Review: Going Second – Untitled

Review: Going Second – Untitled
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Going Second Untitled Self Released Street: 07.03 Going Second = Saves the Day + Academy Is If you’re a teenage girl, or just enjoy the occasional cry (I know I

Local Review: Sinthesis – Movement 4:6

Local Review: Sinthesis – Movement 4:6
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Sinthesis Movement 4:6 Raincloud Records Street: 10.31 Sinthesis = Deep Puddle Dynamics + Red Hot Chili Peppers The vibrant underground hip-hop scenes of the east and west coasts have slowly

Running From a Rabid Ring Wraith Clique Basilisk, Serpentine: Aesop Rock Weighs in on Hip Hop’s Health

Running From a Rabid Ring Wraith Clique Basilisk, Serpentine: Aesop...
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“Hip-hop just died this morning and she’s dead,” are the lyrics that instigated the most recent controversy in regards to the current condition of the culture’s oft-debated vitality. The statement

Sage Francis Show Review

Sage Francis Show Review
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Sage Francis, the most sarcastic emcee in underground hip hop, master of irony and double-meaning, sunglass aficionado and founder of the Strange Famous record label blessed Salt Lake with his presence to spread the word about his newest album, Human the Death Dance, and introduce us to a few of the other talented artists in his circle. … read more

The Fourth of July Themed Performance of a Transcendental Clown

The Fourth of July Themed Performance of a Transcendental Clown
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It’s that patriotic portion of the summer, heralding the annual celebration of our great nation’s independence. While we are all puffed up with national braggadocio deciding which aspect of American culture and history we should be most reverent of this year, a moment of geo-political reflection may be in order. … read more

Living Legends with Luckyiam PSC

Living Legends with Luckyiam PSC
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I could not pass up the opportunity to see the whole Living Legends crew in such intimate environs as Kilby Court. After getting lost finding Kilby (happens every time) I finally found it and parked my truck in front of a sign that said “no truck parking.” … read more

Local Reviews: Mindstate

Local Reviews: Mindstate
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This record’s best attribute is Dusk’s organic chorus crafting. He has a proclivity for writing a great hook. A noticeable trend is that he connects most closely with songs he builds entirely himself, tracks like “Lead Life” and “Drat.” The former is a deftly sampled classical beat and has the best chorus on the album, a rap/sung Brother Ali cadence that sounds easy and natural–like it was grafted from the beat.  … read more

Local Reviews: Spitsofrantic

Local Reviews: Spitsofrantic
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Perhaps because my expectations were so low, this album was sort of enjoyable. Spitzo has a solid, balanced, if simple flow. His doubles are well timed-he knows his verses. The record’s frenetic trip-hop-acid-gangsta production fits surprisingly well with it’s dystopian theme.  … read more

Local Reviews: Andy Martin

Local Reviews: Andy Martin
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If I were an indie matriarch, Andy Martin would be my boyfriend of choice. This is because � if his album art portrays a truthful account of his life � Andy writes his music on a typewriter in a chic downtown Provo apartment, appreciates a good bowl of cereal, meticulously selects only the choicest thrift-store threads and has a little calico cat named Mordecai. … read more

Local Reviews: Declaration

Local Reviews: Declaration
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Declaration vacillates from Ben Folds Five piano-ballad quietude (“Half Inch Man”) to humdrum restless lethargy (“Headlines”) all while maintaining a melodically mellow, simple-yet-engaging tone. Perhaps the best compliment for Panic Button is that you will fast find yourself singing along to most of the album’s catchy refrains, naturally grafted onto the album’s crescendo-crashing guitar riffs and cymbal-heavy drum displays.  … read more