OK, now that we can all exhale for almost another year without having to hear anymore Oscar hype, we can focus on the calendar heading into March and the front half of another fairly strong week of concerts.

Also, as the week rolls along, be sure to keep an eye on my Twitter feed as many concerts for the spring and summer months will likely continue to be announced. To date, we already know a few of the groups heading for Red Butte Garden and much of the lineup for USANA Amphitheater has already been revealed. But we've got lots of time to prattle about those shows. Let's look at the here and now:

Indie-rockers Aloud hit the Bar Deluxe on Monday night. The Boston-based band is touring behind its fun, thoughtful release, "Exile." Local faves Sam Smith Band will be opening along with Holy Water Buffalo. Music is slated to start at 9 p.m.

Tuesday offers a wide mix of options including the Utah Symphony's kickoff reception to announce the 2011-12 lineup of performances. Rock fans can check into The Heartless Bastards with Truth & Salvage Co. at The State Room. These are two younger bands that already have fairly devoted followings. One cool thing to remember about The State Room is that music begins promptly at 8 p.m. on weeknights and working stiffs like myself can trust they can be back home around 11 p.m. Tickets are still on sale and are $18 in advance or $20 at the door. Here's a clip of The HB's and their super singer Erika Wennerstrom running through "Out at Sea," on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Denver's DeVotchKa plays In The Venue on Tuesday night. The show coincides with the release of the band's "100 Lovers" album. The band is a critical darling that is slowly gaining more popular appeal. This promises to be a fun outing. Here's the band's video for "How It Ends."