MUSIC CHOICES: JANUARY 13 – 19 | Choice of music | Salt lake city


MewithoutYou at Urban Lounge
A farewell tour scheduled for 2020 is finally taking place for mewithoutYou, the post-hardcore indie rock band who announced in 2019 that they would be quitting after 20 years of making exciting and experimental indie rock. The band’s origins lie in progressive punk and post-hardcore, beginning with the release of their 2002 album. Life from A to B, an energetic yet moody album fueled by dark, gripping guitar parts and frontman Aaron Weiss’ raw, screaming vocals. However, they would find more fame with their follow-up, 2004 Catch the foxes for us, which found the band swinging into scrappy rock and poetic art, with impassioned lyrics coming from Weiss. Even as their sound would evolve to trade rock theatrics for melodies and a streamlined indie folk aesthetic (2009’s It’s all crazy! It’s all wrong! It’s all just a dream! It’s OK. somewhere between the folk punk spirit and the Beirut string section), some things have remained the same. Namely, that the group’s emphasis on spiritual and religious themes has oscillated between Christianity, Islam and Judaism in the same way that their style has long oscillated between genres. Hits like “The Fox, The Crow and The Cookie,” though cheekily titled, refer to the teachings of a Sufi story. Their last album, 2018 [Untitled], was a return to the heaviness of the guitar, and a bit of blackness and gloom, but without losing the energy that carried them throughout their career. In addition to a farewell tour, the band will celebrate the 15th and 16th anniversaries of their 2006 album Brother sister. They play Friday, January 14 at 7 p.m. at Urban Lounge with Unwed Sailor. Tickets for the 21+ show are $27.50 at

The Dark Side of Oz at Metro Music Hall
Fans of super niche urban legends, unite! One of the weirdest coincidences in the world of pop culture is hitting the scene, thanks to local artists. The Discographers don’t just pay homage to Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon, but doing it with the famous album coupled with a screening of The Wizard of Oz. If you’re unfamiliar with the pairing of these two seemingly unrelated media, the story goes that if you watch the movie in question with the album in question playing on it, the music syncs perfectly with the motions of the movie. . It’s so odd, apparently, that some have even wondered if the album was made on purpose to sync up with the movie. The group, of course, denied this rumor. Whether you’ve sat down to test the theory yourself or this is the first time you’ve heard of it, see the album performed live with The Wizard of Oz playing in the background is sure to be a one-of-a-kind spectacle. See him Friday, January 14 at Metro Music Hall at 7 p.m. Tickets for the 21+ show are $15 at


Ezra Bell at the Urban Show
A group from Portland, Oregon, with Utah roots, returns to SLC, or rather, they have already returned. The Ezra Bell Band, fronted by vocalist Ben Wuamett and keyboardist Jeremy Asay, were on the biggest tour of their career when the events of 2020 brought it all to a halt. It was meant to be a culmination of a solidly built career, spanning four albums so far (including the discontinued 2021 before everything happened). All of these releases and all of their past tours have helped them hone their sound – a kind of loose, boisterous indie folk that often swings with a hint of blues and jazz, complemented by the distinctive warble of Wuamett’s vocals. “We used to tour about 50% of the time before the pandemic. We had so many songs that we played every day on the road, but we never had time to record them. So in October 2021, we have reserved the studio it’s time to record the next release 2022, joji“, says Asay City Weekly. Besides Asay identifying it as their “tightest, most succinct and sonically interesting album to date”, it involves a new cast of SLC artists, added to the lineup when Ezra Bell moved in 2020 at SLC, which is also Asay’s hometown (and where he was once a City Weekly independent). “This album takes an image of a beautiful era that seems to be over now, one that was more innocent and doesn’t fully understand the political and economic issues (much less [the] health) threats of a pandemic,” says Asay. With a new year and perhaps new challenges on the horizon, let Ezra Bell share his own memories with you when he releases his album at the Urban Lounge on Saturday, January 15 at pm The 21 + show presents the openers Night Crew and Tycoon Machete, and tickets are $10 at

Small theft at the State Room and OP Rockwell
A sort of dual location feature is brought to you through Petty Theft which will steal your heart in love with Tom Petty. The San Francisco-based cover band has been paying homage to the songs of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers since 2003, and fans can rest assured they’re playing as many radio hits as they do the deeper cuts and newer additions to the band discography. . The real band having lost their centerpiece in 2017, it’s the best way now that Petty has passed to remember and enjoy their famous songs. And this date will suit both Valley and Mountain fans, since Petty Theft’s little tour includes two stops here in Utah. First, they’ll head to The State Room on Friday, Jan. 14 at 9 p.m., where tickets are $24 at After that, head up the hill to Park City, where they’re sure to find another welcome crowd at OP Rockwell on Saturday, January 1, also at 9 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $39 at With two nights to choose from, hearing Tom Petty’s songs performed live won’t feel like a dream.


JoJo Siwa
Here is a choice of music for children, as in, your children. That is, if your youngsters are obsessed with JoJo Siwa, the rainbow singing and dancing sensation who found fame on reality TV dance moms, and has since become a true pop star in her own right. Her debut single, “Boomerang,” was released in 2016 and launched her out of the realm of reality TV dance pomp and into the world of pop stardom. Released when she was just 13, the song tackled child-friendly themes of bullying and self-confidence, and the singles she would go on to release throughout her teenage years were equally inspired. . She also embraces the classic childish aesthetic, as in 2017’s sweet “Kid in a Candy Store.” She continued to release singles and even EPs, including a Christmas EP and 2019 Celebrate. Everything from her bubblegum pop to her positive outlook and glittery, multi-colored style have made her a hit with kids, and she tours accordingly. Now well out of her own childhood (but still with the signature big hair bows), the 18-year-old star has been doing more mature things, like coming out as a member of the LGBTQ community and becoming a new kind of role model in the process. for his young fans. She will stop in Salt Lake City with The Belles at Vivint Arena this Sunday, January 16 as part of her late-night DREAM tour. The show is for all ages, starts at 7 p.m., and tickets cost between $36 and $136 at


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