FRIDAY MARCH 7
Sure, Portland, Ore., trio Guantanamo Baywatch (kudos for finding the best band name ever, guys) play surf-rock, but it’s the kind of surf-rock that would be playing extra late at the beach party after the decent people have gone home and the weirdos that just won’t leave break out the homemade jungle juice. Heavily influenced by The Cramps, Guantanamo Baywatch—made up of Jason Powell (guitar, lead vocals), Chevelle Wiseman (bass) and Chris Scott (drums)—are a total blast live, combining campy sleaze and sexy swagger with eyebrow-raising musical talent; I swear Powell is whipping out those incredible surf guitar lines with 30 fingers. Their latest album, Chest Crawl—released in 2012—is an infectiously catchy blend of vintage Dick Dale-esque surf, garage rock and awesomely spooky punk. Boom! will start the night.
Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), 8 p.m., $7, KilbyCourt.com
With influences like the Beatles and The Band, Dr. Dog sweeps you back to the ’60s music scene, with twisting storytelling that’s rich with metaphor. The Philadelphia-based rockers draw from their eight albums for this tour, including their latest, 2013’s B-Room (Anti). Their songs—such as “Rock & Roll” and “Broken Heart”—frequently build to instrumental and vocal bliss in the choruses. Dr. Dog prides itself on raucous live performances, so get ready to get dancing. Saint Rich will open. (Carly Fetzer)
The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, 9 p.m., $20, TheComplexSLC.com; limited no-fee tickets available at CityWeeklyStore.com
SATURDAY MARCH 8
As long as there’s a band taking itself way too seriously, there will be a band like Electric Six following behind, making fart noises and drawing penises on everything. The members of the Detroit six-piece all have nonsensical nicknames like Smorgasboard and Dick Valentine, and play a genre mishmash of mostly disco and rock peppered with jazz, metal, pop, country—basically everything imaginable. There’s no subject too think-y to be found here, as Electric Six are happy to write silly guilty-pleasure songs about hyper-masculinity, sexy time, fire, junk food and Adam Levine. In 2013, Electric Six released their first new album in seven years, Mustang, but they’ll never top the unabashed ridiculousness of disco wet dream “Danger! High Voltage” from 2003’s Fire—the music video features two people (with flashing lights positioned over their naughty bits) making out on a taxidermied moose. Wildcat Strike and Yip Deceiver are also on the bill.
Bar Deluxe, 666 S. State, 9 p.m., $13 in advance, $15 day of show, BarDeluxeSLC.com; limited no-fee tickets available at CityWeeklyStore.com
This Jersey-based quintet’s new album, Atlas—released March 4—builds their reputation as minimalist indie-rock artists who keep the vocals and acoustics in the forefront. Since the band’s inception in 2009 and the release of their self-titled debut album that same year, Real Estate has consistently produced bare-boned lyrics and breezy notes in the vein of Grizzly Bear. Though the band has had lineup changes since its start, the continuity in the music has remained, as evident in their light-sounding recent single, “Talking Backwards,” which already has new, and old, fans hooked. The Shilohs are also on the bill. (Joe’l Glover)
Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $12 in advance, $14 day of show, TheUrbanLoungeSLC.com; limited no-fee tickets available at CityWeeklyStore.com
Los Angeles emcee Gavlyn has come a long way since she did her first show in North Hollywood at age 16 with a cheap microphone. Three albums, an extremely popular single (“What I Do,” from her debut album, From the Art) and a European tour later, the underground rapper—who also belongs to the Organized Threat movement—is making an international name for herself. In an interview with music/culture website Your Friend’s House, Gavlyn says her latest record, Modest Confidence—released in January—hits a lot closer to home than her two previous releases, and is “a lot more personal, it’s more of an open book about my life and things that I’ve gone through—my old breakup, my family …” Gavlyn’s rap style is simultaneously hard-hitting and introspective, featuring a smooth flow and her uniquely smoky voice. Cannibal Jay, Jare & Joey, KDZ and Fukwitme Committee will also perform.
Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), 8 p.m., $10 in advance, $15 day of show, KilbyCourt.com; limited no-fee tickets available at CityWeeklyStore.com
SUNDAY MARCH 9
Since 1998, whether they’re writing meandering 10-minute songs, mumbling strange lyrics about ravens pecking a dead guy’s eyes out, or having only one volume (blaringly loud), stoner band Dead Meadow have always marched to the tune of their own zonked drummer. With their heavier-than-heavy miasma of ’70s classic rock, ’60s psychedelia and swampy blues, Dead Meadow are not everyone’s cup of tea, and that was especially true after the Los Angeles band released their latest album, Warble Womb, in 2013. Polarizing among fans and critics alike, Warble Womb—the first record to see the return of drummer Mark Laughlin, who left the band in 2002—is ridiculously long (70-plus minutes) and features an experimental sound that plays with genres as diverse as metal, folk and dub. It’s definitely a departure from meatier older releases like 2001’s Howls in the Hills, but it shows that Dead Meadow still isn’t afraid to ruffle feathers, even if they belong to psych-rock snobs. Dark Seas and Red Telephone will also perform.
The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $10, TheUrbanLoungeSLC.com; limited no-fee tickets available at CityWeeklyStore.com
MONDAY MARCH 10
Leslie & the Lys
With her garish eyeshadow, bouffant hair and—most importantly—gold spandex pants, Leslie Hall is the patron diva of tackiness and gem sweaters. In fact, the Iowa native is so devoted to the collection of Bedazzled sweaters—she owns more than 300 sparkly specimens—that she turned her tour bus into the first Mobile Museum of Gem Sweaters to house her favorite finds. Her collection of gem sweaters is what first propelled her to fame: After her original sweater website became mega popular, she started rapping to pay for the bandwidth, creating satirical, cheese-tastic hip-hop/dance music using only GarageBand. Her latest album, Songs in the Key of Gold, is a mix of her greatest hits and some new material, and the first released by her own record label, Yarn House Records. Dean & the Delilahs and Boone County Comedy Troupe are also on the bill.
The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $12 in advance, $14 day of show, TheUrbanLoungeSLC.com; limited no-fee tickets available at CityWeeklyStore.com