Out and about: Joshua James, Zakk Wylde and Sandy singer performing songs banned in Iran
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Joshua James

Spotlight show • Rootsy singer-songwriter Joshua James will finish his seven-week national tour in Salt Lake City. James, based in American Fork, recently talked about the "exceptional" days he had on tour promoting his latest album, "From the Top of Willamette Mountain," but he missed "my lady and my animals." This weekend, back at his farm, he will dive into spring by planting okra, kale, carrots, corn and pumpkin. He also will enjoy fresh chicken eggs and goat's milk cheese made with contributions from the animals on the farm. On the music side, he will also be recording albums from some Utah County acts he produces and prepping for the May 7 release of "Beware!," the four-song EP taken from his "Willamette" sessions. The EP will be available at Friday's Urban Lounge show before being released nationally. Isaac Russell, a member of James' band, will open the show.

When • Friday, April 19, at 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $14 at 24Tix

Zakk Wylde

Spotlight show • Zakk Wylde, the leader of hard-rock band Black Label Society — and axman for Ozzy Osbourne — will give a special acoustic performance with bandmate Nick Catanese. It will be combined with a reading and question-and-answer session about his new book, Bringing Metal to the Children: The Complete Berzerker's Guide to World Tour Domination. Warning! This is not a children's book. Rather, "It's 'Seinfeld' on steroids," said Wylde, 46, in a recent telephone interview. "It's like 'Animal House.' " After nearly three decades in show business, Wylde decided to regale his fans with behind-the-scenes yarns from life on the road. It includes profane and often hilarious anecdotes that sometimes revolve around bowel movements — moments when he and his co-author had "tears coming from our eyes and pissing ourselves." Sharing stories is a skill Wylde learned from Osbourne, who backstage would tell tall tales about rock-and-roll excess. According to Wylde, "half of [the book] has advice in it — we had to put in 'what not to do.' "

When • Wednesday, April 24, at 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $30 in advance, $35 day of, at SmithsTix

Monika Jalili

Spotlight show • For something completely different, Monika Jalili and her trio will present an evening of Persian pop songs from the 1940s through 1970s as well as traditional love songs from Persia, now Iran. Jalili, whose husband was born in Iran, was born and raised in New York City and has lived in Sandy for four years. A classically trained singer, she learned the songs from friends and her in-laws and is proud to be able to deliver songs unheard in Iran since 1979. "Once that [Iranian] Revolution hit, those songs were banned, even though many Iranians love them," she said. The songs were forbidden to be performed or enjoyed because "pop" songs are influenced by the Western tradition of popular music, she said. Jalili hopes to be able to perform the songs in a free Iran someday, but in the meantime, she enjoys performing them to Iranian immigrants who remember them fondly, as well as introducing them to new audiences who appreciate the poetry and sounds of Persia. "I fell in love with Iranian culture," she said. "I wanted to get these songs out there." The concert is sponsored by the Excellence in the Community Foundation.

When • Thursday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m.

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

Tickets • Free admission

Machine Gun Kelly

Best known by his initials, MGK, this Cleveland-based rapper released his debut album, "Lace Up," last year.

When • Friday, April 19, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $25 at SmithsTix.com

Joshua Payne Orchestra Farewell

One of Salt Lake's favorite local jazz trios is playing one last show before moving to Los Angeles. Special guests are The Weekenders, Pablo Blaqk and Jay William Henderson.

When •Friday, April 19, at 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $10 at thestateroom.com

Watsky

The rapper/poet, who calls himself "pale kid," has more than 24 million views on YouTube for his video "Watsky Raps Fast."

When • Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $12 advance, $14 day of; at 24Tix.com

AWOLNATION

The electronic band, best-known for its single "Sail," headlines the University of Utah's Grand Kerfuffle concert. The show includes MUTEMATH and Katie Herzig.

When • Friday, April 19, at 6 p.m.

Where • University of Utah Union Lawn, 200 South Campus Drive, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $15 at SmithsTix.com

Ten Plagues

Metal band Ten Plagues performs as part of The Conscience and Winter's Iris in The Glass House Tour. Constellations will open.

When • Saturday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m.

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

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

Cusses

This Southern rock, indie band is touring to promote its self-titled debut album. Night Sweats and The Saintanne will open.

When • Saturday, April 20, at 8 p.m.

Where • Bar Deluxe, 666 S. State St., Salt Lake City

Tickets • $5 advance, $7 day of; at 24Tix.com

Dilated Peoples

The Los Angeles-based underground hip-hoppers are expected to release a new album later this year.

When • Saturday, April 20, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $20 at SmithsTix.com

Royal Bliss

Local hard rock band performs with King Niko, Samuel Smith Band and Hour 13.

When • Saturday, April 20, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $11 advance, $16 day of; at SmithsTix.com

Gift of Gab

Half of the hip-hop duo Blackalicious is headlining the sixth annual 801-420 Party.

When • Saturday, April 20, at 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $15 at 24Tix.com

Spirit Family Reunion

The folk band got its start at farmers markets, streets and subway stations in New York.

When • Wednesday, April 24, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $15 at thestateroom.com