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I'm With The Band

Utah bands come in all shapes & sizes

By Austen Diamond
POSTED // Feb 18,2013 - A decent number of Utah bands have been known to make waves on the national stage. In the past three decades alone, Utah gave birth to rampant punk groups (watch SLC Punk), the ’90s Utah County scene—which served as a ska mecca

City Guide

A Music Oasis

Where to see the nation's top acts, or the next big thing to come out of Utah

By Austen Diamond
POSTED // Feb 18,2013 - Given Salt Lake City’s pivotal location in the Intermountain West, it makes logistical sense for touring bands to stop here. But they stop here for more than gas money, because bands love this place.

Music Articles

IAMA President Kevin Jones

What's on your iPod?

By Austen Diamond
POSTED // Feb 14,2013 - “One of the things that sets us apart from other animals is that we perform and treasure music,” Kevin Jones says, speaking as an expert in both anthropology and music.

CD Reviews

Thao Nguyen, Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Reviews: We the Common, II

By Austen Diamond
POSTED // Feb 6,2013 - “We the Common is an album about wanting to be a human who tries and is grateful for the opportunity. It is about wanting to be better and closer to people,” Thao Nguyen says.

Music Articles

Sundance Music Wrap-Up

Music-focused docs & legendary performances

By Austen Diamond
POSTED // Jan 29,2013 - “It’s all the same water,” said Percy Sledge, his voice quiet, raspy, yet filled with the soul of Muscle Shoals.

Food & Drink

Harvesting Roadkill

Scouting for local meat actually not so gross

By Austen Diamond
POSTED // Jan 22,2013 - The line between being a loud & proud responsible food consumer and grossing out friends with roadkill stories is thinner than a highway center line.

Music Articles

What's Up With CWMA?

Annual award showcases move to April

By Austen Diamond
POSTED // Jan 17,2013 - In years past, as I bundle up with coat upon coat each winter night of the City Weekly Music Award showcases, I often hear this radio DJ bit from Groundhog Day in my head

Music Articles

Twenty Feet From Stardom

Sundance doc puts backup singers up front

By Austen Diamond
POSTED // Jan 17,2013 - Gil Friesen, former president of A&M Records, was at a Leonard Cohen performance several years ago. Having smoked a joint prior—“The most expensive joint I’d ever smoked”—he was lost in the music.

Cover Story

Sundance 2013: Music Makers

Riots, metal, The Swampers and even The Eagles show up in this year's Sundance Film Festival lineup

By Austen Diamond
POSTED // Jan 16,2013 - One of my favorite experiences at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival wasn’t a movie or a concert; it was a panel on the subject of comedy in film.

Music Articles

Local Music Predictions 2013

Local luminaries weigh in

By Austen Diamond
POSTED // Jan 10,2013 - If there were a crystal ball at the City Weekly office, it would probably be yellowed from spilt microbeer and buried under a pile of back issues. But let us assume we do have a shiny one, one that works, even.
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