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Music Picks Oct. 11-17 

Live: Matt Jennings, Interpol, Liars, E.C. Scott, Rick Welter, Bella Morte

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Thursday 10.11
“I’m a globe trekker, always trekking the globe, all on my own,” Matt Jennings explains, letting down easy the ladies who might hope to tag along. The singer/songwriter experienced an awakening of sorts while studying in Mexico, then teaching English in South China and Thailand, soaking up new cultures not unlike most daydreaming 20-somethings who “take a year off” to backpack around the world. But while Jennings has a perpetual case of wanderlust, he’s trained his professional sights on a solid music career. This is a very good thing if you dig stripped-down acoustics and straightforward melodies delivered with bilingual passion. Spanish guitar adds a saucy edge to his humorous, Jimmy Buffet narratives and Jack Johnson campfire appeal. Jennings might be a freebird, but for at least tonight he’s all ours. Velour, 135 N. University Ave, Provo, 7 p.m. All-Ages. Info: (with Dave Eaton)

Also Thursday: Loom (One Mind—see Music); Atmosphere, Mac Lethal (In the Venue); Family Force 5, Jonezetta (Avalon Theater); Murdervan (Bar Deluxe); Widespread Panic (Dee Events Center, Ogden); Stick to Your Guns (Club NVO, Logan)

Friday 10.12
Dave Aude (The Hotel); Underoath (In the Venue); Calico, Wren Kennedy (Nobrow Coffee & Tea); The Green Peanuts (The Circuit); John Vanderslice, Bishop Allen (Velour, Provo); Guru Jazzmatazz (Harry O’s, Park City)

Saturday 10.13
John Vanderslice, Bishop Allen (Kilby Court); Red Lights Benefit (Red Light Books); Dr. Dog (The Depot); Earthless (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Ken Andrews, Charlotte Martin (Urban Lounge); Yin Yang Twins (Teazers, Ogden); Allred, Neon Trees (Velour, Provo)

Sunday 10.14
White Rabbits (Kilby Court); Count Bass D (Uprok); The Draft, Dead to Me (Burt’s Tiki Lounge)

Monday 10.15

When the Utah Interpol/Liars show was first announced, many diehard Liars fans protested. They either A. didn’t want to drive to Orem where the concert would take place, and/or B. they couldn’t stomach Interpol. Well, now the show’s in Salt Lake City, but that doesn’t solve the Interpol problem. But seriously, what gives? Interpol is often dismissed as a Joy Division redux, a criticism that’s not only wrong but ridiculously uninspired. Yes, Paul Banks has a haunting tenor like Ian Curtis, but the New York band is more melodic and less depressed than its predecessor. You can hate, but how about some originality while you’re at it? Whatever your thoughts on Interpol, keep in mind that many locals bring up the Liars/Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Jon Spencer Blues Explosion show at DV8 years back as one of their top concerts ever. The Australian-born band’s latest album is arguably more accessible than past efforts, but it’s still dissonant and primal. Here’s to Angus Andrew climbing the rafters! In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: (with Shout Out Louds)

Here in Utah, we don’t often get the opportunity to witness larger-than-life female R&B/soul singers deliver each song like it’s their last. Oh sure, on occasion you might catch a legendary performer belt one out at tony joints like Kingsbury or Abravanel Hall, but when’s the last time you caught the real deal in a tiny private club? E.C. Scott is coming to town, and though she didn’t sign a recording contract until 1995—waiting until she’d raised a family—she’s been primed for this moment all her life. A bold, captivating performer, Scott is a powerhouse whose booming vocals give new meaning to the term “put your back into it.” Pat’s BBQ, 155 W. Commonwealth Avenue, 7 p.m. All-ages. Info: 484-5963

Also Monday: Morrissey (Thanksgiving Point, Lehi); Funeral Dress (Avalon Theater); Luca (Kilby Court); Pat Monahan (The Depot); GWAR (Great Saltair—see Music)

Tuesday 10.16
Mario Pedone (South Valley Unitarian); Rehab (Avalon Theater); SMD, All Systems Fail (Red Light Books)

Wednesday 10.17
You can’t find Rick Welter on MySpace or YouTube. Hell, he doesn’t even have a proper Website. Thing is, Welter’s been playing long enough to attract a real-life following beyond the great and powerful Internet. Across the globe, members of the die-hard blues community spread word of his sporadic live appearances, tipping off new listeners to the legendary artist’s impressive track record. But it takes more than words to appreciate Welter’s gift. True, you might come down because he backed Charlie Musselwhite, but you’ll leave with the impression that he is one of the best stand-alone blues guitarists you’ve ever seen. Now that’s something MySpace can’t deliver. Port O’ Call, 78 W. 400 South, 9 p.m. Info: 521-0589

Bella Morte’s cover of The Penguins’ doo-wop classic “Earth Angel” might seem like a misleading introduction to the Virginia-based band. But just because they specialize in dark, aggressive electronic goth-rock/punk doesn’t mean they don’t have a sensitive side, man! Unlike Type-O Negative’s ultra-depressing version of “Summer Breeze,” Morte’s take on street-corner balladry is sincere and true to form. Not surprising for a group whose repertoire is constantly shifting. Their latest release Bleed the Grey Sky is decidedly more metal than their previous efforts, devoting more air time to dueling guitar solos and gruff vocals that at times ring up Metallica (“As the Storm Unfolds”). So bang your head then bounce to “The End Ahead.” The tight synth sample is pretty much hip-hop. Ha! You thought you knew Bella Morte, didn’t you? Area 51, 451 S. 400 West, 10 p.m. Info: 534-0819

Also Wednesday: Laura Gibson, Joanna Kuhin, Band of Annuals (Kilby Court—see Music); The Rocky Horror Show (Club Vegas)

Coming Up
DulceSky Live Recording Show (The Circuit, Oct. 18); Australian Pink Floyd (E Center, Oct. 19); Paolo Nutini (Great Saltair, Oct. 19); Pinback (The Depot, Oct. 20); Fatlip, Tre Hardson (Uprok, Oct. 20); Yellowcard (Avalon Theater, Oct. 21); Ian Moore Band (Urban Lounge, Oct. 21); Andre Rieu (E Center, Oct. 22); Aesop Rock (In the Venue, Oct. 22); Dashboard Confessional, MC Chris (In the Venue, Oct. 23); Henry Rollins (The Depot, Oct 24); Caribou, Born Ruffians (Urban Lounge, Oct. 24); Blackalicious, Crown City Rockers (The Depot, Oct. 25); Busdriver (In the Venue, Oct. 26); Public Enemy (Suede, Oct. 26); Menomena (Kilby Court, Oct. 27); Junior Brown (Suede, Oct. 27); Vanilla Ice (Teazers, Oct. 27)


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