Summer regulars Poison, Cheap Trick, return to USANA

Last year, they returned to USANA after a 5-year absence to open for Def Leppard. This year, they’re back as headliners! Poison returns on Tuesday with their party, high-energy show. One of the openers is Cheap Trick, who lately have been pumping out albums like it was the late 70s again. Robin Zander and crew have also become summer regulars in the Beehive State. Some concert-goers have noted … Continue reading»

Royal Bliss celebrates 20 years of being ‘Utah’s Band

SALT LAKE CITY — Royal Bliss frontman Neal Middleton shook his head as he recalled reading a recent article naming Imagine Dragons as the best local band in 2017. Sure, bands like Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees, The Used, The Killers, Panic at the Disco and Rancid all have ties to the Beehive State. But with the exception of the Osmonds, it’s hard to find an act outside of Royal Bliss … Continue reading»

Peter Hook returns with New Order/Joy Division Substance

SALT LAKE CITY — During the 1980s, New Order was both a critical success and a groundbreaking, highly influential group.  The Manchester, England band’s mix of new wave, alternative, post-punk, rock and electronic-synthpop made them mainstays in the underground scene and on alternative/college radio for the entire decade. But it wasn’t until the band released their Substance album in 1987 that they became a commercial success. Substance, a … Continue reading»

Reckless Kelly returns to SLC

Cody Braun talks album making, festival planning, and Red Iguana   Beer is a lot like music, according to Cody Braun. If it’s being given away for free, people aren’t picky about what they’re getting. But once money is involved, consumers become a little more selective about what they spend their paycheck on. And if they can get the same thing for free somewhere else – whether it … Continue reading»

The Foo Fighters epic night in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — Two things are guaranteed at a Foo Fighters show: Dave Grohl screams really well. And the show is going to be really long. Fans got exactly what they were hoping for at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Tuesday night, as the Foos delivered an epic performance of more than 2-and-half-hours of music spanning their entire catalog in addition to cover songs, dry-witted/entertaining banter, and extended … Continue reading»

Concert Review: Billy Joel

One was a Grammy award-winning radio hit. The other, a deep track off the same album that was never released as a single. Those were the two songs the 20,000 fans attending Billy Joel’s concert at the Vivint Smart Home Arena on Wednesday night were given to choose from. It was one of several either/or scenarios – or fielder’s choices, as Joel called them – presented to fans … Continue reading»

Mark Rivera: 3 decades of rock history from Billy to Ringo

SALT LAKE CITY — To the casual Utah music listener, Mark Rivera might not be a familiar name. But odds are that nearly everyone has heard a song that benefited (greatly) from the veteran, multi-inustrumentalist/singer’s contributions. To Billy Joel fans, he is the man who has been playing the saxophone for Joel for more than three decades. Others may recognize his work on some of Foreigner and Peter … Continue reading»

Cracker: the band we need right now

It’s not often that bands with 25+ years of music and touring under the belts have words like “resurgence” and “rediscovered” associated with them. But for Cracker, that description seems to fit. “Crumbs” – Cracker’s devoted fan base – know the band has been firing on all cylinders for the past several years. But even casual music listeners are discovering that Cracker isn’t just a band that they should … Continue reading»

Old 97’s return to Urban Lounge

photos by Kristie Gripp SALT LAKE CITY — Any week that begins and ends with the Old 97’s can’t be all that bad. And that’s exactly what Utah has this week! On Sunday, the Dallas-based Old 97’s performed at the Blues, Brews and BBQ Fest at Snowbasin. They’ve spent the past week running around the west, including a stop at the Braun Brothers Reunion in Challis, Idaho. On Friday, Rhett … Continue reading»

Reckless Kelly rock on Radio, despite limited airplay

pictures: Brenda Yamen “You gotta get on the radio. It doesn’t take a lot of talent but no one knows.” Remaining persistent. Staying independent. Constantly being on the road. And honing their musical talents through years of hard work. That’s how Reckless Kelly got to where they are today. The Austin-by-way-of-Oregon-by-way-of-Idaho-based band has become a staple on Texas, Red Dirt and Americana radio, without the benefit of a … Continue reading»