The Scene in Salt Lake City

SLCHello music world! I’m Cole, and I’m the newest member to join the Coma Collective team. I first approached Max about joining Coma a few months back, but really I just wanted my own business card. Turns out, I have to earn it. So, Max reached out with an option to do some writing to help cover a wider range of topics. So, here goes nothing. Take a look a local’s perspective on a rapidly expanding music town!

Salt Lake City, Utah. By day, the city is busy with people as they walk, bike, drive or train from point A to point B. From the outside it looks like any other regular city, however, this city is surrounded by the beautiful Wasatch mountains, has tremendous outdoor recreation, and a booming economy. (It has weird liquor laws but please, don’t let that stop you from visiting).

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Concert Review: Portugal. The Man at Edgefield

Portugal-The-Man-newSaturday July 22nd, Troutdale, OR, McMenamins Edgefield. The sun was beating down at a solid 90° on a sold-out crowd of just under 1,400. Scattered across the lawn were an eclectic mix of indie-goers ranging from flower-crowned millennials, to hip rocker yuppies, to a handful of high waist-pantsed and seemingly lost seniors (maybe they thought this was a Willie Nelson concert?). The grass was soft and the beer lines moved quickly as people got settled in for a night with one of the most accomplished bands to grow out of Portland.

Kicking off the event was Cat Hoch, a Portland-based psych-jazz-rock ensemble headed by a floaty-voiced melodist of the same name. Their echoey instrumentals strung together waves of trance-inducing guitar solos and ghostly themes of celestial proportion. The night then shifted to the surf rock stylings of The Shivas. Channeling the spirit of early southwestern 60’s blues and a wicked-shaggy haircut that Joey Ramone himself would’ve been proud of, The Shivas ramped up the tempo and got heads bobbing faster than you could say ’90’s Quentin Tarantino soundtrack candidate.’

Cat Hoch - The Shivas
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