ttBLACK STONE CHERRY, HINDER
tWe were going to direct you to the Trail of Dead/Blood Brothers concert at Avalon, but the two groups canceled citing “travel conditions,” which could mean one of two things: 1. Old man winter hates rock & roll or 2. someone decided to save their energy for someplace “better.” In any case, Black Stone Cherry more than makes up for the disappointing no-show with a killer live performance (we’re talking dualing, behind-the-back guitars!). Um, and Hinder’s OK too. Great Saltair, One Saltair Dr., Magna, 8 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: KTix.net.
- Also Thursday: Callow (Starry Night, Provo); Jinga Boa (Urban Lounge); Amos Lee (The Depot)
tI’m not going to lie. A certain someone passed Bill Frost a 40 of Olde English to promote Callow. That person did not, however, bribe this writer. Turns out, however, there’s no need to bait praise for Callow. The former Salt Lake City band, who jumped ship for San Francisco’s potentially more lucrative scene, are talented sons-of-guns who sound best stripped-down, weathered and torn. That’s not to say their new album is weak. Beaten but not down, the trio cranks out swinging rock & roll perfect for dancing away shared misery on inversion-clouded nights. Welcome home. The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 10 p.m. Info: 746-0557.
- Also Friday: Eden’s Watchtower Xmas Tree Conspiracy Show (Nobrow Coffee'see Music, p. 55); Peter Breinholt: Wasatch Christmas (McKay Events Center, Orem); Monty Are I (Avalon Theater); Yaegertown (Liquid Joe’s); The Wolfs, Red Bennies (Monk’s); The Cobras (Broken Record); Eric McFadden Trio (Brewskis, Ogden)
ttLOVE ARCADE, KILL HANNAH
tLove Arcade are a modern-day Archies, writing shiny-happy lyrics (“Keep it cracking like a bubble, pop, pop, pop”) without a hint of irony. One pictures their underage frontman, Snowhite, singing to a crowd covered in Fluffernutter. So sticky. So sweet. So unburdened. What’s to complain about, after all? They’re young, loaded and signed to Atlantic. Chicago’s Kill Hannah are a bit edgier, their electro-mascara-rock offering kids something to really sink their teeth into. Avalon Theater, 3605 S. State, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: KTix.net (with Pink Spiders).
THE MONORCHIST, SHRED BETTIE
Action Girl is the umbrella under which Sarah Dyer produces various boy-friendly, pro-women projects including comics, a newsletter and kitschy DIY crafts. Local rockers The Monorchist’s song of the same name kills with similar feminist zeal (“She’ll blow your mind like G.I. Joe”). Kourtney Farnsworth steers the band'whose title references an unfortunate medical condition'with vocals that go from sweet to bratty to snarling in three seconds flat; her casual grrrl-punk delivery is a refreshing break from American idols and Evanescence clones. Shred Bettie’s Tonya Ward, while more formal, is equally pleasing with melodic metal pipes. Burt’s Tiki Lounge, 726 S. State, 10 p.m. Info: 521-0572.
- Also Saturday: Matt & Kim (Kilby Court); House of Cards (Pat’s BBQ); Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons (Suede, Park City); Callow (Broken Record)
ttKENT BURNSIDE & THE NEW GENERATION
tThey don’t make ’em like they used to? Please. Kent Burnside upholds the rich musical traditions set forth by his grandpa R.L. Burnside, a legendary bluesman whose legacy lives on in Kent, along with fellow grandchildren Cedric, Dan and Gary. Each member honed his chops with the likes of Buddy Guy, North Mississippi All-Stars, Jimbo Mathus, and, of course, the eldest Burnside. Their latest release Cotton Field Disco fuses Delta blues with groovy ’60s-era rock and funk. They even throw down hip-hop rhymes (“Ghetto”) like veteran emcees. Past meets future for an utterly timeless sound. Pat’s BBQ, 155 W. Commonwealth Ave., 7 p.m. All-ages. Info: 484-5963.
tIf you haven’t visited Nobrow Coffee & Tea Company yet, stop in and see what owner Joe Evans has been up to since Kayo Gallery closed shop. Evans retained much of the defunct art venue’s big-city charm, adding only a few sleek tables, chairs and espresso station. He also picked up where Kayo left off, showcasing acoustic performances by artists including Band of Annuals and Calico. Tonight, experimental art-rockers Theta Naught bear gifts of mind-bending instrumentals and inside-out holiday standards. Nobrow Coffee & Tea Company, 315 E. 300 South, 6 p.m. All-ages. Info: 364-3448.
- Also Monday: Blue Devils Blues Revue (Zanzibar); Naked & Shameless (Burt’s Tiki Lounge)
tt- The Heaters, Starmy, The Adonis (Urban Lounge); Kent Burnside & The New Generation (The Wine Cellar, Ogden)
ttSweatshop Union (Monk’s, Dec. 21). Marie Osmond Christmas (ES Arena, Dec. 22). Psychostick (Club Vegas, Dec. 22). Form of Rocket (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Dec 23). Wynonna (Eccles Center, Dec. 28). Time Tunnel (The Depot, Dec. 31). The Supersuckers (Suede, Dec. 31). My Morning Jacket (The Depot, Jan. 11). Reverend Horton Heat (Great Saltair, Jan. 12). Dixie Dregs (The Depot, Jan. 13). Robert Earl Keen (Suede, Jan. 13). Bowling for Soup (In the Venue, Jan. 17). The Album Leaf (Urban Lounge, Jan. 19). Hell’s Belles (Suede, Jan. 24). Slayer (Great Saltair, Jan. 30).