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click to enlarge Hurray for the Riff Raff - SARRAH DANZINGER
  • Sarrah Danzinger
  • Hurray for the Riff Raff

Hurray for the Riff Raff
Singer-songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra grew up in the Bronx but struck out at 17 to hitchhike across the country. On her travels, she visited the West Coast, the South and, eventually, her beloved adopted hometown of New Orleans. There, she was so inspired by the music scene that she hung up her traveling shoes (for the most part) and started playing music, first as a busker and later with her country/folk band Hurray for the Riff Raff. Now 26, Segarra sings with a rich, warm voice that seems all the more compelling perhaps thanks to her experiences as a traveler, and is reminiscent of Lucinda Williams' earthy grit as well as classic Carter Family twang. Hurray for the Riff Raff's latest release, 2014's Small Town Heroes, is deeply heartfelt, mature and masterfully crafted, with several songs dedicated to New Orleans ("St. Roch Blues") as well as stunners like "The Body Electric," which is a traditionally structured murder ballad told from a feminist perspective. Adia Victoria will also perform. (Kolbie Stonehocker) The State Room, 638 S. State, 8 p.m., $18,; limited no-fee tickets available at


Beat Connection
  • Beat Connection

Beat Connection
For some weird reason, it's difficult to find much information about these guys online, but really, checking out the Seattle pop band's music will tell you everything you need to know. Their 2012 debut album, The Palace Garden, was as lush as the title implies—a colorful mix of synths, sleek beats and tropical sounds—and, as evidenced by the different moods captured in tracks like "Further Out" and "Invisible Cities," could hold its own as a dance record as well as something you could bliss out to. A few years later, Beat Connection seem to be experimenting with adding funk elements to their music. No word on a new album yet, but you can get a taste for their new direction by listening to Beat Connection's new track "Illusion," released a couple of weeks ago. Also on the bill are Elel and Shaprece. (Kolbie Stonehocker) Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), 8 p.m., $8 in advance, $10 day of show,; limited no-fee tickets available at


This Will Destroy You - KARLO X RAMOS
  • Karlo X Ramos
  • This Will Destroy You

This Will Destroy You
Texas instrumental post-rock quartet This Will Destroy You wrote their challenging 2011 album, Tunnel Blanket, after a particularly dark time for the band that involved personal tragedies, departing band members and other difficult events. Their latest release, 2014's Another Language, comes after another trying period, but unlike the brutally morose sounds on Tunnel Blanket, the songs on Another Language convey themes of hope and overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges. They're still plenty brutal, though, in true This Will Destroy You fashion; 50-foot-tall walls of guitar, bone-breaking percussion and touches of piano and shimmering synths combine to form explosive, heart-rending rock that would be fitting as a soundtrack to a movie about a harrowing climb up a blizzard-bound mountain. Tracks such as "Serpent Mound" and "Mother Opiate" stand out on their own, but really, Another Language is an epic that should be listened to from beginning to end. Cymbals Eat Guitars will open. (Kolbie Stonehocker) The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 10 p.m., $12 in advance, $14 day of show,


Trampled by Turtles - ZORAN ORLIC
  • Zoran Orlic
  • Trampled by Turtles

Trampled by Turtles
Minnesota prog-bluegrass/folk-rock band Trampled by Turtles launched into their NPR Tiny Desk Concert in September 2014 with lightning speed, as they strummed, picked and bowed their stringed instruments so quickly it seemed like smoke should've been rising from their fingers. But since forming more than 10 years ago, Trampled by Turtles have proved they're not limited to one speed or even one genre. As heard on their 2014 album, Wild Animals, all the songs feature their signature percussion-less blend of acoustic instruments—such as guitar, banjo and mandolin—as well as smooth vocal harmonies. But they also show that the band isn't afraid to slow things down or pull in pop elements and synthesized effects to convey an idea. In this case, guitarist/lead vocalist Dave Simonett was inspired by his recent move from Duluth, Minn., to Minneapolis, which made him feel like he'd lost his connection to nature. If you feel like turning your bluegrass experience into a double feature, check out Yonder Mountain String Band on April 1, same venue. (Kolbie Stonehocker) Friday, March 27 @ Park City Live, 427 Main, Park City, 9 p.m., $25-$50,


click to enlarge Sturgeon General
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Sturgeon General 20th-Birthday Show
An interesting chapter in Utah's music history is that period of time in the late '80s/early '90s when Utah County randomly became the birthplace of a vibrant local ska scene. Many ska bands—including acts like Stretch Armstrong and Swim Herschel Swim—came together then, but while a lot of them are now defunct, Sturgeon General stuck around. Now, 20 years later, Sturgeon General are celebrating the fact that, although they apparently can't do math (the band was on hiatus from about 2003 to 2013, but still somehow racked up birthdays), they can still do the ska. These days, they've abandoned the touring life for playing a lot of local shows, and are writing new music—check out Sturgeon General's newest song, "Hold on Tight," released in 2014 on the Sounds of Sodium compilation. To celebrate their sort-of 20th birthday, Sturgeon General are putting on (what else?) a show, with a lineup of California bands Some Kind of Nightmare and Monkey, as well as Ogden hardcore-punk act Draize Method. (Kolbie Stonehocker) Bar Deluxe, 666 S. State, 7 p.m., $7,


Talia Keys
  • Talia Keys

Talia Keys & Friends Woodstock Tribute
The Woodstock Music & Arts Fair happened in Bethel, N.Y., more than 40 years ago, but as it's often the subject of concerts played in tribute to its legacy, Woodstock is a golden memory that seems like it will never fade away. For this homage, local musician Talia Keys (Marinade, Lady Legs, Gemini Mind) is joining forces with a group of musician friends—from local bands including Stonefed, Candy's River House and Tony Holiday & the Velvetones—to perform songs by Woodstock acts including Santana, The Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Sly & the Family Stone, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, The Band, Jimi Hendrix and others. The night will also feature performances by an all-female group as well as various guests, and should be full of nostalgia and ear-catching musical surprises. One-man-band Brian Ernst will open. (Kolbie Stonehocker) The State Room, 638 S. State, 8 p.m., $10 in advance, $12 day of show,


click to enlarge Rubblebucket - SHERVIN LAINEZ
  • Shervin Lainez
  • Rubblebucket

Rubble bucket—it's a can people living in the U.K. put trash into. It's also a playful indie-pop band from Brooklyn, on tour in support of their new album, Survival Sounds, which is light-hearted and almost surf-rocky, but still has some grit. Under the bubbly-as-soda-pop melodies, guitarist Ian Hersey plays garage-band power chords and the brass trio play triumphant anthems. If you're lucky, you may see the cotton-candy-pink insulation-textured mascot of Rubblebucket come on stage, recognizable by its fuzzy belly-button face. Philadelphia band Vacationer and local group L'anarchiste open. (Tiffany Frandsen) Monday, March 30 @ The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $13 in advance, $15 day of show,, limited no-fee tickets available at

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