Live: Music Picks July 3-9 

THURSDAY JULY 3

Fourth-Annual 100 Block Party
Fourth of July festivities are such a big deal in downtown Provo that folks will often camp along the parade route overnight to stake out prime viewing spots. But once you snag your spot, it’s gonna be a long night unless you can satisfy your growling tummy and find something else to do besides play Words With Friends on your phone. So, make sure to stop by Muse for the fourth-annual 100 Block Party for live music and munchies. The lineup will include event hosts House of Lewis, The Ladells, Deadtooth, Kindred Dead and My Fair Fiend, with DJ SkratchMo keeping the party going between bands. A $3 wristband will allow you to come and go as you please, in case it’s your turn to guard your spot on the sidewalk. And in addition to Muse’s typical cafe fare like grilled-cheese sandwiches, there will also be $1 hot dogs and 50 cent ice-cream sandwiches. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
Muse Music Cafe, 151 N. University Ave., Provo, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., $3, MuseMusicCafe.com

Better Taste Bureau
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Freedom Festival: Dine Krew, Better Taste Bureau, Burnell Washburn, DJ Matty Mo
Featuring a stellar lineup of locals Dine Krew, Burnell Washburn and CWMA winners Better Taste Bureau and DJ Matty Mo, the Freedom Festival will be the Salt Lake City kick-off party for a weekend of backyard barbecues, beers on the patio and blowing stuff up in honor of the Fourth of July. The Dine Krew homies have been extremely busy, with a new album that will be released later this year as well as several members of the group—including producer Piccolo and emcees Harrison Montgomery and Shelby Washington—soon to come out with solo releases. They put on a killer, high-energy set, as does rap trio Better Taste Bureau, who just released new album Outliers and will be opening for De La Soul and Rapsody & 9th Wonder at Twilight later this summer. Burnell Washburn’s thoughtful rap was heard most recently on his introspective new album, Gratitude. And DJ Matty Mo’s creative style on the turntables can always be relied on; make sure to catch him at Twilight when he opens for the Wu-Tang Clan later this month. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The Barrel Room, 155 W. 200 South, 9 p.m., cover TBA, TheHotelElevate.com

click to enlarge Gipsy Moon
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Gipsy Moon
Eventide is exactly the kind of album you would expect from a band often described as “gipsygrass.” The debut full-length album from Gipsy Moon, a five-piece bluegrass group from Nederland, Colo., is a hearty mix of carefully picked mandolin melodies and twangy vocals mixed over Eastern-European-style cello harmonies. With anti-establishment lyrics, beats meant to get your feet stomping, and a few good ol’ bluegrass classics in their repertoire, Gipsy Moon promise an inspiring, high-energy show for just about everyone. Six Feet in the Pine and Juana Ghani will open on Thursday, and Melody Pulsipher will open on Friday. (Natalee Wilding)
Thurday: Bar Deluxe, 666 S. State, 8 p.m., $5 in advance, $8 day of show, BarDeluxeSLC.com; Friday: Brewskis, 244 25th St., Ogden, 9 p.m., BrewskisOnline.net

SATURDAY JULY 6

Man With a Mission
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Man With a Mission
Throwing their hats in the ring with other masked music makers like Daft Punk, Deadmau5 and Hollywood Undead, Man With a Mission carry on this bizarre tradition with wolf masks. The group have mythological origins that involve Jimi Hendrix creating them as the ultimate life forms. Hailing from Japan, bassist Kamikaza Boy, drummer Spear Ribs, guitarist/vocalist Jean-Ken Johnny, vocalist Tokyo Tanaka and DJ Santa Monica put on over-the-top shows while executing their catchy concoction of rap rock and dance pop with skill. Their intense guitar work accompanied with the twist of turntables and swift rap puts them in line with Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit, but on a more melodic and extreme level. Purr Gato will also perform. (James Hall)
Burt’s Tiki Lounge, 726 S. State, 8 p.m., $10, Facebook.com/Burts.TikiLounge

SUNDAY JULY 6

Zepparella
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Zepparella
It seems like tribute bands can either really hit the mark, or fail the source material so badly it’s just a travesty. In the case of Zepparella—an all-female Led Zeppelin tribute act that gets its name from the combination of the words “zeppelin” and Barbarella—these four ladies definitely fall into the former category. Founded by drummer Clementine, this San Francisco band combine impressive attention to detail with high energy and raw talent, doing justice to Led Zeppelin’s legendary catalog but still sounding fresh and engaging. A live YouTube video of Zepparella taking on “When the Levee Breaks” is especially killer, with vocalist Noelle Doughty putting her own spin on Robert Plant’s trademark howls but also uncannily sounding a bit like him. Thunderfist will start things off. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $12, TheUrbanLoungeSLC.com; limited no-fee tickets available at CityWeeklyStore.com

MONDAY JULY 7

Harry & the Potters
Fans of the Harry Potter books will get a kick out of the witty songs written by Harry & the Potters, with lines like “I got a mysterious gift from my dead dad/ It was an invisibility cloak, how rad,” from “Wizard Chess.” Founded in 2002 in Norwood, Mass., Harry & the Potters—made up of brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge, who collectively perform in character as Harry, wearing wire-rimmed glasses and Gryffindor uniforms—are the starting point of the genre of “wizard rock.” Their sound is charmingly raggedy indie-pop/punk made from nothing more than guitar, synths, drums and yelpy voices—heard most recently on 2011’s Live at the New York Public Library—but these wizards can do more than make entertaining music. Determined to connect young people to music, Harry & the Potters’ shows are always all-ages. “We imagined that we would be able to harness this organic enthusiasm for these stories and expose young people to a sort of music and culture that might inspire them to say, ‘Hey, I could do this too,’ ” Joe says in an interview on DIY4Lyfe.tumblr.com. Hank Green and Driftless Pony Club are also on the bill. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, 8 p.m., $16, TheComplexSLC.com; limited no-fee tickets available at CityWeeklyStore.com

TUESDAY JULY 8

Phox
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Phox
Your home state can often maintain a mysterious magnetic pull, pulling you back even throughout the ups and downs of life. Such was the case for the six members of Midwest band Phox. The group went to the same high school in Baraboo, the “Circus City” of Wisconsin, but went their separate ways after graduation. Coincidentally, they all eventually ended up back in Wisconsin, and moved into a house together in Madison. It was there that they created a sound that’s truly hard to describe: Some bits of it are hazy pop-rock, other components rattle and roll with noisy reverb, and other parts still are jazzy and soulful. Whatever they’re doing, it’s working; Phox’s self-titled debut album—released in June—is somethin’ else, intriguing, fresh and ear-perking, featuring frontwoman Monica Martin’s smooth but lilting voice. Trails & Ways are also on the bill. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The State Room, 638 S. State, 9 p.m., $12, TheStateRoom.com; limited no-fee tickets available at CityWeeklyStore.com

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