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Friday, September 17, 2021

Music Update Sept. 17

Pony Logan's "Cowboy Country Club," September 12 Minutes Max
Pony Logan Releases Cowboy Country Club Just like  on his last release, 2020’s Big Sky, Pony Logan is back with more country experimentation, with perhaps a touch less autotune this time around though.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Movie Reviews: New Releases for Sept. 17

Cry Macho, Prisoners of the Ghostland, The Eyes of Tammy Faye and more
Blue Bayou **1/2 For something that begins and ends as a drama about one very specific real-life issue, writer/director Justin Chon’s film ultimately gets tangled up in too many different issues about the complexities of family. Chon also stars as Antonio LeBlanc, a Korean-born adoptee trying to move on from a life of crime in his marriage to single-mother Kathy (Alicia Vikander) and co-parenting her daughter, Jessie (Sydney Kowalske) while they await the birth of another baby.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Music Update Sept. 10

New music from Icarus Phoenix, Tim Tincher
Icarus Phoenix Album Release One of Utah’s longest-playing and busiest local musicians, Drew Danburry, has a show coming up.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Movie Reviews: New Releases for Sept. 10

The Card Counter, Kate, Malignant, Queenpins and more
The Alpinist *** Real talk now: Evaluating character-study documentaries about mountain climbers for me always collides with the amount of time I spend in a semi-fetal position going “oh fuck holy shit aaahhhhhhh noooooooo.” Directors Peter Mortimer (who also narrates) and Nick Rosen spend two years following Marc-André Leclerc, a 23-year-old Canadian climber whose remarkable feats even amaze fellow climbers, including Free Solo subject Alex Honnold. The filmmakers face something of a unique challenge, in that the free-spirited, publicity-shy Leclerc is perpetually ditching them so he can make his landmark climbs truly on his own, and they do a solid job of building his unique personality and its role in the direction his life took into their narrative.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Music Update Sept. 3

Richie's Thank You, Have a Nice Day; Urban Arts Festival
Richie Releases Thank You, Have a Nice Day Anthony Richardson, also known as Richie, is a young local musician who’s no stranger to the professional world of music-making.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Movie Reviews: New Releases for Sept. 3

Shang-Chi, Cinderella, Worth, We Need to Do Something and more
Cinderella ** There’s a level on which on want to give points to this latest adaptation of the oft-told fairy tale for the chances it takes, but at some point the chances you take also need to work. In a far-off, long-ago kingdom, Ella (Camila Cabello) is stuck in a life of drudgery with her stepmother (Idina Menzel), dreaming of making her own way as a dress designer.

Friday, August 27, 2021

Music Update Aug. 27

Pho3nix Child to Album Release Show Local rapper Pho3nix Child—also known as Cassandra Houston—is welcoming a new project into the world this Saturday, Aug. 28 at The Urban Lounge.

Movie Reviews: New Releases for Aug. 27

Candyman, Vacation Friends, He's All That and more
Ailey *** It’s not always easy coming up with a framework for exploring a great artist’s life, but director Jamila Wignot gets a great framing structure: Watching other artists influenced by the master explore his legacy. The subject is the late dancer/choreographer Alvin Ailey, founder of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and pioneer in bringing both Black themes and Black faces to contemporary American dance at a time when both were few and far between.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Movie Reviews: New Releases for Aug. 12-13

Free Guy, Respect, CODA, Curiosa and more
CODA *** It’s much easier to forgive formulaic material in a movie when the story it’s serving is otherwise so committed to honest emotion and specificity. Writer/director Siân Heder, adapting a 2014 French film, follows high-school senior Ruby (Emilia Jones), a hearing child of deaf adults (hence the acronym that gives the film its title).

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Movie Reviews: New Releases for Aug. 6

The Suicide Squad, Annette, Nine Days, Vivo and more
All the Streets Are Silent *** There’s an entire sub-genre of documentary filmmaking that could be called “Holy Crap, We’ve Got an Amazing Treasure Trove of Archival Footage, So What If It Feels a Bit Shapeless.” Director Jeremy Elkin takes advantage of the resources at his disposal to explore the intersection between skate culture and hip hop culture in New York circa 1987-1997, most of those resources consisting of video footage shot by Eli Gesner as he circulated through both of those worlds. Many of the surviving principals appear on screen to provide context as well, including folks like Fab 5 Freddy, actor Rosario Dawson and many of the skater stars, as they describe the rise of hip hop-centric clubs like Mars, the influential after-hours radio show hosted by DJ Stretch Armstrong and Def Jam Records’ Bobbito Garcia, and the launch of the skate-gear empires Zoo York and Supreme.

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