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Thursday 10.12nn

nIt’s easy to picture Yo La Tengo in preschool, covered by finger paint and rubber cement, squirming in chairs too rigid for restless bodies. Smart enough to skip a few grades, Ira, Georgia and James would likely stay behind to entertain their peers. It’s easy to imagine such things given the New Jersey trio’s propensity to create music steeped in restless fantasy. Whether pensive and heartbroken as on “Autumn Sweater” or hilarious and silly in the video for “Sugarcube” (with David Cross!), their songs strike an innocent chord that appeals to our most basic emotions. While Anticon’s Why? have a decidedly different sound, they’re well on their way to developing an equally varied repertoire. Their last gig at the now-defunct Kayo Gallery had their percussionist manning everything but the kitchen sink. Hell, that might have been in there, too. In the Venue, 579 W. 200 South, 8 p.m., all-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.comnn

Also Thursday: LucyBell (The Depot); Utah Symphony: Out of the West (Rose Wagner, see Music, p. 36)nn

Friday 10.13nn

nI wish they all could be California’s Mother Hips, stoned and carefree minstrels spinning soundtracks for ocean swims and slow dancing in dive bars. The recently regrouped San Francisco band is easy like Sunday morning, their country-tinged rock laced with romantic ideals about life in the slow lane. Their latest release, 2005’s Red Tandy EP, packs slow jams and heavy fueled numbers into one small, irresistible package. Standout track, “Colonized,” has a sweet “I’m Eighteen” meets “Cocaine” riff driving lush, classic-rock harmonies and acoustic chords that make you want to drive for miles and miles. Liquid Joe’s, 1249 E. 3300 South, 10 p.m. Tickets: (with Band of Annuals and Marcus Bently)nn

nLove Monkey’s fresh-faced teen idol is less Backstreet Boy, more John Mayer. In fact, with his hushed vocals, puppy-love lyrics and brown-locks mop top, some posit Teddy Geiger contains bits of Mayers’ DNA coursing through cloned blood. Stranger things have happened. Eccles Center, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: 435-655-3114nn

Also Friday: When In Rome (The Depot); Monochrist, Grimmway (Burt’s Tiki Lounge)nn

Saturday 10.14nn

n“Bad” Brad Wheeler is passionate, to say the least. Ogden’s renowned blues musician/activist burns both ends trying to spread the gospel of John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Howling Wolf and other legends on KRCL’s Thursday Roots & Blues, promoting local concerts and reaching out to new generations with the Blues in Schools program. But today’s event is less about passion, more about instinct. It came to him in a dream: 10,000 people playing harmonicas in an otherwise barren field. Thanks to Grandma, Wheeler interpreted the dream as a calling to get his Harmonica Army into the Guinness Book of World Records with at least 2,500 souls covering “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Lindquist Field, 2330 Lincoln Ave, Ogden, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., all-ages. Info: HarmonicaArmy.comnn

Also Saturday: The Killers (Great Saltair); Jason Anderson of Wolf Colonel (Kilby Court); Donald Glaude (In the Venue); The Mother Hips (Urban Lounge)nn

Tuesday 10.17nn

nFollow the Yellow Brick Road'but only if you’re ready to accept harsh realities lurking behind the curtain. “We’re not in Dreamland anymore,” Tim Kasher reminds “Dorothy at Forty,” one of many scathing social critiques on Cursive’s latest release, Happy Hollow. The Omaha band shares in common with their Saddlecreek label mates a fierce sense of duty to protest all that’s wrong with America: Dubya, religious fanatics, vapid voters and other forces pulling us down the drain. Heavy subject matter is offset by bold, colorful orchestration with big-band horns and Kasher’s occasional shriek. The album is a perfect complement to The Thermals’ own concept album shaped around a Christian-fascist governed regime. In the Venue, 579 W. 200 South, 7 p.m., all-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.comnn

Also Tuesday: Califone, Tolchock Trio (Urban Lounge, see Music p. 34)nn

Wednesday 10.18nn

nJuana Molina is a rare breed of musical visionary. Her experimental sounds are approachable, rooted in traditions that ring familiar no matter the listener’s cultural background. One need not be Argentine to delight in the childlike wonder she infuses into each track off Son, her latest collection of gorgeous Spanish-laced folk. Molina told The Believer, McSweeney’s postmodern literary journal, that she absorbs sounds others ignore or take for granted, like loose manholes or songs sung in English. She grew up listening to foreign lyrics, paying close attention to supporting orchestration. It’s this attention to detail that makes Molina’s material fascinating, relevant and universal. Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 10 p.m. Tickets: 24Tix.comnn

SuperHeavyGoatAss (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Oct. 19). Michael Franti & Spearhead (Suede, Oct. 19). Glass Candy (Urban Lounge, Oct. 21). Dashboard Confessional (McKay Events Center, Oct. 23). Plus 44 (In the Venue, Oct. 24). Eric McFadden Trio (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Oct. 24). Evanescence (In the Venue, Oct. 25). Donovan Frankenreiter (The Depot, Oct. 25). Pablo Ceballos (Hotel/Elevate Oct. 27). Throwrag (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Oct. 30). Eagles of Death Metal (The Depot, Oct. 30). Jello Biafra (University of Utah, Nov. 2). Sparta (In the Venue, Nov. 2). Western Underground (The Depot, Nov. 3). Exene Cervenka & The Original Sinners (Urban Lounge, Nov. 3). Robert Randolph & The Family Band (In the Venue, Nov. 4). Wolf Eyes (Urban Lounge, Nov. 17).

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