Meat Puppets @ The State Room 11.26 with Cory Mon

Meat Puppets @ The State Room 11.26 with Cory Mon
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The remainder of the evening progressed, or degenerated, into the more Butthole Surfers’ end of the psychedelic swimming pool/cesspool. At the same time, their music, song after song, proved itself as just solid rock n’ roll that doesn’t fit easily into a pigeonhole of country, psychedelic or punk—it’s a little of all of those things. … 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

Rubblebucket @ The State Room 10.04 with Body Language

Rubblebucket @ The State Room 10.04 with Body Language
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Part way through their set, Rubblebucket’s singer Kalmia Traver was hyping the crowd between songs and screamed that she wanted us to, “make a noise that a baboon makes when you fuckin’ slice it’s dick up!” I’m not sure I’ve ever screamed like that, but I tried my hardest at what was probably one of the best, and most energetic, shows I’ve ever been to. … read more

Hurray For The Riff Raff @ The State Room 03.26 with Adia Victoria

Hurray For The Riff Raff @ The State Room 03.26...
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The night began with Adia Victoria taking the stage with her backing band—composed of guitarist/home-town hero Mason Hickman, bassist Jason Harris and drummer Tiffany Minton—and immediately played a set that will forever be etched into my memory.  … read more

Two Gallants @ The State Room 04.20 with Blank Range

Two Gallants @ The State Room 04.20 with Blank Range
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A little bit of California crept into The State Room for this year’s April 20 social holiday; and it seemed fitting that the stoner celebration fell on a Monday since lethargic things tend to congregate around each other for shared smiles, munchies and lazy evenings. … read more

Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper: Breaking The Familiar Silence

Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper: Breaking The Familiar Silence
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I can tell what questions Eric Earley, lead singer-songwriter of the alt-country outfit Blitzen Trapper, has been asked previously. … read more

Salt Lake City Staycation

Salt Lake City Staycation
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You may be in town for some film festivals, or you may be a born-and-raised, diehard Salt Laker. Either way, you deserve your Salt Lake City staycation. … read more

Foxygen @ The State Room 04.05

Foxygen @ The State Room 04.05
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Foxygen rose to fame in part due to their incredibly witty and raucous album, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, and in part because of their explosive, theatrical, at times completely fucked-up, dramatic live performances. Thus, I was somewhat anxious and feverishly excited to have the opportunity to see them live here in Salt Lake in support of their most recent release, Hang. … read more

Tinariwen, Dengue Fever @ The State Room 04.07

Tinariwen, Dengue Fever @ The State Room 04.07
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Tinariwen with the support of Dengue Fever was not a show to be missed. Both groups capture the aspects of music that require no translation. They perform with humility and with grace. … read more

Still, Almost With You: The Church Return to SLC in Support of an Excellent New Release

Still, Almost With You: The Church Return to SLC in...
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2017 gives us Man Woman Life Death Infinity, a gorgeous album that liberally references The Church’s past phases. … read more