Witchcraft Show Review

Witchcraft Show Review
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No personal offense to Will Sartain, but his new band The Future of the Ghost really did not belong on this bill. I’m sure some people will dig on these guys as they play out more, and Will is a very talented individual, but they kind of disrupted the whole vibe of the evening, at least for me. … read more

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Burzum: The Extended Interview

Burzum: The Extended Interview
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Few names in metal music—or music as a whole—generate as much vitriol as Burzum or its sole member, Varg Vikernes. What follows is an e-mail conversation with Vikernes on the eve of the North American release of his latest effort, Fallen. *Disclaimer: SLUG magazine does not necessarily agree with, condone, or support certain comments in the following interview, but it is understood that censorship of any kind is a detriment. … read more

Mogwai @ Avalon 05.03

Mogwai @ Avalon 05.03
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Glasgow’s Mogwai were plagued by visa and family issues before they were even able to kick this tour off, so the fact that they were able to pull this show off deserves a round of applause. Now, in case you’ve never seen them—or heard them, for that matter—Mogwai play a blistering mish-mash of rock, shoegaze, metal, indie, and trance-inducing drone. … read more

Mono

Mono
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Having just released their sixth full-length album, For My Parents, and on the eve of the Salt Lake City stop of their current U.S. tour, Japan’s instrumental powerhouse MONO were kind enough to take a few minutes to talk to SLUG via email to give us some insight into the band, their new album, and everything in-between. … read more

Deafheaven, Marriages, Cult Leader @ Kilby Court 07.10

Deafheaven, Marriages, Cult Leader @ Kilby Court 07.10
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The old adage about how the more things change, the more they stay the same is perfect for a description of Kilby Court, the favored venue of the underage and over-hip in Salt Lake City. Since the first time I attended a show there in 1998 or 1999, many improvements have been made to the venue, but the actual room itself is still a sweltering hot mess of juvenile machismo and shared sweat. Granted, the sound has improved immensely from when the venue first opened, but, at least to me, that doesn’t make up for having to wade through the throngs of terrible “ironic” mustaches, distressed V-neck T-shirts and dudes in cut-off chick jeans. Trivialities and old-man judging aside, I ventured out of my cave to attend the Deafheaven/Marriages/Cult Leader show at the aforementioned venue, and though not a total loss, it isn’t an experience I’m going to treasure for the rest of my life. … read more

Local Reviews: Madraso/Blackhole

Local Reviews: Madraso/Blackhole
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Now this is a welcome listening experience. SLC’s Blackhole and Portland’s Madraso each offer up one song on this bit of vinyl heaven (the one they sent me was on clear orange wax). Reviewing 7″s kind of sucks because they’re so short, so I’ll keep this review the same.  … read more

Local Reviews: Dulcesky

Local Reviews: Dulcesky
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If I were ever given the chance to make love to a local record, this would probably be it. And I don’t mean “get sloppy with a lady while a record is spinning;” I literally mean I would fuck this record. … read more

LAST MAN STANDING: The Record Collectors David Hansen Explains Collecting, Longevity, and His Favorite Bands

LAST MAN STANDING: The Record Collectors David Hansen Explains Collecting,...
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When I was 13 years old, I remember opening the yellow pages in search of record shops in Salt Lake City … I was one full-length away from completing my Skinny Puppy collection on cassette. … read more

Local Reviews: SubRosa

Local Reviews: SubRosa
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The ever-changing lineup of SubRosa has yielded some musical surprises over their brief recording history, and they continue to surprise with Swans Trapped in Ice, their latest three-song EP.  … read more