Live: Music Picks April 10-16 

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FRIDAY APRIL 11

Typhoon

In a sobering, touching letter found in the online bio for Portland, Ore., orchestral-rock collective Typhoon, lead guitarist/vocalist and primary songwriter Kyle Morton says that when they began working on their latest album, White Lighter, “I had reason to believe that it would be the last thing I ever did.” Bitten by a tick when he was 12, Morton contracted Lyme disease, which went undiagnosed for years, wreaked havoc on his organs and nearly killed him. On White Lighter—Typhoon’s second full-length, released in summer 2013—Morton sings about his lost childhood, his longing to be all of the things that his illness prevented him from becoming, and his close brush with his own mortality. Songs like “Hunger & Thirst” and “100 Years” are stunning and wistful, with layers of strings, horns and other instruments. Wild Ones and Hollow Wood will provide support. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $15, TheUrbanLoungeSLC.com; limited no-fee tickets available at CityWeeklyStore.com


SATURDAY APRIL 12

Secret Abilities & Danger Button Split Album Release

In honor of their father, who passed away recently, local brothers Davin and Parker Abegg and the bands they belong to (Secret Abilities and Danger Button, respectively) are collaborating on a split album. The Gat Doh-Git! Split—named for “a silly word he would say in place of curse words,” Davin says via e-mail—will feature six tracks, with each band contributing two songs and a cover of a previously released song from the other band. The spooky rock & roll of Secret Abilities and the synth-pop style of Danger Button should be an interesting mashup on the EP; Secret Abilities frontwoman Tink Safeer, with her unique alto voice, is fantastic on a cover of Danger’s Button’s “Sophie.” Secret Abilities has a new album coming out later this year and is also going on tour, but this is Danger Button’s final show for the foreseeable future, since lead guitarist/vocalist Ryan Garey will soon be moving out of state. The Artificial Flower Company and Telepanther will start the night.(Kolbie Stonehocker)
Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), 8 p.m., $6, KilbyCourt.com


SUNDAY APRIL 13

The Boston Boys

Since coming together in 2012, The Boston Boys have performed in more than a dozen countries in the Middle East, northwest Africa and Eastern Europe as cultural ambassadors with the U.S. State Department—not bad. Playing what they term “future roots,” The Boston Boys start with familiar classic American music styles like bluegrass, soul and rock & roll and then stretch those paradigms to craft a sound all their own. They also collaborate with local musicians on their worldwide travels, such as in the new music video for their single “What You Say!?!” shot during their January tour in Morocco. Featuring lots of mandolin and fiddle, The Boston Boys’ latest album, Keep You Satisfied—released in fall 2013—is toe-tapping and catchy. In an interview with music website Revive Music, Berklee-educated lead vocalist/mandolin player Eric Robertson says the EP is “music to move to.” The Infamous Stringdusters are headlining. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The State Room, 638 S. State, 8 p.m., $25, TheStateRoom.com; limited no-fee tickets available at CityWeeklyStore.com


TUESDAY APRIL 15

Terraplane Sun

On their Facebook page, Venice, Calif., five-piece Terraplane Sun describe their unique style as “blues indie rock folk dance soul” (oof). But all you need to know is that they combine a lot of diverse influences into a sound that’s more like a salad than a melting pot, with each element retaining its integrity while still adding to the overall rockin’ but breezy feel. From guitar to mandolin and gorgeous lap steel to harmonica, there’s plenty on the band’s latest release, Ya Never Know—released in summer 2013—to fascinate your ears. To get a taste of Terraplane Sun’s upcoming sophomore album, Generation Blues, which comes out later this year, check out the video of the band performing the titular track live at Audiotree’s studio. In the video, each musician shows off his prodigious musical talent—like playing slide guitar and keyboard at the same time—while visibly having fun with the song. Flagship and Little Daylight will also perform. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The Shred Shed, 60 E. Exchange Place (360 South), 9 p.m., $12 in advance, $14 day of show, ShredShedSLC.com; limited no-fee tickets available at CityWeeklyStore.com

Big Scary
Australian indie-pop duo Big Scary wraps you in its minimalist, often ethereal musical landscapes. Joanna Syme’s simple, consistent drum beats and Tom Iansek’s thoughtful piano sequences create a stylized sound that speaks to the musical intuition of The White Stripes while adopting the emotional peaks of Bon Iver and Grizzly Bear. Big Scary’s second album, Not Art—released in 2013—won Australia’s prestigious Coopers AMP award. Receiving the award, Iansek told Music.com, was “such a huge encouragement to know that these basic feelings and intuitions of ours do strike a chord with people who listen to and love music.” Say Hi is also on the bill. (Carly Fetzer)
Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), 8 p.m., $12, KilbyCourt.com; limited no-fee tickets available at CityWeeklyStore.com

Onward, Etc.
Onward, Etc. started in Yankton, N.D., with folksy singer/songwriter Rosco Wuestewald’s vision to create a musical collective by traveling the world. KC Olsen (violin) and Tom Pearson (percussion) are the only permanent fixtures in this ever-expanding project that picks up music partners nationwide. With guest musicians joining sporadically depending on location, each show becomes a spontaneous mix of artists and instruments—a fleeting moment to be savored. The “rowdy folk” trio’s newly released second album, Sonder On—released in March—is a joyous romp through foot-stomping, brassy anthems like “Crazy Horse” punctuated with string-heavy, soul-catching ballads such as “Kings & Queens” that quickly steal your heart. (Deann Armes)
The Woodshed, 60 E. 800 South, 10 p.m., $5, TheWoodshedSLC.com


WEDNESDAY APRIL 16

Phantogram

Saratoga Springs, N.Y., duo Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter, better known as Phantogram, are certainly two of the “it” musicians of indie music at the moment—whether they’re appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live or playing at this year’s SXSW, it seems like Phantogram is everywhere. And it’s no surprise: Their particular brand of hazy electro-rock is catchy and easily digestible, with Barthel’s lacy, ethereal voice hanging like a delicate veil over Carter’s hip-hop-influenced beats and synths. Phantogram—which is named for a type of optical illusion, not the combination of Fanta and graham crackers—released their sophomore album, Voices, in February, and the sleek, darkly atmospheric songs are given a fresh spin with the use of ear-catching percussion and samples. TEEN is also on the bill. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West, 8 p.m., $20 in advance, $22 day of show, InTheVenueSLC.com

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