Cage the Elephant

Cage the Elephant • Young the Giant • Bakar • June 20, 2024 • Utah First Amphitheatre

Reviewed and Photographed by Logan Fang

Photo Credit: Logan Fang

Cage the Elephant kicked off their first tour in almost two years with a stunning performance at the Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre. The opening night of Cage the Elephant’s “Neon Pill” Tour drew throngs of dedicated fans from afar to the Utah stage for the anticipated performance, supported by rising solo artist Bakar and indie band Young The Giant. With their evocative stage presence and infectious hooks, it’s not surprising that Cage the Elephant has become a household name in contemporary indie over the years. In watching them live, I continued to find myself impressed by the sheer showmanship of the band coming off their two-year tour hiatus. 

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d4vd

d4vd • Scott James • June 22, 2024 • The Depot

Review and Photos by Tomo Crestani

Last weekend in Salt Lake City, music fans gathered at The Depot, a venue known for its atmosphere and great sound. The excitement was clear as everyone waited for d4vd, an artist famous for his unique mix of genres and heartfelt lyrics. The night promised not only the magic of d4vd but also a taste of new talent with opener Scott James.

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PVRIS

PVRIS • Pale Waves • June 7, 2024 • The Depot

Reviewed and Photographed by Morgan Newbold

Earlier this month, the east coast band PVRIS made their return to Salt Lake on their ‘Oil and Water’ 2024 tour! They played at The Depot, tucked right in the heart of downtown SLC. It’s one of my favorite venues and the vibes there are always spot on. I was eager to see them ever since their newest album dropped. I think they have an incredibly fun style and live show, from what I’ve seen. So, of course, that drew me in to photograph them. Opened by the always iconic Pale Waves, a Dirty Hit fan favorite, it was a night of some raw badassery from these talented frontwomen. 

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Old Crow Medicine Show

Old Crow Medicine Show • Molly Tuttle • June 20, 2024 • Sandy Amphitheater

Reviewed by: Kevin Rolfe

Photographed by: Alisha Gregson

Photo Credit: Alisha Gregson

It felt very fitting to be at an outdoor concert on the evening of the Summer Solstice.  But not just any outdoor concert. That alone would have been great.  But Old Crow Medicine show performing at the Sandy Amphitheater on the eve of a full Strawberry Moon on the Summer Solstice was an evening of perfection for an avid concertgoer like myself.  Old Crow Medicine Show returned to Utah just shy of a year since their last stop here in July 2023. The band would be celebrating 25 years of their album Jubilee.

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Fork Fest 2024

Fork Fest • June 8, 2024 • Art Dye Park

Reviewed and Photographed by Mark Duluz

Summer has made its debut to 2024 with the heat reminding us about the beauty of air conditioning and pools. But, as we get closer to the solstice stands the Fork Fest! This was my first Fork Fest and I’m so disappointed in my past self for not knowing about it sooner. Fork Fest stands out to me as it highlights the local artists in settings that befits their sound.

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SLC Twilight: Laufey

Laufey • Grace Enger • Anna Beck • June 21, 2024 • Gallivan Center

Reviewed and Photographed by Logan Fang

Photo Credit: Logan Fang

“This is the biggest concert I’ve ever played at in the US.” 

Just eight months ago, Laufey was performing at The Depot in front of a couple hundred fans. Now she’s selling out venues and hosting the largest shows of her career. Her performance at The Gallivan Center on June 21st marked yet another milestone for the Icelandic-Chinese artist who described it as her biggest concert in the US to date.

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Cavetown and Mother Mother

Cavetown • Mother Mother • June 18, 2024 • Granary Live

Reviewed and Photographed by Mike Ferguson

The atmosphere at Granary Live in Salt Lake City was buzzing with excitement on the evening of Tuesday, June 18th as music enthusiasts gathered for a double feature showcasing performances by Mother Mother and Cavetown. The venue, known for its vibe, provided the ideal setting for an event that promised a mix of high-energy alternative rock and soulful indie folk tunes.

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Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan • Feist • June 6, 2024 • Utah First Amphitheatre

Reviewed and Photographed by Kevin Rolfe

It was good to be back at Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (Formerly USANA Ampitheatre).  The night before we were in attendance for the Utah return of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  And while the vibe was completely different, the excitement level was comparable.  The great Sarah McLachlan brought her Fumbling Towards Ecstacy 30th Anniversary Tour to Utah and people were in a celebratory mood. The majority of the crowd arrived early to hang out, grab a bite or a drink, and socialize.  Fans were ready for a night of great music with some incredible voices.

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Medium Build

Medium Build • Clover County • June 3, 2024 • Soundwell

Reviewed and Photographed by Lily Rutherford

This spring, folk-rock artist Medium Build began their full-year tour supporting their new album, Country. Hailing originally from Alaska, but having recently moved to Nashville, the tour would be their first headlining & nationwide tour. Their Salt Lake City stop was at Soundwell, a small venue attuned to the lowkey nature of Medium Build’s music. The stage was set with eclectic, thrifted-looking decor, beach chairs, and plush animals. Before anyone came on stage, soft blue light illuminated the intricate setup, topped off by Persian rugs lining the stage. 

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Luke Combs

Luke Combs • May 8, 2024 • Rice – Eccles Stadium

Reviewed and Photographed by Kevin Rolfe

This might have been the biggest concert event of the 2024 summer.  If anything it got the Utah concert summer concert season off to a rousing start! I like to think of this like the Daytona 500.  It’s NASCAR’s biggest event. But unlike the Super Bowl, it’s the first race in the season. Country Music megastar, Luke Combs brought his Growin’ Up and Gettin’ Old Tour to Utah for a two-night residency at Rice-Eccles Stadium on the campus of the University of Utah.  The stadium was jam-packed with Country Music fans on both nights.  I was fortunate to attend night two on Saturday, June 8.

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