Rock & Pop, Seasonal Special Happenings

Neon Trees/COIN/Fictionist

When: Fri., July 17, 8 p.m. 2015

The Utah outfit Neon Trees has been on the scene for a bit now, landing on the Billboard Hot 100 with several singles over the course of a 10-year career. Notable for bringing handclaps back into fashion with 2011’s “Animal” and setting the pace for LGBT musicians everywhere, the band has strived to revolutionize the way listeners think about mainstream radio hits. Now a year since frontman Tyler Glenn came out as gay in Rolling Stone, the group of childhood friends are all in their 30s and looking to grow up, personally and musically. The current “An Intimate Night with Neon Trees” tour represents a pretty big departure from riding on their float ride in the Macy’s Day Parade or their sold out Times Square performances last year. Instead, Bradley says the band’s looking to reconnect with the fans that first supported them. With changes to the venue and the scale of their performances, Neon Trees are also changing up their sound. Their newest single “Songs I Can’t Listen To” surprised newer fans of the group with its rock instrumentals. The guitar-heavy track departs majorly from their jaunty, keyboard-driven singles. Sophisticated but still danceable, this fresh taste of the band’s new sound has shown that maybe, just maybe, there’s finally hope for rock to get back on the radio. (Brittany Rees)

Price: $22.50 ADV, $25 DOS

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