New Thrill Parade, Love Like Fire, Dirty Sweet, Pendulum 

Music Picks March 12-18

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Thursday 3.12
THE NEW THRILL PARADE, CASTOR & POLLUTION
Santa Cruz’s New Thrill Parade share much in common with fellow Bay Area misfits Old Time Relijun, minus the bare-bones upright bass. Lead vocalist Amatai Heller issues a frenetic warble similar to that of Relijun ringleader Arrington de Dionyso—not so much exercising the demons as inviting them to dance. The New Thrill Parade’s experimental hell-raising noise is marked by eerie saxophone and an overall primitive tone that encourages the listener to bob and weave with great abandon, like Peanuts characters in a seedy backyard boogie. Apparently, the group in their former incarnation as the Gross Gang were much less composed, inspiring reckless audience members to ruin all the fun for interested wallflowers. Now everyone can enjoy the free-form sounds without getting roughed up in the process. The New Thrill Parade will be performing—probably dressed in costume—with friends and Salt Lake City’s Castor & Pollution, whose hypnotic electronic movements are a unique addition to the local music scene.
Boing Collective, 608 S. 500 East, 8 p.m. All-ages

Friday 3.13

LOVE LIKE FIRE
Love Like Fire’s Ann Yu brings to mind several powerful female singers including Rainer Maria’s Caithlin De Marrais. Her voice adds strength and defiance to even acoustic numbers off An Ocean In the Air (2007) and Bed of Gold (2006), transforming ballads into torch songs with just the right amount of controlled passion. Love Like Fire have a mid-‘90s indie-rock quality to them that’s neither whiny and passive nor sassy and diva-esque.

Their songs are romantic and assertive with a straightforwardness that almost makes you long for the days when bands like Rilo Kiley were just a blip on the radar—a slick-free secret treasure for the kids at Kilby. Experience the same type of magic with Love Like Fire, tonight.
Velour, 135 N. University Ave, Provo, 8 p.m. All-ages. VelourLive.com

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DIRTY SWEET
If the Black Crowes got into a brawl with Kings of Leon, the surviving members might look and sound a bit like Dirty Sweet, a Southern rock band by way of San Diego whose hand-clapping, bootstomping songs do right by the group’s name. These hairy troubadours have luscious chocolate locks and rhythm to spare with an instinctive knack for gritty guitar solos that burn for miles.

Listening to their 2007 debut Of Monarchs & Beggars, it’s kind of hard to believe they once opened for Jimmy Eat World. That’s like sending the wolf out to entertain an audience of trusting lambs.
Bar Deluxe, 666 S. State, 10 p.m.

Sunday 3.15
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ACOUSTIC CAFE: MARV HAMILTON, KRISTIN ERICKSON

The Urban Lounge is not typically associated with mellow acoustic music, but a relatively new monthly series aims to change that perception with unplugged performances by some of Utah’s best folk, jazz, bluegrass, roots-rock, alt-country and blues artists including March headliners Marv Hamilton and Kristin Erickson, both of whom recently played the 2009 Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, Tenn. These two seasoned veterans have paid their dues, and the hard work is evident in songs like Erickson’s “Even the Devil,” combining smart lyrics with her unconventional delivery.

Tonight’s lineup also features Fifth Fret, Steve Stewart and Aaron Rashaw. The action starts earlier than usual, so even worker bees can enjoy the show and arrive home well before midnight. Next month’s Cafe spotlights Cosy Sheridan, Anke Summerhill and T.R. Ritchie.

The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday 3.17
ST. PATRICK’S DAY BASH
Dave Morris and the rest of his Piper Down crew patiently wait 364 days out of the year for their favorite holiday to arrive—OK, more like 357 if you count the local Irish pub’s week-long St.

Patrick’s Day countdown beginning March 12. But nothing compares to the festivities that take place today. Festivities start at noon with traditional Irish music until 3 p.m. followed by three increasingly lively performances by local favorites Swagger— and that’s not all! Bagpipe bands will also provide the soundtrack to long-anticipated spirited revelry.

Just remember to employ some common sense and take a cab home.
Piper Down, 1492 S. State, noon-close

PENDULUM
Pendulum recently announced via Twitter—OK, they tweeted—that they’ll be headlining the annual dance music festival Global Gathering in Stratford- Upon-Avon alongside The Prodigy and Orbital.

The gig should help cement the Australian sextet’s reputation as the next kings of electronic/organic dance-rock for their willingness to work within the medium rather than cutting and pasting samples like so many vapid club hit-makers. Their releases include several EPs, LPs and remixes including tweaked versions of their own material—much of which could easily provide the soundtrack to a Jason Statham action film. Murray Theater, 4959 S. State, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: SmithsTix.com

COMING UP
The Clumsy Lovers
(Urban Lounge, March 20); Warren G (Teazers, March 21); The Aggrolites (In the Venue, March 21); Tim Barry (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, March 22); Candlebox, Royal Bliss (The Depot, March 23); Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti (Urban Lounge, March 24); Cute Is What We Aim For (Murray Theater, March 24); Black Sheep (Bar Deluxe, March 25); Melodians (Star Bar, March 25); Less Than Jake (Murray Theater, March 27); Leslie & The LYs (Kilby Court, March 28)
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