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2014 Red Butte Concert Series Lineup Announced

Posted // April 15,2014   Summer days are usually just intolerable sweat-fests, but balmy summer nights are where it’s at. And one of the best ways to spend those just-warm-enough evenings is watching live music at the Red Butte Garden Outdoor Concert Series—with hopefully some wine, munchies and good company.

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Local Releases: We Haven't Been Here That Long

Posted // April 11,2014   This week, we've got some awesome releases and a weekend full of shows as April marches along with a bucket of music.

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New Tunes Tuesday: SZA, Chuck Inglish, EMA

Posted // April 8,2014   Happy Tuesday, music fans. When I was at SXSW in March, I got stuck in a lot of shitty crowds, but the bro-happy swarm at the Hype Hotel (which showcased artists who were featured on Hype Machine) was the worst.

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2014 Rooftop Concert Series Lineup Announced

Posted // April 7,2014   It doesn’t even feel like spring is here yet, but today, the fine organizers of the Rooftop Concert Series reminded us that summer is coming—and it’s going to sound awesome.

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Local Releases: The Floodgates Of April Are Open

Posted // April 4,2014   Holy crap does April have a ton of surprises for local releases in store for you. In fact, we have to start this round of releases with shows!

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Concert Review: Blitzen Trapper @ The State Room

Posted // April 4,2014   It's hard to believe it was their 26th show since the Spring tour of their new album VII,  but last Thursday night at The State Room, Blitzen Trapper gave Salt Lake City a passionate performance full of surprises.

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New Tunes Tuesday: Saintseneca, Timber Timbre, Inventions

Posted // April 1,2014   Happy Tuesday, music fans! This week's new releases include two albums that I'm pretty much freaking out about, from Ohio indie/folk-rock quartet Saintseneca and Canadian folk band Timber Timbre.

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Concert Review: St. Vincent at The Depot

Posted // March 31,2014   St. Vincent, the living art installation of singer-songwriter/guitarist Annie Clark, isn’t so much a performer as she is a performance.

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Local Releases: Tidying Up The First Quarter

Posted // March 28,2014   We're closing out the month with some leftover local releases, one on the way this Sunday.

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New Tunes Tuesday: Johnny Cash, Chuck Ragan, The Colourist

Posted // March 25,2014   Happy Tuesday, music fans! It's been a while since I've posted a New Tunes Tuesday blog (SXSW craziness, followed by the flu), and it's good to be back. There are a lot of great new albums coming out this week, including the "lost" album from the Man in Black himself. Johnny Cash's posthumously released Out Among the Stars was recorded in the '80s and discovered by his children in a storage unit after he and June passed away.

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Local Releases: An Aries Dozen

Posted // March 21,2014   Kick back for a second, kids, we're going to be looking over a dozen albums from various genres that have come out this month, along with some release shows for you to peep on Saturday.

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Catching Up With Max Pain & the Groovies at SXSW

Posted // March 15,2014   Before a jam-packed night of live music in Austin, I met up with local psych-rockers Max Pain & the Groovies at Rio Rita for an interview about their second year at SXSW and what's been happening with the band. David Johnson (vocals/keyboards), Dallin Smith (guitar), Shane Preece (guitar), Kallan Campbell (who joined the band as the new bassist in spring 2013) and Troy Coughlin (drums) stopped at SXSW during a two-month nationwide tour, and played several shows this week, including a showcase with fellow Lollipop Records artists.

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SXSW Recap Day 4: The Front Bottoms, Jungle, Those Darlins

Posted // March 15,2014   On Friday, my final full day at SXSW, I crammed in as much cool stuff as possible to end my time here in Austin on a high note. And that awesomeness included hanging out with one more local band, stuffing myself with delicious food and going to more live shows than I thought was physically possible.

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Local Releases: Roaring Like A Doom Metal Lion

Posted // March 14,2014   Most of the music attention this week may be in Austin, but today our focus is on local music, and we've got some heavy hitters this week.

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SXSW Recap Day 3: Desert Noises, Mideau, Ana Tijoux

Posted // March 14,2014   Thursday (Day 3) was another jam-packed day at SXSW, with some great hang-out time with a local band and tons of awesome music on 6th Street. And I even discovered the proper term for the cartoon birds.

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Catching Up With Mideau at SXSW

Posted // March 14,2014   Before Libbie Linton and Spencer Harrison of Provo electro-pop duo Mideau played a show at Whisler's on Thursday night, they sat down with me to chat about how it's been playing at SXSW for the first time, as well as what's going on for the band. Mideau's latest EP, Way With Words, is now available on iTunes, and they're also gearing up for the national release of their self-titled debut album.

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Concert Review: Mideau at SXSW

Posted // March 14,2014   Even though their show at Whisler’s on Thursday night wasn’t Mideau’s “official” SXSW showcase, I checked it out because I was interested to see how they’d adapt to the challenging environment—and the Provo electro-pop band put on an excellent performance despite chatty people and some technical difficulties.

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Concert Review: Desert Noises at SXSW

Posted // March 14,2014   I chose to spend my Thursday afternoon at one of the many shows Desert Noises—check out my interview with the band here—have been doing at SXSW, and it proved to be an excellent decision, as their performance at Easy Tiger was a doozy.

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Catching Up With Desert Noises at SXSW

Posted // March 13,2014   It's been a blur of music and fun for the music lovers and bands attending SXSW, but Provo folk-rock band Desert Noises (photo courtesy of Facebook) took a few minutes out of their hectic festival schedule to chat with me at Wright Bros. Brew & Brew in Austin. Tyler Osmond (bass), Pat Boyer (guitar) and Brennan Allen (drums) talked with me about their upcoming sophomore full-length album, 27 Ways--out March 25--and what they think of their SXSW experience this year.

 
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