Music Picks Jan 8-14 | Live: Matthew Reveles, Fred Eaglesmith, Marc Broussard, The Woes, Pseudo Slang & Wovenhand 

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Thursday 1.8
nMATTHEW REVELES
nArizona multi-instrumentalist Matthew Reveles was raised on a steady diet of Gram Parsons, but while his music builds on the late-great country legend’s legacy with sun-kissed ‘60s and ‘70s-era country rock melodies hanging all over We’ll Meet Halfway, Reveles’ independently-released debut is no Whiskeytown retread. The up-and-coming artist folds in plenty of blues, folk and indie-rock elements into his sound, with some tracks reminiscent of Elliot Smith’s hushed vocal delivery. The overall effect is neither retro nor groundbreaking but simply timeless. Basically, it’s pretty and pairs well with whiskey. What more could you ask for on a Thursday night? Reveles will perform along with local favorite Brinton Jones. The Woodshed, 60 W. 800 South, 9 p.m. Info: MySpace.com/TheWoodshedSLC

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FRED EAGLESMITH
nFred Eaglesmith has a reputation that precedes him, one big enough that in theory should lead him to play sold-out gigs at high-profile venues—but that’s not his style. The prolific Americana artist prefers to perform in coffee shops, tiny dives and supper clubs where he can better provide his devout followers with not just a show but a memorable experience. Like Neil Young, Eaglesmith is a Canadian who speaks to the heart of America with salt-of-the-earth anthems that while universally appealing certainly strike a chord in anyone who’s ever punched a clock. A consummate songwriter, his material has been recorded by everyone from the Cowboy Junkies to Robby Fulks and Toby Keith (who apparently isn’t as “red” as his original songs might lead you to believe, at least, that’s what he told Esquire). Now you have the chance to get in on the experience in a truly alternative venue. Eaglesmith will showcase songs off his new album, Tinderbox. Pierpont Place, 163 W. Pierpont Ave. (240 South), 7 p.m. Info: PierpontPlace.com

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Also Thursday: Paul Jacobsen & The Madison Arm (Kilby Court); Jeremiah Maxey (Pat’s BBQ); Samba Gringa, Puddle Mountain Ramblers, Periodic Table of Funk (Urban Lounge); Mesa Drive (Harry O’s, Park City); Jeff Lawrence Group (Sidecar, Park City)

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Friday 1.9
nBlues 66 (Pat’s BBQ); Uzi & Ari, Johan the Angel & Continentals (Kilby Court); Radiata CD Release (Club Vegas); SLUG Localized: Baby Bumpkin, Electric Pubes (Urban Lounge); Smooth Money Gesture (Sidecar, Park City)

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Saturday 1.10
nMury, Broke City (Avalon); Q’ed Up (SLCC Grand Theatre); Blue Sunshine Soul, The Black Hens, The Come Down (Woodshed); No Quarter (Urban Lounge); Blackhole, Old Timer, Top Dead Celebrity (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Slippery Kittens Burlesque (Bar Deluxe)

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Monday 1.12
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MARC BROUSSARD
nOn certain songs—particularly “Home” off his 2004 release Carenco—baby-faced Marc Broussard has the voice of an 70-year-old Delta bluesman with guitar chops to match. The Louisiana native basically came into this world singing and released his first proper album before he could legally drink. Now 26, Broussard sounds every bit the seasoned veteran playing blues-fueled soul that hardly deserves a “white-boy” disclaimer. His latest album, Keep Coming Back, attempts to capture the live intensity of a typical Marc Broussard show, with an all-star cast of players performing live and capturing sessions on analog. Digital is just too new for this old soul crew. Now you know you’re getting the real deal, tonight. The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, 9 p.m. Tickets: DepotSLC.com

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THE WOES, PSEUDO SLANG
nSlamdance Film Festival is more than just “the alternative to Sundance.” Sure, there are less Ugg boots and Hollywood stars, but the annual event is a boon to independent cinema offering a big leg up for largely unknown talent. This year, Slamdance continues its ascension out of the shadows with a new year-round showcase of up-and-coming musicians because why stop at movie-making when you can support the sonic arts? The Slamdance Underground Music vs. Film Tour kicked off in Brooklyn on Dec. 31 and makes its way to Utah tonight with Delta blues/country/folk band The Woes and hip-hop artists Pseudo Slang. The featured groups will also appear in Park City Jan. 15-17. Visit Slamdance.com for details. W Lounge, 358 S. West Temple, 9 p.m. Tickets: 24Tix.com

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Also Monday: Patter Stats (Slowtrain); I Am Ghost, Bird Eater (Kilby Court)

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Tuesday 1.13
nWOVENHAND

nAs Wovenhand, self-described black sheep/16 Horsepower frontman David Eugene Edwards produces a dark, undulating and tribal blend of folk, gospel and punk songs that despite their stern, somewhat grim undertones are quite uplifting. A member of the Colorado-based Living God Ministries, Edwards writes songs inextricably tied to his evangelical Christian faith. And while many people connote the word evangelical with zealotry and close-mindedness—or, at least, not rock music—Woven Hand is very much intended for all audiences, even the secular among us. Equipped with a rotating cast of solid musicians drawing on bass, drums, guitar, banjo and concertina, as well as his own gorgeous, haunting voice, Edwards summons the greatest of all human emotions with as much passion as one might expect from a charismatic preacher. He recently contributed a track to the CD accompanying Awake. My Soul: The Story of Sacred Harp, a documentary on the intriguing tradition of a cappella singing based largely in the deep South. The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 10 p.m. Tickets: 24Tix.com (with The Furs)

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Also Tuesday: Royal Bliss CD Release (In the Venue—Read Article); Slim Chance & His Psychobilly Playboys (Monk’s)

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Wednesday 1.14
nEek-a-Mouse (Urban Lounge); Castor & Pollution (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Pepper (Harry O’s, Park City)

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Coming Up
nBassbin Twins (Pearl Ultra Lounge, Jan. 16); Guru of Gang Starr (Urban Lounge, Jan 17); Carrie Rodriquez (Rose Wagner Center, Jan. 18); Souls of Mischief (Urban Lounge, Jan. 18); Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band (Salt Lake City Sheraton, Jan. 19); Hed Pe (Avalon, Jan. 20); Disturbed (Great Saltair, Jan. 21); Lenka (Kilby Court, Jan. 22); Meat Puppets (Urban Lounge, Jan. 22); Rock for Wishes (In the Venue, Jan. 24)

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