Live: Music Picks June 19-25 

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THURSDAY JUNE 19

Allred 10th-Anniversary Shows

It’s not a surprise that local singer-songwriter John Allred has been creating and performing music for 10 years. Allred’s pure voice and ability to write a great heart-on-his-sleeve pop song makes his music universally appealing, and his work ethic has helped him and his full band of the same name retain their status as skilled players in the music scene throughout the years. In honor of this 10th-anniversary milestone, Allred will perform two shows at Velour: The first night will be a seated acoustic show, and the second night will be an electric set by the entire band. Largely influenced by Jimmy Eat World, Allred’s music is emotion-filled, bright, catchy pop, whether that sound is being showcased on an original album—such as the band’s most recent, 2012’s Allred—or a collection of covers of songs by artists like the Beatles, Imogen Heap and Dashboard Confessional. This fall, be on the lookout for even more music from John Allred, as he has a new full-length album—produced by Joshua James—in the works. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
Velour, 135 N. University Ave., Provo, performance with full band June 20, 8:30 p.m., $10, VelourLive.com

Allah-Las
Summer is usually associated with ice cream and sunshine, but on Allah-Las’ 2012 self-titled debut full-length, those sunny summer days are more like muggy summer days, with foreboding clouds obscuring the sun. The Los Angeles quartet’s garage-rock/surf sound is informed by the ’60s psychedelic and garage music that three of the four members became familiar with while working in mainstay Sunset Boulevard record store Amoeba Music. A hazy walk along the beach, Allah-Las gets extra vintage points for being recorded with only analog equipment, a stylistic choice that makes the sleepy vocal harmonies and reverbed-out guitar sound extra immediate and raw. The band’s mysterious new single “501-415”—from Allah-Las’ sophomore album, Worship the Sun, set for release in September—is surprisingly tension-filled, possibly because the chorus-less song is one relentless stream of lyrics delivered by lead vocalist/guitarist Miles Michaud. Pest Rulz and Super 78 will also perform. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $10, TheUrbanLoungeSLC.com; limited no-fee tickets available at CityWeeklyStore.com


FRIDAY JUNE 20

Red Butte Concert Series: Mavis Staples, The Robert Cray Band

Attendees of this double-headliner show featuring Robert Cray and Mavis Staples are in for a treat. Staples came from a family group called The Staple Singers, but she went on to become a legendary performer in her own right. A pillar of American music, Staples has a distinctive voice that’s smoky and bass-y, filled with power and inspiration, whether she’s laying down a Stax-era soul anthem, a civil-rights protest song or a transcendent gospel number. Her contemplative delta-influenced gospel style takes central stage on 2013’s One True Vine, her latest album and second collaboration with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. And what Staples is to soul and R&B, Robert Cray is to the blues. A veritable guitar master, he’s an icon, one of the youngest musicians to be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. His new album, In My Soul—released in April—is a vibrant mix of soul and rock. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, 300 Wakara Way, 8 p.m., garden members $35, general public $40, RedButteGarden.org

SLC Punk 2: Punk’s Dead Concert Filming
If you are such a big SLC Punk! fan that you’ve worn out your copy of the 1998 cult classic, let your punk colors fly and be a part of SLC filmmaking history as an extra in the sequel, SLC Punk 2: Punk’s Dead. This concert at The Complex will be shot as the big live-concert scene in the movie; backers of the film’s Indiegogo campaign will get in for free, but you can still buy a ticket and get in on the action even if you didn’t contribute. The film’s creators are asking that all attendees be dressed in appropriate punk attire—do it up right; you never know if your magnificently glued Mohawk will end up in the shot. The lineup will include punk-rock veteran bands Screeching Weasel and Dwarves; local punk act Ulteriors; Sacramento rock duo Dog Party; and Denver punk/hardcore band The Eight Bucks Experiment, who appeared in SLC Punk! as the fictional band ECP. Contributors to the Indiegogo campaign should be at The Complex between 9 and 11 a.m. to pick up passes, then return at 5 p.m. sharp to be let into the pit. If you purchased a ticket, you’ll get in the pit around 5:30 p.m. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, 6 p.m., $15, TheComplexSLC.com


SATURDAY JUNE 21

Coolio

It’s safe to assume that everyone knows who Coolio is, either directly from his ’90s classics like “Gangsta’s Paradise” or “Fantastic Voyage,” or by the embarrassing fact that your mom and her friends have probably replaced the word “cool” with “coolio” in at least a half a dozen texts. It seems everyone can get down with El Cool Magnifico, and his latest project is something the whole family can enjoy, a cookbook called Cookin’ With Coolio: 5 Star Meals at a 1 Star Price. This culinary classic features sections like “Appetizers for That Ass,” “It’s Hard Out Here for a Shrimp” and “Salad-Eatin’ Bitches.” DJs Matty Mo and Flash & Flare are also performing. (Colin Wolf)
The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $12, TheUrbanLoungeSLC.com

Graham Lindsey
Since 2003, Wisconsin-born Graham Lindsey has been making minimalist Americana country albums that are as haunting as they are gritty. Lindsay’s voice, accompanied by acoustic guitar and the occasional harmonica or violin, feels gravely and rough, but still melodic in a Bob Dylan-esque way. His recent release, Digging Up Birds: A Collection of Rarities & Others, is 19 unreleased demos, live recordings and album outtakes from the past 14 years. The collection showcases Lindsey’s growth, with a rough cut of “Just Like Dust” sitting alongside a live version of “We Are All Alone Together.” Billy Cook will open the show. (Natalee Wilding)
The Garage, 1199 Beck St., 8 p.m., $5, GarageOnBeck.com


TUESDAY JUNE 24

The Neighbourhood
Don’t let spelling of their name fool you; this five-piece indie-rock group is from Newbury Park, Calif., not the United Kingdom. Guided by frontman Jesse Rutherford’s soothing R&B-influenced vocals, The Neighbourhood’s music is based on unhurried tempos, backed by thundering percussion with an overlay of echoing, distant electric guitar. Rutherford’s lyrics are honest and transformative, able to take listeners to an exact place and time. Since their debut studio album, I Love You (Columbia), was released in 2013, they’ve seen wide radio play with “Sweater Weather,” and their track “Honest” was included on the Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack. Travi$ Scott and White Arrows will be opening. (James Hall)
The Great Saltair, 12408 W. Saltair Drive, Magna, 7 p.m., $20 in advance, $22 day of show, TheSaltair.com

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