Gut Rock Harakiri: Dwellers’ Dark Jams Cut Deep

Gut Rock Harakiri: Dwellers’ Dark Jams Cut Deep
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Dwellers play a style of music they refer to as “gut rock,” a sort of non-genre of writing fun, simple music born of gut feelings and instinct. “We didn’t want to play anything that was genre-specific,” says guitarist/vocalist Joey Toscano. “If we ever thought about [a part] more than five minutes, we’d just look at each other and say, ‘Fuck it, man! Gut rock!’ and that would make us choose the simplest path.” … read more

Secret  Agent(cy)  M(e)n: Unveiling Super Top’s Secret

Secret Agent(cy) M(e)n: Unveiling Super Top’s Secret
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Working for a design firm is kind of like being a CIA operative. Everything is on a need-to-know basis. Whom you’re working for and your exact task at hand are between you and the client—everything else is cloak-and-dagger.There is one agent or agency that comes with referrals and recommendations for their expertise in creative intelligence: Super Top Secret. … read more

Localized – Wake Up Nebula, OK Ikumi and The Moth & The Flame

Localized – Wake Up Nebula, OK Ikumi and The Moth...
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It’s going to be an unforgettable night of local music at the Urban Lounge on March 9. Localized, this month, features Provo darlings and indie art rockers The Moth & The Flame, and the mellow electro samplings of OK Ikumi. Get there early to catch the ethereal soundscapes of electro-pop band Wake Up Nebula for only $5. … read more

SLC Tattoo Convention

SLC Tattoo Convention

SLUG asked local tattoo artists Andrew King (Heart of Gold), Catfish and Eric Sager (Ironclad), Nick Phillips (Loyalty) and Dean Bodily (Lost Art) who they’re stoked for, the work they want to do, and what they anticipate for the ninth annual Salt Lake City International Tattoo Convention, happening March 9-11 at the Salt Palace. … read more

 
 
Caustic Curators: Red Light Sound’s Five-Year Anniversary

Caustic Curators: Red Light Sound’s Five-Year Anniversary
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This March, Tia Martinez and Jared Russell will celebrate five years of their label, Red Light Sound. Through trials and adversity, the couple has pressed on to showcase auditory art in limited-edition, analog pressings to generate a sense of the value of the music they help produce. Their purpose is to reclaim music as “more of an art piece in the actual product itself,” as Russell puts it. … read more

Andrew Jackson Jihad: Optimism Through Pessimism

Andrew Jackson Jihad: Optimism Through Pessimism
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The music of Andrew Jackson Jihad often casts its gaze upon the darkest parts of humanity. The songs on Knife Man, their most recent album, deal with homelessness, selfishness, laziness, murder, hopelessness and more, but vocalist and guitarist Sean Bonnette doesn’t see his band as the ultimate bummer machine they appear to be. “I consider myself and our band to be pretty optimistic,” Bonnette says. … read more

Gallery Stroll: UMOCA – YourMOCA

Gallery Stroll: UMOCA – YourMOCA
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Formerly the Salt Lake Art Center, UMOCA has been kicking butt and changing names! Their enthusiasm to create superior collaborations has given the public unprecedented access to Sundance’s New Frontier program, Craft Lake City artists, Spy Hop Productions and an organization close to my heart and paycheck, the Utah Film Center. … read more

The Garage: Roadhouse Comfort Food

The Garage: Roadhouse Comfort Food
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Located along the highly industrial strip just north of downtown, the gastro-pub is close to the city, yet feels miles away from your work week, your problems and the rest of your reality—the perfect bar location, really. Although much attention has been paid in getting the place to look like a rough and tumble roadhouse bar, the warmth and familiarity you feel when you walk inside completely sets your mind at ease. You will keep coming back, for both food and drink. … read more

Princess Kennedy: Gaybonics

Princess Kennedy: Gaybonics
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At the beginning of the year, the 801 was bestowed with the honor of being named the gayest city in America by Advocate Magazine. This came as a shock to parts of the country, but, as I explained it to my friends, we have the most gays per capita, and I think all of Salt Lake already knew how gay we are. I thought that since you are surrounded by gays on every side, Professor Princess could help you converse with us LGBTQs and teach you the new Polari: Gaybonics. … read more

Mike Brown’s Official Guide to Sobriety

Mike Brown’s Official Guide to Sobriety
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This January, I did something I haven’t done in a long time­—I got sober. I know what you must be thinking: This had to have been court ordered, right? No. There was no rock bottom, no moment of clarity, no family intervention and no admitting I was powerless over a liquid. It was just a simple New Year’s resolution to do a bit of self-reflection. Who knows, maybe I would save some money, too? … read more