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Q&A On a Year in Quar

Community members share hopes and wishes for what's next in the local music scene.

Expanding on the Social

Social Antidote continues supporting local artists by going "hybrid" with pre-recorded and live content.

Seats at the Table

Paul Cardall celebrates a new heart with a new perspective on an inclusive world.

Q&A On a Year in Quar

Community members share hopes and wishes for what's next in the local music scene.
This week, City Weekly asked some questions of the local music community—whether they're players themselves, simple fans, or the kind of people who work in other capacities like managing venues, booking shows and otherwise doing the work to make our music scene what it is.

Busy Be the Hiveminded

No pandemic can get in the way of Salt Lake's new hip hop-centric recording studio.
Whether at home or through studios, local artists have kept writing music and recording it through the pandemic. And there's one local studio that's become quite the hub for helping to produce all this new music.

SPR3's Online Design

An SLC band of yore launches a time capsule of a website recalling the underground zine Chiaroscuro.
In the age of the internet, time moves fast, and things get forgotten. That makes the process of archiving a rather noble task, and one that's especially necessary for those looking to preserve ways of life that are gone now.

It's a Wonderwild Life

A new local label looks to incubate new local musical talent.
What a time it must be to be a young artist—or indeed, a young label. Besides figuring out how to make one's own music, newbies and industry vets alike have been forced to navigate a pandemic for nearly a year.

Addressing the Void

Blaq Void looks to create a label—and an identity—focused on supporting the local music community
Though it's been a barren year events-wise, the dance- and party-focused cadre still put on events like one "Enter the Void" party at Soundwell in October, that besides COVID regulations featured rules like "rage responsibly," "consent consent consent," "plan a safe ride home" and other very heartening advice.

New Year Reflections Pt. 2

More notes from the SLC music scene on 2020 (and 2021).
With 2020 behind us and 2021 now here, there's still a lot of reflecting going on in our music community. Read on for a few thoughts from a few more of its members below.

New Year Reflections Pt. 1

Notes from the local music scene on what we've been through and what's to come.
Who better to send us off from 2020 and into 2021 than SLC's own musical mainstays? Here we touch base with some folks City Weekly has talked to throughout this strange year—and some new ones—as we move into a new one.

2020's Sweet Singles

A taste of some of the best individual tunes from Utah musicians.
Utah musicians have been putting out a lot of music this year, and that includes singles. So, here is the roundup that spotlights the cream of 2020's crop.

To All a Blue Xmas

The documentary Jingle Bell Rocks! explores the weird, wild world of Christmas songs.
Dorough's distinctive, honeyed voice continues with its bebop ease over the tumbling of Davis's instrumentation: "Blue Christmas, that's the way you see it when you're feeling blue / Blue Xmas, when you're blue at Christmastime you see right through / all the waste, all the sham, all the haste / and plain old bad taste."

Merry Music Gifting

Ideas for the music-lover on your holiday list
This holiday is like no other before it, in that many people have been deeply financially impacted by this unprecedented yea.

Is That Your Vinyl Answer?

Nick Passey turns his superfan knowledge into a resource for music lovers and artists.
"We all have that one friend who's super into something, and any time that you need help with that thing, you go to them. 'Which car should I buy? Which phone should I buy? I probably could figure it out, but this person's obsessed with that.' I'm kind of that guy with music."

Coping Through COVID

Finding music in unusual places while fighting off the 'rona.
Below is a log of how I've dealt with the uncanny experience of harboring the killer virus while restlessly bobbing around my apartment. Feel more than free to borrow my coping mechanisms.

For the TikTok

Utah musicians turn to the popular app to help advance their careers.
In the ever-changing landscape of the internet, trends rule—and the biggest trend right now is TikTok. With its emphasis on lip syncing, the app adds a decidedly musical bent to the short format popularized on long gone apps like Vine, and with viral songs just as integral as the video elements, the app has launched some artists to fame.

Pandemic Radio Pt. 2: Aggie Radio

Utah State's team keeps the Cache Valley music scene connected.
For the second part of City Weekly's college radio investigation, we turn northward, up to Utah State University, the home of Aggie Radio and its diverse group of student directors, who help lay out the whole, complicated nature of running college radio—and living as students—through a pandemic year

Pandemic Radio Pt. 1: K-UTE

How college radio is trying to stay vital in a difficult time.
This week, City Weekly starts a brief investigation of the small world of college radio stations—and more specifically, their pandemic survival strategies.

Soundtrack the Season

Musical selections to get you in the Halloween mood
For anyone who loves to get into the spirit of the holidays, particularly one as delightful as Halloween, it can be a challenge to find music that goes beyond "Monster Mash" or the extra long version of "Thriller."


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