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2013 Overlooked Local CDs

Ten local albums that you don't own, but should

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Dec 27,2013 - Every year, we see big releases from local bands we love: SubRosa, L’anarchiste, Polytype, Light/Black and Parlor Hawk, just to name a few.

Music Articles

SubRosa

SLC doom band regroup, release More Constant Than the Gods

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Sep 19,2013 - For local rock fans, watching SubRosa quietly come to an end in early 2011, even as their freshly produced album made waves across the country, was a heartbreaking moment.

Other A&E

A Damn Movie Podcast

Local film podcast reaches episode 200

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Sep 16,2013 - Utah’s longest-running podcast and its cinema-loving hosts haven’t just reached a milestone episode this month; they’ve also branched out into creating material for the medium they celebrate.

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Local Podcasts

A podcast for everything from films to music

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Aug 5,2013 - Podcasting is no longer a fringe medium. As radio broadcasting experiences nationwide downsizing and local stations are playing pre-recorded syndicated voices, upstart audio engineers and talented minds

Music Articles

Light/Black

Local heavy-rock band releases CD

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Jun 6,2013 - Like a hurricane hitting a shore, the heavy-rock Salt Lake City band Light/Black has rolled into the local music scene and left a path of musical destruction in its wake.

Music Articles

Local Music: 10 for 2012

Overlooked releases from 2012

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Dec 27,2012 - Every year, big-name Utah bands steal the local limelight with their album releases. This year, it was GAZA, Dusk Raps, The Suicycles, Thunderfist, The Pleasure Thieves and Joshua James.

Food & Drink

Frisch

"Compassionate eatery" opens in Rico space

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Oct 16,2012 - As far as healthy food goes, yes, Utah has a bit of a hill to climb. Who else would stack two pounds of pastrami on a burger? But with obesity rates rising, more people are looking for healthier local options.

Other A&E

Hello, Sweetie! Turns 1

Podcast offers geek-girl perspective

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Sep 24,2012 - It’s been a year since four geeky gals with a love for Firefly, Doctor Who and Harry Potter gathered in an apartment and started up the Hello, Sweetie! podcast. Since then, the show has gained local nerd notoriety, contributed time to charities and expanded to five participants after lineup changes.

Music Articles

The Pleasure Thieves

SLC rockers prove The Empire Never Ended on debut album.

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Jul 26,2012 - Some things are just better if you wait long enough—like a good whiskey, a bottle of French wine or, in some cases, a band.

Music Articles

Dusk Raps

Local's clinic of pure hip-hop

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Jun 28,2012 - A local hip-hop artist has a brand-new album—seems common enough. But wait—what makes this occasion monumental is that it’s the very first solo effort from one of the scene’s most influential members.

Music Articles

Crucial Fest 2012

Two weeks of local loudness

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Jun 20,2012 - The second-annual Crucial Fest launches Wednesday, June 20, at The Woodshed, beginning a 14-concert program that will carry over two weeks at six different venues.

Comics

Comic-Book Artist Ryan Ottley

'Invincible' artist working in SLC

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Mar 12,2012 - For decades, if you wanted to break into comic books as a writer or an artist, you had to travel to Manhattan ...

Music Articles

Dwellers

SLC 'gut-rock' band bound for SXSW

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Mar 8,2012 - Within the past year, local three-piece Dwellers have made a rapid ascent—not because their music touches listeners’ hearts, but because it hits their guts, with the band’s self-branded bunch of “gut rock”—decisive—tunes.

Music Articles

10 Overlooked Local Albums

Utah releases you need, now

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Dec 29,2011 - Every year, there are big local albums that get major attention. This year, it was SubRosa, the Suicycles, Spell Talk, Palace of Buddies, Starmy ...

Music Articles

Chance Lewis

Reviving Utah County hip-hop

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Dec 1,2011 - Utah County may be home to a dominant indie/folk scene that’s taken root at music venues like Velour, but the local hip-hop crowd has been steadily chugging along and gaining traction with less fanfare

Music Articles

Starmy

SLC rockers release new CD

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Nov 3,2011 - Seafarers will tell you there’s a calm right before the storm. Then, gale-force winds and sideways rains might blow a boat to smithereens.

Music Articles

Palace of Buddies

New release from electro-melodic duo

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Sep 22,2011 - Two years ago, the experimental rock duo Palace of Buddies hit the music scene with an impressive self-titled debut album.

Music Articles

The Plastic Furs

Psych rockers return with new album

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Sep 8,2011 - It’s been a long 2 1/2 years for fans of The Plastic Furs as they’ve waited patiently for an album.

Music Articles

The Numbs

Hip-hop crew to release new CD

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Jul 19,2011 - It’s hard to believe that one of the pioneering groups in Utah hip-hop hasn’t had an album out in nearly four years ...

Music Articles

My Dead Ego

Allison Martin at center stage

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Jun 23,2011 - Ask any musician about the hardship of a band breakup, and they’ll tell you it can, at times, be a long and painful process.

Music Articles

The Suicycles

New full-length CD out Friday

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Jun 14,2011 - For many local musicians, releasing a single EP would be viewed as a huge accomplishment. Not so for The Suicycles.

Visual Art

Jared Steffensen: Lofty Peaks & Wide Streets

SLC artist Jared Steffensen provides a creative take on nature and habitation.

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Apr 11,2011 - To say that Jared Steffensen’s body of work is eye-catching is an understatement ...

Music Articles

The Future of the Ghost

Salt Lake City's The Future of the Ghost return with a new lineup, renewed energy.

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Mar 24,2011 - The last time The Future of the Ghost played as a trio was in May 2009 at The Urban Lounge, declaring that night to be “a final show” before disbanding ...

Music Articles

SubRosa

The Mighty Ones: SubRosa make their long-awaited return.

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Mar 10,2011 - It’s been a long 3 1/2 years since SubRosa’s last official album, Strega, made its debut, establishing the doom-metal rockers as a Utah favorite ...

Music Articles

2010's Utah Local Music Releases

Nearly 200 local releases that we know of.

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Feb 24,2011 - In January of 2010, I started compiling a list of every single Utah album I could find or was notified about.

CD Reviews

Top 10 Albums of 2010 by Utah Artists

You might not own these albums yet, but you should.

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Dec 30,2010 - With nearly 200 local albums released this year, it’s a little hard to choose what to grab at the record shop, especially when some of the names are new ...

Music Articles

Laserfang

First Bite: Salt Lake City’s Laserfang release their debut album.

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Dec 2,2010 - It’s hard to believe that one of Salt Lake City’s most popular live acts has never done an “official” recording.

Music Articles

Theta Naught

Salt Lake City's Theta Naught return stronger, more eclectic and creative.

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Nov 4,2010 - After nearly a decade as a cohesive and influential Salt Lake City band, the members of Theta Naught are no strangers to the changes and experimentation in local music.

Arts & Entertainment

Urban Media Lab Covers Utah's Lesser-Seen Side

Taking it to the Streets: Film group features community culture.

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Oct 18,2010 - An honest fact about Utah media is that the more “urban” aspects of the entertainment scene get very little coverage ...

Music Articles

Muscle Hawk

Salt Lake City's rave-ready band is making waves.

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Sep 7,2010 - No one could have predicted the rise of Muscle Hawk and their musical conquest of the club scene ...

Music Articles

Fox Van Cleef

CD Release Party Friday Aug. 6 at Burt's Tiki Lounge

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Aug 5,2010 - Crawling out of the depths of the Ogden music scene, Fox Van Cleef took the art of the quintet rock group and created a unique sound and live presentation ...

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Sending Messages

Message in a Podcast: Troubled youth share their stories by Sending Messages.

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Aug 2,2010 - When it comes to our podcasting community, a great deal of the material is more topical than personal ...

Music Articles

Dan

Life at High Speed: Salt Lake City entrepreneur Dan “The Laptop Man” Young likes music as high-energy as he is.

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Jul 22,2010 - Any time you turn on local television, it seems you’re destined to see a commercial spot from Dan Young, better known across the state as “Dan The Laptop Man.”

Music Articles

Spell Talk wants you to forget The Naked Eyes

CWMA Band of the Year changes its name.

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Jul 1,2010 - For any band still trying to establish itself, the occasional name change isn’t all that uncommon. But you can imagine what a pain it is for the group and its audience ...

Music Articles

Dave Chisholm & The New Improvised Music Festival

Local jazz man gets into solo groove tonight at Kilby

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Jun 24,2010 - Without question, one of the hardest working musicians in the city has to be Dave Chisholm ...

Music Articles

Red Bennies

In the Red: New album, same unpredictability from SLC stalwarts the Red Bennies.

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Apr 14,2010 - It’s been five years since the last album from the Red Bennies, Shake It Off, and some questioned when, if ever, the band was going to do anything new ...

Music Articles

INVDRS

Heavy Hitters: INVDRS resurrect black metal in Salt Lake City.

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Apr 7,2010 - You'd think that describing yourselves as the only "true" black metal band in Salt Lake City would get your ass kicked...

Music Articles

Plan-B Theatre Company’s Jerry Rapier

Man With a Plan: Jerry Rapier takes a break from his theater schedule to give us a tour of his playlist.

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Feb 24,2010 - Hitting Jerry Rapier up for an interview was pretty easy, but you wouldn't know it from the schedule he keeps ...

Music Articles

Craft Sabbath's Meg Griggs

She’s Crafty: Meg Griggs whistles (heavy metal) while she works.

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Dec 2,2009 - The faithful flock to Nobrow Coffee & Tea on Craft Sabbath to worship at the altar of handcrafted finery.

Music Articles

Patrick Munger

Shoe Horn: SLC artist/entrepreneur Patrick Munger might have pissed off Steve Jobs.

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Nov 11,2009 - As the west end of downtown Salt Lake City further develops into a home for our ever-expanding art community, longtime residents of the area are ostensibly enjoying the company ...

Rant Control

Graffiti Is Still Art

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Sep 23,2009 - "Graff art" shouldn't be confused with the junk idiots paint randomly on walls. I've tried to feature graff art and believe artists who are dedicated to their craft should be given the respect and exposure they deserve.

CD Reviews

Funk & Gonzo

Quality, Not Quantity: Funk & Gonzo finally start building their catalog.

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Sep 16,2009 - One EP? You’d think a band that’s been together for three years would have more recordings under their belt or, at the very least, a full-length album ...

Music Articles

Emme Packer

Slow Burn: Salt Lake's Emme Packer steadily rises behind the scenes.

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Aug 26,2009 - While Utah's music community is generally geared toward groups and ensembles, a dedicated base of artists is making a case for the solo route ...

Music Articles

Kayo Gallery

Take Two: Shilo Jackson and Davina Pallone shuffle while they work.

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Aug 19,2009 - Holding strong in the thriving East Broadway section of downtown, Shilo Jackson and Davina Pallone are busy...

Music Articles

Loom

Progressive Rock: SLC’s Loom unveils Selva Molhada.

By Gavin Sheehan
POSTED // Apr 29,2009 - "Salt Lake City has one of the best music scenes in the country," says guitarist Mike Cundick, adding that residents need to step up to the plate to sustain the thriving community ...
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