THE BLACK CROWESnn
While singer Chris Robinson’s marital bliss with Kate Hudson somewhat overshadowed the slow decay of his group’s once-iron-hot career, the Black Crowes’ reunion has landed them back onto center stage. The neo-hippie rockers headlined part of this year’s Austin City Limits all-star festival, solidifying their return to pop culture’s collective consciousness. Don’t get your hopes up too high. This recently extended tour is a test-run for Robinson and his guitarist brother Rich'a ticking, Oasis-styled time bomb. The Great Saltair, 12408 Saltair Dr., Magna, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com.
Also Thursday: Bloodhound Gang (In the Venue); Hot IQs (Kilby Court); Sound of Urchin, Books About UFOs, The Breaks (Monk’s); Medicine Circus, Almost Undone (Urban Lounge)nn
SLUG Localized: Urie Circle, Twilight Transmissions, Die Monster Die (Urban Lounge); The Rodeo Boys, J.W. Blackout (Todd’s Bar & Grill); The Coup, Livsavas (Egos); The Posies (Velvet Room'see Music, p. 81)nn
DANIEL LANOIS, TORTOISEnn
Tonight, watch in awe as two high-profile Brian Eno disciples converge onstage, contributing their stand-alone instrumental scores for one spaced-out symphony. There are few lineups quite so enticing as Tortoise and Daniel Lanois. The former group has a solid repertoire of unique post-rock/jazz-fusion, most notably their latest experiment, It’s All Around You. Lanois wears many hats, most notably producer of Willie Nelson’s Spanish-influenced Teatro and Bob Dylan’s Grammy-award winning Time Out of Mind. He’s also released several solo works, many of which he’ll perform with Tortoise behind him. Suede, 1612 Ute Blvd. (Kimball Junction), Park City, 9 p.m. Tickets: 800-888-8499.nn
Also Saturday: Stryper (In the Venue); Dollyrots (Kilby Court); Copeland (Lo-Fi Cafe); The Wolfs, All Systems Fail, Spörk (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Eddie Spaghetti (Big E’s, Piper Down)nn
Everything Is Illuminated launched Jonathan Safran Foer’s lucrative career as a somewhat precocious post-modern novelist. Now the film adaptation of his debut novel could help launch another artist from the annals of oblivion. Eugene Hutz, lead singer of gypsy-punks Gogel Bordello, plays Alex, the translator for Elijah Wood’s Jonathan. Sound confusing? It’s just part of the wackiness flavoring one of this century’s better film offerings. Bordello, equally if not more wacky, could achieve similar status in the musical world. Perhaps the sound of scratchy violins, electric guitars and accordions making violent love in a cabaret is everything illuminated. Lo-Fi Cafe, 165 S. West Temple, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com (with Throwrag).nn
When Jay Henderson reflects on walking his “usual way to work,” one can’t help but feel like a marker on the acoustic-strewn route. This powerful sense of inclusion continues throughout The Annuals’ stunning debut, Respondez (TheAnnuals.com). The relatively newborn group’s pop-tinged alt-folk sears souls with acoustic and lap-steel guitars, harmonicas and violins. With such an accomplished sound, it’s only a matter of time before they walk right out of this town. Join them while you can. Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 10 p.m. Info: 746-0557 (with Gunshy).nn
Opeth, Pelican (Lo-Fi Cafe); Genitorturers, Zeke, Thunderfist (Club Vegas)nn
Randy Travis (Kingsbury Hall); 6s & 7s, Layna (Todd’s Bar & Grill)nn
Forget Greek shipping magnates'Danish psychobilly pop is America’s hottest import. Besides, the Horrorpops kick it harder than any Onassis, Latsis or Niarchos ever could. Lead by Betty Page ringer Patricia Day and her upright bass, the quartet snarls, whines and wails through ’50s-influenced punk. Day expresses the true extent of her love for another on “Walk Like A Zombie,” a sweet little doo-wop duet with husband/bandmate Kim Nekroman. “All the flowers you bring are always dead/ And you howl at the moon/ But I don’t care!” Lo-Fi Cafe, 165 S. West Temple, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: 24Tix.com (with Left Alone and Roger Miret & the Disasters)nn
When Tiger Style Records took a “leave of absence,” Lucero formed their own label, Liberty & Lament, and released Nobody’s Darlings, a heavy-hearted follow-up to That Much Further West, Lucero’s tough-guys-don’t-cry-but-I-miss-you-little-girl production. The ramblin’ band’s Southern Rock anthems should pair well with Decibully’s pensive numbers. The Milwaukee-based indie-folk rockers like it slow and easy. As a sign posted outside one of their shows explains, Decibully is “great music to listen to while you fill your stomach full of liquid depression.” Perfect for broken souls filled with whiskey. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com.nn
Also Wednesday: Sage Francis (In the Venue); Misfits (Rocky Point Haunted House); Melissa Ferrick (Velvet Room); Salty Rootz, The Body (Burt’s Tiki Lounge)nn
Dios Malos (Halo, Oct. 20). Mae (Great Saltair, Oct. 23). Iron & Wine, Calexico (In the Venue, Oct. 24). Switchfoot (Great Saltair, Oct. 24). Morningwood (Lo-Fi Café, Oct. 24). Gwen Stefani (E Center, Oct. 25). Anna Nalick (In the Venue, Oct. 26). Judas Priest (E Center, Oct. 26). Lyrics Born (Suede, Oct. 29). David Gray (Kingsbury Hall, Oct. 30). My Morning Jacket (In the Venue, Nov. 1). Rock Steady: Parkinson’s Benefit (Club 90, Oct. 29). Rob Thomas (E Center, Nov. 2). Bright Eyes (Kingsbury Hall, Nov. 6). Fall Out Boy (Utah State Fairpark, Nov. 8). Detroit Cobras (Velvet Room, Nov. 10). Depeche Mode (E Center, Nov. 12). Spoon (Velvet Room, Nov. 14). Buckethead (Velvet Room, Nov. 15).