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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Live Picks: New Deal Edition

Posted By on October 15, 2009, 1:28 PM

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If you can tear yourself away from today's balloon-boy headlines, get off the couch and hit the town---

Monsters of Folk might be the current supergroup of note, but Works Progress Administration boasts an equally impressive lineup of artists pooling their individual strengths to create one giant tour de force. Like MOF, WPA formed organically following a series of gigs at Los Angeles music hotspot Largo. Core members Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket), Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek) and Luke Bulla (Lyle Lovett) joined rotating players Benmont Tench, Greg Leisz, Pete Thomas, Davey Faragher and Sara Watkins in the studio to hammer out some killer folk, bluegrass and country tunes highlighting one another’s area of expertise. The result is a self-titled release that is truly flawless and worthy of some above-ground buzz. Don’t miss the opening act, Utah’s Madison Arm. Word is they’re cooking up some new material. We can’t wait to hear it. The State Room, 638 S. State, 8 p.m.

Also tonight, check out the second SLC appearance by Dark Star Orchestra, famous for their spot-on tribute not simply to Grateful Dead tunes but the vast, spaced-out Jer-Bear experience. The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, 8 p.m.

And, over at Urban Lounge, local chanteuse Lindsey Heath opens for BrakesBrakesBrakes and A Hack & A Hacksaw (featuring members of Neutral Milk Hotel). 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m.

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