Review: Kevin Seconds – Off Stockton

Review: Kevin Seconds – Off Stockton
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Kevin Seconds has been making quality music since the late ‘70s. If you know him, it’s most likely from his work with Reno’s hardcore outfit 7Seconds. … read more

Reviews: Vertical Scratchers – Daughter of Everything

Reviews: Vertical Scratchers – Daughter of Everything
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Vertical Scratchers are a two-piece band made up of ex-Brainiac and Enon guitarist John Schmersal and former Triclops! drummer Christian Beaulieu. This is the debut album for the duo, and it stands as a testament to the heartwarming, poetic rock direction that Merge Records seems to be embracing with their new releases. … read more

Food Review: Sapa

Food Review: Sapa
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I had been meaning to visit Sapa for quite some time. The restaurant spared no expense in making itself look nice. The interior is lush and sexy. Blown-glass chandeliers provide the perfect mood and the seating area is open enough that it never feels crowded—even when chatty diners occupy every table. I am no expert when it comes to sushi, but that didn’t stop me from sampling a few options from their list of specialties. … read more

Review: Mike Watt – “Ring Spiel” Tour ’95
Review: OFF! – Wasted Years

Review: OFF! – Wasted Years
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In 2010, when footage of OFF! first started showing up online, fans of old California hardcore music lost their minds. Was Keith Morris actually fronting a punk rock super-group that could savagely jam 17 songs into less than 20 minutes? He was, and they could—it was incredible. Skip forward four years, and here we are with OFF!’s third full-length release. … read more

Fallen Fruit of Utah: Bounty, Beauty and Community

Fallen Fruit of Utah: Bounty, Beauty and Community
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Fallen Fruit is an artistic collaboration among three California-based artists: David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young. The trio’s original art project was to create maps of publicly accessible fruit—places in and around Los Angeles where fruit trees grow on or over public property. The same three artists have collaborated on a Salt Lake-based exhibit called Fallen Fruit of Utah. … read more

Food Review: Black Widow Cafe

Food Review: Black Widow Cafe
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I have visited the Black Widow Café several times for lunch and it has always been the right choice. I’ve seen the place completely empty and completely packed, and in both cases, the service has been good and the food has been quickly cooked to order. Co-owners and chefs John Prescott and Kevin Murphy make everything in-house, and I do mean everything. … read more

Review: Peelander-Z – Metalander-Z

Review: Peelander-Z – Metalander-Z
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I never know if Peelander-Z is fucking with us, or if they’re serious. For a Japanese band peddling its own brand of action comic punk, the reality is they’re both serious AND they’re fucking with us.  … read more

Local Review: Band of Annuals – Let Me Live

Local Review: Band of Annuals – Let Me Live
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Band of Annuals Let Me Live Self-Released Street: 05.08 BOA = Hank Williams + Bob Dylan + Magnolia Electric Company When the Band of Annuals released their live disc last

Review: Poor Lily – Vuxola

Review: Poor Lily – Vuxola
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Musicianship this tight is rarely used to make street punk music, but alas, here we are. Poor Lily aren’t exactly a street punk band, but the general snottiness of the record certainly follows that lead, and mixes this vibe with equal doses of ’80s hardcore and ’90s post-rock. … read more