Live: Music Picks July 23-29 

Father John Misty, Torche, Kyle Gass, Motley Crue, Monophonics and more

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Father John Misty
  • Father John Misty

Father John Misty, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
He may not enter Pioneer Park via hot-air balloon (as he did at Hall's Island in Minneapolis), but Father John Misty—former drummer of Fleet Foxes, aka Joshua Tillman, J. Tillman, Farmer Jah Misery, or just FJM, for brevity—still puts on quite a show. Onstage, Tillman blends a nonchalant attitude with deep soul, banters with the crowd, and dances sassily. Expect to hear songs from his February 2015 release, I Love You, Honeybear (Sub Pop), which showcases his clever and ironic wordplay. Somehow, nonchalance is not only common in an FJM performance, it isn't awkward seeing him switch between couldn't-care-less and deeply soulful; when bantering between songs and while singing, his wordplay is clever and ironic, and his attitude—and dancing—is sassy. Co-headlining with FJM is Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (aka BRMC), a dynamic and gritty San Francisco, Calif., rock-n-roll group. Other than attitude, there's not much overlap in the tones of tonight's performers, with BRMC edging into outlaw-country and punk, but these guys are mostly pure garage psych rock. The trio's new album Live in Paris is out now on Vagrant Records. (Tiffany Frandsen) Twilight Concert Series, Pioneer Park, 350 N. 300 West, 7 p.m., $5 in advance, $10 day of show, limited tickets available at,


Turnpike Troubadours
  • Turnpike Troubadours

Turnpike Troubadours
Oklahoma band Turnpike Troubadours are rowdy and wild country-roots players, but behind the energetic and loud outermost layer, their songs are—true to country form—stories of pain, loss and love. They call their genre "Red Dirt," and it's exactly what it sounds like: music that comes from and sounds like it should be listened to whilst traversing open, dirt roads (red dirt, if you can get to it). Their upcoming self-titled release (Bossier City Records) is expected out later this year, and if the guitar-riff heavy single, "Down Here" is any indication, it's a continuation of their rootsy, southern-rock alternative-country sound. (Tiffany Frandsen) The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, 9 p.m., $18,


Melt Banana
  • Melt Banana

Torche, Melt Banana
While the incredible stoner-drone metal juggernaut Torche, promoting Restarter (their first for Relapse Records), headlines this show, they hit Salt Lake City a lot more often than Japanese noise rockers Melt Banana. So let's talk about them instead. Just a few songs in, Melt Banana hit you with fast blasts of Ichirou Agata's arrhythmic guitar, peppered with drum machine and video-game controller bleeps and blips, together with the flittering cheeps of vocalist Yasuko Onuki, all at breakneck tempo. Fetch (A-Zap), the band's 2013 LP, found them a two-piece, even more mechanistic without a live drummer, and faster and lighter sans bass, as though that was an extravagance. Is it metal? Is it electronica? Is it noisepop? It makes you feel, just maybe, what it's like to be inside a video game for players with extremely short attention spans, in which each "play" only lasts a minute or so but shoots you through with an absolute adrenaline jolt. Hot Nerds also appear. (Brian Staker) Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $15,


Kyle Gass Band
  • Kyle Gass Band

The Kyle Gass Band
Kyle Gass is one half of the venerated, immortal, holy-rock duo Tenacious D. (Who's the other guy? I guess you'll never know.) The KGB's eponymous debut CD, according to the band, is "10 original tracks of complete and utter geniusness." They also mention magical journeys, questionable women, "heartfelt softy jams," and gypsies who "hold the keys to the very origins of rock & roll." Finally, there's a caveat: "Belt up, dick-tip, because you're about to go on the ride of a lifetime." Sounds like half the D might be as fun as the whole thing. (Randy Harward) O.P. Rockwell, 268 Main, Park City, 9 p.m., $12,


  • Monophonics

The funky Monophonics, complete with a steamy horn section, have a new album out, Sound of Sinning (Transistor Sound), and the sensual and psychedelic record lives up to its name. It's a slinky blend of jazz, funk and soul, with backup vocals that sound like they were picked right out of California in the '60s and '70s. Since they were raised in the San Francisco Bay area, maybe the psychedelic '60s soul lingered, and then steeped into the retro-minded band's bones. The Weekenders (rock & rollers from Salt Lake City) and Nate Robinson (a punk/ska artist from Utah Valley) open. (Tiffany Frandsen) Blues, Brews & BBQ, 3925 E. Snowbasin Road, Huntsville, 4:30 p.m., free,


Sugar Ray
  • Sugar Ray

Sugar Ray, Better Then Ezra, Uncle Kracker, Eve 6
Nostalgia tours are for reminiscing. Where were you when you first heard Sugar Ray's "Fly?" How about Eve 6's "Inside Out?" Better Than Ezra's "Good?" Uncle Kracker's "Follow Me?" While the nostalgia will be heavy tonight, all of the acts have continued to release new music. Sugar Ray vocalist Mark McGrath is also preparing his debut solo EP. Better Than Ezra released, All Together Now (The End) in 2014. Uncle Kracker dropped Midnight Special (Sugar Hill) in 2012, and Eve 6 put out Speak in Code (Fearless) that same year. The bands of the Under the Sun tour (sans Eve 6) even got together to record the single "B.Y.H.B" (Bring Your Hot Body) under the moniker Uncle Ezra Ray. You have to wonder if Uncle Kracker dominated this, because the tune is, in essence, a lame mainstream country song. (Tiffany Frandsen) Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way, 7 p.m., $35-$50,


  • Chappo

Chappo, Yukon Blonde
New York City quartet Chappo veer away from dance rock on their latest, Future Former Self (Majordomo). The new sounds blend psych rock, glam and archetypal New York City garage rock into an infectious—and still booty-shaking—mix. Yukon Blonde, hailing from British Columbia, are a good pairing for this bill. Their light, summery On Blonde (Dine Alone) is equal parts laid-back, hazy groove and upbeat, danceable joy sounds. It has been nearly three years since they last played in Salt Lake City, and they seem to be getting more use out of their synthesizer, with more experimental and produced sounds than in either their debut (recorded under their former name, Alphababy) or their 2012 release, Tiger Talk. (Tiffany Frandsen) Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 8 p.m., $10,


Motley Crue
  • Motley Crue

Motley Crüe, Alice Cooper
Farewell tour, final tour, goodbye tour, "No More Tours" tour—are they ever really serious? Motley means it. They're the first band to sign a contract to never again tour under the name Motley Crüe after 2015. They revealed the deal alongside the tour announcement in January 2014, according to Loudwire. Does that make the legendary foursome the most forthright band in sleaze metal? Is that worth more than the piles of money they'd rake in with, say, a Fake Encore Tour 2016 (You Knew We'd Be Back!)? The worst they'd hear about it are a few message-board told-you-so's and some interview questions they could fend off with canned, publicist-written answers. But, man, they sealed the deal. This is it. You gotta give them credit for that—and for hitting Salt Lake City a second time on their way out. And with Alice Cooper! (Randy Harward) Energy Solutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple, 7 p.m., $59.50-$125,

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