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Northern Exposure

Canadian band The Sadies are content with American cult status.

A Change of Pace

The Invincible Czars conquer two forms of media at once.

Minstrel in the Gallery

After 50 years, Ian Anderson still aims to give Jethro Tull fans a real experience.

A World of Music

The 32nd Living Traditions Festival delivers music of the world to our doorstep.
Culture is good, they said when we were kids.

Ringmaster Flash

Julian Koster takes his podcast The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) on tour.
It's fitting that this conversation with Julian Koster takes place over the phone.

Wild on the Run

The Wild Reeds offer sweet harmonies and head butts.
Soaring vocal harmonies really make a song.

Nothing Is Everything

Taking many forms, Acid Mothers Temple is all things.
Osaka, Japan's Acid Mothers Temple is more than a rock 'n' roll band; it's an immense, free-floating, mind-blowing mothership of psychedelic sound.

Bleed and Become

The pride of Provo, Joshua James evolves through My Spirit Sister.
The places that Joshua James' music takes you can have a profound and lasting effect.

Strong Constitutions

Post-punk duo Civil Lust seeks balance and composure on their debut EP.
What's civilized about something as primal as lust, which leads to grunt-y rutting?

Chances Are ...

You've never heard these Johnny Mathis tunes.
Three-time Grammy Hall of Fame inductee Johnny Mathis has been a staggeringly popular recording artist and performer for more than 60 years.

Three, Seeking a Crowd

With 'Ménage a Trois,' three of Salt Lake City's best bands attempt a deeper musical engagement.
Look at that picture. Do you see the lengths to which some musicians will go for attention?

Don't Fear the Reaper

The birth of SLC trip-pop group Tarot Death Card.
Any horror movie that involves a spooky-ass fortune-teller inevitably has that scene where said soothsayer forebodingly flips over a card, revealing the malicious rictus of death—the Grim Reaper.

Major-League Yobbo

Punk-rock legend Captain Sensible reflects on daft names, free beer and making something of himself.
"Touring is such a blur," Captain Sensible says. That's what every band says—because it's true, and increasingly more so as the miles, shows and years fly by.

Mad Madge

New Shack's Cat Leavy goes solo but continues to work for and with others.
Like most of Cat Leavy's fans, I became acquainted with her through New Shack—her collaboration with Eric Robertson.

Strange Music

Discovering the world through exotic rock 'n' roll.
Since I got my first album when I was 4, I didn't understand much of what Kiss was talking about—like what they meant by, "Meet you in the ladies' room," what they intended to do in there and why, exactly, there was a room for ladies.

Around in Circles

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founder John McEuen always finds his way back to his roots.
"Americana" is a handle that's bandied about quite a bit, but few musicians put it into practice like John McEuen.

Kid Tested, Manchild Approved

You too can stay forever young with 90s Television.
At a distance, the members of 90s Television look like children playing on the Gallivan Center's southern steps.

20 Years a Slave

After two decades of suffering under robot overlords, Captured! By Robots' JBOT takes control.
JBOT is pissed. You'd be, too, if the robot bandmates you'd constructed ripped out your guts and eyes, then forced you to go on the road with them for 20 years, playing their music and listening to them degrade the human race. Or so goes the story of Captured! By Robots, the band created by Jay Vance, JBOT's human alter ego.

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