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From High School Stage to Hollywood

From High School Stage to Hollywood

By Josh Petersen

October 25, 2017

When encountering an artist, many expect to hear a beautiful origin story explaining the person’s history and connection to their given field. Were they moved by a sudden lightning bolt of inspiration? Were they inspired by the work of a legendary artist or even just a family member working in the...

Cults Return Ready to Embrace the Light

Cults Return Ready to Embrace the Light

By Josh Petersen

October 23, 2017

The wait is over; after a four-year hiatus, Cults is back with a brand new album. This New York City duo has courted a loyal fan base by mixing unsettling lyrics with catchy melodies inspired by 1960s pop songs. This formula seemed to arrive fully formed. In fact, the band received significant attention...

Waiting for Gorgon City

Waiting for Gorgon City

By Josh Petersen

October 13, 2017

It’s a cold Thursday night as I walk into The Complex, or more accurately, the ghost of the Complex. I am here to see Gorgon City play, but walking through the doors I see that almost nobody is here, and with the show just 15 minutes away, I worry that I have made a mistake. But I haven’t. I am just...

Girlpool Brings Feminist Punk to Salt Lake City

Girlpool Brings Feminist Punk to Salt Lake City

By Josh Petersen

October 13, 2017

On Oct. 17, Salt Lake City residents will get a chance to see the band that W Magazine called “the saviors of rock music.” The band receiving this lofty praise, Girlpool, is relatively new to audiences. Just a few years ago, Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad met through Los Angeles’ underground rock sce...

Robyn VanLeigh Takes on the World of Opera

Robyn VanLeigh Takes on the World of Opera

By Josh Petersen

October 10, 2017

By every stretch of the imagination, opera singer and University of Utah graduate Robyn VanLeigh is well on her way to a successful, exciting career. In 2017, she graduated with a master’s in music in vocal performance, which allowed her the opportunity to train with professionals both in Salt Lake...

“Steel Pier” Fear and Loathing in Atlantic City

By Josh Petersen

September 26, 2017

In the University of Utah Theatre Department’s first show of the season, “Steel Pier,” audience members are transported back several decades into 1933 Atlantic City. But theater goers anxious to escape into a nostalgic appreciation of a similar time may wish to look elsewhere. In the performance...

Haim Brings Pop Rock Nirvana to Salt Lake

Haim Brings Pop Rock Nirvana to Salt Lake

By Josh Petersen

September 17, 2017

When Haim released their 2013 album "Days Are Gone," the songs seemed to be a direct product of consuming music in the Internet age, where everything is available and genre is meaningless. At first glance, listeners could be forgiven for thinking that the band was going through some kind of identity...

U Theatre Students Present “Steel Pier”

U Theatre Students Present “Steel Pier”

By Josh Petersen

September 12, 2017

For musical theatre students at the U, a new school year entails more than buying textbooks and writing essays. These talented triple-threats train in acting, dancing and singing as they prepare performances and spend countless hours training in their craft. Right now, these students are preparing to...

Smoke Season’s Genre Hopping Pop

Smoke Season’s Genre Hopping Pop

By Josh Petersen

September 10, 2017

Are you a pop music fan looking for a band with a bigger message than your average radio offering? Meet Smoke Season, a Los-Angeles based indie-pop duo that offers more than just catchy melodies. Gabrielle Wortman and Jason Rosen are musicians who use their work to advocate for important social issues....

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