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Thursday 6.15

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KOOL KEITH

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While we all adopt different personalities from time to time'acting one way at work, another at home'few change identities more drastically than Keith Matthew Thornton, aka Dr. Octagon, Dr. Doom, Mr. Nogatco or whichever alter-ego inspires his next album. Tonight, he’s Kool Keith, a rico-suave emcee flexing his lyrical prowess with graphic lines that might make you blush, sweat or scream. Or maybe you’ll just nod your head, and tip your hat to the man who wears so many. Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 10 p.m. Tickets: 24Tix.com.

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Also Thursday: And 1 Mix Tape Tour (E Center); Plumb, Omnisoul (Avalon Theater); Southerly (Kilby Court); DJ Ernie (In the Venue); Time Again, Love = Death (Club Overdrive); Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons (Egos)

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Friday 6.16

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Kill Whitney Dead (Club BoomVa, Ogden); Tesla (Ogden Amphitheatre); TV Romantics (Monk’s); Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons (Egos); Dead City Lights (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Legendary Porch Pounders (Zanzibar); Kill Syndicate, Dysrhythmia (Club Vegas), Monarch (Exchange); No Quarter (The Depot); Gregory Isaacs (Suede, Park City)

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Saturday 6.17

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THE BLACK ANGELS

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The Black Angels might take cues from dark-rock pioneers John Cale, Lou Reed and Jim Morrison, but the Austin quintet isn’t stuck in the past. If anything, they’re desperate to escape it. Passover’s ’60s-era guitars and Native American-inspired tribal beats swirl around lyrics lamenting cultural amnesia'calling out leaders of the free world for repeating historical travesties. From opening track “Young Men Dead” to “The First Vietnamese War,” Alex Mass voices his disgust with the sort of commanding tone that inspires small-scale revolution. Depending on the audience, Passover could be the perfect album for zoning out'or waking the fuck up. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Info: KilbyCourt.com.

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NEKO CASE

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Neko Case is the type of woman you want your daughter to admire. Following a long, albeit sparse, tradition of powerful female singer-songwriters (read: Patsy Cline, Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, et al), the Virginia native has led a varied career, starting as a solo artist, jumping genres and joining others in Canadian indie-pop outfit New Pornographers, and going alone once again with Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, an American Gothic country album replete with haunting semi-factual narratives about murderers, lovers and an intense personal history. Damn, she expresses it all with the sweetest roar. Suede, 1612 Ute Blvd. (Kimball Junction), Park City, 9 p.m. Tickets: 800-888-8499, SmithsTix.com (with Band of Annuals).

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Also Saturday: Clifton CD Release (Club BoomVa, Ogden); The Epoxies (Avalon Theater); Eric Martin Band (Club Vegas); Red Top Wolverine (Tony’s); DJ Five (Harry O’s, Park City)

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Monday 6.19

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FIERY FURNACES

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Sibling duo Fiery Furnaces seem frozen in fantasy, engaging in role-play, inventing new games to stay entertained. When boredom sets in, typically after completing an album, they pursue something zany, like recording their grandmother’s anecdotes atop experimental orchestration. Their latest album, Bitter Tea, presents a sort of borderline arcade rock full of backwards loops and lines a la “George is dead.” There’s some debate over their ability to pull this off onstage, but considering the source it seems that with enough imagination, anything is possible. In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com.

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Also Monday: Against All Authority (Club BoomVa, Ogden); Hank Williams III (The Depot'see Music)

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Tuesday 6.20

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Nudity (Kilby Court); Drop Dead Julio (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); The Mad Dukes (Urban Lounge)

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Wednesday 6.21

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TAPES ’N TAPES, COLD WAR KIDS

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Cold War Kids are a sunny bunch, crafting tunes about dying in hospitals and alcoholics in denial. Unlike your average sob-story emo group, however, the Orange County (!) neo-classic rockers deftly avoid pity. Songs off EPs Up in Rags and Mulberry Street address everyday tragedies without placing blame or searching for solutions, rather simply noting that life’s a bitch sometimes. Things are fine now that Tapes ’N Tapes emerged seemingly out of nowhere to release The Loon, a wildly diverse debut buoyed along alternating waves of slow-paced balladry (“Omaha,”) shuffling introspection (“In Houston,” “Buckle”) and frenetic freak-outs (“Just Drums,” “Cowbell”), not to mention random organ and surf-guitar accents. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com (with Figurines).

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Also Wednesday: Kenny Chesney (Usana Amphitheater); Jolie Holland (Urban Lounge); 4-Play Concert Series (Gallivan Center); Yonder Mountain String Band (Port O’ Call)

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COMING UP

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Utah Arts Festival (Library Square, June 22-25). Salt City Derby Girls Party (Kilby Court, June 22). The Supersuckers (The Depot, June 22). Jett Black (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, June 22). Sound Team (Kilby Court, June 23). Obie Trice (Harry O’s, June 23). Joe Jackson (Red Butte Garden, June 25). Poison (Usana Amphitheater, June 27). Yellowman (The Depot, June 28). Rogue Wave (Kilby Court, June 30). Royal Bliss (In the Venue, July 1). Ray Davies (The Depot, July 7). Built to Spill (The Depot, July 13). Social Distortion (In the Venue, July 14). LL Cool J (Harry O’s, July 15).

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