Local photographer Johnny Christensen attended Mike Peters’ The Alarm concert on Friday, Nov. 2 at The State Room and came back with this report: “Mike Peters held Salt Lake City fans in the palm of his hand as he shared his love for hiking in Zion National Park—despite fighting cancer for 18 years.”
Tonight, Monday, Nov. 5 at The Complex, emo rock reigns supreme when The Story So Far, Turnover, Citizen, and Movements perform a stacked bill. Headliners The Story So Far recently released Proper Dose, a powerful statement of purpose and a possible swan song, with many die-hard fans reading into the record’s sense of letting go. Get there early for the opening bands—Citizen in particular have turned a probing eye to the ravages of drug addiction in their Toledo, Ohio, hometown, producing a vital account of 21st-century Rust Belt America.
Uptempo rockabilly, country rock and gutbucket blues go on display at The Urban Lounge on Tuesday, Nov. 6, when Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band descends mere hours after midterm election polls close. Recent album Poor Until Payday provides another take on the struggles of our polarized modern-day electorate, and you can bet Peyton and company will provide the soundtrack for electoral celebration (or despair, depending on your political proclivities). This three-piece performs with the energy of an arena-rock band, offering up a high-energy elixir made from fire and brimstone.
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
On Wednesday, Nov. 7, longtime indie rock cult hero Calvin Johnson brings a little Pacific Northwest eccentricity to Kilby Court. As a mainstay of Olympia, Wash.’s, K Records label since the 1980s, Johnson has left an indelible mark on indie rock and DIY culture. His new album, A Wonderful Beast, was written and recorded in tandem with Patrick Carney of The Black Keys and features beautiful harmonization from Michelle Branch. Arrive early for Teenage Sport and locals Head Portals.
Think progressive rock, hip-hop and jazz don’t belong together? Think again on Thursday, Nov. 8, when instrumental quartet Tauk brings their exhilarating sonic amalgamation to The State Room. Equally inspired by the advent of artificial intelligence, classic sci-fi flicks like Blade Runner and more recent films like Ex Machina, Tauk’s new album Shapeshifter II: Outbreak embeds such narrative perspectives into a sonically adventurous, emotionally expansive work.
Finally, Park City is awash in good music this weekend—pop chanteuse Melissa Manchester brings her Grammy Award-winning act and jazz-inflected vocal stylings to the Egyptian Theatre on Nov. 9-11 while Southern swamp rock makes a Mountain West swing when North Florida’s JJ Grey & Mofro stop into Park City Live on Friday, Nov. 9.