Live: Music Picks April 3-9 

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THURSDAY APRIL 3

Speedy Ortiz
It’s no surprise that Speedy Ortiz’s lead singer, Sadie Dupuis, used to teach songwriting at a summer camp. Her sometimes gritty, introspective and clever lyrics are the pulse of this four-piece Massachusetts-based indie band. Their new four-song EP, Real Hair—released in February—showcases their dissonant but engaging style, with jolting lyrics to match, such as, “Someone who sleeps with her neck in reverse,” from the song “Oxygal.” Though the band released their first full album, Major Arcana, in 2013, their sound throws back to the early-’90s indie scene with bands like Pavement and Built to Spill, while maintaining a fresh, quirky vibe of their own. Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks are also on the bill. (Carly Fetzer)
The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $20 in advance, $25 day of show, TheUrbanLoungeSLC.com; limited no-fee tickets available at CityWeeklyStore.com

Heatwarmer
The self-titled debut album from Seattle experimental pop band Heatwarmer will probably earn a “WTF is this?” reaction the first time you listen to it. For maximum weird-out effect, I recommend starting out with “Good Stuff.” The big guitar riffs, Middle Eastern influences and heavy beat at the beginning of the spacey song evoke the Led Zeppelin classic “Kashmir” before everything gets turned on its ear and morphs into keyboard-driven pop, with frontman Luke Bergman’s mellow voice floating overhead. But then, oh, it’s back to the desert for a split second, and then back to pop, and so on. The point is that Heatwarmer can suddenly change key signatures, styles, tempos and whatever the hell else they want to, and still make it work. Also check out the unlikely combination of strings and blippy electronic effects on the track “My Life Is so Random,” which should be the slogan on a Heatwarmer T-shirt. Bat Manors and Bright Whistles will start the night. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
Velour, 135 N. University Ave., 8:30 p.m., $7, VelourLive.com


FRIDAY APRIL 4

Larry & His Flask

Watching Oregon band Larry & His Flask perform live is captivating, and not just because you’re keeping an eye out to make sure you don’t get hit in the face by Jeshua Marshall’s stand-up bass as he haphazardly rushes around the stage with it. With half-crazed energy and little regard for their own well-being, the five-piece—none of whom is named Larry—put on a show that seems like it will explode at any moment, which is really the only way to experience live music. Their sound is tough to classify, a fiery concoction of punk, bluegrass, folk, rock & roll, creepy-carnival darkness and high-energy four-part vocal harmonies—as heard on the band’s latest album, 2013’s By the Lamplight—but whatever it is, it’s loud, fast and a total blast to listen to. Some fantastic locals are also on the bill, including Charles Ellsworth, Tom Bennett and Matthew & the Hope. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
Bar Deluxe, 638 S. State, 9 p.m., $8 in advance, $10 day of show, BarDeluxeSLC.com

Vertical Scratchers
Two-person bands are fascinating. As a musician, it must be intense having only one other person to answer to in the songwriting process. And as a spectator, watching the dynamic between two people is so interesting, like you’re getting a peek into their relationship. California band Vertical Scratchers is one of those compelling duos, made up of Christian Beaulieu (drums) and John Schmersal (guitar, vocals), who’s been in multiple bands since the mid-’90s. Between the two of them, Beaulieu and Schmersal have undeniable songwriting chemistry, as heard on their debut full-length record, Daughter of Everything—released in February. The jangly album is a sunny, hazy slice of summer that sounds utterly timeless, like a classic you didn’t know you were missing until you heard it for the first time. Lake Island and The Wild War will start things off. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), 8 p.m., $10, KilbyCourt.com; limited no-fee tickets available at CityWeeklyStore.com


TUESDAY APRIL 8

Betty Who
Imagine a Pink show in an intimate venue like Bar Deluxe. If this thrills you, don’t miss breakout dance-pop artist Betty Who. She’s “criminally good,” according to MTV, and not likely to be frequenting small venues for long. Even non-pop fans may find her confident voice and catchy tunes dangerously addictive. But it’s the Australian singer-songwriter’s smart lyrics that really seduce, as in “Heartbreak Dream,” the new single off her soon-to-be released second album, Slow Dancing: “When you hold me it feels like you don’t know me/ When you kiss me I know you haven’t missed me.” Support will be provided by Zak Waters. (Deann Armes)
Bar Deluxe, 666 S. State, 8 p.m., $10 in advance, $12 day of show, BarDeluxeSLC.com; limited no-fee tickets available at CityWeeklyStore.com


WEDNESDAY APRIL 9

Lydia Loveless

Most people make it a daily chore to push aside thorny emotions like regret, guilt and self-loathing, but singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless refuses to turn a blind eye to the messier parts of being human, which is ultimately what makes her new album so compelling. Filled with all the anxiety of the morning after, Somewhere Else—released in February—is bitingly self-deprecating, vulnerable and universally relatable, with a twangy alt-country/rock sound that reflects Loveless’ upbringing in rural Ohio by a father who owned a country-music bar. The theme of heartbreak is pervasive on the album, especially on the track “Really Wanna See You,” about wanting to reconnect with a past flame after a series of selfish/bad decisions: “Cuz I went to a party someone gave me some blow/ Tears came right to my eyes/ And the phone was right there, so I just thought I would call,” Loveless sings in a voice that’s akin to Neko Case. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The Garage, 1199 N. Beck St., 9 p.m., $5, GarageOnBeck.com

The Colourist
Orange County quartet The Colourist couldn’t have picked a more fitting image to grace the cover of their self-titled debut album, released March 25. Glitter, probably the best visual representation of the band’s sound, fills the photo in sparkly, multicolored glory and almost dazzles as it catches the light, just like The Colourist’s bright, poppy music. Founded by friends Adam Castilla (co-lead vocals, guitar) and Maya Tuttle (co-lead vocals, drums), The Colourist is one of those self-assured bands that seemed to come onto the scene fully formed and ready to rock. The debut album is a highly impressive dance party, with a lush, infectiously catchy sound that the band has self-termed “math pop,” and anthemic lyrics like “Young hearts never want the night to end,” from “Tonight (Young Hearts).” Night Terrors of 1927 and Wind & the Wave will open. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), 8 p.m., $10, KilbyCourt.com; limited no-fee tickets available at CityWeeklyStore.com

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