THE KILLERS, UCCU CENTER, Orem, Friday, Nov. 30, 8 p.m., $28-$53
When the Killers first arrived on the scene, I wrote them off as little more than a glitzy flash in the pan out of Vegas, a band obsessed with the hooks and sounds of '80s bands. The band followed up their hit debut, though, with albums like Sam's Town and the new Battle Born which indicate an appreciation for bombastic, heartfelt arena-rock ala Springsteen or U2. The approach works well for lead singer Brandon Flowers and his cohorts, particularly live, where the band's anthems come across better than they do on record. Once I saw the Killers in concert, I came to understand why they got so popular in the first place. With pop-rocking Tegan & Sara also on the bill, a trip to Orem on a Friday night doesn't sound quite as ridiculous as it normally would.
KRCL POLAR JUBILEE, SALT LAKE HARDWARE BUILDING, Friday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m., $30 advance/$35 at the door
This is the third year that community radio station KRCL has thrown a holiday fundraiser, and the theme of this year's Polar Jubilee is Surfin' Safari. What does that mean for you, the KRCL-loving Utahn who loves a good party? Well, a heavy dose of surf music for one thing, courtesy of bands the Bartenders, Mokie and The Atomics. It also means the return of the Hanukkah Harmonica Army led by the station's Bad Brad Wheeler, as well as cocktails, a photo booth, auction and grub while you hang with what is always a fun crowd. You can sport some surf or safari-themed attire, but you might want to check the Friday night predicted temps before you break out the grass skirt and coconut bra.