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A Vision of Collaboration

Sound & Vision pairs musicians with filmmakers for music video production.

Best Budz

Don't judge Skumbudz by their name, but by their lively mix of rock and reggae.

Hail Yes

Sarah DeGraw Band leads a display that's about giving hard-working musicians a rollicking showcase.

A Vision of Collaboration

Sound & Vision pairs musicians with filmmakers for music video production.
Music videos often seem to come after some time has passed, after the artist has established themselves somewhat.

In the House

SoFar Sounds brings a different kind of live music concept to SLC.
Nothing is immune to app adaptation these days. Enter: SoFar Sounds—an app where you enter a lottery for randomly-selected tickets to a secret show, with a secret venue, and the info is only revealed about two days in advance.

Dome Sweet Dome

Conquer Monster takes their experimental work to an unusual venue: Clark Planetarium's dome theater.
Sound bites straight out of the likes of an Isaac Asimov novel provide a pulpy, moody atmosphere for music that feels primed for adventurous undertakings—like attempting to transport their fans' attention skyward.

Ghosts of Venues Past

A Halloween remembrance of Utah live-music spots that have gone to the other side.
The five-year anniversary of Burt's closing got me thinking about all the other spots that have fallen apart, too, buckling the way things often do in a precariously small music scene.

Into the Mystic

You can soak in some happy tunes in Monroe before you soak in the hot springs.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a small, rural town in Utah that harbors something more special than Monroe does. It has red rocks on one end of the valley, blue mountains on the other, and some of the coolest (not temperature-wise) hot springs in the Intermountain West: Mystic Hot Springs.

No Krooked Path to Success

Krooked Kings find their sound flying by the seat of their pants.
The result is a surprisingly smooth output of indie-rock with a deftly delivered dose of surf that doesn't tip into the region of jangled-out pop that most self-described surf bands deliver.

Joined Voices

Sacred Harp unites singers of all kinds in beautiful vintage songs.
I recently visited two all-day events called singing over a weekend in late September where for the first time in about 15 years, the local Sacred Harp community played host to singers from around the U.S.

October's Musical Thrills

Get in the Halloween spirit with a few tunefully terrifying offerings.
Tinkling, almost-Christmas-y bells give way to low, ominous, throaty bass poings, and truly unsettling goblin-like whispers that build alongside the plucking of guitars and a mandolin-like instrument called a bouzouki.

Locals Only

Crucialfest 9 returns to a focus on heavy Utah bands.
The ticket price is also more reasonable: $6 per day compared to the $50 per day prices of Crucialfest 8.

Living (In) the Dream

Peasantries and Pleasantries is more than a music store to Parker Yates—it's a home.
Owner Parker Yates actually calls his little spot on the corner of (in fact) 8th and 8th "9th Heights," despite it actually being west of 900 East.

Pulled Together

A little initial friction didn't prevent the members of Gravity Castle from finding a creative collaboration.
Artists like Provo-based duo Gravity Castle prove that there are exceptions to that norm.

Inside the Sound

Envelop turns a hot, hectic day into a chance for sonic repose.
San Francisco-based nonprofit Envelop has finally settled on a place to open a new venue locally at 660 N. 300 West in Marmalade.

Summer's Last Dance

Options to get your groove on before a chill is in the air.
Here are four great places to get in one more night of dancing before summer ends, and you don't have to worry about checking your coat everywhere you go.

Dudes to the Back

An educational rant for guys who like music from a girl music editor.
I, a powerful, music-loving woman, watched Rundle, a powerful woman who plays music, from behind and between the shoulders of two tall men in front of me.

Rockin' and Rustlin'

The headliners for Utah Beer Festival's after-parties know how to bring the good times.
At City Weekly's own Utah Beer Festival, you can enjoy a vast selection of beers and local music.

From Busk Till Dawn

Busker Fest celebrates the vitality street performance brings to a city.
Buskers fill a city with a sound that's often as omnipresent as that of traffic—always distant or too-close, always around the corner, bouncing off the concrete and the buildings.


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