There are many fine options coming up, including Iron & Wine and Kathleen Edwards at the Twilight Concert Series show at Pioneer Park on Thursday. Here’s a little low-down on another gig happening between now and then.
MURDER BY DEATH, BAR DELUXE, Wednesday, 9 p.m., $18
It says something about the sprawling sound of Indiana’s Murder By Death that the band can move from the emo- and punk-friendly label Vagrant Records to the decidedly rootsy Bloodshot Records and it completely makes sense. Whether you consider them a punk band that dabbles in dark murder ballads, or a roots-rock band with the occasional aggressive excursion, Murder By Death are always an exciting listen. The band’s new album, Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon, arrives in September, but they’re stopping in Salt Lake City before then. They’re joined by Missouri’s Ha Ha Tonka, another band that straddles the line between traditional folk-rock and so-called “alternative;” the bands have toured through town together in the past, and it made for a fine double-bill. Make no mistake, though–Murder By Death tops the bill for a reason.