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When Dilated Peoples cut their fourth album, they managed a rather strange feat: “The crew never left, but came back.” Two years prior, the Bay Area trio set sights on mainstream success. They dabbled with honeys, money and collaborations with Mr. Kanye West, but glitz and glamour ultimately led to nowhere. All the while, Rakaa, Evidence and DJ Babu kept one foot in the California underground, a stance that made for one swift, smooth return to basics. Renewed focus yielded 20/20, an album boasting unique, stripped-down beats and socially conscious/audibly delicious rhymes. Call it anything but a typical comeback. Suede, 1612 Ute Blvd. (Kimball Junction), Park City, 9 p.m. Tickets: 800-888-8499,


Also Thursday: JV Allstars, Meg & Dia (Captain’s Quarters); Jackass Clubwrecker Tour (Shaggy’s Livin’ Room)

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If J.D. Wilkes were a movie star, he’d likely star in a film combining equal parts The Jerk, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It seems like an easy crossover from his current gig with Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers, a three-year-old bat outta hell carving up thick slices of psycho-blues-rock marinated in Gothic Americana. The new Pandelirium, while slightly less terrifying than their previous releases, has its share of songs both chilling and alluring that’s epitomized through “Ichabod”’s demonic cackle. The circus is in town and its ringleader is Rated R for your pleasure. The Depot, 400 W. South Temple (The Gateway), 9 p.m. Tickets: 800-888-8499,


Also Friday: Birthday Massacre (Avalon Theatre); SLUG Death by Salt II CD Release (Egos'see Music)

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For some, pop music is a guilty pleasure'one best reserved for drunken karaoke performances or a closeted record collection. Others, however, outwardly celebrate the genre as a source of endless glee. This latter category understands the appeal of bands like Voxtrot'British blokes making good on a classic formula: simple chords, bouncy rhythms and catchy, heart-on-sleeve choruses. The group’s latest EP, Raised By Wolves, is like a packet of pop rocks for your ears. Sweet, but not saccharine, the record features hints of Morrissey, most notably “Start of Something,” a sweet ditty that further drives home the point: There’s nothing wrong with a happy ending. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets:


Also Saturday: SLUG Death By Salt II CD Release (In the Venue'see Music, p. 54); Something for Rockets (Club BoomVa, Ogden)

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Tired of rockabilly? Try hillbilly. Seriously, there’s nothing quite like hyperactive banjo plucking to cure retro burnout. San Diego-by-way-of-Idaho rockers Scotch Green slap together bits of bluegrass and punk to attract new audiences, wooing them with the sound of whiskey, dance and raucous storytelling. The Rolling Blackouts will also be on hand with rock & roll of the straightforward variety. Avalon Theater, 3605 S. State, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets:

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Green Carnation (Club Vegas'see Music); Greyboy Allstars (Suede, Park City)

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Marigold (Kilby Court); The Thieves (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); A Thorn For Every Heart (Club BoomVa, Ogden); Ben Taylor, Tristan Prettyman (Suede, Park City)

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Critics tell LMNO, “You preach too much about God in your rhymes,” but the underground emcee is equally faithful to old-school rap. In 1998, he and his Visionaries cohorts proclaimed, “I don’t give a f'k ’cause I love hip-hop,” a statement that from other mouths might sound bombastic. Leave My Name Out, however, is as humble as they come. His third solo outing, Ps & Qs, explores numerous themes'religious, secular and anything reaching for higher ground. Dig the wall-of-sound samples and Renaissance keys that might inspire cries of “Praise the Lord!” In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West, 8 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: (with LD of Tecnicali Sound).




They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but I’m guessing the Ramones might have preferred to enjoy such adoration in their prime. While often cited as one of the most influential punk bands, the gnarly New York rockers were largely overlooked by anyone west of CBGB’s when albums like Rocket to Russia and End of the Century first appeared in stores. Still, it’s nice to see their legacy live on through tribute bands, including Utah’s own Ramones Alive. Hey! Ho! Let’s go! Todd’s Bar & Grill, 1051 S. 300 West, 10 p.m. Info: 328-8650.


Also Wednesday: Hangar 18, Rotten Musicians (Kilby Court)


Isaac Hayes (The Depot, March 9). Exene Cervenka & the Original Sinners (In the Venue, March 10). DJ Skribble (Shaggy’s Livin’ Room, March 10). The Gossip (Urban Lounge, March 12). P.O.S. (March 13, In the Venue). Electric Six (Urban Lounge, March 17). Beth Orton (In the Venue, March 20). The Dirtbombs (Urban Lounge, March 21). Hellacopters (In the Venue, March 21). Rhett Miller (Suede, March 21). Adrian & the Sickness (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, March 25). James Blunt (The Depot, March 31). Clumsy Lovers (Egos, March 31). Gogol Bordello (Suede, March 31). The Bad Plus (The Depot, April 6).

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