Out and about: From Hollywood Undead to Shemekia Copeland
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Hollywood Undead

Spotlight show •If anyone doubts that the masked rap-rock ensemble Hollywood Undead has a conscience, consider this. When the band heard about the Newtown massacre, members tried to get the song "Kill Everyone" pulled from their new album "Notes From the Underground," released on Jan. 8. Alas, it was too late, said Johnny 3 Tears. But the hard edge of the group remains, with some of its grittiest material yet ready to be unveiled live. Tears said he is "more inclined to write music when you're emotional, in one direction or the other," which explains his sadder, more brutal songs on the band's third album. But he added, "I still like to party." This time around, based on the group's past commercial success, Hollywood Undead was in total control of what went on the album, with little label involvement. "It's working with people you want to work with," Tears said. The group also plans on continuing to wear the masks during the tour, for reasons other than scaring people. "It's engaging in some degree," Tears said. "I always felt it was important that there was never a face to [Hollywood Undead]. It could be anyone doing it. It breaks down barriers between us and the audience."

When • Friday, Jan. 11, 6:30 p.m.

Where • In The Venue, 579 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $19.50 at SmithsTix

Shemekia Copeland

Spotlight show • By the Chicago blues singer's estimation, it has been about a decade since she last performed in Utah. So that's why it seems fitting that Shemekia Copeland will have two nights of music to thrill Park City audiences. Copeland, 33, has had a year to remember, with her latest CD "33 1⁄3" being nominated for a Grammy at February's awards show, as well as coming off a performance at the White House where she jammed with Buddy Guy and sang alongside Mick Jagger. "I wish I had a good story," the singer said in a phone interview about how she was invited to sing for President Barack Obama. "They just called, and I couldn't believe it. I was just so honored — it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience." Last week, Copeland's manager told her that a contestant on the Hungarian version of the televised singing competition "The Voice" sang one of her songs, and Copeland said she didn't even realize there was a Hungarian version of "The Voice." But she was thrilled nevertheless, because it means her socially conscious message is being heard. "I'm about putting my message out into the universe," she said. "What's the point of being an artist if you can't help out in some way?"

When • Friday and Saturday, Jan. 11 and 12, 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • GA $25 in advance, $28 door; front-of-house $33 in advance, $35 door; cabaret seats $39, $44 door; at egyptiantheatrecompany.org.

Geographer

Spotlight show • Last year, San Francisco-based indie pop-rock band Geographer performed one of the favorite shows of its tour at Kilby Court. "It was so fun for me," said Michael Deni, singer and guitar player for the trio. "There was a front row of kids so excited for us. You never know what will happen with a show in a place like that." Now, on its first headlining tour, the band has graduated to the larger Urban Lounge and Deni said the band is "looking forward to playing more than 45 minutes." The trio was in North Carolina on its way to perform in New York City last year when Super Storm Sandy hit Manhattan, flooding the venue and killing all of the power. "My mom lives in New Jersey, so we hung out there for a few days," Deni said. Once the band reached New York, a nor'easter bashed the area again, but at the end Geographer was able to play New York City. "Finally," Deni said. In February, the band released its second full-length album, "Myth." On An On and Giraffula open.

When • Thursday, Jan. 17, 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $8 in advance, $10 day of, at 24Tix

Erin Barra

Spotlight show • Salt Lake native and Brooklyn-based electronica singer-songwriter Erin Barra will host "Singer Songwriters in the Round," a showcase for emerging local musicians, capped by a headlining set from Barra. Before her set, Talia Keys, Sam Smith, Jay William Henderson and Amir Jackson will perform their own songs. Barra said she has seen community-driven concerts in other cities that help build networks of musicians. "I'm hoping we get other writers and artists to come build a community," she said. She said each performer will bring their "A-game." After the showcase, Barra and her synth trio that "packs a serious punch" have a number of gigs scheduled during Sundance week, and then in Feburary she will head back to the East Coast to record her new album, which should drop in May.

When • Thursday, Jan. 17, 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $10 at thestateroom.com

Augustana

Augustana, a pop-rock band from San Diego, will play stripped-down, acoustic versions of its songs on this tour. Indie singer-songwriter Lauren Shera will open.

When • Friday, Jan. 11, 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $15 at 24Tix

Randy Rogers Band

The Texas-based five-piece Randy Rogers Band brings its brand of country music to The State Room.

When • Friday, Jan. 11, 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $17 at thestateroomslc.com

Heems (of Das Racist)

Now that Heems' rap group Das Racist has broken up, the rapper is touring as a solo act.

When • Friday, Jan. 11, 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $10 advance, $12 day of show; 21+ ;SmithsTix.com

The Perfect Storm #2 Rap Battle

The AHAT Utah Division — a showcase for up-and-coming rap artists — sponsors "The Perfect Storm #2."

When • Saturday, Jan. 12, 6 p.m.

Where • UPROK Records, 342 S. State, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $10 advance, 15 at the door; at SmithsTix.com

Red Desert Ramblers

The Utah-based bluegrass group will perform.

When • Saturday, Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m.

Where • Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $15 at arttix.org

Cash'd Out

The Johnny Cash tribute band will perform.

When • Saturday, Jan. 12, 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $15 advance, $17 day of show; 21+; at thestateroomslc.com

Trampled by Turtles

Trampled by Turtles will perform its style of bluegrass, "speedgrass," with special guest Honey Honey.

When • Sunday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $20; 21+; at SmithsTix.com

Drumline Live

The live marching band — inspired by the 2002 film "Drumline" — will perform original compositions and covers as part of its touring act.

When • Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 15-16, 7:30 p.m.

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

Tickets • $30-$44 at cachearts.org

Robot Dream

Drummer Bart Olson and DJ Rob Bennion combine electronic beats (dubstep, hip-hop, electronica and downtempo) with jazz and vintage robot films in their live shows. Coral Dusk will open.

When • Thursday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m.

Where • Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (300 West), Salt Lake City

Tickets • $6 at 24Tix