Live: Music Picks July 2-8 

Lucia Micarelli, The Family Crest, Night Demon, Dirty River Boys and more

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THURSDAY JULY 2

The Family Crest
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The Family Crest
The Family Crest is just huge. Their most recent release—a gigantically full and cinematic rock album called Beneath the Brine (Tender Loving Empire)—credits 80 people in addition to the seven core San Francisco-based members. Several songs, such as the title track, are heavy and baroque-influenced, mostly manifested through the cello, violin, standing bass and flute, which is a curious juxtaposition to more light-hearted indie tracks like "The World" and "Love Don't Go." Their "extended family" includes 400 people, mostly from California, but also scattered across other states—even as far as Croatia. All of these musical cousins are invited to play with The Family Crest live and on recordings. They are touring two covers—which is not something they generally do in live performances—but they're being closed-lipped about what they might be. That said, they have a dark and grandiose cover of Sia's "Chandelier" in their pockets, so maybe pester them on the socials to pull that one out. Lonely Wild joins them. (Randy Harward) Kilby Court, 750 S. 330 West, 8 p.m., $10, limited tickets available at CWStore.CityWeekly.net, KilbyCourt.com

THURSDAY JULY 2

Night Demon
  • Night Demon

Night Demon
The metallic assault of Ventura, Calif., power trio Night Demon is going to knock you on your back, so maybe wear some cushions beneath your leather vest this time around. The band's newest record, Curse of the Damned (Century Media), is their first full-length and is a vicious tribute to, well, the damned. The final track is a re-release of their 2013 song, "The Chalice," which they had originally released on their debut, self-titled EP. When they play the ferocious tune live, their robed, skeleton-masked Grim Reaper-esque (minus the scythe) mascot, Rocky, comes out and walks around the crowd, with—fittingly—an actual chalice. These guys don't waste time with banter; their unrelenting set of heavy riffs and progressive-rock guitar solos is a nearly solid block of sound. Locals Visigoth, Deathblow and Befouler open. (Randy Harward) Club X, 445 S. 400 West, 8:30 p.m., $7, ClubXSLC.com

THURSDAY JULY 2

Dirty River Boys
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Dirty River Boys
If metal is not your chalice of tea, yet you'd still like something unholy, there's the outlaw folk-rock of El Paso, Texas, band, Dirty River Boys. Their sound is narrative-driven, mostly acoustic Southern country rock, with a spit-in-yer-face attitude. Between the four of them (Nino Cooper, Marco Gutierrez, Travis Stearns and Colton James) they play not only the guitar, but also the banjo, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica, snare drum and stand-up bass. And sometimes, a couple of them will ditch their instruments altogether and dance and flail about in a manic fasion while singing three- and four-part harmonies. It's a party of drinking music and stories about leaving everything behind. They are touring in support of their most rambunctious and rebellious album, a self-titled 2014 release that sounds like it should have been written while they were jumping onto trains and escaping the law in the Wild West. (Randy Harward) O.P. Rockwell, 628 Main, Park City, 9 p.m., $5, OPRockwell.com

FRIDAY JULY 3

Lucia Micarelli
  • Lucia Micarelli

Lucia Micarelli, Funky Meters, Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Violinist Lucia Micarelli has played her diverse set of both original music and classical repertoire in jazz clubs and on tour with Trans-Siberian Orchestra. As far as what to expect when she plays with Funky Meters and Dirty Dozen Brass Band, it could be a gamut of things. The three groups recently contributed to HBO's Treme soundtrack, a funky New Orleans blues and jazz record, so chances are good that the violinist will bust out some funky and jazzy strings. She has been working on a third album (her first in more than 10 years), but also has a mash-up that starts out as a gentle and distraught melody called "Nocturne" and busts into a screaming cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." (Randy Harward) Deer Valley Resort's Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, 2250 South Deer Valley Drive, Park City, 7 p.m., $40-$75, DeerValley.com

SATURDAY JULY 4

Electric Cathedral
  • Electric Cathedral

Electric Cathedral, Charles Ellsworth, The June Brothers
The electro-blues rock—with a heavy '60s and '70s groove—of Salt Lake City band Electric Cathedral comes to Burt's Tiki Lounge. Yes, that Burt's Tiki Lounge—the dive bar that shuttered back in October, with next to no warning. Before you get excited, it's not a re-opening. Burt's sold their liquor license to Sapa Sushi Bar and Asian Grill (which shares a wall with Burt's) and, in order to keep the license, they have to be open a few days each month. Lucky for us, that means there are a few more chances to enjoy Burt's before it's all over. That included a revival of DJ Feral Cat's Soulville event last weekend—which may happen one more time later this month. (Randy Harward) Burt's Tiki Lounge, 726 S. State, 9 p.m., $4

SUNDAY JULY 5

Thievery Corporation
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Thievery Corporation
Saudade (ESL Music), the most recent release from Thievery Corporation, starts out with a breezy, French bossa nova track, "Decollage." Given Thievery Corporation's trip-hop/acid jazz sound, it might be expected that the album will gravitate toward stronger beats, but it doesn't. This year's Thievery Corporation tour is more laid-back than the last time they came through Salt Lake City four years ago—but don't fret: Fan favorite and Grammy award-winning "Lebanese Blonde"—off The Mirror Conspiracy and included on Zach Braff's Garden State soundtrack—has still consistently been on set lists. The Washington, D.C., duo are DJs, but rather than playing and mixing pre-recorded tracks, they are bringing a slew of artists (such as Lou Lou Ghelichkhani, who sings on more than half of the tracks on the new record) to contribute nonchalant vocals, lounge-like brass section and steel drums. (Randy Harward) Park City Live, 427 Main, Park City, 9 p.m., $79.50-$125, ParkCityLive.net

SUNDAY JULY 5

Kristeen Young
  • Kristeen Young

Kristeen Young
It's got everything: Chaos, drama, contagion. No, no, not the story about Morrissey canceling the remainder of his 2014 tour, because of a lung infection he claims he got from art-rocker Kristeen Young, his opening act. All of this refers to Young's most recent record, a vicious and feisty 11-song tirade called The Knife Shift (KristeenYoung.com) that features the St. Louis, Mo., artist pounding the piano. Her live performance is raw, overpowering and sure to shake the garage that is Kilby Court. She is joined by the female-fronted FEA, plus local bands Mermaid Baby (indie) and James Allen Spirit (psychedelic). (Tiffany Frandsen) Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 8 p.m., $8, KilbyCourt.com

MONDAY JULY 6

Widowspeak
  • Widowspeak

Widowspeak
Washington duo Widowspeak are as shoegaze as they are haze-pop. It's a sleepy sound, but if you cut through Molly Hamilton's almost whispered, gliding (think Mazzy Star), psychedelic vocals, there's quite a lot going on with Robert Earl Thomas' faded but complex guitar riffs. Their third record, All Yours (Captured Tracks), comes out in September, but they have released two tracks in anticipation of the late-summer record, on which they've experimented with some light organ (on the title track) and harmonica (on "Girls"). Local bands Koala Temple and Albino Father open this performance, and they are joined by Lord Huron for the remainder of their tour. (Tiffany Frandsen) Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $10, TheUrbanLoungeSLC.com

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