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Live Music Picks: April 20-26 

Beats Antique, Tango West, Snoop Dogg and more.

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Beats Antique, Mr. Bill
Credit Beats Antique with applying a certain truth in advertising. The beat quotient is a constant and, as for the antique reference, they affirm a certain reverence for the roots. That's demonstrated in their music, which draws from old-school jazz, hip-hop, world influences and electronica that finds them venturing freely into even more unexpected realms where ambiance and atmosphere dominate the sound. (A cover of the Grateful Dead's "New Speedway Boogie" fits in fine with tribal fusion forays and a belly-dancing beat.) The band's new album, Shadowbox, reflects that disparate approach, and with an array of special guests—including the revered Preservation Hall Jazz Band—Beats Antique proves that no boundary can't be broken. Expect them to deliver a weird, wild vibe, chock full of bass and boogie. Mr. Bill opens. (Lee Zimmerman) The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, 7:30 p.m., $25 presale; $28 day of show, 21+,


The '70s and '80s saw a rise to prominence by a format known as Album Oriented Rock (AOR), and no band typified that blend of progressive posturing and commercial concerns better than Kansas. With a sound that incorporated synths and violins into heroic heartland anthems, they dominated rock radio alongside such like-minded outfits as Journey, Yes, Genesis and Styx. Their signature song, "Carry On Wayward Son," easily rivals "Stairway to Heaven" and "Sweet Home Alabama" as far as airwave overkill is concerned. With two early members still at the helm—guitarist Rich Williams and drummer Phil Ehart—they continue to carry on four decades later. (LZ) Eccles Theater, Delta Performance Hall, 131 S. Main, 8 p.m., $25-$275, all ages,


Tango West: 100 Years of Tango
Just as springtime weather emerges in full bloom (give or take a few Utah snowstorms), the Gallivan Center's Excellence in the Community free concert series commences, turning the plaza's outdoor performance area into a space as comfortable as your backyard, with some of the best local jazz musicians. The tango is known as the dance of love, and Tango West is a sextet expert in interweaving the torrid rhythms and supple instrumentation that makes the art form as entrancing—and just plain hot—as it was when it was developed in the 1880s. (Brian Staker) The Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main, 7:30 p.m., free, all ages,


Snoop Dogg Wellness Retreat feat. Wiz Khalifa, Cypress Hill and Flatbush Zombies
A wellness retreat? See what happens when Snoop Dogg starts hangin' around with Martha Stewart? Is that crafty woman turning my man into a regular Snoopsie Homemaker—by dosing him with her own strain of weed, an OG Kush-potpourri hybrid called Martha-juana? Or maybe the name of this hip-hop package tour is a simple medicinal reference, alluding to the blissful euphoria one gets when they indulge in the good-good. Those mellow moments are therapeutic, after all, and go so well with beats and rhymes—even the simpleton verses of Wiz Khalifa, the bathroom-break entry on this otherwise bomb-ass bill. (Randy Harward) Usana Amphitheatre, 5150 S. 6055 West), 6:30 p.m., $40-$80,


Mastodon, Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles
Mastodon is a monolithic, metal-making machine. The Atlanta alt-metal group recently released their latest creation upon the world in Emperor of Sand (Reprise), a powerful, progressive punch to the ears—and all that is holy. The band chronicled the creative process behind its seventh album in a series of videos on their official YouTube channel. In the mini-docs, band members explain how personal tragedies like singer-bassist Troy Sanders' wife's cancer battle and the loss of guitarist Bill Kelliher's mother to the same disease inspired the album. "Ever since Crack the Skye, we've kind of taken the stance that, whatever tragedies in your life—that everyone goes through—we're lucky enough to have this thing to put it in, and that's Mastodon," drummer Brann Dailor says in the first installment. Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles open. All tickets purchased online include a physical or digital copy of Emperor. (Justin Criado) The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, 6:30 p.m., $34.50 presale; $39.50 day of show, all ages,


The Obsessed, Karma to Burn, Fatso Jetson, MuckRaker
There are so many weed jokes to make with this lineup of venerable stoner-doom bands. But that would be redundant (see Snoop), not to mention a shameful dismissal of the raw rock 'n' roll bitchin'-ness represented here. The Obsessed is led by Scott "Wino" Weinrich, one of the genre's most prolific artists, having fronted such esteemed bands as Saint Vitus, Spirit Caravan, The Hidden Hand and Premonition 13, among others. Wino's trotting out the band to promote Sacred (Relapse, 2017), which is only the fourth album in the group's nearly four-decade existence. They alone are worth the price of admission, but adding the roaring desert rock of genre luminaries Karma to Burn and Fatso Jetson—two bands with twice the discography in half the time, and the Southern-fried stonersounds of MuckRaker, and this isn't a show—it's a festival. (RH) Metro Music Hall, 615 W. 100 South, 7 p.m., $15 presale; $18 day of show, 21+,

Devin the Dude, Zac Ivie, AZA, Shanghaii, Bi$hop Gran
What better way for rapper Devin the Dude (born Devin Copeland) to reconnect with fans (and make new ones) than touring behind a new album around the biggest stoner holiday in the world? Copeland started rhyming with Jugg Mugg and Rob Quest in the Odd Squad before embarking on a 19-year solo stint under the Rap-A-Lot label. Now, he's rapping under his own umbrella, the Coughee Brothaz Enterprise, with a new LP called Acoustic Levitation. It's the same formula as always: self-evaluation, debauchery and rhymes—on weed. Locals Zac Ivie, AZA, Shanghaii and Bi$hop Gran open the show. (Keith McDonald) The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 8 p.m., $18 presale; $20 day of show, 21+,


Terry Malts, Fossil Arms, The Elders
How many bands' albums were released as the result of losing a bet? San Francisco power-pop band Terry Malts' (sounds like a solo act—wasn't that the singer in The Specials?) debut Killing Time (Slumberland Records, 2012) was followed up with 2013's Nobody Realizes This is Nowhere, a play on Neil Young's album Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. Their newest, 2016's Lost at the Party, was recorded in Los Angeles, where guitarist/vocalist Corey Cunningham had relocated, and it finds them adding depth and compositional variety to their previously punky output. (BS) Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7 p.m., $10, all ages,

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Lee Zimmerman

Lee Zimmerman

An accomplished writer, blogger and reviewer, Zimmerman contributes to several local and national publications, including No Depression, Paste, Relix and Goldmine. The music obsessive says he owns too many albums to count and numerous instruments he’s yet to learn.

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