Out and about: Billy Joe Shaver, Lord Huron and a Perfect Quartet
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Lord Huron

spotlight Show • Ben Schneider leads Lord Huron, a Los Angeles folk band with literary, detail-oriented songs inspired by the landscape and, not least, Lake Huron, on whose shores Schneider daydreamed during his Michigan childhood. The City of Angels isn't angelic to Schneider, who loves nothing more than to roam the country and Europe, painting the same sights he sings about. "I am more of a rural type of guy," he said in a phone interview. At least he has his friends on the road with him as they support Lord Huron's new album, "Lonesome Dreams." "Two of the guys, we had our first band in middle school," Schneider said. "At one point, we were playing ska-reggae." Night Moves is also on the bill.

When • Friday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $12 at 24Tix

Billy Joe Shaver

spotlight Show • "I'm listening to Billy Joe Shaver / And I'm reading James Joyce / Some people they tell me I got the blood of the land in my voice." These lyrics are from Bob Dylan's song "I Feel a Change Comin' On," which means Shaver has joined the ranks of The Jack of Hearts, St. Augustine, The Blind Commissioner and Einstein (disguised as Robin Hood), all of whom have been immortalized in a Dylan song. Shaver's songs became country standards during the 1970s and have been covered by Elvis Presley, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and many others. As for being name-checked by Dylan, Shaver, 73, called it "sweet" and said, "I don't know what caused him to do it." He added: "I've never met Bob Dylan. He's the best. I hope to hear from him and tell him, 'Howdy.' "

When • Saturday, Oct. 20, 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $20 at thestateroom.com

The Crystal Method

spotlight Show • The Crystal Method — Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland —is one of the most influential American electronic dance music acts. In a phone interview, Kirkland said Utah has a very special place in his heart. "I got my fake ID in St. George back in the day," he said. On a more serious note, he added that an early Utah show marked "the first time we ever played [1996 single] 'Keep Hope Alive.' The crowd was really into it and that was when we knew he had a great track." Most of the Las Vegas-based duo's early output was recorded in what has become known as The Bomb Shelter. "It was the combination of a space-shuttle cockpit, a million-dollar studio and a broom closet," Kirkland said. "It was functional, dirty and hot, as we lacked air conditioning, but it was all we needed to create three records that we are really proud of." A new album, "Sling the Decks," is in the works, and Kirkland said the music is "easy on the ears and it's good in bed."

When • Thursday, Oct. 25, 9 p.m.

Where • The Hotel & Elevate, 155 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $20 at SmithsTix; VIP table reservations can be arranged by calling 801-652-7955.

Jazz Vespers Quartet

The Jazz Vespers Quartet, featuring David Halliday, will perform. Halliday's new CD will be available.

When • Friday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m.

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

Tickets • Free

Alesana

The second annual Inked magazine music tour features North Carolina rock band Alesana and special guests.

When • Saturday, Oct. 20, 5 p.m.

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

Tickets • $18 at SmithsTix

Kendrick Lamar

The BET Music Matters Tour will feature performances by Kendrick Lamar, Ab Soul and Jay Rock.

When • Saturday, Oct. 20, 10:30 p.m.

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

Tickets • $25 at SmithsTix

Converge

The Kollective presents punk-metal band Converg on its "All We Love We Leave Behind" Tour with guests Torche, Kvelertak and Dustbloom.

When • Monday, Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m.

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

Tickets • $14.50 at SmithsTix

Boys Like Girls & The All-American Rejects

Boys Like Girls & The All-American Rejects will bring their fall rock tour to Orem. Also performing will be Parachute.

When • Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m.

Where • UCCU Event Center, 800 W. University Parkway, Orem

Tickets • $32 at SmithsTix

Freelance Whales

Freelance Whales, touring to promote its upcoming release, "Diluvia," will play a Kilby Court concert.

When • Tuesday, Oct. 23, 8:30 p.m.

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

Tickets • $18.50 at SmithsTix

Average White Band

The 1970s-era Average White Band was noted for its soul and funk music, and its instrumental hit "Pick Up the Pieces."

When • Wednesday, Oct. 24, 8 p.m.

Where • Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City

Tickets • $30-$50 at holdmyticket.com