In Utah Monday: Ben Kweller, Delta Spirit; interviews with both
Ben KwellerSpotlight show • Most acts say that some of the best shows they've played have been in Utah, but I am sure many of the acts say the same thing to the Omaha and Milwaukee papers. In singer-songwiter Ben Kweller's case, he might mean it. During one show, which Kweller in a Tribune interview described as "totally insane" and housing "the biggest mosh pit" he has ever seen, he was so enthused that he brought his young son Dorian onstage to serenade the crowd with "Bingo" (also known as "Bingo Was His Name-O"). Only on special occasions does Dorian appear, Kweller insisted. The native Texan moved to New York City when he was 17, but has since moved back to Texas because he saw it as a better place to raise a family. In February, he released "Go Fly a Kite," which wasn't as country-inspired as his previous album. "I don't see this album as much of a change," he said. "[The new album] is a really concise collection of who I am. If you're a fan, you get a good idea of who I am." The Digs and Sleeper Agent open.When • Monday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m.Where • In The Venue, 579 W. 200 South, Salt Lake CityTickets • $20 at SmithsTix
Delta SpiritSpotlight show • If you ever find the tour rider for Southern Californian rootsy rock band Delta Spirit, don't search for a list of the type of groupies the men in the band prefer. It's not there. Instead, you might see a request for a puppy, said guitarist Will McLaren in a Tribune interview. "I have heard a lot of bigger bands doing it," he said of the canine solicitation. "It gets us in a better mood when we get to a venue after spending eight hours in a van." The band released its latest album on March 13 and decided on the creative title of "Delta Spirit" rather than the more bland "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness." "We argue more about single lyrics than titles," McLaren said. "We were by ourselves for so long that [the title] was a presentation of us at the moment." Waters and Tijuana Panthers are also on the bill.When • Monday, April 30, at 9 p.m. Where • Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, Salt Lake CityTickets • $15 at 24Tix
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