Although this week is a bit tipped toward its back half in terms of entertainment, there's still a few viable reasons to leave the house, enjoy the warmer temperatures and see some music. And at some point this week, Red Butte Garden's lineup is expected to be fully revealed. The first half is a bit hit and miss, follow me on Twitter to see what's coming in the second half. Meanwhile, there's a handful of good options this week to keep you busy.
One fairly musical option is down at Broadway Centre Theatre, where "The Music Never Stopped" is playing in its first full week. The movie is based on a story involving a young man who loses much of his memory but is sustained by the music of the late '60s, particularly the songs of the Grateful Dead. For those of you who roll their eyes any time that band's name is mentioned, there's a good chance this film could change your impression of the band and/or its songs. This movie played to spectacular acclaim during Sundance and is being well-received by critics nationwide.
Live music options abound Monday night including a six-band bill at The Complex with English metalcore rockers Asking Alexandria headlining. Tickets remain on sale via smithstix and start at $20.
Down at Kilby Court on Tuesday night, San Francisco's fine country-rock outfit Or, The Whale headlines a four-band show that includes Vermont's Chamberlin. This is a low-key chance to see a couple of entertaining up-and-coming bands in the up-close confines of Kilby. Tickets remain on sale and start at $8. They're available at 24tix.com.
Also, Wednesday old-school early '80s punkers The Meatmen hit town. They reunited back in 2008. They'll also put in a pre-show appearance for frontman Tesco Vee to read from his book "Touch & Go" at 7 p.m. at SLC's Heavy Metal Shop at 7 p.m. The Meatmen play Burt's Tiki Lounge later that night.
Also Tuesday, the DJ/electronica wave that's been rolling through town keeps coming with electronic music from the Bay area visiting Salt Lake's Depot with Beats Antique headlining.
Rocking reggae hits town Wednesday night in the form of John Brown's Body over at The Complex. The show was originally slated for The Bay, but has moved. Tickets start at $15. The eight-man band promises a chance to get your Rasta on while swaying to a horn section.
Also, I'll end this note with a cautionary peak ahead: if you want to see Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears with Those Darlins at the Urban Lounge on Thursday, (and believe me, you should want to see this) get your tickets ASAP. This is a likely sell-out and could be one of the best shows of the year so far.
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