Music Picks Oct. 18-24 | Live: Ian Moore Band, Aesop Rock, Tartufi, Caribou, Born Ruffians 

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Thursday 10.18
DulceSky Live Recording Session (The Circuit); Pepper, The Expendables (Avalon Theater); A Perfect Victim (Club Vegas); The Lives of Famous Men (Solid Ground Cafe); Suffokate (Club NVO, Logan); 18 Wheels of Justice, Pink Lightnin’ (Bar Deluxe)

Friday 10.19
Nobrow One-Year Anniversary (Nobrow); Australian Pink Floyd (E Center); Paulo Nutini (Avalon Theater); Say Anything, Hellogoodbye (In the Venue); American Relay (Bar Deluxe); Deadbeats, Lapsed, Nonnon, Stephen Chai (Monk’s); Pagan Dead (Club Vegas); DJ Rectangle, Latu (Bliss); The Rubes CD Release (Urban Lounge); Natural Roots (Harry O’s, Park City)

Saturday 10.20
Fatlip, Tre Hardson (Uprok); The Winter Sounds (Kilby Court); Mayday Parade, Madina Lake (Avalon Theater); Pinback (the Depot)

Sunday 10.21
Ian Moore didn’t just go electric—he long ago mastered the electric guitar. No. Moore did something more surprising. He went pop. Long-time fans of the Austin-bred musician weren’t quite sure what to make of his decision to ditch the blues and embrace a wider field of musical genres. Some turned their backs on him as he turned his back on his professional roots. Others went along for the ride. Judging by his latest album To Be Loved, the latter seems a better choice. With songs that at times echo Queen’s buoyancy and just the slightest British inflection, Loved is an appealing, jingle-jangle romp that, while not necessarily groundbreaking, will in no way summon cries of “Poseur!” or “Copycat” or “Stevie Ray did it better!” The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 10 p.m. Tickets:

Also Sunday: Yellowcard (Avalon Theater); Los Straightjackets, Hillybilly Fever (Burt’s Tiki Lounge)

Monday 10.22
Aesop Rock seems like the type of guy who lies awake at night, scanning the ceiling with his big brown eyes, thinking about his music, his age, his relevance and the eggs Benedict he’d like for breakfast. From his signature flow (quick, yet syrupy) and obtuse lyrics to interviews with discerning critics, Rock hints at the complicated inner workings making his mind work overtime. Maybe it wasn’t totally obvious when he burst on the scene in 2001. Back then everyone was too focused on labeling him as backpack-hip-hop royalty—the rhyming jester with a wicked tongue. Maybe it took “Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives” for the public to fully recognize his smart, slightly paranoid style. On the new None Shall Pass, he runs his imagination over dark samples and tiiiiiight beats. Seriously. Savage. More of a visual person? Check out The Next Best Thing, a multimedia collaboration with artist Jeremy Fish. And come to the show. In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: (with Black Moth Super Rainbow, Blockhead and DJ Signify)

Also Monday: Andre Rieu (E Center); Weedeater (Burt’s Tiki Lounge)

Tuesday 10.23

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San Francisco’s beloved Tartufi is part of a growing crop of bands trading traditional pop blueprints for almost primal sound experiments. While linked to producer/engineer Tim Green—who provided the backbone for several loud percussive-heavy and/or stoner-rock groups including The Melvins, Comets on Fire and The Fucking Champs—their music dips into more ethereal, fanciful territory. The duo’s epic instrumental jams are peppered with distorted, high-pitched vocals that are at times eerie and romantic. Certain tracks bring to mind Portland’s Menomena, with precious bells and piano dancing in the spaces between falling-down-the-stairs drum fills. Their sophomore release Us Upon Buildings Upon Us deserves to be heard through a set of nice headphones—or in a cozy little all-ages venue on the west side. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: (with Theta Naught and Hospital Tapes)

Also Tuesday: Dashboard Confessional, John Ralston (In the Venue); MC Chris (Club Sound); Heathen Ass Worship (Burt’s Tiki Lounge)

Wednesday 10.24
Like David Bowie in “Modern Love,” Dan Snaith spent much of the last year thinking “I don’t want to go out/I want to stay in/Get things done.” And so the electronic composer once known as Manitoba bunkered down in his bedroom with an extensive record collection—including Lothar and the Hand People—old synthesizers and a hard drive to record the bare bones of Caribou’s instant classic Andorra. The result is a groovy composite of around 670 sampled tracks that pop with psychedelic flavor while also delivering unexpected sparks of folk, dance and whatever else finds its way through the album’s myriad layers. If you think such complex tapestries won’t translate well onstage, think again. Some of today’s most exciting live shows are carried out by electronic artists who, with the help of a live band, turn ordinary studio recordings into energetic organic translations sure to make the body rock—or maybe just the mouth drop. The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 10 p.m. Tickets:

Also Wednesday: Michael Franti, Calvary Baptist Gospel Choir (Capitol Theatre); Rocky Horror Show (Club Vegas); Provoked: Henry Rollins (The Depot—see Music)

Coming Up
Too Short (The Hotel, Oct. 25); Chiodos (Great Saltair, Oct. 25); Stuperhero (Kilby Court, Oct. 25); Public Enemy (Suede, Oct. 26); Busdriver (In the Venue, Oct. 26); Roger Sanchez (Harry O’s, Oct. 26); Menomena (Kilby Court, Oct. 27); Junior Brown (Suede, Oct. 27); Victory Smokes, Black Velvet Elvis (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Oct. 27); Storehouse (Pat’s BBQ, Oct. 29); Kaskade (Celsius Lounge, Oct. 30); Little Brother, Evidence (The Hotel, Oct. 31); Regina Spektor (In the Venue, Nov. 2); The Octopus Project (Urban Lounge, Nov. 3)

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