By Lacey Jane Pappas
Welcome to September! I’m excited to highlight this month’s music scene, as there are lots of fantastic bands sopping by SLC. Do yourself a favor and get out and see live music. You’ll be happy you did. Here are my picks for this month:
If you like Beck, try Portland natives Blitzen Trapper at Kilby Court on September 11. With staggered rhythms and bits of twang, this band is definitely worth checking out—especially if alt country is fast becoming your favorite music genre. (Like me.)
Listen here. Suggested track: “Preachers”
For something totally diverse, tune into the pop-transforming, energy-packed, synthesizing troupe CSS. The Brazilian band is tired of being sexy. (CSS is the abbreviation for “Cansei de ser sexy.” Portuguese for … you guessed it.) Check them out at In the Venue on September 15; they’re playing with Tilly and the Wall, to sweeten the deal.
Listen here. Suggested track: “Give Up”
Show me a band with cello and violin, and I’m all ears. Add hummable melodies and catchy beats, and I’m in love. Meet Ra Ra Riot. They’re not as heavy as the name implies—rather, the sound is lullaby-ish with a nice balance of beats. Ra-ra with them on September 17 at Kilby Court.
Listen here. Suggested track: “Dying is Fine”
Dr. Dog‘s newest album, “Fate,” has been on repeat over here for a while. The Philadelphia act brings out-of-the-box tracks that feature longing lyrics, experimental melodies and unusual rhythms. If you’re in a music funk, make an appointment with this doc on September 26 at the Urban Lounge.
Listen here. Suggested track: “The Breeze”
And last but certainly not least, Icelandic speculate Sigur Ros will be playing at Saltair on September 28. They’re the perfect soundtrack band, as their songs are filled with cool energy and substance. We’ve heard wonders about their live shows. Do yourself a favor and check ‘em out.
Listen here. Suggested track: “Festival”
- Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks on Nov. 8. Tickets here.
- The Hotel Cafe Tour featuring Rachael Yamagata, Priscilla Ahn and Thao Nguyen on Nov. 12. Info here.
- Of Montreal on Nov. 17. Tickets here.
Here’s the rest:
|Artist||When & Where||Ticket Price||How to Buy Tickets|
|The Ting Tings||
Friday, September 12
Thursday, September 4
Thursday, September 4
Monday, September 8
Thursday, September 11
|TV on the Radio||
Saturday, September 13
w/ Tilly & the Wall
Monday, September 15
|Ra Ra Riot||
Wednesday, September 17
Friday, September 26
Sunday, September 28
|Cold War Kids||
Thursday, October 2
|Margot and The Nuclear So & So’s||
Friday, October 3
Saturday, October 4