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5 shows at the Twilight Concert Series you won't want to miss

By Celeste Tholen Rosenlof | Posted - May 8th, 2013 @ 12:01pm

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SALT LAKE CITY — Since 1988, the beginning of summer in Salt Lake City has been marked by the announcement of the Twilight Concert Series. Wednesday, the Salt Lake City Arts Council announced its outdoor concert lineup on Twitter.

So, which shows will be worth braving the monstrous crowds in the summer heat? Probably most of them, for $5, but we've selected a few we will probably head out and see in the series' 25th year.

Belle and Sebastian

The Scottish band, like any good indie band, started recording in an interesting place, probably too obscure for you to recognize — a church in which one of the bandmates lived. In 2002, they landed a record deal in 2002 with Rough Trade Records in the UK and Matador Records in the U.S.

They perform on July 18 alongside Blitzen Trapper.


The Flaming Lips

Psychedelic and a little on-the-fringe, The Flaming Lips are popular for their experimental and dissonant sound. With three Grammy awards under their belts, they continue to make interesting music that somehow appeals to the masses.

Playing July 25 at the concert series.

Kid Cudi

The Twilight Concert Series is pretty inclusive of independent artists of varying genres, and this year it is bringing hip hop artist Kid Cudi to the stage. Before signing with GOOD Music, the artist released his music on his own label, Wicked Awesome Records.

He'll be on stage Aug. 22. Opening band is yet to be announced.

The National

The Dessner and Devendorf brothers and Matt Berninger have performed their moody, dark tunes at Radio City Music Hall, political rallies for President Barack Obama, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

The post-punk revival band will be playing on Aug. 1 in Pioneer Park with support from Sharon Van Etten.


The band that lets fans design its website, worked with Kid Cudi, and even has kids dancing to their song "Art is Everywhere" on the TV show "Yo Gabba Gabba," MGMT seems to fit right in with The Salt Lake Art Council's efforts around the city.

Catch MGMT's performance at the Twilight Concert Series Sept. 5. Opening band has not been announced.

Season tickets can be purchased Wednesday at Individual concert tickets will be available for purchase June 1 at 12 p.m.

See the full lineup on the Twilight Concert Series' Twitter profile.

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