For those who have musical ADD, or just a dynamic range of musical tastes, this playlist has enough variety to keep even the most distracted listener on their toes. It can be hard to come up with a unifying theme for a playlist of bands whose only commonality is that they all happen to be touring in Salt Lake City in the same week. But that is just what all of these bands share this week, and it turns out, that can say more about Salt Lake City than the bands themselves.
The assortment of options Salt Lake City is willing to pay for in the way of live music says that this little city might not be as homogenous as outsiders might think. If it weren’t, then why would we be hosting GWAR and Municipal Waste in the same week as jazz pianist Michel Camilo and a handful of inventive indie bands like Rubblebucket and Fanfarlo?
Not only does this playlist hold an auditory commentary on what music coming to the valley says about us, it also tells us a little about music coming out of Utah. Along with the out-of-towners, we’ve got a few natives on the playlist including dance-pop-punk sensation Neon Trees and hip-hop lyricist and producer Bernell Washburn. Salt Lake City has been a breeding ground for musical talent for a long time, and now, we’ve received some well-deserved attention on the national canvas. Though a force not to be overlooked, the MoTab is not the only Utah ensemble worthy of musical mention across state borders anymore.
This Week’s Line Up
Fanfarlo w/Gardens & Villa @ The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $15
Band of Skulls w/We are Augustines @ The Complex, 536 W. 100 South 8 p.m., $18 in advance, $22 day of show
Neon Trees w/The Lower Lights @ Mountain View High School, 665 W. Center St., Orem, 5 p.m., $20
Burnell Washburn CD Release @ Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), 7 p.m., $10; The Urban Lounge, 9 p.m., $8
Explosions in the Sky @ In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West, 7 p.m., $20 in advance, $22 day of show
Michel Camilo @ Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, 7:30 p.m., $30
Municipal Waste w/GWAR, Legacy of Disorder @ The Great Saltiar, 12408 W. Saltair Drive, Magna, 7:30 p.m., $20 in advance, $22 day of show.
Rubblebucket @ Kilby Court, 7 p.m., $10 in advance, $12 day of show
Cults w/Spectrals and Mrs. Magician @ The Urban Lounge, 9 p.m., $12