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Best of Utah Music Winners Showcase: L'anarchiste, King Niko, Westward the Tide
In a couple of weeks, the 2015 Best of Utah Music awards (formerly the City Weekly Music Awards) will be in full swing. But before this year's batch of talented local bands, DJs and rappers/rap groups takes to the stage hoping to win the opportunity to perform at this summer's Twilight Concert Series, a trio of previous winners will come together for a concert where you'll get to see three champs onstage for only $5—that's just good math. Alt-rockers King Niko, 2011's winning band, have been bringing their fun, dance-y music to lots of local stages lately, and lead vocalist Ransom Wydner has been busy rockin' with King Niko as well as his new project, Zodiac Empire, which is releasing its debut album, Population, on Feb. 19. And folk-rock bands L'anarchiste (2013's winning band) and Westward the Tide (2014's winning band) are both hard at work on new music; L'anarchiste will soon release their debut full-length album, Giant, and Westward the Tide are about to head to Los Angeles to create the follow-up to 2014's Sorry Soul. (Kolbie Stonehocker) The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9 p.m., $5,; limited no-fee tickets available at


Heavenly Beat
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Heavenly Beat
Musician John Peña—a founding member of and the former bassist for New York City indie-rock band Beach Fossils—started Heavenly Beat merely as a side solo project. But not long after he released his debut album under the moniker in 2012, he departed Beach Fossils to work on Heavenly Beat full time, and he seems to have taken to the change in focus like a duck to water. A prolific music-maker, Peña has released not one but two albums as Heavenly Beat since his debut, Talent, came out, including 2013's Prominence and his latest, Eucharist, which came out in December. A quietly stunning album, Eucharist is a record you could dance to or mellow out to, as the sleek beats, floaty vocals and cool synths have the magical power to either move your feet or carry you away. Echo Era and Grand Banks will also perform. (Kolbie Stonehocker) Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (300 West), 8 p.m., $8,; limited no-fee tickets available at


Scott H. Biram
  • Scott H. Biram

Scott H. Biram
Even though he's often imitated, nobody does the one-man-band thing with more piss & vinegar, demented humor and hellbent energy than trucker-hat-wearing Texas bluesman Scott H. Biram. His onstage setup is deceivingly simple—not much more than a guitar, a harmonica, a wall of amps and a stomp box—but his kicker cocktail of gospel, metal, Delta blues and country will get you clappin' and hollerin' like you're at a backwoods tent revival. Biram's relatively mellow latest album, 2014's Nothin' But Blood, features more of his down-to-earth songwriting about topics like alcoholism and feeling iffy about organized religion. But to experience Biram at his most diabolical, turn up 2005's raw, murder-y The Dirty Old One Man Band, a collection of some of the greasiest, evilest and most entertaining songs you've ever heard—you'll see the light. Jesse Dayton is also on the bill. (Kolbie Stonehocker) The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 8 p.m., $13,


click to enlarge Sleater-Kinney
  • Sleater-Kinney

After a decade of silence since the 2005 release of The Woods, Portland, Ore.-based indie punk-rock legends Sleater-Kinney are back with a feminist juggernaut of an album, No Cities to Love, released in January. The album brings the band's '90s riot grrrl sound into the 21st century, but Sleater-Kinney still have plenty of raw and angsty momentum, which they use to deliver brassy lyrics that address social inequality and the underbelly of fame. Single "Surface Envy"—a tribute to relationships that's full of guitar riffs and raw vocals—was released during a Reddit AMA in December (fun fact: Reddit didn't even exist last time Sleater-Kinney released an album). For you youngsters, Sleater-Kinney is like a harsher punk version of Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Check out Sleater-Kinney's recent interview with the ladies from Broad City, in which they chatted about gender equality and their reunion. Lizzo completes the lineup. (Tiffany Frandsen) The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, 10 p.m., $25,


  • Broncho

Oklahoma pop/indie-rock trio Broncho—yes, pronounced exactly how it looks—easily could've thrown in the towel after their record label went under not long after the release of their debut album, 2011's Can't Get Past the Lips. But instead, they kept on trucking, and pretty soon, Broncho's luck began to change for the better. First, their track "It's On" was picked up by Lena Dunham for an episode of the HBO series Girls, which brought Broncho a lot of fresh attention. Riding that momentum, Broncho signed with Dine Alone Records and buckled down on putting together their sophomore album. The final product, 2014's Just Hip Enough to Be Woman, is a compelling blend of infectiously catchy, head-bobbing rhythms; hazy, fuzzed-out guitar; and a strong pop streak, which is especially apparent in the rapid-fire "do do do do do" chorus that punctuates winning single "Class Historian." (Kolbie Stonehocker) Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), 8 p.m., $7,

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