THE RETRIBUTION GOSPEL CHOIRnn
Low is getting louder, but the indie-rock band is still not loud enough. Frontman Alan Sparhawk recently developed an insatiable appetite for noise. And since there’s only so much one can do to tweak a band’s inherently mellow sound, he recruited friend/colleague Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon) to pump up the volume with some AC/DC and Pere Ubu covers. Therein lies the truth behind The Retribution Gospel Choir, a side-project to end all side projects. Suggested future mash-up: TRGC vs. Dave Grohl’s Probot! Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 8 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com (with Ether Orchestra).
Also Thursday: Flogging Molly (In the Venue); ABC (Velvet Room); Vinyl (Egos); Hieroglyphics (Suede, Park City)nn
As a young West Coast rapper, Sly Boogy jumped in the music business as most newcomers do: with unabashed enthusiasm and optimistic expectations. It didn’t take long before he’d had enough of stone-cold record execs trying to market him as a modern-day Huckleberry Finn, complete with straw hat and overalls. Frustrated, but undeterred, Boogy ditched his label and released a mix tape of mostly original material. The result is a collection of solid, albeit rather predictable, tracks sure to start a fuss with an East Coast counterpart. Stay tuned. Velvet Room, 149 W. 200 South, 9 p.m. Tickets: 24Tix.com.nn
Also Friday: Hella (Kilby Court); Glass Candy (Urban Lounge); Rotten Musicians CD Release (Egos'see Music)nn
JÄGERMEISTER MUSIC FOR FREEDOM TOURnn
So it turns out that metal and alcohol, not war or homeland security, are our most valuable keys to freedom. At least, that’s the message Dope, Mushroomhead and Nocturne are out to spread (minus the Jager shots in an all-ages venue), warning horns-throwing crowds that the right to shred is in serious jeopardy. Like many other politically active artists, these metal acts hope to educate audiences via raucous entertainment (complete with misogynistic lyrics and stage antics). While inspired by fury over the Bush administration’s trigger-happy policies, these rabble-rousing musicians still support our troops. In fact, anyone with a valid U.S. military I.D. gets in for free. See, sometimes freedom is free. Lo-Fi Cafe, 127 S. West Temple, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com.nn
You can thank SLUG for steering the Bloody Hollies to a bar near you. Editor Angela Brown and former associate editor Rebecca Vernon caught the Buffalo, N.Y.-based spastic-retro-rock band at this year’s South by Southwest music showcase and shortly thereafter issued a plea for the boys to spice up downtown SLC. Don’t let them down. Better yet, don’t let yourself down. Miss the Hollies and you’ll miss hearing the type of sound that restores your faith in music. Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 10 p.m. Info: 746-0557.nn
Also Saturday: Firehouse, Y&T (Ogden Amphitheater); Rock & Roll Soldiers (Burt’s Tiki Lounge'see Music)nn
What is it about “The Power of Orange Knickers” and how does pant-strength relate to the difference between Red and Blue states? These are the thoughts Tori Amos contemplates while attempting to make some sense out of her increasingly fragmented world. The singer-songwriter, who admits “if I didn’t relate to it in some way, I wouldn’t be able to sing it,” has never shied away from exploring her feelings and beliefs through song, whether the subject is rape, hijacked Christianity, patriarchal rule or marital bliss. Amos’ ninth album, The Beekeeper, continues her constant fascination with stories, albeit tempered by a mellow, jazz-infused sound. It’s no Little Earthquakes, but maybe there are bigger battles to be won. Usana Amphitheater, 5400 S. 6200 West, 8 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 800-888-8499, SmithsTix.com (with The Ditty Bops).nn
With Ozzy Osbourne and Tommy Lee shedding their bad-boy reputations in the suburbs, we must look elsewhere to satisfy our metal cravings. Who better than Metal Church to supply such nourishment? The seasoned rockers, whose achievements are largely overlooked in mainstream circles, deserve some respect for continuing a scene they helped launch in the ’80s. Despite losing their lead vocalist to an auto accident, the remaining members carried on, perhaps opting to burn out rather than fade away. The Whiskey, 7 E. 4800 South, 9 p.m. Tickets: 800-888-8499, SmithsTix.com.nn
Also Tuesday: Angel City Outcasts, Black Halos (Lo-Fi Cafe)nn
Don’t blame Tristan Prettyman for being optimistic. After all, the San Diego-based singer-songwriter is only 23 years old, a fact we’re reminded of every time we pick up Twentythree, Prettyman’s so-fresh-and-so-clean debut. Not that you need to be old in order develop a cynical shell, but this talented lady didn’t have to go through much to become almost famous. Prettyman, who’d just as soon ride waves for a living, didn’t expect anything to come of the song she contributed to a surf film soundtrack. Soon after its release, however, she received offers to record a full-length album. Now she’s one of San Diego Magazine’s “Top 50 People to Watch in 2004.” Keep watching. Velvet Room, 149 W. 200 South, 9 p.m. Tickets: 24Tix.com (with John Butler Trio)nn
Also Wednesday: Rogue Wave, Fruit Bats (Kilby Court); Jonny Lang (Red Butte Garden); Blackalicious (Suede, Park City); Jesse McCartney (MacKay Events Center, Orem)nn
Minus the Bear, These Arms Are Snakes (In the Venue, Sept. 10). Stan Ridgway (Tracks, Sept. 10). Interpol (Kingsbury Hall, Sept. 12). Lucinda Williams (Kingsbury Hall, Sept. 14). Aqualung (Lo-Fi Cafe, Sept. 15). Styx, REO Speedwagon (Utah State Fairpark, Sept. 15). Keith Urban (E Center, Sept. 16). Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (In the Venue, Sept. 16). Green Day (Delta Center, Sept. 21). Dramarama (Velvet Room, Sept. 23). Local H (Urban Lounge, Sept. 23). X96 Big Ass Show (Utah State Fairpark, Sept. 24). Franz Ferdinand (Saltair, Sept. 28). Dr. Know (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Sept. 28). Every Time I Die (Lo-Fi Cafe, Sept. 30).