Music Picks March 20-26 | Live: Jonathan Richman, Friday Night Fallout, Beach House, Papercuts, Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Felice Brothers 

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Thursday 3.20
People don’t quite know what to make of Jonathan Richman. The seasoned musician is a chameleon performer, trading punk for acoustic and kid-friendly melodies for saucy Latin numbers. Richman can’t be easily classified, and that’s frustrating for folks who prefer to check off art in nice little boxes. Some listeners simply dismiss the consummate singer-songwriter for penning straightforward, endearing and seemingly simplistic songs. Richman wears his heart on his sleeve and often keeps his tongue firmly planted in his cheek but, most of the time, he’ll sing about an ice cream man, for example, without worrying whether the audience will find him square for doing so. If you enjoy a good yarn and a man who can bring that tale to life, you’ll appreciate Richman. He’s seen a thing or two, and he knows how to relay three decades in one night. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets:

As host of KRCL 90.9’s Friday Night Fallout, DJ Roots Rawka offers listeners a valuable overview of today’s strongest hip-hop artists, from Nas and Common to homegrown heroes Bad Apples and The Numbs. Tonight, Rawka will throw down official copies of his new compilation The Greatest Flow on Earth, a strictly-local talent showcase mixed by Chancellor Che and featuring EneeOne, Mindstate, Lump Sum, The Mugshots, Julio Child, Demise1, George and other Salt Lake City all-stars rhyming, mixing and boasting. 18 tracks of diverse voices, samples and styles cut together with seamless production value. Pick up a copy, keep it close and follow-up on featured artists’ individual releases. Circle Lounge, 332 S. State, 9 p.m. Info: 531-5400

Also Thursday: The Helio Sequence (Velour, Provo—see Music); Black Horse (Bar Deluxe); Slim Chance (The Paladium); Victor Barnes (Spur Bar, Park City); Elizabethan Report (Star Bar, Park City)

Friday 3.21
Baltimore’s Beach House represents a slightly different side of the gritty harbor town depicted in HBO’s The Wire. Instead of ruthless drug lords, corrupt politician and crumbling schools, the ethereal duo conjures a world of witches, bottomless wells and magical spells—the stuff of haunting, romantic, escapist dreams. On a typical track (see releases circa 2006 and 2008), Victoria Legrand’s blue-velvet vocals glide in slow motion across shuddering keys and strings, expressing more in a single drawn-out note than in her poetic phrasing—by the time she’s made her point, you’ve blissfully zoned out, transported to another dimension. Sound deep? Wait till you get a load of San Francisco’s Papercuts, an equally romantic, if more upbeat, group whose material swerves into psychedelic garage-rock territory (“John Brown”) before circling back for a pop break. It’s going to be a gorgeous, memorable night. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets:

Who says the Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control isn’t hip? Get this: when officials from New Orleans-based Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz planned to take its Peer-to-Peer jazz education program through Utah, they contacted the head of DABC to see if they couldn’t finagle a closing-night gig at Ogden’s Wine Cellar (which is, of course, a private club for members 21 and over). Now, mind you, this was the first time the Institute had run into any kind of road block. Formed in response to recent nationwide cuts in public-school budgets (which nix extracurricular activities, including P.E. and music classes), the nonprofit organization launched hands-on, college-level training to kids across the country. This week, six particularly gifted jazz students from Chicago’s Gallery 37 Center for the Arts will join saxophonist Antonio Hart and vocalist Lisa Henry for a weeklong workshop culminating in a performance tonight for the general public. Thanks to the DABC’s rare display of generosity, this concert will take place at the Wine Cellar, with the underage musicians playing upstairs in a temporarily alcohol-free zone. Apparently, the DABC head is a huge jazz fan. Take advantage of this rare break in form and marvel at the mad skills of artists following in Monk’s footsteps. The Wine Cellar, 2550 Washington Blvd., Ogden, 8 & 9:30 p.m. Info: 801-399-3600

Also Friday: Sanctum (Red Light Books); The Aggrolites (In the Venue); Royal Bliss (Liquid Joes); The Mother Hips (Urban Lounge); I Am the Ocean (Broken Record); Neon Trees (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); The Hands (Muse Music, Provo); National Product (Club NVO, Logan)

Saturday 3.22
Jose Gonzalez, Mia Doi Todd (University of Utah—see Music); Tokyo Police Club (Kilby Court); Josh Rosenthal CD Release (Rose Wagner Center); Jared Johnson & The Jackpines (Pat’s BBQ); Diego’s Umbrella (Bar Deluxe); The Mother Hips, Band of Annuals (Urban Lounge); Thee Emergency, The Wolfs, Cavedoll (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Jerry Joseph Electric Band (The Paladium)

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Monday 3.24
You don’t need to get wasted to appreciate a good barroom sing-a-long. Listening to the Felice Brothers’ self-titled debut brings to life the feeling of grabbing a stranger by his shoulders and softly swaying to and fro as the room grows blurry. Raised in New York’s Catskills, the quartet—three blood brothers plus one in arms—inspire the spirit of universal camaraderie through songs that take swarthy horns, meaty piano and Dylan-esque vocals for an outlaw folk/New Orleans jazz band hybrid. Pick up their self-titled debut and learn the lyrics so you can bellow off-key choruses at tonight’s show. Slowtrain, 221 E. Broadway, 7 p.m.; Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 9 p.m. All-ages. Tickets:

Also Monday: Explosions in the Sky (In the Venue); Aloha, The Hotness (Urban Lounge)

Tuesday 3.25
The Loved Ones (Kilby Court); Dengue Fever (Urban Lounge); Marcus Bently (Spur Bar, Park City)

Wednesday 3.26
Headlights, Evangelicals, David Williams (Kilby Court); Jet Lag Gemini (Outer Rim); Armor for Sleep (Music School); What Made Milwaukee Famous (In the Venue); Pack of Wolves (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Pep Love of Hieroglyphics, Facts, Abicus (Star Bar, Park City)

Coming Up
Sister Carol (Star Bar, March 27); The Wailers (Paladium, March 27); Kate Voegele (In the Venue, March 27); These United States (Slowtrain, March 28); Bad Apples (Bar Deluxe, March 28); Purr Bats CD Release/ PPAU Benefit (Urban Lounge, March 28)); Faun Fables (Urban Lounge, March 29); DJ Nick Cannon (Harry O’s, March 29); Otep, Creature Feature (Outer Rim, March 30); Vampire Weekend, Yacht (In the Venue, March 31); Bob Schneider (Paladium, April 1); Cryptacize (Kilby Court, April 3); Daniel Johnston (In the Venue, April 3)

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