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The Front Bottoms
SPOTLIGHT SHOW • It's easy to root for a couple of 20-somethings who quit their jobs to pursue their musical dreams. New Jersey-based duo The Front Bottoms did that a few months ago, ditching their home and steady streams of income to tour in support of their new album, "Talon of the Hawk." The group will headline its first concert in Salt Lake City on Friday. Singer/guitarist Brian Sella said he and drummer Matt Uychich have been "roughing it" since their decision to play music full time. "We've been sleeping on [Matt's] brother's couch for the past couple months and just trying to make things work," he said in a recent telephone interview with The Tribune. "I stay at my girlfriend's house a lot and that's kind of where it's at right now. I sold my car a little while ago all for rock and roll." The duo's passion is evident in the music. Sella's heartfelt lyrics waver from sad to hilarious often in consecutive lines while Uychich's frantic drumming carries their extended jams. During live shows, the duo is joined by Tom Warren (bass) and Ciaran O'Donnell (keys/trumpet/guitar).
When • Friday, June 21, doors at 6:30 p.m.
Where • The Shred Shed, 60 E. Exchange Place (360 South), Salt Lake City
Tickets • $12 at the door
spotlight show • The last time the foul-mouthed and hilarious stand-up comic visited Salt Lake City, he recorded a live album. This time, he isn't recording anything, but he is still worth checking out for his off-kilter views. The 46-year-old likes performing in Salt Lake City. "S- towns have better audiences," he said. "People appreciate you coming." After downing three or four cocktails in his dressing room, Stanhope said, his focus sharpens. "If I say it, I mean it," he said. And he doesn't feel the need to toss out a few obligatory Mormon jokes. "It's like going to a party to go complain about a party."
When • Friday, June 21, at 8:30 p.m.
Where • The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $25 at brownpapertickets.com
Fall Out Boy
spotlight show • The emo pop-rockers are back with a new album and the modestly titled "Save Rock & Roll Tour." Bassist, lyricist and tattoo enthusiast Pete Wentz recently finished hosting the second season of "Best Ink," a competition on the Oxygen network. In a conference call with The Tribune and other media, Wentz talked about the importance of body art in his life. "I got a keyhole on my arm when our band sold a million records the first time, from 'Under the Cork Tree,' " he said. "It was just symbolic to me at the time. It meant a lot. I don't know if I ever told anybody that." He became interested in tattooing as a teenager, inspired by the cover of Guns N' Roses' album "Appetite for Destruction," which resembled tattoo art. As for Fall Out Boy, the band that once called it quits regrouped. "We said we were always gonna do it again if the music was right," Wentz said. "It wasn't [for a while]. We wrote a couple songs here and there that didn't make sense as Fall Out Boy songs and we didn't get back together. And when we finally did, [singer] Patrick [Stump] and I came across songs that were right for us."
When • Saturday, June 22, at 8 p.m.
Where • In The Venue, 579 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $35 in advance, $38 day of, at SmithsTix
Andrew Dice Clay
Spotlight show • The Dice Man not only has an extended stand-up show at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel but he has scored an acting coup: a role in Woody Allen's next film, "Blue Jasmine," alongside Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin. The movie opens in late July. "The first meeting with Woody was pretty brief," Clay said in a telephone interview. "I didn't go in there expecting anything. … He's one of the greats of all time." Clay can't discuss much about the role, but he will be playing a part that's "not what I'm known for. … Dice isn't around in the movie." The acting gig comes after successful turns in "Entourage" and "Raising Hope," in which Clay played exaggerated versions of himself. While some people are surprised by his acting career, Clay said he has been playing a character onstage for 35 years. During this one-night-only performance, he will be prepping material for an upcoming Madison Square Garden show, only the fourth time he has headlined the famed hall. And in early 2014, his memoir will be released. "When it rains, it pours," Clay said.
When • Saturday, June 22, at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Where • Wiseguys, 2194 W. 3500 South, West Valley City
Tickets • $25 at wiseguyscomedy.com
spotlight show • Muscle Shoals native Jason Isbell, one of the torchbearers for Southern rock, headlines the last night of the Utah Arts Festival. Isbell, 34, was one of three songwriters in The Drive-By Truckers before going solo more than five years ago. His new album, "Southeastern," was released June 11. In a recent telephone interview, he said it is a thematic departure of him. "The recording process was a lot more personal," he said. "It's important to be honest with your audience." Under the direction of producer David Cobb whom Isbell recruited after hearing Cobb's work with the late George Jones Isbell finished the album the same weekend he married singer and violinist Amanda Shires. He wrapped up in the studio on a Thursday at midnight. On Friday he was at the rehearsal dinner, Saturday the wedding, and then departed for a honeymoon in Costa Rica on Monday. He admitted that he sneaked into the studio for a few touch-ups on Sunday. Bob Dylan is a constant inspiration for Isbell. On his left arm, Isbell has a tattoo of a line from Dylan's exquisite "Boots of Spanish Leather": "Just carry yourself back to me unspoiled / From across that lonesome ocean."
When • Sunday, June 23, at 9:45 p.m.
Where • Amphitheater Stage, Utah Arts Festival, Library Square & Washington Square (200 E. 400 South), Salt Lake City
Tickets • $12 for adult, with four-day passes available for $35; children 12 and younger free; includes admission to entire Utah Arts Festival; available at gate
Tedeschi Trucks Band
spotlight show • It is summer, so that means that Derek Trucks is on the road. "That's been the trend for the last 18 years," the 33-year-old slide guitarist said in a recent telephone interview. Another trend is visiting Red Butte Garden. The Tedeschi Trucks Band will perform Monday along with Trucks' wife, Susan Tedeschi, and nearly a dozen other musicians. The show offers fans a high-energy soul stew of Southern rock, blues and gospel. With the couple's kids in tow, Trucks and Tedeschi and their road-tested ensemble will debut songs from the upcoming album "Made Up Mind," due in late August. "We're already playing half of it," Trucks said. "We couldn't sit on those tunes for that long." Despite winning a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 as a member of the Allman Brothers, Trucks still has a hunger. "I don't fully accept that one," he said. "I've only been there for 15, 16 years. Five, 10 percent, I'll accept." But, he quickly added, he didn't hand the Grammy back.
When • Monday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m.
Where • Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $44 for garden members, $49 for general public, $34 children ages 3 to 12
spotlight show • There are dozens of bands playing at Crucial Fest next week, but Water Liars alone would be worth the price of admission. The Southern duo of Justin Kinkel-Schuster (vocals/guitar) and Andrew Bryant (drums) unleash a unique sound that pairs perfectly with a pack of cigarettes and a PBR. Their new album, "Wyoming," is alternative-country at its finest, with elements of soul, funk and blues mixed in. Kinkel-Schuster's poetic lyrics flow over beautifully simplistic instrumentals, and Bryant often joins in for howling harmonies that take the record from good to great. In a recent phone interview, Kinkel-Schuster said diverse musical interests helped to create their sound. "We're just trying to take all that different stuff that we've sort of soaked up, and grind it up and hopefully spit it back out in such a way that it's somehow our own," he said. "We've both spent a lot of time being in bands and we weren't very happy with how they went, so we're just trying to make ourselves happy by playing music that we would want to listen to." Kinkel-Schuster said his writing is heavily influenced by Southern writers Barry Hannah and Frank Stanford, and he employs personal stories and characters to craft his songs. "I try to do a good mix of both," he said. "If there's not at least a little bit of me in a song, it's hard for me to connect to it and that lessens the impact of it. So there's always gonna be a little tiny bit of me in there, but I try to find a balance. … I'm not interested in having total control over what [listeners] may get or not get out of a song." While most of their tracks are sorrowful, Kinkel-Schuster said they will mix in some up-tempo jams to appease the Crucial Fest crowd. "They can expect a good bit volume and a good bit of soft stuff. Hopefully they'll get a dynamic rock show. That's my objective."
When • Wednesday, June 26, at 5:30 p.m.
Where • Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), Salt Lake City
Tickets • $25 in advance, $30 week of festival at www.crucialfest.com
Crucial Fest 3
spotlight show • This four-day music event will feature 50 bands and performers and culminate with an all-day block party celebrating local artists, music and food. Crucial Fest was designed to showcase the talent in Salt Lake and bring together various art scenes, according to Jarom Bischoff and Thomas Kessinger, with Exigent Records, the event sponsor. Kessinger said there will be about 70 bands performing over four days at different venues around the downtown area. All of the acts, except for about a dozen, are local. "It's definitely good for the city," he said. "It makes Salt Lake City a place worth caring about." Bands performing include Hurris & Gig, Dulce Sky, Hang Time, Palace of Buddies and Koala Temple. More information is at crucialfest.com.
When • Wednesday, June 26, through Saturday, June 29
Where • Various locations including Urban Lounge, Kilby Court, Burt's Tiki Lounge
Tickets • $25 wristbands for admittance to all shows available at exigentrecords.bigcartel.com; $10 at door for individual shows
The Jacksonville-based swamp blues band founded by guitarist Walter Parks in 2003 will perform as part of the resort's Cool Air Concert Series.
When • Friday, June 21, at 6 p.m.
Where • Snowbird Ski Resort, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Sandy
Tickets • Free
The metalcore band is touring to promote its latest album, "Disarm the Descent." Miss May I, Darkest Hour, The Word Alive and Affiance will open.
When • Friday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m.
Where • Saltair, 12408 W. Salt Air Drive, Magna
Tickets • $23 advance, $27 day of; at SmithsTix.com
This a cappella group's latest show, "Motown & More," includes hit songs from The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder and The Temptations.
When • Friday, June 21, at 8 p.m.
Where • Sandy Amphitheater, 9400 S. 1300 East, Sandy
Tickets • $15-$20; SmithsTix.com
Masters of the Wind
Masters of The Wind, an evening of Indian-inspired jazz, features George Brooks on saxophone, Pandit Ronu Majumdar on Indian bamboo flute and Pandit Ramdas Palsule on tabla. Sponsored by India Cultural Center.
When • Sunday, June 23, at 5 p.m.
Where • India Cultural Center, 1142 W. South Jordan Parkway, South Jordan
Tickets • $20 at sghtu.org
Utah-based singer and composer joins songstress McKenzie Turley for a free evening concert.
When • Monday, June 24, at 7 p.m.
Where • City Center Park, 400 E. 75 North, Orem
Tickets • Free
The Groovefest American Music Festival, a seven-day celebration of blues, folk, bluegrass, country and jazz.
When • Monday, June 24, to Sunday, June 30
Where • Cedar City Downtown, 200 S. Main, Cedar City
Tickets • Free at groovefestutah.com
She & Him
Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward are on the road in support of their latest album, "Volume 3." Tilly And The Wall will open.
When • Tuesday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m.
Where • Red Butte Garden and Arboretum, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $35-$50 at redbuttegarden.org
Blondy offers a reggae beat with a distinctive African cast. He will be backed by his 12-piece band, Solar System.
When • Tuesday, June 25, at 8 p.m.
Where • Park City Live, 427 Main St., Park City
Tickets • $20-$30 at SmithsTix.com
Summer of Strange Tour
The show features rapper Krizz Kaliko with special guests Stevie Stone, Mayday, Number 1 Killaz and O Town Wickid.
When • Thursday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m.
Where • In The Venue, 219 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $20, $23 day of; at SmithsTix.com
The Jamaican roots reggae artist and poet performs.
When • Thursday, June 27, at 8 p.m.
Where • Park City Live, 427 Main St., Park City
Tickets • $15 at SmithsTix.com