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  • The Chainsmokers’ Alex Pall, left, and Drew Taggart perform at the SONY Lost in Music Showcase during the South by Southwest Music Festival early Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP) Concert preview: Why The Chainsmokers are the group you love to hate and hate to love
    Opinions on EDM duo du jour The Chainsmokers are rarely blasé. Instead, the reactions that DJ Alex Pall and songwriter/vocalist Drew Taggart elicit te...
    Updated Apr 27 2017 04:15 pm   |     |   Share

  • Prog-metal band Mastodon, which just released its seventh studio album, ’Emperor of Sand’ on March 31, will perform at The Complex in Salt Lake City on Sunday, April 23. Courtesy Jimmy Hubbard Concert preview: Mastodon get ‘butterflies’ at turning grief and anger into beauty
    Prog-metal leviathans Mastodon have done it all a time or two. “Emperor of Sand,” released March 31, is their seventh studio album in 17 years. They’v...
    Updated Apr 21 2017 02:16 pm   |     |   Share

  • Prog-metal band Coheed and Cambria will be performing Saturday, April 22 at The Complex in Salt Lake City as part of its Neverender GAIBSIV Tour, in which it plays its third album, “Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through The Eyes of Madness” in its entirety.  Courtesy Manel Casanova Concert preview: Coheed and Cambria’s ‘Good Apollo’ just ‘love songs’ at its sci-fi concept core
    Longtime fans of Coheed and Cambria know all about the backstories involved in “The Amory Wars,” the science-fiction storyline on which the prog-rock ...
    Updated Apr 20 2017 03:03 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Courtesy photo)    Country legend Kenny Rogers will perform at the Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 21 as part of his ’Final World Tour: The Gamblerís Last Deal.’ Concert preview: For Kenny Rogers, it’s ‘time to say goodbye’
    Kenny Rogers is telling a conference call full of reporters a story about his brief friendship with Elvis Presley in the early 1970s. But in the proce...
    Updated Apr 21 2017 06:39 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Courtesy photo)    Stand-up comedian Sebastian Maniscalco will be performing in Salt Lake City for the first time this Sunday, April 23 at Capitol Theatre as part of his Why Would You Do That? Tour. He was recently named Stand-up Comedian of the Year at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. Comedy: Sebastian Maniscalco’s long path to success is no exaggeration
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Sebastian Maniscalco’s scheduled April 23 show in Salt Lake City has been indefinitely postponed due to the impending birth of his chil...
    Updated Apr 20 2017 03:14 pm   |     |   Share

  • Rock band A Perfect Circle (from left: James Iha, Billy Howerdel, Matt McJunkins, Jeff Friedl and Maynard James Kennan) is on its first tour since 2011 and working on its first studio album since 2004. APC will perform at the Maverik Center in West Valley City on Saturday, April 15.  Courtesy Tim Cadiente Concert preview: A Perfect Circle comes back around to touring, new music
    A Perfect Circle is Billy Howerdel’s baby, his passion project in the music industry. Except the band hasn’t toured since 2011 and hasn’t released a s...
    Updated Apr 14 2017 09:27 am   |     |   Share

  • The Roots’ Questlove, left, and Black Thought perform during the Bud Light x The Roots and Friends Jam Session at 800 Congress during the South by Southwest Music Festival on Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP) Music: Twilight Concert Series’ 30th lineup announced amid uncertainty about its future
    With cost overruns eliciting pointed questions from the Salt Lake City Council, the future of the Twilight Concert Series remains up in the air. In th...
    Updated Apr 13 2017 11:48 pm   |     |   Share

  • Classic prog-rock band Kansas (from left: Richard Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie Platt, David Manion, and David Ragsdale) released its first new album in 16 years last year, ’The Prelude Implicit.’ The band will play at Salt Lake City’s Eccles Theater on April 20 as part of its ’Leftoverture’ 40th Anniversary Tour. Courtesy Michie Turpin Concert preview: ‘New blood’ gives Kansas new life
    Kansas probably could have just kept playing greatest hits-based setlists at live shows until the end of time — or until the end of the band, anyway. ...
    Updated Apr 21 2017 11:38 am   |     |   Share

  • Dod Morrison  | Courtesy   Legendary UK punk rock band The Damned will play at The Depot in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, April 18 as part of their 40th Anniversary U.S. Tour. Concert preview: The Damned find salvation in just pushing forward
    Doesn’t it just feel counterintuitive that a punk band could be touring in celebration of the 40th anniversary of its debut album? Punk bands aren’t s...
    Updated Apr 13 2017 05:09 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Legendary musician Carlos Santana performs  a sold out show at Red Butte Garden, July 29, 2014. Red Butte Garden Outdoor Concert Series lineup announced with many familiar faces
    Every year, the Red Butte Garden Outdoor Concert Series lineup is one of Salt Lake City’s most eagerly anticipated pop culture events. The 2017 iterat...
    Updated Apr 11 2017 11:47 pm   |     |   Share

  • (|  Courtesy photo)    Swedish metal band Katatonia will be playing at The Complex in Salt Lake City on Monday, April 10 in support of their latest album, ’The Fall of Hearts.’ Concert preview: Katatonia finding happiness in their ‘Fallen Hearts’
    Katatonia guitarist Anders Nyström said in a recent interview that even though the Swedish metal stalwarts have been touring the world without inciden...
    Updated Apr 06 2017 02:30 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Courtesy Photo)    Troubadour 77 is a new Salt Lake City-based band with a 1970s California rock sound that caters to Baby Boomers and older Gen Xers. T77 features Anna Wilson and Monty Powell, spouses who were Nashville hitmakers for a number of years before deciding to split their time between their Huntsville, Utah mountain home and a beach house in Florida. Music: Troubadour 77 bringing something new, something old to the scene
    Nashville power couple Monty Powell and Anna Wilson spent 25 years in Music City crafting hit songs for country stars such as Keith Urban, Lady Antebe...
    Updated Apr 06 2017 03:05 pm   |     |   Share

  • Neil Diamond performs at the 84th Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) Concert preview: Neil Diamond percussionist King Errisson ‘just having a good time’
    Neil Diamond just rolled out his 50 Year Anniversary World Tour. King Errisson has been in Diamond’s band for 40 of those, so the percussionist knows ...
    Updated Apr 06 2017 02:20 pm   |     |   Share

  •   Tinariwen, a band from a Saharan mountain range between Mali and Algeria and including some former Tuareg rebels, will play The State Room in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 7. Courtesy of Marie Planeille Concert preview: Tinariwen embody true rebellion in their music
    It’s an old trope that rock ’n’ roll bands are purveyors of rebellion — grow out that hair, don’t be just another suit working a 9-to-5, stick it to t...
    Updated Apr 07 2017 10:18 am   |     |   Share

  • |  Courtesy  Rapper and Strange Music indie label co-founder Tech N9ne will perform at The Complex in Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 6 as part of his 68-shows-in-74-days ’Strictly Strange’ Tour. Concert preview: Tech N9ne bringing fast-paced ‘musical overload’ to Salt Lake City
    Tech N9ne can’t lay claim to being the biggest name in rap, but he just might be the most hard-working and ambitious. He’s hardly unique in the hip-ho...
    Updated Mar 31 2017 09:14 am   |     |   Share

  •   Jazz saxophonist and civil rights activist Joe McQueen, now 97 years old (pictured July 21, 2016), has been revitalized by the addition of some younger members to his band. The Joe McQueen Quartet will be playing three shows in five nights, starting with a Thursday concert at the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City. Lex B. Anderson  |  Courtesy Ogden jazz legend Joe McQueen, 97, still putting on a show at all his shows
    Anyone who’s met Joe McQueen knows he’s got an endless supply of stories. As a jazz legend who’s played with the icons of the genre and a civil-rights...
    Updated Mar 31 2017 09:30 am   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Musician John Allred, who, after a decade-plus on the periphery of Utah’s music scene, finally decided this year to pursue music as a full-time career and has already seen some initial success, with his new album ’Brave New World’ debuting at No. 4 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart and No. 6 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Utah singer-songwriter John Allred taking first steps into ‘Brave New World’
    By day, John Allred was working 9 to 5, editing instructional YouTube videos for a musical education company. By night, he’d don the attire of his alt...
    Updated Mar 27 2017 08:51 am   |     |   Share

  •  Hawthorne Heights. Courtesy Hawthorne Heights Concert announcement: Lineup for 2017 Vans Warped Tour in Salt Lake City
    The lineup for the 2017 Vans Warped Tour was announced Wednesday. It will make its annual stop in Salt Lake City on Saturday, June 24, at the State Fa...
    Updated Mar 23 2017 03:42 pm   |     |   Share

  • FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, file photo, Country music singer Eric Church performs at halftime during an NFL football game between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. Church has been battling ticket scalpers for years as his popularity grew and he began selling out arenas. But he’s taken his biggest step yet by canceling more than 25,000 tickets to his spring tour that were purchased by scalpers and putting them back on sale for fans to purchase. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File) Concert preview: For Eric Church, treating fans right is his religion
    Between his devotion to getting tickets away from scalpers and into the hands of legitimate concertgoers, and his determination to give them their mon...
    Updated Mar 27 2017 08:50 am   |     |   Share

  • (Courtesy photo)    Matisyahu, a reggae vocalist, beatboxer, and alternative rock musician, will be performing at Park City Live on Saturday, March 18. Matisyahu’s ‘walk back down the mountain’ brings him to Park City
    When Matisyahu burst onto the pop culture scene a little more than a decade ago, there was no denying he was an intriguing anomaly. There simply weren...
    Updated Mar 20 2017 09:47 am   |     |   Share

  • In this Feb. 25, 2016 photo, musician Peter Frampton poses for a portrait in New York.  He will perform with the Steve Miller Band will play Aug. 2 at Usana Amphitheatre in West Valley City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Invision/AP) Steve Miller Band, A7X, 311 coming to Usana this summer
    Utah’s summer concert schedule just got a bit busier thanks to a quartet of genre-disparate shows just announced for August and September at Usana Amp...
    Updated Mar 16 2017 02:24 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Lionel Richie gets the crowd rocking as he kicks off the first concert of the season at Usana Amphitheatre in West Valley City, Utah Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Concert: Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey show at The Viv canceled
    The Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey concert scheduled for April 25 at Vivint SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City has been canceled. Refunds are available...
    Updated Mar 10 2017 12:36 pm   |     |   Share

  • Bebe Rexha performs at the 4th Annual ’We Can Survive’ Concert held at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) Concert preview: You may not know that you know Bebe Rexha — but you will
    Bebe Rexha is, somewhat paradoxically, simultaneously all over the pop music landscape and yet still a bit under the radar. You probably know much of ...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 05:13 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Courtesy photo)    Venice, Calif.-based crossover thrash band Suicidal Tendencies, featuring singer Mike Muir, wraps up its ’World Gone Mad Tour’ on Saturday, March 11 at The Complex in Salt Lake City. Concert preview: Suicidal Tendencies will treat Salt Lake show like it ‘might be the last one’
    With yet another run of shows set to wrap on Saturday, Suicidal Tendencies vocalist “Cyco” Mike Muir, who formed the crossover thrash band back in 198...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 05:24 pm   |     |   Share

  • Judy Collins arrives at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Concert preview: At 77, Judy Collins keeps on because ‘I never want to stop getting better’
    Judy Collins acknowledges being “very surprised” that her most recent album, “Silver Skies Blue,” earned her and co-performer Ari Hest a Best Folk Alb...
    Updated Mar 06 2017 11:20 am   |     |   Share

  • Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society performs during night one of Ozzfest meets Knotfest at San Manuel Amphitheater on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in San Bernardino, Calif. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP) Concert preview: Experience Hendrix show at Eccles Theater sure to be a ‘Wylde’ time
    Rare is the guitarist who won’t admit to at least some level of admiration for or influence by the late Jimi Hendrix. Zakk Wylde, meanwhile, couldn’t ...
    Updated Apr 11 2017 09:27 pm   |     |   Share

  • From left, Andrew Fletcher, Dave Gahan and Martin Gore, of the British band Depeche Mode, pose for photographers prior to the start of a press conference to promote their upcoming tour and new album in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) Depeche Mode kicking off North American tour with August show in Utah
    Alternative icons Depeche Mode, best known for songs such as “Enjoy the Silence” and “Personal Jesus,” will be kicking off the 28-show North American ...
    Updated Mar 02 2017 04:01 pm   |     |   Share