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Live Music Picks: May 25-31

Ballyhoo!, Dave Bowen Quartet, Cool Ghouls and more.

Live Music Picks: May 18-24

Mono, Hot Tuna, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas and more.

Live Music Picks: May 11-17

Sweet Spirit, Eagle Twin, Flogging Molly and more.

Live Music Picks: May 4-10

Brother Ali, Prong, Kiefer Sutherland and more.
Much more than just "the albino rapper," Brother Ali is bringing The Own Light Tour to Salt Lake City.

Live Music Picks: April 27-May 3

Jon Gudmunson, The Bad Signs, Chance the Rapper and more.
Baritone saxophonist Jon Gudmunson, director of jazz studies at Utah State University, leads a quartet of his fellow faculty members.

Live Music Picks: April 20-26

Beats Antique, Tango West, Snoop Dogg and more.
Credit Beats Antique with applying a certain truth in advertising. The beat quotient is a constant and, as for the antique reference, they affirm a certain reverence for the roots.

Live Music Picks: April 13-19

Real Estate, DJ Quik, Brant Bjork, Nellie McKay and more.
This is not Sunny Day Real Estate but, in their own way, this New Jersey band is as tuneful as that '90s not-Nirvana outfit.

Live Music Picks: April 6-12

Liquid's Latin Rock Fest, Zeke, Conquer Monster, Neil Diamond and more
Exciting things are happening in the local rock en Español scene, including these (usually) monthly showcases of Mexican bands like Cenizas Ajenas, La Calavera, Leyenda Oculta, Musor and De Despedida.

Live Music Picks: March 30-April 5

Modern English, Primitive Programme, Regina Spektor, STS9 and more
Music history quiz: What popular British new wave/post-punk band began life as The Lepers? Modern English! (Did the header give it away?) But did you know that, as The Lepers, the English band's sound had more in common with post-punk gloom merchants Joy Division than the sunny synth-pop heard on Modern English's 1982 hit "I Melt With You," which made them a flagship band of the '80s, a time when the Union Jack again ruled the musical world.

Live Music Picks: March 23-29

The Infamous Stringdusters, Ghost of Paul Revere, Mighty Mystic, Red Sage and more
Founded in Charlottesville, Va., in 2006, the Infamous Stringdusters navigate the path between traditional bluegrass and a modern jam-band aesthetic. The quintet builds its music on a foundation of old-time folk and bluegrass, and its arrangements allow for plenty of jamming in a live setting.

Live Music Picks: March 16-22

Moving Units, Terrance Simien, Castle, Goya and more
We always say how everything cool comes around again, meaning that when something—a sound, a style—goes out of vogue, if there was anything to it, it'll be resurrected at some point.

Live Music Picks: March 9-15

Umphrey's McGee, The Lox, Murda, Erasole James and more.
There's hope for all you cover band wannabes yet!

Live Music Picks: March 2-8

Pure Prairie League, Tennis, The Cadillac Three, Martin Sexton and more.
Had they done nothing more than record the '70s radio staple "Amie," Pure Prairie League would still be guaranteed enduring immortality.

LIVE: Music Picks, Feb 23-March 1

Pharoahe Monch, Stef Chura, Stevie Nicks
Known for their clever rhyme schemes and a knack for choosing compelling beats, the MCs on this bill represent three of underground hip-hop's most overlooked but relevant artists.

LIVE: Music Picks, Feb. 16-22

Al Stewart, Kate MacLeod, L.A. Guns, and more
It once seemed surprising that an unassuming Scotch-English folkie like Al Stewart would end up with a mega Top 40 hit, given an early musical style that so closely tapped traditional templates. Nevertheless, when it was released in July 1976, Stewart's seventh album Year of the Cat (RCA) and its title track—with those infectious guitar and sax solos—made this unassuming singer-songwriter a household name.

LIVE: Music Picks, Feb. 9-15

The Rock Princess Trio, Mike Doughty, Run the Jewels, and more
Sofia Scott emerged from the suburbs of Salt Lake City to fill a niche as a femmale musician and performer, and become a local pioneer in the relatively new genre of trans rock. After appearing solo last fall at the SLC SlutWalk and the Dark Arts Festival, The Rock Princess returns with a trio to rock thrice as hard.

LIVE: Music Picks, Feb. 2-8

Jake Shimabukuro, Pepper, Intra-Venus & the Cosmonauts and more
Despite his modest following in Japan, the 40-year-old ukulele virtuoso was virtually unknown to the rest of the world until a YouTube clip of him performing the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" garnered 12 million views and suddenly made him an internet sensation, as well as an international star.

LIVE: Music Picks, Jan. 25-31

The Album Leaf, Shooter Jennings, AFI, and more
THURSDAY 1.26 The Album Leaf, New Shack You could call the music Jimmy LaVelle makes as The Album Leaf a few different things: electronic, ambient, post-rock, post-1980s-soundtrack-era Tangerine Dream and probably several other things. What it is, really, is aural medicine.

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