MUSIC PICKS OCT 5 - 11 | Music Picks | Salt Lake City Weekly


Keys N Krates @ Soundwell 10/5, Knock2 @ SECRET WAREHOUSE 10/6, Neon Trees @ The Complex 10/7, and more.

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Keys N Krates @ Soundwell 10/5
Canadian electronic music band Keys N Krates is known for their live hip-hop with heavy bass beats. The group—featuring drummer Adam Tune, keyboardist David Matisse and the internationally-awarded turntablist, Jr. Flo (Greg Dawson)—first broke into the mainstream with the EP SOLOW in 2013, which included hit singles "Dum Dee Dum" and "Treat me Right," and received support from major electronic music artists including Diplo, Major Lazer and Flosstradamus. Each member brings their respective musical talents together for a bass-centric, sample-driven sound, melding the realms of electronic, hip-hop, grime, trap, house and UK bass music. The trio is unique for combining live instrumentation, turntablism and live sampling to remix existing music samples with top-notch synthesizing. Their most recent album, Original Classic, was released in 2021 on Last Gang Records, and is full of Brazilian beats and Bollywood samples, marking an astounding continuation of their open experimentation in music. For over a decade, Keys N Krates have built a reputation for hybrid dance music with performances at the Electric Zoo, Lollapalooza, TomorrowWorld and Sonar festivals, as well as headlining tours. SLC's Live Nite Events (LNE) brings the trio to Salt Lake City for a night full of dancing at Soundwell on Thursday, Oct 5 at 8:30 p.m., doors at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $10 (limited quantity available at press time), General Admission $20. Go to (Arica Roberts)

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One of the biggest breakout EDM DJs of last year was Richard Nakhonethap, AKA, Knock2. His bass/house music with trap influence brings a massive party energy that has gained him an incredible fan base in a short time. In 2021, he had no playlisting or shows due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, yet his iconic bass house anthem dashstar* found major online success. As shows and festivals returned in 2022, there has been high demand to see the live energy of his music. Knock2 secured the third slot on the EDCLV 2023 "most played" list, and has gained support from the likes of DJ Snake, Tiesto and Joyryde. Knock2 launched his debut headline show experience, Room202, to a sold-out Los Angeles audience. Room 202 is a conceptual warehouse show that prioritizes an intimate experience over the typical high-production concert that currently dominates dance music. The impact has been immediate; his debut headline tour includes shows in London and across the country instantly selling out. This show marks a continuation of the Room202 experience, and will feature the massive anthems "MAKE U SWEAT!" and "rock ur world" from the widely acclaimed Room202 EP. Knock2 performs at a secret warehouse location (1442 S. 700 West) in downtown SLC on Friday, Oct 6 at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $30. Go to (Arica Roberts)

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Neon Trees @ The Complex 10/7
It's always exciting to see Utah bands who have gone off to do great things come back home for a visit. Provo natives Neon Trees are making their way back to SLC (not quite home, but close) for a fun night celebrating an upcoming project. Neon Trees dropped a brand new single, "Losing My Head," in September, following their June release "Favorite Daze." The Trees are gearing up for an upcoming album, coming in 2024, with no set date as of yet. "Losing My Head" was the first track written for the new album, and it sets the tone for the rest to come. "I found in destroying everything I once held to be the foundation of my life, my moral compass. Instead of a prison of my own design, I found freedom in not knowing exactly what's going to happen next, not knowing exactly the point of life, or my own purpose," said vocalist Tyler Glenn of the single. "I had freedom to rebuild: to look at relationships and see what ones were actually vital, and what ones were draining me of my energy. To look at systems put in place that actually oppress me and limit me, systems that never had space or consideration for me in the first place. To ask hard questions, to lose ego, to get angry, to ditch apathy." Come check out Neon Trees as they return home with their new jams. Laundry Days and Silent Rivals open on Saturday, Oct 7 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $29.50 each and can be found at (Emilee Atkinson)

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Bad Religion @ The Union 10/10
One might expect that any band could sweeten its sound with time—or not. Bad Religion was formed in 1980 by Brett Gurewitz, Greg Graffin and Jay Bentley, and while the band has gone through multiple line-up changes, their specific "fuck what you've been told; trust no authority, big words are fun," message is still perfect for punk youth and aging rockers alike. Bad Religion is still fighting against the status quo, while having fun playing their decades of hits. "I just think that a long view of the genre will prove, if you want to analyze it, that punk is a resilient art form and it's had many kinds of ebbs and flows," Graffin told SPIN last year. "It's gone in directions nobody could have predicted, and that has not destroyed my desire, one bit, to continue making contributions to it." Their current tour coincides with the 30th anniversary of the band's album Recipe for Hate, which reaches peaks beyond some of their other more popular records; "American Jesus" and "Skyscraper" are up there with the best songs they've ever written. If you have never seen them live, their concerts are a place where everything stops, and for hours, it's all singalong camaraderie, arm-in-arm with strangers yelling in unison. Take my money already. Dwarves and Speed of Light open. Catch all of these acts at The Union on Tuesday, Oct 10. Doors at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $39.50 and can be found at (Mark Dago)

Tool @ Delta Center 10/11
The mighty Tool are making their way to SLC on a huge tour this fall, continuing to celebrate the anniversary of their debut 1992 EP Opiate that they started in 2022. Last year marked the huge milestone, and to commemorate the release, they put out "Opiate 2," a reimagining of EP's title track. So what is there to say about Tool that hasn't been said already? The legendary group debuted over three decades ago, and have firmly cemented themselves into rock/metal history. They are good at keeping their fans hungry, though, that's for sure. With a massive 13-year gap between albums from 2006 to 2019, and from 2019 to last year with that lone single, they know how to keep dedicated fans hooked—but perhaps that's what makes Tool so special. Not having too much of a good thing is just fine. Whether you first heard "Schism" in 2001, or are hearing it for the first time today, you're still going to be blown away by the musicianship, technical ability and pure face-melting sounds they dole out. Come out to see them at the recently re-dubbed Delta Center on Wednesday, Oct 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $65-150, and can be found at (EA)

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