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Making the Whole World Cry

NVM expand their personal moody sound to put themselves in the listeners' shoes.

Grooving Underground

Salt Lake City sees new events and venues pop up as its population rises.

Class Reunion

After a separation, the members of Moodlite found their way back to playing together.

Making the Whole World Cry

NVM expand their personal moody sound to put themselves in the listeners' shoes.
While they started out in 2016 scratching an itch to write a few sad rock songs, St. George-based shoegaze number NVM have moved onto bigger goals—some as lofty as making the whole world cry.

Mercy of Music

Ophelia trailblazes an identity mixing songs with conceptual art.
After nearly two years, local dream pop artist Ophelia ( is releasing their debut EP Like a Lover on Saturday Feb. 15, emerging from an incubation period of personal growth and ready to stake a claim in the heart of Salt Lake's arts scene. The 22-year-old artist's dreamy synths are a bed for their avant-garde evangelism—a series of Kate Bush-esque reflections and responses to the world around them.

Bartenda's Choice

Following the Japanese vinyl bar model, Seabird offers a place to listen.
It's a chilly day that spurs me to immediately order a hot toddy from Matt Cantu, the bartender on duty who has been working in and managing bars around the valley for years. But this is his first time managing a vinyl bar—and at that, the only one in Salt Lake City.

A Music Editor's To-Do List

A personal reminder to expand my musical horizons.
Everyone at this point should know that streaming—even the same record by your favorite artist over and over—does basically nothing for the artist, earning them hardly a few cents per stream.

Writers Rank

City Weekly contributors make their picks for 2019's best new music.
Sasami's soft, measured voice translates an old rage tempered with acceptance, resulting in a smooth, scar-like starkness.

2020 Visions

Recommendations for ringing, singing and dancing in the new year.
Want more than just a glittering ball drop out of your New Year's Eve festivities? Sure you do.

'Tis the Season for Tunes

Gift ideas for the music lovers and music makers in your life.
But this is one guide where I'll avoid using the dollar-sign symbol and focus on one thing: how to cater to the music lovers and the music makers in your life.

The Art of a Show

Gold Blood Collective hosts a unique way for visual artists to benefit from live music.
When The Cold Year, Telesomniac and The California Queens come together for an upcoming show at Gold Blood Collective, it will be a little different than a normal performance.

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.

Best Budz

Don't judge Skumbudz by their name, but by their lively mix of rock and reggae.
"That was life changing, and something I will always remember."

Hail Yes

Sarah DeGraw Band leads a display that's about giving hard-working musicians a rollicking showcase.
"Hail, Hail rock 'n' roll/ deliver me from the days of old," Chuck Berry once implored.

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.


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