nGrizzly Prospector, Birthquake, Navigator (Kilby Court); Timmy “Champagne” White Benefit w/ The Street, Aerial (Club Vegas); Reggae Lounge (Monk’s)
n X96 NIGHTMARE BEFORE XMAS
nRemember Hoobastank? X96 sure does, and the local alt-radio station is hosting a trip down memory lane for its listeners with the Nightmare Before Xmas, an annual holiday extravaganza whose mission this year aims to not only revive forgotten rockers but also to benefit Baylee Parks, the young daughter of The Kollective’s Jimmy “The Tooth” Parks, who recently contracted a rare form of cancer. Anberlin (left) and local bands The Brobecks and The Market will round out the festive lineup for a good cause. Great Saltair, 12408 S. Decker Lake Dr., 5:30 p.m. All-ages. Info: X96.com
• Also Friday: Finn Riggins, Patter Stats (Kilby Court); Salsa Night (Mestizo Coffeehouse); SLUG Localized (Urban Lounge); Bronco, High Beams (Monk’s); Loom (The Woodshed); Z-Rock Food Bank Fund-raiser (Club Vegas); Hard Rockin’ Johnsons (Huka Bar); Ski Park City Kick-Off Party (Harry O’s, Park City); William Lovell Trio (Wine Cellar, Ogden)
nSPY HOP RECORDS SHOWCASE
nAh, to be young again, all hip and cool with the world laid out like a delicious snack—especially with Spy Hop dishing out extra helpings. The local nonprofit continues to amaze with its selection of ambitious programs designed to empower youth through multimedia. Organizers recently amped things up by launching Spy Hop Records, a teen-run label that aims to give the power back to the artist. Tonight, SHR will host a showcase to kick-off the recruiting process. The first round features Liz Emery, Brutality, Skylar Chubak and Sam Burton. On Dec. 20, round two continues with performances by Last Fall, Ian “Malevolent MC,” 5 Before Noon and Burnell Washburn “Stu.” Once the acts have been voted on, SHR employees will sign two lucky artists to the label. Catch the rising stars from the get-go. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 1-5 p.m. All-ages. Info: SpyHop.org
CRATE LUNG CO-OP PARTY
nWhat is Crate Lung? You might be more familiar with its parts than the sum total, a co-op of ambitious proportions. Members include Salt Lake City artists Cein Watson and Biroe, musician John LaMonica and his various pseudonyms, Cristie Gunn and Iris Moulton. They’ve been busy writing, painting, recording and most importantly collaborating together for the past year or so, but until now haven’t officially come out as a full-fledged group. Beginning Dec. 15, five Crate Lung representatives will hit the road, taking their wares—toys, drawings, writing, mixtapes, graffiti, clothing, etc.—to cities from Santa Fe to Los Angeles, Denton to San Diego. The co-op will also share with the outside world contributions by fellow local artists. Send off the future traveling artists in style tonight with a soiree featuring music by DJ duo Tek Tek (LaMonica and Casey Blandford). Bring your dancing shoes. DaDa Factory, 930 S. Rio Grande St. (455 West), 10 p.m.
• Also Saturday: Save Our Children Benefit (Vortex); Huge Mistletoe Party (In the Venue); Ether, Red Bennies (Urban Lounge); Fisch Loops CD Release (Jackalope)n
nColour Music, Dressy Bessy (Kilby Court); Indigenous (Bar Deluxe); Legendary Porch Pounders (Wine Cellar, Ogden)
nSLOWTRAIN LOCALS NIGHT
nWhen the Silver Jews went on tour for the first time in 2005 after nearly two decades spent laying low, David Berman & Co. discovered they’d built a cult following without so much as stepping foot in another city. These days, however, the opposite holds true for many bands capable of attracting an audience without producing any albums. They tour, network online and in person. It works. But at what cost? Slowtrain hopes to encourage bands to press their music in record form and give back to the local scene. “We want to reward bands that make the extra step to create a physical product by giving them a chance to play in our store and make money from selling their music,” says store co-owner Anna Brozek. Which brings us to Locals Night, a weekly series that kicks off with a performance by Salt Lake City’s Tolchock Trio, still reeling in the year of Albalone Skeletone. The Platte, formerly Chanticleer, aka Andrew Shaw of City Library PSA fame, plays the following Monday, Dec. 22 as part of a very special holiday celebration. There will be snacks. Log on to SlowtrainMusic.com for a complete show schedule. Slowtrain, 221 E. Broadway, 7 p.m. All-ages. Free.
nIf the Stepford Wives worked at Limited Too, they might look and sound a bit like the Clique Girlz. Currently making waves opening for the Cheetah Girls (Kardashian reference anyone?), 12-year-old Paris and her 13-year-old clones/BFFs Destinee and Ariel want the world to know that they are serious musicians, damn it! And, like the Jonas Brothers, they are totally clean. “We’ve come so far, why jump off a cliff now?” Why, indeed. E Center, 3200 S. Decker Lake Dr., 6 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 801-988-8800 (with Cheetah Girls)
• Also Monday: Bonnie Harris (Utah Cultural Celebration Center)n
nListening to Pontiak’s new LP, Sun on Sun, is like taking a muscle relaxant before running rapids in a frothing river. The Virginia threesome joins the ranks of heavy rock bands Dead Meadow and Black Mountain, among others, delivering epic, crushing jams with a smooth, mellow finish. It’s a pleasure to zone out to the recent album recorded in a log cabin where each member could stare up at the starry sky and consider the cosmos, mortality, et al. Nice, but who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men left to their own devices, writing a song called “Shell Skull”: “How far are we gonna go?/ Standing outside in the cold?” Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. All-ages.
• Also Tuesday: Rosalie Sorrels (Ken Sanders Rare Books); The Dirty Heads (Urban Lounge)n
nSubrosa, Musclehawk, Old Timer (Burt’s Tiki Lounge—Read Article); Shaky Trade, Kiss Me Kill Me (Liquid Joe’s); Don Carlos (Star Bar, Park City); Bar J. Wranglers (McKay Events Center, Orem)
nJerry Joseph & His Electric Band (Bar Deluxe, Dec. 18-19); Neil Diamond (ES Arena, Dec. 19); Illuminati (In the Venue, Dec. 19); Swollen Members (Harry O’s, Dec. 19; In the Venue, Dec. 20); Theta Naught, Calico (Nobrow Coffee, Dec. 20); The Future of the Ghost CD Release (Kilby Court, Dec. 26); Funk Fu, Funk & Gonzo (Liquid Joe’s, Dec. 26); Royal Crown Revue (The Depot, Dec. 31)