MUSIC CHOICES: MARCH 3 TO 9 | Choice of music | Salt Lake City

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DeVotchKa at the Park City Egyptian Theater
DeVotchKa are the kind of band you might think cool friends hooked you up with not too long ago, possessing a sound that incorporated global elements and cabaret-friendly material alongside a stage show that made allusion to the latter, especially when presented in larger venues. That “not so long ago” feeling, however, dissipates when you start looking at certain dates. A basic example: DeVotchKa has been around since 1997. And they had a commercial breakthrough in 2006, with the release of Little Miss Sun. While that film’s soundtrack, with the band’s imprints throughout, may have provided a popular catalyst, it was the band’s long and deep gigging history that made it a vital, if more intermittent, touring act. , picking up new fans to join those who have been with the band for two decades. During the first part of the century, DeVotchKa recorded and released music in a prolific clip. The band’s release pace has slowed in recent years; 2011 100 lovers came seven years before 2018 This night falls forever, while band members moved on to solo pursuits and non-band work, including film music. Luckily, they still crank up the touring machine from time to time, and a series of regional shows soon find the Denver-based band near us. DeVotchKa appears at the Egyptian Theater in Park City for a trio of sets, with 8 p.m. shows scheduled Thursday, March 3 through Saturday, March 5. Ticket prices vary depending on the night of the show and the preferred seating arrangement, with tickets ranging from $23 to $49. via egyptiantheatrecompany.org.

The Anniversary Massacre at Soundwell
The Birthday Massacre co-produced their brand new album, Fascination, featuring Dave Ogilvie, founding member of Skinny Puppy – a feather in the cap, indeed, with the appeal to a senior member of a musical movement they’ve been around for a few decades now. A new single, “Cold Lights”, has also been released to the public in recent days. Both the track and the album are great extensions of the band’s career, which has incorporated a whole host of genres and references. In the group’s press kit, publicists point to a note in art forum, of all the places, where New York-based fashion designer Patric Dicaprio has summed them up quite succinctly and effectively, so let’s give him the mic. When discussing their 17 year old album Purpleone of his all-time favourites, he thinks of the album as “Rage, nostalgia, romance, self-loathing, hope, innocence, ambivalence – I bought the 2005 album of Birthday Massacre, Purple, on Hot Topic CD when I was fourteen. I listened to ‘Blue’ on my gold iPod Mini between high school classes and gritted my teeth. I love how this song swings between nostalgic 80s pop and sinister metal. “Blue” is a gothic mall classic that stands the test of time. He got it! The Birthday Massacre plays the kind of music that will delight, among others: your uncle who saw the Bauhaus live in its heyday; your dental hygienist with the AFI wrist tattoo; your assistant manager who hung a She Wants Revenge poster in their work locker; the controller at the grocery store that visibly lights up when Evanescence’s “Bring Me to Life” hits the PA system; your cousin with the encyclopedic knowledge of Marilyn Manson. They can all find kinship in a group that’s been through life on the outer edges of what’s cool at some point. Which is a very cool way to do it. The Birthday Massacre play Soundwell (149 W. 200 South) with Julien-K on Sunday, March 6 at 7 p.m., tickets are $20-25 at the soundwellslc.com.

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Maita at Kilby Court
Residing in the fertile musical soils of Portland, singer-songwriter and vocalist Maria Maita-Keppeler leads the band Maita, an indie-rock fan’s dream band. With a new album titled I just wanna be wild for you on the Kill Rock Stars label, Maita offers up to 11 tracks that vary in tone and rhythm. A highlight is the upbeat and hummable all-day rocker “Honey, Have I Lost Everything?”, a video you might want to call on YouTube ASAP. In a very recent interview with highclouds.org, Maita-Keppeler says the album is somewhat rooted in disconnection, saying “I’m always inspired by things around me. Books, art that I see. I’m inspired a lot by strange places. I draw inspiration from strange hotels, or strange cities, or cities where I don’t feel at home. This feeling of not being connected to a place brings up a lot of fascinating emotions that I find really good for songwriting. A lot of the songs on this record are tied to where I felt a little strange.” With a hefty package of shows in the Western States leading up to an appearance later this month on South by Southwest, Maita should be in mid-tour shape when she appears in Salt Lake this weekend. If the highclouds piece still holds, saying “hi” after the concert is a requirement. “I’m excited to play shows with real people, with other bands, with real audiences and having these fun conversations with people that you would never have met,” Maita-Keppeler said. “One thing I really missed about being on tour is that we don’t meet strangers during the pandemic. I’m excited to meet strangers.” Maita appears at Kilby Court (748 S. Kilby Court) on Sunday March 6 with Drusky and Josaleigh Pollett. Tickets are $12 at kilbycourt.com.

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