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March music: 4 national acts coming to Salt Lake (plus 4 local bands to check out)

By Spencer Sutherland, KSL.com Contributor | Posted - Mar. 6, 2020 at 2:05 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — When it comes to big acts, March will be a little quiet in Salt Lake City (though Tool and Post Malone will both bring plenty of noise). But that just means there’s more time to check out artists a bit off the beaten path.

Here are four bands to check out this month.

Best Coast

March 6

Metro Music Hall, 615 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City

Sometimes it’s best just to chill out, and no one’s more chill than Best Coast.

Over five albums, the California surf duo comprised of Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno has crafted a sound mixing the Beach Boys’ praise of the Golden State with The Beatles’ knack for melody.

They’ve got a brand new batch of songs to share on this tour. Their latest album, “Always Tomorrow” is less than a month old.

Hell’s Belles

March 14

The State Room, 638 State Street, Salt Lake City

AC/DC may be the best rock 'n roll band of all time. The problem is they tour infrequently and, when they do, Salt Lake City is rarely on the itinerary.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t hear their songs live. For the past 20 years, Hell’s Belles — the only all-female AC/DC tribute band — has been rockin’ “Thunderstruck,” “For Those About to Rock,” and dozens of other hits.

Not sure if they’re the real deal? AC/DC guitarist Angus Young says they’re the best AC/DC cover band he’s ever heard.

Wilco

March 16

Eccles Theater, 131 S. Main Street, Salt Lake City

Seeing a band play at Eccles Theater is less like going to a concert and more like an evening at the theater.

It’s a fitting location for Wilco, whose latest album “Ode to Joy” thrives on space and quiet resonance. Though the six-piece band shows restraint on the album, there are enough floor stompers included to get even the classiest of theaters rocking.

The English Beat

March 27

The Commonwealth Room, 195 W. 2100 South, Salt Lake City

Rude boys and rude girls rejoice: The English Beat is coming!

Formed in 1979 in Birmingham, England, The English Beat (or The Beat, as they were known in their homeland) mixed reggae, punk and soul to help create the two-tone ska movement.

Hits “Mirror in the Bathroom” and “Save it For Later” made a splash in the U.K. and the U.S. and influenced 1990s third-wave ska and punk bands like Reel Big Fish and Rancid.

Forty years into their career, The Beat is still moving forward. Their 2018 album, “Here We Go Love,” shows singer Dave Wakeling and the band are still willing to mix and match genres. Maybe a fourth wave is upon us.

Local bands to see in March

If you’re looking to support local bands this month, you have plenty of music to choose from:

  • March 6: Johnny Tightlips mix pop and punk at A Bar Named Sue (3928 Highland Drive, Salt Lake City).
  • March 10: Salt Lake City emo rockers Sunsleeper play Urban Lounge (241 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City).
  • March 11: Indie folk act Brother. play Soundwell (149 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City).
  • March 20: Solarists bring danceable indie rock to Kilby Court (741 S. Kilby Court, Salt Lake City).


Spencer Sutherland

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