Salt Lake City will never be Seattle or Portland when it comes to having a thriving, huge indie-rock scene. But the many fans of the genre who do live here are in for a terrific weekend. And for mainstream tastes there are also lots of fine options during the upcoming Halloween weekend.

Fans of blazing guitars should head for The State Room on Thursday night to catch the outrageously talented California Guitar Trio and special guest Fareed Haque - who is also a six-string monster - play their unique brand of fusion. Tickets are on sale right here.

Check out the CG3 right here: http://youtu.be/p2OCF1ar0kk

A folk-laced evening can be found at the Urban Lounge on Thursday when Maria Taylor headlines a gig with Big Harp opening. Taylor's a co-founder of Azure Ray and is talented 35-year-old singer songwriter. I'm stoked to try and catch the husband-and-wife team of Big Harp, whose debut album "White Hat," is worth finding. Tickets are $12. Here's a good song from Maria Taylor.

http://youtu.be/qvFALSUopFE

The first of several good indie-rock shows this weekend is on tap tonight at The Depot when Southern California's Cold War Kids play a 9 p.m. show with Young Man opening up. Here's an old Cold War song called "Hang Me Up To Dry."

http://youtu.be/LrrGKR8Xii4

On Friday night at the Urban Lounge, the stellar indie-rock duo Peter Wolf Crier will be at Kilby Court. They're moody debut album "Garden of Arms" is one of the sleeper cds of the year and completelyt worth investigating, as will be this gig. Birds & Batteries open up the 7 p.m. show. Tickets are $8.

Check out their video for "Hard As Nails."

http://youtu.be/ogrUPZn89AU

And for those folks who like to dance to bluegrass - you know who you are - head for The State Room on Friday at 9 p.m. for Colorado's Head For The Hills. These guys have been working their way up steadily since starting in Fort Collins back in 2006. They're a fun time and are all really good pickers. Tickets are $12.

And a big Halloween feeling party will go down Saturday at the Urban Lounge when the uber-danceable indie rockers Phantogram play a 10 p.m. show. This will be a fun night - guaranteed. It's one of two Halloween Parties the Urban is hosting this year - with the second one following on Monday. Tickets for Saturday's gig are at 24tix.com. Check out "Let Me Go" right here.

http://youtu.be/M1JTaN9B8TM

And finally, a real treat of a gig is at Kilby Court on Saturday when Philly indie-rockers The War on Drugs hit town. Their album "Slave Ambient" is a sure-fire bet to be on many critics' upcoming "best-of" lists. Find out what the buzz is about at this 7 p.m. concert. Tickets are a ridiculously cheap $8.

For mainstream tastes, "Dracula" is being performed by Ballet West throughout the weekend and Shakespeare's "The Tempest" continues at Pioneer Theatre. Both productions are well worth your time.

After all that excitement, Halloween will feel like a bit of a letdown - maybe.