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Music | Honor Roll: Your guide to the City Weekly Music Awards Top 30. Page 2

Posted // January 28,2009 -

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The High Beams
nThe High Beams approach alt-country the way it used to before the indie-proliferation of acoustic guitars: Amps cranked, flannel flying and Chuck Taylors soaked with PBR. Like classic Whiskeytown, they also have the melodies to match the volume. (Bill Frost)

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I Am The Ocean
nWith track titles like “Chasing Bears and Reading Scriptures,” I Am the Ocean are almost as funny as they are heavy—almost. The band tempers brutal, scalding metal with prog-y atmospherics through epic song structures that exhaust and exhilarate. (Bill Frost)

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Joshua James
nIn the last 12 months, Joshua James played shows at Sundance and SXSW. He headlined a 10-week tour, and opened shows nationally for the likes of Swell Season. He appeared in Paste magazine and on NPR’s “Song of the Day.” James also produced and released RuRu’s debut record, Elizabeth, which broke into the iTunes Indie top 10. All while keeping his own 2007 release in the iTunes Folk top 100. In one year. Seriously? Joshua, you’re making the rest of us look lazy. (David Morrissey)

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width=200Kid Theodore
n Talent plus relentless self-promotion have landed these indie-poppers several awards and gigs including a spot at CMJ sponsored by Zig Zag (ironically, no one in the band drinks or smokes). Their 2006 release Hello Rainey demonstrates their multi-instrumental skills matched with admirable professionalism. (Portia Early, X96)
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Laserfang
nBuilt from the ashes of local post-punkers I Am Electric, in 2006 founding members Shane Asbridge and Mike Torretta formed Laserfang with Stephen Chai and Weston Wulle—diversifying the group’s rockin’ sound with electronic/sax-fueled soul and psych. They gigged with newfound momentum and recorded a demo before side projects and a temporary out-of-state move from Wulle put Laserfang on hiatus. 2008 marked their active return. Let’s hope 2009 sends the boys back into the studio to finish those demos so I can get my grubby hands on them. (Angela H. Brown)

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Loom
nProg-punks Loom pack more unclassifiable drama into a song than a P.T. Anderson flick, complex guitars and violins swirling around throaty screams for a ride that’s wildly reckless and coolly controlled all at once. This fission defies definition. (Bill Frost)

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Michael Gross & The Statuettes
nWidely recognized for his role in Let’s Become Actors, Michael Gross picks up where the group left off with pristine pop-rock that sticks in your head long after the last clever line drops. Armed with his Statuettes, he’s fast making a name for himself as one of SLC’s best songsmiths. (Jamie Gadette)

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Mindstate
nMindstate’s Call the Cops is hip-hop with cross-over appeal—smoking soul and R&B with rapid-fire rhymes that when emcee Dusk One performs turn his head red as a radish. He’s a real livewire, giving his all while Honna deftly controls samples including Ogden-based Linus’ genius hooks on “Easy Now.” Steady, steady is the flow… (Jamie Gadette)

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Neon Trees
nAfter a brief stint in Los Angeles, Utah’s indie-pop rockers Neon Trees recently inked a deal with Island/Mercury Records and returned home to make it official. The quartet, long recognized around these parts for their dynamic live shows and tasty synth-driven hooks, inked the deal at Squatters, laying the foundation for continued success in their own back yard. Expect new material in 2009. (Jamie Gadette)

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width=133Paul Jacobsen & the Madison Arm
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A copywriter by trade, Paul Jacobsen transforms onstage into an artist worthy of jamming with Steve Earle who Jacobsen admits traveled a slightly rockier road than his own. “My life is pretty good. I’m not going to sell the sad-sack story. I have a wife I love, a great kid.” All the more reason to celebrate his eponymous LP which sells not one but several sad-sack stories just fine. (Jamie Gadette)
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width=285Purr Bats
n Offering a wonderfully bizarre breath of fresh air since the late 90s, downtown rock veterans Purr Bats produce body-movin’ hits with largely indecipherable lyrics drawing on leader Kyrbir’s penchant for obscure British comics and sitting room dramas. Daring and fun, their pop-gone-sour pushes the envelope with each album. Expect the unexpected in 2009. (Jamie Gadette)
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