Live: Music Picks May 7-13 

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FRIDAY MAY 8

311
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X96 Big Ass Show: Panic! at The Disco, 311, Rise Against, Airborne Toxic Event
Panic! at the Disco is known for energetic live shows, in which showman and lead singer Brenden Urie does backflips, get shirtless and shows off his keyboard chops with piano solos. Ever since PATD burst onto the scene in 2005 with hits featuring outrageously lengthy names, their reputation for creativity and wit has grown. The group has been working on a fifth studio album, and—sans original drummer Spencer Smith, who left the band in April—have released a new single, "Hallelujah." The song titles are shorter and the music has changed, from story-driven, electro-dance punk rock to a more theatrical upbeat and danceable pop rock. In addition to squeezing new material and many of their well-known songs into their tour lineup, PATD often performs a riveting, full-length cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." Bassist and backup vocalist Dallon Weeks grew up in Utah, where he was the lead man of Salt Lake City band The Brobecks. With 11 studio albums, Nebraska group 311 has plenty of material to tour, and their sets pull evenly from their entire discography of reggae alternative-rock (with rap and funk thrown in) rather than focusing on the newest album, 2014's Stereolithic. Punk rock band Rise Against, from Chicago, is slated to play a powerful set of their activism rock. Earlier this year, they released a limited edition 7-inch vinyl of "The Eco-Terrorist in Me;" a previously unreleased single, "About Damn Time;" and a spoken word track, "We Will Never Forget," for Record Store Day. The full lineup of the festival also includes Airborne Toxic Event, New Politics and Wolf Alice. Usana Amphitheatre, 5150 S. 6055 West, 3 p.m., $30-$60, Usana-Amp.com

FRIDAY MAY 8

click to enlarge Ying Yang Twins
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Ying Yang Twins
Atlanta party rap duo Ying Yang Twins, with their near-cartoonish personalities, were the original twerkers, as evidenced by their 2000 hit, "Whistle While You Twurk." Recently, they paid tribute to pop culture's favorite twerker (and all women willing to shake their booties) with their 2013 release, "Miley Cyrus," on Ass in Session. As could be expected, their live show is a circus of gyrating, sexual innuendo (with a healthy dose of blunt sexuality, of course) and wild romps. Local rappers House of Lewis, Mister Ice Pick and Kaotic801 are completing the rap lineup. Area 51, 451 S. 400 West, 9 p.m., May 8, $15 in advance, $20 day of show, Area51SLC.com

FRIDAY MAY 8

James Bay
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James Bay
Soulful singer James Bay, from England, brings small-town (he is from the little burg of Hitchin) English charm to his music on his newest record, Chaos and the Calm, but the pace is much more upbeat than his previously released EPs. This album also exposes the rough edges and gravelly undertones of his voice better, and makes for a more energetic live show. Cross your fingers for his cover of Alicia Keys' "If I Ain't Got You" that he busted out in New York City earlier this year. Brooklyn singer/actress Elle King (daughter of comedian Rob Schneider) is opening with her debut album Love Stuff. The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, 8 p.m., May 8, $15, DepotSLC.com

SATURDAY MAY 9

Rittz
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Rittz
Georgian Jonathan McCollum by day/rapper Rittz by night nearly gave up on rap when he had a rough record-company deal bottom out, and he didn't want to cope with the music industry. But then Yelawolf (a hip-hop artist from Alabama) pulled Rittz onto his record, Trunk Musik 0-60. Since then, Rittz has signed with Tech N9ne's label and finally released two mix tapes and two studio albums of his own, the most recent a fall release called Next to Nothing. The Southern rap is as thick as a Southern drawl, but it's still fast rhymes; Twista even makes an appearance on one track, "Bounce." As he has been performing for years before his debut album, his onstage presence and diction are razor-sharp. The rest of the live music comes from Crooked I, J Hornay and Horse Shoe Gang. The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, 8 p.m., $20, TheComplexSLC.com

SUNDAY MAY 10

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Dan Deacon
Prepare to participate: A Dan Deacon concert requires dancing—and not only because the trance-like electronic dance music is hypnotic and experimental, with strong dance beats. Maryland-based DJ and music producer Deacon is known for his antics that get his people moving, from pulling people from the audience to dance in the middle of the floor, to splitting audiences into two groups and having two members lead (while encouraging them to tag other people in to take their place). For a preview of the interactive dance party, check out Deacon's Tiny Desk concert at NPR headquarters. He is touring his new self-produced album, Glass Riffer, a sample-heavy, surreal and experimental compilation released in February 2015. Prince Rama and Ben O'Brien open the Salt Lake City concert. Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $13 in advance, $15 day of show,

TUESDAY MAY 12

The Bright Light Social Hour
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The Bright Light Social Hour
The Bright Light Social Hour, an Austin indie rock band that plays psychedelic haze-heavy groove, is touring their newest aptly named album, Space Is Still the Place, which toys with mellow futuristic effects (all three members contribute on synthesizer) and gritty yet atmospheric sounds from Curtis Roush's guitar over Jack O'Brien's '70s bass groove. The new album is looser and mellower than the punk edge of their debut. Openers Talk in Tongues, from Los Angeles, are playing their newest release, an '80s-influenced shoe-gaze album, Alone With a Friend. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 9 p.m., $10 in advance, $12 day of show, KilbyCourt.com

TUESDAY MAY 12

Foster the People, Milo Greene
Control, the second album out from L.A. indie/folk pop group Milo Greene, is an experimental record, with vocals that echo and fade. In live performances, the band brings the atmospheric melodies closer to Earth with a more solid sound. It's their second release, and continues the same basic sound, but a few of the tracks are darker. The band is named after a fictitious character they invented early in the band's incarnation, as their booking agent to help them book venues: an albino, chops- and sideburn-sporting, monocle-wearing British man, according to an interview the band gave The Guardian. Their charismatic and dynamic performance brings the cinematic element of their music to life. Milo Greene opens for headliner Foster the People, a psychedelic, indie pop-rock group with a firm grasp on contagious grooves and hooks. The trio still plays their catchy breakthrough hit, "Pumped Up Kicks," at live shows, which tends to send audiences into conniptions. Before the concert, prepare for the spectacle that is their performance—enhanced by a complex light show—by watching the trippy animated video for "Pseudologica Fantastica." The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, 8 p.m., $35, TheComplexSLC.com

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