The first Localized of 2009 brings three groups whose visual aesthetics are as important as their music. Strap on your dancing shoes, leave your inhibitions at the door and get ready to be entertained by Xkot Toxsik’s Art Faux Variety Show, Digital Lov and opener DJ Justin Strange. As always, Localized is held the second Friday of the month (Jan. 9) at the Urban Lounge and $5 gets you in. … read more
Eric Tanner expected 30 or 40 people to show up to his poetry book pre-release party at nobrow coffee and tea on Dec. 15, but over 150 people ended up attending. He tells me this happily, his sentences choppy, peppered with a strange cadence, the meaning blunt. You could say his poetry follows suit, gets straight to the heart of a matter, imbued with a simplicity that knows the most important question in poetry is, “How much can I cut and get away with?” … read more
Sometimes, an interview completely takes on a life of its own, and it becomes difficult to submit to the reader in a standard “question-and-answer” format, or even as a standalone narrative piece. Such is the case with ex-Salt Lake City resident Jhon Longshaw and his excellent black noise vehicle, Black Seas of Infinity.
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The Damned is one of the many bands that pioneered the punk rock movement. The English band formed in 1976 and are still actively touring and recording today. Innumerable underground rock and roll bands count The Damned among their main influences, and for good reason: They have remained true to punk rock ideals without sacrificing creativity or originality. … read more
Picture the future: it’s the year 2056. The medical companies are thriving, financing any and all operations imaginable. Kidneys, eyes, spines, faces, breasts—you name it. However, congress has just made it legal for organs to be repossessed, so miss a payment and a man will show up at your door to take back that liver and whatever else you signed up for. Now that you’ve got a clear vision in your head, there’s only one thing left to do: put it to music. … read more