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Solo Sounds

In a time of isolation, Jacob Skeen shows the talents of an actual one-man band.


Exploring the reality of an extended closure of live-music venues—and the impacts on booking.

Mates for Life

First Daze's indie pop was born from one deep friendship.

Solo Sounds

In a time of isolation, Jacob Skeen shows the talents of an actual one-man band.
Not every individual has the guts to perfect the chaotic skill of playing a bunch of instruments at the same time, all while achieving a cohesive, filled-out sound. But prolific local artist Jacob T. Skeen does.

Building Bridges

Literally and metaphorically, KSM Music puts together the pieces of the Logan music community.
>In a small-town music scene, every little bit counts.

Dispatch from an Artist Town Hall

Creating a space for thinking about the past and future of local music.
The colloquialism "Small Lake City" is almost a proverb here, where everyone seems to know everyone. But that wasn't the case when I showed up this month to the first Artist Town Hall at Urban Lounge.

Ogden by Daylight

A chilly Sunday shows a town's music scene isn't defined only by what happens after dark.
My favorite place to get away from home for a day is Ogden. While SLC's historic downtown buildings have skyscraper neighbors and our slopes ooze silicon, Ogden's streets remain delightfully vintage, and their culture easygoing.

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.

Grooving Underground

Salt Lake City sees new events and venues pop up as its population rises.
If you're jonesing to groove to dark wave, disco, funky house or anything else a little different, look out for these names.

Class Reunion

After a separation, the members of Moodlite found their way back to playing together.
Have you ever experienced one of those movie-like moments where you're about to leave a place or a person and realize you really don't want to? Katya Schweiner certainly has.

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."


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