Music Picks April 3-9 | Live: Musee Mecanique, Return to Sender, KRS-One, Rock in UVU 

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Thursday 4.3
Daniel Johnston, Band of Annuals (In the Venue—see Music); Cryptacize (Kilby Court—see Music); Slickrock Gypsies (Rose Wagner); Rookie of the Year (Outer Rim); Still Remains (Avalon); Consolation Champ (Nobrow); Irony Man, The Boomsticks (Burt’s Tiki Lounge)

Friday 4.4
In 2006, Salt Lake City artist David Ruhlman and his brother Mathieu created an intricate multimedia installation largely based on the story of New York City’s Collyer brothers—rich, eccentric siblings whose obsessive hoarding during the 1940s colored a very strange existence and rather grotesque demise. Ruhlman said of the hoarding, “I started thinking about how we possess objects and how, if someone passes away, something [they’ve left behind] still sort of holds their presence, their entity.” San Francisco’s Musee Mecanique seems to hold a similar fascination with found objects, specifically items located in the music-box museum from which the band takes its name. The resulting narratives are wrapped in melodies like lucid dreams, hushed, dense and complicated. Musee Mecanique definitely display hoarding tendencies, but rather than rummage, score and hide, they happily share their treasures with the world. Discover the magic coasting on ancient saws and space-age keyboards, tonight. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets:

Good things are afoot in Happy Valley—at least, on the music front. We’ve been familiar with at least a few movers and shakers currently leaving a positive imprint on Provo’s thriving scene (Joshua James, for example. Yes, he lives in Provo, not Nebraska), but beyond more than a passing mention, we’ve never spent much time on Return to Sender. Well, better late than never. Perhaps we’re just in time to catch the band’s explosive rise to the top. The young guns are proudly releasing The Grand Exposure—an album whose title references the band’s first recorded airing of deeply personal thoughts and emotions—on Los Angeles-based label 51 Inc. Exposure is a solid work full of consummate musicianship and social commentary. It’s nothing tremendously new, but it’s neither cloyingly cliché. In fact, no matter how many times we hear someone complain about the 9-to-5 cubicle-work grind, it never gets old. Return to Sender puts a fresh spin on the common critique with “Fast Track,” a rapid-fire number that paints the singer as a raving lunatic with a valid point: “We lose track of why we’re here/while working late we live in fear/So here we are in a busy day/ where routine jobs put our brains to waste.” Other highlights include the cool French-language sampled “Salad Fingers” and sweeping atmospheric instrumental driving “88.” Velour, 135 N. University Ave., Provo, 8 p.m. All-ages. Info:

Also Friday: By Tonight CD Release (Solid Ground Cafe); Ras Gabriel, 4-Word (Paladium); Jinga Boa (Urban Lounge); Ryan Cron (Nobrow); Racist Kramer, Fail to Follow, Shackleton (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); I Am The, Cave of Roses (Club Vegas); Anavan, Agape, Cathexes (Monk’s); Scooter & Lavell (Harry O’s, Park City)

Saturday 4.5
Hotel Cafe Tour: Jim Bianco, Cary Brothers (Avalon); For: Fairweather, Kathryn Cowles, Rope or Bullets (Kilby Court); Slave Traitor, Heathen Ass Worship (Woodshed); The Alcoholiks (Paladium); Tough Tittie, Levi Rounds, The Willkills (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Clumsy Lovers (Spur Bar, Park City); Leahy (Eccles Center, Park City)

Monday 4.7

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The term “socially conscious emcee” is frequently bandied about, but if the label still holds weight, it definitely applies to KRS-One. “Rap is something you do. Hip-hop is something you live!” he chants on a clip from his 2004 DVD (available exclusively with the Keep Right album), and the crowd goes wild. The legendary artist is doing his part to make the world a better place and in the process helping hip-hop to become synonymous with positive change. His Stop the Violence campaign aims to replace knee-jerk gun wars with peace, communication and *gasp* mercy. It’s a cause everyone can get behind, in theory. What makes STV promising is KRS-One’s supreme reputation and influence in the hip-hop community. Revered for his stand-up nature and unparalleled lyrical prowess, he has the power to make people jump up and get something done. If, for some reason, his argument fails on paper, it will more than likely take hold after audiences hear him flow. Live it. The Hotel, 155 W. 200 South, 9 p.m. Tickets:

Also Monday: Stefan Harris Sextet (SLCC Grand Theatre); Eric McFadden Trio (Urban Lounge)

Tuesday 4.8
What’s the significance of a state college versus a university? Well, it could mean the difference between working a part-time job at Joe Shmoe Retailer and scoring a full-time dream gig at some fancy-schmancy advertising firm. Or whatever sparks the fire within. Universities, in general, receive a great deal more respect from potential employers than do state colleges. That’s why folks are so jazzed about Utah Valley State College’s “graduation” to Utah Valley University July 1. Got it? Good. In honor of the switcheroo, X96 has teamed with other corporate sponsors to bring you a concert featuring Story of the Year, The Bravery and Salt Lake City’s The Brobecks. Admission is free—if you snag tickets from X96. Everyone else gets in for a very reasonable $9.63. Hoorah! McKay Events Center, 800 W. University Pkwy., Orem, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets:

Also Tuesday: Ryan Morse, Sling-Shot Hip-Hop (Kilby Court)

Wednesday 4.9
Stag Hare, Navigator (Kilby Court); Yonder Mountain String Band, Jonathan McEuen (Harry O’s, Park City)

Coming Up
Mark Pickerel (Bar Deluxe, April 10); Beliss (Nobrow, April 11); Invisible Children Benefit Show (Solid Ground Cafe, April 11); Berlin (Harry O’s, April 11); Bar Deluxe One-Year Anniversary: Saddle Tramps (Bar Deluxe, April 11); Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers (Paladium, April 12); Palomino (The Devil Whale) CD Release (Velour, April 12); Accidente CD Release (Kilby Court, April 12); MXPX (Club NVO, April 12); Why? (Urban Lounge, April 12); Big Head Todd & The Monsters, New Amsterdams (Depot, April 14); RJD2, Dalek (Urban Lounge, April 14); Blitzen Trapper (Urban Lounge, April 15); Bouncing Souls (In the Venue, April 16); Enon, Joggers (Urban Lounge, April 16)

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