Live: Music Picks July 10-16 

THURSDAY JULY 10

click to enlarge Ms. Lauryn Hill
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Twilight Concert Series: Ms. Lauryn Hill, Thundercat
Emcee and neo-soul singer Ms. Lauryn Hill—the opening headliner of this summer’s Twilight Concert Series—has released only one album since her days in ’90s rap trio The Fugees, but she reached more people with that one album than many musicians reach with five. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill—her 1998 debut and only solo album—is regarded as one of hip-hop’s true masterpieces, as well as a testament to Hill’s soul-baring honesty and relatable, down-to-earth poetry, with classics like “That Thing” and “Everything Is Everything.” The fact that her personal life has been turbulent these past few years hasn’t stopped many prominent artists (including Adele) from citing her as an influence, and hasn’t wiped away the legacy of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill as one of the albums that propelled rap into the mainstream. Thundercat is also on the bill. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
Pioneer Park, 300 South & 300 West, 7 p.m., $5, TwilightConcertSeries.com

FRIDAY JULY 11

Young & Sick
Los Angeles-based Young & Sick is a combination music and art project by Dutch artist Nick Van Hofwegan, who got his start making murals and album art for well-known pop artists like Foster the People. A man of multiple talents, Van Hofwegan writes all his music, plans his live shows to the exact detail and creates all of his album artwork. And the love he puts into Young & Sick really shows: The pairing of his perfect falsetto soul/R&B vocals with slick synths, understated beats and jazzy horns is downright sexy and utterly infectious, especially on his masterful self-titled debut album—released in April—which is getting nods from big names like Spin and Pitchfork. Standout tracks include the nocturnal syncopation-rich stunner “Gloom” and the sleepy, sophisticated “Valium.” Bent Denim and Forest Feathers will also perform. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), 8 p.m., $12, KilbyCourt.com; limited no-fee tickets available at CityWeeklyStore.com

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SATURDAY JULY 12

Reggae Rise Up Festival
With a lineup that should make reggae fans do a triple-take, the Reggae Rise Up Festival is one of this summer’s can’t-miss events. Happening at Liberty Park over two days, the festival will be a prime opportunity to soak in plenty of good vibes and summer sunshine. The first day will feature big-name touring acts including Matisyahu, The Expendables, Hirie, Thrive and Through the Roots, as well as locals Afro Omega, Natural Roots, Know Ur Roots, Funk & Gonzo and Tribe of I. Sunday will bring Slightly Stoopid, Stephen “Ragga” Marley—son, of course, of the Marley—Fortunate Youth, Stranger and Codi Jordan, as well as local acts Makisi, 2 1/2 White Guys and Bludgeon Muffin. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
Liberty Park, 900 South & 700 East, 2 p.m., also July 13, $25-$35 single day, $40-$60 two-day pass, $100 VIP pass for 21+ only

SATURDAY JULY 12

The Soft White Sixties
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The Soft White Sixties
With all the giant heads in music today, it’s nice to see a group that doesn’t take themselves too seriously, and San Francisco band The Soft White Sixties are refreshingly down to earth. After all, the object the band is named for—a “soft white 60” light bulb illuminating their band room—couldn’t be more mundane, and its four members still hold day jobs. And the music they play, which they describe as “working-class soul,” matches their no-frills style. “To me, ‘working class’ means it’s not pompous, it’s not pretentious,” frontman Octavio Genera said in an interview with Bay Area-centric music website TheBayBridged.com. With music this catchy, though, The Soft White Sixties probably won’t have to keep their day jobs for long. Their music is an upbeat, appealing mix of R&B-influenced vocals, hooky choruses and snappy guitar riffs, as heard on their new album, Get Right, released in March. Wildcat Strike and The Shame will also perform. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
Bar Deluxe, 666 S. State, 9 p.m., $5 in advance, $8 day of show, BarDeluxeSLC.com

MONDAY JULY 14

The Hold Steady
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The Hold Steady
The Hold Steady has been putting out “straight up rock & roll” albums from their Brooklyn, N.Y., home for 10 years now. Their sixth studio album, Teeth Dreams—released in March—is the first with new guitarist Steven Selvidge (formerly of Lucero). But even with the new and more harmonious guitar riffs Selvidge provides, frontman Craig Finn’s storytelling-rich lyrical style is still the highlight of the album. Songs about big cities, smoking cigarettes and beautiful girls paint pictures of the Midwestern melancholy Finn and The Hold Steady have become known for. Cheap Girls will open. (Natalee Wilding)
The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 8:30 p.m., $20 in advance, $22 day of show, TheUrbanLoungeSLC.com; limited no-fee tickets available at CityWeeklyStore.com

TUESDAY JULY 15

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Bonnie “Prince” Billy
For a guy who’s come out with more than 40 releases since 1996, influential and prolific folk-rock troubadour/actor Will Oldham, aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy, is somewhat of an enigma. He released many of his past albums under various monikers, and all around just walks to the rhythm of his own drum; at the conclusion of an intimate 2009 profile in The New Yorker, he said flat out, “I really hate press.” But despite his best standoffish efforts, he remains a highly fascinating and sought-after figure. He’s been featured in several music videos, including Kanye West’s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” alongside Zach Galifianakis. Oldham’s also been covered a lot, most notably by Johnny Cash, who performed his haunting song “I See a Darkness” on American III: Solitary Man. But it’s no wonder: Oldham warm, resonant voice hooks the listener in a few seconds flat, and his songwriting is uniquely insightful and truly special. David Ferguson will start things off. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $20 in advance, $25 day of show, TheUrbanLoungeSLC.com

WEDNESDAY JULY 16

Delta Rae
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Delta Rae
The Southern folk-rock created by North Carolina six-piece Delta Rae gets a dark twist from lyrics about superstition and folklore. Their 2012 debut full-length album, Carry the Fire, haunts listeners like a ghost, especially on the hit single “Bottom of the River,” which gets a goose-bumps-worthy feel out of rattling chains and stomping in the background. This group is filled to the rim with big voices, all harmonizing together, and the singers tend to take turns on lead vocals, giving variety to every song. In 2013, Delta Rae released a new EP, Chasing Twisters, and the titular single shows off their knack for brassy singing and gritty songwriting. (Camri Mecham)
Sandy Amphitheater, 1245 E. 9400 South, 8 p.m., $15-$25, SandyArts.com; limited no-fee tickets available at CityWeeklyStore.com

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