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Out and about: Rodriguez, Jenny O, Alex 'Too Close' Clare and Todd Snider are highlights of musical week

Published April 26, 2013 2:57 pm

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Jenny O

Spotlight show • The headliner for this much-anticipated show is Detroit folk-rocker Rodriguez, the mild-mannered star of "Searching for Sugar Man," which debuted at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and won an Academy Award for Best Documentary. Singer-songwriter Jenny O, whose first album, "Automechanic," was released earlier this year, has opened for the "really mellow" Rodriguez several times, she said in a recent telephone interview. Born Jennifer Anne Ognibene, she grew up on Long Island and attended the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College for Recording and Composition. O moved to Los Angeles about five years ago and has found a community of like-minded artists in the second coming of the Laurel Canyon singer-songwriter movement, which she said "is nice to be associated with." She grew up on classic records made during the Laurel Canyon heyday, when artists such as Joni Mitchell and Crosby, Stills & Nash crafted softer songs — a counteroffering to the hysterics of psychedelic rock.

When • Monday, April 29, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $25 at SmithsTix

Alex Clare

Spotlight show • You might not recognize the name, but anyone who has watched television or listened to radio recently has heard Alex Clare's dubstep song "Too Close." After the song was featured in Microsoft's TV ads for Internet Explorer 9, the song climbed into the top 10 on the Billboard charts and was inescapable. In a phone interview, the 27-year-old British singer-songwriter said he doesn't own a television and never realized how popular the song had become. An orthodox Jew, Clare said religion is "definitely my guiding force. … Music is also part of the essence." He moved to Israel after his debut album, 2011's "The Lateness of the Hour," underperformed and his label dropped him. But "Too Close" was on that album, so he is back touring the world. "My life, thank God, is pretty good," he said. His last album, he said, was "about getting things off my chest." The next album, "you write about happier things." The Knocks open.

When • Wednesday, May 1, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $16 in advance, $21 day of, at SmithsTix

Todd Snider

Spotlight show • One of America's greatest storytellers is Oregonian folk-rocking singer-songwriter Todd Snider, who headlines a show at The State Room. In a phone interview with The Tribune, Snider said he sleeps only four hours a night, so that gives him plenty of opportunities to work on differing pursuits. One is a new documentary in which he stars called "East Nashville Tonight." The 46-year-old also is writing a book, which he called "extended versions of my bull——. I've been a bull——-er all my life. My daddy was a bull——-er." In 2012, Snider released two albums: "Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables" and a tribute album, "Time as We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker." "Most of [his] songs completely changed my life when I was 20," Snider said of Walker. "If Jerry Jeff Walker and I had a trivia contest about Jerry Jeff Walker, I wouldn't just beat him, I'd kill him." By the way, Snider's current musical obsession is The Black Crowes, who will perform at Red Butte Garden later this summer. Great American Taxi opens.

When • Thursday, May 2, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $35 at thestateroom.com

Manufactured Superstars

The Denver-based DJ duo brings its brand of EDM to Salt Lake City. Timone opens.

When • Friday, April 26, at 9:30 p.m.

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

Tickets • $15 advance, $20 day of; at SmithsTix.com

Flesh-N-Bone

Fans of the melodic rap group BoneThugs-n-Harmony can catch one of the founding members on a solo tour.

When • Friday, April 26, at 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $15 advance, $20 day of; at SmithsTix.com

Roy Kay Trio

The rockabilly trio will perform with Matt Codina & The Glyders and DJed Record Hop for Dancers.

When • Friday, April 26, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $5 at 24Tix.com

James Blake

This UK-based electronic music producer is touring the U.S. in support of his latest album, "Overgrown," which was released earlier this month.

When • Saturday, April 27, at 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $20 at SmithsTix.com

He is We

The indie-pop duo will be in Salt Lake City as part of the Getting Back Up Tour.

When • Saturday, April 27, at 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $16 advance, $18 day of; at SmithsTix.com

Elevated

The Saturday night showcase features DJ Stackhouse, Sista Matic and Murdoc.

When • Saturday, April 27, at 9 p.m.

Where • Bar Deluxe, 666 S. State St., Salt Lake City

Tickets • $1 at 24Tix.com

Fight to Unite Tour

Kottonmouth Kings headline this tour, which also will include performances by Deuce, Dizzy Wright, Snow Tha Product and Eskimo Callboy

When • Monday, April 29, at 5 p.m.

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

Tickets • $21 at SmithsTix.com

Quantic

The British-born producer and DJ mixes soul, electronic and Latin music. Alleged DJs and Brisk will open.

When • Wednesday, May 1, at 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $12 at 24Tix.com

Aesop Rock

Born Ian Bavitz, this indie hip-hop artist is currently touring with Rob Sonic, DJ Big Wiz and Busdriver.

When • Thursday, May 2, at 6 p.m.

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

Tickets • $20 at 24Tix.com

Powerman 5000

This '90s metal band continues to tour even though it hasn't released a studio album since 2011's "Copies Clones & Replicants," a collection of cover songs.

When • Thursday, May 2, at 6 p.m.

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

Tickets • $21 at SmithsTix.com