As usual, there's at least one good option every night during the first half of this week. Let's consider our best bets, shall we?

Starting Monday night at The State Room, former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty returns to SLC for an interesting gig involving music, his new book and a Q and A session. Doughty's show last fall at The State Room was a real eye-opener as the troubadour's winning pop-rock songcraft completely carried the show. Doughty, like many musicians, has battled substance abuse and he is promoting his memoir "The Book of Drugs." For those looking for a different kind of night, this show would seem to be a winner. Tickets remain on sale for the 8 p.m. show and are $17. (Trust me, this will be vastly more entertaining than watching Kentucky bludgeon Kansas for its eighth national title.)

There have been a bevy of horn-fueled indie rock bands bloom in the last few years. One that I'm curious about hits Salt Lake City on Tuesday for an 8 p.m. State Room concert. J.C. Brooks and the Uptown Sound, pictured above, hail from Chicago and have been touted by Chigao Mayor Rahm Emanuel of all people. This will be a fun show. Tickets are still available.

And Wednesday night, the NPR science program "Radiolab" is at Salt Lake City's Capitol Theatre for a 7:30 p.m. appearance. This will offer a great date night for geeks and science fans throughout the city - and I say that as a man married to a woman who would LOVE to see this show. Should be a good time. Tickets are available at and a second show is set for Thursday night. Also, on Tuesday night, the two hosts - Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich - host a sold-out talk as part of "The Nature of Things" lecture series at Utah's Natural History Museum. However, that talk will air live at 7 p.m. on KCPW 88.3.

And on Wednesday night, the Utah Jazz continue their playoff pursuit as they host Phoenix during a 7 p.m. ballgame. One never knows where future Hall of Famer Steve Nash will be next season, so fans of the talented ballhandler might one to take this opportunity to see Nash for the last time in SLC as a Sun. Tickets start at $8.