Salt Lake Magazinehttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/feeds/rss/enA&EADVERTISEMENTAt HomeContestDan Nailen's Lounge ActDealsGetawayGlen Warchol's CrawlerIn The HiveIn The MagazineKid FriendlyMary's RecipeOn the TableOutdoorsPC LifeShop TalkUncategorizedFri, 29 May 2015 09:35:00 +0000Fashion Friday: Nordstrom Half-Yearly Salehttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/05/29/fashion-friday-nordstrom-half-yearly-sale/<p><a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/">Nordstrom</a>'s Half-Yearly Sale is at the very top of my list when it comes to sales. Even in a heavily promotional retail landscape, it’s hard to find sales like this that offer up to 40 percent off designer prices. So I’m always excited to see which pieces I’ve been eyeing will be marked down. And because knowing where to start can be a little daunting, today, I am sharing my favorite shoe and accessory finds at Nordstrom with you. But whether you prefer to shop at Fashion Place or City Creek, or even online from the comfort of your home, you’ll have to hurry, because these amazing deals end Sunday, May 31.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/nordstrom.jpg" width="490"><br><span style=""><span style="">Images left to right: <a href="http://rstyle.me/n/2jbn2z57n">Silver Heels</a>,</span></span><span style=""><span style=""><span style=""> </span></span></span><span style=""><span style=""><a href="http://rstyle.me/n/2jbp5z57n">Cognac Wedges</a>,</span></span><span style=""><span style=""><span style=""> </span></span></span><span style=""><span style=""><a href="http://rstyle.me/n/2jbq8z57n">Printed Pumps</a>,</span></span><span style=""><span style=""><span style=""> </span></span></span><span style=""><span style=""><a href="http://rstyle.me/n/2jbsgz57n">Black Strappy Sandals</a>,</span></span><span style=""><span style=""><span style=""> </span></span></span><span style=""><span style=""><a href="http://rstyle.me/n/2jbtqz57n">Cobalt Pumps</a>,</span></span><span style=""><span style=""><span style=""> </span></span></span><span style=""><span style=""><a href="http://rstyle.me/n/2jbvaz57n">Yellow Sandals</a>, </span></span><span style=""><span style=""><a href="http://rstyle.me/n/2jbwuz57n">Floral Flats</a>,</span></span><span style=""><span style=""><span style=""> </span></span></span><span style=""><span style=""><a href="http://rstyle.me/n/2jby2z57n">Jeweled Sandal</a>,</span></span><span style=""><span style=""><span style=""> </span></span></span><span style=""><span style=""><a href="http://rstyle.me/n/2jcghz57n">Glitter Flat</a>,</span></span><span style=""><span style=""><span style=""> </span></span></span><span style=""><span style=""><a href="http://rstyle.me/n/2jchaz57n">Box Heel Sandal</a>,</span></span><span style=""><span style=""><span style=""> </span></span></span><span style=""><span style=""><a href="http://rstyle.me/n/2jch8z57n">Cognac Sandal</a>,</span></span><span style=""><span style=""><span style=""> </span></span></span><span style=""><span style=""><a href="http://rstyle.me/n/2jci6z57n">White Flat</a>, </span></span><span style=""><span style=""><a href="http://rstyle.me/n/2jcstz57n">Iridescent Earring</a>,</span></span><span style=""><span style=""><span style=""> </span></span></span><span style=""><span style=""><a href="http://rstyle.me/n/2jdkkz57n">KISS Clutch</a>,</span></span><span style=""><span style=""><span style=""> </span></span></span><span style=""><span style=""><a href="http://rstyle.me/n/2jdnbz57n">Gold Watch</a>,</span></span><span style=""><span style=""><span style=""> </span></span></span><span style=""><span style=""><a href="http://rstyle.me/n/2jdn4z57n">iPhone 6 case</a>,</span></span><span style=""><span style=""><span style=""> </span></span></span><span style=""><span style=""><a href="http://rstyle.me/n/2jdp7z57n">Tortise Sunnies</a>,</span></span><span style=""><span style=""><span style=""> </span></span></span><span style=""><span style=""><a href="http://rstyle.me/n/2jdraz57n">Fedora</a>, </span></span><span style=""><span style=""><a href="http://rstyle.me/n/2jdr3z57n">Bucket Bag</a>,</span></span><span style=""><span style=""><span style=""> </span></span></span><span style=""><span style=""><a href="http://rstyle.me/n/2jdtbz57n">Nylon Tote</a>,</span></span><span style=""><span style=""><span style=""> </span></span></span><span style=""><span style=""><a href="http://rstyle.me/n/2jdtsz57n">Mint Hobo</a>,</span></span><span style=""><span style=""><span style=""> </span></span></span><span style=""><span style=""><a href="http://rstyle.me/n/2jdujz57n">Floral Clutch</a>,</span></span><span style=""><span style=""><span style=""> </span></span></span><span style=""><span style=""><a href="http://rstyle.me/n/2jdvnz57n">Studded Bottom Bag</a>,</span></span><span style=""><span style=""><span style=""> </span></span></span><a href="http://rstyle.me/n/2jdwfz57n"><span style=""><span style="">Nude Shopper</span></span></a></p>Abby DollFri, 29 May 2015 09:35:00 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/05/29/fashion-friday-nordstrom-half-yearly-sale/Shop TalkSummer&#39;s here! Party to kick off the Downtown Farmers Markethttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/05/28/summers-here-party-to-kick-off-the-downtown-farmers-market-1/<p align="center">The <a href="http://www.slcfarmersmarket.org/">Downtown Farmers Marke</a>t will celebrate 24 years of providing opportunities for the community to support local on Thursday, June 4<sup>th</sup>. Funds raised at the party will be dedicated towards the new Education Station—a portable Market kitchen.</p> <p align="center"><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/fmsquatters2.jpg" width="300"></p> <p><a href="http://www.squatters.com/">Squatters Pub Brewery</a> will host the Thursday fundraising event from 5:30 – 8:30 PM where guests can sample all of the things that make the Market great: local food, live music, art, food producers, supporters, plus drinks from Squatters and <a href="http://www.beehivedistilling.com/">Beehive Distilling</a>'s Jack Rabbit Gin.</p> <p>Salt Lake City's Downtown Farmers Market pretty much sums up the joys of a Utah summer—sunshine, fresh food, great people.</p> <p>We have one of the best farmers markets in the country—Kim Angeli who runs it for the Downtown Alliance makes sure it really is a market for local farmers and makers—no outside vendors, no re-sellers. The crafts vendors are juried. Pioneer Park is like a giant mellow party every Saturday. </p> <p>The Market—with more than 250 vendors—offers a unique variety of farmers, producers, bakeries, prepared food and beverages, packaged foods and local artisans. This year, it opens <strong>Saturday June 13.</strong> </p> <p>To celebrate and benefit the Market on its 24th anniversary, come <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/%20https:/slcfarmersmarket.org/programs-events/kick-off-fundraiser">party</a> at  Squatters  at 147 West Broadway (300 South).</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/fmfundraiser.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>Thursday, June 4, 2015. 5:30 – 8:30 PM</p> <p>TIcket/donations: $40; $50, day-of at the door.</p> <p> </p>Mary Brown MaloufThu, 28 May 2015 21:47:00 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/05/28/summers-here-party-to-kick-off-the-downtown-farmers-market-1/On the TableSummer&#39;s here! Party to kick off the Downtown Farmers Markethttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/05/28/summers-here-party-to-kick-off-the-downtown-farmers-market/<p align="center">The <a href="http://www.slcfarmersmarket.org/">Downtown Farmers Marke</a>t will celebrate 24 years of providing opportunities for the community to support local on Thursday, June 4<sup>th</sup>. Funds raised at the party will be dedicated towards the new Education Station—a portable Market kitchen.</p> <p align="center"><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/fmsquatters2.jpg" width="300"></p> <p><a href="http://www.squatters.com/default">Squatters Pub Brewery</a> will host the Thursday fundraising event from 5:30 – 8:30 PM where guests can sample all of the things that make the Market great: local food, live music, art, food producers, supporters, plus drinks from Squatters and <a href="http://www.beehivedistilling.com/">Beehive Distilling</a>'s Jack Rabbit Gin.</p> <p>Salt Lake City's Downtown Farmers Market pretty much sums up the joys of a Utah summer—sunshine, fresh food, great people.</p> <p>We have one of the best farmers markets in the country—Kim Angeli who runs it for the Downtown Alliance makes sure it really is a market for local farmers and makers—no outside vendors, no re-sellers. The crafts vendors are juried. Pioneer Park is like a giant mellow party every Saturday. </p> <p>The Market—with more than 250 vendors—offers a unique variety of farmers, producers, bakeries, prepared food and beverages, packaged foods and local artisans. This year, it opens <strong>Saturday June 13.</strong> </p> <p>To celebrate and benefit the Market on its 24th anniversary, come <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/%20https:/slcfarmersmarket.org/programs-events/kick-off-fundraiser">party</a> at  Squatters  at 147 West Broadway (300 South).</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/fmfundraiser.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>Thursday, June 4, 2015. 5:30 – 8:30 PM</p> <p>TIcket/donations: $40; $50, day-of at the door.</p> <p> </p>Mary Brown MaloufThu, 28 May 2015 21:46:59 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/05/28/summers-here-party-to-kick-off-the-downtown-farmers-market/On the TableReview: Robert Plant at The Depothttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/05/28/review-robert-plant/<p><img alt="" height="472" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/planttamborine.jpg" width="337">The Golden God of rock and roll is mostly silver now, but Robert Plant still shined brightly at his sold out show at The Depot on Wednesday night. Plant, backed by his band the Sensational Space Shifters—whom he calls “Psychadellic Sesame Street”—scorched their way through a two-hour set. It didn’t take that long for the Space Shifters to win over the crowd, combining classic rock staples with African percussion and string instruments, while playing old favorites, blues staples and new material.</p> <p>The show at times felt like a crash course in American music history by the world’s coolest history teacher as Plant guided the audience through the inspiration of each new Space Shifters song before they played it—or at least the tune that was the inspiration in the first place. "We've long looked to the U.S. for music,” he said. "And through thievery and skullduggery, I've managed to make a career out of it.” </p> <p>Of course, the audience heard plenty of Led Zeppelin, with each of the old songs instant sing-a-longs as Plant egged them on. The crowd was treated to revamped versions of "Wonton Song," "Black Dog," "Going To California," “Dazed and Confused” and "What Is and What Should Never Be," among others. In what may have been the highlight of the night, a mash-up of Willie Dixon’s "Hoochie Koochie Man,” Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love” and Zeppelin’s "Whole Lotta Love."</p> <p><img alt="" height="561" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/plant2.jpg" width="444"></p> <p>Plant proved he still has all of his iconic moves, as he swung his microphone around the stage and his trademark howls seemed to be no worse for the wear 34 years after Zeppelin’s break up. The rock God fit in some one-liners in between his history lessons. He urged the audience, to put their phones down, "Use your hands. F*** your phones. Come on, let's go!" He introduced one song by claiming it was a an old standard sung by English milkmaids, but when the music started, it was the instantly recognizable Zeppelin tune "Rock and Roll" played straight. Early in the show Plant shouted, "Thank you very much for coming out to see the Sensational Space Shifters. This was an excellent idea on your part.” </p> <p>By the end of the show, no one disagreed. </p>Christie GehrkeThu, 28 May 2015 17:29:00 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/05/28/review-robert-plant/A&EIn The HiveFive for the Roadhttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/05/28/five-for-the-road-62/<p class="p1">As you prep for the weekend, here are <a href="http://www.saltlakemagazine.com/blog/tag/five-for-the-road/">five things</a> to eat, see and do.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>On the Table:</strong> <a href="http://www.saltlakemagazine.com/tastemakers/">Tastemakers</a></p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202015/tastemakersgiveaway2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p class="p3">Don’t miss Salt Lake City’s premier outdoor progressive food and wine tasting event.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Film Review: </strong><a href="http://www.saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/05/26/irisa-film-portrait-of-style-icon-iris-apfel-now-at-broadway-cinema/">Iris—a film portrait of style icon Iris Apfel</a></p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/iris2.jpg" width="375"></p> <p class="p1">Learn—see—the meaning of “icon.”</p> <p class="p2"><strong>PCLife</strong>: <a href="http://www.saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/05/25/yoga-at-the-waldorf-to-support-nepal-earthquake-relief/">Yoga at the Waldorf to support Nepal earthquake relief</a></p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/nepal-youth.jpg" width="460"></p> <p class="p4">Yoga and a book signing to support the Nepal Youth Foundation </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Kid-friendly:</strong> <a href="http://www.saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/05/22/family-first-mondays-at-station-park/">Family First Mondays at Station Park</a></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/princessandpirates.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">If you haven’t already, check out Station Park’s free “Family First Monday” events, starting with the popular Princess and Pirates Party on June 1.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Contest: </strong><a href="http://www.saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/05/05/dog-day-giveaway/">Dog Day Giveaway</a></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/wt0c7499.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Enter to win a Ruffwear Hiking Package and a Kurgo Summer Travel Package for summer adventures with your best friend.</p>Jaime WinstonThu, 28 May 2015 11:00:00 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/05/28/five-for-the-road-62/A&EIn The HiveRecipe: Romina&#39;s Peach Galettehttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/05/28/marys-recipe-rominas-peach-galette/<p>This perfect summer recipe, by Romina Rasmussen of <a href="http://www.les-madeleines.com/index.html">Les Madeleines</a>, ran in Utah Style &amp; Design's Summer 2013 issue.</p> <p><img alt="" height="483" src="/site_media/uploads/June2014/peach-galette6.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Ingredients:</p> <p class="p1">1/2 sheet pre-made frozen pastry puff<br><span>1/3 cup almond cream*<br></span><span>5–6 peaches (not too ripe) cut into thin slices<br></span><span>Melted butter for brushing<br></span><span>Vanilla sugar** for sprinkling<br></span><span>1 egg, beaten</span></p> <p class="p2"><span>Roll the puff pastry into a circle 1/8-inch thick. Work quickly to keep it from getting warm. Spread the almond cream in the center out to 1.5 inches from the edge of the circle. Starting from the outside working in, slightly overlap the slices in a spiral toward the center. Fold the edges over the peaches crimping as you go. Brush the crust with egg wash and sprinkle with vanilla sugar. Back at 375 F for 35–45 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the fruit has been caramelized.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span>*Almond cream</span></p> <p class="p2"><span>Ingredients:</span></p> <p class="p2"><span>6 Tbsp. butter<br></span><span>5.5 oz. almond paste<br></span><span>1 egg<br></span><span>2 Tbsp. cornstarch<br></span><span>1 tsp. rum</span></p> <p class="p2"><span>Cream butter and almond paste. Add eggs one at a time to mixture, and then add cornstarch and rum (if using). Wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span>**Vanilla sugar</span></p> <p class="p2"><span>Ingredients:</span></p> <p class="p2"><span>2 cups sugar<br></span><span>1 new vanilla bean or two used beans</span></p> <p class="p2"><span>Slice the new bean down the center lengthwise. Using the back of the knife, scrape the seeds out and mix into the sugar. Place the sugar and the bean into an airtight container for at least a week. The sugar will absorb the oils in the bean.</span></p>Mary Brown MaloufThu, 28 May 2015 10:44:00 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/05/28/marys-recipe-rominas-peach-galette/Mary's RecipeOn the TableA Proper Pub: Avenues Properhttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/05/28/a-proper-pub-avenues-proper/<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/avenuesproperreview.jpg" width="490"><br><em>Rio Connelly, Andrew Tendick and Liam Connelly</em></p> <p><br>A quintessential neighborhood pub in almost every respect, <a href="http://www.avenuesproper.com/">Avenues Proper and Publick House</a> is a rarity in Salt Lake City. Which pretty much makes it a contradiction in terms, since “quintessential neighborhood pub” implies that every neighborhood should have one, yet only a few do. East Liberty Tap House has taken care of 9th &amp; 9th, but until we have more unassuming cozy bar/eateries with conscientious kitchens, Avenues Proper will remain a destination even for those who live far outside the neighborhood.</p> <p>The place retains a low-key neighborhood feel, cozy but not claustrophobic. Open for lunch and dinner until fairly late, open on Sundays for brunch, Avenues Proper is quiet enough for conversation, but still convivial. “Prop-corn” or duck fat popcorn and house-fried potato chips spring to mind when it comes to food, but the bill of fare has expanded quite a bit beyond small plates and snack food. Justin Soelberg has influenced the kitchen, and besides chicken and waffles, which now come with an excellent chicken sausage (also served on a sandwich), you’ll find an upscale version of poutine, roasted chicken breast that comes with a braised thigh, “Parisian” gnocchi with oyster mushrooms and parsnip chips and a lot of other dishes more chef-driven than pub-inspired. The beer selection is growing, too, divided into “always,” “often,” “sometimes” and “rarely” sections—so that though you’ll always find something you know you like, you’ll also always have the chance to be surprised.</p> <p><em>376 8th Avenue, SLC, 385-227-8628</em></p> <p>Avenues Proper is just one of the restaurants at this year's Tastemakers. Click <a href="/tastemakers/">here</a> for more info.</p> <p><a href="/in-the-magazine/june-2015/">Back&gt;&gt;&gt;Read other stories in our May/June 2015 issue.</a></p> <p><em><br></em></p>Mary Brown MaloufThu, 28 May 2015 10:05:00 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/05/28/a-proper-pub-avenues-proper/On the TableArtist to Watch: Zella Dayhttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/05/28/artist-to-watch-zella-day/<p><strong><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/zelladay1.jpg" width="490"><br></strong><em>Zella Day and her band at The Complex last month<br> </em></p> <p><a href="http://zelladay.tumblr.com"><strong>Zella Day</strong></a> is getting ready for her close-up. The small-town native of Pinetop, Arizona already has a first album on her resume. 2009’s folksy <em>Powered By Love</em> was released when she was merely 13, and while largely overlooked, signaled the arrival of a mature artist on the world stage.</p> <p>Now 20 years old, Day (born Zella Day Kerr) will release her major label debut<em> Kicker</em> under Hollywood Records on Tuesday, June 2. If what we have beheld of the pop singer-songwriter in concert and studio recordings are any indication, it might be her ticket to mainstream success among the likes of fellow female solo acts Lana Del Rey and Zola Jesus. (You might remember Day's song, “Sacrifice,” on the<em> Insurgent</em> film soundtrack.)</p> <p>The songstress is currently on the tail end of a North American tour, in which she has both headlined and supported UK rock group <strong><a href="http://www.coastsband.com/">COASTS</a>.</strong> The two acts stopped by <a href="http://www.thecomplexslc.com/">The Complex</a> on Friday, April 24 to a packed room of crossover fans. Rounding out the night’s lineup was Provo band, <strong><a href="http://www.vanladylove.com/">Van Lady Love</a>,</strong> one of the latest acts to have broken out of the local indie music scene. To view more photos from the show, click <a href="https://flic.kr/s/aHskaEs8Z5">here</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="873" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/zelladay2.jpg" width="490"><br><em>Zella Day at The Complex<br> </em></p> <p>The Del Rey-Jesus spectrum feels like an apt description for Day’s music (besides their similar-sounding monikers). Her live act is at once sensual and ethereal, and has some of that playful girlishness sensed from her first record: long, blonde and tousled locks sway synchronously with her billowy Hindu tunic. When she wasn’t rocking out with her band, she was propped on the edge of the stage, pierced by a single beam of light. The theatrics were clearly calculated, but still a breath of fresh air; Day is the paradoxically elusive girl next door.</p> <p>Notable samplings of <em>Kicker</em> can be found in the tracks, “High,” “Compass,” and “East of Eden.” Hit single, “Hypnotic,” is one of her more sensual and Del Rey-esque numbers, complete with slithering lines like, “I want to be on the front line knotted up suit ties talking like a head strong mama.” And the lyrics get even more inviting (if not a bit reaching) in “1965;” “I’ve never had nobody touch me like I’m glass with a moon burnt kiss.”</p> <p>As a young recording artist, it seems as thought Day is still trying to form a distinct voice. For now, she does a great job at channeling the souls of her love-torn, femme fatale contemporaries. However, given a fuller-formed stage presence, it’s a mystical treat to watch Day perform. If you plan on attending Lollapalooza or the Firefly Music Festival, be sure to pencil her in. Go <a href="http://zelladay.tumblr.com/tour">here</a> to check out additional tour dates.</p>Salt Lake magazineThu, 28 May 2015 09:29:00 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/05/28/artist-to-watch-zella-day/A&EIn The HiveTastemakers Countdown, Join Us on Thursday and Fridayhttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/05/27/tastemakers-countdown-join-us-on-thursday-and-friday/<h2>One Pass. Two Days. The Best Of Utah Dining.</h2> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/tastemakers4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Satisfy your taste buds at Salt Lake City's tastiest event of the year: Tastemakers.</em></p> <p>If you've grown tired of the rain and need a reason to celebrate the sun—which has already RSVP'd for this year's Tastemakers—then book your tickets now. Bring your sweetheart, your friends or your children and come try dozens of food samples, each tastier than the last.</p> <p><a href="https://slmag.kostizi.com/"><img alt="" height="98" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/buy-tickets1_copy.png" width="400"></a></p> <p><strong>Thursday May 28 and Friday May 29, 2015 | Gallivan Plaza - Downtown Salt Lake City | 5 to 10 pm</strong></p> <p>Although weather forecasters predict a <strong>sunny 70 degrees</strong> for both Thursday and Friday evening, we'll have tents set up in case of inclement weather. See you there!</p>Ashley MillerWed, 27 May 2015 19:16:00 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/05/27/tastemakers-countdown-join-us-on-thursday-and-friday/In The HiveOn the TableReview: Decemberists at Red Buttehttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/05/27/review-decemberists-at-red-butte/<p><img alt="" height="338" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/decemberists1.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>When Decemberist lead singer Colin Meloy walked onstage in a crisp gray suit and with a glass of red wine in his hand, the crowd at Red Butte cheered loudly—the sold-out wine-and-cheese crowd recognized one of their own, right there on the stage. </p> <p>The bearded Meloy told the audience after the band’s opening number, "The Singer Addresses the Audience": “It’s been a while since we clapped eyes on your fair city. Each one of you is more attractive than the next… It’s an infinity loop of attractiveness.” And so went the rest of the night: Meloy quickly established a rapport with audience, charming them through the chilly evening.</p> <p>The band tore through nearly 20 wordy tunes, bantering with the audience between nearly every one. Instrument changes occurred as often as song changes, as the band confirmed their solid musical chops. </p> <p>The moment everyone in the crowd seemed to be waiting for came at the end of the two-song encore. "The Mariner’s Revenge," a long and winding murder ballad telling the tale of a son seeking revenge on the man who ruined his mother’s life. It ends with the two men being swallowed by a whale (no, really). The rousing song depends largely on audience participation at a pivotal moment, signaled by one member of the band pretending to whip another with his belt (no, really) and a giant paper mache whale (no, really) rolled onto the stage.</p> <p>The crowd went wild during the sea shanty inspired melody.</p> <p>The band, now in it’s fifteenth year, has built an impressive back catalog of songs—often with themes not commonly found in modern music. Where else but a Decemberists show would you hear the frontman say “This is a Civil War Love Story” or “This is about American Imperialism. Good old-fashioned American Imperialism.” But surprisingly, that oddness is the band’s strength and lends to their staying power.</p>Christie GehrkeWed, 27 May 2015 16:40:00 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/05/27/review-decemberists-at-red-butte/A&EIn The Hive