Local Reviews: Twilight Transmissions

Local Reviews: Twilight Transmissions
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Possibly one of the most aptly named bands out there, Twilight Transmissions is like something you’d hear on some 3 a.m., non-commercial radio show dedicated to space music, but with a twist of something darker than a black hole. … read more

Local Reviews: Christopher Alvarado

Local Reviews: Christopher Alvarado
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Local ambient-industrial sound artist Christopher Alvarado (Twilight Transmissions, Little Sap Dungeon, Harsh Reality) is at it again with 10 tracks of atmospheric trance soundscapes.  … read more

Local Reviews: Gerschweyn Matthews

Local Reviews: Gerschweyn Matthews
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With titles like “Strategies of Redistribution Regarding Devil Worship in the New World,” it is clear that this six-track album is going to be unusual, maybe even pretentious.  … read more

Local Reviews: DulceSky

Local Reviews: DulceSky
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Locals DulceSky pack a “doubleplusgood” punch with these nine songs. Although they’ve played the Dark Arts Festival and the packaging is reminiscent of ‘90s industrial, this is straightforward indie rock with a dark, intelligent, politicized edge. Oliver Valenzuela’s guitars occasionally recall early U2, but his vocals are far darker, and at times almost Joy Division-morose. … read more

One Sorted Affair: An Intimate Evening with David J

One Sorted Affair: An Intimate Evening with David J
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A sleepy suburb in Utah County, somewhere south of Provo, is not where one would expect to encounter one of the great gothfathers. And yet there we were on a strangely muggy Friday evening—40 or 50 folks folks, mostly middle-aged and bearing the unmistakable marks left by a youth spent (but not misspent) pursuing music on the left of the dial, along with a few kids wearing t-shirts for reunion tours of bands that formed when I was their age, sitting ringed on the tasteful beige carpet around David J Haskins. … read more

Monsters of Industrial: Skinny Puppy at The Complex 12.13 with Front Line Assembly, Haujobb, Youth Code

Monsters of Industrial: Skinny Puppy at The Complex 12.13 with...
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Huge, cavernous and with the worst floor in the history of forever, the Complex SLC played host on a rainy night to the largest gathering of people in black I’ve ever seen in Utah for this four-band extravaganza. … read more

Food Review: Mahider

Food Review: Mahider
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When I first moved to Salt Lake City from rural Louisiana, one thing I loved about “big city life” was the vast variety of cuisines to sample, but I was disappointed that one of my favorites—Ethiopian—was missing. I made it a point to eat at Ethiopian restaurants any time I traveled because it is a wonderful and unique style of food, so I’m pleased to announce that we finally have our very own full-service Ethiopian eatery right here. … read more

Food Review: Pig & a Jelly Jar

Food Review: Pig & a Jelly Jar
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The newest venture by Meditrina Small Plates & Wine Bar founders Amy Britt and Jen Gilroy, Pig & A Jelly Jar is a fresh eatery serving breakfast and lunch seven days a week, and a three-course dinner on Sundays in the west Liberty Park neighborhood.  Fare here includes Monday-through-Friday blue-plate specials, the usual salad suspects, and a variety of Frittatas and sandwiches, crafted in the increasingly popular farm-to-plate model of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. … read more

Food Review: Mazza

Food Review: Mazza
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A Utah staple since 2000, Mazza is arguably the best Lebanese and Middle Eastern restaurant in town. Mazza started as a family eatery, serving their food on paper plates out of the small 15th and 15th location. By 2007, demand was high enough for owner Ali Sabbah to open a second restaurant—an upscale, fine-dining establishment at 9th and 9th. … read more

The Wheels on the Cart Go ’Round… Sometimes

The Wheels on the Cart Go ’Round… Sometimes
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In the mid-2000s, the food cart hit America’s streets in earnest. UrbanSpoon lists 22 local trucks and carts as of this writing, serving everything from discount ramen or horchata to gourmet Asian sliders for a fraction of the cost of sit-down restaurants.   I tried to hit four carts, but it wasn’t easy. Finally, with only a few excuses, I was able to make it to three: World Dog, The Curryer and Union Street Eats. … read more