GARBAGE, IN THE VENUE, Friday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m., $32.50 advance/$35 at the door

The return of Garbage to the rock scene earlier this year was a pleasant surprise. The band hadn't released anything new in years, but when Not Your Kind of People arrived, it presented a band that seems like it still has plenty of life. Naturally, singer Shirley Manson remains the focal point, and she's in fine form on the new songs, delivering them with plenty of attitude and charm. Behind her, the musicians (Duke Erikson, Butch Vig and Steve Marker) are as creatively experimental as ever, crafting solid hooks throughout. With plenty of old hits like "Stupid Girl" and "Only Happy When It Rains" to fill out the set, Garbage's show at a small place like In The Venue could prove to be one of the best of the year.

AIMEE MANN, THE STATE ROOM, Saturday, Oct. 6, 9 p.m. & Sunday, Oct. 7, 8 p.m., $35

A million or so years ago, when Aimee Mann was the rat-tail haircut-sporting lead singer of relatively forgettable pop band 'Til Tuesday, there was no way to predict that she would go on to become a critically adored songwriter with an incisive lyrical style that few current songwriters can match. Her latest release, Charmer, is a return to her poppy roots of sorts--she namechecks the Cars, Blondie and Split Enz as inspirations for the warm synth and guitar-heavy production on the album. The title track is one of my favorites songs of the past few months--check out the video below. And if you manage to get tickets, be sure to arrive on time to check out openers Field Report, a band with serious buzz who was in town recently to open for Counting Crows. The band's self-titled debut arrived in September, inspiring Time magazine to name them one of "11 great bands you don't know (but should)."

CORIN TUCKER BAND (pictured), THE URBAN LOUNGE, Sunday, oct. 7, 9 p.m., $10 advance/$12 day of show

For some reason, Corin Tucker's former band Sleater-Kinney never came to Salt Lake City on their tours, which meant in order to see my favorite band when they still existed, I had to drive to Denver, or Portland, or Los Angeles. Which I did. Often. So you can imagine how excited I am to have Tucker's new band, the aptly titled Corin Tucker Band, come to Salt Lake City. They are touring behind the new Kill My Blues, a fine set of Tucker scorchers that is aided by the fact the band has toured together for a couple of years since she released 1,000 Years in 2010. The songs are aggressive while still being catchy as hell, and Tucker's wail is in fine form. I can't wait to hear it fill the Urban Lounge.