Geek podcasting may be rampant in Utah, but actual radio shows based around geek culture are pretty slim across the local airwaves. We could go into a giant rant about how there are only two kinds of radio in this state and how few stations are willing to take a chance on something new, but that's a tired statement that's become the norm.
One of the best tools artists and musicians have been utilizing heavily for the past 5-6 years has been the shop feature from Big Cartel. Prior to sites like Bandcamp allowing you to sell albums directly to the consumer through their program, most bands had to pay enormous fees to set up their own shop on a website, that depending how you set it up, may not work a lot of the time.
Whether it's a professional company or an independent troupe, the Sugar Space in Sugar House has always had an open door to anyone of the performing arts to utilize their facility for practice, classes or performances. In the past couple of years, things started to shift when the Space's resources become maxed out and they were unable to allow new additions, which made founder Brittany Reese look for a new spot to and a bigger area that would accommodate everything they wanted to do.
Hello to all you line-waiting, line-sitting, line-crawling, line-sunbathing, line-sweating, line-socializing, line-adjusting, when-the-hell-are-we-getting-to-the-end-of-this-maze enthusiasts! If you haven't gathered by now, the majority of us are sitting in lines at Salt Lake Comic Con, undoubtedly waiting to see something awesome and failing when we're told the room is full.
While one convention is currently dominating the weekend, there are a number of people gearing up for what may be the last official festival of the summer fest season. (Okay, technically it's fall, but who the hell really cares?)
So if you didn't know by the hundreds of ads and stories that have been happening this week, the Salt Lake Comic Con is about to take over the Salt Palace this weekend. While many people are super-obsessed with the celebrities traveling in, we're gonna focus more on some of the local talent you may not be aware of.
Flip on the radio dial in Utah and you'll be sure to find one of two things in the first five strong signals: stations playing music two decades old and conservative talk radio. It's almost unavoidable when flipping from station to station, especially in one of the most conservative states in the country.
Still closing out the festival season, we've got a few more events left before we hit the fall and people start gearing up for the holiday baraazs. One of the more prominent illustrators you may catch at these events is Kate Wolsey, selling her prints and one-off cartoon creations, featuring an array of characters who often tell an entire story within their small world.
This past weekend had a ton of options for awesome local music, and if you weren't roaming around checking it out, you really missed out. As a quick salute, the evening included a farewell show for longtime Salt Lake Tribune and Salt Lake Magazine writer (and former City Weekly music editor) Dan Nailen before he takes off for his new life in Washington.