Live: Music Picks Oct. 31-Nov. 6 

THURSDAY OCT. 31

Bonobo
Somewhere between dinner-party music and late-night post-club comedowns is The North Borders, from Bonobo, the British pioneer of down-tempo electronica. His March 2013 release—his fifth full-length album—follows the highly praised (and often remixed) Black Sands with an experimental collection of sounds that seamlessly blends samples of subway doors closing and truck air brakes with tinges of deep house and neo-soul. But don’t get it twisted: Bonobo’s live performances and Bonobo’s albums are almost two different beasts, and his latest—which features Szjerdene and a 10-piece orchestra—will likely pair better with dance floors than rainy afternoons. Real Magic will also perform. (Colin Wolf)
The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, 8 p.m., $20 in advance, $25 day of show, The ComplexSLC.com

The Weekenders, Red Telephone, Deadtooth
Instead of spending Halloween hiding from annoying candy-crazed kids with the blinds closed, come to this triple-header of local rock acts and get your socks knocked off. The Weekenders play raw, hard-hitting rock that hearkens back to the days of The Rolling Stones and other ’70s acts; “Twenty Armed Men” from Don’t Plan On is wicked awesome. Red Telephone pound out spooky, fuzzed-out psych-rock, as heard on “Cosmic Vibrations”—they also have a new album in the works. And Alpine’s Deadtooth garage-rock sound—with lots of kooky organ—will have you dancing the haunted night away. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), 7 p.m., $5, KilbyCourt.com

Juicy J
In August, Juicy J released a flash game on his website that allowed fans to preview and unlock every song from his latest album, Stay Trippy, by spraying strippers with paint while listening to tracks like “Bounce It,” “Money a Do It” and “So Much Money.” There’s no doubt that the game was addictive, offensive and 100 percent fantastic. But what more do you expect from the rapper who single-handedly jammed the term “twerk” into your parents’ lexicon and, more importantly, is responsible for killing Hannah Montana and replacing her with the thing that is Miley Cyrus? DJ Juggy is also on the bill. (Colin Wolf)
The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, 9 p.m., $35 in advance, $45 day of show, DepotSLC.com

Marinade, Stonefed, Samuel Smith Band
Before you cozy up on Halloween night with a stack of horror movies, come trick or treat at this rockin’ Halloween hootenanny hosted by locals Marinade, Stonefed and Samuel Smith Band. If the three bands were ingredients in a candy bar, Samuel Smith Band’s muscular rock would be the chewy nougat at the center, Marinade’s jam-friendly grooves would be the sweet & sticky caramel, and Stonefed’s funk would be the smooth, sexy chocolate coating the whole thing. Michelle Moonshine is also on the bill. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The State Room, 638 S. State, 8 p.m., $10 in advance, $15 day of show, TheStateRoom.com


SUNDAY NOV. 3

Tycho
For San Francisco electronic musician Scott Hansen, aka Tycho, the acts of seeing and hearing together create a complete picture that neither one of them could paint on their own. His role as a graphic artist—known as ISO50—makes him mindful of the power his sparklingly ambient music has to create images in listeners’ minds. That’s especially true on “Awake,” the recently released single from his upcoming 2014 album, which is as warm and atmospheric as that golden hour between afternoon and sunset. He’s said that music is “the missing part of the visual side and the visual side is the missing part of the music side,” and his performances usually include a backdrop of morphing, mysterious imagery. Beacon is also on the bill. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 8 p.m., $15 in advance, $17 day of show, TheUrbanLoungeSLC.com


MONDAY NOV. 4

Of Montreal
A big part of the creative process is the courage to stand at a proverbial ledge and leap into the unknown, which is exactly what indie-rock outfit Of Montreal founder/frontman Kevin Barnes did with his band’s new album, Lousy With Sylvianbriar, released Oct. 8. He moved to a new place (San Francisco), recorded material without the aid of computer tinkering, moved back to Georgia and assembled an entirely new group of musicians, and then gathered in one room with them to record the tracks live in only three weeks, with the band members composing their parts in the moment. The result is fresh and immediate, with a breezy sound that sounds like it was transported straight out of the ’60s. La Luz will also perform. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 8 p.m., $18 in advance, $20 day of show, TheUrbanLoungeSLC.com

Nick Moss Band
If singer/guitarist Nick Moss sounds like the real Chicago-blues deal, you aren’t imagining it: He’s played with blues legends as impressive as Jimmy Rogers, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith of The Legendary Blues Band, and Jimmy Dawkins. His latest album, Here I Am, released in 2011, is big, sexy and soulful, showcasing a powerful, gritty voice and guitar riffs with satisfying backbone. Just like how Moss sings “Don’t box me in or paint me in a corner” on the titular track, he’s not afraid to surprise listeners by branching into other genres—including funk and R&B—even though he’s rooted in the traditional realm. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The Sun & Moon Cafe, 6281 Emigration Canyon Road, also Nov. 5, 7 p.m., $20, $12 minimum food purchase, TheSunAndMoonCafe.com


TUESDAY NOV. 5

Latyrx
It’s been 16 years since Bay Area rappers Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truthspeaker— who, together, are Latyrx—released their debut record, 1997’s The Album, and they’re finally back with the aptly titled The Second Album, out Nov. 5. Their new material— which features a variety of contributors including Living Colour’s Corey Glover—is a far cry from the funksville anthem “Lady Don’t Tek No,” but is gleefully inventive, with intricate wordplay, socially conscious lyrics and ear-catching samples. Check out the subdued “Exclamation Point,” with a thought-provoking chorus, and the dance-floor bomb “Gorgeous Spirits.” Grits Green is also on the bill. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
The State Room, 638 S. State, 8 p.m., $17, TheStateRoom.com


WEDNESDAY NOV. 6

Iron & Wine
If you ever need to relax after a stressful day, listen to the mellow music and poetic lyrics of singer-songwriter Sam Beam, better known as Iron & Wine. Beam first started out singing with just an acoustic guitar, but since then has added more to his sound. For his most recent album, Ghost on Ghost, released in April, Beam brought in stringed and brass instruments and played his guitar for only a few songs. He’ll have to have an entire orchestra on his next album to top Ghost on Ghost. Jesca Hoop will start things off. (Laurie Reiner)
In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West, 8 p.m., $28 in advance, $30 day of the show, InTheVenueSLC.com

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