Have you ever dreamt that you were at a party in some unfamiliar house, and one of those cool, obscure bands that you admire was playing there? I found myself saying that to a friend one evening recently—one of the strangest, most singular evenings I’ve had in a long time with Pere Ubu! … read more
It’s an all-too-familiar story: A brilliant rock musician succumbs to addiction, the urge to pick up a bottle or a needle, and not put it down. Those are some of the oft-romanticized rock creation/destruction myths. Rock music history is a stockpile, a wrecking yard littered with them. One of the latest casualties, March 16 of this year, was Jason Molina of the bands Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co, from organ failure due to alcoholism. … read more
“Look at that moon!” says Eli Morrison, pointing up to the luminous body in the sky as I am about to enter the Man Vs. Music studio to interview him and his latest project, The Moths, about their impending release, titled Necromancy: Rock & Roll. It’s the smallest full moon of the year, yet seemingly immense in its implications, its portents, its power: evoking the elusive, mysteriously potent subjects of the sounds produced within these walls.
Josh Stippich got into building stereo equipment when he had a recording studio in Highland, Utah, back in the ’90s. His early efforts have transformed into awe-inspiring, immense sound systems that often sell for five figures, and have been featured in high-end audio publications. … read more
The idea for Aldine Presents: With A Little Help From My Friends actually sprung from another event. In August 2010, several bands from the old Salt Lake punk scene staged the Zion Curtain Family Reunion with Massacre Guys and others at the Rim Rock Inn near Torrey, Utah. … read more
This month’s Localized is a meeting of veterans of Salt Lake’s original punk scene and the new breed of local soundsters creating their own musical voice—the experimental, dub-influenced Muzzle Tung open. The Guard Cats have existed barely a year, but they display a diverse sonic palette. On the other end of the continuum, Gnawing Suspicion was one of the first Salt Lake punk bands coming out of the mid-’80s. This inter-generational insurrection will take place Feb. 14 at Urban Lounge at 9 p.m., emceed by Ischa B. and sponsored by Bohemian Brewery and KRCL. It’s $5 to get in if you’re 21+. … read more