Works Progress Administration, World Music Benefit, Madraso, Marianne Dissard, Gossip, Men, Le Loup | Music | Salt Lake City Weekly

Works Progress Administration, World Music Benefit, Madraso, Marianne Dissard, Gossip, Men, Le Loup 

Live: Music Picks Oct. 15-20

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Monsters of Folk might be the current supergroup of note, but Works Progress Administration boasts an equally impressive lineup of artists pooling their individual strengths to create one giant tour de force. Like MOF, WPA formed organically following a series of gigs at Los Angeles music hotspot Largo. Core members Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket), Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek) and Luke Bulla (Lyle Lovett) joined rotating players Benmont Tench, Greg Leisz, Pete Thomas, Davey Faragher and Sara Watkins in the studio to hammer out some killer folk, bluegrass and country tunes highlighting one another’s area of expertise. The result is a self-titled release that is truly flawless and worthy of some above-ground buzz. Don’t miss the opening act, Utah’s Madison Arm. Word is they’re cooking up some new material. We can’t wait to hear it. The State Room, 639 S. State, 8 p.m. Tickets:

Local humanitarians Andy and Kayla Jones extend the honeymoon that first inspired them to launch Africa Heartwood Project, a nonprofit dedicated to raising funds for, and awareness of staggering Third-World conditions. This year, the couple— who founded AHP in 1999—have organized an afternoon/evening of music and dance from Africa, Brazil, India and the Middle East performed by local artists to benefit Liberian refugee orphan children in Ghana. Featured acts include Smiling Soulz, Divya Narayanan, DJ Danny Dance, Kairo by Night, SLC African Drum & Dance Ensemble, Samba Gringa and the Incendiary Circus. Children’s activities, food vendors and a silent auction are also on tap. More information available online at Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main, 4-9 p.m. All-ages.

The vinyl version of Madraso’s Van Horne is delicate and beautiful, with hues of bright yellow and orange flaring out in a sunburst pattern across its otherwise transparent surface. The Northwest artists went to great lengths to ensure their debut record looks and feels as good as it sounds, which is to say better than a flimsy compact disc (which is also included for non-vinyl-philes). Their debut on Salt Lake City’s Pseudo Recordings features several tracks from earlier demos along with new heavy, discordant noise. Certain songs bring to mind These Arms Are Snakes, but with more robust vocals and morbidly obese bass lines. Burt’s Tiki Lounge, 726 S. State, 9 p.m. (with Thunderfist and Victims Willing)


When Marianne Dissard sat down to write the lyrics to L’Entredeux, she was stuck between two lovers. By the time the record came out, the French native/Arizona resident found that the material also reflected her experience straddling two cultural and geographical divides. Produced by Calexico’s Joey Burns (whom she met upon relocating to Tucson and falling in love with its vibrant arts community), the French-language album touches on her divorce following 13 years of marriage. Her smoky voice drapes seductively over Burns’ lush instrumental arrangements, creating an intense vibe—cabaret meets cowboy or Southwestern trailblazer buzzed on fine wine. Burt’s Tiki Lounge, 726 S. State, 9 p.m. (with Andrew Goldberg)

Beth Ditto seems to lead a charmed life these days, soaking up new celebrity in Europe, bearing it all on the cover of major music magazines and never apologizing for who she is—a fabulous, sassy, feminist post-punk soul singer who drapes her “plus-size” body in haute couture and then rips it all off onstage in a sweat-drenched frenzy. But while Ditto hob-knobs with Kate Moss and Karl Lagerfeld at high-profile fashion shows, she never forgets “the faggots and the dykes” who helped boost the small-town band to such great heights. Ditto is a role model to many and a joy to watch. Opening for Le Tigre at Club Sound in 2004, Gossip nearly upstaged the legendary headliners with songs showcasing her Earth-shattering howl. Five years later, the band—also featuring long-time drummer Hannah Blilie and founding guitarist Brace Paine—is back in town in support of the new Rick Rubin-produced Music for Men, which, much to loyal listeners’ relief, doesn’t gloss over their fierce, raw attitude. Also on tonight’s bill, Le Tigre-offshoot Men, a socially/politically active DJ/production/remix team and performing arts collective featuring JD Samson, Michael O’Neill (Princess, Ladybug Transistor) and Ginger Brooks Takahashi—former touring member Joanna Fatemen still contributes behind the scenes. It’s dance music for revolution! Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m. Tickets:

With the renewed popularity of vinyl, an increasing number of bands are beginning to record albums that proudly defy the era of single-song downloads. Le Loup’s sophomore LP, Family (Hardly Art), is meant to be enjoyed as a whole. Separate one song from the pack and the album is bound to sound incomplete, ending abruptly without its smooth, built-in segue. Listening to it in its entirety, one gets a sense of how the group—which started as Sam Simkoff’s basement solo project—comes off live. Their most percussive, dream-like numbers hint at a show hopped up on primal energy. Comparisons to Animal Collective aren’t off, though they’ve captured their own identity through this impressive follow-up to the rather exhaustively titled debut, The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. All-ages Tickets:

Grand Archives (Kilby Court, Oct. 22); A Place to Bury Strangers (Urban Lounge, Oct. 23); Joy Basu (Circle Lounge, Oct. 24); Night of the Living Dub (Orange, Oct. 24); Sunset Rubdown (Urban Lounge, Oct. 24); Greensky Bluegrass (The State Room, Oct. 25); Nico Vega (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Oct. 25); Fu Manchu (Club Vegas, Oct. 26); Train (The Depot, Oct. 29); The Sounds (In the Venue, Oct. 30); Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit (The State Room, Nov. 1); Emily Autumn (Murray Theater, Nov. 2); Valient Thor, Early Man (Club Vegas, Nov. 3); They Might Be Giants (The Depot, Nov. 6); Rob Zombie (Great Saltair, Nov. 6)

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