Musings of Provo (Our Blog)

Archive for the ‘Utah’ Category

News on Battle of the Bands and some local Kickstarters!

Posted on: November 12th, 2011 by Alex Powelson No Comments

I apologize for not updating this in a long time! There is a lot going on in Provo music right now, so I should be back to posting updates more regularly after this. First off, our battle of the bands starts next week:

Have you heard Chance Lewis’s big announcement yet?

There are a few local bands with Kickstarters that are all worth checking out:

Baby Ghosts – they covered The Sonics at one of our Halloween shows and it was AWESOME! They also dressed up as characters from the movie Ponyo. I will post pictures ASAP.

The Archer’s Apple:

The Rooftop Concert Series (already fully funded, but it is still active for almost another month!)

Allred:

In other news, The Moth & The Flame played a sold-out album release show on 11.11.11, and they have another one scheduled for 11.14.11. Congrats guys – and the album is great. SLUG’s podcast, Soundwaves from the Underground, previewed some of the album in Episode 18. Check it out!

Pick up a copy of The Student Review!

Posted on: September 22nd, 2011 by Alex Powelson No Comments

The Salt Lake Tribune wrote about The Student Review relaunch and had this picture to go along with it – they’re all standing right outside of Muse! We are very excited about The Student Review, and we have a stack of them in Muse if you haven’t picked up your copy yet. Alex Wiberg, the blogger behind Muse, also wrote an article about Provo music. Head on over to their website to learn more about The Student Review.

Radiation City (from Portland) stopped by on their nationwide tour

Posted on: August 23rd, 2011 by Alex Powelson No Comments

Rachel Slawson, His Name Is Simon and Don Juan all played on August 11 as well. Below are some photos from the show; click to enlarge and use the arrow keys to scroll through. (Check our Facebook page for videos tomorrow, and be sure to like us!)

Rooftop Concert Series: The Abbey Road Show

Posted on: July 6th, 2011 by Alex Powelson No Comments

The Provo Rooftop Concert Series takes place on the first Friday from May-October. For the July concert, a bunch of local musicians got together and covered The Beatles’ album, Abbey Road, from start to finish.

Click on photos to enlarge and scroll through with the arrow keys.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdYtCwPR9Y4

June 27, 2011 – Brinton Jones and Joshua James at Muse

Posted on: July 6th, 2011 by Alex Powelson 2 Comments

Thanks so much to Brinton Jones (of The Devil Whale) and Joshua James (on Northplatte Records) for playing this show.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=symoPBWnufs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-vGpoPdIqg

Emily Brown’s farewell show

Posted on: July 3rd, 2011 by Alex Powelson No Comments

Emily Brown set up a stage and decorated the Paul Ream Wilderness park for her farewell show before she leaves to do a semester abroad in London. She had her friends Alex Powelson, Maddison Colvin, Kathleen Frewin, Cody Rigby and Jennifer Blosil open the show for her.

Click photos to enlarge and scroll through using the arrow keys.

Photos by Alex Powelson (first color photos) and Trevor Christensen (starts at b&w photos)

Chance Lewis, Apt, Shawty and the Beast and more

Posted on: July 3rd, 2011 by Alex Powelson No Comments

On June 24, 2011, Muse hosted a local hip-hop show featuring Chance Lewis, Apt, Shawty & the Beast, Bonus Bandits, Dream Eater, MC Untytled and Al the Golden Child.

Al the Golden Child and MC Untytled started off the show, but I arrived a little late and didn’t get to see them perform.
Dream Eater, Landon Young’s solo electronic project, took the stage next and said, “This is going to be a change of pace, so come closer.” Landon hung the mic cable from his neck and came off the stage to dance during a few songs, and he even got the crowd to sing along to one of them.
Next up, the Bonus Bandits brought “The Don” from The Playground Bandits onstage to rap and dance with them for a few songs. The high point of the Bonus Bandits’ set was a rap about beards, and after the song, the clean-shaven Bandit in a striped shirt told the crowd that his bearded bandmate had been growing his beard for 11 months straight. The Bonus Bandits ended on a high note, and everyone stayed close to the stage in anticipation for the next act.
Shawty and the Beast had more energy than all the previous acts combined, and they fed off of the attention of the crowd to give them a high-powered set. It was obvious that this was who the audience came to see, along with the headlining act of some more local hip-hop favorites, Apt and Chance Lewis.
Apt, who calls himself #kinghipster on twitter, invited the people in the cafe portion of the venue to come watch him by telling them, “all of my hipster friends, you can come in here now.” Apt and Chance Lewis used the free-flowing, collaborative nature of a hip-hop show to their advantage, and wove their songs together along with bringing a few guests on-stage to perform with them including Cody Rigby, Emily Brown and Donnie Bonelli. Cody sang parts of the chorus to one song, and Emily sang the melody on another. Donnie Bonelli, wearing short orange swim trunks, proceeded to make up a rap about Apt’s mother. The final few songs of the night included Apt’s new single, “Apt Is the New Nervous” and Chance Lewis’s “Velour Girls.”

Click photos to enlarge and scroll through using the arrow keys.

Upcoming events (and look at our new booths!)

Posted on: June 23rd, 2011 by Alex Powelson No Comments

We got some new booths a couple of weeks ago, so if you haven’t seen them yet then come on over and try one of our new sandwiches too.

There are a lot of great shows coming up in the next two weeks. On Thursday, June 23, Divine Comedy is stopping by Muse again. Friday’s show has Chance Lewis, Apt and other hip hop and electronic acts, and Saturday is Schroeder’s CD release.

Check out our calendar for more upcoming events in Provo, and be sure to support the free Rooftop Concert Series as well; the next show is on July 1.

Rooftop Concert #2 – Meaghan Smith, Mindy Gledhill and Ryan Innes

Posted on: June 15th, 2011 by Alex Powelson No Comments

The headlining act of the second Provo Rooftop Concert was recent Juno award winner Meaghan Smith, a Canadian singer-songwriter who is signed to Warner Brothers Records. Locals Mindy Gledhill and Ryan Innes opened the show for her.

Meaghan recorded this video to promote the show:

And here are some photos and live footage from the show:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cgsh6G5qhj4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1LZjdE2_yg

Book on Tape Worm plays last show (until January) at Velour

Posted on: June 1st, 2011 by Alex Powelson 6 Comments
Book on Tape Worm played their “last show until January” at Velour on Saturday, May 28. As you’ll see in the pictures, the bands all played on the floor, surrounded by everyone, and the stage was filled with seats.
Unfortunately, I missed the first hour of the show, so I didn’t get to see Apt, Cory Mon, Cody Rigby and Donnie Bonelli play before The Moth and the Flame. You can check out the #100block tag on twitter to see what some people were saying about the show (and if you’re ever at a show on 100 Block, tag your tweets with #100block so we can find you!)

During their first song, The Moth and the Flame‘s guitarist and lead vocalist Brandon Robbins played a message from his cell phone through his guitar pickups, and he continued to strum his guitar with the phone so the audience could hear a woman’s voice behind the sound of the guitar. Towards the end of the song, he took another cell phone and sang with both of them near the microphone for an additional effect, as you can see in the photos below.

Later on in their set, the audience sang along with The Moth and the Flame, and you can watch a clip of that below:

More photos of The Moth and the Flame:

Book on Tape Worm‘s Scott Shepard prefaced their first song by saying that Book on Tape Worm would be playing all of their songs that night, including some rarely-heard songs. He also announced that thanks to their Kickstarter project, they would be able to finish recording before the three band members (Shepard, Emily Brown and Ciera Black) all part ways for the summer and fall.

(Click on photos to see full size images and scroll through)

 

Book on Tape Worm calls their band “the world’s first lullaband,” and that’s probably the best way to describe their music. Their songs are mostly characterized by beautiful, captivating arrangements and vocal harmonies, and while their music may be able to put you to sleep, it’s not a bad thing. See for yourself: