Brother Ali @ Metro Music Hall 11.21 w/ Evidence, Marlon Craft

Brother Ali @ Metro Music Hall 11.21 w/ Evidence, Marlon...
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Last Thursday night, Brother Ali posted up for his new project, Secrets & Escapes, which features Talib Kweli, Pharaohe Monch, among others. … read more

The Black Dahlia Murder, Iron Reagan, Harm’s Way and Maruta @ The Complex

The Black Dahlia Murder, Iron Reagan, Harm’s Way and Maruta...
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Fair reader, I was bewitched under the beautiful metal spell that The Black Dahlia Murder cast, and am now in love. … read more

We Are Scientists @ Kilby Court 04.29 with Paws

We Are Scientists @ Kilby Court 04.29 with Paws
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A band from New York and a band from Scotland got together and played for an audience in Utah recently. This event took place at Kilby Court on Tuesday, April 29 and was the most fun I’ve had in cul-de-sac since grade school. The evening held the last bit of the spring chill, which in turn made the fire pit that much appealing. Yes, in the days before social networks, heat brought people together. … read more

Sea Wolf (solo) @ Urban Lounge 04.30 with Sayde Price

Sea Wolf (solo) @ Urban Lounge 04.30 with Sayde Price
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Church was funny and honest. By the end of the show, good vibes were shared by all. … read more

Radioactivity @ Diabolical Records 05.05 with Suspicious Beasts, Murder Mystery Party

Radioactivity @ Diabolical Records 05.05 with Suspicious Beasts, Murder Mystery...
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I have again found myself at Diabolical/ Albatross Records. Again I am here to check out some of the coolest rock n’ roll gigs Salt Lake has to offer, as well as to tempt the lightening of my wallet. This place usually attracts a steady contingent of regulars, and tonight is no different. … read more

Mastodon @ The Depot 05.04 with Gojira, Kvelertak

Mastodon @ The Depot 05.04 with Gojira, Kvelertak
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I sure do love hitting up tours with great bands I’ve never seen live before, and such was the case for a rare Sunday night show at The Depot to catch Kvelertak, Gojira, and the mighty Mastodon. A fucking strong tour, excellent sets from all involved—overall a fantastic night of metal. … read more

The Menzingers @ Kilby Court 06.14 with Lemuria, PUP, Cayetana

The Menzingers @ Kilby Court 06.14 with Lemuria, PUP, Cayetana
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Keeping an even mix of new songs like “Rodent,” “Transient Love,” and “Where Heartache Exists,” and older songs such as “Casey,” “I Was Born,” and “Deep Sleep,” the crowd never got restless. … read more

Reggae Thursdays @ The Woodshed 06.12-06.13 with Tribe of I, Sarah B Band, Patwa, The Green Leafs and The Rocksteadys

Reggae Thursdays @ The Woodshed 06.12-06.13 with Tribe of I,...
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Not to be deterred by the foreboding clouds hanging over Salt Lake City, I arrive at the Woodshed to observe the beginning of this summer’s Reggae Thursdays. Inside the atmosphere is joyful—everyone seems to know each other. Although I arrive early, the already present (and filing in) audience represents a somewhat diverse crowd.   … read more

King Khan and The Shrines @ Urban Lounge 06.22 with Red Mass, Mr. Elevator and The Brain Hotel

King Khan and The Shrines @ Urban Lounge 06.22 with...
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Arriving early to the sound of James Brown playing over the speakers, I grab a beer and prepare for the church of soul to begin. Tonight’s preacher of the rock n’ roll gospel is the King Bama Lama Khan Emperor of RnB, aka King Khan and the Shrines. … read more

Psychostick @ Urban Lounge 06.18 with Dog Fashion Disco, The Bunny The Bear

Psychostick @ Urban Lounge 06.18 with Dog Fashion Disco, The...
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Psychostick is a heavy metal band out of Chicago, via Tempe, AZ. That doesn’t sound too strange, right? Well what sets them apart is they are a comedy heavy metal band, or, as they brand themselves, humourcore. Think System of a Down meets Insane Clown Posse meets Weird Al. Your first thoughts reading that probably closely mirror mine, “What the fuck?” … read more