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Capturing the Culls

Vincent Draper makes his band "a real thing" with Night Light.

The Return of Music

Proposed rollout of 2021's shows and festivals.

Considering Crucialfest

A Salt Lake City heavy-music stalwart considers new approaches for a new era.

Capturing the Culls

Vincent Draper makes his band "a real thing" with Night Light.
Though he's dabbled in collaborative projects, and enlisted the help of friends for his own music, his own work has mostly been stripped-back, acoustic and burrowed in a woolen folk sound that was Draper-centric.

Viva Velour

Veterans of the Provo music venue recall its highlights, and hope it can survive pandemic closure.
Whether you've been in its velveteen, jewel-toned interior to see or play at shows, or you just know one of the many famed bands that came up there, everyone in Utah knows Velour.

Spring Songbirds

Looking at some of the best local singer/songwriters
To be a solo songwriter is to be a force all on one's own, and luckily SLC harbors several of them. Ranging from the super active to the slow-and-steady releasers, these local solo songbirds are simmering with potential that's worth keeping an eye on.

SpyHop's Pandemic Year

A quick shift to virtual kept students connected to musical mentors.
Director of Marketing and Community Relations Larissa Trout says, though, that the local non-profit quickly developed a beneficial system of response—one that hinges on simply showing up for their students, and building an environment in which students can show up, too.

A Beehive's True Collective

A restaurant and a live music venue collaborate on a vision for a radical future.
For many, the pandemic has been something of an incubator for innovation. That much is certainly true for the occupants of 666 S. State Street, where the dual DIY forces of The Beehive music venue and The Mark of the Beastro restaurant live together.

Q&A On a Year in Quar

Community members share hopes and wishes for what's next in the local music scene.
This week, City Weekly asked some questions of the local music community—whether they're players themselves, simple fans, or the kind of people who work in other capacities like managing venues, booking shows and otherwise doing the work to make our music scene what it is.

Expanding on the Social

Social Antidote continues supporting local artists by going "hybrid" with pre-recorded and live content.
"It will take some time before people feel comfortable going out to large gatherings," he said at the time. "New ideas and forms of entertainment will rise."

Seats at the Table

Paul Cardall celebrates a new heart with a new perspective on an inclusive world.
There aren't many who can make a career in classical music, much less while also suffering from a congenital heart disorder.

Busy Be the Hiveminded

No pandemic can get in the way of Salt Lake's new hip hop-centric recording studio.
Whether at home or through studios, local artists have kept writing music and recording it through the pandemic. And there's one local studio that's become quite the hub for helping to produce all this new music.

SPR3's Online Design

An SLC band of yore launches a time capsule of a website recalling the underground zine Chiaroscuro.
In the age of the internet, time moves fast, and things get forgotten. That makes the process of archiving a rather noble task, and one that's especially necessary for those looking to preserve ways of life that are gone now.

It's a Wonderwild Life

A new local label looks to incubate new local musical talent.
What a time it must be to be a young artist—or indeed, a young label. Besides figuring out how to make one's own music, newbies and industry vets alike have been forced to navigate a pandemic for nearly a year.

Addressing the Void

Blaq Void looks to create a label—and an identity—focused on supporting the local music community
Though it's been a barren year events-wise, the dance- and party-focused cadre still put on events like one "Enter the Void" party at Soundwell in October, that besides COVID regulations featured rules like "rage responsibly," "consent consent consent," "plan a safe ride home" and other very heartening advice.

New Year Reflections Pt. 2

More notes from the SLC music scene on 2020 (and 2021).
With 2020 behind us and 2021 now here, there's still a lot of reflecting going on in our music community. Read on for a few thoughts from a few more of its members below.

New Year Reflections Pt. 1

Notes from the local music scene on what we've been through and what's to come.
Who better to send us off from 2020 and into 2021 than SLC's own musical mainstays? Here we touch base with some folks City Weekly has talked to throughout this strange year—and some new ones—as we move into a new one.

2020's Sweet Singles

A taste of some of the best individual tunes from Utah musicians.
Utah musicians have been putting out a lot of music this year, and that includes singles. So, here is the roundup that spotlights the cream of 2020's crop.

To All a Blue Xmas

The documentary Jingle Bell Rocks! explores the weird, wild world of Christmas songs.
Dorough's distinctive, honeyed voice continues with its bebop ease over the tumbling of Davis's instrumentation: "Blue Christmas, that's the way you see it when you're feeling blue / Blue Xmas, when you're blue at Christmastime you see right through / all the waste, all the sham, all the haste / and plain old bad taste."


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