I did a double-take when I first spotted this pairing: Rachel Yamagata joins Mandy Moore (yes, the “Candy” singer turned uber-popular-chick-flick actress) in Salt Lake on October 6. Yamagata is due for a new album, though her 2004 release, “Happenstance,” is still current. Yamagata sports a powerful voice and tells beautiful lost-love stories. When she opens for now-folk singer Mandy Moore, it could be the makings of a great girl’s night.
Listen here. Suggested track: “I’ll Find a Way”
Another great opening act takes place when Bishop Allen ushers in John Vanderslice on October 13 at Kilby Court. Bishop Allen became popular by way of blogging word-of-mouth. They released 53 songs without signing to a label.
Luckily, they made it on NPR’s airwaves and they soon became an up-and-comer favorite. Bishop Allen employs a staggering variety of instruments—from strings to piano—that make their tunes easy to get lost in. Slow vocals provide a nice balance to the mini-orchestra of music.
Listen here. Suggested track: “Flight 180″
San Diego favorites Pinback return to Salt Lake on October 20 to play in support of their recent release, “Autumn of the Seraphs.” What makes Pinback cool is their uncanny ability to rely on vocals and inventive rhythms: Frontmen Armistead Burwell Smith and Rob Crow create a contest of sounds as one croons the lyrics while the other chimes in as an echo, or uses his voice as a supplemental instrument.
For Pinback 101, start with their early self-titled album from 1999. (Tip: Pinkback’s music makes a perfect soundtrack for almost any cardio workout, as a bonus.)
Listen here. Suggested track: “Loro”
Other promising show on the docket include Interpol with the Shout Out Louds, Morrissey and Architecture in Helsinki.
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