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Out and about: It smells like summer spirit with batch of good shows
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Eve 6

Spotlight show • Rock band Eve 6 disbanded in 2004, but the original lineup of Jon Siebels, Max Collins and Tony Fagenson is back together with a new album ("Speak in Code") and tour. "It feels better than it should," said Siebels in an interview. "We have a renewed appreciation and focus." During the hiatus, Collins and Fagenson formed a new band called The Sugi Tap, and Siegels worked on a number of projects, including with the band Monsters Are Waiting. But now the band members are all over 30, and the group has matured since it first tasted success with singles "Inside Out" and "Here's To the Night" while barely out of high school. "Max likes to say [the success] was before our brains developed," Siebels said. As a result, Siebels boasts a new, mature sound. "We stretched out musically," he said. "We're bringing new stuff to the table."

When • Tuesday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m.

Where • In The Venue, 579 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $14.50 at SmithsTix

Death Angel

Spotlight show • The Bay Area-based metal band was a veteran at Club Vegas (before it closed) but now has a new venue to conquer when its tour supporting Sepultura comes into town. "We have something to prove every night, especially if we're not headlining," said lead singer Mark Osegueda. The band has gone through many lineup changes since forming as teenagers in the 1980s, but the creative writing chemistry between Osegueda and Rob Cavestany continues, and the current incarnation thrashes as healthily as it ever has, Osegueda said. "Right now, it's like a locomotive to me," he said. "Everyone is on the same page. We're a touring machine." Having something to prove also means being hungry, even as the band has entered its fourth decade. The hiatus between 1991 and 2001 built a fire underneath the band, he said. "We had that hunger in the 1980s, and when we missed it in the '90s, we want[ed] to be hungry again." The band, Osegueda said, is hungry.

When • Saturday, April 14, at 6 p.m.

Where • In The Venue, 579 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $20 in advance, $22 day of, at SmithsTix.

Carlos Mencia

Spotlight show • When Honduran-American comic Carlos Mencia walks onstage Sunday, his being slimmer by nearly 50 pounds won't be the only change audiences might see. After enduring a public drubbing by fellow comics such as Marc Maron over charges of joke-stealing and possessing an oversized ego, "I have changed my ways," Mencia said in an interview, adding that his changes came after a self-imposed period of self-examination. "There are things that I like about myself and things I don't like about myself," Mencia said. His shyness is often mistaken as arrogance, he said, so he makes a point of "trying to engage more with people." What hasn't changed is Mencia's popularity, boosted by his former Comedy Central show "Mind of Mencia." "I want to talk about things that are on people's minds that they are afraid to talk about," he said. "I want to be ahead of the curve." A veteran of performing in Wendover, Mencia, 44, joked about the Utahns who have come to his past shows. "Everybody is LDS before the border, but not after," he said.

When • Sunday, April 15, at 7 and 9 p.m.

Where • Wiseguys West Valley City, 2194 W. 3500 South

Tickets • $25 at wiseguyscomedy.com

The Naked and Famous

Spotlight show • New Zealand's indie electro-pop group The Naked and Famous is still riding the wave of success it caught when it released its 2010 debut full-length "Passive Me, Aggressive You," based on the success of singles "Young Blood" and "Punching in a Dream." In an interview, frontman Thom Powers said the band's musical tastes coalesced over Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. "Nine Inch Nails was something we all bonded over," Powers said. "They pulled me into a different world. It's still cool to me." The synth-pop success of "Young Blood" has resulted in predictable backlash for the band. "Oh my God, relax, it's just music," Powers said he tells critics. "I was 20 when I wrote that. … Some of those [critics] turn into serial killers." Another inspiration for the band is Bon Iver. "How did the f—- did that happen?" Powers rhetorically asked about Bon Iver winning Best New Artist at the 2012 Grammy Awards. "He is a classic idea of a songwriter. He's paved the way for songwriters. He's one of the few to use Auto-Tune in a clever way." Vacationer opens.

When • Thursday, April 19, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $18 in advance, $20 day of, at SmithsTix

Celtic Woman

Spotlight show • Celtic Woman's new show, "Believe," features the all-female singing group performing classic Irish tunes, pop anthems and inspirational songs, under the musical direction of David Downes. Making their first appearances in Utah are Lisa Lambe and Susan McFadden, the latter replacing Lisa Kelly while Kelly is on maternity leave. Lambe, a red-headed Dublin native, said she was welcomed like a sister when she joined the group in December 2010, so "it's nice to return the favor and help someone new," she said of McFadden. The group is known for its harmonies, but Lambe will have the spotlight for at least three solos, including during "A Spaceman Came Travelling" from "Believe" and "Dúlaman," the Irish word for seaweed and a song from the group's second album, "A New Journey." Lambe is excited about the group's tribute to Broadway. "I get to perform 'Circle of Life,' " she said. "I get to pretend I'm Simba for a few minutes."

When • Thursday, April 19, at 8 p.m.

Where • EnergySolutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $39 to $69 at SmithsTix

The Lab Dogs

Local bluegrass band the Lab Dogs will perform.

When • Friday, April 13, at 7

Where • Pat's BBQ, 155 W. Commonwealth Ave. (2120 South), South Salt Lake

Tickets • Free

The Revival Tour

The Revival Tour features folk troubadour Chuck Ragan, Tommy Gabel (of Against Me!), Nathaniel Rateliff and Cory Branan in a stripped-down acoustic show backed by Jon Gaunt on the fiddle and Joe Ginsberg on standup bass.

When • Friday, April 13, at 8 p.m.

Where • The Complex, 537 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $15 at door

Rusted Root with Skinny Lister and Marinade

Folk-rock group Rusted Root brings the Fortunate Freaks tour to The State Room, with guests Skinny Lister and Marinade.

When • Friday, April 13, at 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $25 at thestateroom.com

Tracy Lawrence

Country singer Tracy Lawrence has had nine No. 1 singles on the country charts, including "Sticks and Stones," "Alibis," "If the Good Die Young" and "Find Out Who Your Friends Are."

When • Saturday, April 14, at 7 p.m.

Where • The Madison, 295 W. Center, Provo

Tickets • $20 in advance, $25 day of, at SmithsTix

Pert Near Sandstone

Bluegrass-folk band Pert Near Sandstone rejuvenates American string-band music, with guests Puddle Mountain Ramblers opening.

When • Sunday, April 15, at 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $8 in advance, $10 day of, at 24Tix

Downhere and Aaron Shust

Canadian Christian-rock outfit Downhere and U.S. Christian singer-songwriter Aaron Shust team up for their "Called to Love" Tour with special guest Jason Gray.

When • Monday, April 16, at 7 p.m.

Where • Calvary Chapel of Salt Lake City, 460 W. Century Drive, Murray

Tickets • $15.50-$21.50 at SmithsTix

School of Seven Bells

Brooklyn indie-pop duo School of Seven Bells will perform with Exitmusic. School of Seven Bells, consisting of Alejandra Deheza and Benjamin Curtis, released its third studio album, "Ghostory," in February.

When • Tuesday, April 17, at 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $10 in advance, $12 day of, at SmithsTix

Slaughterhouse

Hip-hop supergroup Slaughterhouse, which consists of rappers Crooked I, Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden and Royce Da 5'9, performs at The Depot. The group is signed to Shady Records along with Yelawolf, and both acts appeared with Eminem on the cover of XXL magazine's March 2011 edition.

When • Tuesday, April 17, at 10:30 p.m.

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

Tickets • $15 at SmithsTix

Bobaflex

West Virginia-born metal-influenced rock band Bobaflex with perform with Edisun, Atom Smash, Burn the Gallows and Autumn Eclipse.

When • Wednesday, April 18

Where • Liquid Joe's, 1249 E. 3300 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $12 at door

Michael Dean Damron

Heavy Metal Shop favorite and rocker Michael Dean Damron (frontman of I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In the House), Arliss Nancy and Jake Johnson will perform at The Heavy Metal Shop. The trio will perform later that evening at Burts Tiki Lounge with a $5 cover.

When • Wednesday, April 18, at 6 p.m.

Where • The Heavy Metal Shop, 63 Exchange Place, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Behemoth

The Decibel Magazine Tour makes its stop at The Complex with metal bands Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood and In Solitude.

When • Wednesday, April 18, at 6 p.m.

Where • The Complex, 537 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $22 at door

Belanova

Mexican electro-pop band Belanova includes vocalist/songwriter Denisse Guerrero, programmer and keyboardist Edgar Huerta and bassist Ricardo Arreola. This show will mark Club Karamba's seventh anniversary.

When • Wednesday, April 18, at 8 p.m.

Where • Club Karamba, 1051 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $30 GA, $40 VIP, at door

Wiz Khalifa

If you are a Ute — and even if you are not — don't miss The Grand Kerfuffle 2012, featuring hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa. Immediately after the concert, Wiz Khalifa's DJ, DJ Bonics, will spin at The Opium Lounge inside The Hotel Bar and Nightclub (155 W. 200 South) with a $10 cover.

When • Thursday, April 19, at 5:30 p.m.

Where • Presidents Circle, University of Utah, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Sold out

Ingrid Michaelson

Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson is celebrating her new release, "Human Again."

When • Thursday, April 19, at 8 p.m.

Where • In The Venue, 219 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Sold out

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