Chris Thayer: No One Asked For This Tour 05.18

Chris Thayer: No One Asked For This Tour 05.18
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Salt Lake City got a taste of L.A. for one night in a small, homey Downtown establishment. SLUG was there when Chris Thayer stopped by Mo’s American Diner to tell his own brand of awkward and hilarious jokes, and he brought a friend, Anna Seregina. … read more

Journey to Space 3D @ Clark Planetarium

Journey to Space 3D @ Clark Planetarium
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Due to an embarrassing deficiency in math skills and a primal fear of extra-terrestrial abduction, I was never too keen on becoming an astronaut. Regardless, I did grow up with an appreciation of science fiction, and the desire “to boldly go where no one has gone before” was not lost on me.  … read more

Merchandise: Interview with Dave Vassalotti

Merchandise: Interview with Dave Vassalotti
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Tampa, Florida’s Merchandise have spent the majority of their time together agitating all entrenched notions of punk, pop, noise and rock n’ roll. With albums Children of Desire and Totale Nite, the group developed a knack for writing sonically diverse, engrossing songs—songs on which Dave Vassalotti’s and Carson Cox’s songwriting dazzles like a Morrissey-fronted Jesus and Mary Chain covering The Replacements. … read more

Voltaire @ Area 51 with Ego Likeness

Voltaire @ Area 51 with Ego Likeness
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Eighteen years ago, when I first moved to Salt Lake City, I was immediately introduced to and accepted by the Goth community (more specifically, those that referred to the small, Sugar House club called Confetti, as home). … read more

 
 
Indulging in Industrial with En Esch

Indulging in Industrial with En Esch
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With over three decades of music making, former KMFDM member En Esch has had an interesting, historical and prosperous career. SLUG Magazine had the chance to chat with him and hear some of the things that keep him inspired, and his intriguing, historical tales—the sort that would leave any industrial music fan yearning to hear more.  … read more

Jane Chu: Grant Me the Strength to Work in the Arts

Jane Chu: Grant Me the Strength to Work in the...
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Working in the arts is very rewarding and a little scary, similar to the creative process itself. Not all the people who work in the arts would consider themselves artists. Crafting the message, beating the drum, waving the flag, has become a craft in itself.  … read more

The Adarna @ Kilby 07.17 with Berlin Breaks and The Departure

The Adarna @ Kilby 07.17 with Berlin Breaks and The...
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Hailing from Seattle, The Adarna is a band that is holding to the tradition that has fallen by the wayside for most of the musicians lured toward the brass ring on television—the tradition of writing great rock music, touring and playing anywhere and everywhere that can hold an audience and a tireless work ethic that would kill most lesser musicians.  … read more

The English Beat @ The Depot 05.21 with The Interrupters, Show Me Island

The English Beat @ The Depot 05.21 with The Interrupters,...
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Tonight is not the first time I’ve seen the English Beat and I’m certain it won’t be the last. Last year I covered their gig and I’m sure tonight’s show will not be a disappointment. I arrive at the Depot just in time to catch the Show Me Island set. … read more

Play @ Photo Collective Studios 05.01

Play @ Photo Collective Studios 05.01
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Throughout Play—an evening of dance performance, multimedia installation and license to discover—I found myself wanting to chorus a resounding “Yes!” to all of it: to women in collaboration, to dance, to the intersection of more art forms than one, to open-minded spaces, to inspired interaction. … read more

Savory Salt Lake: Put It in Your Mouth and Squeeze

Savory Salt Lake: Put It in Your Mouth and Squeeze
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Listening to experts like Eva’s Charlie Perry walk you through the culinary tapestry of their featured cuisine is one of the most enjoyable parts of Savory Salt Lake. The way words like “grated Manchego cheese” or “braised beef shoulder” roll off their tongue betray the reverence that these chefs have toward their product. … read more