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Music: Prime Numbers

Rock minimalists tone it down to the lowest common denominator.

By Ryan Bradford
POSTED // Sep 26,2007 - It’s hard to explain Numbers to those unfamiliar with the Bay Area trio. It’s not that their music is convoluted or pretentious—it’s just difficult to convince people that Numbers are a band. Seriously. Tell someone that you’re...

Music Articles

CD Revue

Music: Black Francis, Le Loup, Shout Out Louds, Kurt Cobain: About a Son

By Ryan Bradford
POSTED // Sep 5,2007 - Black Francis, Blue Finger Over the last year or so, we’ve seen which famous band reunions are justified and which ones were simply fueled by a big money sign (cough The Police cough). Instead of trying to follow the sting of “Fields of...

CD Reviews

CD Revue

Music: New Young Pony Club, Golden Dogs, That 1 Guy

By Ryan Bradford
POSTED // Aug 22,2007 - New Young Pony Club Fantastic Playroom Just when you thought that the current reincarnation of dance-punk was going the way of the buffalo (or ska), along comes the New Young Pony Club to simultaneously save the genre and prove that it’s no boys’...

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Business Casual

Metal duo Big Business are serious about not taking their job too seriously.

By Ryan Bradford
POSTED // Aug 22,2007 - Big Business determine what kind of business they bring to a show by how well they play live—or at least that’s what I assume while talking to drummer Coady Willis. If they play poorly one night, I joke, then they are obviously small business...

Music Articles

Pelican Fly!

Music: Instrumental rockers Pelican soar without a singer to weigh them down.

By Ryan Bradford
POSTED // Aug 15,2007 - An audience feels comfortable watching a front man. Go to YouTube.com and watch any clip of Queen performing and, more than likely, Freddie Mercury’s stage romping will overshadow any guitar prowess of Brian May. As pop culture dictates, image is...

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Local CD Revue

By Ryan Bradford
POSTED // Jul 18,2007 - n n n Kid Theodore, Hello Rainey Bands with more than five members always run the risk of sounding bloated and self-indulgent, adding extraneous instruments just because they can. So it’s refreshing...

Music Articles

Strange Brew

Utah Arts Festival’s “eclectic” lineup could use re-tuning.

By Ryan Bradford
POSTED // Jun 29,2007 - Closing night at any multiday outdoor summer festival is always the best time to attend, if only to gain a better understanding of an environment where riots and mayhem might erupt at any moment. It’s usually after vendors and attendees have had...

CD Reviews

CD Revue

New releases from X27, Femi Kuti and Jennifer Gentle

By Ryan Bradford
POSTED // Jun 18,2007 - X27 Antilove *** ttX27’s music is dirty in a way that only doing a line with a rolled-up Seventeen magazine page could possibly match. Part dance-rock, part noise, but mostly garage-punk, this Chicago threesome churns it out thick, whatever it is....

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Karaoke Hero

Thom Price on the power and pitfalls of being a karaoke DJ.

By Ryan Bradford
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Thom Price has never been thrown up on, and he says this with a bit of reluctance. nn“We’ve had anything from girls flashing to people falling off the stage. I’ve never been barfed on … but I’m waiting desperately for it,”...

Arts & Entertainment

Myth Understandings

For Discovery Channel’s MythBusters, debunking urban legends is all in a (dangerous) day’s work.

By Ryan Bradford
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - You’re an elite spy who has just infiltrated an evil genius’ floating lair and stolen his sinister plans to brainwash the masses via encoded reruns of Everybody Loves Raymond'but you’ve been spotted. Alarms ring and dogs bark behind...
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