tYou thought Frank Sinatra’s Duets was nuts? Try Wynonna and Bono, Wynonna and Sting, Steven Tyler and Mick Hucknall. The country star loves Mama Judd and all, but she’s always dreamed of expanding her repertoire to include a few rock-star collaborations. Until that blessed day, we shall make due with Wynonna’s latest release, A Classic Christmas, a collection of the artist’s favorite holiday tunes along with “Ave Maria,” the Italian tear-jerker that Bono could sing in his sleep. Tonight, she’ll go acoustic for a very special fund-raising concert. The Eccles Center, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 435-655-3114, EcclesCenter.org.
- Sister Wives (Pat’s BBQ); Art of Kanly, Glacial (Urban Lounge); Books About UFOs, Red Bennies (Burt’s Tiki Lounge)nn
INN ADVENT YEAR-END EXTRAVANGANZA
ttRing in the advent with Inn Advent Booking’s day-long, all-ages musical throwdown featuring local bands old and new including The Management, a nine-piece ska-punk-metal collective with dueling saxaphones!; keyboard-rrific The Hotness; and The Furs, a sultry psych-rock trio/occasional quartet with ex-Evolver and Helios wizards. Save room for dessert: the eclectic lineup also promises performances by Kohabit, Haunt the Seas, Tom Butler, 13th Cadaver, 14 Days From Forever, Finn Riggins, Never Cast Anchor, Oscar Delastroya, Omnipresent, Lost Cause and Harbor Nothing. The Project, 2600 S. 500 W. Colonial Square, Bountiful, 11 a.m. All-ages. Info: 638-5120.
SICK SENSE & SKINWALKER, KNOITALLS
t“Hip-hop needs a makeover, and we’ve got the scalpel,” Facts says on “Nip Tuck,” off the Knoitalls upcoming release, Kiss the Ring. The local emcee, along with partner in rhyme Abnorml, challenges the big dogs to match their fearless lyrical style. Fearless, fierce and smooth, they try to erase Salt Lake City’s ill, minor-league reputation. This is the place for raw beats, tough times, rough lines. Colorado-via-Utah’s Sick Sense & Skinwalker have similar hometown pride, though they’re less concerned with logistics. They have nothing but love for independent work from the underground'especially if it has that “boom-bap” sound. Get a taste of the real Salt Lake tonight. Bada Bean, 1302 S. 500 East, 8 p.m. All-ages. Info: MySpace.com/XCommunicated (with Enee1, Blue Collar Theory and Task Rawka).
YEAR’S END FETISH BALL
ttWhy ring in 2007 tomorrow when you can celebrate the end of 2006 today?! And, unlike most New Year’s celebrations, you don’t have to wait until everyone’s wasted to be, um, adventurous. Tonight, vendors and BDSM experts will demonstrate the latest in vacuum beds, suspensions, ball gags and more while early birds shimmy to DJ Viking (downstairs: alternative, rock, dance) and DJ Evil K (upstairs: gothic, industrial, dark ’80s). Go for it. Move ahead. Whip it. Whip it good! Area 51, 451 W. 400 South, 8 p.m. Info: 534-0819.
- Also Saturday: The K-Liners (Pat’s BBQ); Swamp Donkeys, Thunderfist (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Starmy, Debi Graham, Tolchock Trio (Urban Lounge)
ttIn November, local DJs Nick James and Jesse Walker responded to the age-old question, “Is it better to burn out or fade away?” by retiring their wildly popular monthly party, Just Wanna Dance. Like James Dean or Jeff Buckley, JWD would remain forever young'and larger than life. Still, the Preacher and Scientist, respectively, couldn’t let the music die completely. With Time Tunnel, they look forward with host Carly, Dance-O-Lettes, visual alchemist Chris Howard and good vibrations inspired by 2006. The nightclub will be transformed, as will the party people who leave on New Year’s Day. The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, 9 p.m. Tickets: DepotSLC.com.
ttIn a perfect world, Zak de la Rocha would still record politically charged rants and Audioslave wouldn’t exist. Apparently this utopia exists, in some part, when Novelists perform. The local quintet'with roots linking Art of Kanly and New Transit Direction to JW Blackout and Never Never'pillaged the ’90s for sharp, disjointed fragments of post-hardcore, hip-hop and aggressive (but not aggro) rock, leaving out any nu-metal or crap-rock residue. It’s beautiful and loud, a perfect complement to Blackhole’s sonic boom. Go out with a bang. Broken Record, 1051 S. 300 West, 9 p.m. Info: 328-8650.
- Also Sunday: First Night (Downtown SLC); Ted Dancin’, The Wolfs (Urban Lounge); Royal Bliss (Huka Bar); Separation of Self (Club Vegas); Sindolor (Liquid Joe’s); The Supersuckers (Suede, Park City)
Tech N9ne (Great Saltair, Jan. 11). 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). Shapeshifters (Kilby Court, Jan. 15). Jesse Dayton (Suede, Jan. 16). 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). The Fray (McKay Events Center, Jan. 31).