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| Courtesy of James McMurty James McMurtry's music is a thick Texas stew of rock, country, folk and roadhouse boogie framed by McMurtry's own chiming, evocative guitar work. He will play at The State Room Feb. 23, 2013.
Plans for the weekend: Desert Noises hits it big

• New Wave throwback Gold Fields performs tonight at In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City. Opening acts: A Silent Film, Royal Teeth. Show starts at 7. Tickets are $12, at Smith’s Tix.

• The Utah Symphony performs two Mendelssohn symphonies — No. 1 and No. 5 ("Reformation") — tonight and Saturday at Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City. Thierry Fischer conducts, and the symphony’s principal bassist David Yavornitzky solos on Hans Werner Henze’s Double Bass Concerto. Show starts at 8 p.m. both nights. Tickets available at ArtTix.

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• Guitarist/troubadour James McMurtry performs tonight at The State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake City. Opening act: Lady and Gent. Show starts at 8. The show is sold out.

• German electronic duo Mouse on Mars performs tonight at The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City. Opening act: Cerci. Show starts at 9. Tickets are $16, at 24Tix.

• Hard-rock band 10 Years performs Saturday at In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City. Opening acts: Young Guns, Lost Element, Perish Lane. Show starts at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $14.50, at Smith’s Tix.

• Utah County alt-country band Desert Noises performs Saturday at Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), Salt Lake City. Opening acts: Hannah Georgas and The North Valley. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, at 24Tix.

• Local rock band American Hitmen perform Saturday at The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City. Opening acts: The Better Life Band, The Young Electric, Seven Eves. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10, at PartyTix.com.

Watch the Oscars with the gang from Big Movie Mouth-Off, Sunday at Brewvies Cinema Pub, 667 S. 200 West, Salt Lake City. Party starts at 5 p.m. Free; must be 21 or older.

• Chillwave pioneer Chaz Bundick, recording under the name Toro Y Moi, performs a more pop sound Sunday at The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City. Opening acts: Sinkane, Dog Bite. Show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15, at 24Tix.

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