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ALTERNATIVE ROCK INVADES S.L. IN 3 SHOWS THIS WEEK

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If next week is any indication, Salt Lake is not through being invaded by hyperkinetic pop, reggae and Australian rock bands.

Between Oct. 22 and 26 alone, three of alternative rock's longest surviving bands will visit the area in separate concerts.- IT SEEMS LIKE AN ABNORMALLY LONG TIME since L.A.'s Oingo Boingo last hit Salt Lake. That will change very soon, as the new Delta Center will play host to an Oct. 22 dance concert by the band, the first concert to be held in the building.

The band began its career in the late 1970s, as the Mystical Knights of Oingo Boingo, mixing both wild sprawling pop and humorous sketches in its live shows. As time went on, the eight-piece unit shortened its name and began emphasizing its music.

Their first album, 1980's "Only a Lad" attracted a fiercely loyal following in many of the nation's underground music scenes. By the time the band released its "Dead Man's Party" LP in 1985, the band was beginning to crack into mainstream radio with its moody melodic character and brassy power. Band leader Danny Elfman has also begun a career as a composer of film sound tracks, scoring both "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" and "Batman" for director Tim Burton.

Tickets for the show are $18 in advance ($20 the day of show) and are available at all Smith'sTix outlets. The show is a United Concerts production.

- ONE THING THAT IS CERTAIN is that this has been the season of Bob Marley. Since 1991 is the tenth anniversary of Marley's death, reggae tours involving Marley tributes have hit the valley with nearly monthly frequency.

However, none of the earlier tributes may have as much poignancy as Oct. 25's Wailers Band show. Featuring four of Marley's former Wailers bandmates, the group has been searching for its own identity since Marley died.

This year may be the group's year, though, since the Wailers Band released "Majestic Warriors," an affirmative return to their reggae roots. The album's 12 tracks are dedicated to "all freedom fighters, past, present and future."

Junior Marvin, the band's frontman, said that the album is the band's finest without Marley. "It's taken about 10 years for people to take us seriously as the Wailers Band without Bob. The music for me is very magical and I think it was worth the wait."

Joining the Wailers Band on tour are Rita Marley (Marley's wife) and Marcia Griffiths, both members of the original Wailers support vocalists the I-Threes, and Andrew Tosh, son of Peter Tosh, another late reggae great who was at one time Marley's bandmate.

Tickets for the show, which will start in the State Fairpark Coliseum at 7:30 p.m., are $15.50. They are available at all Soundoff andGraywhale CD locations, Smokey's Records and Raunch Records. The show is a Scott Arnold production.

- ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE once described the unique sound of Australia's Hoodoo Gurus as being "a joyful noise forged from '60s garage grunge, daredevil MC5 metal and '70s pogo pop."

That strange blend of pop/rock is what Salt Lake audiences have in store for them when the four-piece band hits the Capitol Theatre on Oct. 26.

The Hoodoo Gurus are coming off the release of their second RCA LP "Kinky," already a college smash because of its first single, "Miss Freelove '69." Guitarist Brad Shepherd said in an earlier interview that listeners shouldn't take the album's title too seriously.

Lately the band is mixing more psychedelic pop stylings into its repertoire, but singer Dave Faulkner says that doesn't mean the band is joining the new "neo-hippy" movement.

"We've never been blessed to be in synch with whatever's fashionable," he said, "and I think any similarities in our music to whatever's been fashionable has been held against us. It's used as an excuse for why we're bad instead of the very reasons why we're good."

Tickets for the Hoodoo Gurus show, which starts at 7:30 p.m. are $16 ($18 the day of show) and are available at all Smith'sTix outlets and at the Capitol Theater ticket office. It is a United Concerts production.