Live: Music Picks Aug 18-24 

Betty Blue, Rebelution, The Fixx and more...

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THURSDAY 8.18 and SUNDAY 8.21
Batty Blue, Daisy & The Moonshines Album Release Shows
Kilby Court hosts two local CD releases this week. Provo's Batty Blue are finally getting their latest album, Peeling an Orange or Flattening a Sphere (BattyBlue.Bandcamp.com), out into the world. Peeling follows their strong 2015 debut Ekphrasis, a lyrically introspective record about the seriousness of faith crises. The single "HEDON," a trippy electro-folk number that hews close to Metric or Blondie, sounds like Batty Blue had a little more fun this time around. (And Provo's squeaky-clean music scene could use a few more bands willing to break the BYU honor code.) Speaking of bands we haven't heard from in a good while, Salt Lake City's Daisy & The Moonshines has a new EP, MOTORIK (Facebook.com/DaisyAndTheMoonshines), which shows off a more structurally sound ensemble, sounding like new wave, with a little sludge thrown in as well. (Kimball Bennion) Batty Blue (Aug. 18), Daisy & The Moonshines (Aug. 21) Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7 p.m., $6, KilbyCourt.com

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FRIDAY 8.19
Rebelution, Falling Into Place, The Green + J Boog, Stick Figure, Through the Roots, DJ Mackle
There was a time when I'd have verbally spanked a buncha reggae-playing (mostly) white boys for being culture-appropriating ninnies. Now I'm sicker of people who complain about cultural appropriation. What are we supposed to do, Lena Dunham? Politely ask a real-life Japanese dude to pack a Bento box with nigiri and Vegas rolls? 'Cause I'm pretty sure that's a microaggression. (And if he's Korean, uh ... what comes between micro and macro?) Anyway, just like when you give enough monkeys typewriters and time—well, Rebelution, Stick Figure, et al., aren't cranking out the complete works of Marley. And they haven't divined the secret formula for Jamaica's seven musical herbs (no spice, thank you; that shit's for Juggalos). They have, however, been good students of reggae music and even innovated upon it, creating a perfectly valid subgenre that incorporates elements of roots, dub, calypso, jam, rock, electronic and hip-hop. (Randy Harward) The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, 5:30 p.m. (doors), $32.50 in advance, $35 day of show, TheComplexSLC.com

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Bellamy Brothers, Rail Town
When a song transcends genre and crosses over to other audiences, that's special. In the '70s, a few acts had their feet in both country and pop: Loggins & Messina, England Dan and John Ford Coley and the Bellamy Brothers. Take David and Howard Bellamy's 1976 debut single, "Let Your Love Flow," for example. To this day, the mellow anthem lands on pop and country playlists, blasting sunshine from every speaker. It remains one of their biggest hits, but there's no shortage of goodness in the BB canon. There's "Old Hippie," a meditation on war and age. And "If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body," even though it turned a classic Groucho Marx one-liner into a tired-ass pickup line that legions of doucheclowns picked up and ran with. Newer songs are, for better and worse, simpler. Whereas "Body" was somewhat subtle, "Boobs" cuts right to the point, and "Jalapeños" attempts political commentary but, unlike "Let Your Love Flow," ends up rather one-sided. (RH) Outlaw Saloon, 1254 W. 2100 South, Ogden, 7 p.m., $20, OutlawSaloon.com

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The Fixx
We're seeing a lot of '80s acts coming through Salt Lake City this year—especially English or Australian bands that dwelled mostly outside of the Top 40 in the new wave/modern music realm. Howard Jones, OMD, Peter Murphy, The Church and Psychedelic Furs have already been through town, with Echo & the Bunnymen, Peter Hook and this group of U.K. hitmakers—who gave us "One Thing Leads to Another" and "Red Skies"—en route. This guy hopes that singer Cy Curnin and guitarist Jamie West-Oram will toss in one of their tracks from the Better Off Dead soundtrack. Wait. It's the 21st century! The internet is preggers with spoilers! Googling Fixx setlist 2016. Damn. At least they're playing a mix of hits, deep cuts and possibly new stuff from their upcoming album NeverEnding. (RH) The Fallout, 625 S. 600 West, 7 p.m., $20, TheFalloutSLC.com

SATURDAY 8.20
Boris, Earth, Shitstorm
Whether it's porn, anything cute, or music, the Japanese seem to represent its most extreme form. In music, it's the electro-punk noise of Melt Banana, the proto-girl band pop punk of Shonen Knife or the cosmic psychedelia of Acid Mothers Temple. Tokyo trio Boris, however, resists classification. With touches of avant-garde noise (they once said, "noise is the Japanese blues") that are too lyrical and melodic to be sludge or stoner rock, their music careens around your skull, asserting Boris as one of the world's preeminent and original purveyors of heavy music. This tour celebrates the re-release of their breakthrough 2005 album Pink (Sargent House), which comes with a bonus album, Forbidden Songs. Earth, out of Olympia, Wash., adds a layer of earthy sludge, while Miami, Fla., grindcore act Shitstorm renews the time-honored tradition of "We dare you to put our name on the marquee!" (Brian Staker) The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 8 p.m., $18 in advance, $29 day of show, TheUrbanLoungeSLC.com

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MONDAY 8.22
Old Crow Medicine Show, Dom Flemons
Old Crow Medicine Show—the answer to the question, "What would happen if Gram Parsons were reincarnated as an NPR tote bag?"—continues to enchant the old-timey wireless radios of people who enjoy talking about the televisions they don't own. And that's fine. The notion of Yankees appropriating the music of the American South is about as old as country music itself. You could even say the newgrass band is simply honoring a proud tradition. Look, if you got proficient enough at the banjo that you could entertain an audience of A Prairie Home Companion fans, don't say you wouldn't do the same thing. Sure, there are people funnier than Garrison Keillor, and better folk ensembles than Old Crow, but it might take some work to find them. And if you aren't the seeking type, Old Crow Medicine Show thanks you. Have a mildly entertaining time. (KB) Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way, 7:30 p.m., $36-$41, RedButteGarden.org

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FRIDAY 8.19
Periphery, Sikth, Chon, Toothgrinder
Prog-metal wrecking crew Periphery returned last month with Periphery III: Select Difficulty (Sumerian/Century Media). And if your ears aren't ready to select "expert," you'd better prepare them for a boss-level beating. Periphery has endured many lineup changes since it was founded by lead guitarist Misha Mansoor in 2005, but the core trio of Mansoor, singer Spencer Sotelo and drummer Matt Halpern has remained constant since their 2010 self-titled debut. The D.C. band has since developed a reputation for complex rhythm structures, cathartic screams and ratchet-tight drumming—all held together by Mansoor's mesmerizing guitar work. If you're not one to geek out over dissecting time signatures, Periphery often rewards listeners with a soaring chorus at the end of those twisting, turning tunnels. (Kimball Bennion) The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, 6 p.m. (doors), $20 advance, $25 day of show, TheComplexSLC.com

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TUESDAY 8.23
Lord Dying, Child Bite, Joel Grind, Deathblow, Darklord
Back in the early-aughts, local power-metal band Le Force (aka Le Fortress) was a force to reckon with, in no small part because of the guitar pyrotechnics of Erik Olson. Fast-forward a few years, and Olson has moved to Portland to wield his axe in sludge band Lord Dying, demonstrating something we didn't hear in Le Force: The new band's 2013 debut Summon the Faithless showed Olson also possesses the lung capacity to provide the genre's requisite bellowing. Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust produced LD's sophomore album Poisoned Altars (Relapse, 2015), and is on tonight's bill, as well, along with Detroit art-punks Child Bite and locals Deathblow and Darklord. (Brian Staker) Metro Bar, 615 W. 100 South, 8 p.m., $12, JRCSLC.com

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