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Live: Calexico, Dan Sartain, Park City Jazz Festival, 2Mex,

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Thursday 8.23
CALEXICO, FRENCH KICKS
Following the 2005 release of Calexico/Iron & Wine’s quiet, but forceful, collaborative EP In the Reins, enamored listeners crossed their fingers for a second joint effort between the expansive Tucson collective and introspective folk artist Sam Beam. Instead, Calexico released Garden Ruin, whose slight departure from their signature Southwestern sound (read: less cinematic, more contained) confused and even angered a few diehard followers. But that’s Joey Burns & Co. for you—restless wanderers seeking new experiences at every turn, but always with great attention to the earth, the land, ancient cultures and giant horn sections. French Kicks can’t keep still, either. Besides touring constantly, the New York group likes to keep things interesting by swapping instruments and by dabbling first in sounds straight of the garage, then groovy Hall & Oates, rock, dance-pop and static-electric indie rock. Oh, this week’s is the last in what has been a tremendous 2007 Twilight Concert series. Get ye downtown, already! Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main, 7 p.m. All-ages. Free

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DAN SARTAIN

There might be strength in numbers, but when Dan Sartain opened for the White Stripes this summer both groups proved that one or two members are really all you need to rock. Just don’t confuse Sartain for a sensitive singer-songwriter. An Alabama cowpunk with Jack Keroauc-meets-James Dean zest for life—and looks to match—he’s sure as heck a hopeless romantic, but he sports a stiff upper lip and strives for danger, twirling his rockabilly guitar with a sly devil grin. “I only fall for the girls that are going to break my heart,” he says on Join Dan Sartain’s “Totem Pole,” but rather than cry about hurt pride, he swears “It makes me want to kill, it makes me want to strangle.” Sartain reveals a softer side on his latest album, pleading for his girl to love him forever (“Besame Mucho”). But one line brings us back to Sartain’s Sisyphean dilemma: “Young girls are stupid and they’re cruel/ I still want them and what am I do?” The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 10 p.m. Tickets: 24Tix.com (with Detroit Cobras)

Also Thursday: Portugal the Man (Studio 600); Dead By Day, DieMonsterDie (Avalon Theater); Radix (Monk’s); Pagan Love Gods (Piper Down); Great White (The Depot)

Friday 8.24
PARK CITY JAZZ FESTIVAL
Oakland soul collective Tower of Power turned 39 this year but, as a recent Oregon Zoo performance evidenced, they’re just as sassy, funky and energetic as the day Emilo Castillo gathered a crew to crank out horn-driven jams “What Is Hip?” and “Oakland Stroke.” Truly one of the most vibrant live acts, ToP joins India.Arie. Eric Marienthal with the Crescent Super Band, David Sanborn, Fat Soul, Take 5, Henry Butler, Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood (see Music pg. 56), Craig Chaquico, Soulbop, PC All Star Band with Russell Gunn and Corey Christiansen for the annual Park City Jazz Festival. Be sure to check out Saturday’s free music clinics at Ecker Middle School with lessons on rhythm section essentials and other tricks of the trade. For a complete schedule, visit ParkCityJazz.org. Deer Valley Snow Park Lodge, Outdoor Amphitheatre. Tickets: 435-649-1000

Also Friday: Linda Ronstadt (Abravanel Hall); The Destructionators (Addicted Café); Barcelona, Maps & Atlases (Kilby Court); Mary Tebbs (Alchemy Coffee); Legendary Porch Pounders (Pat’s BBQ); SLAJO (Bar Deluxe); Ted Dancin’, Future of the Ghost (Urban Lounge); Accidente, Eagle Twin (Broken Record); Luke Shaw (Rumours); The Creep Show, Die Monster Die (Burt’s Tiki Lounge)

{::INSERTAD::}Saturday 8.25
Park City Jazz Festival (Deer Valley Resort, Park City); Let’s Become Actors (Solid Ground Cafe); Blues 66 (Pat’s BBQ); Marty Kasteler Benefit: QstandforQ, Amber Alert, Subrosa (Addicted Cafe); Qi Peng Book Signing: All Systems Fail (Red Light Books); Spooky Deville, Composition B (Bar Deluxe); Fetish Ball (Area 51); Salt City Derby Girls Anniversary Party (Wood Shed)

Sunday 8.26
Park City Jazz Festival: Medeski, Martin, Scofield & Wood (Deer Valley Resort, Park City—see Music); Son Volt, Alejandro Escovedo (Red Butte Garden); I Hear Sirens, Paxtin (Monk’s)

Monday 8.27

2MEX
While DIY is often associated with indie rockers and punk artists, hip-hop emcee 2Mex is textbook self-efficient, booking his own 50-city tour to promote solo work, new material with Los Angeles underground collective Visionaries and Look Daggers, a funky, feel-the-vibrations collaboration with keyboardist Ikey Owens (Mars Volta) whose debut album Suffer in Style is scheduled to hit streets this fall. The record features the sexy jam of 2007, “I’ll Call You Later,” showcasing 2Mex’s flawless flow (can’t stop, won’t stop), Heavy D flirtation and witty delivery. If that weren’t enough, he recently cut a single with Minneapolis genre-busting tongue-twister P.O.S. (coming to In the Venue Sept. 1). Who knows what tonight will bring? The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 10 p.m. Tickets: 24Tix.com

Also Monday: Lorene Drive (Avalon Theater); Jason Vigil, Coulter (Burt’s Tiki Lounge)

Tuesday 8.28
Subhumans, Witch Hunt (In the Venue); Josh Groban, Angelique Kidjo (ES Arena); Avett Brothers (Urban Lounge)

Wednesday 8.29
Kittie, It Dies Today (Avalon Theater); Dark Meat (Kilby Court); Josh Gracin (Sandy City Amphitheatre); Murder Junkies, G.G. Allin Documentary Screening (Bar Deluxe); Magnolia Electric Co. (Urban Lounge—see Music)

Coming Up
Joss Stone (Deer Valley, Aug. 30); Skeletonwitch, Iota (Broken Record, Aug. 30); Voodoo Organist, Chris Black, Ether (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Aug. 30); Sleepytime Gorilla Museum (Urban Lounge, Aug. 31); Fixed-Gears Festival: P.O.S., Ben Kweller (In the Venue); Mindstate CD Release (Urban Lounge, Sept. 1); Doin It at the Park (Liberty Park, Sept. 2); That 1 Guy (Urban Lounge, Sept. 2); Dirty Projectors, Yacht (Kilby Court, Sept. 5); Snoop Dogg (The Depot, Sept. 6); Def Leppard (Usana Amphitheater, Sept. 7); Jamboree Music Festival (Electric Park, Lehi, Sept, 8); Dokken (Suede, Sept. 8); Muse (McKay Events Center, Sept. 12); Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (In the Venue, Sept. 13); Shooter Jennings (The Depot, Sept. 14); The White Stripes (E Center, Sept. 29)
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