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In The Loop: 9/11/10. Summer Ending & Screw Neon Trees

by Gavin Sheehan
- Posted // 2010-09-11 -

Hello to all you arrogant-hipster half-shaved head styling Neon Trees praising enthusiasts. ...You know, that's a bit mean for me to say without explanation. In fact, I don't believe I've ever expressed why I hate the Neon Trees these days. And before you think it, it has absolutely nothing to do with their new found success, in fact I'm happy with that because it gets the word out about Utah music. (That is, until the day comes they officially "relocate" to California like they've been wanting to do.) I actually enjoyed their act in 2008 as they were coming up around the clubs. Then somehow in early 2009, they turned into dicks, long before they became a national act. Which I can't help but think we're partially responsible for since they won the CWMA's that year. But as a whole their attitudes changed. Like the ever persistent account that they demanded more money from Bar Deluxe or else they wouldn't play, or that time they bailed on SLUG Magazine's "Localized" show and told people not to come because they wouldn't be there, or the time they leveraged the Downtown Alliance with their "celebrity status" to let them close EV3. (Ironic behavior from a band who's website is called "") Sorry kids, but I can't support a band that acts so fucked-up just to be rich and famous. You can praise their music all you want, but if you're gonna go around and treat people like shit in a faux-Brit dialect just because you managed to replace The Used, then you can piss off. What's that Neon Trees? You want me to pay $15 to see you at the Dew Tour on Friday? Sorry, I saw you when you were good at Velour for $5. Have a good one, blokes! I could go on, but let's cleanse that palate with a look at the model.citizen Memorial Wall.

Alright, let's talk events. First up, we've got a Beer Festival downtown today from 1-6PM. But there's a number of banners surrounding this post to tell you about it, click one of them for details. Please join us to partake in beer and you may get your picture taken at the event for our website. But for those of you who can't make it, or are not into beer drinking, or have free time earlier in the day, there's another event up in the avenues. The Avenues Street Fair kicks off this morning at 9AM. Over 250 booths stretching six blocks with music on two stages from twelve different acts. Not a bad little party happening up there. Personally, I encourage everyone to make it a roundabout trip and do both, plus Farmer's Market, but that's probably too active for most.
Then on Sunday... Craft Sabbath! Which if you hadn't heard, they've moved! Outgrowing their humble beginnings inside NoBrow Coffee to the outside, then totally outside when the weather got better, and now being a behemoth event that takes up a quarter of a city block, they find new digs a block down the road at The Main Library. Same crafters as usual with now room for more, all in a building with heating and air conditioning. Head on over and check them out in their new space.

And as we enter next week we see a ton of artistic and musical events bringing an end to summer. The first of these being the latest from the 337 Project and their brand new Urban Gallery All-Star Face Off. Heading back to the Neighborhood House on 5th South to paint the garage doors that brought thousands out to see the beauty they've made twice before, nine artist have eighteen hours to put together a piece on their own door, starting Friday afternoon for seven hours and another eleven on Saturday. Head on over and check out the awesome work and support the Neighborhood House and the work they do for our community.

Meanwhile over at The Hive Gallery in Trolley Square, they'll be showcasing their 24 Hour Art Show. Anyone can enter the competition/showcase. Entry costs $15 (deadline to enter is September 14) which gets you a 12"x12" block of wood to pick up on the 16th. You then have 24 hours to create your works however you wish, with some guidelines upon starting. Then those works will be displayed on the 18th for all to see. Head on over and sign up to be a part of the show.

But next week isn't void of music as we have two big summer-ending shows in the state. The first being up north here in SLC, The Pickle Factory plays host to "Picklepalooza" on Saturday the 18th! The event itself will include belly dancers, painters, DJ's, vendors, a bake sale, its own art show, and badns such as The Plastic Furs, Subrosa, Huldra, the Salt Lake Electric Ensemble and more. Your entry fee to this two-story blowout? ...A suggested $5 donation. I'll put up an official poster and more details up later, but for now, here's a picture of the building.

And down south, another "palooza", this one sitting on the banks and in the water of Lake Powell. You guessed it, its Powellapalooza! (Wait, seriously? I know its the first one ever, but they couldn't come up with a better title? ...Alright.) With a major mix of Utah, Nevada, California and Arizona bands, this is probably one of the biggest summer party events the Southwest will see this year. Kicking off September 23rd for four straight days with an encouragement on getting houseboats and motorhomes out to the event, they'll be taking over three venues and an amphitheater with nearly 200 acts and vendors. I'd tell you more but just trying to summarize so much in this small paragraph doesn't do it justice. Head over to their website and take a gander and what awaits you at the lake. And remember, there are no deadly 3D piranhas in Lake Powell, but there are plenty of sharks running the hotels.

Oh, did we mention film? For those of you inspired to become directors, the Salt Lake Film Society is holding the third installment of its popular Open Screen Nights at the Tower Theater on Wednesday, September 22nd. Bring your short films out for a competition screening between some of Utah's finest, somewhat-okay, and "just learning" filmmakers. Just $5 to enter a film. As of right now we're unsure if its a free screening or just a $1 ticket price, so bring a buck just in case.

And then wrapping up the next couple of weeks in events, Poor Yorick opens its doors for the Fall Solstice and their bi-annual open studio. Featuring familiar faces and new blood taking up the various studios across three buildings, you can check everything out for free from 6-10PM on the 24th, and from 1-5PM on the 25th. I'd would tell you more on this, but words don't do it justice, you must head over and experience the evening. Go look at my photos from this past Spring Open Studio to get a sample of what you'll see.
Damn! Did we cover enough? As for the blog... We'll have an all-locals concert to talk about, chat up a new online poetry project, talk with an artist on the rise, visit a costume shop, hit up Gallery Stroll and explore one man's inventions. At least I hope to do all that as I've had to rearrange things for these coming weeks. As always, we'll see what happens.

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Posted // September 16,2010 at 10:23

Many of you may not know me, but I am Branden and play bass with and am a member of NEON TREES. Those that do know me, know that I don't often chime in on petty blogs for some "he said, she said". This is less a reply to Gavin, as Tyler and others have done well to set that straight. And it's only rock n roll, so get over it world. Life happens. But I dont want to stand by while people like JW drag Tyler's name through the mud. Judson, aren't you like 80 now??? It's time to grow up and get your own life in order and stop being a perp in the scene. Don't say you're talking trash out of love. What you're doing is not love. And ps - nobody cares if you believe Mormon walked the earth or whatever you're trying to say. Take your bigfoot lookin self and get a hobby.


Posted // June 28,2011 at 12:23 - MORMON is a HUGE HOAX and well simply stated ...... WHAT A CON JOB ... a FAKE Religion for a FAKE person .... Oh Yeah


Posted // September 20,2010 at 04:27 - Branden And besides the Bass You Do What again .... Oh you share your SEMEN every chance you get with the LADIES .... Oh What hold the phone Oh yeah That would'nt quit be Ladies Would it Now .... Yeah Mormonism HOLY STUFF ... Bass Player MAN NOW I am Impressed .... 4 string genius WOW what's next the Banjo that has what 5 HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA FACT IS The Mormon LIE was all about Smith and Bring Them Young getting LAID and having the MORONS hand over a 10% idiot levy to them. Mormonism Is a Lie A Whole Lie and Nothing But a LIE. NO EVIDENCE WAS PRODUCED no not any WAKE UP FOLKS you have any EVIDENCE ... here's your Chance ... WHAT HAVE YOU GOT ????? You look like a Reptillian Ghoul .... so GO FOR IT TYLER maybe when your 80 you'll still be COOL


Posted // September 17,2010 at 21:15 - I wonder When Missionaries go about Selling the Mormon Story and trying to get conversions Do They Christian Bash ?? Or disparage other Religions OR is it the To Each There Own SPEEL ??? ie all religions are to be Respected so that Mormonism can as well be Valid ??? I have asked for EVIDENCE and Proof and GOT NONE like usual. I was told to Kill Myself, i was off my Meds and several other BASHING JUD comments LOL. Tyler's Hair really looks like CRAP in MY OPINION nalbeit the Music and Art is Good. It's an amazing thig Tyler Says Mormon Bashing and I say Mormon NEVER WAS and the Whole Story is a PILE. NO evidence was produced or even referenced and once Again I think the TRUTH has been revealled. The Cowardly efforts of a couple folks well SPUTTERED and again The Silence from The LDS Posse is Deafening. WHEN they ever get some INTEGRITY maybe they will Be Honest Until Then REMEMBER .... Where's The Beefr" Judson Witham


Posted // September 16,2010 at 13:23 - Good lord! You do exist! In viewing your photo, everything is explained. back to your insane rants, crazy man. By the way, God hates you. Take care! Better yet, go kill yourself! And post a picture just before you do. It's the least you could do to entertain us and probably the only useful thing you'll even accomplish in your pathetic life.


Posted // September 16,2010 at 13:19 - Hey Judson, oh wise one, oh bringer of truth, how about putting your picture up here so that we can see how you expect everybody else to dress? Oh brave one, oh bible thumping nuthouse escapee. No, really. Show everybody how gutless you aren't, you lame nut. And while you're at it, demanding all that proof and all, why not provide proof that Jesus ever existed? Go ahead, we're waiting. Being a bible-thumping nutsack, you should know that faith has nothing to do with proof. There's no proof at all, anywhere, that your God exists, either. Watch out! Something just flew right over your little head! My hell, bud. You better hope you haven't been using your real name.


Posted // September 14,2010 at 02:02


I have always appreciated the attention you pay to local someone who spends the majority of their time pushing local music and fighting for national attention to be drawn to what we are doing in Provo, it is always awesome to have some support at home.

I can understand how heresy can at some point carry some weight to your opinion, but what is unfortunate about this situation is how far off base that heresy has taken you.

Neon Trees has (even at this early point in their success) done more for the local music scene in Utah than any other band has, period. Everywhere they go, they spend time promoting Velour, their favorite bands in Provo, and encouraging their fans to listen to the music we are producing right here in the valley. Did you know that Tyler designed a shirt he wears during performances that has "PROVO" emblazoned on the back of it? Have you watched any of the interviews Neon Trees has given to MTV and other media sources, where they continually state they are a band that has developed in Utah? Did you hear Jay Leno introduce them as a band "from Utah" when they performed on the Tonight Show?

Did The Used ever do that? Absolutely not.

To not give credit where credit is deserved seems a might oversight on your behalf. NT lives in Utah. They love coming HOME to Utah, and refer to it as such all of the time. In addition to that, you have painted a picture of them as being snobs and too good for the locals. You couldn't be further from the truth. When they are in town, do you know what they are doing? Attending shows at Velour, supporting old and new friends. Don't mistake their being busy or shy as being anything more than that.

Even though you are considered a blogger, I would attribute you as to being involved as a news source...that being said, I would strongly encourage you to further check your rumours and gossip before presenting them as facts. You are doing local music no favor by tearing down one of the best successes Utah has seen, who do exactly the opposite of what you have stated.

And yes, that is Tyler's comment above. I won't bother to address the many mistakes you made in your post, as he has thoroughly and rightfully defended every point you thought you were making.

Cheers, friend.


Posted // September 14,2010 at 12:02 - Thanks, Gavin. There is such an abundance of unrecognized talent being developed here, I hate to see any of it be looked over. Utah is sort of a big deal right now :)


Posted // September 14,2010 at 07:38 - Hey Kaneischa, I'm not trying to cut this short, I'm just phrasing things down as I'm sure the commentary will get much longer than where it is now. Tyler mailed me and I've mailed back and we'll see how the discussion goes from there. But to sum it up, yes, you're absolutely right about their accomplishments. They've made great strides for Utah music in their own right. But specifically for this entry it was him responding to my comments, and my response to his was already long enough without listing all the positives beyond saying they earned their place. Which is a whole other topic I could expound on, but that's for another day. I do appreciate the input and agree with you on most of what you said, but at the same time there's two sides to every story, which is something he and I will probably discuss. ...And as a small P.S., I've seen your website, kudos to you and the stuff you do to promote Provo in your own right.