King Khan: Rock n’ Roll Soul

King Khan: Rock n’ Roll Soul
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“I think this career choice was a lot smarter than boxing,” says Arish “King” Khan, frontman of the retro soul-punk outfit King Khan & the Shrines.  “I definitely chose a better type of brain damage,” he says.  Besides playing with the Shrines, King Khan also plays alongside good friend Mark Sultan (aka BBQ) in the two-piece, doo-wop punk band The King Khan & BBQ Show, and recently hooked up with Black Lips to record an album. … read more

SLUG Games: Prom Jam

SLUG Games: Prom Jam
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This year The SLUG Games had a new twist: it was a Prom Jam filled with all the amenities you could ask for.  It was high school all over again, except the gym was filled with snow, and instead of some strange middle aged dude with something to prove breathing down your neck, you were allowed and encouraged to get buck. Whether you prefer skis or a snowboard, the course was set up to shred up. … read more

Localized: Breaux, God’s Revolver and Maraloka – March 2010

Localized: Breaux, God’s Revolver and Maraloka – March 2010
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Sure, you’ve been to SLUG Localized, but never before have you experienced the combined sadistic threat of Breaux, God’s Revolver, and openers Maraloka. It all goes down at the Urban Lounge on Friday, March 12. Five bones gets you in. Good luck getting out. … read more

Pentabike

Pentabike
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“I’ve lied, bullshitted, exaggerated and fabricated some incredibly ridiculous stories about the creation of the Pentabike design in order to lend some sort of dark credibility to the question,” says Dave Strunk, “but the reality is that it started in about 1989 or so when I was working in a book warehouse here in Denver.” According to Strunk, the book warehouse afforded him the luxury to begin seditiously planting the good, old-fashioned pentagram in many popular book titles being shipped to what he refers to as “religious propaganda stores across this great land.” … read more

 
 
Derby Girls: Valkyries on Wheels

Derby Girls: Valkyries on Wheels
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There is a strange primeval pleasure found in the company of a woman who is capable of beating my ass to a pulp. Last week I was watching tryouts for the Salt City Shakers—The Salt City Derby Girls All-Star team—and I heard a story about an unidentified Shaker nearly banned from the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association for hauling off and punching some high-falutin harpy from Los Angeles square in the face. Valkyries on wheels! Sleeve-tattooed Vixens! Be still my heart! … read more

Rhett Barney: Man With Balls will March in March

Rhett Barney: Man With Balls will March in March
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Total paralysis, deaths of lovers and painful memories have thwarted Utahn Rhett Barney’s step before, but he’s still here, feet tapping with impatience. When Barney leans over a coffee table to stare me dead in the eye and say that he’s going to Washington to “change this fucking law,” well, I believe him. Barney, a well-known Salt Lake City retail fixture for 40 years, is angry, and he wants us to know about it. … read more

Iris: Body Piercing Makes Amazing Happen

Iris: Body Piercing Makes Amazing Happen
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It was a week before President’s Day weekend, a weekend that means one thing to the owners of Iris—it’s time to gear up for SLC’s annual Tattoo Convention. “It’s pretty much like we’re opening a second shop for three days,” says Iris piercer and co-owner Nick Lott. For this one weekend Lott, Jessie Dobbs and Dustin Robbins, owners and piercers of Iris Body Piercing, transport their piercing jewelry, needles, gloves, back stock and their extensive collection of what Robbins refers to as “fancy jewelry” to the Salt Palace. … read more

Food Review: Bayleaf Cafe – March 2010

Food Review: Bayleaf Cafe – March 2010
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Months ago, I started hearing whisperings of a local soul food restaurant that served chicken and waffles.  Where the pairing of fried chicken and a syrup-covered breakfast waffle may seem a little strange to the uninitiated, this eclectic comfort food combination has been standard fare on the menus of traditional African-American restaurants for decades. To experience chicken and waffles in all of its glory, I had to consider the context, I would have to try the dish in the middle of the night, after an evening of dancing and soul music. … read more

How I’m Accidentally Stalking Tim Barry

How I’m Accidentally Stalking Tim Barry
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For the past three years, I’ve had a number of awkward encounters with former Avail frontman Tim Barry. This is the story of how I’m secretly stalking him. … read more

Mike Brown: Stupid Girls

Mike Brown: Stupid Girls
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It’s no big secret that I work at a club that a lot of loyal SLUG readers frequent. I can understand why people think that I see tons of awesome shows there. Those people go there when they want to go. I go there when I have to. I still like the job, but last week there were two bands that were particularly shitty. The quality of their behavior was as terrible as their music. These two bands were The Magic Kids and Girls. … read more