MUSIC CHOICES: APRIL 7 – 13 | Choice of music | Salt Lake City

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Dar Williams @ Egyptian Theater
Dar Williams has been an active touring musician for the past three decades, as her official biography describes how she “emerged from Boston’s bustling scene in the mid-’90s, inspired by the eclectic influences of alternative rockers, musicians from Berklee jazz, slam poets, and folk artists, like Patty Griffith, Melissa Ferrick, the Throwing Muses, Vance Gilbert, and Jonatha Brooke.” Over the course of a dozen albums, Williams has found an audience drawn to a thoughtful lyricism and a musical approach that straddles folk and alt-country, though many other elements are found there as well. While she has a full catalog to choose from, there’s no doubt her sets on this three-night adventure in Park City will include tracks from her 2021 album. I will meet you here. Each of Dar Williams’ three shows from April 7-9 at the Egyptian Theater (328 Main Street, Park City) begin at 8 p.m., with a door at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at tickets.egyptiantheatrecompany.org and run $23-29.

Gene loves Jezebel @ Liquid Joe’s
Formed in 1980 by twin brothers Michael and Jay Aston, Gene Loves Jezebel were a band perfectly built for success in the video-centric 80s, with a sound that blended glam, post-punk and goth alongside more danceable elements. . Like many of their era, record sales and radio shows were harder things to come by once grunge burst onto the scene in 1991. Unlike most bands formed by twins (a select band, plus), this college rock sensation split into two with the same name. bands, with years of legal proceedings involved in what has to be one of the most unusual legal entanglements in rock ‘n’ roll history. The two brothers tour regularly, and this version of Gene Loves Jezebel is fronted by Michael Aston, with a band that focuses on American gigs; meanwhile, Jay’s is focusing on the UK and Europe. If you’re from the era that saw the birth of MTV, you’ll find the group delivering all of its expected hits and near-hits from that era. And if you’re just curious about a fascinating legal case, you can also find information about it online. This Friday’s (April 8) show has a scheduled door at 7 p.m., with tickets available from Liquid Joe’s (1249 E. 3300 S.) at: liquidjoes.ticketsauce.com.

Benefit for Heavy Metal Shop Benefit @ The Commonwealth Room
As fans of the store are no doubt aware, the long-running Heavy Metal Shop lost a key member of its operation with the recent passing of Angie Kirk, the wife of founding metalhead Kevin Kirk. Various fundraising efforts have been undertaken to help ease the significant financial burden on the family caused by the costs associated with their medical treatment. A very public outpouring of support will take place at The Commonwealth Room (195 W. 2100 South) on Sunday, April 10, as Triggers & Slips, Thunderfist and Sammy Brue will play music in honor of the mom’n’ music store. pop, with all ticket funds going to the Kirk family. Additional fundraising will also take place on site. Doors are at 7 p.m., with the show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and information on purchasing (and the club’s Covid policies) can be found at: thestateroompresents.com.

John Pizzarelli @ Capitol Theater
A recording artist for just under four decades, lifelong jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli doesn’t need to tie his tours to a special album obligation these days. With years of gigging behind him, fans expect classic tunes from pop stars of the past, alongside those from certified jazz greats with original compositions topping the scales. The latest version of Pizzarelli is that of 2021 Better Days Ahead: Lead Guitar Takes on Pat Metheny, one of a series of his albums that addressed the music of a single performer or theme, so some Methenys can be spotted in this setlist. No matter what material is presented, its audience is already on board, so there’s no reason to believe it won’t be a real crowd pleaser. Tickets at various prices for this show on Monday, April 11 at the Capitol Theater (50 W. 200 South) are available at my.arttix.com.

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Massacre of Brian Jonestown at the Metro Music Hall
Active for 30 years now, the Brian Jonestown Massacre has always been good at producing new music, rather than embarking on concert tours that borrow from the past. Fire does not grow on trees is the band’s latest album—or following, maybe, because it is scheduled for June. Never one to shy away from general narrative journeys on his album, songwriter Anton Newcombe navigates the zeitgeist on this one, with various songs on the theme of today’s tech-riddled culture: “A lot of the album is about affirmation by simply living,” he says via press release. “Existentially, it’s been a pretty dark time, so it’s about fighting the good fight. I sing to empower others. First, I take everything I need out of it, but I can see it as something. other people can relate to.” The album, he further states, grew out of humble beginnings in Newcombe’s Berlin studio: “I could sit at the piano, the organ, the any instrument and have an idea all of a sudden. I would play for a second with the band to get the idea, then we would unplug the amps and put the headphones on, plug in and record. Then I would say “guys, leave the room”, sing the words in my head, then record them. It’s all off the top of my head, just like Jake in one take. I surprised myself. Rare, in this case, is the fact that the headliner comes with a contemporary with major chops, a lengthy catalog of its own, and a story that deserves more than a passing mention. The Legends of Shoegaze, Mercury Rev, have released albums just a little longer than BJM, having debuted in 1991. What a bill!This Wednesday, April 13 concert at Metro Music Hall (615 W. 100 South) has a door at 19 pm, with $25 tickets available at 24tix.com. C.W.

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