Issue 288 - December 2012

Ultra Championship Wrestling

“Wrestling gives people an outlet,” says star Ultra Championship Wrestling (UCW) wrestler Martin Casaus. “They can forget about any other crap that’s worrying them and just yell at us for a while. It makes me feel good.” And yell they do, like a brawling chorus. They shout, growl and cheer with an unbridled gusto, while a real-deal muscular spandex soap opera, a bloody dayglo boot party, unfolds before their widening eyes.  They know what’s up, that UCW offers the highest quality in-ring product around.

Localized

This month’s Localized features two of Salt Lake’s most humble, eclectic and loud bands playing undefinable music that they love and that flows unfiltered. On Friday, Dec. 14, come worship rock n’ roll at Urban Lounge with two bands who truly believe in the power of music without pretense or ego, and transcend to a new level of musical consciousness for only $5. Rainbow Black opens.

Tyson Bowerbank

Having first set foot on a skateboard at the age of 8, Tyson Bowerbank is a prime example of the up-and-coming. With a resume including Fuel TV, ESPN and a repertoire of high-profile amateur contest finals, Bowerbank has some pretty high credentials. Now, at the age of 18, Bowerbank is a solid, humble skater who just loves being on a skateboard.  With a bag of tricks that most kids only have behind an Xbox controller, this baby-faced Sandy native is on a tear of a come-up and shows no signs of slowing down.

Top 5 of 2012

Whether you’re a Pitchfork diehard or a Metalsucks connoisseur, there’s no doubt that some drool-worthy albums hit the sound waves this year! Take in SLUG contributors’ Top Five albums to make sure you didn’t miss a beat from the rad releases of 2012

Top 5: Atom Age

The second full-length album from this Berkeley, Calif. quintet blows the doors right open with “Dig the Future,” blistering with punk rock fury and garage rock swagger. Brendan Frye’s sax is easily the standout element of The Atom Age’s sound, as he gives an extra gallon of rocket fuel to the band’s already frantically fast numbers , but is an equally effective attitude enhancer in slower songs.

Top 5: Baby Ghosts

Baby Ghosts are one of those surprise bands who were kind of overlooked when they arrived in 2010, but slowly grew on audiences as they got around and played all-ages gigs in Provo and Salt Lake City. The aggressive pop-punk rockers are one of those groups that, quite frankly, we may not deserve yet in the music scene.

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  • Happy Birthday, Maria Valenzuela!
  • 12 Minutes Max @ City Library
  • Marv Hamilton @ Garage
  • NOVA Chamber Music Series Presents: Russian Greats and Moldovan Musings @ Libby Gardner Hall
  • Wretched, Darkblood, Eyes of Damnation, Dezecration, In the Arms of Atrocity @ Metro
  • Christmas Art Adoption @ Photo Collective Studios
  • Park Silly Holiday Bazaar @ The Chateaux
  • Smoke Season @ Kilby
  • Ring Around The Rose @ Rose Wagner
  • Augustana, Scars On 45 @ Urban
  • Hanukkah Begins
  • Voice Male Christmas 2014 @ Abravanel
  • Wolvhammer, King Parrot @ Area 51
  • Amnesty International Write For Rights @ City Library
  • Maxx Teuscher, Moroni @ Why Sound
  • Candy's River House @ Bar Deluxe
  • Kevyn Dern @ Hog Wallow
  • Big Shiny Geek Show Pub Quiz @ Lucky 13
  • Kingdom of Giants, Wounds of Valor, Away At Lakeside, Black Throne, Dethrone the Sovereign @ Metro
  • Creativity in Focus - Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery @ UMFA
  • Blackalicious, Daniel Bambaata Marley, Scenic Byway, Better Taste Bureau @ Urban
  • September Say Goodbye @ Whittier Center
  • Happy Birthday, Joshua Joye!
  • Happy Birthday, Alex Cragun!
  • Kurt Bestor @ Abravanel
  • Corey Christansen @ Garage
  • Morgan Snow @ Hog Wallow
  • Bobby Meader @ Metro
  • Kathleen Frewin @ Muse Music
  • The Bee: True Stories From The Hive; Cobol, Bello, Artemis @ Urban
  • Discard Pile, Jonny Shae Rhees @ Why Sound
  • Happy Birthday, Traci Grant!
  • Magda Vega, Johnny Slaughter, The Bi-Polar Express @ ABG's
  • Kurt Bestor @ Abravanel
  • Razihel @ Area 51
  • Girl On Fire, Raw Fabrics, Zodiac Empire @ Bar Deluxe
  • A.M. Bump @ Bayou
  • Miss Omega @ Brewskis
  • DJ Dolph @ Downstairs
  • The Weekenders @ Garage
  • Stonefed @ Hog Wallow
  • Buttons @ Loading Dock
  • Eidola, My Fair Fiend, Men With Matches @ Muse Music
  • Wild Country @ Outlaw Saloon
  • Utah Blues Society Member Appreciation Holiday Party @ State Room
  • Royal Bliss, American Hitmen @ The Royal
  • The Devil Whale, Max Pain & The Groovies, The North Valley, Starmy, Pleasure Thieves @ Urban
  • Kaleb Austin @ Westerner
  • Kurt Bestor @ Abravanel
  • George T. Gregory All Stars @ Bayou
  • The Coverdogs @ Brewskis
  • Batcave Gothic Industrial Night @ Club X
  • Miss DJ Lux @ Downstairs
  • Parsons Dance @ Eccles Center
  • EC Twins, Ross K @ Elevate
  • Color Animal, The Circulars, Strong Words @ Garage
  • Tony Holiday & The Velvetones @ Hog Wallow
  • Love & Theft, Joel Crouse @ In The Venue
  • Oro Solido @ Infinity
  • Nick Thomas, My Body Sings Electric @ Loading Dock
  • Love & Theft, Joel Crouse, DJ DU @ Outlaw Saloon
  • 3LAU @ Park City Live
  • Winter Solstice Celebration @ Red Butte Garden
  • Winter Farmer's Market @ Rio Grande
  • Marry Christmas @ Rose Wagner
  • Seasons Beatings Pro Wrestling @ UCW-Zero Arena
  • Third Saturday for Families: Make a Clock @ UMFA
  • Flash & Flare @ Urban
  • All-Star Christmas Special @ Velour
  • Kaleb Austin @ Westerner