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The Head and The Heart with Bryan John Appleby

Spotlight show • Jonathan Russell (vocals, guitar, percussion) of The Head and The Heart and opening act Bryan John Appleby left the places where they were born and raised to move to Seattle with dreams of music success. In a phone interview, Russell said spending $700 to drive away from Virginia was the right decision. "Richmond didn't really have a music scene," he said. He expected the scene to be full of bands such as Modest Mouse and The Shins, but Seattle proved to be a bustling breeding ground for alt-country songs like his, and in 2009 his quintet was created. After selling more than 10,000 copies of its self-released debut, the band signed with indie label Sub Pop on the strength of its reputation as a strong live act. The band is playing new songs, although because all of the musicians are writers, those songs might not appear officially. "Who knows if these new songs will be on the new record," he said. "We can't play the same 10 songs over and over." Appleby grew up in the bucolic hamlet of Santa Cruz, Calif., but moved to Seattle with his band. When that band dissolved, Appleby relished the chance to write his own material. "I had only been 20 percent of the writing process," he said in a phone interview about his defunct band. "I wondered if I would be able to make 100 percent of the decisions."

When • Friday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m.

Where • The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $20 at SmithsTix

Aisha Tyler

Spotlight show • Audiences watching "The Talk" might not know that panelist Aisha Tyler began performing stand-up comedy two decades ago. Tyler, whom some will remember as the host of "Talk Soup" in between Greg Kinnear and Joel McHale, spent the month of August perfecting her new material (she will record a comedy special next month) while she took time off to write a script and a book. She also tapes a popular podcast and is a gamer who can't wait until "Halo 4" is released later this year. With so much on her plate, it's not surprising she's never performed in Utah before. "I have never done stand-up in Utah, in front of people drinking fermented water," Tyler said in a phone interview. But don't expect behind-the-scenes details from "The Talk" or other run-ins with celebrities. "Who gives a crap about celebrities?" she said. Her conversational, personal style shows the influences of her inspirations, such as George Carlin, Dave Chappelle and Marc Maron. "The most important thing is honesty," she said. There's one thing she is also sure about, now that the Olympics are over. "Synchronized diving serves no purpose."

When • Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21 and 22, at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Where • Wiseguys West Valley City, 2194 W. 3500 South

Tickets • $20 at

The Manhattan Transfer

The Ellen Eccles Theatre presents The Manhattan Transfer, the jazzy vocal quartet.

When • Friday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m.

Where • Ellen Eccles Theatre, 43 S. Main St., Logan

Tickets • $30-$44,

The Growlers

The Growlers are influenced by a range of musical genres, from hip-hop to psychedelic rock. Florida Kilos and Spell Talk will open.

When • Friday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m.

Where • Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $10 at 24tix

DJs Filo & Peri

New York-based DJs and music producers Filo & Peri have held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard dance charts multiple times, and also charted on the United Kingdom's Top 40.

When • Friday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m.

Where • Park City Live, 427 Main St., Park City

Tickets • $15 at SmithsTix

Arsenic Addiction

Salt Lake City metal band Arsenic Addiction, formed in 2006, will perform in a show that is part of its "A Dose of Brewtalitea" tour.

When • Friday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m.

Where • Gino's, 3556 S. State St., South Salt Lake

Tickets • Free

Aaron Tippin

Aaron Tippin will perform a concert at The Westerner.

When • Friday, Sept. 21, at 10 p.m.

Where • The Westerner, 3360 S. Redwood Road, West Valley City

Tickets • $10 at SmithsTix


The hard-rock band brings its "10 Years of Perseverance" tour to In the Venue, with Whitechapel and special guests All Shall Perish and Deez Nuts.

When • Saturday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m.

Where • In The Venue, 219 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $20 at SmithsTix


Rock band Buckcherry will perform with Lit.

When • Saturday, Sept. 22, 9 p.m.

Where • The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $30 at SmithsTix

James McMurtry & The Gourds

James McMurtry's music is a mix of rock, country, folk and roadhouse boogie, capped by McMurtry's noted guitar.

When • Saturday, Sept. 22, 9 p.m.

Where • State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake City

Tickets • $28 at

Ben Taylor

Ben Taylor, the son of legendary singers-songwriters James Taylor and Carly Simon, will perform.

When • Monday, Sept. 24, 8 p.m.

Where • State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake City

Tickets • $14 at

Strange Music's Stevie Stone

After an outing on Tech N9ne's Hostile Takeover 2012 Tour, Stevie Stone joins the official Rollin' Stone tour. Also on the bill will be Team Stone, DJ P-Caso and Frizz, and Campo.

When • Tuesday, Sept. 25, 9 p.m.

Where • Metro Bar, 540 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $10 at 24Tix


Firewater blends gypsy, klezmer and other world-music traditions with punk attitude in this concert with local band Juana Ghani.

When • Wednesday, Sept. 26, 9 p.m.

Where • Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $10 at 24Tix

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