Out and about: Justin Townes Earle brings it all back home, plus the band Dying Fetus and Jazz Vespers goes all Christmas Kool

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Justin Townes Earle

Show of the Week • Singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle released his superb, fourth full-length album, "Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now," in 2012. He has stepped further outside his father Steve Earle's large shadow by producing "Unfinished Business," an album by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson. In a phone interview, Earle said he wanted the album to sound like a Wanda Jackson album as opposed to albums she had recorded over the 15 years when producers had meddled too much. "I kneel down next to her," Earle said. "She was wonderful to work with." Earle's recent album features more of a soul sound, which he said was a conscious decision. He said the move toward the sound of Memphis follows the same trajectory of the blues and rock-and-roll, which started down in the South with just an acoustic guitar and eventually evolved — just as his music has.

When • Saturday, Dec. 15, 9 p.m.; Trixie Whitley opens

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

Tickets • $30 at thestateroom.com


In their 15 years together as a band, celebrated Los Angeles culture-mashers Ozomatli have made music combining everything from hip-hop and salsa to Jamaican reggae, Indian raga and more.

When • Friday, Dec. 14, 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $20; www.smithstix.com

Joe Moses & Ta Smallz

Life Entertainment and The High Off Life U.S. Tour present the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Pre-Concert Celebration featuring Joe Moses & Ta Smallz with guests Riccy Rich, T-Rev and Antoine Carter. The night of hip-hop will include special guests Orlando Brown and Splitarillos Spokesmodel Armine.

When • Friday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $10 at SmithsTix

Dying Fetus

Heavy metal band Dying Fetus brings its "The Blood of Power" tour to Salt Lake City. The hard-core band is known for complex riffing and blast beats. With guests Cerebral Bore.

When • Friday, Dec. 14, 8 p.m.

Where • Burts Tiki Lounge, 726 S. State St., Salt Lake City

Tickets • $14 at SmithsTix

Late Night Alumni

The band's first album, "Empty Streets," was released in 2005, while the sophomore album "Of Birds, Bees, Butterflies, Etc." was released on Ultra Records in 2009. The band's songs were featured in the 2011 rom-com "Crazy, Stupid, Love." starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone.

When • Saturday, Dec. 15, 9:30 p.m.

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

Tickets • $20 at SmithsTix

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Hip-hop group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony brings its tour to Salt Lake City, with guests The Beginning At Last.

When • Saturday, Dec. 15, 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $30 at SmithsTix

X96 Nightmare Before X-Mas

The sixth annual X96 Nightmare Before X-Mas featuring the Florida rock band Anberlin, with Blondfire.

When • Saturday, Dec. 15, 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $21 at SmithsTix

'Senses 5'

Co-created by actor Robert Scott Smith and director Alexandra Harbold, "Senses" is a man's theatrical exploration of the science of the senses through personal narrative, pop music and neuroscience.

When • Sunday, Dec. 16, 5 p.m.

Where • The Leonardo, 209 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $10 at theleonardo.org

Jazz Vespers swings the Beatles

The Jazz Vespers Quartet, featuring David Halliday, Courtney Smith, Denson Angulo and Steve Lyman, will perform a Beatles tribute.

When • Sunday, Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Where • First Unitarian Church, 1300 E. 569 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Zappa Plays Zappa

Spend a night reliving the music of Frank Zappa when Zappa Plays Zappa, led by Frank's son Dweezil, brings its "Accept No Substitutes" tour to The Depot. Frank Zappa, who died in 1993, was an eccentric American composer and producer noted for his eclectic mixes of rock, orchestral and studio sounds. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

When • Tuesday, Dec. 18, 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $20 at SmithsTix