nOne door closes and another opens. Grandaddy breaks up and Jason Lytle launches an acoustic solo tour featuring dreamy, sometimes frenetic tunes off The Sophtware Slump, Sumday, Excerpts from the Diary of Todd Zilla, and the group’s final album, Just Like the Fambly Cat, in his plaintive, cracking, skateboarding-soothsayer tone. When Lytle sings, “I just wanna elevate myself,” he’s not looking for a chemical fix. While critics and fans fawn over the Modesto indie rocker, his popularity hasn’t translated into much financial success; Lytle has even contemplated packing it in to find a better way to pay the bills. Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 10 p.m. Tickets: 24Tix.com.
Also Thursday: Rodney Crowell (Gallivan Center); The Futureheads, Tapes ’n’ Tapes (In the Venue); De La Soul (Harry O’s, Park City); Bluebird Cafe (Owl Bar, Sundance Resort)
BROKEN RECORD BAR & GRILL GRAND OPENING
nWhen Todd’s Bar & Grill switched ownership, locals lamented the loss of another live music venue. Sure, Todd’s never had the best sound system, but it consistently booked bands that made up for crappy speakers and broken mics. And while the idea of KY wrestling was intriguing, it in no way satisfied fierce cravings for rock. That’s why the Broken Record Bar & Grill is a godsend'and a wordy godsend at that. Come celebrate the grand (re)opening of the industrial watering hole formerly known as Todd’s with a very special performance by The Pleasure Thieves. Broken Record Bar & Grill, 1051 S. 300 West, 9 p.m. Info: 328-8650.
Also Friday: Torrey Music Festival (Robber’s Roost, Torrey); Bluebird Cafe (King Stage, Sundance Resort); Harry & The Potters (Kilby Court); Reaper CD Release (Urban Lounge); DJ Skribble (Elevate); X, Rollins Band (The Depot'see Music)nn
THE LIVING BLUE
nWhile The WB teen series One Tree Hill is possibly the worst thing to hit airwaves since That Godawful Karaoke Show, it helped bring at least one decent band to light. After Chicago’s The Living Blue contributed “Murderous Youth” to an episode likely involving feuding brothers, slutty girls and basketball, Minty Fresh picked them up and distributed the catchy, hip-swinging Fire, Blood, Water, an album full of retro-garage tracks. They’re not doing anything new, but they do it well. Hey, it’s a whole lot better than Gavin DeGraw. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com (with Unwed Sailor).
Also Saturday: Torrey Music Festival (Robber’s Roost, Torrey); Gary Lewis & The Playboys (Sandy Amphitheater); Circa Survive, Portugal: The Man (Avalon Theater); DJ Scooter (Harry O’s, Park City)nn
Torrey Music Festival (Robber’s Roost, Torrey); Herbie Hancock (Red Butte Garden)nn
Augustana (Kilby Court); Sierra Swan (Egos); School of Rock All-Stars (Avalon Theater); 3 Inches of Blood (Club BoomVa, Ogden)nn
nQuestion: Was Ol’ Dirty Bastard the most talented member of Wu-Tang Clan or did he just turn untouchable in death? The truth lies in word of mouth. Ask anyone familiar with the seminal hip-hop group to sing a verse by any other Clan member and they’ll likely wind up mimicking ODB’s introduction of said emcee (Ghostface Killahhhhhhhhhhhhhh). Then again, Method Man, RZA, GZA, Inspectah Deck and Raekwon are not to be sneezed at. Their performances at this year’s South by Southwest music conference proved they can still bring the ruckus. The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, 9 p.m. Tickets: DepotSLC.com.
Also Tuesday: Houston Calls, Summer Obsession (Avalon Theater); Death Cab for Cutie, Mates of State (McKay Event Center, Orem)nn
nI arrived late to the Pixies party'which is strange considering my long-standing obsession with The Breeders. Oh sure, I’d heard about Kim Deal’s former band with that Frank Black dude but didn’t fully explore their back catalogue until I was 19. Young and stupid? You bet! This situation resolved itself when a cute guy put Surfer Rosa on the stereo, and I fell in love with him. Not the cute guy'he couldn’t hold a candle to Black Francis and that crazy bilingual scream. Many years and two reunited Pixies concerts later, I feel empty. Why? I still haven’t seen Black live and alone onstage like a plump, balding demigod. Obsessed? Slightly. You can’t deny how cool it will be to sit in the presence of a man who makes monkeys gone to heaven sound sexy and scary all at once. Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 10 p.m. Tickets: 24Tix.com.
Also Wednesday: The Adolescents (In the Venue); Blackpool Lights (Velour, Provo); Molotov (The Depot)nn
G. Love & Special Sauce (Elevate, Aug. 10). Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand (McKay Event Center, Aug. 10). Drive-By Truckers (Suede, Aug. 11). Alice Cooper (Great Saltair, Aug. 12). Peaches (Urban Lounge, Aug. 15). Red Hot Chili Peppers (Delta Center, Aug. 16). Def Leppard, Journey (Usana Amphitheater, Aug. 16). Galactic (Harry O’s, Aug. 18). Ben Harper (Usana Amphitheater, Aug. 22). The Thermals (Kilby Court, Aug. 23). Park City Jazz Festival (Deer Valley, Aug. 25-27). Drums & Tuba (Urban Lounge, Aug. 28). Sam Bush (The Depot, Aug. 28). Tool (E Center, Aug. 29). Dave Matthews Band (Usana Amphitheater, Aug. 30).