRIDAY 4.22
Mount Moriah, Margaret Glaspy

North Carolina trio Mount Moriah, led by singer-guitarist Heather McEntire, released one of the best albums of 2016 early this year. The folk-rock story songs on How to Dance (Merge) work their way into your psyche, thanks to because McEntire's lucid lyrics and sweet, soothing vox. Opener Margaret Glaspy (pictured above) looks kinda like the polygamist girls who once sold fruitcakes in my neighborhood. But the guitar-wielding singer-songwriter is far cooler—she could inspire a cult of fans with her brand of indie rock, informed as much by '90s alternative rock (The Breeders, Liz Phair) as by alt-country and blues. Her upcoming album, Emotions and Math is due June 17 on ATO Records, a label known for goodness. (Randy Harward) Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7 p.m., $12, KilbyCourt.com

SATURDAY 4.23
Zomboy

Joshua Mellody, aka Zomboy, is an English DJ and producer, who works mainly within the electronic, brostep and dub-step realms. Over the past five years Zomboy has dropped a ton of music, including numerous EPs, like Reanimated, EP Pts. 1 and 2, and two full-lengths, 2014's The Outbreak and 2015's Resurrection LP. He has collaborated with the likes of SKisM, Lady Chann, MUST DIE! and Armanni Reign, and released remixes of songs by Rihanna, Doctor P, Ellie Goulding, Delta Heavy and Hadouken!, just to name a few. With the support of his infectiously growing fan-base, the Zom Squad (fittingly named!), Zomboy continues to create fervor wherever he goes. (Zac Smith) The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, 9 p.m., $20 in advance, $25 day of show, TheComplexSLC.com

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