Blonde Grizzly Year One

Blonde Grizzly Year One
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When I walked into Blonde Grizzly, owners Caleb and Hillary Barney greeted me immediately and were happy to show me their latest addition to the gallery. It wasn’t a painting and it wasn’t a T-shirt or a new piece of jewelry. It was their brand new bundle of joy in a baby carriage, Lily. She slept quietly as we chatted, snug and cozy between the fixtures and decorative art lining the walls of the independent shop, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month. … read more

Local Review: MiNX – 13

Local Review: MiNX – 13
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The duo behind MiNX has always been experimental in their approach to music. Just attend one of their live shows with their costumed antics and you’ll get a clear idea of their creative nature. … read more

Free Comic Book Day: Dr. Volts

Free Comic Book Day: Dr. Volts
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For those of you headed out to Utah comic book stores this Saturday for free comic book day, consider making one special trip to Dr. Volts for a worthy cause.  … read more

Ride Me: A Play With Cruel Intentions

Ride Me: A Play With Cruel Intentions
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 When David Fetzer and company launched the New Works Theatre Machine last November, his idea was to give the experiment with unconventional storytelling devices in order to find more effective and exciting ways to engage an audience. Unfortunately, those plans were cut short in mid-November during their debut production of Go To Hell, at The Pickle Factory when the Fire Marshal stepped in and shut everything down. … read more

Local Reviews: Fox Van Cleef

Local Reviews: Fox Van Cleef
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Fox Van Cleef couldn’t have picked a better title for their first full-length album. The five-piece ensemble have blended elements of funk, psychedelic, rock and blues into a overwhelming concoction of music that doesn’t really match any other Utah band. … read more

Local Reviews: Swindlers

Local Reviews: Swindlers
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The four-piece experimental rockers out of Provo are known best for their live house shows, complete with lights and fog, turning a regular venue show into an experience. Bands who can pull that off will have an audience no matter where they go, but translating that experience onto a recording rarely works. … read more

Local Reviews: Joel Brown

Local Reviews: Joel Brown
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It’s not my place to complain about or bash on religious music. If you enjoy a good gospel number or a rock anthem about heaven, so be it. However, much like the dreaded Parental Advisory label, Christian albums should come with a sticker shaped like a cross so you know what it is. … read more

Local Reviews: Split Lid

Local Reviews: Split Lid
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The great thing about the alternative metal push in the early ’00s was that headline bands recognized they all had a distinct sound and did their best not to copy one another. Everyone following them, however, did, and have not stopped since 2001.  … read more

Local Reviews: Arson Car

Local Reviews: Arson Car
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As much as Arson Car would probably like to be revered as an eclectic indie-rock band with a lot of their Provo peers, the truth is their music feels more like a 90s throwback to the college-radio days. The vocals are an immediate giveaway, as if in adulation to Michael Stipe circa R.E.M.’s Reckoning album—they come across haunting and passionate with a sense of frailty.  … read more

Local Reviews: Avintage

Local Reviews: Avintage
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Harkening back to the alternative-pop that was popular a decade ago, Avintage have put a new spin on the anthem rock genre that met its doom when post-grunge came into fashion. Formed late last year by two college roommates, the duo picked up bandmates from around the state and quickly hit the studio with everything they had.  … read more