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Don’t Fear …

SLC hip-hop duo Ply & Reaper rewrite souls and rock the show.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Sick of hearing the same ol’ contrived ’hood stories from rappers? Local duo Ply & Reaper have two genuinely compelling tales that dovetail into one and fuel some of the best hip-hop in town. Ply (real name: Turaj Zaim) was born in the...

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Rocket Roll

Intergalactic rockers The Phenomenauts drop in and tune out on City Weekly.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - It’s late at night in the City Weekly offices. Bill Frost is passed out drunk on his desk; I’m soon to meet a similar fate. We await transmission from a presumably spacebound band called The Phenomenauts. At the stroke of 11:30 (perhaps not...

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Cool Times

The Wolfs keep it short and sweet with 3 and 4, more maximum rock on minidiscs.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - The cover art of The Wolfs’ soon-to-be-released third and fourth minidisc singles (creatively titled 3 and 4) is a definite contender in the Most Patently Offensive Cover category. 3 depicts a salivating lupine creature subjecting a curvaceous woman...

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Ozmosis

The band’s new direction produces a breakthrough album.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Pasadena’s Ozma ain’t the next Zeppelin. In fact, they’re not even close. Their first two albums, Rock and Roll Part Three and Doubble Donkey Disc (2000 & 2001, respectively, both on Kung Fu Records) were, in essence, tributes to...

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Johnny Be Good

Obscurity can’t hide the quality of Long Island rockers Johnny Society.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - You’ve never heard of Johnny Society. Few have. The name may well be synonymous with “John Doe,” for the meager attention they get. But then, Kenny Siegal—Johnny Society’s diminutive singer-songwriter-battery—he doesn’t...

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Swamp Thang

Bayou blues rockers Swamp Boogie wanna sop up your gravy, baby.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Just the other day this guy sitting on my couch and wearing my shoes was ranting. “Can you believe these commercials? How lame is it to be so desperate for a career that you’ll sing about Whoppers, baby back ribs, frozen dinners and soup?”...

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Toilet Training

You and City Weekly: learning about the Tolchock Trio—together.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Even though the name of their current band is Russian slang for a nasty kind of prison toilet, it’s the name of their ninth-grade band that makes two of the members of Tolchock Trio blush: Government Cheese. Sure, the name is funny, but nothing...

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Alpha, Omega

Provo quintet Two & a Half White Guys play ska, or atnleast something like it.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - People wonder why Jerry Lewis is huge in France. Or why hair-metal bands carry on careers in Europe long after the death rattle of their torpedo-sized Aqua Net cans. Still others wonder why, when all signs point to Provo-Orem, aka Happy Valley, aka Stepford,...

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Being Will Sartain

Redd Tape frontguy Will Sartain is also singer-songwriter Will Sartain.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - I could have become an ass!” says Will Sartain, reflecting on his musical upbringing. It’s good his father, folk enthusiast and bassoonist Gene, made instruments available to Will and brother Mike, who plays with local rockers of renown Starmy,...

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Eroded

Salt Lake City’s Erosion call it quits. That is all.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - PCP Berserker. The Obvious. Clover. Just three bands that gave Salt Lake scenesters wood throughout the mid-’90s. They wrote good songs and, at least in the case of the first two, put on extremely hot shows. They flirted with success; rumors of...
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