Out and about: Tech N9ne, Bullet For My Valentine, Halestorm and Dirty South bring the noise in Utah

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Tech N9ne

Spotlight show • The 41-year-rapper and mogul, Tech N9ne, brings the Independent Powerhouse tour to Utah, where he claims to have "one of the bigger" fan bases. "We've been going there (to Utah) since 2001. It's a family affair. We have a connection there," he said in a recent telephone interview. The tour includes fellow musicians from his Strange Music label including Brotha Lynch Hung, Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Rittz, Ces Cru and Mista Icepick. A Kansas City native known for his quick rhyming, Tech N9n is finishing work on his much-anticipated album "Something Else," which is expected in July. He promised that the epic album would feature him rapping about "some of the things I've never said before." In the meantime, his ambitions is to remain as one of the most influential people in the so-called "underground rap" scene. "I'm trying to be number-one all over," he said. "My quest is for world domination. In the future, Strange Music will be a major." Perhaps by that time, his son, an aspiring rapper, will be a major star. "I hope it turns out," Tech N9ne said of his son's dreams. "I want him to do whatever he wants to do except if it's a pimp or gang-banger." The doting father even complimented his son's rhymes: "They weren't wack." But were they wiggity wack?"

When • Friday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Where • Saltair, 12408 W. Saltair Drive, Magna

Tickets • $35 at SmithsTix

Bullet For My Valentine & Halestorm

Spotlight show • The "HardDrive" tour brings hard-rock giants Bullet For My Valentine and Halestorm together under the same roof. Bullet For My Valentine, a Welsh metal band, has seen its last three albums debut in the top-15 on the Billboard charts despite no mainstream radio airplay. The latest album, "Temper Temper," was released in February offering a looser, more organic sound, said frontman Matt Tuck in a recent telephone interview. "We wrote it as we went along," he said. "It was spur-of-the-moment. We just wanted to do something different." Tuck spent much of 2012 touring with the supergroup AxeWound, which offers a softer-edge that his metal band music. "I've always been a fan of the lighter stuff," he said, "like Def Leppard and Bon Jovi. Even Metallica isn't a screamy band." Halestorm, from Pennsylvania, features frontwoman Elizabeth Hale, better known as the vowel-less "Lzzy." In a phone interview, Lzzy said her guilty pleasure is music from the 1980s. "I can listen to Whitesnake all day," she said, adding that Heart's power ballad "All I Wanna Do is Make Love to You" is her "go-to karaoke song." That explains the band's 2011 all-covers EP, that includes songs by Guns N' Roses, Temple of the Dog and Skid Row. It also explains why the band's most recent album "The Strange Case Of..." features aggressive rockers and intimate ballads such as "Here's To Us," which actress Lea Michele sung on an episode of "Glee." The band is riding high after its blood-curdling lead single "Love Bites (So Do I)," won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance. Halestorm become the only female-fronted band to win the category and to be nominated. "The Academy shouldn't know who we are," Lzzy said. "But it's fun to do the red carpet thing — every girl's dream." Despite the experience, she doesn't do the social thing. "I don't party much," she said. "This ruins my rock-and-roll reputation." Young Guns and Stars in Stereo are also on the bill.

When • Saturday, April 13, at 6:30 p.m.

Where • Saltair, 12408 W. Saltair Drive, Magna

Tickets • $27.50 in advance, $30 day of, at SmithsTix

Dirty South

Spotlight show • After headlining his first large-venue tour, rising D.J. and producer Dirty South is returning to more intimate clubs such as Park City Live, the former home of Harry O's. This will be the 34-year-old Los Angeles EDM master's first trip to Utah, which he said in a telephone interview is "fun and scary at the same time." He grew up in Serbia, but moved with his family to Australia when the Bosnian War heated up in the early 1990s. Dirty South has produced, collaborated or remixed Snoop Dogg, The Pussycat Dolls, U2, Diddy, David Guetta, and, most notably, University of Utah-educated and former Utahn Kaskade. Dirty South's remix of Kaskade's "Sorry," which was nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording. He also was nominated in 2011 in the same category for a remix he and Axwell did for The Temper Trap's "Sweet Disposition." Dirty South counts Kaskade as a friend. "I know him pretty well," he said. "I usually hang out with nice people."

When • Saturday, April 13, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $20 at SmithsTix

Red Desert Ramblers

The local bluegrass band will perform as part of Snowbird's Apr├Ęs Ski Live Music series.

When • Friday, April 12, at 2 p.m.

Where • Snowbird Ski Resort, Plaza Deck, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

William Beckett

The former frontman of the defunct rock band The Academy Is released his latest solo album "The Pioneer Sessions" earlier this year.

When • Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m.

Where • Kilby Court, 741 South Kilby Court, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $12 at 24Tix.com

Suicidal Tendencies

This punk/metal mainstay recently released its ninth studio album "13." Wake the Dead will open.

When • Saturday, April 13, at 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $25 advance, $30 day of; at SmithsTix.com

Boyce Avenue

This Florida-based trio of brothers gained a steady following by posting acoustic covers on YouTube.

When • Saturday, April 13, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $22.50; $25 day of show; at SmithsTix.com

Hurris & Gig

Local rappers host a release party for their debut album "As Good As It Was."

When • Saturday, April 13, at 6:30 p.m.

Where • The Shred Shed, 60 E. Exchange Place, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $8 advance, $10 day of SmithsTix.com

Taddy Porter

This four-piece Oklahoma band is tour to promote its latest album "Stay Golden."

When • Sunday, April 14, at 7 p.m.

Where • Kilby Court, 741 South Kilby Court, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $10 at 24Tix.com

Angel Olsen

The indie, midwestern songstress performs. Villages and The Awul Truth open.

When • Monday, April 15, at 7 p.m.

Where • Kilby Court, 741 South Kilby Court, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $10 at 24Tix.com

He's My Brother She's My Sister

This five-piece indie band from Los Angeles is known for its live show theatrics that include a tap dancing drummer.

When • Tuesday, April 16, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $15 at thestateroom.com

Colin Hay

The frontman of the 1980s band Men at Work will perform with special guest Vikki Thon.

When • Wednesday, April 17. at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $29 at thestateroom.com

Joshua James

Local folk artist, who has received some national attention, performs on his home turf.

When • Thursday, April 18 at 8 p.m.

Where • Velour Live Music Gallery, 135 N. University Ave., Provo

Tickets • $12 at 24Tix.com