Live: Music Picks July 28-Aug 3 

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Big Grams, Fictionist and more

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THURSDAY 7.28
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Multiple-Grammy Award-winning banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck and his banjo pluckin' wife Abigail Washburn have collaborated in the Sparrow Quartet for a number of years, but are just now releasing their self-titled debut duet album (due Oct. 7 on Concord). The album is seasoned with Fleck's classical, jazz and world music influences, along with Washburn's more traditional folk stylings, and the influence of her theatrical background. Recorded following the birth of their son, Juno, the twin banjos as sole instrumentation creates a sense of intimacy, but also a very rich sound, using seven different banjos. Hearing this family band perform live is sure to be a unique experience. (Brian Staker) Deer Valley Resort's Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, 2250 S. Deer Valley Drive, Park City, 7 p.m., $40-$55 (youth and senior discounts available), DeerValley.com

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Big Grams, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Burnell Washburn
Big Grams, a collaboration between alt-electronic band Phantogram and Big Boi (Outkast), combines inventive electronics with rhymes on the supergroup's self-titled EP. Hop on YouTube and check out the extended animated music video created by Awesome, Inc. (Adult Swim's Squidbillies) for the tracks "Born to Shine" and "Run for Your Life," where the trio fights bad guys in a seedy underworld setting and tries to escape a haunted house. On their album Malibu, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals mix the rhythm of boom-pap hip-hop with gospel, disco and a West Coast surfer vibe. Burnell Washburn, a staple in the Salt Lake City hip-hop scene, perform tracks from his 2014 album Gratitude, a feast of stripped-down raps and sick beats. (Kathleen Stone) Pioneer Park, 350 S. 300 West, 7 p.m., $5 advance/$10 day of show, TwilightConcerts.com

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FRIDAY 7.29
Eve 6

When Eve 6 reunited their classic lineup in 2007, it would take them five years to deliver their fourth album, Speak in Code (Fearless)—their first album since 2003. Their fans didn't quibble, though, as the band toured fairly hard, playing the energetic, catchy alt-rock hits—like "Inside Out" that dominated radio in the late '90s/early 2000s. Fittingly, Speak was a total crowd-pleaser, packed with the anthemic tracks that made them radio darlings. On Friday, they're headlining over four acts including tour mates Oz, singer-songwriter Christina Holmes and locals HiFi Murder and Smile for the Captain (Randy Harward) Metro Bar, 615 W. 100 South, 8 p.m., $15 in advance, $20 day of show, Facebook.com/MetroBarSLC

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FRIDAY 7.29
Dusk, Dumb Luck, Woodburn, Mike Skillz (DJ set)

Dusk (aka Ryan Worwood) is dropping hisninth album, Can't Stop the World. As one of the hardest working rappers to come out of SLC, Dusk has been integral to Utah's local hip-hop scene for the past seven years. Not only is he one of local hip-hop's godfathers, but his community involvement, skills as a visual artist and overall approachability make him one of our favorite local talents. Joining Dusk for the evening will be battle rapper Dumb Luck, versatile wordsmith Woodburn and a DJ set by Mike Skillz. As Utah's hip-hop scene continues to gain traction, performers like these keep that momentum going. (Alex Springer). The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 8 p.m., $5 TheUrbanLoungeSLC.com

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SATURDAY 7.30
Harvey Milk Boulevard Street Fest feat. Derrick Barry

Having a Salt Lake City street named for civil rights leaders like for slain San Francisco gay rights activist Harvey Milk is cause to party in that very same street. Saturday's celebration at Try-Angles—located on the western end of the honorary thoroughfare (900 South, stretching from 900 West to 1100 East) includes vendor booths, a dunk tank (alas, no Eagle Forum members will participate), Matrons of Mayhem bingo, an underwear show by Carnal Desires and drag shows by Salt Lake City's own Those Bitches (8 p.m.) and Derrick Barry from Season 8 of RuPaul's Drag Race (11:30 p.m., with an after-show meet-and-greet), one of the top Britney Spears impersonators in the world. Barry's a dead ringer, in fact, for the pop diva—you know, before she was all tore up. (Randy Harward) Club Try-Angles, 251 W. 900 South, 2 p.m., $20, KarambaSLC.com

SATURDAY 7.30
Fictionist

Every album and EP that local alt-rock heroes Fictionist releases is a suckerpunch to the toxic culture that the band dealt with as part of a major record label. It's been two years since the group parted ways with Atlantic Records, but the experience has only served to make members Aaron Anderson, Robby Connolly, Brandon Kitterman and Stuart Maxfield stronger. Teaming up with local producer Nate Pyfer, Fictionist followed up their 2011 album with a self-titled LP that allowed them to push the envelope in ways that were unavailable to them during their time in the big leagues. Fictionist continues this tradition with their new EP Free Spirit, which comes out a day before this show. (Alex Springer). Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7 p.m., $10, KilbyCourt.com

The Church, The Psychedelic Furs
Since 1980, Australian psychedelic alt-rock quartet The Church was huge back home, but never quite as big in the States. Although they had a respectable following here, their biggest U.S. hits remain the sleepy-but-soaring "Metropolis" and the dark, dreamy "Under the Milky Way." That's a shame—their discography is deep and substantial. Another bummer is that guitarist/songwriter Marty Wilson-Piper quit the band in 2013, leaving them to release their first album without him: Further/Deeper (Unorthodox) in 2014. The good news: F/D showed main frontman Steve Kilbey still has great songs to get out. Co-headliners, new wave/post-punk group The Psychedelic Furs, are responsible for many of your favorite songs from the '80s: "The Ghost in You," "Heaven" and the theme from beloved John Hughes' classic film Pretty in Pink. Siblings Richard and Tim Butler (vocals and bass, respectively) continue to lead the band, which plays a dynamic set crammed with songs you know by heart. (RH) The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, 7 p.m. (doors), $30 in advance, $35 day of show, TheComplexSLC.com

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MONDAY 8.1
Tacocat, Big Baby, Peach Dream

Seattle, Wash., feminist punk-rock band Tacocat carries on the politically charged Riot grrrl tradition of Pacific Northwest bands like Sleater-Kinney, without the histrionic vocals, favoring a more pop-punk approach. Their latest release, Lost Time (Hardly Art) shows that a velvet voice can still convey anger in songs like "I Hate the Weekend." Local lo-fi punk duo Big Baby entices with cassette and one-sided blue vinyl versions of their debut, If You're Not a Baby, You're Too Old (BigBabyBand.Bandcamp.com), which includes a sarcastic ode to local employer and internet giant, "Overstock Dot Com." Provo combo Peach Dream adds vocal harmonies that are just peachy. (BS) Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7 p.m., $10 in advance, $12 day of show, KilbyCourt.com

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TUESDAY 8.2
Hayes Carll, Luke Bell

Texas singer-songwriter Hayes Carll sings songs sad enough to be called country, but with a voice that argues that maybe sadness isn't such a bad thing. Carll's latest album, Lovers and Leavers (Thirty Tigers), tells plenty of sad stories about long highways, broke troubadours and doomed relationships. "We never go to bed angry because we never fight," might sound like the description of a blissful relationship, but Carll's voice reveals a growing malaise in "The Love That We Need." Carll's acoustic ballads don't ask you to feel bad for him, just that you listen. Fortunately, listening to Hayes Carll—with a voice as smoky as a cigarette sigh and with wit as dry as an ashtray—is easy enough to do. (Kimball Bennion) The State Room, 638 S. State, 8 p.m., $23, TheStateRoomSLC.com

WEDNESDAY 8.3
Miike Snow, Lewis del Mar

Swedish electro-pop group Miike Snow’s latest hit, “Genghis Khan,” is a great theme song for anyone with a jealous streak. With lines like, “’Cause I don't really want you, girl/ But you can’t be free,” the song is brutally honest, but upbeat enough to conceal its cruelty. While early songs like “Animal” or “Black & Blue” from their 2009 debut Miike Snow might have originally defined the band, iii (Atlantic/Downtown, 2016), pushes this definition. Their music is still rooted in piano and drums, but they’ve gotten more experimental, playing more with synthesizers and leaning more toward alt-rock and away from pop. Rockaway Beach, NY folk-pop-electro duo Lewis Del Mar open—you may know the dark, sputtering, ethereal single “Loud(y)” from their debut EP on Columbia Records. (Kathleen Stone) The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, 8 p.m., $24 in advance, $26 day of show, DepotSLC.com

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