Holy crap is it warm outside. You could just walk around the city and enjoy yourself before spring comes and you can do that all over again. So before the awesome weather goes away, here’s a couple local tunes to take with you on your brisk walk to… I dunno, the graveyard? We’ll start with online releases and the first comes from WMNV
, a minimalist ambient music project out of what we believe is Utah County. Honestly the single musician behind it has kept his identity out of the public eye for the most part, releasing these kind of albums off-and-on for almost six years. Their latest addition to the catalog is Murkmoor Thoroughfare
, an eclectic mixture of instrumentation including various wind instruments as well as kitchenware and water to add to the effect. Its kinda cool to listen to, I highly recommend it just for fun, you can download it for $10 off their Bandcamp
Next up is an EP from a project called Small Lake City. Playing off the phrase used in Utah for everyone seeming to know everyone else, this is a solo project from alternative musician Kyle Costomiris. His three track EP, Stay Out of the Outside
, is a equal parts electronica, indie rock and pop, which makes for a really cool sound that doesn’t feel stale or like someone already tread over this area before. You can download the EP for $7 off Bandcamp
Moving onto this weekend’s release shows, the first happens tonight as we see the latest album from Monorchist
. A staple of the SLC rock scene for years, the current four-piece group have been kicking it with awesome songs and a strong leading woman. We don’t have the space to get into their career, which includes some awesome recognition in the late ‘00s from City Weekly
back when our SLAMMy Awards were more in-depth. The group have been laboring away at their latest album, Memories to Kill
, for nearly a year, and are ready to unleash it on the scene. You can snag a copy tonight at The Woodshed at their album release show, with MiNX and Jessica Penrose opening the show. Tickets are a mere $6 and the show starts at 10 p.m.
On Saturday we’ll have two release shows for you, the first in SLC as we see the latest from The Statuettes
. If you don’t know the long musical career of musician Michael Gross, you should take a moment to look him, his bands and his accomplishments up. Go ahead, I’ll wait. …Years ago he formed the group Michael Gross & The Statuettes, later dropping his name off the front and solidifying the band as a four-piece when the lineup finally became solid. They’ve had a few full-length albums and EPs to their name, but their latest called Great Western
EP is the first they’ve released in over two years. The band put it together in L.A. over the course of nearly 3 days with the help of Jon Siebels, who has worked on EVE 6 and FLYBYS. The band will be releasing the EP tomorrow night at Diabolical Records, with Secret Abilities and Marcus Bently opening this show. Tickets will be $5 at the door, with the show starting at 8 p.m.
Meanwhile down in Provo, we’ll see the latest release from Madilyn Paige
. If that name sounds vaguely familiar, it should, as Paige was a contender on The Voice
and did pretty well for herself before being eliminated in last year’s competition. Unlike many local musicians before her, who went on reality television to make a career and failed to make it, Paige is pressing on and looking to make it without the show’s support. You can get a copy of her self-titled debut album and watch her perform live at Velour on Saturday, with Allred and Brittney Snyder opening the show. Tickets are just $7 and the doors open at 8 p.m.
And then finally on February 10, we'll see the latest release from I.A.T.
This is a five-man project in Salt Lake City, consisting of Jaime Horton, Brian Corollo, Jon Robertson, Tosha Gerber and Ty Steadman, who have created post-metal space-rock kind of sound that just makes you want to bang your damn head against the speakers until the blood comes gushing. These guys have been favorites of mine and many others since they started playing over eight years ago, but the band only have a pair of releases to their name from 2012 – their S.S.
EP and their first full-length called H.M.S.
It took almost three years but the group are back with their second self-titled EP, which sounds amazing from the few clips available. The album is currently on hold until Tuesday, but you can listen to a couple tracks on Bandcamp
until it becomes available.
Head out, love music, buy local!