Starting tonight at The Depot, indie-rockers Pinback will be in town touring behind their new two-song release unveiled for last weekend's Record Store Day. A full-length album is expected next year. The San Diego-based band first appeared on the scene back in 1998 and haven't dropped a record since 2007. Needless to say, they don't come around all the time.
In Park City, former Traffic guitarist Dave Mason is at The Egyptian Theatre for two nights starting Friday. Mason tours relentlessly and must be doing something right. Plus, he's been a professional musician since the late '60s and is probably worth the $35 they're asking for admission. Both shows begin at 8 p.m.
Here's Mason singing "We Just Disagree."
A local option that will be high-energy guaranteed, is Hillstomp's appearance Friday night at Piper Down. These Portland guys throw an old-school blues boogie getdown. Fans of the local group The Legendary Porch Pounders will doubtlessly enjoy the Hillstomp gig.
Another interesting show awaits Saturday night when punk icon Mike Watt returns to Salt Lake City with The Missingmen at The Complex. Watt, the former leader of Firehose, has worked in many incarnations over the years. This promises to be a fun night of high-energy punk, delivered by one of its most enduring practitioners.
For a more refined evening, Music Director Emeritus Keith Lockhart leads the Utah Symphony Friday and Saturday through a program highlighted by Michael Tippet's "A Child of Our Time." Guest vocalists Indra Thomas, Marietta Simpson, Russell Thomas, Derrick Parker and the Utah Symphony Chorus will join the symphony for what should be a grand night of music. Tickets remain on sale for both performances and start at $15.
And if all that isn't enough, Sunday offers a good reason to get off the couch when The Builders & The Butchers are at The Urban Lounge on Sunday night with Damion Suomi & the Minor Prophets opening the show. Originally from Alaska, but having met in Portland, Ore., the Builders and The Butchers are an indie-folk outfit that channels traditional music a tad more earnestly than some of their contemporaries. Here they are playing "Bottom of the Lake."
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