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film + music

Sometimes I can't even believe that I get to write about the things I do. Each time I've interviewed a musician, covered a concert or reviewed a film, I've felt the same excitement as that initial interview my freshman year of college.

Growing up just south of the city that hosts the largest independent film festival in the United States, I've definitely taken advantage of Sundance and been fortunate enough to cover it several years in a row.

I've also had the opportunity to interview and cover bands like LIGHTS, Matt & Kim, The Naked and Famous, Fitz and the Tantrums, The Head and the Heart, RKDN, Bastille and CHVRCHES to name a few.

 
 Connor Allen / Daily Utah Chronicle

Connor Allen / Daily Utah Chronicle

CHVRCHES crushes it at The Complex

After a well-received performance from opener Mansionair, the lights faded to black and an enormous roar erupted from the crowd, echoing off the walls of a packed Complex last night. The collective shriek continued until the steady beats of CHVRCHES’ (pronounced ‘Churches’) first song greeted a restless Salt Lake City.

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Lights talks songwriting, New Mexico & new album "Little Machines"

Canadian-born artist Lights signed her first deal at 15. Her unique sound and signature look has developed a cult following, and her fans have been looking forward to another album for a long time. Now on tour for her latest album “Little Machines,” I had the opportunity to chat with Lights about her music, Psalms, and how taking a break from life can be the best thing a person could do.

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Sundance: Something every Utahn can be proud of

As a Utah native who rarely takes advantage of the stunning backdrop that is my birthplace, I am all too familiar with the nonchalance that seems to plague us oblivious Utahns. There are some that don’t even bat an eye at the stunning red canyons a few hours south of Salt Lake or the skyscraping mountains that stand proud behind us.

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