Reviews: TEEN – The Way and Color

Reviews: TEEN – The Way and Color
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I knew TEEN would evolve beyond their psychedelic girl group sound—last year’s Carolina proved that. I wasn’t expecting something this good, though. The first track, “Rose 4 U” is familiar enough, but the next one, “Not For Long,” begins to meld ‘90s R&B–style vocal harmonies, modern beats and instrumentation, and spacey textures that are singular to this record and the band itself. … read more

Review: Wye Oak – Shriek

Review: Wye Oak – Shriek
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Like many of their musical contemporaries, Baltimore’s Wye Oak are embracing new modes of music-making and shying away from guitar-based rock structures to favor synthetic sounds and electronic textures.  … read more

Review: Potty Mouth – Hell Bent

Review: Potty Mouth – Hell Bent
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Critics have called Potty Mouth a riot grrrl band, which is dumb, or called them pop punk or post punk, which is inaccurate and ambiguous, or said they sound like ‘90s New England indie rock, which is a little more clear, but still vague.  … read more

Review: Dog Party – Lost Control

Review: Dog Party – Lost Control
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I wish I was as cool as these girls when I was a teenager. … read more

Localized: Problem Daughter

Localized: Problem Daughter
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 Photo: Russel Daniels This month’s Localized is a cross-section of SLC punk: the visceral, dissonant hardcore punk of Foster Body, the surf-soaked party punk of JAWWZZ!! and the acerbic, bittersweet

Step Out of the Sun and into Shades of Pale Brewing

Step Out of the Sun and into Shades of Pale...
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Sequestered deep inside the old Hi-Grade Meats compound at 2160 S. West Temple is Shades of Pale Brewing. You know the place: Its sign had those two smiling cartoon pigs, eager to be turned into hotdogs. The pigs are gone, and now a Shades of Pale sign beckons. … read more

Review: Stanley Classic and Adventure Series Drinking Vessels

Review: Stanley Classic and Adventure Series Drinking Vessels
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Stanley Classic and Adventure Series Drinking Vessels stanley-pmi.com In June of this year, I praised Portland Growler Co.’s ceramic Sprocket growler, but after trying Stanley’s Classic Vacuum Growler, I’m glad

Bitters Lab: Craft Lake City Craft Food

Bitters Lab: Craft Lake City Craft Food
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Photo: John Barkiple Bitters Lab bitterslab.com Most people with a hobby like gardening or record collecting are usually content to keep their hobby as something fun and relaxing to do

Queen Farina: Craft Lake City Craft Food

Queen Farina: Craft Lake City Craft Food
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Photos: John Barkiple Queen Farina queenfarina.com Queen Farina, purveyors of raw honey and honey-based products, began as a scheme to keep Aubrey Johnson’s kids busy. “My sister called me up

Ben Franklin Blowing Bubbles at a Sword

Ben Franklin Blowing Bubbles at a Sword
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In his “first screening, ever, first short film, ever,” Jonathan Napolitano documents three “mental athletes” as they train for and compete in the 2011 USA Memory Championships. … read more