IDLES • May 17, 2024 • The Union

Reviewed and Photographed by Lily Rutherford

On May 17, British post-punk band IDLES’s worldwide “love is the fing” tour hit the Union Event Center in Salt Lake City. The show garnered a lot of hype as the days led up to it – and the hype was met the night of the show as fans lined up outside the Union to see the band. Along the barricade, fans of all ages were decked out in IDLES merch from the night and from nights before, excited to get the opportunity to be so close to their favorite band. Outside the venue, fans smoked cigarettes and chatted as they waited for the show to start. The excitement was heavy, spreading through every corner of the venue. 

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Al Jardine & His Endless Summer Band

Al Jardine & His Endless Summer Band • May 25, 2024 • Scera Shell Outdoor Theater

Reviewed and Photographed by Josilyn Wakkuri Lybbert

On May 25, 2024, The Music of The Beach Boys brought by Al Jardine, Carnie and Wendy Wilson, and Matt Jardine was the kickoff show for the season for Scera Shell Outdoor Theater in Orem! 

It was my first time at this venue. I was so impressed with the kindness of the staff there. My husband was equally as impressed with their reasonable concession prices! Venue workers all adorned leis. There was a vintage Volkswagen Beetle with surfboards, and beach balls were scattered throughout the area. This made for a perfect setting to welcome one of the founding members of The Beach Boys and many of his friends and family who all played their own role in The Beach Boys in different seasons of the iconic, legendary band!

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Ogden Twilight: Phoenix

Phoenix • May 16, 2024 • Ogden Amphitheater

Reviewed and Photographed by Kevin Rolfe

Concerts have officially moved outdoors! I can’t explain how much I love the feeling of the first outdoor concert of the year.  It means that not only is the weather warming up, but that we’re in for a great run of outdoor concerts, and festivals.  It was a perfect evening in Ogden as we commenced with the first show of the Ogden Twilight Concert Series of 2024.  French Indie Rock band, Phoenix seemed very fitting as the series opener.  Last year, Beck embarked on his Summer Oddessy Tour with Phoenix as his support.  When Beck made his stop at Ogden Twilight, the show was more of an intimate acoustic set.  Because of this, Phoenix wasn’t in the lineup.  So while we had to wait a bit, it was worth it to finally see them grace the Ogden Amphitheater stage for the very first time.  

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XAVI • April 28, 2024 • The Union

Reviewed and Photographed by Lily Rutherford

At just 19 years old, Latin American singer Xavi has embarked on his sold-out headline tour. His stop in Salt Lake City landed on April 28 at the Union Event Center. The Poco a Poco Tour, or “Little by Little” Tour, has taken over the country, with the full 24 dates selling out completely. After the eruption of his single “La Diabla”, Xavi has charmed listeners of all kinds. Enticing them to see his eclectic performances on stage. 

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Jesus Piece

Jesus Piece • April 30, 2024 • Soundwell

Reviewed and Photographed by Thea Chevelle

For those who might not know, Jesus Piece is a metalcore band from Philadelphia consisting of Aaron Heard on vocals, guitarists David Updike and John DiStefano, bassist Anthony Marinarod, and Luis Aponte on the drums. I got the privilege of seeing them at Soundwell on their co-headlining tour with Sanguisugabogg. The dates kicked off in April, the two bands were joined by Peeling Flesh and Gag. 

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X Ambassadors

X Ambassadors • New West • Rowan Drake • May 13, 2024 • The Depot

Reviewed and Photographed by Mike Ferguson

X Ambassadors Electrify the Stage with
A Night of Raw Passion and
Musical Mastery

Photo Credit: Mike Ferguson

On Monday, May 13th, the atmosphere at The Depot crackled with anticipation as fans eagerly awaited the arrival of X Ambassadors. As the lights dimmed and the stage ignited with energy, it became evident that this was no ordinary concert—it was a musical journey that would linger in our memories for years to come.

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Feid • May 15, 2024 • Delta Center

Reviewed and Photographed by Kevin Rolfe

Feid is a Colombian singer-songwriter and producer.  He’s achieved success worldwide and has worked with artists such as Bad Bunny and Karol G.  The Latin Grammy nominee brought his FERXXOCALIPSIS Tour to the Delta Center on February 15.  I must admit that I had only heard of Feid, but was not well versed in his music.  That being said, I was told that I was in for an entertaining evening.  I was looking forward to seeing what the Urbana Latin music star was all about and what this tour looked like.  Turns out I was in for quite the evening.

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Jade Bird

Jade Bird • Halley Greg • May 2, 2024 • The State Room

Reviewed and Photographed by Morgan Newbold

Photo Credit: Morgan Newbold

Earlier this month, in the heart of Salt Lake City, Jade Bird graced the stage in a quaint intimate venue called The State Room. If you’ve never been there, It’s a charming theatre with a decently sized floor and layered seating. Above the center of the room, hangs a giant mirrorball. When I walked in, I was pleasantly surprised by the size of the room and stage. It wasn’t too stuffy, but cozy. For a show that wasn’t completely sold out, I had plenty of room to shoot from anywhere. I was excited to be here, not only for the first time but to shoot at a new venue. I’m always worried about the lighting of small venues, but I had no issues here. AND I had a mirror ball to add a touch of flare to these glowy shots I was about to get. 

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