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  • Band of Skulls

    • Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 08:00 PM
    • Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City, UT

    With: Demob Happy It takes only seconds of Band of Skulls’ fifth album, Love Is All You Love, to realise that they are no longer the band you thought they were. Carnivorous begins with a fanfare of synths, which lead into a pounding, throbbing dancefloor bassline, an Arabesque lead guitar figure, and electronic percussion patterns – yet underneath it all there’s still a blisteringly powerful rock’n’roll band. “Carnivorous opened the window for the thought: What can we do now? What are we capable of?” says bassist and singer Emma Richardson. “It was the first step towards taking a risk, and it was an exciting feeling early on that led to the album going down this path.” This path is one in which the best bits of the Band of Skulls who have established themselves as one of Britain’s most exciting and successful rock’n’roll bands are meshed with something new. The result is an album that doesn’t skimp on the force of overdriven guitars, but combines the sounds of a live band with electronic programming and the pop genius of producer Richard X (M.I.A., Goldfrapp, Sugababes, Pet Shop Boys) to create a record that sounds like a band reborn. That Band of Skulls was going to have to change was inevitable once drummer Matt Hayward told RIchardson and singer/guitarist Russell Marsden he was leaving the group at the end of 2016, once they had finished touring their fourth album, By Default. “We became a songwriting duo,” Marsden says, “which has a completely different feel to being a songwriting band. We didn’t know what that felt like until it happened and it changed the dynamic of the creative process.” Instead of three creative people in competition to push their ideas forward, Band of Skulls became more collaborative in their writing, with Richardson and Marsden bouncing ideas off each other from their respective home studios in Southampton through the first part of 2017, and embracing new ideas in their composition. “We started work using drum machines and different electronic ways to write,” Richardson says. Marsden adds: “We're singers and guitar players, so getting our hands on in that department was exciting and challenging. That was the beginning of this. I think the record's feel is different because we had to wrangle it out of something.” In summer 2017 they teamed up with RIchard X for sporadic sessions at Miloco Studios in London, and set about the next phase. “By the end it was more of a collaboration than a traditional artist-producer relationship,” Marsden says. “It wasn’t forced – it was very natural. And the best ideas won out.” The duo then went back to their home studios for a second wave of writing that produced some of the album’s standouts – We’re Alive, the title track, and Cool Your Battles. But what they didn’t have was a Band of Skulls record – they had a huge array of demos, and a load of electronic programming. The next step, in early 2018, was to go to Smokestack Studios in Nashville for live tracking, with Julian Dorio of Eagles of Death Metal filling in on drums. This wasn’t to finish the record, but to bring out the second element of Love Is All You Love: the rock band. “We took the tapes back to London, without anyone knowing what they were going to be,” Marsden says. “There were some songs that had been really transformed in Nashville: Love Is All You Love got another level of soul with that human element, from not being so precise. And Sound of You really changed. Before it had a minimal electro drumkit, but Julian added something that really humanised it, and it an amazing subtlety that wasn’t there before.” That was the traditional part of the production. “Everything else was not traditional at all,” Marsden says. “But it was important to us to have that layer in the record, and that live feel.” But the real alchemy was yet to come. Back in the UK, the band teamed up again with Richard X (who hadn’t come to Nashville) where they set about taking the three sets of elements they had accumulated – their home demos, their work at Miloco, and the Nashville band tracking sessions – and combining them into a coherent whole. “It started out as trial and error,” Richardson says, “and then it transformed into a fully-fledged idea of combining the live and electronic elements.” Richard X is credited as a co-writer on four songs (Sound of You, Thanks a Lot, Gold, and That’s My Trouble, which, oddly, is one of the album’s most straightahead rock songs), but it was his input across all 10 songs that gave the album its bright, shiny, accessible sound. “That’s totally down to him,” Marsden says. “We’re lofi by nature. Everything we brought to him was lofi – maybe uncomfortably lofi by his standards – so that was his challenge. We were distorting synths, and hiding huge modular synths under the basslines of some of the songs. Even in a rock song like That’s My Trouble, the guitars are treated like synths – that’s the way he conceived it. In the end, the final feel of a record is down to the producer, but there’s an element that’s always the band that stays relatively consistent.” Lyrically, Love Is All You Love is affected by our troubled times. “It influences you whether you like it or not,” Richardson says. “You get affected by the fear of it all and that sense of powerlessness. But there was a concerted effort not to make a depressing record about it all, because I don’t think anyone wants to hear a dark, depressing record about these times. We wanted to have that feeling of euphoria in song, because we weren’t getting it anywhere.” So songs such as Cool Your Battles, Love Is All You Love and We’re Alive are more about finding unity and shared humanity than howling into the existential void. “We’re focussing on the positive,” Richardson says. “There’s so much, and people don’t often focus on the positive. I think that’s to our detriment sometimes. Music, as well as making you think, should entertain and uplift, as well as making a statement. It’s supposed to make you feel something, and if you can make someone feel better about interacting with other people, that’s a good thing.” Love Is All You Love charts bold new ground for Band of Skulls: a tough rock’n’roll record with gleaming pop hooks; an album where melancholy and euphoria combine in equal measure. It’s an album that points a way forward, something the band themselves recognise. “It's so important if you're working in any creative field to stop and look back and then put yourself under pressure to try something you've never done before, because usually that's when the best work comes, when you don't know what's going to happen next,” Richardson says. “If you try something you haven't done, it reveals what you could do in the future. If you take risks, you come up with more ideas – things are flowing now, and we've already started writing the next album.” For now, though, Love Is All You Love is something to, well, love.

  • Jim Fish with Mountain Country

    • Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 09:00 PM
    • Garage on Beck in Salt Lake City, UT

    Summer ends with a STOMP at the Garage On Beck this Saturday night with Mountain Country bending strings and singing things. One of Utah's favorite Americana acoustic bands doing their thing at Salt Lake City's favorite roadhouse grill makes for a beat in your boot kinda night that'll set your mind right.  ~ $5 Cover & 21+  

  • Mandalas & Mimosas - Rock Painting

    Adult Event: Ages 21+ ONLY Mandalas & mimosas are the perfect pair! Join us for a day of inspired relaxation as we paint mandalas on beach stones! This class will feature a presentation on Mandalas, their meaning and history, as well as many different styles of Mandalas that you can consider painting on your rocks. The cost includes all of the materials you will need: natural beach stones, paints, brushes, and inspiration! You can make as many Mandala Rocks as you want in the time we meet. Keep them for yourself or give them away as gifts!

  • Periphery @ The Complex

    • Monday, September 30, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    • The Complex in Salt Lake City, UT
    The Noise Presents Periphery

    The Noise Presents Periphery HAIL STAN: North America 2019 Special Guests Veil Of Maya Covet Doors: 6:00 PM Show: 7:00 PM  

  • Thriller

    Odyssey Dance Theatre will present its smash Halloween Hit Thriller in 5 locations this year. This year’s show will have all of the favorite pieces from the past – Thriller, The Curse of the Mummy, Dem Bones, Frankenstein, Jason Jam, Salem’s Mass, & The Lost Boys – plus a few new surprises. Get your tickets early, because most of the performances sold out last year! This show has it all – frights, amazement, scares and lots of laughs. Come and join this spectacular Halloween tradition and see what everyone is talking about – Odyssey Dance Theatre’s Thriller!

  • Plague Vendor

    • Monday, September 30, 2019 at 07:00 PM
    • Kilby Court in Salt Lake City, UT

    When Plague Vendor were about make their new album By Night, singer Brandon Blaine didn’t exactly know what he wanted it to sound like, but he did know what he wanted it to look like. “A house that’s falling apart but lit up like crazy,” he says now, six months after finishing a record that captures that exact feeling of ruin and regeneration, of charisma and catastrophe and of slashing at the night with nothing but pure electricity. Where 2016’s BLOODSWEAT ended with a to-be-continued moment and Blaine shouting “Romance!” into the silence, By Night ends with a second of feedback and noise. It's a perfectly spent finish to an adrenaline rush of a record that asks, “What just happened?” Plague Vendor are already used to making nothing into something. It’s a place where the only way things happen is if you make them happen. A fearless our-way-is-the-hard-way work ethic and famously physical live shows won the band a ferocious fan base, a flash-bang debut album and place of pride on the Epitaph Records roster. When they called that album BLOODSWEAT they might’ve just been explaining what it took to make it. (Or they could’ve just been talking about those live shows.) And when they stepped back into the studio in the late summer of 2018, they were ready again to do something new. They spent eleven days locked in at Hollywood’s legendary EastWest Studios (Brian Wilson, Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop) with St Vincent/Chelsea Wolfe producer John Congleton, with all visitors banned and all distraction eliminated. (Well, one blood relative has was allowed once.) They had the instinct to delay the sessions until they knew they could get Congleton, and when they met, they connected intensely and instantly, more like co-conspirators than colleagues. They would even complete each other’s sentences, says drummer Luke Perine. With Congleton’s precision production, they found their own way between the powerful-but-too-polished sound of right now and the engaging-but-aging reinterpretations of classic punk/rock albums of the 60s and 70. And with Congleton’s limitless encouragement, they did things Plague Vendor never did before: chorused bass in endless waves, lightning-strike flashes of synth, motorik man-machine drums that sound inhuman and human at once and even a string section that’ll be a surprise if they ever do it live. “We knew we could trust him to take us as far as we wanted,” says Perine, and inspired by the opportunity, the band stretched and warped their songs, discovering a merciless sense of tension and apprehension that set every moment on edge. (That’s how they play live, too, says bassist Michael Perez: “It’s all a performance—building energy and releasing it.”) Blaine broke out new vocal ideas, new vocal styles, new depths of imagery and intensity that feel like flashbacks instead of pop songs. If BLOODSWEAT was a primal scream, By Night would be a precision attack. And, says Blaine, “I had my ammunition ready.” The record starts like you’re in the studio with them. There’s a second of chatter to check if you’re ready, and Perine’s drums, Perez’ bass and Rogers guitar aligning in formation. Then a snap dynamic change and anxious heart-pounding piano as Blaine slides in, out of breath and into a scream before the minute mark. That’s “New Comedown,” and the rest is just as stark, raw and out of control—even the love songs, when there are love songs. (“You gotta have light to have dark,” says Blaine.) The brooding “All Of The Above” is an internal monologue disintegrating over a sci-fi punk drumbeat, while sing-along-gone-wrong “Let Me Get High\Low” is an infinity mirror of echo, effects, illusion and delusion: “Toward the end,” says guitarist Jay Rogers, “it just gets cinematic.” The menacing “Night Sweats” is like the soundtrack to some kind of crime spree as a cruise through town in a camouflage Cadillac starts to fall apart. “Snakeskin Boots” is a shattering battle with temptation and closer “In My Pocket” is a song for the first bleak light of dawn—it’s exhausting and exhilarating at the same time, with a final rush moment that screeches to an instant stop. Think of it as the moment the sun finally comes up, which is exactly when an album called By Night has to end. As Blaine says: “Nothing cool happens during the day.”

  • Postfontaine Presents Dodie

    • Monday, September 30, 2019 at 08:00 PM
    • The Depot in Salt Lake City, UT

    Postfontaine presents a night with English singer-songwriter and YouTuber dodie when she brings her Human Tour USA 2019 to The Depot September 30th. Don't miss out!

  • The Fine Art Photography by Deb Bice Gallery Show

    • Tuesday, October 01, 2019 at 10:00 AM – October 18, 2019
    • The DiFiore Center in Saint George, UT

    The Fine Art Photography by Deb Bice will take you on a journey through countless travel adventures globally as well as photography from her yearly 3-4 month camping trips across the United States. Artist Reception will be held on October 4, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Gallery Show is October 1, 2019 to November 15, 2019 DiFiore Center: 307 North Main Street, St George, Utah 84770 Hours: Monday 10:00 am-4:30 pm Tuesday –Saturday 10:00 am -6:00 pm

  • Easy Street

    Start your day on the right note, with Dixieland, swing, and light jazz favorites!

    Start your day on the right note, with Dixieland, swing, and light jazz favorites! Heart & Soul Celebrating 25 Years Making the World Less Lonely Through Music.

  • Divine Delirium - Surreal Work by Local Artists

    • Tuesday, October 01, 2019 at 12:00 PM – October 18, 2019
    • Urban Arts Gallery in Salt Lake City, UT
    A collection of surreal, dreamlike, and imaginative art by local Utah artists.

    “There’s a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.” –Oscar Levant The artists behind “Divine Delirium” boldly dove into the deep end of the inspiration pool and resurfaced with surreal, otherworldly, and dreamlike pieces of art to share with the world. Simultaneously whimsical and heartfelt, provocative and playful, our October exhibit is a unique and compelling adventure through the wilder realms of the imagination. Featured artists include: Alex Gregory, Alexander Hofstetter, Alicia Cicalese, Andi Olsen, Bea Hurd, Caitlin Hawker, Chad Crane, Emma Goldgar, Halley Bruno, Ivan Ramos, Jenna Rogan, Jiyoun Lee-Lodge, John Larsen, Joshua Baldi, Kemp O’Brian, Kurt Beswick, Madi Mekkelson, Matt Jones, Michael Fahl, S4ra, Sarah Larsen, Scott Tuckfield, Steve Stones, Todd Powelson, Valerie Thompson, Vanessa Colunga, and Yazmine Tatiana. The show will hang October 1st through November 3rd, with a gallery stroll reception on October 18th from 6-9pm. Admission is free and open to the public.