Here are two worthwhile shows tonight:
Never Shout Never
Spotlight show • For a long time, Never Shout Never was essentially just pop singer-songwriter Christofer Drew and a few hired hands, but for this tour Never Shout Never is a band, with childhood friends Taylor MacFee and Hayden Kaiser full-fledged members. “They’re homeboys,” Drew said in a Tribune interview. “We’ve been playing together since we were 17.” The three grew up together in Joplin, Mo., which was struck by a tornado in May 2011, killing 161 and leveling the town. Never Shout Never has spent much of the past year raising money for its hometown’s victims, in partnership with the United Way. “Joplin is in a good spot,” Drew said. “Everything is getting rebuilt.” The band is officially touring behind its high-concept, layered 2011 album “Time Travel,” but Drew is already writing an album tentatively called “Good Times,” which will mark a return to his acoustic roots. “There’s no point in staying with the same thing,” he said. “It keeps me on my toes, and keeps fans on their toes.” Koki, Kurt Travis and Bearcat are also on the bill.
When • Tuesday, May 1, at 6 p.m.
Where • The Complex, 537 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $25 at SmithsTix
Spotlight show • The pop-rock band is now based in Los Angeles, but in 2008 it won Brigham Young University’s Battle of the Bands shortly after its formation, and later won Club Velour’s Battle of the Bands in Provo, and then “Utah Valley University’s Got Talent.” Dan Reynolds, founder of the band, attended BYU. “Utah always feels like a hometown show,” said bass player Ben McKee. “We’ve played there so much there’s a connection.” The band’s recent EP “Contined Silence” is attracting major buzz — MTV named Imagine Dragons its “PUSH” artist of the week in mid-April — and part of the attention is because the band asked hot hip-hop superproducer Alex Da Kid to helm the EP. “It was a meeting in the middle,” said McKee, referencing Alex Da Kid’s roots and Imagine Dragons’ rock beginnings. The band had been experimenting with electronic beats, so it was a welcome surprise to receive a phone call out of the blue from Alex Da Kid, who has worked with Eminem, Rihanna, T.I. and Nicki Minaj, among others. The members plan on using him later this year as they begin work on a major-label debut album.
When • Tuesday, May 1, at 7 p.m.
Where • Club Sound, 579 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $15 at SmithsTix