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Live Music Picks: July 20-26 

The Music of Prince with the Utah Symphony, Club Nouveau, Social Distortion, UB40 and more.

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ROGER MOORE
  • Roger Moore

THURSDAY 7/20
The Music of Prince with the Utah Symphony
Prince has passed on to the great Paisley Park in the sky, to rule an afterlife where things are much easier than in this mortal realm. There, on purple clouds, he grinds with Darling Nikki and Vanity, pouring merlot down upon us like hyperbolic purple rain. This, while we guzzle a deluge of posthumous releases and YouTube footage even fake psychics could've predicted. But it does little to fill the ornate and pointy symbol-name-shaped holes in our hearts, because we will never again get to see him do his thing on stage. That's where cats like Marshall Charloff come in. Charloff portrays the Purple One in the tribute act The Purple Xperience, as well as with local orchestras like our own Utah Symphony. The Xperience is more of a tribute, with Charloff—looking, singing, dancing and playing like our hero—fronting a band that cops the look and style of Prince's backing musicians (like Dez Dickerson, right down to the Japanese headband). Symphonic or otherwise, tributes are at best reasonable facsimiles of the original act, and among the half-dozen or so Prince impersonators on YouTube, Charloff is one of the best. Is he our Dr. Everything'llbeallright? Can he harness the wattage of one of the world's most electrifying performers? Of course not. But he's close enough. Deer Valley Resort's Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, 2250 S. Deer Valley Drive, Park City, 7:30 p.m., $39-$96 ($15 youth tickets available), all ages, deervalleymusicfestival.org

ANDRE JONES
  • Andre Jones

SATURDAY 7/22
Club Nouveau, Karyn White, Surface
When the Timex Social Club debuted with their track "Rumors," everyone who'd ever been back-bitten by someone else took it to heart. So did the band and their producer/musical director, Jay King. They wound up talking shit about each other after a disagreement led to the unwinding of Timex not long after the release of "Rumors"—and the founding of Club Nouveau, with King at the helm. Nouveau led off with the single "Jealousy," an exercise in meta-gossip, addressing the breakup. Then they hit it big in 1987 with their cover of Bill Withers' "Lean on Me," which in spite of its poppiness actually retained the sincerity of the original. Although Nouveau dropped five albums in a decade, they too came to be thought of as one-hit wonders. That doesn't mean they didn't have some good tunes. They're joined tonight by two other acts from the same era: soul diva Karyn White ("Secret Rendezvous," "Romantic") and trio Surface ("The First Time"), who make the bill more than the usual '80s and '90s nostalgia experience. Infinity Event Center, 26 E. 600 South, 8 p.m., $35-$50, 21+, infinityeventcenter.com

DANNY CLINCH
  • Danny Clinch

Social Distortion, Jade Jackson
Here are two things you tend to hear about Social Distortion, the greatest cowpunk band of all time (besides The Beat Farmers): They rule, and Mike Ness is a dick. Although anecdotal allegations abound, and the list of past band members shows more turnover than the Arby's dessert menu, I can't speak to the latter. But the former is the unvarnished truth and, even if Ness isn't very nice, the music he's pumped out with the band we know affectionately as "Social D" earns him big-ups forever. The band took a victory lap around the country last year on the 20th anniversary of their debut album, playing hits and tracks off their upcoming new album, which still ain't quite ready. But that's just fine, because the band always delivers the goods onstage. Jade Jackson, whose Ness-produced debut Finish Line (Anti-) shows a voice and songs as hot as her 21st-century Bettie Page pin-up girl looks, opens. The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, 7 p.m., $41 presale, $46 day of show, 21+, depotslc.com

EDWARD COOKE
  • Edward Cooke

UB40 Legends: Ali, Astro & Mickey, Matisyahu, Raging Fyah
Stories of bands breaking up and then bickering over the rights to tour under the band's moniker are as interesting and juicy as they are rote. U.K. reggae-pop outfit UB40 has been embroiled in one such kerfuffle for close to a decade now, with one version led by singer Ali Campbell and featuring keyboard player Mickey Virtue, and another comprised of most of the original band—including trumpeter/percussionist/vocalist Astro, along with a new singer, Ali's brother Duncan. Of course, the makers of usually blissful music squabbled about that, with the Campbell brothers especially butt-hurt about the whole thing. Now Astro has defected back to Ali's camp and it's still pretty much business as usual, with both acts on the road. Which is a good thing for fans, because either way they still get to hear those great songs, like "Red Red Wine" and "Rat in Mi Kitchen." And with Jewish Rasta rapper Matisyahu and another reggae act out of Jamaica, Raging Fyah, there should be enough good vibes floatin' around the Complex this Saturday that you'll forget UB40 be fighting (and who you be, too). The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, 7 p.m., $46 presale, $53 day of show, all ages, thecomplexslc.com

SANDRA REK
  • Sandra Rek

SUNDAY 7/23
Elf Power, Muzzle Tung
From Athens, Ga., Elf Power (est. 1994) seems the most mild-mannered of the Elephant 6 Collective. As opposed to the work of their peers—the trenchant power pop of The Apples in Stereo, the over-the-top theatrical psychedelia of Of Montreal, the demented poetry of Jeff Mangum's Neutral Milk Hotel or the mad-scientific hall-of-mirrors of The Olivia Tremor Control—Elf Power's folk-pop miniatures, as much as they meander down circuitous avenues of sonic distraction, are somewhat restrained. But the group's albums—musical ruminations that live up to titles like A Dream in Sound (Arena Rock, 1999), Treasures From the Trash Heap (self-released, 2006)—nonetheless seize the imagination through progressive-compulsive exposure, until you've taken up permanent residence in their sonic fantasyland. How fortunate that on April Fools' Day 2014 at The Depot, I got to see them open for NMH, who played their magnum opus In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (Merge, 1998) in its entirety. That night, both acts reminded the crowd that musical inventiveness is possible and necessary. (Elf Power junkies will note that the outfit's 2008 collaboration with Vic Chesnutt and the Amorphous Strums, Dark Developments, performed a similar feat.) The band's 13th album, Twitching in Time (Orange Twin, 2017) continues their esoteric pop wanderings, in which they employ such instrumental exotica as the Casio digital horn, often erroneously called a "zanzithophone." Local openers Muzzle Tung know a thing or two about adventurous music, and will nicely complement Elf Power. Don't miss them. (Brian Staker) Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7 p.m., $12, all ages, kilbycourt.com

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