Out and about: Elvin Bishop, Desert Noises and Testament highlights of live music in coming week

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Elvin Bishop

Spotlight show • The 70-year-old guitarist with his signature Red Dog guitar (Gibson ES-345) went solo in 1968. Before that he was an integral member of the influential Paul Butterfield Blues Band and a player on the seminal 1969 album "The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper." These days, Bishop lives off the royalties from his 1970s hit "Fooled Around and Fell in Love." Directors Spike Lee, Paul Thomas Anderson and Rob Zombie are fans of the song, having used it in their movies. In a phone interview, Bishop said he performs only when he wants to, and that includes being a regular performer on blues cruises — he just got off one with Taj Mahal. During the week, Bishop lives in the northern California countryside and preserves up to 400 cans of the fruit annually from his 40 fruit trees. "I grew up on a farm and I know what real food tastes like," he said. Bishop will bring a stellar six-piece band with him to Park City, including the former bandleader of the late bluesman Albert King's band.

When • Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $40 to $55 at door

Desert Noises

Spotlight show • Desert Noises joins Neon Trees, Imagine Dragons and The Used on the list of Utah County success stories. The alt-country ensemble, which will perform at Kilby Court, recently finished a two-year tour to promote its 2011 album "Mountain Sea." The band — which has not yet been signed — includes frontman Kyle Henderson, Tyler Osmond, Patrick Boyer and Brennan Allen. Henderson said he and his bandmates are planning another large-scale tour, one that will take them to Ohio in their new 12-passenger Chevy Express van. They also have a new EP, November's "I Won't See You." And during a recent Southern California sojourn, the band headlined at The Hotel Cafe, a Los Angeles hot spot. Despite all the recent recognition, the band's mantra is still "patience," Henderson said. "We want to lift each other up rather than push [each other] down." Hannah Georgas and The North Valley are also on the bill.

When • Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $10 at door or at 24Tix


Spotlight show • This Berkeley, Calif., metal band, launched in 1983, is still kicking with singer Chuck Billy leading the charge. The band released its 10th studio album, "Dark Roots of Earth," last summer. Best of all, "We haven't done a ballad in 15 years," Billy said in a recent telephone interview. The band has seen many lineups over the years, but the current incarnation features bass player Greg Christian, who returned in 2004 after being gone nearly a decade; lead guitarist Alex Skolnick, who initially left in 1993 but returned in 2005; and drummer Gene Hoglan, who played with the band in 1997 and rejoined in 2011. Guitarist and founding member Eric Peterson remains. "We're like brothers," Billy said. "We fight like brothers. We understand what we want and expect from one another." The band's longevity and consistency means its German record label, Nuclear Blast Records, doesn't try to push it to make new records every year. The last one was "The Formation of Damnation" in 2008. "We demo over and over," Billy said. "There's no throw-away or filler songs on the records. We try to put out 10 solid songs." Overkill, Flotsam and Jetsam, and Harm open.

When • Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m.

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

Tickets • $24 in advance, $26 day of, at SmithsTix

Mouse on Mars

The German duo, which has been making IDM and experimental electronic music since the '90s, stops in Salt Lake City before the Feb. 24 release of its new album, "Wow."

When • Friday, Feb. 22, 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $16 at 24Tix.com

James McMurtry

Rock guitarist McMurtry will perform as part of his "Live In Europe" tour.

When • Friday, Feb. 22, 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • Sold out

Gold Fields

With its up-tempo rhythms and pervasive use of synthesizers, Gold Fields is a throwback to new wave. The band's debut album, "Black Sun," will be released Feb. 26.

When • Friday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $10 advance, $12 day of; at SmithsTix.com

American Hitmen

Members of this local rock band are former U.S. Marines who served together in Iraq. The Better Life Band, Young Electric and Seven Eves will open the show.

When • Saturday, Feb. 23, 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $10 at partytix.com

Toro Y Moi

Since helping usher in the chillwave movement, Chaz Bundick (aka Toro Y Moi) has changed his musical style a couple of times. With his latest release, "Anything in Return," Bundick tries pop music.

When • Sunday, Feb. 24, 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $15 at 24Tix.com

Black Veil Brides

The post-hardcore-glam-rock band from Hollywood performs. Electronic musician William Control will open.

When • Wednesday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $17 at partytix.com


Hailing from Athens, Ga., this four-piece band is known for its psychedelic, instrumental rock. Visitors and I Hear Sirens will open.

When • Wednesday, Feb. 27, 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $8 at 24Tix.com

Jazz with Larry Aberman

Jazz drummer Larry Aberman has recorded with Joe Sample, Wynton Marsalis, Ric Ocasek, Adam Ant and Paul Williams.

When • Thursday, Feb. 28, 3 and 5 p.m.

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

Tickets • Free

Joey Arias

This New York City performance artist, cabaret singer and drag artist performs in "Lightning Strikes," a show that seeks to raise awareness of sexuality and gender equality.

When • Thursday, Feb. 28, 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $10 at 24Tix.com

Youth Lagoon

Indie musician Trevor Powers, the man behind Youth Lagoon, will release his sophomore album later this year.

When • Thursday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $14 at 24Tix.com