Conquer Monster Interview – Preview of Nov. 8-9 Illuminate Show

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Conquer Monster is an electronic synthwave, sci-fi music and multimedia duo heavily involved in the Salt Lake City local arts scene. Originally conceived as a music venture alone, Conquer Monster has morphed into a multi-dimensional project combining sci-fi electronica music and retro-futuristic hallucinogenic visual and performing art compositions. Members Joshua Faulkner and Daniel Romero have […]

Dirtwire Interview – Preview of Oct. 5 show

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Dirtwire can be considered the originator of the “Swamptronica” genre of music that draws from rock, blues and world instrumental music. Think desert Americana blues vocals with Asian inspirations sprinkled in with no holds barred on the range of instruments used (from African jaw harps to thrift store toy megaphones). Their music is a dance between […]

SURREALISTIC STORYTIME: A CATALYTIC REVIEW OF FLAMAGRA AND FLYING LOTUS 3D

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On August 15,  Flying Lotus (Steven Ellison) brought his 3D show to Salt Lake for the second time, and my only complaint was that the performance wasn’t longer.  Asked to define Flying Lotus’s music, I find myself stumbling over my words. “Uh…it lands somewhere between neurotic, avant-garde space-hip hop with occasional Nintendo samples, experimental, hallucination-inducing […]

Airing out some stale shit about being an artist on the road, critical reviews & telling your story: Valley Queen returns to Kilby Court August 12

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Before you even knew who Jenny Lewis, Modest Mouse, and Phantogram were, SLC’s longest running all-ages venue Kilby Court was there for them, serving as Salt Lake’s humble outpost for up-and-coming bands touring the West Coast. Big sounds with (presently) small names continue to flow through that space, including Los Angeles-based Americana/indie rock band Valley […]

KRCL Presents: Son Little at The State Room

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Son Little (aka Aaron Livingston), brings his gospel-inspired, blues and vintage soul music to his first SLC performance, Tues. Nov. 14, 2017 at The State Room, presented by KRCL. Livingston is touring his newest album, New Magic, which was released in September 2017. Born out of the need for an artist’s time for creative isolation, […]

“Woman Comes First” tour with female-fronted bands HIRIE and Nattali Rize come to Utah

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Some divine feminine sounds and souls will be moving through Salt Lake City this Sunday night, Nov. 12, at Elevate. Throughout November, the “Woman Comes First” tour is putting two female fire-powers in the spotlight: HIRIE’s Trish Tacon, and Nattali Rize. Reggae, a genre often dominated by male musicians, is the platform where HIRIE, San […]

Sounds of Mali in Utah: Tinariwen and Vieux Fara Touré

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Two of Mali’s great musical forces are headed to Utah this spring: Grammy-award-winning Tuareg refugee rock and desert blues band Tinariwen and rock-reggae musician Vieux Farka Touré (son of legendary Malian blues musician, Ali Farka Touré). Mali has received much attention for its impact on the World music genre, largely thanks to Tinariwen and Vieux […]

Change Agents: A Music-Centric Community

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Listening to music can be a profoundly ecstatic experience. So it’s no great surprise that researchers have found listening to music floods our brains with dopamine even long after the song has ended. Music is also, as most of us have experienced, a potent social glue. If you’ve ever been to a crowded concert hall, […]

 
 
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