Music Picks June 12-18 | Live: Reggae Under the Stars, Gypsy Dave & The Stump Jumpers, The Warlocks, Salt Town Greasers, Singer | Music | Salt Lake City Weekly

Music Picks June 12-18 | Live: Reggae Under the Stars, Gypsy Dave & The Stump Jumpers, The Warlocks, Salt Town Greasers, Singer 

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Thursday 6.12

“The more I drink/the more I love you/The more I love you/ the more I drink” might not be a fitting credo for tonight’s Reggae Under the Stars benefit concert, but, then again, Insatiable’s catchy rhythms and good-natured delivery pretty much sanitize themes of drunken hookups and nicotine fits. The local ska legends will appear alongside Salt Lake City’s 2 & 1/2 White Guys, Soul Redemption, Salty Rootz and DJ Rock Solid to help raise funds for Murray’s Rotary Club and the Boys & Girls Club. Dance under the stars and support both organizations’ efforts to provide safe, affordable programming for youth and teens. Murray Park Amphitheater, 495 E. 5300 South, 6 p.m. All-ages. Tickets:

  Also Thursday: Black Camaro, Theta Naught (Burt’s Tiki Lounge)

Friday 6.13

You might have heard about Pat’s Barbecue’s famous eats and recent brush with Food Network fame, but regulars return as much for the killer food as for the stellar live acts who hit Pat’s on a weekly basis. Now that summer is here, we can’t think of anything sweeter than a plate of corn bread and ribs topped with a slice of Americana straight outta rural Pennsylvania. Gypsy Dave & the Stumpjumpers are part of the next generation carrying the roots-rock torch, armed with keen storytelling skills plus banjo, kazoo, upright bass, guitar, harmonica and old-soul vocals. If that isn’t pleasing enough, tonight’s show kicks off with a rare record hop featuring obscure jazz, folk, R&B and other treasures, followed by musical opener, local gypsy jazz group Rauber Prinz Trio. Pat’s Barbecue, 155 W. Commonwealth Ave., 6:30 p.m. All-ages. Info: 484-5963

Los Angeles-based Warlocks first spooked me as a 10-piece band in 2003, playing to an underage crowd in DV8’s dank, dark basement (RIP)—a fitting locale for the dour psych-rockers whose countenances might very well melt in the midday sun. True to their name, The Warlocks are bewitching, though their spellbinding sound has varied in intensity over the years. The new Heavy Deavy Skull Lover is a thousand-ton slab of fuzzed-out, droning dirges with mostly wordless ruminations on death and fatigue. It’s not tiring so much as hazy—and kind of relaxing. Plus, The Warlocks, now a trim four-piece, are best when locked in a solid instrumental groove—and Bobby Hecksher is best when he allows his voice to simply bleed between the bars. Check ’em out with The Black Angels (read more about the Austin band). What more could you ask for on Friday the 13th? The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 10 p.m. Info: 746-0557

Also Friday: TJ Petracca CD Release (Solid Ground Café); Utah Beats feat. Three Six Mafia (South Towne Expo Center); A Pack of Wolves (Studio 600); DJ Scotty Boy Blackout B-day Bash (Hotel); Ramona Cordova, François Virot, Libbie Linton, Kid Madusa (Kilby Court); Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash (Bar Deluxe)

Saturday 6.14

Salt Town Greasers are classy. You can tell by the charming photograph on the back of their new album with all five members posing—a couple of dudes flocked by luscious ladies, one of which sits spread-eagled ‘cross the hood of a pristine Chevy. It ain’t pretty. In fact, it’s kind of gross. It’s also 100-percent unpretentious—a fitting intro to the local quintet’s carefree, rabble-rousing rock & roll. Part rockabilly, part ’50s doo-wop, the Salt Town Greasers’ eponymous LP prizes no-frills instrumentation and ribald storytelling over experimental noodling and high-brow art. “I thought we shared the same dreams, until you shared them with the football team,” Adam Marty sings to an old flame on “Teenage Porn Star,” a ditty that, like most of the album’s 10 tracks, combines tongue-in-cheek raunch with genuine heart-on-sleeve sentiment. It’s down and dirty—just like these bad boys and girls. Bar Deluxe, 666 S. State, 10 p.m. Info: 521-5255

  Also Saturday: City Weekly Summer RecFest w/ Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Lee Rocker (Gallivan Center); The Future of the Ghost, The Devil Whale, Red Caps (Kilby Court) Cub World, Kimo Watanabe, Cory Mon (Why Sound, Logan); McKall Erickson CD Release (Salt Rock Coffee, Ogden); Kevin Flynn & the Svengali Jazz Quartet (Holladay City Summerfest)

Sunday 6.15
RZA as Bobby Digital
(Paladium—see Music)

Monday 6.16
Railroad Earth
(Paladium); The Brobecks, Steady Machete, Our Dark Horse (Solid Ground Café); Bad Flirt, The Lionelle, Tolchock Trio, Lord Mandrake (Kilby Court)

Tuesday 6.17
Fail To Follow, The Market
(Kilby Court); The Medic Droid (Slowtrain)

Wednesday 6.18



Fans of defunct Chicago experimental post-rockers U.S. Maple didn’t latch onto the band for poignant melodies or simple, catchy verse-chorus-verse. Some critics tagged them as “deconstructionists,” though in a little documentary currently in development (Hardeye Films), guitarist Mark Shippy counters, “We’re trying to construct things differently … we’re still constructive.” Now former Maple members Adam Vida and Todd Rittmann are building a new sound with Singer. Dynamic and challenging as ever, the two teamed up with Robert Lowe and Adam Vida for a democratic project with all four sharing vocal duties. On Unhistories, guitars, drums and bass splinter and shatter in staccato rhythms that demand your attention. But, oddly, they improve when you zone out and give in to the ordered chaos. It’s not for everyone, but as Rittmann says in the documentary, “If you love what you’re doing, it doesn’t matter if you’re playing in Salt Lake City in front of 25 people or if you’re playing in Rome in front of 2,000 people.” Sure, it doesn’t matter. But we can do better than 25, right? The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 10 p.m. Tickets: (with Accidente and I Hear Sirens)

  Also Wednesday: Cold Creek (Ed Kenley Amphitheater); The Mother Truckers (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill (Bliss)

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