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Rumba Libre

In 2008, after spending a decade and a half singing with Utah's highest-profile purveyors of Latin music—we're talkin' about Salsa Brava, Mambo Jumbo, Ritmo Caliente and Orquesta Latinos—not to mention internationally famous acts like Gloria Estefan, Lalo Rodríguez and Poncho Sanchez, Coco Garcia formed Rumba Libre. His intent was to create his own style of music—a blend of salsa, Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban music. "I put together an all-star band," Garcia writes on,"combining the best players in Salt Lake City with an exciting and unique style that delivers the best salsa and Latin jazz music in the ... Utah, Idaho and Wyoming region." The group, he says, is "very versatile ... we can also play from a full 10-piece salsa band to a jazz quintet or trio." The band demonstrates this on their CD, Salsa Fever (available on the band's website), but they really shine onstage, moving audiences to dance in their own saucy, febrile fits. (Randy Harward) Peery's Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden, 7:30 p.m., $13.50 (adults), $10.50 (student/military), $8.50 (kids),


Napalm Death, Melvins, Melt Banana
From the moment they released their debut, Scum (Earache), in 1987 to 2015's Apex Predator-Easy Meat (Century Media), Napalm Death has been redefining heavy. Known for pioneering grindcore metal, the British band increased the already ridiculous speed of thrash and death metal, dialed up the raw factor and made it relevant thanks to the progressive sociopolitical themes viciously barked out by vocalist Barney Greenway. Napalm Death is one of the few heavy bands that is right at home in metal, hardcore, punk and crust scenes. Joining them on this tour is the equally influential band Melvins. Before they came along, the Seattle scene was starting to fizzle after the success of Heart and Queensryche started to wane. Buzz Osbourne's doomy chug and unparalleled riff mastery goosed the scene right in the ass, as Melvins dropped a heavy slab of sludge alongside the grunge-y sounds of Soundgarden, Nirvana and, to a lesser, more pretentious extent, Pearl Jam. Napalm Death and Melvins are your reward if you survive the ear-lacerating onslaught of Tokyo noise merchants, Melt Banana. Like Napalm Death did with heavy metal, Melt Banana did with noise rock, ratcheting up the noise and energy and, if you can perceive it through the chaos, adding some strong hooks. Their live performances push everything right to the point where it sounds like things will fall apart. That's what makes them so much fun. (Marc Hanson) The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 8 p.m., $23 in advance, $25 day of show,


Mojave Nomads, Panthermilk, Rumble Gums, Westward

In a fine-tuned experiment of gritty indie-leaning vocals laid over smooth jazz- and soul-influenced instrumentals, Ogden's Mojave Nomads have created a sound that is as unique as it is alluring. With the release of their 2015 Black Sheep EP, Tyler Harris (vocals/guitar), Colter Hill (lead guitar), Bryton Bell (bass), Cole Eisenhour (percussion), Mason Hill (keyboards/synthesizers) have gained a strong following both in Salt Lake City and up north. Upon each listen, a new movement and a new melody seem to emerge— definitely a band to watch. Logan-born mad scientists Panthermilk present a wonderfully odd mixture of folk and psych-rock. With releases such as 2015's Totem and 2014's Orion EP, Nick Porath, Benton Wood, Jake Hurst, Josh Mikesell, Nicholas Lilly and Dan Fields sound something like an acoustic and more reigned-in Wavves. Additional support provided by the hip-hop and rock infused Rumble Gums and cowboy space-rockers Westward. (Zac Smith) Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7 p.m., $6,

Pony Time, Secret Abilities, Muzzle Tung
Are Luke Beetham and Stacy Peck, aka Seattle garage rockers Pony Time, another incarnation of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks? The title of their latest album, Rumours 2: The Rumours Are True (self-released) might lead you to that conclusion. Alas, it's more of a loose tribute in the sense that the songs are not by, or even redolent of, Fleetwood Mac. They claim, however, that Rumours 2 was recorded "in the same style of Fleetwood Mac's classic album, replacing the copious amounts of cocaine with Gatorade and tumultuous love affairs with trips to Arby's." Sports drinks plus nitrate-laden fast food do, however, give you a pretty good idea where Pony Time comes from: a land of fuzztones, reverb, handclaps and spunk are as beguiling as Stevie Nick's white witch. Local awk-rawkers Secret Abilities and sleepy post-punks Muzzle Tung open. (RH) Diabolical Records, 238 S. Edison St., 8 p.m., $5 donation,


RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons
If reality television competitions give you explosive, uh, you know, you may find relief in RuPaul's Drag Race. Although it has the same old manufactured drama and lame catch phrases of any reality show, it's a lot more fun and surprisingly uplifting. Plus, the zippy one-liners, crazy costumes and lip-sync battles are just good TV. Tonight's show is hosted by Michelle Visage and features Pearl performing an opening DJ set with performances by past winners, runners-up and fan favorites Adore Delano, Alaska Thunderfuck, Courtney Act, Ginger Minj, Miss Fame, Phi Phi O'Hara and Violet Chachki (left)—who performed at Metro Bar last December. (Randy Harward) The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, 9 p.m., $37.50 (VIP tickets: $199-299),


Marty Stuart's The Fabulous Superlatives

Discovered in his early teens while photographing country music musicians, and subsequently deemed a country music prodigy by Americana legend Lester Flatt, Marty Stuart is now himself something of an icon. He's released 17 albums since the 1970s, working in country, gospel and bluegrass, and continues to crank them out, including the most recent, 2014's Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, came out on his own Superlatone label. In spite of his success, Stuart still maintains a fascination with chronicling country music in photos and even magazine articles and his own book, American Ballads. Expect to hear songs and stories from a man who knows country music inside and out. Our own local country luminaries, The Hollering Pines, open. (Randy Harward) The State Room, 638 S. State, 8 p.m., $48,



Steven Zhu, better known as the electronic and house producer ZHU, began his music career in self-imposed anonymity, desiring to be judged by his musical abilities alone. With the release of the track "Moves Like Miss Jackson"—an innovative mash-up of Outkast's "The Way You Move," "So Fresh, So Clean" and "Ms. Jackson," public demand was so overwhelming that Zhu was forced to reveal himself. Since then, Zhu released two EPs, The Nightday in 2014 (Mind of a Genius/Columbia) and Genesis Series in 2015 (Columbia)—each acclaimed by specialized outlets such as Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and Complex, as well as a number of singles, like "In the Morning" and "Working for It," a collaboration with Skrillex and THEY. Zhu's Neon City Tour will include new production by the artist and a feature-length film to which Zhu will provide the score. (ZS) The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, 8 p.m., $25.50 in advance, $29 day of show,

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