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Now That's What I Call Xmas Music (Redux, Remastered with Bonus Tracks)!

Want more sick and/or sardonic holiday tunes to pipe into your earbuds? Dig our expanded Alternative Xmas Music playlist.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Dec 23,2009 - Can’t get enough alternative Xmas music?

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The Holidays, Your Way

Do you eschew the trad along with the non-trad? Concoct your ultimate alternative holiday—or rent one of ours.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Dec 23,2009 - While a non-traditional celebration of Xmas is fine for most of us, what would you say to a whole new holiday?

Music Articles

Jerry Joseph

New York Groove: Former Salt Lake City/Portland singer-songwriter Jerry Joseph finds a new home in Harlem.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Dec 9,2009 - Jerry Joseph’s story — addiction, applause, anonymity — is familiar to most Salt Lakers...

Music Articles

Puscifer & Neil Hamburger

Tool frontguy Maynard James Keenan and Neil Hamburger: High comedy.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Nov 18,2009 - “Where is my voice showing up?” My voice. That’s artsy-fartsy, misunderstood Maynard James Keenan asking where the interview will appear. How pretentious is that?

CD Reviews

MusicGarage.org

Come Together: SLC's MusicGarage is an all-inclusive club.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Oct 28,2009 - Utah Arts Alliance's loft is prime garage-band practice space. Located in industrial South Salt Lake...

Music Articles

Fu Manchu

Masters of the Fu-niverse: SoCal's Fu Manchu are totally tubular.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Oct 21,2009 - Though their name refers to a mustachioed celluloid villain, Fu Manchu are more like Jeff Spicoli, Ron Slater, and David Wooderson. They symbolize the older, ostensibly cooler, dudes we grew up around

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Chris Smither

He Don't Know: Chris Smither’s low profile is good enough for him.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Oct 7,2009 - He's a happy, comfortable guy, so the idea that he's not as famous as he should be just slides off his back. "How come you ain't famous?" he says, with a dusky laugh...

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Doug Benson

Totally Unmolested: Pot comic Doug Benson operates under the radar.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Sep 23,2009 - Benson is a pot comic. Whether or not you're a toker, you know exactly what that means, although you probably picture Cheech Chong first, maybe George Carlin, or Mitch Hedberg. Benson, however, is...

CD Reviews

Travis Whitelaw's Sexarkana

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Sep 23,2009 - At first blush, Whitelaw's bawdy roadhouse rockers and ballads are Larry the Cable Guy simple. He gives it to a snooty feminist ("She Likes It Rough") and invokes the old chestnut...

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The Proclaimers

The Keck: Scottish one-hitters The Proclaimers keep searching for “the keck.”

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Sep 16,2009 - Yeah, The Proclaimers did that song from Benny & Joon. Everybody knows at least two lines. There's the chorus--"I would walk 500 miles"--and "If I haver." The latter stuck only with Americans...
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