Kilby Block Party SLC: 3 bands you CANNOT MISS in the Kilby Block Party 2023 lineup

The Kilby Block Party SLC will be May 12-14.  Details here on the top bands!

The organizers behind the Kilby Block Party SLC have knocked a home run with a lineup next year that will rival some of the best in the country. And right here in the 801! With bigger names come a bigger venue. The Utah State Fairpark at 10th West will host the event May 12-14, 2023. Here are some FAQs on the Kilby Block Party 2023 lineup.

How do you get tickets and which bands do you prioritize? Read on, and listen to songs by the 3 bands you need to put at the top of your list. They may not be at the top of the bill, so keep reading and listening below!

Kilby Block Party 2023 lineup

Pavement tops the list of headliners playing at Kilby's 2023 block party

Maybe you’ve seen the headliners, a Who’s Who of indie rock stardom. In somewhat deliberate order:

  • Pavement. Started playing their reunion tour this year after 12 years on the sideline. It has been 30 years since Slanted and Enchanted put Pavement on the map as one of the 90’s arch indie influencers.
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The comeback kids of 2022, with their bracing single “Spitting off the Edge of the World.” Cool It Down is the YYYs first record in almost a decade. Already topping many Best Of lists in 2022.
  • The Strokes. Remember when The Strokes were going to save rock ‘n roll in 2001 (did it need saving?!) with This Is It? It is a genuinely legendary album but reviews of this year’s live appearances are mixed. New album rumored.

Bookmark this page for Kilby’s daily schedule of headliners:

Additionally, as a testament to the strength of the show (and perhaps their eroding legacy), The Pixies get second billing. Along with Brooklyn stalwarts Parquet Courts and San Francisco’s Deerhoof, you can’t go wrong with any of these decisions.

3 bands you CANNOT MISS in the Kilby Block Party 2023 lineup

Beyond the headliners and these rock legends, though, which bands should be at the top of your list?!

Run the Jewels

Run the Jewels WUT?!  Yes, they're coming to the Kilby Block Party SLC

First, if you weren’t already planning your Kilby Block Party 2023 lineup around Run the Jewels WHAT ARE YOU EVEN DOING?!

Their four releases are modern classics, RTJ4 booming as the outraged soundtrack of the 2020 protests over the death of George Floyd. Remember, too, the songs on RTJ4 are still relatively fresh material for El-P and Killer Mike. Because of the Corona, they’ve only been playing them live for a year.

Last fall, Run the Jewels announced a version of RTJ4 interpreted through Latin American artists. Needed? Eh. Good marketing? These guys are the masters. And MAYBE, just maybe, Run the Jewels 5 will drop just before the Kilby Block Party SLC.

“Goonies -vs- ET” from RTJ4 by Run the Jewels

Buy your preferred RTJ-themed IPA or coffee from Run the Jewels website.

Here is one of the top acts at the Kilby Block Party you may not know. Listen to him here!

Japanese Breakfast

Do I take my daughter to see Japanese Breakfast as part of the Kilby Court Block Party lineup?  Probably not, but I wish she would go!

Second, don’t be dissuaded by the Grammy buzz around Michelle Zauner and Japanese Breakfast. There is so much to like about 2021’s Jubilee. Zauner earns every indie pop hook on Jubilee, and they emerge in the most delightful and unexpected ways. Her arrangements, like on opener “Paprika,” bubble with joy.

This is one I tried to convince my Swiftie daughter to listen to, and with some success. I’m always trying to brainwash her with alternative music and “Tactics” is now a regular on her Spotify playlist. Parenting success!

Buy the son or daughter in your life a Japanese Breakfast tote or “Be Sweet” hat.

The Walkmen

The Walkmen are reunited, and playing at Kilby Block Party 4

Third, besides RTJ and Pavement, I’m probably most excited to finally see The Walkmen, and you should be, too! Hamilton Leithauser and company recently reunited after nine years working on solo projects. I have waxed poetic before about 2010’s Lisbon, and the raspy, soaring vocals on “Angela Surf City.”

The Walkmen will be a treat, so start on their back catalogue right away. I’m also hoping Leithauser plays from his 2020 solo release The Loves of My Life.

Here’s how to get tickets to the Kilby Block Party 2023 lineup

The full Kilby Court Block Party lineup.  Coming May 12-14

Finally, ticket costs for the Kilby Block Party 2023 lineup are…not insignificant.

Single day tickets haven’t gone on sale yet. But if you have the wallet for it, 3-day passes, VIP passes and super-ultra-crazy VIP passes are now on sale here.

The basic 3-day pass is $234. For premium seating and access to a private bar, you can buy a VIP pass for $328. And if you want onto the premium viewing platform with Jon Huntsman*, access to private food trucks and the VIP bar, you’ll need $432 for the weekend.

Kilby says several bands, including a major supporting act, haven’t been announced for the Kilby Block Party SLC yet. They invite you to watch their Instagram page for updates. Also, I didn’t even get to Cuco, who almost made my list of Must See’s but honestly I need to get to bed at decent time. More to come!

*Author’s embellishment

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