Perfect lineup, decent sound and tons of energy made day two of CrucialFest 5 a blast. Odium Totus left the crowd surrounding the 21+ stage of Area 51 in ruins after their extreme set. Lupericus’ antics as he pounded bass frequencies out of his instrument intrigued the crowd as Aemilius laid them to waste with his intricate drum patterns. Oxcross increased the momentum with Taylor Williams’ intense performance of jumping around and screaming like a mad man. Demon Lung of Las Vegas, NV took the sound in a new direction with their psychedelic twist on doom metal. Vocalist Shanda Fredrick’s violent red hair radiated a witchy feel as her white dress glowed beneath the stage lights. Following was California’s Castle as the three-piece unleashed their unbelievably high energy on the audience. Liz Blackwell and Mat Davis hardly stood still as they thrashed around the stage with stand-in drummer Stavinski’s thunder providing a solid platform of destruction. The Ditch And The Delta cracked jokes throughout their set and despite some technical trouble with an instrument cable, they closed the show with a bang. Although the emcee introduced five of the six bands incorrectly, the atmosphere was electric.
The two-day Craft Lake City DIY Festival continued on Saturday August 9th after a successful Friday kickoff! Festivities included a VIP patio, local musicians, dance performances, artisans and DIY engineers!
Once upon a time, SLUG Magazine covered the show of I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House in 2003 at the epic Zephyr Club (RIP).
I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House is a Southern rock/punk/country band from Portland, Oregon. The group was formed in 2001 by singer-songwriter and former amateur boxer Michael Dean Damron. In 2000, Damron recorded an album with Jon Burbank (lead guitar) and Flapjack Texas (drums). Mole Harris (bass) joined shortly after. Their sound reflects a varied influence of heavy Southern rock, 70’s rock, country, blues and punk rock.
We dug up a box of old 35mm photos and the result is a flashback Friday to early 2000 when the Zephyr Club was where all the cool kids would hang out. Go back in time with us and get nostalgic with some of these 35mm photos!
It’s Flashback Friday again and it’s time to go back to 2003 when SLUG Magazine covered the F-Minus show at the Utah State Fairground with a 35mm camera.
F-Minus was an independent punk band former in 1997 from Huntington Beach, California. Their sound was defined by very fast hardcore with politically influenced songs. They were known for their dueling male and female vocals in songs that were sometimes as short as 12 seconds (“Fuck You O.C.”).
They say what you have caught on film is captured forever. Here are some of our 35mm memories from the early ’00.
Vans Warped Tour made its first stop in Salt Lake City in 1995 at The Saltair and has grown steadily since then.
Ten years ago, more than 20 bands rocked the valley, when Vans Warped Tour 2005 landed at the Utah State Fairpark. Some of the bands included in the lineup were Fall Out Boy, The Offspring and MxPx.
This week at SLUG magazine, we dug through our box of memories and found 35mm photos of The Transplants playing at Vans Warped Tour 2005 at Utah State Fairpark, with some photos of young local skaters like Mike Plumb AKA Lizard King, Christian Sereika, Levi Faust and Mark White.
Back in 2004 The Cure’s Curiosa Festival landed in Salt Lake City at The USANA Amphitheater. The Cure was the headliner with bands such as Mogwai, Interpol, Melissa Auf Der Maur, The Rapture and pictured here—Scarling. SLUG Magazine brings this flashback Friday photo gallery to get Utah ready for The Cure’s return in 2016 (Jun 3, 2016 @ Maverik Center)! –Marina Quevedo
Day Three of Croosh was a veritable gauntlet of music. A few bands had unfortunately dropped off the bill, including Captured! By Robots and Stickfigures, but there was still barely room to breathe between sets at Area 51. While there was a wide variety of music styles, the day certainly had a post-rock feel to it. Bands like Salt Lake’s own Anthems, Exes, and Worst Friends brought a bit more punk/crust/hardcore action to the sets. National acts like Kowloon Walled City and Giant Squid drew huge crowds stoked to see their complex brands of post-metal live. The night and festival wrapped up with a venue change to Urban Lounge. After the rocking fun of Turbo Chugg and the doomy sludge of Uzala, locals Eagle Twin put on a set to be reckoned with (as always). The fest was capped with a performance by LA’s famous doom metal outfit Goatsnake.
In a certain sense, Bill Frost is the longest-standing SLUG Magazine contributor of us all. He first wrote for SLUG from 1993 to ‘96, under the pen name Helen Wolf. Frost rejoined SLUG’s ranks in January 2018, this time for our SLUGMag.com-exclusive (“because writing for print is so ’90s,” he says) streaming-series column, “Content Shifter.” Each month, Frost picks a theme and breaks down his lists of series that readers can stream for free. He is a wiz when it comes to writing for web, and we guarantee that you’ll reach the end of “Content Shifter” wanting more each time. Frost is also the guitarist for local rock outfit Magda-Vega, with whom he played last July’s SLUG’s Localized, adding to a long list of other Localized appearances. His passion for writing and music may only be paralleled by that for our community, which SLUG communes with. For these reasons and more, we salute Bill Frost!