Local Reviews: Bears on Parade/Everywhere

Local Reviews: Bears on Parade/Everywhere
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Although I don’t find the music incredibly interesting, I love this split on principle. Insert a Plug into a Socket is a DIY, hand-dubbed, tape-only release with typewritten j-cards and a rattlecan colored cassette shell. Now don’t get me wrong—these bands are excellent at what they do, but there’s only so much of this drifty, ambien(t) music I can take before I nod off into a content slumber. … read more

Localized

Localized
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The Broship has set sail, and if you don’t jump on board now, you’re likely to be left behind. On Saturday, March 11, Broship representation will be in full effect at the Urban Lounge with SLC heavy hitting rock n’ rollers Loom and Jesust, plus hip hop openers Green Haus Effect. $5 gets you in. … read more

Welcome to the Vinyl Cult: Buying a Half-Decent Record Player

Welcome to the Vinyl Cult: Buying a Half-Decent Record Player
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After spending an afternoon in the back room of Randy’s Records, a family run establishment that exists because, as founding owner Randy Stinson charitably says, “It’s fun to get vinyl into the hands of people who like it,” I learned just how bad my turntable was. Father and son team Randy and Tom Stinson took one look at my setup and chuckled. I knew my system wasn’t anything special, but a chuckle from these two means bad news. … read more

Prophets of Anarchy: The Mormon Worker

Prophets of Anarchy: The Mormon Worker
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The mash-up of Mormonism and anarchism seems like a concept that would make most anarchists, not to mention the majority of mainstream Mormons, recoil. But to William Van Wagenen, publisher of The Mormon Worker, an irregularly published newspaper devoted to both Mormonism and radical politics, the two philosophies couldn’t be more compatible. … read more

Wicked Cool Records

Wicked Cool Records
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As the United States slowly rots into a stinking musical wasteland, Steven Van Zandt is fighting tooth and nail to save rock n’ roll in its purest and most beautiful form. Van Zandt, who is a weird, walking, breathing encyclopedia of cool, has managed to piece together the aptly named New York-based Wicked Cool Records. Since 2006, Wicked Cool has released some of the most important rock n’ roll that you’ve probably never heard of. … read more

CLC Band: Rifamos

CLC Band: Rifamos
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Formerly called Rodentia, Rifamos includes members of SugarTown, Revolver and Blood Poets. They play the kind of western and surf music that could be the soundtrack to the lives of bandits and outlaws who ride through the deserts of Mexico and the American Southwest, revolutionary characters like Pancho Villa or George Hayduke. … read more

Anchor Ink’s Fifth Anniversary

Anchor Ink’s Fifth Anniversary
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Anchor Ink is celebrating its fifth anniversary this October. Five years surviving on a street lined with about a million competitors is no small feat. But for the shop that claims to employ “the most regular people in the tattoo industry,” their success comes from their ability to create all kinds and styles of tattoos. … read more

You Are What You Do: 10 Years of Boing!

You Are What You Do: 10 Years of Boing!
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There’s one in every neighborhood: a house that young, wild-looking people wander in and out of at all hours of the day and night. Boing!, an anarchist collective house in Salt Lake City, is one of these to be sure. Unlike my neighbors’ place that exists exclusively as an unvacuumed, dimly lit diazepam den, the folks at Boing! (with the requisite exclamation point) are busy making shit happen—real positive, feel-good shit—and they want to change your life. … read more