Local Reviews: Arienette

Local Reviews: Arienette
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This is Arienette’s first full-length album release. The album hits the clichéd acoustic routine found at any open-mic night to the exact point of “I’m glad I didn’t pay for this.” … read more

Local Reviews: Babble Rabbit

Local Reviews: Babble Rabbit
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Boy howdy!! The fuzzed-out funk/punk on this EP is so overwhelming that when you listen to it, you kind of feel like you might be sitting in a pile of your own timber. But rest assured, it’s not you that’s causing this feeling—it’s the astounding sounds of Babble Rabbit. I can’t begin to describe how breathtaking this album is. … read more

Local Reviews: Drew Danburry

Local Reviews: Drew Danburry
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The first time I saw Drew Danburry play live was beside a fire at Kilby Court. I walked into the courtyard mid-song, half the audience turned and shot me dirty looks like I was interrupting something. And in a way I was: the amicable Danburry held court like it was his living room and we were friends who stopped by. … read more

Local Reviews: Game On

Local Reviews: Game On
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Listening to Game On takes me back to the days before teenage girls stole the words ‘punk rock’ to describe Yellowcard and the All-American Rejects.  Playing in the Background is full of songs that, with a bit of work, could sound just like any track on a Fat Music compilation 10 years ago––specifically “Untitled 7” and “Skank If You Got ‘em.” … read more

 
 
Local Reviews: Patter Stats

Local Reviews: Patter Stats
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Listen to this album with headphones. Listen to every album with headphones, for that matter. The two guitars harmonize through stereo and you probably won’t notice unless you are plugged in. What is this Beast? Well, this beast balances energy and harmony in a way that not many albums do. … read more

Local Reviews: Shark Speed

Local Reviews: Shark Speed
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While the pace of most the songs on Shark Speed’s second release, Education EP, have a pace and tonal energy similar to that of the majority of the songs on VH1’s top 20 countdown there is a style about them that gives them an organic genuine vibe. … read more

Local Reviews: Small Town Sinners

Local Reviews: Small Town Sinners
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Small Town Sinners aren’t what you would expect from a local alt country band. Each one of their songs seems to slightly pull at your heart strings and randomly sneak back into your brain when you least expect it. … read more

Local Reviews: Terry Lynn Tschaekofske

Local Reviews: Terry Lynn Tschaekofske
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Illusions makes me tense.  Rather than relaxing to the sounds of a simple guitar, I find myself on edge, waiting for a theme to develop into something compelling.  Each song inflicts dutiful repetition, at around 80 beats per minute, with some reverb. … read more

Local Reviews: Uni.Verse.All. & Roe

Local Reviews: Uni.Verse.All. & Roe
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As much as I dislike the whole outerspace trend going on in hip hop, Eat & Run is not half bad. Made up of U.n.i.verse.all and Roe, two local SLC cats, my only real issue with the album is how it doesn’t sound the least bit like two 15-year-old white kids. From the sound of the voice to the rhymes, the only thing sounding age appropriate is the space-man beats they rhyme over.  … read more

Data/Booty: Packin’ Nobrow Full of Ass

Data/Booty: Packin’ Nobrow Full of Ass
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Data/Booty, a new visual arts and audio project masterminded by Salt Lake City producers Andrew Glassett (Nolens Volens) and Jonathan Higley (//) of MSSV Music, was inspired by the approximately 14,100 Youtube videos that result when one searches for the phrase “booty shaking.” Was this exploitation? Was it a form of female empowerment? Or as Glassett so aptly put, “Are they simply waving their ass in the air to attract a potential mate?” … read more