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Live Music Picks: July 6-12 

Pig, Charlie Parr, Donny & Marie Osmond, Michelle Moonshine Trio and more.

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RAYMOND WATTS
  • Raymond Watts

SATURDAY 7/8
<Pig>, Julien-K, Ghostfeeder, Beverly Manor
Some artists are so good at hype. Industrial maestro Raymond Watts—otherwise known as <Pig> or PIG or P.I.G. or <PÎG>—has made a lot of music over the years, whether on his own or with noteworthy genre peers KMFDM and Genesis P-Orridge in experimental collective Psychic TV. On his Facebook page, Watts describes his music as "Filmic, bourbon-soaked, bloody soundscapes, menacing vocals, crunchy guitar, unlikely samples, the funk and the punk, orchestral imposition, sex, drugs and every hole's a goal. From the sublime to the deeply disturbing, <Pig> provides the soundtrack to the movie that you'd talk about in hushed, unsteady voices." But wait, there's more! "Harder than hard rock, stompier than industrial, you probably don't know you've already heard the Lord of Lard. Have a taste." Every word of that is spot-on: Once you hear Watts, you'll never forget him. Metro Music Hall, 615 W. 100 South, 8 p.m., $15-$30, 21+, metromusichall.com

Tiger Army, The Delta Brothers, The Limit Club
So much psychobilly and horrorpunk revolves around '50s greaser culture, using monsters as metaphors for the rebellious roadracers with their hotrods, switchblades and pomade-slick hair—all on the prowl for your wholesome daughters. The hybrid of rockabilly, punk and metal—with its snarling guitars, sputtering upright bass and drums like pistons—couldn't be a better sonic context for the imagery. On Tiger Army's fifth album V (Rise, 2016), singer-guitarist Nick 13 takes the trio into a new decade: the 1960s. It's not an exercise in deadly nightshade flower power, though. Tiger Army is still the same mad, bad, dangerous-to-know band, playing fast and ferociously; they're just now taking cues from cats like Roy Orbison and Dion on tracks like "I Am the Moth" and "Prisoner of the Night," respectively. The galloping rhythm of the former and cool-as-ice piano of the latter really add depth to the ever conflicted, more-complicated-than-he-looks greaser caricature—not to mention psychobilly, a formula few dare to tinker with. The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, 8 p.m., $23 presale, $28 day of show, all ages, thecomplexslc.com

PETER LEE
  • Peter Lee

SUNDAY 7/9
Charlie Parr, Doctor Barber, Branson Anderson
Many musicians claim to relish the roots, finding inspiration in the traditional trappings of authentic Americana. Charlie Parr takes that task seriously, due in part to the small-town, Midwestern environs where he was raised and still remains, and as a result of the music he heard at home. It was his father's record collection that initially introduced him to Lightnin' Hopkins, Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly and Charley Patton. Consequently, authenticity has never been an issue, but rather a cause. A restless troubadour, Parr's sound combines blues, folk and country in songs inhabited by eccentric characters, heartfelt sentiments and frayed reflections. Relying solely on acoustic guitar, Dobro and banjo, he eschews the need for accoutrements or contemporary trappings. Thirteen albums into his career—the newest is Stumpjumper (Red House, 2015)—he still plays a few hundred gigs a year, sharing his working-class wisdom and a continued commitment to his cause. (Lee Zimmerman) Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 7 p.m., $12 presale, $14 day of show, 21+, theurbanloungeslc.com

ABC
  • ABC

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY 7/11-12
Donny & Marie Osmond
Oh, the shame. How could we—OK, I—overlook one of the summer's hottest shows in that cover story a couple of weeks ago? I'm almost serious. As a young'n, my mom used to turn on the Donny & Marie variety show for me, insisting that I loved it. So I believed her, and consumed episode after episode of D&M in their loud outfits and gleaming vanilla smiles, performing songs by KC and the Sunshine Band, Paul McCartney and Wings and even Osmond originals like the utterly batshit rocker "Crazy Horses." In between, they'd do comedy bits, sometimes with guest stars like the late, great comedian Paul Lynde or Dirk Benedict ("Faceman" from The A-Team). But mostly, I had a thing for Snow White, and Marie looked just like her. Watching old clips now, the duo comes off sublimely cheesy, and I love me some cheese. That's why I just might attend one of these shows: What's more delicious than a memory lane burrito with extra queso? Not much, especially since cheese only gets better with age. (Check out the video for Marie's single from last year, "Music Is Medicine" and see for yourself.) Fun fact: As a greenhorn music journalist 15 years ago, I challenged Donny to a fight. He accepted. But you know how that stuff goes: His people couldn't get through to my people who didn't exist, so our exhibition pugilism never happened. He's lucky. I'm pretty good at head-butts. Sandy Amphitheater, 1245 E. 9400 South, 8 p.m., $55-$95, sandyarts.com/sandy-amphitheater

VALOR MCNEELY
  • Valor McNeely

WEDNESDAY 7/12
Michelle Moonshine Trio
You've no doubt seen Michelle Gomez, aka Michelle Moonshine, booked at tons of venues around town for solo gigs and with the Michelle Moonshine Trio (which is sometimes a quartet). Chalk those frequent gigs up to Gomez' top-shelf country-ish songs. If you haven't had the pleasure, go to michellemoonshine.bandcamp.com and stream her five-track Hell Bent EP. Here's bettin' you let the virtual platter play all the way through. Her voice is warm, engaging and convincingly weary, making it easy to become immersed in her sharp-eyed, heartworn songs. After that, she'll be much more than a name in newsprint. She'll feel like a friend. Hog Wallow Pub, 3200 E. Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, 8 p.m., $5, 21+, thehogwallow.com

MICHAEL MANNING
  • Michael Manning

WEDNESDAY 7/12
Lark & Spur: An Evening in Paris
Excellence in the Community's Jeff Whiteley is a good guy. All year long, he busts his hump booking and promoting his weekly free concert series at the Gallivan Center (and other local venues), which features the city's best jazz, blues, soul and world music artists. It's no wonder, then, that there's virtually no web presence for his own band, Lark & Spur—he's too busy looking out for other local musicians. Lark & Spur, however, is the OG of Excellence. "These are the musicians that got Excellence in the Community started 11-and-a-half years and 475 concerts ago," Whiteley tells City Weekly via email. "We started as street musicians in Paris." That explains these shows, where the band recreates the ambience of the storied city with a set of French songs performed on two guitars, mandolin, accordion, upright bass and piano, with three-part harmony vocals to boot. Note that the first one takes place on Wednesday evening—not the usual Thursday. Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main, July 12, 7:30 p.m., free, all ages; Holladay City Hall Park, 4570-4580 S. 2300 East, July 14, 8 p.m., all ages, excellenceconcerts.org

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