Out and about: They Might Be Giants, Rogue Wave

Published June 7, 2013 12:48 pm
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They Might Be Giants

spotlight show • Fresh off a monthlong stint in Australia and New Zealand, dynamic alt-rockers They Might Be Giants will bring their high-energy act to The Depot on Saturday. The group, led by founding duo John Flansburgh and John Linnell, is touring to promote its 16th studio album, "Nanobots." The album, released March 5, runs at a fittingly frenetic pace, with 25 tracks crammed into a 45-minute window. The new material features TMBG doing what they do best: laying down quirky vocals over up-tempo and impossibly catchy melodies. During its Salt Lake show, the group will perform about half a dozen songs off the new album, Flansburgh said. For the rest of the performance, the indie veterans will pull from their three-plus decades of material. TMBG have racked up two platinum albums, two gold albums and two Grammy Awards since starting in 1982. Flansburgh said he and Linnell still love the tour life. "It's definitely a young man's game, being on the road," he said during a recent telephone interview with The Tribune. "But it's also a hell of a lot of fun, and in some ways we're a lot better at delivering a full evening of entertainment than when we started. We certainly have a lot more material to draw on now, and I think that makes the show a lot more satisfying." TMBG also will give a free in-store performance and sign autographs Saturday at 3 p.m. at Graywhale, 4700 S. Redwood Road, Taylorsville. "Since we're doing that early show we'll be loose as a goose when we get onstage at night," Flansburgh said. "We're just doing our thing, you know? We're just getting freaky."

When • Saturday, June 8. Doors open at 7, show at 8

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

Tickets • $20 in advance, $25 day of show. Must be 21 and older

Rogue Wave

spotlight show • After a three-year hiatus, Oakland-based indie rock group Rogue Wave is kicking off its 2013 summer tour Wednesday at Urban Lounge. The band is touring in support of its fifth album, "Nightingale Floors," which was released June 4 through Vagrant Records. The album signals a return to Rogue Wave's early records, which should be welcome news to many fans who were put off by the overproduced, more dance-oriented "Permalight" (2010). During a recent telephone interview with The Tribune, frontman Zach Rogue said he was happy to get back to the band's original, more natural sound."We were like, 'Let's not worry too much about all the details and overdoing it and trying too hard. Let's just have fun and make it sound more live and more real,' " Rogue said. "I just wanted to make a record that was more kind of off the cuff and raw and fun and f—-ed up and all over the place." He added that the group is going through an "intense" preparation process for its first tour in three years."We're dusting the cobwebs off our amplifiers, making sure they still work," he said. "You know, making sure everything plugs in properly, making sure the guitars are tuned properly. That's usually pretty helpful." While the band didn't tour or produce a record for several years, the lead singer was far from dormant. Rogue finished his solo record "Release the Sunbird" and scored the HBO series "On Freddie Roach" in between albums with Rogue Wave. He said the acoustic, stripped-down harmonies of "Sunbird" and his work on a TV series affected the sound of "Nightingale." "I was working on a lot of ambient, wordless music and I guess some of that ambience influenced [the new album]," Rogue said. This will be the first Rogue Wave tour with the current lineup, and Rogue said he's excited to begin the tour in SLC. "We've had some really good experiences in Salt Lake," he said. "It always kind of surprises us the level of support we get there, but Salt Lake City is just a great place to play music."

When • Wednesday, June 12. Doors at 9

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

Tickets •$14 in advance, $16 day of show. Must be 21 and older

A Hawk And A Hacksaw

The Albuquerque-based instrumental band plays music inspired by Eastern European, Turkish and Balkan traditions. Grizzly Prospector will open.

When • Friday, June 7, at 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $10, advance, $12 at the door; at 24Tix.com

Dubwise Series

This month's Utah dubstep showcase will featureSupreme, Tall Man, 2be and illoom.

When • Friday, June 7, at 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $5, advance, $10 at the door; at 24Tix.com

Andre Williams & The Goldstars

Billed as American R&B and punk blues, Alabama-born Williams has been honing his sound since the 1950s.

When • Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8, at 8 p.m.

Where • The Garage, 1199 N. Beck St., Salt Lake City

Tickets • $17, advance, $20 at the door; at 24Tix.com

Christopher Owens

Owens is a singer-songwriter and former frontman of the disbanded indie rock group Girls. His latest album is called "Lysandre."

When • Friday, June 7, at 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $20 at thestateroomslc.com

The New Electric Sound

This Provo band draws inspiration from early rock and surf bands. The Neighbors and Van Lady Love will open.

When • Saturday, June 8, at 8 p.m.

Where • Velour Live Music Gallery, 135 N. University Ave., Provo

Tickets • $8 at 24Tix.com

Pigeon John & Ariano

The local rappers will share the stage with Thoughts Arizen, Burnell Washburn, Heath Cliff, Device and DJ Pookie.

When • Saturday, June 8, at 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $10, advance, $12 at the door; at 24Tix.com


The pop-punk band is touring in support of its fourth studio album, "Collider."

When • Tuesday, June 11, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $16 at thecomplexslc.com

Jazz at the Station

Weber State University's department of performing arts is hosting BBC 3, featuring Shannon Roberts on bass, Keven Johanson on guitar and Benjamin Jennings on drums.

When • Wednesday, June 12, at 7 p.m.

Where • Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden

Tickets • Free

Poor Man's Whiskey

This five-piece bluegrass band performs from its album, "Dark Side of the Moonshine," a rendition of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon."

When • Thursday, June 13, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $14 at thestateroomslc.com



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