Posted // March 6,2014 Wednesday night was a cold and unpleasant, but that didn’t deter me and about a thousand other people to go show some support for one of Finland’s finest metal bands at the Murray Theater. That’s probably because me and about a thousand other people knew that Children of Bodom can make any unpleasant Wednesday look like the greatest Saturday.
Posted // March 3,2014 For Utah rappers (and, perhaps, rappers everywhere), it seems that there are two basic courses of action: complain about how you don't get any shine and how everyone else is terrible, or just consistently make better music than your contemporaries. With that in mind, 10 of the local rap acts who regularly choose the latter were onstage at Saturday's CWMA Rap Showcase at The Complex.
Posted // March 2,2014 The band showcase at The Complex on Friday night was a powerful wrap-up to the 2014 CWMAs. With a lineup that featured Drew Danburry, Mideau, The Hollering Pines, Polytype and The Circulars, the evening was filled with a diverse selection of music as well as a few fun surprises.
Posted // February 28,2014 We bid February goodbye as quickly as we possibly could and dive head first into March's cavalcade of new music, but first we look back at a few remaining releases from this past month.
Posted // February 28,2014 The the open-format DJ Spin-off—the final DJ showcase of the 2014 CWMAs—happened Wednesday night, with killer sets from Justin Godina, DJ Bentley, DJ Matty Mo, DJ Battleship and DJ Handsome Hands going till 1 a.m. The DJ of the Year will be announced in next week's issue; meanwhile, check out these pictures from the DJ showcase from Andrew Fillmore and visit CityWeekly.net/CWMA for the latest on the remaining band and rap showcases.
Posted // February 27,2014 On Friday night, some outstanding local acts will light up the stage at Velour, and two of them are releasing brand-new music videos this week: funk/soul artist Mimi Knowles, who won Velour’s Winter Battle of the Bands in December, and indie-rock/jazz/hip-hop band The Vibrant Sound. Also in the lineup is rap outfit Better Taste Bureau, who is a contender at Saturday’s CWMA rap showcase.
Posted // February 23,2014 There are a lot of adjectives that could be applied to the CWMA band showcase on Saturday night at The Complex—but “boring” definitely isn’t one of them. Try "energetic," "engaging" and "passionate" instead. The evening featured sets from Westward the Tide, Wildcat Strike, The North Valley, Baby Gurl and Cornered by Zombies, as well as an interesting progression through genres, beginning with lighthearted folk rock and concluding with hope-crushing metal.
Posted // February 21,2014 The City Weekly Music Awards kicked off on Thursday at The Hotel with the EDM/House DJ Spin-Off. The evening included sets from Bello, Nate Lowpass, DJ Dizz, Mr. Vandal and DJ Loki, and photographer Tyler Cobb captured some of the top moments of the night. Join us at Zest Kitchen & Bar on Wednesday, Feb. 26, for the Open Format DJ Spin-Off.
Posted // February 18,2014 Four years have passed since Dark Tranquillity visited Utah, when they were the opening act for a Killswitch Engage and Devil Wears Prada show in 2010 at The Great Saltair. But on Saturday night, the Swedish band triumphantly returned as headliners with support from Omnium Gatherum and Exmortus to play In The Venue.
Posted // February 16,2014 After decades of lineup changes and comebacks, it seems only fitting that on Saturday night, the Pixies performed at a venue that has seen its own historic share of turmoil, The Great Saltair. The crowd was eclectic in both age and culture, and was ready to hear new material—from the Pixies’ recently released EP, EP2—and hopefully, an aural reminiscence by the godfathers of alternative. Luckily for all, it became apparent as the Pixies bounced from song to song, with almost no crowd interaction, that Black Francis and company were prepared to provide both for everyone.
Posted // February 14,2014 When terrible things happen in the world, it’s easy to feel powerless, like there’s nothing you can do to help. “What can I do?” you might ask yourself. “I’m just one person.” After Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in November 2013, the death toll topped out at 6,000 people with 1,800 missing, according to the Huffington Post.
Posted // February 11,2014 Happy Tuesday, music fans! This week's batch of new music has a strong English presence, as Brit bands Cheatahs (rock/punk), Temples (psych-rock) and Thumpers (alt-pop) all released new albums today. But there are also excellent new releases from Crosses (the side project of Deftones singer Chino Moreno) and Tuareg desert-rockers Tinariwen. Enjoy!
Posted // February 5,2014 The City Weekly Music Awards polls are now closed, and the people have spoken. Here are the bands*, rappers and DJs who will be performing at the CWMA showcases Feb. 20 through March 1. This list is current as of press time, but a few more acts will be added as they're confirmed. Stay tuned on CityWeekly.net and in the print paper for more information about the top 10 bands, rappers and showcases, as well the lineups of the specific band showcases. Congratulations to all the finalists!