Music Picks Nov. 15-21 | Live: Murderball Bash, English Beat, Join the Mob, Nite Lite, Tierney Sutton, MC Frontalot 

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Thursday 11.15
Those unfamiliar with Murderball might assume the name refers to some sort of morbid gathering perhaps celebrating the exploits of Charles Manson or Ted Bundy. In this case, however, Murderball refers to the Sundance documentary exploring the world of paraplegics who play full-contact rugby. The movie inspired many local wheelchair-bound athletes to join Utah Scorpions, a team that’s every bit as fierce as—if not more so than—those whose players compete on two legs. Of course, talent and heart are not enough to keep the Scorpions afloat. Tonight’s fund-raising concert, featuring Labcoat, Dub Life Sound System, The Madalas and Folia Khan, will help offset cost of equipment and other expenses necessary to stay on top. Visit to get in on the action. Club Vegas, 445 S. 400 West, 8 p.m. Info: 364-83447

The English Beat haven’t been reduced to playing Reno’s second-tier casinos and strip clubs, but the ’80s ska masters will take requests from the audience—a service most big names would never consider. Better still, for each shout out, Dave Wakeling & Co. expect fans to toss up cash money. Now, now. Put away the ones. Each donation goes directly to Smile Train, a nonprofit organization focused on raising funds for children who need surgery on cleft lips and palates. As of Oct. 6, The Beat raised more than $16,000 (or 70 operations). Whether you want to hear something obscure or just a little “Mirror in the Bathroom,” know that tonight’s rendition supports a great cause. The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, 7 p.m. Tickets:

Also Thursday: Bronwen Beecher (Alchemy Coffee); Jeremiah Maxey (Pat’s BBQ); Adrian & The Sickness (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Purr Bats, Pink Lightnin’ (Urban Lounge); 18 Wheels of Justice (Bar Deluxe)

Friday 11.16
Mob Zombie could take Rob Zombie—in an emcee battle. The Las Vegas hip-hop Zombie crew has a killer flow that trumps anything metal/horror auteur Zombie could rhyme on a dime. Of course, Mob Zombie claim horror films as a powerful muse, so they’d probably rather make nice with the intense bearded one. See where they stand tonight when they hit town with Kazi (known for his work with Madlib), Cancerous One, DJ Theory and local artists Mindstate (go Call the Cops already!), The Knoitalls and Linus protege DJ Chassis, a resident DJ at Bogey’s and Rumors, and one of Utah’s few female artists putting it to the ones and twos. As Mob Zombie says, “If you can’t eat ‘em, join ‘em.” Brewskis, 244 25th Street, Ogden, 9 p.m. Info: 801-394-1713

Also Friday: Fog, Old Time Relijun (Urban Lounge—see Essentials); Celebration (Kilby Court—see Music); Of Montreal (In the Venue); Cub Country, Svengali (Vintage Arts Woodshop, Sugar House); Circa Survive (Avalon Theater); Daswood Benefit: Fews & Twos, Thunderfist (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Drop Dead Julio (Liquid Joe’s); Smile Brigade (Five Monkeys); Scotty Boy (The Hotel); Red Top Wolverine Show, The Rubes (Broken Record); Ol’ Blue, Heathen Ass Worship, Mother City Music (Wood Shed); Legendary Porch Pounders (Pat’s BBQ); Tommy Lee & DJ Aero (Bliss); Bad Boy Bill (Harry O’s, Park City); Evanescence (McKay Events Center, Orem); Wasatch Jazz Project (Zanzibar); Cowboys & Indies (Velour, Provo)

Saturday 11.17
Hard to believe, but apparently local DJ Jesse Walker (formerly of Just Wanna Dance with Nick James) had enough time on his hands to launch Nite Lite, a straightforward return to contemporary house music with an emphasis on futuristic sounds. Like JWD, Nite Lite encourages positive energy, and if that seems cheesy to you, consider how nice it might be to shake it without any pressure to be cool/hip/hot. Walker’s guest this month is Matthew Bandy, a Kentucky native turned Colorado resident widely celebrated for his smooth deephouse grooves. Bandy is currently touring in support of his latest contribution to Swank’s lifestyle series, a chill mix produced with both house fanatics and casual listeners in mind. Get down to-nite. W Lounge, 358 S. Temple, 10 p.m. Info: 359-0637

Also Saturday: Bumpkin, Pornstar Ball (In the Venue); No Blood to Spare (Alchemy Coffee); The Spitalfield Farewell Tour (Avalon Theater); Cowboys & Indies (Velour, Provo) Pink Lightnin,’ The Wolfs (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Witchcraft, Radio Moscow (Urban Lounge); Blackhawk (Outlaw Saloon, Ogden)

Monday 11.19

Time and again, concert promoters bill Tierney Sutton as a solo act, overlooking (perhaps unwittingly) her nearly ever-present collaborators. It’s understandable—with her flawless skin and endless goldilocks, Sutton sure takes a nice headshot. But the acclaimed jazz vocalist has been recording and performing with Ray Brinker, Christian Jacob, Trey Henry and Kevin Axt for going on 14 years, so it seems more appropriate to announce their appearance as the Tierney Sutton Band. Maybe we’re mincing words. Decide for yourself when the group effort unfolds in all its subtle beauty tonight. Sheraton City Center, 150 W. 500 South, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: 278-0411

Also Monday: Greeley Estates, Schoolyard Heroes (Avalon Theater); Bad Apples, The Precinct (Burt’s Tiki Lounge)

Tuesday 11.20
The label “nerdcore” is nearing its expiration date. Like “freak folk” the once-apt description is becoming an overused blanket term for unconventional artists whose material is much more than a passing fad. To wit, MC Frontalot’s clear, witty rhymes go toe-to-toe with those of traditional emcees, only instead of bitches and SUVs, this Brooklyn rapper drops lines about goth girls and TIFFs. And when he hits it, he hits “L shift-O to the quote and then dollar.” Holla! Burt’s Tiki Lounge, 726 S. State, 10 p.m. Tickets:

Wednesday 11.21
Straylight Run (Avalon Theater); Royal Bliss (Port O’ Call); Skatanic Rednecks (Bar Deluxe); Strive Roots (Urban Lounge); House of Cards (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Juliette & The Licks (Suede, Park City); Booty Quake (Teazers, Ogden)

Coming Up
King Khan & BBQ Show (Urban Lounge, Nov. 23); Natural Roots (Harry O’s, Nov. 23); Tool, Trans Am (E Center, Nov. 24); As I Lay Dying (Great Saltair, Nov. 24); Bronco CD Release (Urban Lounge, Nov. 24); Die Mannequin (Kilby Court, Nov. 28); Tori Amos (E Center, Nov. 29); Shonen Knife (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Dec, 5); Flogging Molly (In the Venue, Dec. 7)

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