Music Picks Nov. 22-28 | Live: Tool & Trans Am, Blue Sunshine Soul, God’s Revolver, Die Mannequin 

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Friday 11.23
BLUE SUNSHINE SOUL
Say hello to Blue Sunshine Soul, joining The Furs and maybe two other Salt Lake City groups tripping on the sort of neo-psych-rock melodies that share much—but certainly not everything—in common with Brian Jonestown Massacre, Dead Meadow and other groovy groups with shaggy hair, free spirits and tambourines. Blue Sunshine features members of Calico, Band of Annuals and Cub Country, all of whose influence is heard in the folk underpinnings of each as-yet-unreleased song. Go to the show. Hassle them into finishing that dang LP already. Brewskis, 244 25th St., Ogden, 10 p.m. Info: 394-1713 (with The Furs)

Also Friday: James Miska: The Band (Red Light Books); Blackhole, Andale (Monk’s); Dirty Money (Bar Deluxe); Devilock—Misfits Tribute (Burt’s Tiki Lounge) King Khan & BBQ Show (Read Article)

Saturday 11.24
AS I LAY DYING
As I Lay Dying are brutal, but their well-structured songs are downright melodic. ”Nothing Left,” off the new An Ocean Between Us, speeds along quite nicely on rapid guitar riffs, rising and falling at the chorus with just enough pause to get in a slow head bang. It’s enough to support the climax in a hardcore ballet. Too bad many people will never appreciate it on that level, unable to get past AILD’s gruff “Cookie Monster” vocals. Give it a chance, and you might find yourself listening to Between Us, or maybe 2003’s Frail Words Collapse while lounging on the porch, sipping lemonade and reading Faulkner. Step outside your comfort zone and you might just discover another. Great Saltair, 12408 W. Salt Air Drive, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: SmithsTix.com

TOOL, TRANS AM
Sex Change isn’t one of the options included in Trans Am’s “Obscene Strategies,” but it might make its way in there some day. Could happen. The veteran musicians developed the offbeat recording technique (based on Brian Eno’s “Oblique Strategies”) in an attempt to shake things up—tongue-in-cheek style. The result is an album that maintains Trans Am’s complex time signatures, monster guitars and slightly prog-rock jams while incorporating the sort of electronic effects that could drive a re-edited Knight Rider montage. It’s cool, intricate, experimental instrumental material along the lines of Battles. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. It’s time to get turned on. Oh, and some band named Tool is playing, too. You may have heard of them. E Center, 3200 S. Decker Lake Dr., 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: SmithsTix.com

Also Saturday: Dreamland 2 w/ DJ Dean & Global Deejays (In the Venue); Seve vs. Evan, Drew Danburry (Kilby Court); Pagan Dead, Iconoclast Contra (Red Light Books); Forgotten Charity (Velour, Provo); Tiger Smith (Bar Deluxe); Daswood Benefit w/ Skint, Dubbed (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Psychostick (Club Vegas); Bronco CD Release (Urban Lounge—see The Essentials)

Monday 11.26
Fantastic Lover, Joel Taylor (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Kurt Bestor (McKay Events Center, Orem)

Tuesday 11.27
GOD’S REVOLVER, XUR
Say you stumble into a biker bar somewhere near Macon, Ga., and the air is so thick with smoke you can barely make out the figures performing onstage. You order a pitcher of whatever’s on tap and try to determine who the hell is absolutely destroying the room with monster jams. Judging by the powerful screams, the group could easily be fronted by either Dr. Teeth (with The Electric Mayhem—look it up) or Bobcat Goldthwait on mescaline. Turns out it’s God’s Revolver, an honest-to-goodness Southern-blues-metal band out of ... Provo? Well, Happy Valley can be a font for rage on the verge. Good news for Utahns who needn’t travel far to get their asses kicked. God’s Revolver plays tonight with fellow locals Xur, a heavier-than-thou stoner-metal band. They have a trumpet, and they know how to use it. Monk’s, 19 E. 200 South, 10 p.m. Info: 350-0950

Also Tuesday: Trans-Siberian Orchestra (ES Arena); Sterilize Stereo (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Ryan Montbleau Band (Urban Lounge)

Wednesday 11.28
DIE MANNEQUIN
At 20, Die Mannequin’s Care Failure has already faced the sort of experiences that typically surface toward the end of any given VH1’s Behind the Music. Failure, a one-time runaway, threw herself into drugs and wound up homeless before embracing the healthier catharsis of performing in a rock & roll band. Make that punk-thrash band with electro-glam tendencies. The fierce young artist, along with fellow pseudonym-branded mates Sparkles and Ghostwolf, deliver slick, tight, dramatic material loaded with smart attitude. This must be what Avril Lavigne thinks she sounds like—tough, exhilarating and not at all interested in SK8-er bois. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Info: KilbyCourt.com

Also Wednesday: Young Buck (Bliss); Junta Deville, Bloodworm (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); The Grimmway (Urban Lounge)

Coming Up
Tori Amos (E Center, Nov. 29); Eileen Jewell (Kilby Court, Nov. 30); The Tossers, Fews & Twos (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Dec.1); Most Serene Republic (Kilby Court, Dec. 4); David Bazan (In the Venue, Dec. 4); Vampire Weekend (Kilby Court, Dec. 7); Gentry Densley & Sri Whipple (Red Light Books, Dec. 7); Community for a Cause Benefit (In the Venue, Dec. 8); Fabolous (Harry O’s, Dec. 8)

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