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Blitzen Trapper, Fruit Bats, Pearly Gate Music

A few years ago on a trip to Portland, a couple of friends took me to a tiny, semi-fancy bar to see a band he’d recently fallen in love with. By the end of that unexpected introduction to Blitzen Trapper, I’d fallen in love with them as well, despite some of the band’s prog-rock tendencies that would typically have me running for that door. That’s because in addition to epic songs full of shifting time signatures and somewhat mythical characters popping up in the lyrics, leader Eric Earley also packs his songs with Beatles-esque harmonies, hooks for days and an inclusive attitude toward all manner of modern musical styles, from folk to country to power-pop to, yes, prog-rock. Joined at this show by the Fruit Bats and Pearly Gate Music, Blitzen Trapper might be headlining one of the best shows of the fall. The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $12

Date: Oct 19, 2010
Time: 9 p.m.
Phone: 801-746-0557
Address: 241 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City, 84102
Where: The Urban Lounge