Metric, Corin Tucker Band. Kimbra among high-profile musicians in Utah this week

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spotlight show • Butch Vig could be resting on his laurels after producing the Foo Fighters' latest album — which cleaned up at the Grammys — and Nirvana's epochal "Nevermind." But the 57-year-old, has fun when he plays with his dance-rock band Garbage, which is back together after several long hiatuses. The band cut short its 2005 concert tour because of "exhaustion," Vig said in a recent telephone interview. In time, the four members realized that when they get together, there is "magic." A veteran skier who has tackled the slopes at Alta and Snowbird, Vig persuaded his bandmates to ditch their major label for the upcoming release of "Not Your Kind of People." "It's both liberating and terrifying," he said of the split. "We butted heads with our label on our last album. … They're always looking for pop hits. Sometimes they would try to homogenize our sound."

When • Friday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $32.50-$35 at SmithsTix

Rich Wyman

spotlight show • Rich Wyman is one of the most respected musicians on the local scene, which explain why several Utah musicians — including Lisa Needham, Terence Hansen, Rehan Jacob, Eric Munoz, George T. Gregory, Joy & Eric, Shaky Trade, Ricardo Romero, Liz Anderson and David Rolfe — will join him onstage for the release of "Good Company." A dueling piano player at Keys on Main, Wyman also is the recipient of 10 ASCAP Awards. The rocking piano man first came to Park City in 1990 to ski and, for the most part, never left. While living in Park City, he found himself at the same dinner party as Eddie Van Halen — a moment he said changed his life. The two bonded over music, writing songs that became the foundation of Wyman's second album. He will debut songs from "Good Company," an album that was three years in the making.

When • Friday, Oct. 5, at 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $12 at


spotlight show • Metric frontwoman Emily Haines has been leading the Canadian indie-rock band for close to 15 years, and she is still "obsessed" with writing the perfect song. "It's a hard thing to pin down, but I hope to find it someday," she said during a recent telephone interview. Fans would say Metric has been writing near-perfect songs for years. Several are on the 2012 album "Synthetica," a layered collection of arena-ready hooks, choruses and arrangements that shows pop music need not avoid depth. "We've dedicated ourselves to finding a feeling," said the 38-year-old. "We're cursed with asking a lot of big questions." Onstage, Haines projects an aggressive persona, so it is surprising to hear she still feels "like an awkward teenager at times." Metric's musical contributions can be heard on the film "Cosmopolis," starring Robert Pattinson, who also starred in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," which featured Metric's "Eclipse (All Yours)." Haines said Pattinson "is a really good guy," but Kristen Stewart shouldn't consider her competition. "I don't know if he's a muse," Haines said.

When • Friday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $31 at SmithsTix

The Corin Tucker Band

spotlight show • Writing and recording "Kill My Blues," The Corin Tucker Band's new album, was a group effort. "A lot of the time I bring in a verse and chorus that is straight-ahead rock," Tucker said. "Then the rhythm section kicks it and brings in the funk." The new album, released last month, will remind many fans of Tucker's raw and rapid-fire work with the punk-rock mainstay Sleater-Kinney. "When we went out onto the road, we found that people really wanted to dance," Tucker said. "I really like to dance, but you have to bring it" to entice the audience to do the same. And the last show where Tucker, a Portland resident, danced? A B-52's show.

When • Sunday, Oct. 7, at 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $10 in advance, $12 day of, at 24Tix


spotlight show • Frankie Muniz, star of "Malcolm in the Middle," started out as a fan of this Pennsylvania-based pop-rock band. Now he's the drummer. "I'd much rather do this," said the 26-year-old Muniz, who has temporarily retired from acting and race-car driving to focus on music. Muniz and Kingsfoil share the same manager, so when the band's drummer left late last year, Muniz, who had played drums since he was 12, was asked to audition "I love being part of a group of guys all doing our thing to create [music]," said Muniz, whose thumb was ripped off during a race-car accident. Since he joined in March, the band has been opening for Third Eye Blind at college campuses around the country. Muniz hasn't been around his fiancée much and she "kind of hates me for it," he said. But Elycia Turnbow remains supportive, because "she knows it is something I really want."

When • Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m.

Where • Mojos Ogden, 2210 Washington Ave., Ogden

Tickets • $10 in advance, $12 day of, at SmithsTix


spotlight show • You may not recognize the name Kimbra, but you've definitely heard her. As the female voice on Gotye's worldwide smash hit "Somebody That I Used to Know," she stole the song with her intensity. Kimbra, 22, a native New Zealander who now lives in Australia, will headline her own show at The Depot, touring to promote her 2011 album "Vows." Kimbra said she lucked into the duet when another high-profile singer backed out at the last minute. The overnight fame means her "social life is very different now." The song offered her a taste of success, and she is ready for more. Kimbra's songs vary widely between pop, soul and jazz. She is no one-trick pony — she won the Critics' Choice Prize at the 2011 New Zealand Music Awards and the Best Female Artist and Best Song at the Australian Recording Industry Music Association Awards in 2011.

When • Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $17.50 in advance, $20 day of, at SmithsTix

Wolf Gang

spotlight show • This U.K. band just finished its tour with Coldplay, and now is headlining shows with its quirky, upbeat brand of indie rock. Opening for Chris Martin and company was "really eye-opening," said the band's frontman, Max McEllington. Later this year, the Wolf Gang hopes to broaden its exposure by opening for Keane overseas. "We've been continuing to push forward," said McEllington, an alum of the London School of Economics, which also counts Mick Jagger among its famous former students. "You can never write enough songs." Although he hails from Scotland, McEllington lived in Ann Arbor, Mich., for about six months when he was young. His favorite memory of that time in America was seeing a pow-wow, something you just don't see in Scotland.

When • Wednesday, Oct. 10, 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $10 at 24Tix

Ron Spears and Wayward Molly

Ron Spears, a bluegrass singer-songwriter and ventriloquist, has penned songs for Daley and Vincent, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, IIIrd Tyme Out, Lou Reid and Carolina, Special Consensus and others.

When • Friday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m.

Where • South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 6876 S. Highland Drive, Cottonwood Heights

Tickets • $5 at door

Morbid Angel

Extreme metal giants Morbid Angel are on tour for the first time in more than six years. They will perform with special guests Dark Funeral, Grave and VadimVon.

When • Monday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m.

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

Tickets • $25 to $30 at SmithsTix


Hailing from South Africa, Seether embraces a brand of heavy metal mostly associated with the post-grunge era of alternative music, complete with crunchy distortion and brooding textures. The band, which includes Shaun Morgan (vocals, guitar), Dale Stewart (bass) and John Humphrey (drums), will perform with guests Sick Puppies and KYNG.

When • Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $31 to $33 at SmithsTix

Ewert & the Two Dragons

Experimental Indie-pop group Ewert & The Two Dragons will perform along with The Lighthouse & The Whaler.

When • Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m.

Where • Bar Deluxe, 666 S. State St., Salt Lake City

Tickets • $10 at 24Tix

Hoobastank with Kiss Me Kill Me

Hoobastank performs with special guests Kiss Me Kill Me.

When • Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m.

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

Tickets • $9.50 at

Boy Hits Car

Rock group Boys Hits Car with Poonhammer, Rebelease and Soledad's Time Machine.

When • Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m.

Where • Liquid Joe's, 1249 E. 3300 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $7-$10 at SmithsTix

Gold Fields

Australian band Gold Fields offers a night of New Wave-influenced dance-pop. Blondefire also is on the bill.

When • Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $10 at SmithsTix

Lindsey Stirling with DeLon

Enjoy a night of the violin-electronic-dubstep style with Lindsey Stirling. Special guest DeLon.

When • Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $15 at SmithsTix