Live: Music Picks July 24-30 

THURSDAY JULY 24

Charles Bradley
  • Charles Bradley

Twilight Concert Series: Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, The Budos Band
Charles "Screaming Eagle of Soul" Bradley has a voice powerful enough to blow the roof off any venue. But something he also has in spades is the ability to connect with his audience, no matter how big or small—a rare quality. During shows, Bradley is visibly grateful to be onstage, as he pours every ounce of emotion possible into his gruff voice. On his second full-length album, 2013's Victim of Love, he sings about heartache and the rough path he took before finally hitting it big at age 62 when he was discovered by Daptone Records. Also on the bill is labelmate The Budos Band, a nine-piece from New York City that plays a sizzling brand of instrumental Afro-soul and funk. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
Pioneer Park, 300 South & 300 West, 7 p.m., $5, TwilightConcertSeries.com

FRIDAY JULY 25

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Kithkin
Granted, Seattle band Kithkin describe themselves as a "tribe of Cascadian treepunks" with a goal of spreading "the hidden knowledge of the forest," but their music is no flute-heavy cutesiness; after all, Kithkin was inspired by a novel about the collapse of civilization. With truly wild drumming—all four members play drums—and more whooping, hollering, howling and chanting than singing, Kithkin's sound is an apocalyptic, primal mix of psych-rock, hard-hitting punk and black magic. Their debut full-length album, Rituals, Trances & Ecstasies for Humans in Face of the Collapse—released in May—is full of Kithkin's "witchee rhythms," especially in the killer "Fallen Giants" and the various "Din" tracks, which are drum-only interludes scattered throughout the album. Aan, The North Valley and Lake Island will also perform. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), 8 p.m., $6, KilbyCourt.com

FRIDAY JULY 25

New Madrid
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New Madrid
The debut album from Athens, Ga., quartet New Madrid, 2012's Yardboat, was excellent, a collection of dreamy indie-pop tunes, but it sounds like the band has really found its stride on its second effort, Sunswimmer, released in February. Recorded on analog tape during a humid July, Sunswimmer finds New Madrid delving into new psych-rock territory, and it suits them well. The reverb-heavy guitar, eerie vocals and thumping percussion are overlaid with veils of texture and noise, which gives the entire project a worn-in, gritty feel. Some moments on the hypnotic album are tighter and upbeat, such as "Manners," but others are hypnotic and meandering, such as the 11-minute "Homesick," which ends with five minutes of instrumental wandering. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The Loading Dock, 445 S. 400 West, 7 p.m., $10, LoadingDockSLC.com

SUNDAY JULY 27

Miniature Tigers
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Miniature Tigers
You can practically see sunlight dappling off calm water when listening to Cruel Runnings, the latest album by New York pop-rockers Miniature Tigers, released in June. Bright, colorful, summery and dance-friendly, these synth-laced, smoothly mellow tunes are everything that pop should be, but with a somewhat silly, tongue-in-cheek twist—like “Used to Be the Shit,” about a cooling romance. And they have a slight retro feel to them, too, with the power to bring back memories of summers long past. The Griswolds and Finish Ticket are also on the bill. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), 7:30 p.m., $12 in advance, $14 day of show, KilbyCourt.com; limited no-fee tickets available at CityWeeklyStore.com

MONDAY JULY 28

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  • Desert Noises

Red Butte Concert Series: Amos Lee, Desert Noises
For his fifth album, Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song—released in 2013—Amos Lee shook things up by bringing his touring band into the studio with him for the first time. "In the singer-songwriter world, it can be sort of a solitary creative process, so it's good to collaborate with people and bring songs to life together," says the Philadelphia-based former schoolteacher in his online bio. The result is a rock/blues album that's full of ear-delighting surprises, from the ragtime-style piano solo at the end of "The Man Who Wants You" to the dark, weighty beat of "High Water"—no conventional acoustic-guitar strumming here. And Lee expertly melds his relaxed, bluesy voice into each style. Provo's own Desert Noises will open the evening; it'll be a treat to experience their rowdy rock & roll energy filling the enormous amphitheater. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, 300 Wakara Way, 8 p.m., $37 garden members, $42 general public, RedButteGarden.org

TUESDAY JULY 29

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  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
For their fourth studio album, Only Run, Philadelphian indie-rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah focused on "balancing optimism in the face of overwhelming odds," says frontman Alec Ounsworth in a press release. The self-released album—released in June—feels like a culmination of the band's 10-year history. Building on their 2011 record Hysterical, the band continues to rely heavily on synthesizers and electro dance beats, but as with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's self-titled debut, Ounsworth's trembling vocals still shine through. Ounsworth will open the show with a solo set. (Natalee Wilding)
The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 8 p.m., $15, TheUrbanLoungeSLC.com; limited no-fee tickets available at CityWeeklyStore.com

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