Ring Rats Anonymous: UCW-Zero TV Taping @ UCW Arena 04.05

Ring Rats Anonymous: UCW-Zero TV Taping @ UCW Arena 04.05
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Wrestlemania weekend. Where dreams, storylines (and in this case) prestigious winning streaks screech to a halt. Hoping all your ‘Mania celebrations were as great as mine. Now on to the real stuff: UCW-Zero’s latest TV taping! … read more

Ring Rats Anonymous: UCW-Zero TV Taping @ UCW Arena 04.19

Ring Rats Anonymous: UCW-Zero TV Taping @ UCW Arena 04.19
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I’ll dispense with the pleasantries and distill my opener to this one thought: you should have been at this taping. Why? Because it was everything a wrestling show should be. Great character-based storylines, splintering partnerships and culminating feuds, a great talent roster that keeps getting deeper and the best fan-driven wrestling in Utah. Do you need any more reasons? Read on then. … read more

Ring Rats Anonymous: UCW-Zero TV Taping @ UCW Arena 05.10

Ring Rats Anonymous: UCW-Zero TV Taping @ UCW Arena 05.10
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An Undertaker-debut-at-Surivivor-Series-1990 entrance to the fans who came out and a Shockmaster-debut-at-Clash-of-the-Champions-XXIV to those who didn’t. … read more

Ring Rats Anonymous: UCW-Zero TV Taping @ UCW Arena 05.31

Ring Rats Anonymous: UCW-Zero TV Taping @ UCW Arena 05.31
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Signs with South Park characters on them to those who trekked out, and a 30-hour loop of Michael Cole explaining how to use the WWE app to those who didn’t. … read more

New Label, New Sound: Ceremony Gets a Clean Cage

New Label, New Sound: Ceremony Gets a Clean Cage
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Zoo, twelve cuts of tuneful despondency, finds the band stretching beyond their “razor-to-the-throat” approach, listlessy incoporating strains of surf, post-punk and goth into their acrid blend of melody and bleakness.  While the approach can whip Internet hardcore kids into a snotty-nosed, finger-pointing frenzy, guitarist Anthony Anzaldo says it’s just part of the biz. “We don’t go into the songwriting process and say, ‘Hey, let’s not write fast parts.’  It’s really not a conscious thing.” … read more

RSD Comics: Randy’s Records

RSD Comics: Randy’s Records
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To celebrate the fifth annual Record Store Day, which takes place on April 21, 2012,  we asked four Salt Lake record stores about the special relationships they’ve forged with some of their favorite customers. The employees at Randy’s chose to profile their favorite regular, Ringo Starr—yes, that’s really his name. … read more

Local Reviews: Doomed to Extinction

Local Reviews: Doomed to Extinction
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This is a batch of three recording sessions slapped onto one CD-R from a salty trio of grindcrushers, all captured (as the title suggests) in Raunch’s back room. Doomed to Extinction cops their name from a killer Disrupt cut, and the nominal homage lends a solid, sonic reference point for the liminal space they occupy, like crud under a toenail, ’tween grind, crust and sludge. … read more

Inky Hands and Pacific Sands: Socal Zinesters and the Development of American Hardcore Punk

Inky Hands and Pacific Sands: Socal Zinesters and the Development...
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Incubated in the Pacific Coast and awakened by California sunshine, the ’80s L.A. punk scene birthed swarms of influential and notorious bands, and inspired youngsters Dave Markey and Jordan Schwartz to document the happenings in the xeroxed annals of their acclaimed fanzine, We Got Power. Recently, a compilation of photos, essays and reprints of the zine was published as the book We Got Power: Hardcore Punk Scenes from 1980s Southern California. SLUG got in touch with Markey to chat about the heady days of ’80s punk. … read more

All Marks Ringside: Ultra Championship Wrestling in the Valley

All Marks Ringside: Ultra Championship Wrestling in the Valley
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“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. … read more

The Salty Boiz: How I Learned to Love Skateboarding in Salt Lake City

The Salty Boiz: How I Learned to Love Skateboarding in...
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I met the Salty Boiz during one of those “transitionary” times in my life. This loosely-knit skateboard brotherhood was composed of Sam Cadillac—a tattooed, Tongan 30-something with a honey voice, a slick pompadour and a missing front tooth—and Jeff Juice, a pie-eyed lurp with as much affection for Herb Alpert and Neil Diamond as Spazz and Scholastic Deth. I felt an immediate kinship with them and their bawdy brand of urban skating. … read more