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Enjoying Music at the End of the World

New ways of thinking about music in a "new normal"

Dancing in the Street

Our Streets SLC turns social action into a family-friendly party

Acing the New Normal

Provo's The Aces get real in their new music and their new activist sensibility

Enjoying Music at the End of the World

New ways of thinking about music in a "new normal"
These past months of the pandemic have found me enjoying music in new and strange ways I never thought I would, from gazing up at a rooftop where some friends play music obscured to finally getting pop music.

Reaching Higher

Jay Warren balances working hard on music and working hard for social justice".
For many artists, the pandemic—as well as heightened focus on discourses about race and inequality—has stalled creative efforts. It's not as easy to find artists who are pushing forward and continuing to make themselves both seen and heard.

Streams from the Station

Jazz at the Station finds a way to continue bringing "survival music" to the public.
In 1998, pretty much the only places to see jazz music locally were the 21+ clubs—which presented a problem for students in the jazz appreciation program at Weber State University, who were required to see a handful of shows per course.

A Sound of the Times

New music explores this moment's sense of upheaval
It may be premature to pinpoint 2020 as one of the most historically unrestful years since the famously chaotic 1968, but that's certainly what it feels like.

Music Making History

Energize your social conscience with documentaries about the music of revolutions.
In honor of both Pride Month and the ongoing (and now-global) uprisings against systemic racism and police brutality, below are some educational and quite fine documentaries about the music that provided the soundtrack for social movements, singing out the struggles against homophobia, racism and repression in years past.

Reflections on Blackout Tuesday

The local music industry considers better ways to elevate Black voices.
In case a global pandemic wasn't enough to rock the music industry, it's now part of a global conversation about racism—and fittingly, too, since most music we all love and enjoy today came from generations of Black creativity.

Blooming Through the Cracks

The National Parks get creative promoting the hopeful musical message of Wildflower.
One of music's greatest attributes is its ability to envelop expansiveness—something that can be experienced in the indie folk of Utah's own The National Parks.

When the Going Gets Gold

Gold Blood Collective's multi-faceted business model keeps them alive in hard times.
While many local venues—from the established to the tiny—face the problem of how to keep making rent while left without income from shows, that isn't really the case for local DIY spot Gold Blood Collective.

Bandcamp or Bust

Catch up with new music by local arts on Bandcamp's day.
For the past few months, Bandcamp has been doing its part to help small artists gain back some of the income lost from canceled tours and shows by waiving fees for 24-hours at the beginning of each month.

Staying Power

Music venues are forced to stand together to survive the economic cost of the pandemic
Sometimes, having a finger in every pot can actually just mean you have a real stake in something broader.

Camping Virtually

Salt Lake City's Rock Camp takes its mission to support the creativity of marginalized youth online.
The bustling noise of nightlife and live music has been replaced by an eerie silence that now fills the many venues and bars of Salt Lake. Not only are there no concerts to attend, but many non-profit music camps serving kids have shut their doors for safety as well.

New Normals

Local record shops adapt to the pandemic with ideas they might just keep going.
The business of selling music has been uniquely impacted—record stores, generally places to go and linger while crate-sifting, have gotten crafty in the face of COVID-19. They're also now considering what changes are worth keeping for the future.

Love Cycles

Choir Boy explores beginnings, endings and creating your own happiness on Gathering Swans
At this point, local band Choir Boy isn't just a common name around town, but in indie music communities all over the world.

Antidotes for Artists

Musicians get creative to find income streams during the pandemic
It's a scrappy way to earn that requires a constant creative approach to money-making and sensing opportunity, even as the loss of avenues for playing live music leaves musicians—including many locals—struggling.

Lonely Wanderer

Branson Anderson finds sincerity in his own sense of isolation.
The release of his video for "To Kill a Mockingbird" (out Wednesday, April 15) confirms visually what his music suggests—that Anderson knows the value of going it alone, and getting to know oneself along the way.

Hel is a Place Online

And while most people are finding fresh new ways of getting online inspired by not being able to go out, the artists of local electronic label Hel Audio are way ahead of the curve.

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