Conserving A Culture, Framing The Future: Skate 4 Homies

Conserving A Culture, Framing The Future: Skate 4 Homies
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“I wanted to do something that was a collective good, to show kids that they can be good and do good things together and have good things happen,” says Todd Ingersoll, founder of Skate 4 Homies. It was a little over a year ago when Ingersoll had the idea to create a non-profit organization focused around the preservation of skateboarding through youth mentoring programs. “Really, what [Skate 4 Homies] is all about is giving back, doing the community a service.” … read more

Localized

Localized
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On Saturday, May 14, roll on out to the Urban Lounge for a healthy smattering of punk rock from both ends of the spectrum. Expect a dose of sugar-sweet pop punk from The Hung Ups and an unholy strain of riotous thrash from Desolate. Problem Daughter will kickstart the sonic smorgasbord at 10 p.m. $5 gets you in. … read more

Prophets of Anarchy: The Mormon Worker

Prophets of Anarchy: The Mormon Worker
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The mash-up of Mormonism and anarchism seems like a concept that would make most anarchists, not to mention the majority of mainstream Mormons, recoil. But to William Van Wagenen, publisher of The Mormon Worker, an irregularly published newspaper devoted to both Mormonism and radical politics, the two philosophies couldn’t be more compatible. … read more

The Poorwills: Melodic Stalwarts Show New Folk-Pop Face

The Poorwills: Melodic Stalwarts Show New Folk-Pop Face
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Essentially carved out of the three separate acts of Bluebird Radio, Glade and The Devil Whale, the folk “super-group” of The Poorwills came together on a whim and spent nearly half a year putting together their debut album, Drinks On The Wing. Now, with a fully formed setlist, a release show on May 13 and possibilities of a tour, this on-the-fly project may be one of the best groups to emerge in 2011. … read more

 
 
Cinamon: The High Cost of (Being) Death

Cinamon: The High Cost of (Being) Death
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Picture death personified. Maybe you imagine a skull-faced reaper with a cloak and scythe or a terrifying angel on his pale horse. Or maybe, if you’re of the right age and background, death is a perky goth girl with a penchant for Mary Poppins and an Eye of Horus spiral on her cheek.This incarnation of Death, introduced in a 1989 issue of the DC/Vertigo comic The Sandman, (or rather, the woman who inspired her appearance) also happens to be a Salt Lake City native. … read more

Sympathy for the Recording Industry: Midnight Records

Sympathy for the Recording Industry: Midnight Records
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Founded in 2008 and located in the back of the Utah Arts Alliance on 127 S. Main Street, Midnight Records has beaten the odds by flourishing and growing in this incredibly volatile time of transition in the music industry. Midnight charges a flat, $75 rate per song, which includes mixing, mastering and a CD, or a $45 hourly rate, which includes mastering. The flat-rate pricing allows a more relaxed and interactive recording environment. … read more

The Indie Cred Test

The Indie Cred Test
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Henry Owings may be the highest profile music fan in the world. Yet somehow, he has managed to parlay his fandom into being on the forefront of many ridiculously important music and book projects as of late. Owings has been the guiding force behind three Chunklet books and his latest, the self-published The Indie Cred Test is written in the style of a standardized exam, with its final goal being a complete assessment of just how cool the reader is. … read more

Small Timers

Small Timers
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Approximately two and a half years ago, a group of friends set out to create a 10-episode web series called Small Timers. Small Timers follows two college-age students—Steve and Elton—who find themselves in huge amounts of debt for various reasons. To try to solve their financial woes, the two turn to the world of petty crime, initially attempting ridiculous stunts before figuring out that the real way to cold hard cash is through drug dealing … read more

This Will Destroy You

This Will Destroy You
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Perhaps it’s blasphemy, but Texas-based This Will Destroy You are what I imagine god would sound like if he were real and in an instrumental rock quartet. Their name may be just as pretentious as that statement, but once you hear any of the powerful tracks off their upcoming album Tunnel Blanket, to be released May 10 on Suicide Squeeze, it’s clear This Will Destroy You are not feigning ambition. … read more

Evryday: Saving the planet one pair of slacks at a time

Evryday: Saving the planet one pair of slacks at a...
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Salt Lake has a thriving local community of motivated shakers and movers creating real change on the local level, and I’m proud to introduce a new crew to the fold—Ben Gustafson and Jared Smith, creators of Evryday. Evryday (ED for short) was spinning in the A.D.D.-riddled heads of Smith and Gustafson for years. On one fateful evening, a bell rang in one head as a light bulb went off in the other and it’s been a beautiful thing ever since. … read more