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THURSDAY 7/14

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SARAH LEE GUTHRIE & JOHNNY IRION

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She could have been a scholar. Had original intent prevailed, Sarah Lee Guthrie’s ultimate teenage rebellion could have played out in a four-year university, complete with lectures, quads and kegs. When the curtain closed on high school, however, Guthrie caved. She put down her books, picked up a guitar and accepted her role as family folk legend No. 3'right behind poppa Arlo and granddad Woody. Years later, Guthrie has trouble imagining life anywhere but onstage, in studio or on the road, strumming and harmonizing with husband/collaborator Johnny Irion. Now her rebellions surface in numbers decidedly more rockin’ than “Alice’s Restaurant.” Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main, 7 p.m. All-ages. Free. Info: 596-5000 (with Jake Shimabukuro).

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Also Thursday: The Lethal West (Kilby Court); New Orleans Juice (Egos); Music Head (Velvet Room); Rotten Musicians (Urban Lounge); Quadraphonic (Monk’s)

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FRIDAY 7/15

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50 CENT

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After a year to end all years'beef with The Game, making up with The Game, falling out of favor once again with The Game'rapper 50 Cent shows no signs of slowing down. The oft-armed, gold-toothed wonder is even spending less time in the candy shop to bump more love in the club. His current schedule includes filming pet project Get Rich or Die Tryin,’ headlining Anger Management 3 and playing smaller shows with G-Unit. The impressive workload stands as a positive sign for those worried the street-wise artist had lost his edge in suburbia. Tonight, he’ll keep it real with Lil Jon and Ludacris (who may or may not be in shagadelic form). Usana Ampitheater, 5400 S. 6200 West, 6:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 800-888-8499.

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ONE.BE.LO

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Think Eminem is this generation’s hottest Michigan export? Try again. One.Be.Lo, formerly known as OneManArmy, aka General Subliminal, aka The Anonymous, aka Nahshid Sulaiman (whoa!), upstages the real slim shady with a smooth delivery and lyrics not wholly reliant on pop-cultural shenanigans. After logging some quality time with former hip-hop group Binary Star, OBL formed Subliminal Records and ventured into solo territory. His latest, S.O.N.O.G.R.A.M, might not titillate like Detroit’s pale candyman can, but it’s certainly got more bounce to the ounce. Halo, 60 E. 800 South, 10 p.m. Info: 532-1510.

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Also Friday: Founders Title Folk & Bluegrass Festival (Snowbird); Action Action (Kilby Court); Corrosion of Conformity, Fu Manchu (Club Vegas); Young Dubliners (Velvet Room); Betty (Paper Moon)

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SATURDAY 7/16

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Vans Warped Tour (Utah State Fairpark); Founders Title Folk & Bluegrass Festival (Snowbird); Los Moscosos (Forum at The Canyons); Motorama (Kilby Court); Throw Rag (Lo-Fi Café); The Wolfs (Burt’s Tiki Lounge)

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SUNDAY 7/17

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MOTORAMA

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Finally, a testosterone-light European punk duo with a penchant for B-movies! Italian rockers Daniela and Laura (surnames are sooo boring) didn’t set out to be a harder, more female version of Death From Above 1979. In fact, the Italian musicians appeared as a quartet and trio before settling on their current formation. Turns out the bare-bones lineup best expresses Motorama’s intense, minimal and not-so-squeaky-clean sound. Their 2003 debut full-length, No Bass Fidelity, pits feminine bravado against brat-pack appeal for one smashing display of bacchanalia. Like the late, great ODB once said, “Ooh baby, I like it raw.” Monk’s, 19 E. 200 South, 9:30 p.m. Info: 350-0950 (with Stiletto).

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MIXEL PIXEL

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Unlike most bands honing skills in a garage or basement, Mixel Pixel never intended to make it big. Frontman Rob C, aka Silver Sparkle Horse, kicked off his illustrious musical career on a boombox, producing mix tape jams for friends. Somewhere along the way, C'along with Dr. Wong and Matty K'stumbled across larger audiences in need of videogame-sample-infused-indie-psych-rock. Contact Kid, the trio’s third full-length release, is a kaleidoscope of melodious experiments in time travel. At least, that’s how it sounds. Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 10 p.m. Tickets: 24Tix.com (with Jessica Something Jewish and The Loyal).

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Also Sunday: Founders Title Folk & Bluegrass Festival (Snowbird); The Fabulous Thunderbirds (Red Butte Garden); Saucy Monky (J.B. Mulligan’s)

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MONDAY 7/18

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Brian Jonestown Massacre (Velvet Room'see Music, p. 47); Life of Agony, Art of Kanly (Lo-Fi Café), Hot Buttered Rum String Band (Egos); Rip Carson (Burt’s Tiki Lounge)

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WEDNESDAY 7/20

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WILLIAM TOPLEY, MARK KNOPFLER

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Vocal chords are awesome. They permit artists such as William Topley to play dress-up on the mic, cloaking otherwise obvious accents to fit their genre of choice. U.K.-bred Topley, for example, adopts a James Earl Jones-meets-John Hiatt voice for songs seeped in blues/Americana. On Sea Fever, to which Knopfler contributed, the underrated singer-songwriter performs a subtler feat'convincing listeners his story is worth hearing. While the album could be described as painstakingly beautiful, such limiting descriptors hardly convey Topley’s talent. His accent might be hidden, but the artist himself is as real as they come. Abravanel Hall, 123 S. West Temple, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 355-2787.

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HIMSA, THE ESOTERIC

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“I dare you to expect anything other than this,” Cory White sings on “Smothered,” perhaps challenging assumptions of The Esoteric as just another predictable hardcore band. The Lawrence, Kan.-based quintet has been playing long enough to know the difference between D.I.Y. and TRL-ethic and often expresses discontent with scenesters clouding original intent. On 2005’s With the Sureness of Sleepwalking, the group puts skill before hype, crushing our screamo nation with continued exploration of metal’s finer points. Lo-Fi Café, 127 S. West Temple, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com.

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Also Wednesday: Before Braille, Hudson River School (Kilby Court); Starmy, Debi Graham Band (Gallivan Center); Eric Sardinas (Egos)

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COMING UP

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Caesars (Lo-Fi Café, July 21). Etta James (Capitol Theater, July 21). Molly Hatchet (Star Bar, July 28). Kilby Court’s 6-Year Anniversary (Kilby Court, July 23). Cowboy Junkies (Red Butte Garden, July 24). Scout Niblett (Kilby Court, July 25). Alkaline Trio (In the Venue, July 27). Modified Retrofied (McKay Event Center, July 27). Big Head Todd, Anne McCue (Gallivan Center, July 28). U92 Summer Jam (Utah State Fairpark, July 30). John Prine, Kathleeen Edwards (Abravanel Hall, July 31). Motley Crue (Usana Amphitheater, Aug. 5). Julie Roberts (Red Butte Garden, Aug. 7). Gallivan Folk & Bluegrass Festival (Gallivan Center, Aug. 13). Ozzfest 2005 (Usana Amphitheater, Aug. 16).

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