Maserati, El Ten Eleven, Burnell Washburn, The Spiders from Mars, Dana Hubbard, The Builders & The Butchers, Regina Carter, Chase & Status 

Live: Music Picks April 21-27

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Thursday April 21
Maserati

Instrumental rock seems to be the order of the day Thursday, and Georgia’s Maserati are a fine example of the form. On your first listen to the band’s latest album, Pyramid of the Sun, you might think, “Damn, this dance-band has some serious rock majesty going on!” And on the next listen, you might ponder, “Wow, this rock band has got some serious groove going on!” Both reactions are right on, and you can’t go wrong giving Maserati a spin. Royal Bangs and The Lionelle are also on the bill. The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $8

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El Ten Eleven
Simply put, L.A. instrumental duo El Ten Eleven offer one of those musical experiences that anyone—regardless of genre preferences—can get into, thanks to the incredible array of sounds produced by the two men involved. Kristian Dunn plays a double-neck combo of bass and guitar, using an insane array of foot pedals and on-the-fly recorded loops to create a sonic spectacle like most of us have never heard, or seen. Meanwhile, his partner, Tim Fogarty, pounds away at his drum kit and a series of electronic drum pads, adding to the maelstrom of metal-tinged rhythms. The twosome named their most recent album It’s Still Like a Secret, but a seemingly nonstop tour schedule—their current jaunt is already their second tour of the year—is helping assure El Ten Eleven’s music won’t be secret for much longer. Jacket Weather opens the show. Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), 7 p.m., $10

Friday April 22
Burnell Washburn CD release

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If you find yourself in need of a crash-course in Salt Lake City’s burgeoning hip-hop scene, this CD release party for the barely legal Burnell Washburn (pictured at right) is a good starting point. Besides Washburn headlining the thing, you’ll see and hear GeorgeLife, Highdro, PigPen & Pat Maine, Hurris & Gig, Dumb Luck, Dusk One and DJs Number 2 and Only 2000. That’s a whole lotta local hip-hop in one slick package. Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), 7 p.m., $6

The Spiders from Mars
So you say you missed the KRCL David Bowie party a couple weeks back? Me, too. Thankfully, The Spiders from Mars—the ad hoc local supergroup put together to play the bash—are going to deliver an encore performance of Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie tunes. The faces in the band will be familiar to any fans of local tunes, but you’ll be hearing them like you’ve never heard ’em before. And given that this is a one-off performance, you’ll be hearing them in a way you’ll never get to hear them again. The Future of Ghost and David Williams are also on the bill. The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $5

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Saturday April 23
Dana Hubbard

No one can claim singer/songwriter Dana Hubbard didn’t pay his dues in the music biz. He hit the road, guitar in hand, after taking a class on country blues at UC Santa Cruz, busking on the streets of Berkeley and San Francisco before forming a band that became regulars of the Bay Area blues scene for a decade. More recently, Hubbard’s been working as a solo acoustic act, winning songwriting contests across the country and sharing stages with the likes of Albert King and Etta James. His most recent release is the gritty The Grounds Keepers, consisting of overdub-free first takes on songs addressing the environment’s challenges and social injustice. Crumb Brothers Bakery, 291 S. 300 West, Logan, 7:30 p.m., $13

Sunday April 24
The Builders & The Butchers

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Albums don’t get much darker thematically than The Builders & The Butchers’ latest, Dead Reckoning. Underneath the tasty musical blend of bluegrass, folk and blues are striking, incisive lyrics that look at the contrasts between light and dark and good and evil from every angle imaginable. The band recently came through Salt Lake City on tour with Murder by Death, but this time around they’ll have all the time they need to explore Dead Reckoning and all its facets. Damion Suomi & the Minor Prophets open. The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $8 advance/$10 day of show

Monday April 25
Regina Carter

Leave it to the extraordinary violinist Regina Carter to find a way to interpret African folk songs in an utterly contemporary manner. Her year-old collection Reverse Thread makes excellent use of not only her violin, but also the accordion and a West African harp called a
kora. The album was basically made possible by Carter landing a MacArthur Fellowship—aka the “genius grant”—which allowed her to research the African music she wanted to use, and its background, before recording Reverse Thread. The resulting collection shows that genius money was well-spent. This is the final show of this year’s Jazz at the Sheraton concert series. Sheraton City Center, 150 W. 500 South, 7:30 p.m., $30

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Wednesday April 27
Chase & Status

Chase & Status, aka Saul Milton and Will Kennard, are a British DJ/production duo who are hoping their success in the U.K. translates to American popularity for their rave-tastic brand of dance music. Their latest album, No More Idols, debuted at No. 2 on the British sales charts, and is full of top-notch collaborators like Dizzee Rascal and Cee-Lo Green. After performing at the Coachella music fest in California, the duo is barnstorming across the West, including this gig in Salt Lake City. VinylMeningitis, Julliette and Loki are also on the bill. The Complex, 537 W. 100 South, 8 p.m., $20 advance/$25 day of show

Coming Soon
Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry (Great Saltair, April 29), Fake Problems (Bar Deluxe, April 29), Gift of Gab (The Complex, April 29), Junip, Acrylics (The State Room, April 29), Yanni (Maverik Center, April 30), Jonathan Richman (Kilby Court, May 1), Danzig (Great Saltair, May 2), Felice Brothers (The Urban Lounge, May 2), Tim Reynolds & TR3 (The Depot, May 2), Coheed & Cambria (In The Venue, May 3), Mogwai (Avalon Theater, May 3), Tune-Yards, Buke & Gass (The Urban Lounge, May 3), Accept (Club Vegas, May 4), Here We Go Magic (The Urban Lounge, May 4)

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