Live: Music Picks June 2-8 

Washed Out, Ghostland Observatory, Sister Sledge, Belinda Carlisle and more

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THURSDAY 6.2
Washed Out, Robert Delong, Fictionist
For the inaugural show of the Ogden Twilight Concert Series, electronic revivalist Washed Out (aka Ernest Greene) brings the acclaimed gauzy synth-pop you heard at every cool party in the early '10s—or, at the very least, opening every Portlandia episode ("Feel It All Around"). It's hard to believe it has already been three years since Washed Out's beautiful Paracosm (Sub-Pop) came out, but here's as good of an excuse as any to revisit chillwave's halcyon days. Also appearing are fellow early-decade beat wizard Robert DeLong, whose main concern continues to be whether he can "make you fucking dance," and Provo's own Fictionist. (Kimball Bennion) Ogden Twilight Concert Series, Ogden Amphitheater, 343 E. 25th St., 5 p.m., $5 in advance, $6.50 day of show (plus fees), OgdenTwilight.com

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THURSDAY 6.2
Ghostland Observatory, Disco Biscuits
Rolling out of Austin, Texas, in a synth-powered Winnebago, Ghostland Observatory has made a name for itself with a fluorescent, electro-funk beat and a frenetic stage presence. The beats come courtesy of Thomas Turner, who often performs decked out in a regal, high-collared cape, and vocalist/guitarist Aaron Behrens channels Iggy Pop as he throws himself into the wilderness of every song. Philly-based jam band Disco Biscuits is another outfit that is fond of pushing the musical envelope. Combining modern techno and trance with a foundation that is one-part roots and two-parts jazz, expect the Disco Biscuits to create consciousness-expanding sonic tableaus that feel less like premeditated grooves and more like an improvisational experiment. (Alex Springer) The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, 7 p.m., $29 in advance, $31 day of show, TheComplexSLC.com

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THURSDAY 6.2-SUNDAY 6.5
Utah Pride Festival feat. Sister Sledge, Belinda Carlisle and AB Soto
The chart-topping R&B/disco sisterhood Sister Sledge is the perfect pre-Pride kickoff. I mean, if you can't hear "We Are Family" and not sing along, at least in your head, you're dead. It's understandable, though, if you don't boogie—not everyone can be the greatest dancer, like the dude in that other Sledge song. But you know what? "Family" reverberates with infectious joy, and that, along with its message of unity, is enough to make you forget yourself—and get into everyone around you. Wait. That sounds wrong. But you know what I mean. (Randy Harward) The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, 9 p.m., $41 in advance, $46 day of show, DepotSLC.com

And on Saturday at 8:10 p.m. sharp, check out Los Angeles-based AB Soto, who has gained notoriety with his inimitable penchant for Latin-fusion music, spectacular costumes and stereotype-defying performance art. Taking the stage on Sunday at 5:45 p.m. is Belinda Carlisle, famous for belting out "We Got the Beat" and "Our Lips Are Sealed" with The Go-Go's, as well as her own "Heaven Is a Place on Earth." Her post-'80s solo career has become a platform for her vocal support of the LGBTQ community. (Alex Springer) Utah Pride Festival (main stage), 451 S. State, $10-$50, UtahPrideFestival.org

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FRIDAY 6.3
The Cure, The Twilight Sad

Although they've only been "The Cure" since 1978, Robert Smith and other future Cure members started out in 1976 as the punk band Malice (later called Easy Cure). This year, then, is technically the band's 40th anniversary—but their trademark gloomy, post-punk/new wave/goth-alt-whateveryouwannacallit rock sound officially debuted 37 years ago with Three Imaginary Boys. It's from those 3.7 decades that The Cure draws for this tour's sets, which vary nightly, but include most of the classics—but sadly, not the chronically misunderstood fan-favorite "Killing an Arab," long a burden for Smith. Also, look for one or both of two new tracks: the moody, midtempo number "Step Into the Light" and Disintegration-esque "It Can Never Be the Same." Openers The Twilight Sad, from Scotland, take inspiration from The Cure on their most recent album Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave (FatCat, 2014), with their brooding bass, mopey vox and ethereal atmospherics. (RH) Maverik Center, 3200 South Decker Lake Drive, 7:30 p.m., $28-$58, MaverikCenter.com

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Raz Simone
Seattle's favorite white rapper Macklemore took everyone by surprise with 2012's The Heist, perhaps no one more than himself. At least that's what it sounds like with This Unruly Mess I've Made, his latest collaboration with DJ/producer Ryan Lewis. Macklemore wears his insecurities with fame and privilege on his sleeve this time around, revealing a neurotic—if not any less lyrically gifted—artist behind the "Thrift Shop" swagger. The album bookends with Macklemore's inner monologue during his upset 2014 Grammy win for Best Rap Album, and the controversial single "White Privilege II," an honest and uncomfortable look at his success as a white hip-hop artist in the era of Black Lives Matter. It's not quite an apology, but Macklemore's telling his critics that he gets it. Fans and haters might want to give these latest offerings a closer listen. (KB) The Great Saltair, 12408 W. Saltair Drive, 8 p.m., $46 in advance, $51 day of show, TheSaltair.com

FRIDAY 6.3- SUNDAY 6.5
Ogden Music Festival feat. The Brothers Comatose, The Wood Brothers, Joshua James
The Ogden Music Festival is not just a spectator sport. The weekend festival will feature professional bluegrass and folk acts including The Brothers Comatose, The Wood Brothers, Joshua James and Aoife O'Donovan. But why just listen when you can play, too? If you've got the chops, sign up for the Utah State Instrument Championship, with novice competitions in mandolin, banjo and guitar. If the stage isn't for you, try the offstage workshops for pointers on the mandolin from the Gibson Brothers, songwriting secrets from The Wood Brothers or biz tips from The Hogslop String Band's "Old-Time Music: Make Hundreds of Dollars a Year." Kids will also love Todd's Musical Petting Zoo. (KB) Fort Buenaventura, 2450 A Ave., Ogden, $30 (single day), $63 (three-day pass), see schedule on OFOAM.org

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TUESDAY 6.7
Radio Moscow

The Midwest isn't exactly fertile ground for psychedelic stoner rock. With its repetitive, flat landscapes and rolling farmsteads, it's more often the backdrop for the new American Gothic heavy metal. Still, Iowa's Radio Moscow has, for over a decade, plied (or plowed!) the furrowed mind of the listener, in the classic-rock mode of Blue Cheer, Jimi Hendrix, et al. So much so, that the cover of their last studio album, Magical Dirt (Alive Naturalsound, 2014) features a landscape whose perspective converges on a giant mushroom (ponder the agricultural and psychoactive significance). The band gets down and dirty with a scorching crop of songs on their upcoming July release, the two-disc set Live! In California. Expect a preview tonight. (Brian Staker) Billboard-Live!, 250 W. 1300 South, 7 p.m., $15, SmithsTix.com

WEDNESDAY 6.8
Local H

Celebrating the vinyl release of 1996's album As Good As Dead, Local H is hitting the road to revisit one of the most visceral and honest records to come out of the '90s alt-rock scene. Local H is known for playing at least one of their albums in its entirety during their shows, so fans of their sophomore album will definitely want to catch them tonight as they power through the whole of Dead—along with a few other gems from their vast arsenal. As a bonus, Local H—usually a two-piece—is expanding its lineup. Vocalist/guitarist Scott Lucas will be flanked by both current drummer Ryan Harding and original drummer Joe Daniels, who played on As Good As Dead. Local H is shredding its way into the future—no matter how many "high-fivin' motherfuckers" get in the way. (AS) The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 8 p.m., $15, TheUrbanLoungeSLC.com

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