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Thursday 11/3

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Don Williams (Dee Events Center, Ogden); L.P. (Egos); Pretty Ricky (Vortex)

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Friday 11/4

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The Briefs, Clit 45 (Lo-Fi Cafe), Darci Cash (Kilby Court); Dead Science (Monk’s); The Urie Circle (Club Vegas); The Heaters, Vile Blue Shades, I Am Electric (Brewskis, Ogden)

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Saturday 11/5

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LIMBECK

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Thinking about making a road-trip mix tape? Better include Limbeck. The SoCal pop-punk-turned-alt-country rockers logged in countless miles touring in support of Hi, Everything’s Great. Their sound makes them seem like the type of guys who prefer motel mattresses to familiar bedrooms, always searching for new towns'never looking back. Even their third effort, Let Me Come Home, contradicts its titular plea with songs like “Home (Is Where the Van Is)” and “Making the Rounds.” Don’t fight it, boys. Just keep ramblin’ on. Lo-Fi Café, 165 S. West Temple, 9 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: KTix.net (with The Annuals and The Yearbook).

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AMOS LEE

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If Norah Jones were a man, she’d sound like Amos Lee, albeit a slightly less sleepy version of herself. Lee, a Philadelphia artist with much respect from the city of love, opened for Jones in support of the female jazz artist’s music-to-hug-to. His self-titled debut showcases a commanding, soulful voice dancing on simple, acoustic chords. This 27-year-old is years beyond his age. It’s nothing new, but it feels like home. In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West, 8 p.m. Tickets: 24Tix.com.

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Also Saturday: 31 Knots (Kilby Court); The Last Vegas (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); The Rocket Summer (In the Venue/Club Sound)

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Sunday 11/6

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BRIGHT EYES, SONS & DAUGHTERS

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Stop operating under the false assumption that opening acts are rubbish. More often than not, they are quite good. In fact, that little known band warming things up for your favorite headlining stars will likely outperform their tourmates. I’m not saying Sons & Daughters are better than Bright Eyes'although this is not an impossible statement'but this U.K. quartet is truly exciting. S&D produce urgent sounds rooted in the more misery-wallowing complacency of Smiths, Smog and Velvet Underground, seeming to grab listeners by the collar and say, “Don’t just sit there! Let’s spark a bloody revolution!” Kingsbury Hall, University of Utah, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 800-888-8499, SmithsTix.com.

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Monday 11/7

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DRUMS & TUBA

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Austin’s Drums & Tuba have proved their offbeat formula is more than a quirky fad. The mostly instrumental pop/jazz trio has been challenging notions of what a band should be. Of course, they’ve branched out a bit, incorporating guitar and electronic samplers for that groovy loop effect that gets audiences all riled up. On their third Righteous Babe release, Battles Ole, D&T go vocal with drummer Tony Nezero on the mic. The result is a raucous shift in tone that should please both longtime followers and new listeners. Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 10 p.m. Info: 746-0557.

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DJ CURTIS STRANGE

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When he’s not hosting international tattoo conventions, DJ Curtis Strange (aka CJ Starkey) hosts intoxicated locals looking to get down and/or hook up. Strange ruled the Richmond, Va., circuit until 1997, when he relocated to SLC. He later held court at Trails before making the rounds through other venues of varying repute. Now he’s juggling appearances at Trails (“Can’t escape the strippers”) and Burt’s where you can find him every Monday night playing everyone from Hank Williams to Black Flag to Louis Armstrong. Special guest bartender Scotty will be pumping out as many $1 PBRs you can handle. Hook it up! Burt’s Tiki Lounge, 726 S. State, 10 p.m. Info: 521-0572, MySpace.com/BurtsTikiLounge.

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Also Monday: Tristeza, Bella Lea (Kilby Court); The Dead 60s (Egos)

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Tuesday 11/8

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CAITLIN CARY & THAD COCKRELL

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Two can be as bad as one, but when Caitlin Cary and Thad Cockrell team up, the loneliest number is also the most beautiful. Cary, recognized for her work with Ryan Adams in Whiskeytown, met Cockrell through his drummer'and her husband'Skillet Gilmore. After co-writing material for Cary’s solo project, they became a full-fledged duo and recorded Begonias, a dreamy album for sleepy Sundays. Egos, 668 S. State, 9 p.m. Tickets: 24Tix.com (with Roman Candle and Silent 7Sevens).

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Also Tuesday: Fall Out Boy (Utah State Fairpark); Laura Veirs (Urban Lounge); Street Brutality Tour (Vortex)

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Wednesday 11/9

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ATMOSPHERE, P.O.S., BLUEPRINT

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Thanks in part to ongoing, high-profile beef, hip-hop on the East and West Coasts are household sounds. Even the dirty South is blowing up with juicy crunk. But what about the heartland? There are mad beats and rhymes coming straight out of Minneapolis. No one knows this better than Rhymesayers Entertainment, a 10-year-old indie-rap label, home to Atmosphere, Blueprint and P.O.S., a former punk-turned-hardcore emcee running with the Doomtree crew. His sophomore album, Audition, is slated for an early 2006 release. Check the fresh hooks tonight. In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West, 6:30 p.m. Tickets: 24Tix.com.

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Also Wednesday: The Rachels (In the Venue, 8 p.m.); The Wanteds (Kilby Court); Rodney Crowell (Suede, Park City)

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COMING UP

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Detroit Cobras (Velvet Room, Nov. 10). Soulfly (Lo-Fi Cafe, Nov. 10). Depeche Mode (E Center, Nov. 12). The Thieves (Burt’s Tiki Lounge). Spoon (Velvet Room, Nov. 14). Seether, 30 Seconds to Mars (Great Saltair, Nov. 14). MC Chris (Lo-Fi Cafe, Nov. 14). Clay Aiken (Delta Center, Nov. 15). Supersuckers (Egos, Nov. 15). Buckethead (In the Venue, Nov. 15). Red Elvises (Egos, Nov. 18). Rolling Stones (Delta Center, Nov. 22). Damian Jr. Gong Marley (Great Saltair, Nov. 22). Yellowcard (Lo-Fi Cafe, Nov. 23). GWAR (Great Saltair, Nov. 25). King’s X (Egos, Nov. 26).

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