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Out and about: The xx, Switchfoot, David Lanz and others headline during jam-packed week ahead

Published October 11, 2012 12:03 pm

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Kurt Braunohler

spotlight show • Stand-up comedian Kurt Braunohler is best-known for his work with writing partner Kristen Schaal, the wide-eyed comic seen in "Flight of the Conchords," "Bob's Burgers," "30 Rock" and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." But soon he might garner as much attention as Schaal after he moves from New York to Los Angeles to pursue more acting and TV opportunities. Braunohler, who specializes in absurdity and whimsy, is stopping over in Utah this weekend on the way to Los Angeles in his stuffed Honda Civic, he said in a phone interview. The philosophy major turned to comedy after working for eight years as a job he hated (repairing computers) and is looking forward to pitching specials once he reaches Hollywood. "I have a lot of things to say," he said.

When • Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12-13, at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Where • Wiseguys Trolley Square, 505 S. 600 East, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $15 at wiseguyscomedy.com

Yelawolf

spotlight show • Alabama "hick-hop" rapper Yelawolf will bring his Slumerican Tour with special guests Rittz, Trouble Andrew, DJ Vajra and Prof to In The Venue. During a break during the shooting of a video with Blink-182's Travis Barker, Yelawolf, 32, said his follow-up to his 2011 debut "Radioactive" will have him calling all of the shots. On his debut, he said, there were "too many Indians trying to be chiefs," with a result being too many guests and too many decisions made to appease his label, Eminem's Shady Records. Yelawolf acknowledged that the incredibly eclectic "Radioactive" was "a learning experience," but his next album, tentatively called "Love Story," will be more representative of who he is. "My music and my future is what I want to do," said the Southerner.

When • Sunday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $18 to $20 at SmithsTix

The xx

spotlight show • The minimalist rock band The xx spent two years recording its debut album at night, and the trio's Oliver Sim said in a phone interview that "we didn't know anyone outside of the band would listen to it." He was wrong, very wrong, as the self-titled release was one of 2009's most intriguing albums, with bombast and decorations scaled back in favor of delicately crafted arrangements. The band wasn't an overnight success, as Sim and creative partner Romy Madley Croft had been writing songs since they were 15, later to be joined by Jamie Smith. "At 15, I wouldn't have been able to handle [success]," Sim said. "I would have passed out." He still experiences stage fright, but to him it's a bonus as the band plays songs from its new album, "Coexist." "It it ever becomes easy — that will be bad, because it will mean I don't care," he said. John Talabot Live and 2:54 open the show.

When • Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $27.50 at SmithsTix

Switchfoot

spotlight show • The San Diego-based rock band Switchfoot is finally getting the chance to pair its love of music with its love for surfing. The band is filming "Fading West," a documentary that chronicles its worldwide tour as well as surfing along the way. "It's U2's 'Rattle & Hum' meets 'Endless Summer,' with a little 'Dumb & Dumber' thrown in," said the band's 38-year-old drummer, Chad Butler. With modern-rock radio staples such as "Meant to Live" and "Dare You to Move" still being played, the band can afford to bring surfboards on tour. Butler remembered a time when the band members, on their first European tour, slept in the streets with their instruments and surfboards so they could afford to surf in the south of France and other exotic locales. The doc, as well as an accompanying soundtrack with new songs, is planned for release in July. Paper Route opens.

When • Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $20 to $25 at SmithsTix

Deftones

spotlight show • Unfortunately, Deftones bassist Chi Cheng is still trapped in a bed, paralyzed from a 2008 car accident. Filling in indefinitely is Sergio Vega, who said it was an "honor" to play in Cheng's place in a band that he has admired ever since a 1997 tour when his former band Quicksand opened for the California-based electric rock band. With the band's album "Eros" still shelved because it was the last album Cheng played on, the recent "Diamond Eyes" and forthcoming "Koi No Yokan" have seen Cheng's involvement, and "Diamond Eyes" was the Grammy-winning band's finest hour, showing a diversity and thoughtfulness that most "metal" bands never achieve. As for the head-scratching album title, Cheng said it was borrowed from the title of an unfinished song from friends in the band Dillinger Escape Plan; it is Japanese, Cheng said, for a phrase that closely mirrors the idea of "Love at first sight." Scars on Broadway open.

When • Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $32 to $35 at 24Tix

Tenth Avenue North

spotlight show • Before joining rock band Tenth Avenue North, guitarist Jeff Owen played bass in a band that backed Joy Williams, now famous for being half of country-folk sensation The Civil Wars. But while he had a good experience with Williams, Owen said he's ecstatic to be a member of one of the hottest Christian bands in America. In August, the band released its third album, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Christian and rock album charts. "I love being in the studio," Owen said. "It's like painting a picture, starting with a blank canvas." The band is headlining "The Struggle Tour" featuring Audrey Assad and The Rend Collective Experiment opening. It has never performed in Utah before, but has driven through the town before, and recalled stopping at Temple Square to admire the landmark as well as its adherents.

When • Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m.

Where • Christian Life Center Church, 2352 E. Highway 193, Layton

Tickets • $20 to $40 at SmithsTix

David Lanz

spotlight show • Utah audiences seem to appreciate pioneering New Age composer and pianist David Lanz, and with his new performance they will have more to appreciate. Lanz will be releasing his new album "Crisofori's Dream Re-envisioned" at the show, a reimagining of "Cristofori's Dream," his most successful and influential album. "I can't believe it's been 25 years," said the 62-year-old musician. In addition to performing new renditions of songs from that album, Lanz will invite his good friend, Utah composer Kurt Bestor, onto the stage so Bestor can debut new songs from his forthcoming album of songs, which aren't tied to his Christmas spectaculars. Also on the playlist will be songs that Lanz covered over the past half-decade during his eye-opening explorations of The Beatles. "Without the Beatles, there wouldn't be a David Lanz," he said. In addition, Lanz, who will be releasing a new Christmas album this season, will premiere some of that work at the concert. Whew.

When • Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m.

Where • Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center's Jeanné Wagner Theatre, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $35 to $42.50 at ArtTix.org

The Helio Sequence

American alternative rock duo The Helio Sequence will perform.

When • Friday, Oct. 12, 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $15 at 24Tix

The Word Alive

Metal groups The Word Alive and Born Of Osiris will perform at In The Venue with Norma Jean, I The Breather, and Crown The Empire.

When • Saturday, Oct. 13, 5:30 p.m.

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

Tickets • $18 at SmithsTix

New City Skyline

Local band New City Skyline's debut album release show will be at The Grand at The Complex. Fans have a chance to get the band's "On My Own" before the national release in this all-ages show.

When • Saturday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $10 at SmithsTix

LA Riots

Live Nite Events presents electronic house band LA Riots at The Depot.

When • Saturday, Oct. 13, 9:30 p.m.

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

Tickets • $12 at SmithsTix

Dinosaur Jr. with Shearwater

Indie-rock band Dinosaur Jr. will perform with Shearwater.

When • Sunday, Oct. 14, 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $20 at 24Tix

Brother Ali

Hip-hop artist and local favorite Brother Ali will perform.

When • Monday, Oct. 15, 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $15 to $18 at 24Tix

Taking Back Sunday

For this 10th-anniversary show, Taking Back Sunday will be performing its first album "Tell All Your Friends" in its entirety.

When • Tuesday, Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m.

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

Tickets • $25 at 24Tix

Dark Star Orchestra

Dark Star Orchestra will play as part of the Grateful Dead Concert Experience Fall Tour.

When • Thursday, Oct. 18, 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $20 to $25 at SmithsTix