Conor Oberst @ Red Butte Gardens 09.14 With Jonathan Wilson

Conor Oberst @ Red Butte Gardens 09.14 With Jonathan Wilson
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It’s likely that when you think of Conor Oberst, you think of Bright Eyes. His latest album and second solo release, Upside Down Mountain, suggests that his growth as an artist is still a working priority. … read more

Tycho @ The Depot 09.17 With Christopher Willits

Tycho @ The Depot 09.17 With Christopher Willits
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Hearing Tycho live is a very different experience than hearing it in headphones or on vinyl—it has a much more intimate feel. … read more

BEACHMEN with Koala Temple, High Counsel, Palace of Buddies 09.18 @ Urban Lounge

BEACHMEN with Koala Temple, High Counsel, Palace of Buddies 09.18...
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The Urban Lounge has been doing this thing lately where they showcase local music to the public every week at no cost. It’s a simple “walk in and enjoy yourself” strategy to support our homegrown heroes. As a Salt Laker who doesn’t really attend farmer’s markets or other such gatherings, I try to catch as many of these as I can. Besides, organic produce doesn’t have shit on the ripeness of this lineup. … read more

TRUST @ Urban Lounge 09.25 with Crater

TRUST @ Urban Lounge 09.25 with Crater
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As Alfons grasped the microphone, while bubbling synths ignited all around him, and people lost themselves to the power of dance, he seemed as the Wizard of Oz, operating only to give people a feeling of freedom they couldn’t create on their own. … read more

2014 X96 Toyota Big Ass Show

2014 X96 Toyota Big Ass Show
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The 19th edition of X96’s Big Ass Show will unfortunately be remembered as much for the unending deluge as it will for the atmosphere and music. As unfair as that may be, a good portion of the show’s attendees were as interested in finding shelter a good portion of the time as they were in finding a good place to see the next act; the latter being a much easier task, as I imagine that only a fraction of the expected attendees actually showed up. … read more

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band @ Urban Lounge 09.24 with Ugly Valley Boys

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band @ Urban Lounge 09.24 with...
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When Peyton and his posse take the stage, they’re greeted with saloon-style whistling and hollering. Sporting a pair of workman’s overalls and a scruffy beard, Peyton looks like he just finished picking crops for 10 cents a barrel. … read more

Ty Segall @ Urban Lounge 09.27 with La Luz, Max Pain and the Groovies

Ty Segall @ Urban Lounge 09.27 with La Luz, Max...
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This is better than when I saw Ty Segall play here in Fuzz and that was one of the best performances I can remember. Holy cow, this is amazing. How can he play so well and so hard, non-stop? … read more

Justin Townes Earle @ The State Room 09.28 with American Aquarium

Justin Townes Earle @ The State Room 09.28 with American...
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Justin Townes Earle had promised in an interview earlier in the week that there would be no fighting at his upcoming show. He swore those days were behind him and it would be a new him approaching the stage Sunday night. Regardless of promises, a rowdy crowd of middle-aged Utahans poured into The State Room that night in hopes of blues, sweet tunes and plenty of booze. … read more

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats @ Urban Lounge 10.04 with Danava

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats @ Urban Lounge 10.04 with...
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The month of All Hallows’ Eve has come upon us, and what better way to kick this off than to witness Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats blast out their fuzzed, psych-induced ’70s-style heavy metal that arouses nostalgia for the early years of Black Sabbath. … read more

Joey Bada$$ @ The Complex 10.08 with Vince Staples, CJ Fly, Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution

Joey Bada$$ @ The Complex 10.08 with Vince Staples, CJ...
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Hip-hop shows at The Complex are a feast for the senses. I like to drink it in like it’s a chilled glass of Alizé. Weed smoke and grocery store body spray form an atmosphere as thick as any inversion in February. Brawny men in wife beaters strut their stuff. Tattoos tell stories. … read more