In House #1723: Yo La Tengo in Salt Lake City Tonight; Live Music Galore This Weekend
There's plenty of live music to be had throughout the region this weekend, beginning tonight at Salt Lake City's In the Venue with a rare appearance in the area from Hoboken, New Jersey's finest, Yo La Tengo. The trio is, of course, touring in support of their recent release, the stellar I Am Not Afraid of You & I Will Beat Your Ass. The album is something of a mix of the louder, early days of Yo La Tengo, and the more melodic, subdued, occasionally faux-bossa nova tones of their more recent work. The band has aged nicely, integrity intact, and have become elder statespersons of independent rock after 22 years on the job. More here.
Also today, music from Baltimore's Two If By Sea, currently touring in support of the new J. Robbins-produced full-length Safety. The quartet draws inspiration from the likes of post-punk's salad days, with names like the Psychedelic Furs, Echo & the Bunnymen, and Peter Murphy coming readily to mind. Comparisons to contemporaries like Interpol and Editors are apt-- in short, not the kind of sound that Southeast Idaho hears live often. They play the Ziel Company in downtown Idaho Falls on Saturday night.
Also Saturday night, The Killers, maligned as they seem to be, visit The Great Saltair, located literally on the dead shores of the Great Salt Lake. The band is touring in support of the almost universally-panned Sam's Town, though it doesn't seem to us to be any worse than certain recent and overhyped releases. And speaking of Salt Lake, that city's music scene has produced another great-sounding band: The Brobecks. They play tonight at The Venue in Boise before moving on to Rexburg, Idaho and a place called (no joke) the Senior Center (one would hope that's the silly-ironic name of a venue, though if you've ever been to Rexburg you know it probably isn't).
In House #1723.
Focus: Yo La Tengo in Salt Lake City tonight, plus The Killers, Two If By Sea, and The Brobecks all in the area this weekend. Also, new music from Robert Pollard, Oxford Collapse, Albert Hammond, Jr., and more.
The Brobecks, from Goodnight & Have a Pleasant Tomorrow:
Two If By Sea, from Safety: "Report From Damage Control" (MP3)
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