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Thursday 11/10

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David Boone (Salt Lake Roasting Company); Ten Tenors (Kingsbury Hall); Holden (Spice); Steel Train (Kilby Court); DJ Micro (In the Venue); Soulfly (Lo-Fi Cafe); Detroit Cobras (Velvet Room); Sunset Strip (The Whiskey); Almost Undone (Egos)

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Friday 11/11

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SHRED BETTIE

Yes, Virginia, there is local metal'and it’s being thrown down regularly in joints like Murray’s Whiskey and downtown SLC’s Club Vegas. One of the Wasatch’s hottest up-and-coming rock acts, Shred Bettie (ShredBettieBand.com), are best experienced live and loud, a dark and thunderous wall of melodic power, fronted by singer-guitarist Tonya Ward (left), that’s simultaneously seductive and sinister. As an opening act, Shred Bettie nearly stole the show from Hollywood’s formidable Iron Maidens over Halloween'as headliners, look out. Club Vegas, 445 S. 400 West, 9 p.m. Info: ClubVegas.org (with Till She Bleeds and Wounded Knee).

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Also Friday: David Boone (Salt Lake Roasting Co.); The Wolfs, Blackhole (Monk’s); SLUG Localized (Urban Lounge); Invisible Rays, Books About UFOs (Kamikazes, Ogden)

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Saturday 11/12

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DEPECHE MODE

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Something about Dave Gahan, synth-pop and vinyl pants resonates among, particularly, Europeans. That’s not to say Salt Lake City residents aren’t giddy over the legendary group’s serious-for-real-this-time reunion. Sure, when God showed his sick sense of humor by breaking them up, we got by with Gahan’s solo work. But Paper Monsters just doesn’t cut it when you’re in the mood for Violator. That’s why Playing the Angel, with its return to classic Mode tracks (albeit ones tempered by Gahan’s reflection on past addictions), is such a welcome release. E Center, 3200 S. Decker Lake Dr., West Valley City, 7 p.m. Tickets: 800-888-8499, SmithsTix.com (with The Bravery)

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UGLY DUCKLING

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Parents just don’t understand'but they would if their kids listened to Ugly Duckling. The squeaky-clean hip-hop act is somewhere between Will Smith and De La Soul on the parental advisory tip. The trio from Long Beach, Calif., has been getting silly since ’95, writing ultra-positive lyrics with comedic flair. Their latest release, Taste the Secret, follows the thread of their days hawking fried flesh at the random Meat Shake restaurant (where everything on the menu contains meat). Tasty! Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m. Info: 746-0558, MySpace.com/TheUrbanLounge.

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Also Saturday: The Happies CD Release (Kilby Court'Music p. 52); A Static Lullabye (Lo-Fi Cafe); New Transit Direction (Todd’s Bar & Grill); Thunderfist (Egos)

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Monday 11/14

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SPOON

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Why Spoon isn’t all over the radio is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. The Austin-based rockers craft ridiculously tight, catchy songs with witty lyrics based on universal themes such as love, catch and release. Of course, when Britt Daniels sings about the two sides of Monsieur Valentin or his mathematical mind, it’s probably more difficult for mainstream audiences to relate. And while hardcore fans wish Spoon all the best, they can’t help but smile when others don’t believe it’s called rock & roll. Velvet Room, 149 W. 200 South, 9 p.m. Tickets: 24Tix.com (with American Music Club).

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Also Monday: Street Dogs (In the Venue); Seether, 30 Seconds to Mars (Great Saltair); MC Chris (Lo-Fi Cafe'see Music, p. 54)

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Tuesday 11/15

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BUCKETHEAD

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“Don’t get me wrong, he’s a great player. He plays like a motherf'er!” Ozzy Osbourne once said of Buckethead, the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist named for his stalwart uniform of Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket and masked face. The mysterious musician is also recognized for his ability to shred with the best of them'a characteristic that apparently was not enough for Osbourne. The reality-television star couldn’t get past Buckethead’s quirky persona, opting to hire someone else for his solo project. Disappointed, Buckethead comforted himself with five-piece wings and special sauce. In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com.

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SCOTT BIRAM

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“The Dirty Old One Man Band” is definitely a Rated-R guy'the kind of stranger you keep at arm’s length until his growl sounds like a purr drowned in cheap, potent alcohol. Scott Biram’s solo act is harmonica, guitar and a heavy left foot smashed against brillo-pad speakers. His gruff takes on girls, cars, whiskey and BBQ inspire intense urges to drink heavily. And who better to get smashed with than a dirty old man begging, “Come on baby, give me a kiss!” The Velvet Room, 149 W. 200 South, 9 p.m. Tickets: 24Tix.com (with Utah County Swillers).

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Also Tuesday: Clay Aiken (Delta Center); The Higher (Lo-Fi Cafe); The Supersuckers (Egos); Dysrythmia (Burt’s Tiki Lounge)

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Wednesday 11/16

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KINGSBURY MANX

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The Fast Rise and Fall of the South is a warm blanket on a brisk fall afternoon'comforting, but not so heavy as to completely block out the familiar cold air. Kingsbury Manx’s fifth full-length album (and first Yep Roc outing) pivots around natural imagery'snow, mountainsides, tree branches and animal dreams'propelled by soft, Beta Band-esque vocals. Their classic folk-rock sound achieves a certain grace with Wilco’s Mike Jergensen in the studio, turning South into something soft and spare. Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m. Info: 746-0557 (with The Standard)

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Also Wednesday: The Letters Organize (Kilby Court); Avenged Sevenfold (Great Saltair); Royal Bliss (Burt’s Tiki Lounge)

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COMING UP

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Red Elvises (Egos, Nov. 18). XYZ (Whiskey, Nov. 18). Children of Bodom (Lo-Fi Cafe, Nov. 19). Rolling Stones (Delta Center, Nov. 22). Damian Jr. Gong Marley (Great Saltair, Nov. 22). Yellowcard (Lo-Fi Cafe, Nov. 23). GWAR (Great Saltair, Nov. 25). King’s X (Egos, Nov. 26). Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons (Egos, Dec. 9-10). Dandy Warhols (In the Venue, Dec. 10). Dokken (The Whiskey, Dec. 10). Monsters of Metal (Club Vegas, Dec. 10). International Noise Conspiracy (In the Venue, Dec. 13).

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