Music Picks Feb. 14-20 | Live: SLAMMys Party, Cavedoll, DJ Dealer, Stockholm Syndrome, De/Vision, Dub Trio 

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Thursday 2.14
Limbeck, John Ralston (Kilby Court); The New Frontiers, Atherton (Solid Ground Café); Sex Dragon (Hog Wallow); Tony Furtado, Mother Truckers (Urban Lounge); Anti-V-Day Party (Bar Deluxe)

Friday 2.15
Finally! After five fun, exhausting weeks of showcases featuring some of Utah’s best and brightest musical performers, we bring you the winners from each category along with an entire issue devoted to local bands. Tonight’s event will feature four victorious groups chosen by you, the readers, including DJ Jesse Walker, The Brobecks, Dead Horse Point and Deadbeats, demonstrating the skills that helped them rise to the top—the crème de la crème. Go here for more SLAMMys action, complete with full admission of our oversights and imperfections! The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, 9 p.m. Tickets:

Also Friday: Colbie Callait (In the Venue); U.S. Bombs (Club Sound); King Spade, Hed PE (Avalon Theater); John Louviere, Southern Fried Moses (Kilby Court); Rick Welter (Pat’s BBQ); Open Ground (Canyon Inn); Smooth Money Gesture (Hog Wallow); Soul Shakers (Under the Bridge Lounge); Bendouin Soundclash (Urban Lounge); Maceo Parker (Paladium—see Music)

Saturday 2.16
If at first you don’t succeed, try hiring a bassist and drummer. If that doesn’t work, go solo with the occasional help from your wife on vocals. And if that doesn’t work, rehire the bassist, recruit your wife for full-time work, add keys/synths, a new drummer … make sure they are strikingly attractive. Hey, it worked for Salt Lake City’s Cavedoll. After years of hits and misses, local recording engineer/musician Camden Chamberlain has finally, hopefully, achieved a damned near perfect sound. Dramatic as ever, the latest incarnation of his pet project Cavedoll now features an insanely catchy side, full of bouncy electro-pop and soaring harmonies that perfectly complement Chamberlain’s subterranean baritone. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Info: (with Loom)

No matter how you approach Valentine’s Day, tonight’s the perfect opportunity to second that emotion. Denver’s DJ Dealer will be in town, putting his spin on original productions and remixes popularized by both underground and mainstream artists including Usher, Mary J. Blige, The Basement Boys and Soul Providers. Whatever he brings will make you dance. I can’t stop boogying in my chair right now. People are starting to stare. Let them. And celebrate your fabulous single self, find another available hottie or seduce your loved one on the dance floor to Dealer’s endless groove. As one delicious track repeats: “I like electro/ I like retro/ I like ghetto/ house and techno.” I want it all. W Lounge, 358 S. West Temple, 9 p.m. Info: 359-0637

Also Saturday: Chiamara, All That Remains (Avalon Theater—see Music, p. 56); Blackhearts Ball (The Ritz); Fews & Two, Illegal Beagle (Red Light Books); Puddle Mountain Ramblers (Woodshed); Massacre at the Wake, Shred Bettie (Club Vegas); Royal Bliss, Broke City (In the Venue); Wisebird (Hog Wallow); Open Ground (Canyon Inn); Shackleton, Charlie Don’t Surf (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Booty Quake (Teazers, Ogden)

Sunday 2.17
The Redwalls (Kilby Court); Ether Orchestra, Coyote Hoods (Urban Lounge); Wisebird (Woodshed)

Monday 2.18
Dead Confederate’s self-titled EP landed in the office three weeks ago and stayed in my stereo on repeat until I just nearly tired of “The Rat.” Like The Walkmen’s single of the same name, Dead Confederate’s snaggle-toothed track is immediately appealing, pummeling the listener in the best possible way with pulsating drums and an agonized vocalist repeating a fatalistic refrain—in this case, “Bag and bone. Bang. Bang.” Apparently, “The Rat” signifies a departure in sound for the Athens, Ga., band, from more of a jam-based style to a cosmic wall of southern grunge. See if DC can’t recapture the magic onstage, plus or minus a few other tricks up their sleeves, when they open for the groovacious Stockholm Syndrome, tonight. Harry O’s, 427 Main, Park City, 10 p.m. Tickets:

Tuesday 2.19
“What You Deserve” is De/Vision’s take on the classic, hyperbolic-suitor ballad, though the German electro-pop duo makes a much more convincing—and less nauseating—argument than, say, Bryan Adams or The Proclaimers: “For you I wear my Sunday’s best on Tuesday/ For you I cannot set my sights too high,” they pledge with stoic conviction, maintaining an odd sense of superiority while basically groveling for love. De/Vision are calm and collected throughout Noob, applying an icy exterior to each of the album’s brooding lullabies and rave-ups. Stefen Keth’s sultry vocals wrap with Dave Gahan elegance around slick synth compositions, pulsating and occasionally stretching out like a good Vangelis score. Marvel at the alluring paradox of soaring and detached emotion, tonight. Club Vegas, 445 S. 400 West, 8 p.m. Tickets: (with Riverhead and Necessary Response)

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For some, the definition of fun does not include pummeling double-kick drums, relentless guitars and little-to-no vocals. For others, heavier-than-thou Dub Trio let the good times roll with deliciously cruel and unusual material, doling out not just fun but “Funishment.” The closing track off the Brooklyn crew’s latest release Another Sound Is Dying, falls in lock step with the preceding numbers which are more rock, less echo-laden branches from the tree of reggae. “Mortar Dub” is the closest the trio comes to actual dub, though they maintain a throbbing, pulsating vibe throughout the album. Mostly, they just dive deep into the belly of sound, mutating and twisting it, applying at times a wholly sinister edge. We expect nothing less from Ipecac Recordings. The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 10 p.m. Tickets:

Also Tuesday: Queensryche, Dokken (The Depot); Mean Molly’s Trio (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Creature Feature, The A.K.As (Kamikazes, Ogden); Foxy Shazam (Club NVO, Logan)

Wednesday 2.20
Vinyl Williams EP Release, Loom (Kilby Court); Drive-By Truckers, Motherless Cowboys (Paladium); Tim Wray (Hog Wallow); Royal Abbey (Burt’s Tiki Lounge)

Coming Up
Alpha Blondy (Paladium, Feb. 22); HorrorPops (Avalon Theater, Feb. 21); Swollen Members, Hieroglyphics, Blue Scholars (U of U, Feb. 21); Marcus Bently & The Beat Surrender (Hog Wallow, Feb. 21); Ghastly Hatchling, Night Terror (Red Light Books, Feb. 22); Tyrese (The Depot, Feb. 22); Har Mar Superstar, Sia (Avalon Theater, Feb. 23); MEN feat. Le Tigre members (Urban Lounge, Feb. 23); Diesto CD Release (Broken Record, Feb. 23); 311 (The Depot, Feb. 25); Built to Spill, Meat Puppets (The Depot, Feb. 27); Pseudo Recordings Winter Showcase (Urban Lounge, Feb. 29)

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