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Music Picks Oct. 4-10 

Live: Patrick Sweany, Big Ass Show, Deerhoof, Magik Markers

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Thursday 10.4


More kids are alright thanks to Patrick Sweany and Roots of American Music. The contemporary blues/folk artist works days as a staff member for the nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching students important historical lessons through traditional singing, performing, songwriting and instrument making. Who better than Sweany to impart lessons learned through Eddie Hinton, John Lee Hooker and Ray Charles—role models who inspired his own path of righteous guitar licks and rich, classy vocals. With textured inflection, he comes across as both tough and romantic; hopeless and rock-solid. Listening to “Hotel Woman” off the new Every Hour Is a Dollar Gone, it seems as if The Band really did play on.
Burt’s Tiki Lounge, 726 S. State, 10 p.m. Info: 521-0572

Also Thursday: Plastic Rats
(Broken Record); Lil Wayne (Harry O’s, Park City)

Friday 10.5
American roots music is safe in Salt Lake City for at least as long as Kate MacLeod continues to record, perform and surprise audiences who think they’ve got her number before she puts another spin on classic folk sounds. In 2005, MacLeod kicked things up a notch with Breakfast, a collection of rock-based tunes featuring her band, the Pancakes. Fun and lighthearted, the album revealed a humorous side of the artist who is widely lauded for her serious-minded chops. She recently reunited with fellow folkie Kat Eggleston for a return to their, well, roots—stripped-down acoustic duets full of fiddle and hammered dulcimer first introduced on Drawn From the Well (2002). Enjoy live, improved versions tonight in memory of Thayne Stark, a local musician who died while hiking in 2003.
Holladay United Church of Christ, 2631 E. Murray Holladay Road, 6:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 277-2631

Also Friday: Fred Eaglesmith & The Flying Squirrels
(Pierpont Place); He Is Us, God’s Revolver (Broken Record)

Saturday 10.6

[Venue Change] What are the kids listening to these days? Look no further than “alternative” radio and Big Oil—two sponsors of X96’s annual Big Ass Show. Past festivals delivered a mixed bag of generic hard rock, nu-metal, emo, screamo and indie bands to audiences who “listen to everything but country.” This year’s lineup is similarly eclectic, with veterans Sum 41 and The Used joining Jimmy Eat World (?) to party like it’s 2002. This year’s event also offers at least two standout groups producing innovative sounds! Schoolyard Heroes (not to be confused with Gym Class Heroes) serve a tantalizing blend of scary/sexy horror-pop-punk carved sharp by Ryann Donnelly’s delicious snarl and smart, ice-queen lyrics (“You smeared my blood like a whore’s mascara”). Wild card Cold War Kids were recently (randomly) added after Meg White put the kibosh on their White Stripes tour dreams. Don’t miss their soulful, bare-bones, piano-driven indie blues. Social Distortion and Thunderfist are also safe bets. Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 S. West Temple, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 800-888-8499,

Deerhoof’s latest album starts out with a track that sounds like a female Roadrunner teaming up with the Muppet drummer to score a frenetic dance party for bizarre intellectuals. Friend Opportunity continues with track after track of fearless musical innovation that’s deceptively simple, its technical prowess masked by Satomi Matsuzaki’s childlike pitch and halting cadence. While still experimental, Opportunity is one of the trio’s most accessible albums—it’s music to bob your head to, stomp your foot to, even float away to, as on “Whither the Invisible Birds?”—which also further reveals Greg Saunier’s classical roots. Get pumped beforehand with local openers Vile Blue Shades and The Future of The Ghost (see Music). Beep, beep!
In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets:

Also Saturday: Lavay Smith
(SLCC Grand Theatre); Blackhole, Pink Lightnin’, Mathematics Etc, Aye Aye (Slowtrain); Mandy Moore, Rachel Yamagata (Avalon Theater); Blame Sally (Rico’s Cafe); Division Day (Kilby Court); Tech N9ne (Great Saltair); Sleeping in the Aviary (Urban Lounge); Chris Cornell, Earl Greyhound (see Music)

Sunday 10.7
• AIDS Benefit: Subrosa, God’s Revolver (In the Venue); Swans of Never, The Yearbook (Kilby Court); Peelander Z (Burt’s Tiki Lounge)

Monday 10.8
In case the “K” didn’t tip you off, Magik Markers are a rock band of the loose, psychedelic variety. Their strain is characterized by plenty of blank-stare atmospherics and lo-fi guitar/drum techniques, the effects of which are equal to pounding NyQuil and NoDoze after spinning right round, like a record, baby, right round, round, round. Of course, some will argue the Markers are not at all psychedelic but rather more of an experimental, no-wave noise group, a point that’s valid but ultimately a matter of perception. This is what happens when you break the rules and make like Greta Garbo on your days off. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets:

Also Monday: Amber Pacific, Monty Are I
(Avalon Theater); Fake Problems, Black-Eyed Susan (Kilby Court); Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Redemption (Club Vegas)

Tuesday 10.9
• Escape the Fate (Avalon Theater); Amber Pacific, Monty Are I (The Music School); Collective Soul (Great Saltair); Floater (Liquid Joe’s); Toots & The Maytals (Suede, Park City)

Wednesday 10.10
• She Wants Revenge (Avalon Theater); Los Duggans (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Shackleton (Liquid Joe’s)

Coming Up
Atmosphere, Mac Lethal (In the Venue, Oct. 11); Groundation (Suede, Oct. 11); Underoath (In the Venue, Oct. 12); Guru Jazzmatazz (Harry O’s, Oct. 12); Dave Aude (The Hotel, Oct. 12); John Vanderslice, Bishop Allen (Velour, Oct. 12); Dr. Dog (In the Venue, Oct. 13); White Rabbits (Kilby Court, Oct. 14); Interpol, Liars (In the Venue, Oct. 15); Viva La Bands (Great Saltair, Oct. 15); Rehab (Avalon Theater, Oct. 16); Bella Morte (Area 51, Oct. 17); Australian Pink Floyd (E Center, Oct. 19); Paolo Nutini (Harry O’s, Oct. 19); Pinback (The Depot, Oct. 20); Yellowcard (Avalon Theater, Oct. 21); The Ian Moore Band (Urban Lounge, Oct. 21)
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