Peelander-Z, Jonsi, Sleigh Bells, Say Anything & Motion City Soundtrack, Apples in Stereo, Of Montreal, The Gaslamp Killer 

Live: Music Picks Oct. 21-27

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Friday Oct. 22
Peelander-Z

It was probably just a matter of time before the self-proclaimed “Japanese Action Comic Punk Band” Peelander-Z made an album for children. After all, the band’s manic stage shows, heavy on audience participation, appeal to the ADD-afflicted, attention-seeking kid in all of us. Apparently, that time is now, with the Peelanders delivering P-TV-Z, a new release the band calls the “ultimate happy fun kid-friendly punk record.” The new collection includes a manic recreation of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” called “E-I-E-I-O,” as well as “Taco Taco Tacos,” “No More Cavities” and the sure-to-be-popular “How Are USA.” Does the new child-friendly Peelander-Z mean the end of human bowling at their live gigs? I doubt it. Burt’s Tiki Lounge, 726 S. State , 9 p.m., $10

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Jonsi
The frontman for Icelandic art-rockers Sigur Ros isn’t shunning the stunning theatricality of that band’s tours on his solo tour. If anything, he’s taking it up a few notches by collaborating with London design team 59 Productions, a company better known for working in theater and opera than rock & roll. On this tour, they help Jonsi bring his solo album Go to life via intricate lighting, animation and a set design full of nature motifs. Should be quite the visual and aural spectacle. Mountain Man opens the show. The Complex, 537 W. 100 South, 7 p.m., $23

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Sleigh Bells
Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells (guitarist/producer Derek Miller and singer Alexis Krauss) mash up rock guitar hooks with bombastic hip-hop beats in a similar fashion to M.I.A., but you won’t mistake Krauss’s sing-songy, robotic approach to lyrics for M.I.A. any time soon. That’s no criticism; if anything, Krauss’s mix of cheerleader chants, sexy cooing and disembodied zombie beat-boxing is what makes Sleigh Bells stellar debut, Treats, stand out. Their sets at the Pitchfork and Coachella festivals have quickly garnered them a rep as a must-see live band, and the buzz after their set opening for Yeasayer earlier this year in Salt Lake City was pretty damned loud, too. Pretty Plane opens the show. The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m. $12

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Say Anything, Motion City Soundtrack
Of all the bands tagged—fairly or not—with the dastardly “emo” label, Say Anything is one that deserves a better shake, thanks to leader Max Bemis’ knack for crafting pop-rock hooks and his ability to actually display a sense of humor, albeit subtle, every now and then. Motion City Soundtrack have never had a problem letting their funny flag fly; if anything, the band’s serious songwriting chops have probably been overlooked because they seem like a rather simple, good-time pop-rock band. Their major-label debut, My Dinosaur Life, might help change that. Saves The Day and Valencia are also on the bill. Avalon Theater, 3605 S. State, 6:30 p.m., $25 advance/$28 day of show

Sunday Oct. 24
The Apples in Stereo

Elephant 6 Collective main man Robert Schneider has always been a bit of a trippy cat, and he might have finally gone right off the deep end with his new Apples project, Travellers in Space and Time. The power-pop genius aimed to create what “more highly evolved pop might sound like: shiny soul music with robots and humans singing together.” The result is a winning polyglot of the Gap Band, ELO and the Beach Boys, with more electronic squiggles and blips than past Apples efforts. It’s an album-long dance-party, delivered by pasty white rock dudes with vast musical skills, and should make for an interesting show. Fol Chen opens. The State Room, 638 S. State, 8 p.m., $14 advance/$18 day of show

Monday Oct. 25
Of Montreal

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In an era when more and more artists are taking advantage of technology that allows them to record at home, Of Montreal mastermind Kevin Barnes is going the opposite direction. His band’s new False Priest album is Of Montreal’s 10th release, and the first he didn’t record himself on home computer. Instead, he worked with producer Jon Brion (Fiona Apple, Kanye West) in actual recording studios, using real instruments instead of synthetic facsimiles, to come up with a sexdrenched fusing of indie-pop and funky R&B. Both Solange Knowles and this show’s opener, Janelle Monae, join Barnes for the fun. In the Venue, 579 W. 200 South, 7 p.m., $20.50

Tuesday
Oct. 26
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The Gaslamp Killer, Daedelus
This one-two punch of a mid-week show brings SLC The Gaslamp Killer, a San Diego native and Los Angeles-based DJ who incorporates psychedelia, world music and hip-hop into his high-energy original tunes. A nice sonic juxtaposition comes courtesy of co-headliner Daedelus, a former classical and jazz kid who found his way into SoCal rave culture. Now, his music reaches as far back as the 1930s and ‘40s for inspiration, defying genres to create a sound utterly his own. 12th Planet and Teebs open the show. W Lounge, 358 S. West Temple, 9 p.m., $10 advance/$12 day of show

Coming Soon

Electric Six (The Urban Lounge, Oct. 28) The Thermals, Elf Power (The Urban Lounge, Oct. 29), Azure Ray, Tim Fite (The State Room, Oct. 30), The Glitch Mob (Great Saltair, Oct. 30), Pepper, Mishka (The Complex, Oct. 30), Senses Fail, Bayside (In The Venue, Oct. 30), Breathe Owl Breathe (Kilby Court, Nov. 1), Riders in the Sky (Abravanel Hall, Nov. 1)

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