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Free Energy, The Devil Whale

You can thank—a local website that serves as a platform to crowdfund concerts—and, especially, those pop-rock fans who pledged to support this show in advance, for bringing Free Energy (and local faves The Devil Whale) to The State Room. The start-up website has previously helped crowdfund First Big Fight and Jonathan Coulton concerts. This is their best yet. With a Midwestern aesthetic informed by pop radio and, later, punk and indie rock—“I had the same kind of unabashed love for Phil Collins as I did for Pavement,” says vocalist Paul Sprangers—Free Energy offers a unique sonic palette, filled with power riffs and clear, well-crafted, hook-laden sing-alongs. Their debut, Stuck on Nothing, dropped on neo-disco specialists DFA Records (Yacht, The Rapture and LCD Soundsystem), while their sophomore record, Love Sign (2013), comes out on their own imprint, showing them really owning what they love: pop music.

Date: Mar 8, 2013
Time: 8 pm
Phone: 800-501-2885
Address: 638 South State Street, Salt Lake City, 84111
Where: The State Room