Live: Music Picks July 17-23 

TV on the Radio
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THURSDAY JULY 17

Twilight Concert Series: TV on the Radio, Twin Shadow
It seems like the term "art rock" gets thrown around willy nilly, but at least in TV on the Radio's case, that's probably because "catchy, often weird mix of funk, post-punk, electro and rock that sometimes sounds like it's influenced by '80s pop" is just too unwieldy—and frontman Tunde Adebimpe and guitarist Dave Sitek just so happen to both be visual artists. Formed in 2001 in Brooklyn, N.Y., TV on the Radio quickly established themselves as a band that wasn't afraid to take sonic risks. TV on the Radio hasn't released a full-length since 2011's Nine Types of Light and the passing of their bassist, Gerard Smith, that year. But they granted listeners a sneak peek of the new album—set to be released sometime in the fall—with the 2013 release of new songs "Mercy" and "Million Miles." Twin Shadow is also on the bill. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
Pioneer Park, 300 West & 300 South, 7 p.m., $5, TwilightConcertSeries.com

THURSDAY JULY 17

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Charlie Parr
As musical trends change and human-played instruments are replaced with digital samples and synthesizers, it's heartening to see singer-songwriters like Charlie Parr continuing the tradition of old-time blues/hillbilly music. When he sings, the Duluth, Minn.-born Parr conjures the haunting magic of the rural landscape in which he grew up in, in a television-less house with a father who was a fan of Lightnin' Hopkins, Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly. With his long, scraggly beard, Parr looks like a man out of time as he plays his resonator guitar or banjo, singing with true, heartfelt emotion. Parr's music will hit you on a very deep level; you don't have to be a blues fan for his a cappella take on Blind Willie Johnson's "God Moves on the Water"—from 2011's quietly spectacular Keep Your Hand on the Plow—to give you goose bumps. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The Garage, 1199 N. Beck St., 9 p.m., $5, GarageOnBeck.com

THURSDAY JULY 17

Say Anything
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Say Anything
Since 2000, alt-rock/pop-punk quintet Say Anything has been making unorthodox yet melodic music, and the band's sixth full-length album, Hebrews, is no exception. Frontman and creative backbone Max Bemis produced the 14-track record, which came out in June and features no fewer than 16 guest vocalists, including The Front Bottoms' Brian Sella. The band traded in their guitars for violin and cellos, but don't expect an orchestral album; songs "Six, Six, Six," "Boyd" and "Kall Me Kubrick" prove you can be punk rock on a viola. The Front Bottoms, You Blew It! and The So So Glos will open the show. (Natalee Wilding)
In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West, 6:30 p.m., $22, InTheVenueSLC.com

FRIDAY JULY 18

Kilby Court 15th-Anniversary Show
There aren't many music lovers in Salt Lake City who didn't go to some of their first concerts at Kilby Court, housed in a garage at the end of a hidden road. Now, Kilby Court is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a concert lineup that's as diverse as the many acts that have played Kilby's stage: doom-metal/sludge band SubRosa, rapper Atheist and rock band Great Interstate, as well as folk-rockers Westward the Tide and L'anarchiste, who are the winning bands of the 2014 and 2013 City Weekly Music Awards, respectively. Read about the bands' favorite memories of Kilby Court and check out some photos of their shows here. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), 8 p.m., $7, KilbyCourt.com

FRIDAY JULY 18

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Wye Oak
Baltimore duo Wye Oak couldn't have gone in a more opposite sonic direction from their past work than on Shriek, released in April. Their fourth full-length album, Shriek finds Jenn Wasner abandoning guitar and picking up the bass, and Andy Stack playing a much more significant role on keys and synths, taking Wye Oak's sound from what could previously be described as folk rock to something more along the lines of synth-pop. The new stuff is impressive and fresh, and shows that whether Wye Oak are creating rolling guitar lines—such as on their beautiful 2011 album, Civilian—or weaving together layers of synths and beats, they're masters of their craft. And amid all the drastic changes, Wasner's voice is still spellbinding and ethereal, and Wye Oak's songwriting is as personal, emotional and fascinating as ever. Pattern Is Movement is also on the bill. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $15 in advance, $17 day of show, TheUrbanLoungeSLC.com; limited no-fee tickets available at CityWeeklyStore.com

TUESDAY JULY 22

The Donkeys
  • The Donkeys

The Donkeys
San Diego's The Donkeys are a quintessential California band, and not just because all of its four members hail from different parts of the Golden State. With mellow vocals, surf guitar and touches of Hawaiian music, their '60s-influenced sound evokes the West Coast's hazy summer sunshine, rugged beauty and easygoing attitude with impressive musicianship. The Hold Steady's Craig Finn said it best in The Donkeys' bio: "It is rare to find a band that is so laid-back and so compelling at the same time." The Donkeys' new album, Ride the Black Wave—their debut on Easy Sound Recording Co., released in June—is stunning and lighthearted, especially "Bahamas" and the simple "I Heart Alabama," in which they sing about how they're "gonna keep my home in California/ Not going anywhere" even though they love other places they've been. The Wild War will also perform. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., free, TheUrbanLoungeSLC.com

TUESDAY JULY 22

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  • Dub Thompson

Dub Thompson
When I listened to Dub Thompson's single "Dograces" for the first time, my reaction was, "Daaaaamn!" It's not that Californians Evan Laffer and Matt Pulos, the two members of Dub Thompson, are doing anything that revolutionary; they just know how to take their drumming and guitar-playing abilities and make incrediblyfresh, satisfying rock—which might be revolutionary after all. Dub Thompson's 9 Songs—recorded in the midst of a humid, buggy Bloomington, Ind., summer, and released in June—is tough to shoehorn into a specific genre, but however it's described, it's loud, heavy, gritty, spacey and utterly impressive, especially as a debut album. Ought and Mooninite are also on the bill. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), 8 p.m., $8, KilbyCourt.com; limited no-fee tickets available at CityWeeklyStore.com

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