Sundance Film Festival 2015 Music 

Who's playing and where this year

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Everybody knows that the Sundance Film Festival is like Christmas for lovers of independent film, but there's plenty for music fans to enjoy, too—after all, you gotta give those peepers a rest from constant movie-watching.

So, between hustling from theater to theater, duck into the SLC Festival Cafe in downtown Salt Lake City and the Sundance ASCAP Music Cafe in Park City, and experience Sundance's musical side Jan. 23-31. For updates, follow @visitsaltlake and @ASCAP on Twitter.

Centrally located between the downtown festival venues of Broadway Centre Cinemas and the Rose Wagner Center, the SLC Festival Cafe (Sicilia Pizza Kitchen, 35 W. 300 South, 801-961-7077, will feature an all-local lineup. Admission is free to all (no credentials needed), but seating is limited, so arrive at 8:30 p.m. sharp for all shows, then grab a slice of pizza and a beer, and enjoy. The lineup spans multiple genres, and features a lot of great local names: Hypnotic gypsy-punk band Juana Ghani will perform Jan. 23; Americana/folk band Devil's Club will perform Jan. 24; country-rock/psych outfit Triggers & Slips will play Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m.; Katya Murafa will perform violin-laced trip-hop Jan. 26; blues/alt-country artist John Thomas Draper will do a solo set Jan. 27; jazz/pop-rock group The Fence will perform Jan. 28; blues/Americana twosome Dusty Boxcars (John Thomas Draper & Kerry Strazdins) will play Jan. 29; rock group The B.D. Howes Band will perform Jan. 30; and video-game-influenced rapper Mark Dago will perform Jan. 31.

The 17th-annual ASCAP Music Cafe (Rich Haines Gallery, 751 Main, 435-647-3881, in Park City will be open to festival-credential holders 21 and over and host an extensive selection of national musicians, many of which have music featured in films being screened at this year's festival. The full lineup is too extensive to list here (visit for the whole enchilada), but there are some highlights worth noting.

Andrew Dost of Fun., whose music can be heard in the film The D Train, will perform at 3:20 p.m. on Jan. 24-25. Los Angeles indie-pop brother & sister duo The Belle Brigade—whose upcoming album, Just Because (due out in March) sounds really catchy—will play at 3:20 p.m. on Jan. 29 and 2 p.m. on Jan. 30. San Francisco group The Family Crest have a rich sound that combines rock and heavy orchestral elements, and you can catch them at 4:40 p.m. on Jan. 25-26. And although folk/Americana duo Jamestown Revival are originally from Texas, they have strong ties to Utah since they lived here temporarily in a mountain-bound cabin while recording their latest album, 2014's Utah. Jamestown Revival will most likely play some of that material when they perform at 3:20 p.m. on Jan. 23 and 4 p.m. on Jan. 24.

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