GREAT AMERICAN TAXI It’s official: Vince Herman never sleeps. The Leftover Salmon alum can’t seem to get enough side projects under his belt, gigging with Tim O’Brian, Jim Page, Paul Barrare, Sam Bush, Rob Wasserman and Bill Payne while also lending skills to the occasional Shanti Groove concert. Great American Taxi sort of fell in Herman’s lap after Colorado promoters developed and launched the all-star band for a benefit show. Now former members of Dan Bern’s band, Single Malt Band players and Acoustic Junction’s Reed Foehl join Herman on a semi-regular basis. Get ready for some wicked jams when they converge onstage tonight! Egos, 668 S. State, 9:30 p.m. Info: 521-5255, ClubEgos.com.nnFriday 2/10nn
THE HONORARY TITLE Two voices, one sound, many anguished cries about effed-up exes. Welcome to The Honorary Title, a Brooklyn-based duo whose songs are mostly ruminations on being lowdown. Jarrod Gorbel and Aaron Kamstra sing the blues through indie-rock pipes, laying unchained melodies over lush piano. At times, they come off a bit whiny, but those moments are relieved by fierce declarations bursting with powerful resolve. They’re sad as hell, and they might not take it anymore. Avalon, 3605 S. State, 6:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24tix.com (with Limbeck and Koufax).
Also Friday: SLUG Localized (Urban Lounge); Sabrina & the Cradle Robbers (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Afro Omega (Monk’s); Sons of Nothing (Liquid Joe’s); Hot Buttered Rum String Band (Suede, Park City)nnSaturday 2/11nn
Charlemagne (Kilby Court); Abnorml CD Release (Urban Lounge'see Music); Pigeon John, Louis Logic (Egos); Spleen (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); James McMurtry (Suede, Park City)nnMonday 2/13nn
MI & L’AU Delicate and icy, Mi & L’au is not recommended listening for anyone contemplating the end, my only friend, the end. The Finnish/French duo could easily be part of a Calvin Klein shoot circa 1994, with pale skin and angular features cutting like their self-titled debut. Mi’s faltering soprano and L’au’s subdued observations brush across acoustic melodies and barely there strings. Modern Thoreaus, the couple dwells in isolation, living in a cabin where they pick each other’s brains and pen lyrics expressing emotions free from external distraction. Listen closely, and you’ll find peace beneath initial despair. All they ever needed, here in their hearts. Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 10 p.m. Info: 746-0557, MySpace.com/TheUrbanLounge.nn
CHICK COREA Armando Anthony is a sexy name, but it’s also a bit of a mouthful. That’s why jazz legend Chick Corea adopted a less cumbersome moniker. Not that it really matters. He could go by John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt and still be cool as ice. Corea, who enjoyed a decent run with Miles Davis, changed the face of jazz several times over through avant-garde and samba-fusion projects. His tastes continue to evolve, which makes every live performance one to watch'an ideal act to open the newly revived Jazz at the Sheraton series. Sheraton City Centre, 105 W. 500 South, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: 278-0411.nnTuesday 2/14nn
JEFF HANSON, SOUTHERLY Kill Rock Stars’ Jeff Hanson is often cited as the heir to Elliot Smith’s throne. However, the late singer-songwriter was never mistaken for a girl. Imagine a high-pitched Sean or John Lennon releasing crisp, taut lines about lies, loss and redemption. Listen closely, for it is lyrics, not novel tone, that makes Hanson’s self-titled sophomore release grab listeners by the collar. Then there’s Krist Krueger, aka Southerly, joining a new crop of solo artists who are shattering traditional definitions of the one-man show (see Tom Vek). Drawing on Big Easy-horns (“Ceremony”), slide guitar (“Rise”) and nasally, spitfire vocals, Krueger makes it clear that he’s much more than open-mic fodder. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24tix.com.nn
Also Tuesday: Eric Jerardi Band (Pat’s BBQ); Dubbed (Burt’s Tiki LoungennWednesday 2/15nn
WHEATUS Thanks to Brendan Brown, countless young Top-40 lovers list “Dirtbag” as one of their guiltiest music pleasures. The comedic teenage-lust anthem, best known for its fake-female vocals crooning, “I’ve got two tickets to Iron Maiden, baby,” launched Wheatus as a fleeting, albeit loveable, novelty act. Numerous lineup changes didn’t help matters, especially when key players bowed out. After a disappointing sophomore effort, the group’s latest configuration hopes to shake the one-hit-wonder curse with Too Soon Monsoon, an album that, while not likely to snag a Grammy, could land them a Teen Choice Award. Club BoomVa, 2701 Washington Blvd., Ogden, 6 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24tix.com (with Allred, Milan Conference, Film in a Ballroom and Orpheum).nn
Also Wednesday: Reggie & the Full Effect (Kilby Court'see Music)nnCOMING UPnn
Relient K (In the Venue, Feb. 17). Less Than Jake, Rock & Roll Soldiers (In the Venue, Feb. 17). Big Business (Kilby Court, Feb. 18). The Skirt Chasers (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Feb. 18). Ska Brawl 2006 (Avalon, Feb. 21). Little Feat (The Depot, Feb. 21). Aceyalone (Urban Lounge, Feb. 21). Victor Wooten (The Depot, Feb. 25). Big Head Todd & the Monsters (Suede, Feb. 25). Low (In the Venue, Feb. 27). Matt Pond PA (In the Venue, Feb. 27). Armor for Sleep (Avalon, Feb. 27). Reverend Horton Heat (The Depot, March 3). Neutral Boy (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, March 9).