DAVE ALVIN, THE STATE ROOM, Friday, 9 p.m., $20

Dave Alvin is one of America’s music treasures. Not only is he a dynamic songwriter and excellent guitar player; he is also a one-man encyclopedia of music history. I’ve had the chance to interview Alvin a few times, and there are few artists as engaging to talk to, about any number of topics. Whether you’re talking about his legendary roots-rock band The Blasters, his brief stint with X in the ’80s, or his long-running solo career, Alvin is always a worthy listen. A quote he has prominently displayed on his Web site says it all: “There are two types of folk music: quiet folk music and loud folk music. I play both.” His latest album, Eleven Eleven, is a fine example of just that.


Even if Henry Rollins had done nothing after his stint as lead singer of punk legends Black Flag, he would still be a towering figure of American alternative culture. The fact that he’s spent the past 30 years expanding his artistic reach via writing, acting, leading the Rollins Band and entrancing spoken-word performances is proof that the passion he showed as a long-haired punk rocker is still boiling inside the guy. If you’ve never seen him do spoken-word, you’re in for a treat–it’s part standup comedy, part history lesson, part political diatribe, part travelogue and all entertaining.

Dan Nailen has written about music, arts and culture in and around Salt Lake City for Salt Lake magazine, The Salt Lake Tribune and Salt Lake City Weekly since 1998. He's currently a contributor to saltlakemagazine.com, and you can find more of his work at SLCene.com