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The Airborne Toxic Event comes to Utah this weekend

Published April 1, 2013 4:24 pm

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The Airborne Toxic Event performs this weekend.The Los Angeles-based rock band (that shows flashes of experimental and prog) doesn't release its third album "Such Hot Blood" until later this month, but the quintet will return to The Depot showcasing the group's new songs.

In a phone interview, frontman Mikel Jollett said that although he is "not really a Bruce Springsteen scholar," he was inspired by The Boss' earnestness and spirit when writing for and recording the new album.

Jollett's interpretation of Springsteen's vision is that you have to "hustle for your art," and that songs should stand for something.

With that in mind, he said he hopes that the new album achieves a goal of being cinematic in its scope.

The lead singer also talked about being an alum of Stanford University and becoming the first person in his family to graduate from high school. Jolett called himself a "scholarship kid" and never felt at ease with his classmates in Palo Alto, saying that the school was full of prep-school grads who didn't speak the same language that he did. "I was a loser from a loser family," Jollett said, half-jesting.

When • Friday, April 5, at 8 p.m.Where • The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, Salt Lake CityTickets • $19 for 21+, $21 for under-21, at SmithsTix