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Dr. Dog, Jolie Holland, Dethklok, Kid Theodore, Aimee Mann, Fountains of Wayne & Marcy Playground 

Live: Music Picks Oct. 8-14

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Friday 10.9

Jolie Holland’s fan base might get a boost thanks to her recent appearance on David Gray’s new album, Draw the Line. Folks who’ve never heard of the former Be Good Tanyas singer/multi-instrumentalist will likely race out and purchase The Living & The Dead after hearing her singular sultry cadence accompanying Gray. In some circles, Holland actually has to downplay her presence, even going so far as to invent a pseudonym on the occasion she backs another artist on violin. Next time you see Bell Denmark on a lineup, you’ll know that while Holland is in the house, her performance will be distinct from the one we’ll catch tonight. Headliners Dr. Dog, though often pinned as psychedelic, aren’t in the same camp as neo-psych groups Black Angels or Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound. Rather, their most recent releases bring to mind the best of The Band and similar classic rock groups with spectacular, layered instrumentation and climatic vocal outbursts. The Philly-based act has a new LP in the works expected to hit (hopefully early) next year. The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m. Tickets: 24Tix.com

If Adult Swim seems like an odd fit for a metal bill, well, it is. But, the cable channel is known for its somewhat unconventional and bizarre programming (foul-mouthed cartoon milkshake anyone?)—why not embrace its fictional/non-fictional death-metal band, Dethklok? The lucrative group responsible for such hits as “Hatredcopter” and “Bloodrocuted” (“Wait, now, what did they say/ about the human body and proportions of things?/ Blood is an energy conductor/I am full of that/ all I need is an outlet”), is touring in support of the new Dethalbum II with the mighty Mastodon and Relapse Records power trio High on Fire. All three, incredibly loud acts manage to be both scary and humorous in their own unique ways. Great Saltair, 12408 W. Salt Air Dr., 6:30 p.m. Allages.
Tickets: 24Tix.com

Earlier this year, Utah natives Kid Theodore up and left us for Los Angeles to further their burgeoning career. While, arguably, they could have stayed put and enjoyed an equal chance of making it, we support their decision to play the odds. They are, after all, healthy, young, indie-pop artists with serious chops, consummate manners and uncanny luck—guitarist Cole Barnson won big in a random, completely legit rock, paper, scissors contest down in Austin last March. Seriously. The man went home with $5,000, basically for expert hand signaling. The energetic rockers have been making the most out of their new digs, touring often and cooking up a new batch of demos. The new “We’re All Just Little Children,” like much of their material, juxtaposes light, bouncy melodies with introspective, slightly brooding lyrical content. Kid Theodore will follow up their Utah gigs with another CMJ appearance and studio time to kick out an EP for winter listening. Velour, 135 N. University Ave., Provo, 8 p.m. All-ages (also Saturday at Kilby Court with Fictionist)

Monday 10.12

Aimee Mann does what she loves on her own terms. While her activities aren’t salacious enough for mp3 blogs, or, “vlogs,” technology she rather reluctantly embraced to document a recent European tour, the critically acclaimed singer/guitarist has released seven studio albums free of major-label influence, trending topics and buzzworthy cred. Classy, smart and classic, Mann writes anthems for oddballs and underdogs, championing parts of lives most overlook. It’s not glamorous, but as she said in a recent interview, “Being famous is just a terrible goal.” The State Room, 638 S. State, 8 p.m. Tickets: TheStateRoomSLC.com

Wednesday 10.14

Like The Proclaimers, Marcy Playground struck bittersweet gold with a smash hit single, in their case “Sex & Candy,” an initially intriguing alt-rock ditty that by its 1,000th spin on Top 40 radio grew painfully grating and earned the band a bad rap. Listening to the new Leaving Wonderland in a Fit of Rage, it seems we were a bit too quick to dismiss the New York trio. Their fourth full-length album does much to counter the unpleasant aftertaste from 1997, with polished tracks that maintain singer John Wozniak’s proclivity for bad girls (“devil woman,” “you can call me daddy”). Standouts “Gin & Money” and “I Burned the Bed” might not replace “Sex & Candy” as Marcy Playground’s claim to fame, but they help distinguish the group from the likes of Jimmy Ray
. The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m. Tickets: 24Tix.com

Coming Up

Dark Star Orchestra (The Depot, Oct. 15); WPA (The State Room, Oct. 15); BrakesBrakesBrakes (Kilby Court, Oct. 16); Ingrid Michaelson (In the Venue, Oct. 17); Quietdrive (Murray Theater, Oct. 17); Zion I (Urban Lounge, Oct. 18); Bob Dylan (Great Saltair, Oct. 19); Future of the Left, And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead (Urban Lounge, Oct. 19); The Black Dahlia Murder (Murray Theater, Oct. 20); Great Lake Swimmers, Wooden Birds (The State Room, Oct. 20); The Gossip, Men (Urban Lounge, Oct. 20); Marianne Dissard (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Oct. 20)

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