Live: Music Picks May 22-28 

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THURSDAY MAY 22

Haim

They’re superstars now, but before sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim formed their eponymous band, they were playing in a family band called Rockinhaim with their parents in the San Fernando Valley. But in 2006, the trio made the choice to strike out on their own and focus on creating original material—and blessedly dropped the “Rockin.” More recently, the charmingly dorky sisters added a “mister” to their midst—drummer Dash Hutton—and released their debut full-length album, Days Are Gone, in fall 2013. With airy vocal harmonies, impressive guitar work and glimmering keyboard effects, hooky pop songs like “The Wire” and “Falling” get in your head and stay there. Denver husband & wife indie-rock duo Tennis will also perform. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, 8 p.m., $18 in advance, $21 day of show, DepotSLC.com

Kyle Gass Band
When he’s not touring with Tenacious D, this “shiny golden god” keeps his guitar-melting fingers busy with his own project, playing lead guitar, singing lead vocals and whipping out wicked flute solos in the Kyle Gass Band. Joined by four other dudes—including John Konesky, an electric guitarist for The D—Kyle Gass doesn’t get into Tenacious D-level absurdity on his band’s self-titled debut album, released in 2013. But on songs like “Manchild” and “Bro Ho,” the lyrics still have the same amount of silliness you’d expect from the guy who, along with Jack Black, jammed with Sasquatch on the Tenacious D TV show. And the sound, of course, is epic, with plenty of classic-rock-influenced guitar riffs and vocal harmonies the gods of rock would smile upon. Holy Water Buffalo and Crusade are also on the bill. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $13 in advance, $15 day of show, TheUrbanLoungeSLC.com; limited no-fee tickets available at CityWeeklyStore.com


FRIDAY MAY 23

Blood Red Shoes

Who says music is required to be perfect? After Brighton, England, duo Blood Red Shoes released their polished third album, In Time to Voices, “we realized that the imperfections are what makes our band—that’s what people like about us,” says co-vocalist/guitarist Laura Mary Carter in the band’s online bio. So to get back to a grittier feel in their music, Carter and co-vocalist/drummer Steve Ansell self-produced their new self-titled album, and were rewarded for their efforts. Blood Red Shoes “came out as our rawest, heaviest, sexiest and most confident-sounding record so far,” Ansell says. With fuzzed-out guitars, creepy vocals and pounding drums, Blood Red Shoes’ psych-rock/shoegaze sound is a lot like The Warlocks but much, much catchier. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), 8 p.m., $12, KilbyCourt.com; limited no-fee tickets available at CityWeeklyStore.com

Kishi Bashi
Kaoru Ishibashi—touring violinist/artist with Regina Spektor and Of Montreal—transformed into Kishi Bashi in 2011 with his first solo album 151a, which showcases Bashi as an adept songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His recently released second full-length album, Lighght, highlights his innovative violin-playing with the implementation of seamless looping. His sound and voice can range from the minor-scale melodies and smooth vocals of the Beatles to the complex audio layering and yelps of Animal Collective. Live, Kishi Bashi is a smiling, genuine and humble soul, plunging his audience into a heavily textured soundscape. Tall Tall Trees will start things off. (Carly Fetzer)
The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9:30 p.m., $13 in advance, $15 day of show, TheUrbanLoungeSLC.com


SATURDAY MAY 24

Screen Door Porch
“The sound of America, untamed and infinite” is how website Americana U.K. describes Screen Door Porch, a soulful Americana band from Jackson Hole, Wyo. With the stunning vocals of female/male singer-songwriter duo Seadar Rose and Aaron Davis at the fore, this bluesy, rock-inspired quartet unites acoustic and electric sounds, with a variety of strings and powerful rhythm section. Screen Door Porch has an especially collaborative spirit; in 2013, they founded the annual WYOmericana Caravan Tour, which features alternating Wyoming bands traveling through the Rockies, including to Salt Lake City. On this year’s tour, two award-winning bands will share the stage: The Patti Fiasco and J Shogren Shanghai’d. (Deann Armes)
The Garage, 1199 N. Beck St., 9 p.m., $7, GarageOnBeck.com


MONDAY MAY 26

White Sea

Los Angeles musician Morgan Kibby is known as the frontwoman of alternative orchestral band The Romanovs as well as her collaboration and touring with Parisian electro group M83. She’s also remixed songs by several promiment artists, including Lord Huron, School of Seven Bells, The Naked & Famous and more. But in the singer/pianist/keyboardist’s solo project, White Sea, she explores and creates her own material, as heard on her debut full-length album, In Cold Blood, which came out earlier this month. New tracks “Prague” and “They Don’t Know”—check out the trippy underwater music video—are intricate combinations of synths, darkly danceable beats and Kibby’s unique voice, which can rise with breathy sweetness as well as power through a surprising lower range. The Naked & Famous and Strange Babes are also on the bill. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, 8 p.m., $21 in advance, $23 day of show, DepotSLC.com


WEDNESDAY MAY 28

Buffalo Killers

When seeing Cincinnati rock band Buffalo Killers live in concert, you’ll never encounter that disappointing feeling of realizing they sound a lot better on their albums. Since they record all their work—including their fifth album, Heavy Reverie, released earlier this year—live, what you hear is what you get. In an interview with The Waster.com, vocalist/guitarist Andrew Gabbard said, “We are not trying to fool anyone. We sound the way we sound.” And they way they sound is like true-blue American classic rock, with lots of slightly country-fied power chords, heavy percussion and easy-on-the-ears vocal harmonies between Andrew and his bassist brother Zachary. Check out the barn-burner “Poison Berry Tide” and the mellow groove of “This Girl Has Grown.” The North Valley and Strange Family will start things off. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), 8 p.m., $6, KilbyCourt.com

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