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Wild acts, metallic sounds to hit Salt Lake's club scene

Here are some musical highlights of shows that will pass through town next week.

- MUSICAL RESPECT IS what the Aquabats are looking for.The southern California-based act is probably best known for its wild live shows, which include mock kung-fu fights, fire breathing and pyrotechnics, on top of the group's skittering blend of ska, punk-rock and New Wave-styled pop. But "The Fury of the Aquabats," the group's second CD (and the first release from the new Goldenvoice Recording Company label), makes the firm statement that the Aquabats are more than just a novelty act.

The Aquabats perform on Monday at Bricks, 279 W. 500 South, as part of a record release party. Joining them will be locals My Man Friday, Hospital Food and Spies Like Us.

- THE DEFTONES will return to Salt Lake City to play Club DV8, 115 S. West Temple Monday. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The band - vocalist Chino Moreno, guitarist Stephen Carpenter, bassist Chi Cheng and drummer Abe Cunningham - is taking to the road to support its upcoming album, "Around the Fur."

The Deftones hit the scene with the hard-hitting, big-label debut, "Adrenaline," which featured the cut "Shredding." The band also appeared on "The Crow: City of the Angels" and "Escape from L.A." soundtracks.

- BRUCE COCKBURN (pronounced Co-burn), will play the Zephyr Club, 301 S. West Temple, Tuesday, Oct. 28. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Canadian singer/songwriter has just released his 23rd album, "The Charity of Night." Guests on the album include Ani Di Franco, Patty Larkin, Maria Muldaur, Bonnie Raitt and Bob Weir.

- THE LOOKERS HAVE plenty of pop smarts, as evidenced by some of the Portland, Ore., trio's most pronounced influences, Petula Clark and Elvis Costello.

"In Clover," the debut full-length release from the Lookers, touches on some of those bases, especially some of Costello's lyrical cleverness. But the restrained musical approach (simple rhythm guitar chords, augmented by rudimentary guitar leads and drums) is strictly lo-fi.

The Lookers headline a Tuesday, Oct. 21, concert at the Galaxy Cafe, formerly the Bibliotect, 235 S. 400 West.

- KARP, A TRIO FROM Olympia, Wash., is one of the few acts unafraid to show its metallic roots.

Like Seattle's Melvins, Karp subscribes to the "loudslowrules" mentality (though Karp's songs aren't quite as S-L-O-W as the Melvins'), as demonstrated on its new, self-titled CD, a punishing blend of guitar distortion and other sonic mutilation.

Karp performs on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Moroccan, Salt Lake's revolving site concert venue. Call 1-801-297-2125 for show time and the Moroccan's location for the evening.