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Slayer

No More Scares: Age and evolution have metal gods Slayer on the road to classic rock.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Oct 14,2010 - Nobody’s scared of Slayer anymore. The words Slaytanic wehrmacht no longer carry the same gravitas—at least as far as frightening evangelicals into protests and CD burnings.

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Spaff

Calling Dr. Demento: Introducing Spaff, Utah’s own king of spoof songs.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Oct 7,2010 - Spaff blames Mad Magazine for planting the seed. “It was in grade school,” he says, when the esteemed satirical rag ...

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The Melvins

Shit Their Dad Said: SLC taught The Melvins a thing or two about rock.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Sep 30,2010 - It might’ve been 1985 or ’86, reckons Buzz Osborne, “or ’84—somewhere around there.” The Melvins played Salt Lake City, “some warehouse ...”

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Black Mountain Moves Toward Pop

Friday July 30, at Urban Lounge

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Jul 29,2010 - When Black Mountain bowed with the Druganaut EP and their eponymous debut CD about six years ago, fans proclaimed them—on the basis of those silver platters—hot shit ...

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JJ Grey & Mofro at Red Butte

Keeping it casual to keep the music flowing.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Jun 24,2010 - In JJ Grey’s Mofro cosmos, everything is what it is and comes on its own loose, funky schedule. It ought to; Grey’s music is free and easy ...

Summer Guide

Must Love Music

Local concert promoters describe the perilous path to enlightenment.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Jun 9,2010 - It was 1983, and my mom bought three tickets to my first concert: Kiss’ “Lick It Up” tour ...

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Dweezil Zappa tonight at the Depot

Son of the Freak: Dweezil Zappa delivers his dad’s music to a new generation.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Jun 3,2010 - Frank Zappa’s 1966 debut Freak Out! was presciently titled. Zappa’s music evokes a range of reactions, almost all some form of freak-out. You might fall into fits of laughter, go hopelessly bonkers, or get pissed off.

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Nashville Pussy

Pussy Points: These cats like to party.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // May 5,2010 - Any public figure runs the risk of being forever cast in a certain light. The beam that shines on Nashville Pussy, for example, shines a murky amber ...

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PiL: Public Image Ltd.

Rotten Human: Think you know Johnny Rotten? Meet PiL’s John Lydon

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Apr 21,2010 - In 2007, I spoke with John Lydon—better known as Sex Pistols frontguy Johnny Rotten—for Harp magazine’s “Words of Wisdom” feature ...

Cover Story

Gambling in Utah

Utah Hold ‘Em: Games of chance are illegal in Utah, but some players like their odds.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Apr 14,2010 - I wasn’t thrilled to be out in an April evening snowstorm, tired, edgy and rushed—the only dinner I’d eaten was the smell of my wife’s lasagna...
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