Folk-pop music from a hot new band in Salt Lake City, a free show of new-and-noteworthy rock & rollers in Park City and two gigs by standup comic and podcast superstar Marc Maron make for a worthy Utah weekend.
MILO GREENE, KILBY COURT, Saturday, 7 p.m., $8 advance/$10 day of show
Some of you most likely heard Milo Greene when the Los Angeles folk-poppers opened for the Civil Wars at a sold-out Depot show in May. That was my introduction to the band’s boy/girl vocal harmonizing and subtly twangy sound. Besides thinking “What’s with the name?” (It’s allegedly the moniker of a made-up manager), I thought “These guys won’t be opening for long.” And here they are, back headlining their own tour in support of their self-titled debut, released just a couple weeks back. If you love meticulously crafted pop songs with a rootsy base, Milo Greene could be your Next Thing. Family of the Year opens.
TRUTH & SALVAGE CO., THE CANYONS, Saturday, 6 p.m., free
Truth be told, I only came to listen to Truth & Salvage Co. because of their association with one of my favorite rock bands, The Black Crowes. Crowes’ singer Chris Robinson signed the band and produced their self-titled debut that was released in 2010. He also took the band on the road to open for the Black Crowes. I missed that show, but later saw Truth & Salvage Co. headline a show at The State Room, and it was a blast. The Los Angeles roots of the band certainly came through via the group’s vocal harmonies, but they also had a swinging sound that reminded me of The Band. The fact that when I saw the band’s drummer for the first time I thought he was Ron Jeremy hiding in a witness-protection program has NOTHING to do with how much I like them now.
MARC MARON, WISEGUYS WEST VALLEY, Saturday, 7:30 & 9:30 P.M., $20
Comic Marc Maron’s been doing standup (among other things) for nearly two decades, but it took his hugely popular podcast chat show, WTF with Marc Maron, to get him some mainstream attention. The podcast IS excellent, with Maron holing up with a series of comedians, musicians, writers and the like and delving into long, winding conversations that regularly last an hour or more. You’ll hear people far more famous than Maron reveal things you’ve never heard, and you’ll hear Maron’s distinct comic voice cutting through his self-lacerating commentary as well. His standup shares an off-the-cuff feel of his talk show; when I saw him at Wiseguys on a previous visit, the best bits of the night came out of Maron’s interaction with a drunk fanboy up front.