The New Pornographers @ The Depot 10.10 with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

The New Pornographers @ The Depot 10.10 with The Pains...
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Last Friday brought the most exciting double bill in pop music to The Depot in Salt Lake City—The New Pornographers, in support of their latest album Brill Bruisers, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, in support of theirs, Days of Abandon. … read more

Finch @ Club Sound 10.10 with Wounds

Finch @ Club Sound 10.10 with Wounds
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After quite a few years in a Finch-less hiatus, the world is a bit brighter now. The popular 2000s post-hardcore group was scheduled to stop here on their last tour, where they were meant to play my favorite album, What It Is To Burn, in its entirety, but weather stopped them and they never rescheduled. My heart never really fully mended until I heard the surprising news of a new album and support tour suddenly manifesting this summer, and I made sure I was at Club Sound for their return. … read more

Combichrist @ In The Venue 10.18 with William Control, Davey Suicide, Darksiderz

Combichrist @ In The Venue 10.18 with William Control, Davey...
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Combichrist is one of the most influential bands in the industrial music scene and has been for some time. I have never been let down when I have seen them live. They are constantly requested in the clubs and always put bodies on the dance floor. … read more

Dum Dum Girls @ The Depot 10.17 with Ex Cops

Dum Dum Girls @ The Depot 10.17 with Ex Cops
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Playing the Dum Dum Girls single “Pay for Me,” I was immediately hooked by the melodic-but-with-an-edge vocals provided by Dee Dee Penny. The following week, I decided that the only logical course of action was to check out their show at The Depot. As this is the only way one with a Blues Brothers mission-from-god-like enthusiasm for the addictive sound of rock n’ roll can proceed. … read more

Delta Spirit @ Urban Lounge 10.20 with SACCO

Delta Spirit @ Urban Lounge 10.20 with SACCO
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In any event, by 9 p.m. the dance floor is already filled with people, and the drip is steady underneath the approving eye of Jerry Sloan. The early birds are ready to go, and the main floor begins to compact as SACCO prepares their set. The width of space they have to play on is about the length of Shaquille O’Neal’s shoe, but the trio takes a strong stance against the ledge and faces the crowd. … read more

Odesza @ Urban Lounge 10.19 with Ambassadeurs, Hayden James

Odesza @ Urban Lounge 10.19 with Ambassadeurs, Hayden James
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Another evening of Odesza in the same year counts as a double “fuck yes” from me! After their show in Salt Lake last time, you could say I was just slightly excited to see them again to shake my ass and really let loose … read more

Foxygen 10.21 @ Urban Lounge with Dub Thompson

Foxygen 10.21 @ Urban Lounge with Dub Thompson
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When I heard that Foxygen canceled their opening spot with MGMT for the Twilight Concert Series last year, the news hit me pretty hard. So I have to admit, after hearing that they were coming to Salt Lake City this fall, I withheld my enthusiasm—I’ve been hurt before. But tonight, the marquis of Urban Lounge proudly boasts their arrival, and it thaws my cold, nervous heart. Uh, I mean … “Word.” … read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. @ Urban Lounge 10.27 with Miniature Tigers, Madi Diaz

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. @ Urban Lounge 10.27 with Miniature...
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I’ve been a junkie of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. ever since I first caught that guitar riff on “Vocal Chords” a couple years ago while cleaning my kitchen. It’s a hell of a song. If you haven’t listened to its hometown album, It’s a Corporate World, you should make out to it. Seriously. … read more

Alt-J @ The Complex 10.27 with Lovelife

Alt-J @ The Complex 10.27 with Lovelife
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Alt-J delivered a fantastic performance to a sold-out crowd—most of the stops on their current tour are. … read more

The Shivas @ Diabolical Records 10.29 with Super 78

The Shivas @ Diabolical Records 10.29 with Super 78
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The Wednesday before Halloween, I found myself at Diabolical Records for the first time, surprised by the tiny crowd. I arrived promptly at 9 p.m. and could hear the first note struck from the alley, as Salt Lake’s Super 78 had taken the stage and began play. From that first tune I heard from the alley, I knew I was going to dig this band. … read more