Infiltrating the Mainstream: An Interview with The Black Angels

Infiltrating the Mainstream: An Interview with The Black Angels
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It’s a Friday night in Austin, Texas and The Black Angels are wowing a huge crowd with a reverb-heavy set at Cedar St. Courtyard during SXSW 2011. The lights are turned down to a low red glow and people dance as if they’ve been possessed by some sort of rock n’ roll demon. Lead singer Alex Maas appears to be in a meditative trance as he belts out lyrics to songs from the group’s most recent release, Phosphene Dream. … read more

Localized

Localized
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Ride your bicycle down to Urban Lounge on Friday, April 8 to see Heber City rockers Holy Water Buffalo pair up with indie-dance-pop group Shark Speed and openers Red Dog Revival. $5 gets you in. … read more

Construction to Destruction: Not for the Faint of Heart

Construction to Destruction: Not for the Faint of Heart
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It’s hard to believe that the eleventh installment of the SLUG Games has already come and gone. To end the series this year, SLUG Magazine brought you Construction to Destruction, a bone-crushing, face-melting jam of pure destruction housed at none other than Brighton Resort on March 5. … read more

I Want to Live at SXSW

I Want to Live at SXSW
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Every March, musicians, journalists, photographers and industry types descend upon the city of Austin for nearly a week of non-stop music. When music oozes out of everywhere, it’s hard to find something that you don’t like. Mediocre performances are forgotten in the sea of awesome. … read more

 
 
Vinyl Collecting: A Beginner’s Guide

Vinyl Collecting: A Beginner’s Guide
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I honestly can’t remember a time when I wasn’t surrounded by vinyl records. As soon as I had enough money to hit a proper record store, I was there, standing on a box in order to reach the back of the used record bin. Almost a quarter century later, it’s still an obsession of mine. Since record collecting is not an exact science, there are no concrete rules. But there are some things to consider before you jump into it. … read more

Welcome to the Vinyl Cult: Buying a Half-Decent Record Player

Welcome to the Vinyl Cult: Buying a Half-Decent Record Player
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After spending an afternoon in the back room of Randy’s Records, a family run establishment that exists because, as founding owner Randy Stinson charitably says, “It’s fun to get vinyl into the hands of people who like it,” I learned just how bad my turntable was. Father and son team Randy and Tom Stinson took one look at my setup and chuckled. I knew my system wasn’t anything special, but a chuckle from these two means bad news. … read more

Graywhale: The 25-Year-Old Local Music Mammal

Graywhale: The 25-Year-Old Local Music Mammal
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Graywhale is one of the most successful music stores to ever open in Utah—with seven locations ranging from Ogden to Orem. Currently headed by Jon Tueller, Dustin Hansen and Daryl Shieving, the company has been selling new and used CDs and records since 1986. They, like other small music stores, continue to invest in the media that most big-box chains like Walmart and Best Buy are phasing out. … read more

Utah Record Store Day Event Listing

Utah Record Store Day Event Listing
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April 16 marks the fourth annual Record Store Day—a day when independent record stores come together to celebrate good music with exclusive releases from artists and live performances. To help you plan your record store day festivities, SLUG Magazine has organized an itinerary for every independent store in our area. To see a full list of exclusive releases visit recordstoreday.com. … read more

Valen: Burzum’s Varg Vikernes talks Focus, Frustration and Fallen

Valen: Burzum’s Varg Vikernes talks Focus, Frustration and Fallen
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Few names in metal music—or music as a whole—generate as much vitriol as Burzum or its sole member, Varg Vikernes. The Norwegian recording artist has been referred to as the most hated and most dangerous man in metal music. What follows is an e-mail conversation with Vikernes on the eve of the North American release of his latest effort, Fallen. … read more

Teutonic Titans of Terror An Interview With Accept Guitarist Wolf Hoffman

Teutonic Titans of Terror An Interview With Accept Guitarist Wolf...
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If you don’t know this one, you shouldn’t call yourself a metalhead: “And then you’ll get your balls to the wall, man! Balls to the wall!” It just got heavy metal in here, because we’re talking about the mighty German wrecking crew, Accept, who crashed out a nice gleaming slab of metal last year with their album Blood of the Nations. SLUG had the chance to talk to principle member Wolf Hoffmann, creator of some serious metal guitar riffage, about all things Accept. … read more