Local Reviews: UNCLE SCAM And The Current Administration

Local Reviews: UNCLE SCAM And The Current Administration
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I was once speaking to some people about local music when guitarist Raffi Shahinian politely interrupted and said he was in a band. That band happened to be Uncle Scam. Shahinian described his band as sounding somewhat like System of a Down.  … read more

Local Reviews: Up.River

Local Reviews: Up.River
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Apparently, Old News Records has been started in order to either release or re-release recordings, primarily from Salt Lake-based hardcore bands, that were either initially released in small quantities, or never released at all. Not a bad idea. Up.River’s self-titled album, although not necessarily my cup of tea, is certainly deserving of a listen, even if it’s nothing very original.  … read more

Local Reviews:The Vibrant Sound

Local Reviews:The Vibrant Sound
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The Vibrant Sound has some seriously cool jazzy tunes. This four-piece band knows how to lay down the creamy sounds. Then, when the band comes in with their falsetto background vocals, it fits the music like they were born to bone for eternity.  … read more

Local Reviews: Eagle Twin

Local Reviews: Eagle Twin
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Salt Lake City’s own Eagle Twin have (finally) released an album that is sure to wind up on many top 10 lists at the end of this year. The band’s debut full length, recorded in Seattle by Southen Lord’s “go-to guy” Randall Dunn, simply oozes heaviness.  … read more

 
 
Local Reviews: Fictionist

Local Reviews: Fictionist
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Fictionist, formerly under the guise Good Morning Maxfield, is a jazzy little throwback to the 60s, complete with candy-pop keyboards and glockenspiel. With so many pop bands churning out albums that sound like everything else you’ll hear being played on every other station, this group is really a breath of fresh air.  … read more

Local Reviews: Jahnre

Local Reviews: Jahnre
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Oh, the smooth, sultry sounds of Jahnre. They soothe the soul and make one think of far-off tropical landscapes and nothing but BTM (big-titty mermaid)s for miles. As much as I feel like the whole no-worries, punk-reggae beach music has run its course, it’s still hard to deny the laid-back attitude of the music.  … read more

Local Reviews: Lord Mandrake

Local Reviews: Lord Mandrake
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The Best of All Possible Worlds proves that Lord Mandrake is both talented and interesting, but the album’s overall execution leaves something to be desired. Spooky delayed guitars and reverb vocals lazily flow over each song and each track blends nicely into the next, but the songs all sound too similar and nothing really grabs your attention.  … read more

Local Reviews: Michael Gross and The Statuettes

Local Reviews: Michael Gross and The Statuettes
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Immediately upon listening to Dust and Daylight, I feel like I have been sucked into an old creepy bordello, drunk on some gnarly booze and cavorting around with ol’ busted-ass skeezers trying to get me to spend my time and money on them. … read more

Local Reviews: Monarch

Local Reviews: Monarch
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Salt Lake City’s Monarch have offered up a fairly somber modern post-grunge EP with five tracks running a little over a half an hour. That’s a good number of new tunes for an EP. There are moments on the EP when vocalist Aaron Pulsipher sounds like a dead ringer for the singer of Disturbed. Fortunately for him they’re just moments, and Pulsipher showcases a broader vocal range that is a great vehicle for darkened mid-tempo tracks. … read more

Local Reviews: nonnon

Local Reviews: nonnon
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The first reason this release was led into my hands was the fact that it is a cassette ape/ digital release, and seeing how myself keeps it old school with a tape deck in the car, it was only obvious to check it out.  … read more