Concerts and Events

Local Provo band, Parlor Hawk released their new CD last night.  After months waiting while Parlor Hawk recorded, fans lined up at Velour Live Music Gallery for the album release.

Parlor Hawk clearly altered their sound with the release of this new album.  What once was the sweet indie folk Provo band, has now progressed their sound to be maybe even more distinct in an age of so much good indie, folk music.  This album took on more synth and more rock than the last.  Parlor Hawk swore off ever again singing Every Bone, a hit from their last album.  Their sound has changed and there is no going back.

It seems this new CD took their Saddest Song and personified it.  The album has a very distinctly sorrowful sound.  This is a brilliant bold move for their music.  In Saddest Song they exclaimed,”Would you have me?”  This new lamenting sound is just the kind of thing the band needs to stick out and make record labels and music-lovers need to “have” Parlor Hawk in today’s overly-cluttered music scene.

Note the tragedy in the lyrics, the cinematography, and chord-structure, of the following video clips from some of Parlor Hawk’s new album songs:

Maryanne – seems to be their new single

Silhouette

Son

Lucky for you (and me) if you regretfully missed Parlor Hawk’s album release concert like I did, don’t worry, Parlor Hawk is doing an encore show Monday night, 8pm again at Velour.  Man, are they good to their fans! Hope to see you there.

If you haven’t already liked Parlor Hawk on Facebook, or followed them on Twitter or Instagram, now’s your chance. Like them before they get big. 😉

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British Indie folk band Noah and the Whale lit up west-side Salt Lake City Thursday night with over an hour of “fun, fun, fun” and a generally- rocking time. The club-turned-music-hall “In the Venue” provided an up-close-and-personal experience with a band known mostly for light lyrics and jovial fiddling, yet whose depth continued to impress me as the night wore on.

Starting-tunes such as “Fun, Fun, Fun” and “Love of an Orchestra” soon gave way to somber, more melancholy melodies that accompanied slower beats and heart-felt lyrics. Those familiar with the Scottish Indie band “Frightened Rabbit” and American Indie rock band “The National” would recognize a similar depth of emotion that only profound lyrics and minor chords/keys can convey. It was a beautiful experience with a band that makes beautiful music.

There was a draw back, though, which at least came from the audience and not from the band, and that is that the biggest cheer from the audience came for “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N”, the first official single released from their new album, Last Night on Earth (March ’11). The song is by far the most popular off of their new CD, which I had actually never heard and up to this point, of the concert that is, had impressed me with the breadth of sound.

The opening beat reminded me of something I would hear on SLC’s 97.1, the kind of music made to make money instead of made to express and convey emotion. I immediately turned to my buddy and expressed this sentiment as swarms of teenagers gleefully danced and swayed to the jaded beats of past and present ‘hits.’ I guess I sometimes would like to forget that the music industry is, well, just that; I would prefer for music to be something individually experienced and thus varying in our likes/dislikes. Needless to say, and hence the need for this website, I was/am sorely disappointed.

But in order to maintain a positive tone on this review, 2 thumbs up for Noah and the Whale. They put on a great show in a venue that probably wasn’t meant for them, going so far as to say, “It was a 24 hour long bus ride from Vancouver, but I can tell you it was really worth it” and “You’re probably one of the best audiences we’ve ever had” (don’t quote him on it, ‘cuz the current city is always the best, right??!!). Their new CD is generally impressive, carrying on a great quality of work and continuing to expand the range of this particular Indie band.

For those true Indie lovers, Bahamas opened the show with half an hour of good roots Indie music. The Canadian musician gave off a great vibe and a had a great performance to boot.

To Bahamas, great opening, and to Noah and the Whale, fantastic finish.

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If you are looking for an epic way to spend next Sunday, head over to The Depot in Salt Lake City to check out Adele! The soulful singer is promoting her album “21,” and will be performing at 8:00 Sunday night. The doors open at 7:00, and the tickets are $25.

Unfortunately, the show is sold out….however, if you are determined to get tickets, you can certainly find a way. If you are willing to pay the price, check out people selling their tickets on Craig’s List, KSL, Facebook, etc. You may even be able to get tickets outside the arena before the show.

From what we hear, Adele puts on a pretty epic show that you will not want to miss.

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