Local Reviews: All Systems Fail/ Sarcasmo

Local Reviews: All Systems Fail/ Sarcasmo
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This 7″ was two years in the making and unfortunately for fans of either band, the sound quality just doesn’t do them justice. Sarcasmo hails from Mexico and their four-song side of the 7″ features angry punk rock reminiscent of the 80s.  … 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

Local Reviews: Digital Lov/How to Get Down

Local Reviews: Digital Lov/How to Get Down
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What a team! Digital Lov and Tyler Sorensen’s How to Get Down get together to produce an album that most computer-literate people could make with the Fruity Loops program. When it comes to electronica, leave it to experts like Cut Copy and Daft Punk to put out hits.  … read more

Local Reviews: Dreadnought

Local Reviews: Dreadnought
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Dreadnought is back again to rock your face off. I had the distinct privilege of reviewing their first album and I wanted to see how the band had progressed in their heavy alternative sound.  … read more

 
 
Local Reviews: Ghastly Hatchling

Local Reviews: Ghastly Hatchling
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It seems that everyone and his leather-clad dog in Salt Lake is a “noise band” these days. As you may have experienced, half of these follow the “turn on machines, wave hands around, tweak knobs in an angry fashion, call it a piece of music” aesthetic. … read more

Local Reviews: Hew Mun

Local Reviews: Hew Mun
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I’ve heard music like this described before as sculpture, and that really seems to fit this release. Though I do not mean a solid, statuesque figure�this is something far more abstract, almost void of shape, yet still symmetrical and meticulously crafted from every imaginable source of raw material.  … read more

Local Reviews: Lewis

Local Reviews: Lewis
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There’s nothing worse than having to give a local band � which represents you and your local musical community � a bad write-up. Nevertheless, nobody wins when a band continues on, ignorant of their lack of talent. Lewis is the epitome of the-pop punk sound a la Blink 182. Maybe they thought they’d fill the void for all the Blink fans who can’t get over Blink being gone.  … read more

Local Reviews: Stag Hare

Local Reviews: Stag Hare
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This album is nearly 42 minutes long � but feels like 10. Starting off slowly with an almost-tribal melody, Ahspen easily could have been the soundtrack to The Martian Chronicles, because all 42 minutes in this piece are an instrumentation of beautiful bliss that seem to follow an internal storyline. … read more

Local Reviews: The Tenants of Balthazar’s Castle/Stag Hare

Local Reviews: The Tenants of Balthazar’s Castle/Stag Hare
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I once watched a performer maintain a tricky, tempo-swaying drum roll using a stick in one hand and a rubber ball in the other. I was completely mesmerized by the performance, but letdown by the recording and unable to convince any who heard it how magnificent it had been. This is my beef with 90 percent of so-called noise music: you have to see it to appreciate it, otherwise, if you expect anyone to listen, you damned well better make the aural side really interesting.  … read more

Local Reviews: Top Dead Celebrity

Local Reviews: Top Dead Celebrity
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The opening track “Illuminati” on Top Dead Celebrity’s self-titled album made me hope this would be a dynamic instrumental band, and then right towards the end of the well-laced opening track they speed it up, give it the Kyuss kick and the hammer drops. … read more