Out and about: Owl City, X96 Big Ass Show, a Buddhist monk and Grand Ole Opry veteran all will entertain us this week
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Dead Sara

Show of the week • The X 96 Big Ass Show will feature Neon Trees, The Used, Grouplove, AWOLNATION, Eve 6, The Wombats, Imagine Dragons, and up-and-coming Los Angeles-based hard-rock band Dead Sara. The quartet has had some success with its rock-radio single "Weatherman," off its 2012 self-titled debut album. During a recent interview, Dead Sara frontwoman Emily Armstrong said she received her first guitar as a birthday present when she turned 12 and knew immediately she wanted to play guitar and sing in a rock band. She dropped out of high school with her mother's support. "I never thought of anything to fall back on," Armstrong said. The road hasn't been easy. Armstrong said she lived for years on fast-food bean burritos. But this year has turned out to be the "best" for the band, having opened for Utah group The Used, and now touring with another Utah band, Neon Trees.

When • Saturday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m.

Where • Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main St., Salt Lake City

Tickets • $25-$30 at SmithsTix

Stuart Davis

Show of the week • Singer-songwriter Stuart Davis was introduced to Zen Buddhism by his drummer and now is considered a monk by some. He first came to Salt Lake City to learn from his roshi — a respected senior teacher. Davis, who now lives in Colorado with his wife and two daughters, said not many Utahns know that many people consider Salt Lake City a "Zen epicenter." Davis is the host of the much-buzzed-about HDNet series "Sex, God, Rock 'n' Roll," which will shoot its third season this fall and its fourth season before he moves to Amsterdam in June. The move will last about a year, he said. "It's such a wonderful planet," Davis said. "There are hundreds of cities in the world I'd like to live."

When • Saturday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m.

Where • The Sugar Space, 616 Wilmington Ave., Salt Lake City

Tickets • $12 at door

Mindy Smith

Show of the week • The 40-year-old singer-songwriter grew up in Long Island but is now an acclaimed Nashville musician, having recently performed at The Grand Ole Opry for the ninth time. In April, she released her first independent album after spending a rewarding tenure on Vanguard Records. "It's time to make an impact and show people [that] it's all me, now," Smith said in an interview. "I have a lot more to gain if things go well. I don't see how I can lose." Smith didn't discover roots music until she moved to the Midwest, and she is proud to have become a fixture of the Americana scene. "To be invited consistently [to the Grand Ole Opry] is one of the highest compliments." Even turning 40 in June didn't scare her. "When I was younger, I didn't know if I would end up OK," Smith said. "I'm not that kid who was afraid to leave home. … I'm proud of my little gray hair that I've got. I'd rather embrace it [than dye it]. I'm keeping it."

When • Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $16 at thestateroom.com

Owl City

Show of the week • We all can thank Adam Young — the creative force of Owl City — for brightening the airwaves this summer with his synth-pop duet with Carly Rae Jepsen, "Good Time." Several years ago, during a bout of insomnia, Young penned the Casio keyboard-powered single "Fireflies." Written in the basement of his parents' suburban Minnesota home, the song shot to the top of the charts. This time around, Young welcomed collaborators. "I learned how to get out of my own atmosphere," he said. "It helped me further my craft." Young, who is touring to promote his new album "The Midsummer Station," said he still suffers from insomnia. "It's a tough thing on the road, trying to sleep when bouncing around the bus on the highway," he said. But late at night is when he feels most creative.

When • Monday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m.

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

Tickets • $22-$25 at SmithsTix

Paul Cardall

"An Evening with Paul Cardall" will feature piano music from various albums including "New Life" and "Hymns Collection."

When • Friday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m.

Where • Assembly Hall on Temple Square, 50 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Julia Heinen

Clarinetist Julia Heinen has performed hundreds of concertos and solo recitals around the world, including premiering and recording several works commissioned for her. She is currently professor of clarinet at California State University, Northridge.

When • Friday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Where • Dumke Recital Hall in Gardner Hall, 1375 E. Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

The Australian Pink Floyd Show

The Australian Pink Floyd Show will bring the Exposed in the Light World Tour 2012 to Usana Amphitheatre.

When • Friday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m.

Where • Usana Amphitheatre, 5150 S. 6055 West, West Valley City

Tickets •$25-$39 at SmithsTix

Starstruck 3

Nightsneak presents Starstruck 3 featuring Tommy Trash, Myon & Shane 54, DJ Dean, and more at Saltair.

When • Saturday, Sept. 29, 5 p.m.

Where • Saltair, 12408 W. Salt Air Drive, Magna

Tickets • $25 at SmithsTix

Nightwish, Kamelot

Nightwish is a Finnish quintet that combines dramatic orchestral elements and attitude-drenched heavy metal. It is one of the world's premier female-fronted metal groups. Kamelot will open.

When • Saturday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m.

Where • The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $35 at enterthevault.com

James Wesley

Country artist James Wesley will perform.

When • Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 p.m.

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

Tickets • $5 at SmithsTix

Michael Kiwanuka

British soul artist Michael Kiwanuka will perform with Nathaniel Rateliff and Yuna.

When • Monday, Oct. 1, 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $15 at thestateroomslc.com

The Heligoats

Alternative-rock band The Heligoats will perform with Pick Pockets and Boots To The Moon.

When • Monday, Oct. 1, 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $6 at 24Tix

Chevelle

Rock band Chevelle will perform from its newest album, "Hats Off to the Bull."

When • Tuesday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.

Where • Saltair, 12408 W. Salt Air Drive, Magna

Tickets • $22-$25 at SmithsTix

Maus Haus

Crunk/dub band Maus Haus will perform with North Country, The New Electric Sound and Tom Brinton.

When • Thursday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m.

Where • Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), Salt Lake City

Tickets • $7 at 24Tix