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Back in the Motherland

Cole Barnson returns to Utah and reboots his musical career with Kasadoom.

Existing Loudly

Talia Keys & The Love look back on a year of growth and forward to living out loud.

Avant-Garde For All

BYU professor and composer Christian Asplund curates experimental performances for the people with Avant Vespers series.

The Best of 2018

Looking back on a jam-packed year of music.
This could easily stretch from the six choices here to 60 or even 600, but these moments stand out in my mind

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A Second Family

Local promoter Jordan Clements fights for belonging and diversity.
For Jordan Clements, founder and owner of JRC Events, promoting drag shows and alternative bands has become something of a statement in a metropolis notable for its religious culture and strict liquor laws.

Drifting and Settling

Charting folk singer and guitarist Tom Brosseau's path from North Dakota to Utah.
Although he toured the West Coast a little over the summer, Brousseau says he's cherished the quietude his new family has allowed him.

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Home Again

Jerry Joseph traces his routes—and his roots—back to Utah.
Nevertheless, he admits that Utah made an indelible impression on him early on—one that lingers even now.

Music Monday 12/3: Jim Brickman, Atreyu, Joshua James, Duncan Phillips and more

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Heavy Happenstance

City Ghost crafts blissful beauty out of rock riffs and a vocalist's folk roots.
Armed with an electric guitar handed down from her dad and a notebook full of songs she'd started writing while performing as a solo artist, the 27-year-old just didn't know how that collaboration would come about.

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Mysterious Luxury

Ivouries make their mark from Salt Lake City to China.
Local bands abound, but it's rare to stumble across an excellent one whose drummer you had a crush on back in your Snow College days.

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Music industry veteran Kevin Packard has done it all.

Strength in Numbers

Julien Baker discusses energy and empowerment in her new collaboration with Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus.
Supergroups don't just appear out of thin air. Even if their music materializes out of nowhere, feeling fully formed, you can rest assured that a lot of behind-the-scenes went into said supergroup's creation.

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Return of the Rad Shack

Dalin Shepherd and Albert Vargas breathe new life into beloved Provo venue.
The original Rad Shack started as a practice space for Shepherd's bands Famous Friends and Strangely OK, then morphed into a free DIY venue in the winter of 2016-17 when Muse Music closed.

Transformative Stew

Tank and the Bangas stir a mix of New Orleans flavors into their boisterous, versatile sound.
But it's their extra flavors—frontwoman Tarriona "Tank" Ball's spoken-word philosophizing and livewire theatricality, her backup band's mix of technical expertise and call-and-response alchemy—that make Tank and the Bangas' musical concoction so tasty.

Finding His Balance

Josh Groban returns to the road, reinvigorated by time spent on stage and on camera.
No longer just an adult contemporary heartthrob with a beautiful high lyric baritone, the 37-year-old Groban is entering prime Renaissance man territory.


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