Backhand. The first is Backhand. The punk scene is alive and well in Salt Lake City. If you have a chance to go see Backhand, you have to do it. You don’t understand. It’s one of the most entertaining shows I have been to—ever. People mosh, people crowd surf, people stage dive. It might not be for you if you’re claustrophobic, but if you believe in immersion therapy, then maybe give it a go. Backhand leads the charge in the punk scene, but go check out other punk bands like Sleep Cult, Trnsmtr, Gonk, and Blister. Check Backhand out at Kilby Block Party 4 this summer.
Little Moon. On the complete opposite side of the music spectrum of Backhand is Little Moon. You have to go to a show in person to believe Little Moon’s vocal range. Just don’t bring any glass with you as it might shatter. Check out her newest Tiny Desk Contest submission here. Next show: February 25 at Velour.
Seaslak. Seaslak is jaw-dropping. They currently have no music released on streamers, so if you’re going to hear their music, you have to see them live. It was definitely one of my favorite shows of 2022, and I can’t wait to see them again this year. For more on Seaslak, check out my earlier review on them here.
No Such Animal. If you want to see a high-energy band with an eclectic sound that’s is some combination of Counting Crows, Matchbox Twenty, The Struts, Green Day, Motion City Soundtrack, and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, then No Such Animal is your jam. I saw No Such Animal at Velour Battle of the Bands last year, and they were electric. If you’re old, make sure you stretch beforehand because they’ll have you up and bouncing around.
With Andrea. Bangarang. Bang. A. Rang. Go see them. Just do it.