Local Reviews: Adam and Darcie

Local Reviews: Adam and Darcie
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California Trail is a confident sophomore release for the Provo husband and wife duo. The album is full of intelligent lo-fi folky tunes, controlled production, clever lyrics and charming harmonies. … read more

Local Reviews: Ask for the Future

Local Reviews: Ask for the Future
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This is an incredibly earnest, occasionally twee, straight-up pop album with breathy male vocals.  The subject matter is mostly juvenile, existential anxiety with an equally juvenile sense of wonder over romantic love.  In other words, this is an album that is aimed squarely at teenaged girls.  … read more

Local Reviews: Dethrone the Sovereign

Local Reviews: Dethrone the Sovereign
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Dethrone the Sovereign have offered up some damn interesting metalcore, death, prog and black metal sounds on their first official demo. The order of the songs chronicles the bands musical progression, since the songs are tracked in the order they were written.  … read more

Local Reviews: Hour 13

Local Reviews: Hour 13
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“Ed Hardy” rock is one subgenre of music that for seem reason continues to get more popular every year. [Insert sarcasm.] Bands like the three named above, along with the greatest fucking band of all time, 3 Doors Down, are the reason I love music. … read more

 
 
Local Reviews: Killbot

Local Reviews: Killbot
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If music had a smell, Killbot’s Welcome to the Cemetery would have the pungent odor of sulfurous, extra-metallic, iron-filled fresh blood. The CD’s production is magnificently razor sharp, clear, crisp and, most importantly, brilliantly darkened yet vibrantly heavy.  … read more

Local Reviews: Pariah Poetic

Local Reviews: Pariah Poetic
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Pariah Poetic is not your Mom’s band. Nor are they your brother’s—they could be your kid sister’s, though. The guitarist has some really, really good things going on—the guit-fiddle is intricately woven throughout (listen to “Deviate Demonic” for confirmation).  … read more

Local Reviews: Rummys

Local Reviews: Rummys
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The above equation for Salt Lake City’s Rummys doesn’t really do the band justice and that’s saying quite a bit. Penetration is a jam rock record with an hour’s worth of material playing out in a highly cohesive fashion, feeling like there is an equal portion of creative thought and goofing off in the songwriting. … read more

Local Reviews: S.L.F.M.

Local Reviews: S.L.F.M.
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If a hummingbird princess was tangled in ukulele strings, she would sound like S.L.F.M. Despite the potential for cute homogeneity, S.L.F.M. blends inevitable quiet love songs with distorted (but always melodic) rock sounds.  … read more

Local Reviews: Syqnys

Local Reviews: Syqnys
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CandyCap Rap features some of the most immature rhymes I have ever heard. Some things should just not be done, like having a song about loving candy (“Candy Rap”) on the same album as a song about shooting the pope (“Blasphemy”). I don’t mean to offend, but a song about mentally handicapped people just shows you don’t have much to say.  … read more

The Rebirth of Raunch Records

The Rebirth of Raunch Records
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Why in the world would someone want to take the risk of opening a record store, in a time when music is less about the physical manifestation of a record or CD and more about instant digital gratification of the music itself? Brad Collins is going full-on with the resurrection of Raunch Records, knowing all too well what a financial gamble it may be. … read more