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Out and about: Lights, Martin Sexton and Father John Misty headline this week's live shows

Published November 1, 2012 8:30 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Lights

Spotlight show • Last year, a snowstorm wrecked Lights' plans at The Complex, but it looks like the local weather this week will be accommodating. Lights is the stage name of 25-year-old Canadian Valerie Anne Poxleitner, who's touring in support of her second album, "Siberia." The synth-pop musician plans to revisit "Siberia" again soon by recording an acoustic version of the album, she said in a phone interview. " 'Siberia' was quite a triumph in that I pushed myself," she said. "I was challenging myself as well as my fans, because they're growing up with me. 'Siberia' will always be an important place for me." Lights is also known for incorporating, well, lights and other bells and whistles into her live performances. "There has to be several senses that have to be serviced," she said. Arkell is also on the bill.

When • Friday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m.

Where • The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $20 at SmithsTix

Father John Misty

Spotlight show • Father John Misty is the stage name of Joshua Tillman, a former member of Fleet Foxes. (In an odd coincidence, two other members of Fleet Foxes, who play as Poor Moon, will perform at The State Room the day before Tillman.) He has been recording solo releases of his experimental folk music for nearly a decade, but his recent release "Fear Fun" is his second as Father John Misty. In a phone interview, he said he feels more creatively fulfilled than he has been in a while. "It's more like me enjoying myself," he said. "Enjoying oneself, for me, is a barometric reading of [whether] what I'm doing is anything good." Before writing "Fear Fun," Tillman went into seclusion along the California coast and wrote a novel that refocused his thoughts, he said. "The novel was a chance to write with zero personal context," he said. "I wasn't beholden to any stock-in-trade creative parameters. I got way outside that perspective." Le Sera and Jeffertitties Nile are also on the bill.

When • Saturday, Nov. 3, 9 p.m.

Where • Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $13 at 24Tix

Martin Sexton

Spotlight show • It seems appropriate for the 46-year-old bluesy folk musician (and often one-man band) Martin Sexton to visit Salt Lake City the day after Election Day — after all, the native New Yorker has been thinking more and more about the state of the world lately. His most recent EP, "Fall Like Rain," included a cover of Buffalo Springfield's epoch-defining "For What It's Worth." "I truly believe we have reached the new '60s," he said in a phone interview. Change begins with him and his peers, he added. "If it doesn't start with art and music, where is it going to start?" For the near future, he admits that raising children is his focus, and he can't imagine having 12 children, even though he was one of 12 siblings. "There would be too much distraction," Sexton said. "I wouldn't be able to give each the love and attention they need."

When • Wednesday, Nov. 7, 8 p.m.

Where • The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $20 to $25 at SmithsTix

Poor Moon

Poor Moon, a band made up of longtime friends Christian Wargo, Casey Wescott and brothers Ian and Peter Murray, will perform. Wargo and Wescott are members of Fleet Foxes.

When • Friday, Nov. 2, 9 p.m.

Where • State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake City

Tickets • $12 at thestateroomslc.com

Sera Cahoone

The country-folk musician Sera Cahoone will perform with The Parson Red Heads and Utah County band Desert Noises.

When • Sunday, Nov. 4, 9 p.m.

Where • Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $8 to $10 at 24Tix

Tyler Ward

Denver-based acoustic pop-rock musician Tyler Ward has performed with musicians such as The Fray and the Jonas Brothers.

When • Monday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m.

Where • Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $15 at 24Tix

Colt Ford

The singer's unique musical style blends country and rap, and he's noted for co-writing Jason Aldean's No. 1 single "Dirt Road Anthem."

When • Thursday, Nov. 8, 5 p.m.

Where • The Westerner, 3360 S. Redwood Road, West Valley City

Tickets • $12 at SmithsTix

Red Desert Ramblers

The regional band is noted for its blend of bluegrass, country and swing music.

When • Thursday, Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m.

Where • Sugarhouse BBQ, 2207 S. 700 East, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Epica

This metal band — which features classically trained pianist Con Janssen — is on a world tour promoting its fifth album, "Requiem of the Indifferent."

When • Thursday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m.

Where • The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $25 at partytix.com

Typhoon and Laura Gibson

Former Twilight Concert Series performer Typhoon and Laura Gibson will perform at this intimate venue, along with guest Lost Lander.

When • Thursday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m.

Where • Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $12.50 to $14.50 at SmithsTix