THAO & THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN/SALLIE FORD & THE SOUND OUTSIDE, THE URBAN LOUNGE, Saturday, March 9, 9 p.m., $15
Thao Nguyen has proven herself a master of winning songcraft over the course of just a few albums, and her latest recorded with her band the Get Down Stay Down, We The Common, continues her streak crafting releases full of undeniable hooks and feel-good vibes. That's not to say her music is light; the title track was inspired by Nguyen's volunteer work with the California Coalition of Women Prisoners. This show is her first in Salt Lake City since traveling through with NPR's Radiolab program, and she's joined by another killer, female-led crew in Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, pictured above. The Portland-based band's latest, Untamed Beast, is a soulful blast of retro-tinged rock that packs a sexy swagger that should pair most excellently with Thao's tunes. It will be hard to beat this one-two punch this weekend.