Localized: Matthew McMurray

Localized: Matthew McMurray
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Matthew McMurray doesn’t give many straight answers. Not because he comes off as elusive or aloof, but rather because he seems to be debating between two equally valid sides of an idea. … read more

Softwire Synthesis

Softwire Synthesis
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Tucked away in the sleepy, smog-ridden suburbs of Salt Lake rests a small electronic instrument maker, Softwire Synthesis, specializing in Eurorack modules. … read more

Black Boxes: Transmitting From the Bottom of the Sole with Zuriick

Black Boxes: Transmitting From the Bottom of the Sole with...
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When they aren’t busy wrapping shoes to please their customers, the gentlemen behind local shoe company Zuriick are doing what they do best. “We basically hang out, drink a lot, and come up with designs,” says co-partner Chad Tovey. … read more

Craft Lake City Artist: Chelsea Stephenson

Craft Lake City Artist: Chelsea Stephenson
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t’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … Chelsea Stephenson with Soaperhero! She’s here to get you clean and smelling good with—dog poop soap? That’s right, one of Stephenson’s made-from-scratch, melt and pour soaps is shaped like a piece of dog shit, but don’t worry, it smells like apple cinnamon coffee. … read more

Jay Henderson

Jay Henderson
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Jay Henderson knows what it means to pay for studio time.  An accomplished musician and member of local roots-rock heroes Band of Annuals, Henderson has spent his share of time both inside and outside the recording booth.  “I’ve always been a huge fan of music—writing, recording, producing, the works,” he says. … read more

Neil Bly

Neil Bly
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Unless you are a devotee of a certain few bands out of Utah County, you’ve probably never heard of Neil Bly. He doesn’t solicit bands to record with him. He doesn’t advertise Friendless Records, the studio he runs in his Provo basement. He doesn’t even have a set price on hours. He has a Web site that not many people seem to know about, but Bly’s reputation, if not widely known, is indisputable in terms of his vast abilities in the studio. … read more

Rock n Roll Academy: Rock Out 4 Life

Rock n Roll Academy: Rock Out 4 Life
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Playing music should be fun—it shouldn’t feel like you are doing chores or homework. At least that’s how Dave Payne and Mike Sartain feel about things.  “We teach students how to enjoy music for the rest of their lives,” says Payne.  At the Rock ‘n’ Roll Academy the list of rules is short. The most striking of them is “Mandatory Pleasure and Happiness.”  … read more

Signed & Numbered

Signed & Numbered
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Leia Bell and Phil Sherburne’s house is the epitome of simple, artistic comfort. Framed prints decorate the walls and two large, loving dogs are the perfect welcoming party. Seated at their table for four, Bell and Sherburne share the beginning of their local poster and frame shop, Signed & Numbered, currently located under Slowtrain, and what’s in store for their relocation into two new locations, opening up early 2010. … read more