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Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City 84102


241 S 500 E Central City
Salt Lake City, Utah 84102
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Today's Shows

Wed, June 26, 2019 (7:00pm - 9:00pm MDT )
LUBE with Red Bennies, Lysergic Ashes
LUBE tour Kickoff $5

Upcoming Shows

Fri, June 28, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm MDT )
Earth with Helms Alee
Earth

Earth was formed in Olympia, Wa. In 1989 by Dylan Carlson, with an ever evolving line up including Slim Moon (Kill Rock Stars founder), Joe Preston (Melvins) and many others. After moving to Seattle and signing to Sub Pop in 1990 they would release 3 full lengths and an EP including “Earth 2”. Considered by many a definitive statement of the drone triumphant, others have described it as “the inevitable result of the damage done by downers to perception of time”. Whichever the case, its influence is undeniable. If it wasnt for this album, bands like Sunn 0))) simply would not exist. in 1996 they recorded their final Sub Pop lp “Pentastar (In The Style of Demons)” in an abandoned Colt 45 factory. After its release the “group” disbanded and Earth/Dylan Carlson go on hiatus. 

6 years later Earth becomes active once more, with the addition of Adrienne Davies on drums. Unveiling it’s new cleaner, sparser, and more improvisational style. in September 2005 Earth release their first studio album in 9 years, diversifying their sound and pushing all perceived boundaries. With “Hex; or Printing in the Infernal Method” Earth create a intense, powerful album that defies restrictions of genre. The monolithic darkness of previous releases such as “Earth 2” is still apparent. though now shifted away from saturated and distorted guitar tones. Using compression, echo, tremelo, and reverb, it is a specifically American style. A “Black Americana” reminiscent of an immense desert landscape at dusk. It is a sound that draws on the influence of Duane Eddy, Merle Haggard & Roy Buchanan and fuses it with the vibe of epic visionary composer Ennio Morricone. Beautifully darkened, huge chords that resonate slowly while every single note is played with a precise conviction. Where “Hex” reveled in dark satanic twang and austere american beauty, 2008’s “The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull” finds Dylan Carlson and the band growing into a harder, more rock, American Gospel and impovisitory direction framed by truly psychedelic production and blazing guitar sounds. Earth shows it’s affinity to the more adventurous San Francisco bands of the late 60’s and 70’s, and the more spiritually aware and exciting forms of Jazz-Rock from the same era. The most recent records “Angels Of Darkness, Demons of Light - parts 1& 2” (2010 and 2011 respectively) serve as testament to the fact that they have come a long way since 1989. Drawing on inspiration from both British Folk-Rock bands Pentangle and Fairport Convention and the North African Tuareg band Tinariwen, the new material, while still “heavy” is much more fluid and melodically oriented, more textured and nuanced. It contains greater improvisatory interplay between the musicians. On one hand they acknowledge previous recordings, cultivating the jazz infused Americana presented on “The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull” and on the other, there are significant changes which give birth to yet another new sound. The addition of cello, though subtle at times, adds a more haunting tone to the repetition throughout. Though such repetition may, at times, seem simplistic, there is absolutely nothing simple about holding a note as long as Earth do. 
“The ongoing musical project which is Earth has always been concerned with repetition and the drone or THE NOTE. When I was younger and full of hubris I believed that a “pure” or “original” music could be developed in a static and removed state from other music. I now realize that music, especially music containing the drone or THE NOTE, and music that effects a spiritual reaction from the listener is a continuum. It is a music that has continued throughout time and manifested itself in a number of different forms or “genres” or"styles”. I began to see my music as part of and a product of that continuum. I also began to see that continuum strongly expressed in historically ‘american’ forms. Specifically the “genres” of “country” and “blues”. The truly ‘cosmic american musics’.
Dylan Carlson summer 2005.”

$15
Sat, June 29, 2019 (9:00pm - 11:00pm MDT )
Trash Bash
Trash Bash w/ Flash & Flare

Trash Bash. If this is your first time bashing, it’s probably a lot of what you’ll expect it to be. In short: it’s a purge via party—a brief freedom from the constant self-restraint we put on ourselves to appear (as they used to say) “above one’s station.” However, we at Urban Lounge know that those who make it a point to always seem “classy” are secretly just afraid to fail. Indulgences like lower back tattoos, hard commitments to trendy haircuts, sexy attire when its inappropriate, desperate social media ploys, cheap cigarettes, day drinking, clumsy manners, and an unhealthy obsession with performance race engines. These are not the vices of the weak. These are humans at their most yolo: inconsiderate or else just fatigued by the top down pressure to always be camera-ready for your LinkedIn profile photo shoot. Tonight, we embrace the trashy within us all. We let out that Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kid Rock, Def Leppard-listening, poorly-clothed baby bird out of the nest for an epic trip to Flavor Town with good music and bad decisions with your best friend, Flash & Flare. It’s the Trash Bash everybody. Let’s take it too far. Music by Flash & Flare Poster by Kahle Jackett FREE before 10:30pm, $5 after

FREE before 10:30pm, $5 after
Sun, June 30, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm MDT )
Electric Six with Kyle Shutt
Electric Six

Eternal life can seem like an eternity. Ask any vampire. The continuous march of sun ups, sun downs, transformations of form, seductions, cape fittings & exsanguinations. Eventually it all just becomes an endless, tired routine. It all seems so exciting & so sexy to those of us who operate knowing we have limited time. But ask any vampire about the downside of eternal life, & you won't be surprised to hear tales of binge eating garlic bread just to feel the hurt, or of the occasional dangling of a wooden stake just over the center of the rib cage. Electric Six knows all about eternal life. Electric Six has been around forever & it can never die. That's lovely, but it's also very tiring. Fresh Blood For Tired Vampyres is the new release by Electric Six on Metropolis Records. One listen & you will immediately understand that the sexiest vampires are urban vampires. Where E6 has dabbled in dance, hip-hop & R&B in the past, Fresh Blood is the whole enchilada. It's thirteen songs designed to make the listener interested in smooth & nasty fuckin', the way they do it in the city. From the Grandmaster Flash-inspired Number Of The Beast to the super smooth tour of the NYC outer boroughs Mood Is Improving, the listener finds himself immediately deposited into an urban drop zone with hustlas & dickblockas coming from behind every corner. The radio-ready pop hits I'll Be In Touch & Dance With Dark Forces are the tracks that get the listener off the street & into the club. & it would not be an Electric Six album without an epic closer, that being the beautiful & haunting Spacewalkin', the ballad that assures the listener that the vampire has now fed & will live a thousand more years, albeit in outer space. Electric Six changes more frequently than change itself, but ultimately this just means they're never gonna put out the same album twice. Fresh Blood for Tired Vampires is poppy & smooth, nasty & raw...& oh so life affirming, especially if you are undead.

$15
Mon, July 1, 2019 (7:00pm - 9:00pm MDT )
Matthew Logan Vasquez with Walker Lukens, PR Newman
An Intimate Evening With.. Matthew Logan Vasquez

Our friend Matthew Logan Vasquez (of Delta Spirit) returns to Urban Lounge for an intimate evening with Salt Lake City. For this one-of-a-kind event, we are limiting the capacity and adding more seating. Rye will also be providing bites and including one specialty drink included in your ticket purchase. Tickets $30 **Seated Event** Limited tickets available. **Includes bites & one specialty drink. 2015 (The Year of The Ram) has been a year of major change for Matthew Logan Vasquez. He moved with his wife, Marthe, from Brooklyn to Austin, he saw the birth of his first child Thor, and after a decade since founding his critically acclaimed band, Delta Spirit, he’s finally decided to go it alone FOR THE FIRST TIME, with his solo debut, The Austin EP, to be released November, 2015 , and a full length LP, Solicitor Returns, to shortly follow in early 2016. This sea- change is reflected on the EP’s stunning psych-folk-rock opener, a ballsy 18-minute track (yes EIGHTEEN minutes) that conjures desert visions of Crazy Horse guitar solos, David Crosby’s mustache, and all the good things about a journey through the past on mescaline. Matt actually grew up in Austin (and Dana Point, CA too) and the song is a slice of his life--an autobiography that isn’t even close to being finished-- an epic American saga that reflects his skill as a remarkable modern songwriter still on the rise. If Richard Linklater could write a song, this would be it. "Matt’s voice and words have that Nashville outcast vibe to it,” says Jay Sweet, producer of the Newport Folk Festival and a longtime champion of Matt’s music. “He’s not California, he’s not Texas, he’s not Brooklyn—even though he’s lived in all of those places. He’s a transplant and a vagabond, which is why he embodies folk and rock music. For a singer- songwriter, he is truly refreshing." Matt went solo for simple reasons-- to return to the style of rock he loves. And when he went solo he REALLY went solo. He plays every instrument on the record, except for two drum tracks and one guitar track. Delta Spirit undoubtedly will be back but he wanted to make a collection of music without the influence of his beloved brethren (it's only natural for a frontman to feel the need to let loose from time to time). You will hear his new material and you will hear Iggy Pop. Neil Young. Kurt Cobain. Gram Parsons. But ultimately, you're hearing Matthew Logan Vasquez. A man young at heart, who loves the shit out of rock music... loves it so much that it's been his life's goal to make the masses reconnect with her spirit. But he's become a father, and he's been through some shit. His dad was a bomb builder. Fact. At the end of the day, Matt’s objective as a singer, a poet, a preacher, a believer in this beautiful bullshit we call “RocknRoll,” is to find some harmony through life’s confusion and to make you feel good about yourself. He'll be spreading his message via his wonderful songs starting in the fall of 2015. You better go put your dimes in his collection basket. Are there better things you can be doin with those dimes?

$30
Tue, July 2, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm MDT )
Culture Abuse with Tony Molina, Young Guv, Dare, Regional Justice Center
Culture Abuse

“I was just waiting ‘til I could get out and play music for the rest of the world,” says David Kelling, songwriter and frontman of Culture Abuse. Bay Dream, Epitaph’s first full-length release for the band, offers up ten impeccably-crafted songs full of personal and universal lessons. And the best advice is simple and practical. “Be kind to the bugs, be conscious of others, be careful with drugs, be kind to yourself even though it gets hard,” Kelling sings out clearly over searing, rhythmic guitars provided by John Jr and new addition Nick Bruder on “Bee Kind to the Bugs.” Together with Shane Plitt on bass and drummer Ross Travers the band provides the same strong rock foundations and memorable, critical lyrics as their debut, Peach, but Bay Dream travels exciting new territory for the five-piece. New territory makes sense, as Kelling has relocated to Los Angeles from San Francisco, and the songs read like open letters to both the cities and the people in them. “I grew up in a super small town called Murphys, California… Once I graduated high school I left. At first I set out for San Francisco, then as everything keeps moving it’s brought me down to LA. So for now I feel like I can’t go back home until I feel fulfilled with chasing this dream.” So there’s no wonder physical and emotional movement play off of each other effortlessly throughout Bay Dream. The title and opening track deals exactly with the guilt of moving away from friends and family to follow a dream. “Dip” is about struggling to keep those loved ones relevant: “Time keeps dragging like a big slug, I get squished like a big bug, trying hard not to lose control, tell me what you wanna say, tell me cuz I wanna know, tell me cuz I gotta go.” The deceptively simple words reveal a happier albeit wiser side of Kelling’s songwriting. “I wrote songs in my head until I got a guitar. Just going after the sound that I think each song needs individually, so the sound is in constant change,” Kelling explains. He cites listening to everything from Billy Boyo, to Paul Simon, to Sly and the Family Stone during the making of the record. Despite the variety of influences there is still plenty of cohesion throughout the songs, thanks in part to Grammy-winning engineer and producer Carlos de la Garza, whose past experience working with artists like Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Eat World, M83, and Paramore was a glove-like fit for the breadth and nuance of Bay Dream. Despite the more upbeat sound and outlook, there is no escaping the uglier side of life. Everywhere lurk threats, obligations, limitations, and the will to fight through them. “Rats in the Walls” is full of the anxious excitement that only the love/hate relationship that is city-life in America could inspire. Lyrics like, “But the bugs in your bed, the rats in the walls, and the bill collecting phone-calls, make it harder and harder, and the rent’s going up… Don’t waste your time” are more about the beautiful fleeting nature of life than any specific apartment. Where Peach dealt with being in the middle of painful times, Bay Dream is about getting through them to find the sweet times are even sweeter. “I miss the way the air smells, I miss seeing the Bay Bridge across the water, the feeling that there is still more out there,” David says of his old city. “It’s a battle because that’s where my family is, and as time goes on everyone’s getting older and I don’t know how much time I have left with them. But I still have work to do out here in the world.” Each song is proof that work is paying off. It’s tempting to see Bay Dream, due out June 15th, as a concept album. “Bluebird on My Shoulder” is the perfect ending song that brings everything into perspective like a drive down the California coastline, and the dub influence is just right. Kelling remarks, “I've written songs like this always. Just finally working up the guts to show other people.” If Bay Dream is any milestone of where the band is going, there are clearly more good things up the road.

$15
Wed, July 3, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm MDT )
Kasadoom with Mowth, Dad Bod
Kasadoom FREE
Fri, July 5, 2019 (9:00pm - 11:00pm MDT )
Goth Formal with Ani Christ, Division of Doubt, Glume
Goth Formal

Join us for a night of goth, new wave, and post-punk. We'll have live bands, a DJ, formal photos, and eyeliner so thick Siouxsie Sioux would be proud. Doors: 9pm FREE before 10:30, $5 after 21+ Ani Christ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORElb9mHVDM&feature=youtu.be Glume: https://glumewaveslc.bandcamp.com/

FREE before 10:30pm, $5 after
Sat, July 6, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm MDT )
The Rolling Stones Tribute Night with Major Tom & The Pirates, The Poppees, The Boys Ranch, ISRNR DJ
The Rolling Stones Tribute Night

The Beatles weren't the only ones bigger than Jesus when the British Invasion began to dominate pop music. Starting out in London, The Rolling Stones represented an entire generation of counter-cultural youth which soon spread to The United States and eventually the world by fusing blues, R&B, soul, psychedelic, and rock and roll into a style all of their own. Tonight, Salt Lake City pays tribute to those long-haired legends with an all local line-up!

$5
Sun, July 7, 2019 (6:00pm - 8:00pm MDT )
Cash'd Out with Dead Cowboys
Cash'd Out

Over the past couple of decades, tribute bands have become big business in the world of concert promotion. And, not surprisingly, the more popular ones are the acts that are most authentic. Such is the case with Cash’d Out, a San Diego based band, that channels Johnny Cash in about as close a manner to the real thing as it gets. How can you tell? Well, beyond critics having anointed Cash’d Out (Douglas Benson on vocals, Kevin Manuel on guitar, Ryan Thomas on bass and George Bernardo on drums) the “next best thing to Johnny Cash,” and the group having won four San Diego Music Awards for Best Tribute Band, the real proof lies in what members of Cash’s inner circle have said. “Cindy Cash came to a show, we made her cry and she gave me a necklace with Johnny's hair in a glass locket,” explains front man and Cash impersonator Douglas Benson. Benson added that Cash producer Lou Robin has also been to several Cash’d Out shows, and claimed that if he closed it eyes it was like “going back in time.” Once the only tribute band endorsed by the official Johnny Cash web page, JohnnyCash.com, Cash’d Out has played to over 1.2 million fans since forming in 2005. And those fans continually tell the group how grateful they are that Cash’d Out continues to bring back memories of loved ones who once raised them on the music of Johnny Cash. W.S. Holland, Cash’s longtime drummer, even sat in with Cash’d Out at a birthday celebration for Johnny Cash hosted by Bill and Shannon Miller of JohnnyCash.com at the Fender Museum in Corona, California. “And (noted Cash historian) Bill Miller let me play Johnny’s cherry sunburst Guild guitar,” added Benson. Cash'd Out has over 150 of JC's songs in their repertoire, and can deliver up to four hours of non-stop entertainment, including the June Carter Cash duets brought back to fame in the Oscar winning film, Walk the Line. Cash'd Out also tailors performances to suit any venue or function -- from clubs, theaters, fairs and casinos to museums and corporate events. The band’s live shows respectfully reference the late, great Man in Black's Sun Records and early Columbia era sound, combined with the energy of the classic multi-platinum live recordings from Folsom Prison and San Quentin. The group's genuine love (and authentic recreation) of Johnny Cash’s music and its universal appeal fans of all ages and of virtually all musical genres makes each Cash’d Out show a must-see event.

$18 ADV / $20 DOS