November 3, 2016

Contributor Limelight: Logan Sorenson

Logan Sorenson – Photographer 

With a noteworthy appetite for shooting concerts, SLUG photographer Logan Sorenson has been capturing the heart and soul of Salt Lake City with artful photographic work. He joined the SLUG team in May 2013 and has enjoyed concert photoshoots of The Black Keys, MUSE, Band of Skulls and more. Sorenson also shoots portraits of local professionals and artists, enjoys working with them, and admires their talent and abilities. Beyond his passion for the arts and music, he finds excitement in our bourgeoning local beer culture and now our distillery scene, with the variety and craft therein. Be sure to peep Sorenson’s photos of the proprietors of Sugar House Distillery (pg. 24) and Bar-X (pg. 28). You can find more of his work at LmSorenson.net. Logan Sorenson is a talent to behold, and SLUG Magazine loves him and every shot he snaps!

Articles by contributor

Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre 6.05

Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre...
By

Drummer Chad Smith keeps an eye on everyone as bassist Flea runs the gamut of the stage, guitarist John Frusciante provides backup vocals and Anthony Kiedis keeps wailing on the mic. … read more

Arctic Monkeys @ The Delta Center 9.20

Arctic Monkeys @ The Delta Center 9.20
By

The Arctic Monkeys have returned to Salt Lake City! Previously the band visited SLC at the Great Saltair and In The Venue, and now they had an absolutely packed show at the Delta Center. All ages begin entering in all doors and all floors to see this now world-famous band from the UK, finding their

The Revivalists w/ Ryan Montbleau @ Red Butte Garden 08.01

The Revivalists w/ Ryan Montbleau @ Red Butte Garden 08.01
By

With a thunderstorm literally miles away and with visible lightning strikes all over the valley, The Revivalists had a great evening at Red Butte Gardens. … read more

Spoon w/ Geese @ The Complex 05.25

Spoon w/ Geese @ The Complex 05.25
By

Austin TX alternative, experimental rock band Spoon headlined a live show in downtown Salt Lake City at The Complex on May 25. … read more

Joywave @ The Complex 3.10 w/ Almost Monday

Joywave @ The Complex 3.10 w/ Almost Monday
By

Joywave’s bevy of up-tempo, fun and catchy tunes kept the Thursday show going, giving the weekday crowd a show worth wading through Salt Lake’s dreary evening. … read more

FINNEAS @ The Depot 11.06 w/ Marinelli

FINNEAS @ The Depot 11.06 w/ Marinelli
By

FINNEAS and Marinelli delivered a sold out event which was definitely a place to enjoy some music, sing along and scream with some friends. … read more

half•alive @ The Depot 09.13 w/ slenderbodies

half•alive @ The Depot 09.13 w/ slenderbodies
By

half•alive and slenderbodies provided an amazing show that had the concrete floor flexing with all the happy, dancing feet of the attendance. … read more

Rail Jam Wizardry: The 19th Annual SLUG Games Didn’t Disappoint

Rail Jam Wizardry: The 19th Annual SLUG Games Didn’t Disappoint
By , , ,

Meat missiles were firing on all cylinders Saturday, March 9, at the 19th Annual SLUG Games: Winter Wizardry rail jam at Brighton Resort. There’s no better way to ring in the start of spring ski season than with a competition made possible by all our sponsors: Arbor Snowboards, Izm, Pit Viper Sunglasses, Saga Outerwear, Graywhale

Paramore with Foster the People and Jay Som @ USANA 07.23

Paramore with Foster the People and Jay Som @ USANA...
By ,

“All we have to do for the next two hours is worry about nothing,” Hayley Williams of Paramore assures the bustling stadium. She’s wearing sheer blue tights, a red unitard and a très chic beret on her head. … read more

Articles by contributor

Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre 6.05

Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre...
By

Drummer Chad Smith keeps an eye on everyone as bassist Flea runs the gamut of the stage, guitarist John Frusciante provides backup vocals and Anthony Kiedis keeps wailing on the mic. … read more

Localized: Slow Potion

Localized: Slow Potion
By

Consisting of a whopping eight members, Slow Potion has an entire percussion and brass outfit. … read more

Localized: Chegoya

Localized: Chegoya
By

Named after a beloved, now-closed convenience store by West High School, Chegoya consists of a quartet of musicians dedicated to the art of free-flowing, minimally-structured jazz. … read more

American Hair Metal—Ain’t Nothin’ but a Good Time!

American Hair Metal—Ain’t Nothin’ but a Good Time!
By

You may remember the lace and leather, spandex pants, teased hair and showgirl makeup, as well as the gallons of booze, kilos of blow and all the debauchery that ensued, more than the music itself. It’s all captured in this professionally published scrapbook–American Hair Metal: Can’t Get Enough. … read more

Beer Choir Great Salt Lake: Where You’ll Never Drink (Or Sing) Alone

Beer Choir Great Salt Lake: Where You’ll Never Drink (Or...
By

They don’t even have to drink beer, “but just know that we’re gonna sing a lot about it,” Keeton laughs. … read more

“Ruff” But Rewarding: A Look at Professional Dog Hikers’ Daily Lives

“Ruff” But Rewarding: A Look at Professional Dog Hikers’ Daily...
By

The regular sunshine, fresh air and the satisfaction of providing a dog, and their owner, a positive experience is invaluable. … read more

Rum, Don’t Walk to ACME Bar Co.’s Tropical Paradise

Rum, Don’t Walk to ACME Bar Co.’s Tropical Paradise
By

ACME Bar Co. cultivates a tropical escapist paradise in Salt Lake City through its Tiki theme and wide offering of rum-based drinks. … read more

Arctic Monkeys @ The Delta Center 9.20

Arctic Monkeys @ The Delta Center 9.20
By

The Arctic Monkeys have returned to Salt Lake City! Previously the band visited SLC at the Great Saltair and In The Venue, and now they had an absolutely packed show at the Delta Center. All ages begin entering in all doors and all floors to see this now world-famous band from the UK, finding their

Painting with Petals: The Creative Process of Little Gay Garden

Painting with Petals: The Creative Process of Little Gay Garden
By

June Hyatte’s job as a floral designer and gardening scientist allows for an important exchange of emotions and care within our community. … read more

Bold & Beautiful: Ana Lee Kage

Bold & Beautiful: Ana Lee Kage
By

Since leaving architecture behind, Ana Lee Kage has combined her love for creating unique clothing with a long-running love for drag to stand out as both a performer and a creator. … read more

Localized: Body Horror

Localized: Body Horror
By

Body Horror is blessed with a formidable combo of something important to say and the musical chops to make you sit your ass down and listen. … read more

Localized: Cassette Drift

Localized: Cassette Drift
By

The resemblances between Cassette Drift and bands such as Depeche Mode and New Order are obvious, but to call the band an ‘80s throwback would be reductive. … read more

Kilby Block Party 4 @ Utah State Fairpark 5/12–5/14

Kilby Block Party 4 @ Utah State Fairpark 5/12–5/14

The fourth Kilby Block Party took place at the Utah State Fairpark from May 12–14. Since its first iteration in 2019, the event has grown bigger and bigger, culminating in this largest offering to date. Across three days and four stages, some of the biggest names in indie rock and pop (both past and present) shared space with a

REANIMATOR: The Self-Sufficiency Bicycle Tour

REANIMATOR: The Self-Sufficiency Bicycle Tour
By

REANIMATOR aims to build community, create a model of self-sufficiency through cycling and enjoy the almost 1000-mile journey of beautiful land. … read more

New Breweries: Chappell Brewing and Helper Beer

New Breweries: Chappell Brewing and Helper Beer
By

Whether you’re reading this in a brewery, on the mountain or simply at home, take a moment to crack a cold one and meet the brew kids on the block. … read more

Rio Connelly’s Inaugural Cider Release at Scion Cider Bar

Rio Connelly’s Inaugural Cider Release at Scion Cider Bar
By

Rio Connelly has brought experience and excitement to his newest local cider series as Head Cider Maker at award-winning Scion Cider Bar.  … read more

VENETO: Scenes From an Italian Restaurant

VENETO: Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
By

Amy and Marco Stevanoni are proud of their dedication to the history, culture and tradition of Veneto, Italy, at VENETO Ristorante Italiano. … read more

SLC Chow: Local, Plant-Based Meal Kits

SLC Chow: Local, Plant-Based Meal Kits
By

After inspiration from her friends, Rachel Smith took the leap to create her meal-kit delivery service, SLC Chow, which uses local ingredients for vegan meals. … read more

The Revivalists w/ Ryan Montbleau @ Red Butte Garden 08.01

The Revivalists w/ Ryan Montbleau @ Red Butte Garden 08.01
By

With a thunderstorm literally miles away and with visible lightning strikes all over the valley, The Revivalists had a great evening at Red Butte Gardens. … read more

Fox & Raven Studio: Artist Scott Hammond’s Renditions of the Natural and Mythical World Via Pen and Ink

Fox & Raven Studio: Artist Scott Hammond’s Renditions of the...
By

M. Scott Hammond of Fox and Raven Studio is best known for his fantastical, fine line–drawn art pieces, born from a love for the natural and visual world. … read more

Spoon w/ Geese @ The Complex 05.25

Spoon w/ Geese @ The Complex 05.25
By

Austin TX alternative, experimental rock band Spoon headlined a live show in downtown Salt Lake City at The Complex on May 25. … read more

Makaya Caters: A Taste of Haiti in Salt Lake City

Makaya Caters: A Taste of Haiti in Salt Lake City
By

By cooking Haitian cuisine and sharing it through Makaya Caters, Roody Salvator is able to dispel preconceived notions regarding Haiti and his heritage. … read more

Kiitos Brewing’s Big Gale Ale

Kiitos Brewing’s Big Gale Ale
By

Made every year for Pride by Head Brewer Clay Turnbow, Kiitos’ Big Gay Ale is as flavorful as it is colorful, made to capture the essence of spring in a glass. … read more

Sweet Streets: Making Movement Safer for Salt Lake City

Sweet Streets: Making Movement Safer for Salt Lake City
By

In late 2019, a few Salt Lake citizens enacted systemic changes in the ways we roam with Sweet Streets, a local people-first city planning advocacy group. … read more

Cultivating Connection with The Shop

Cultivating Connection with The Shop
By

Local co-working space The Shop, located at 350 E. 400 South in Salt Lake City, has a simple mission: help companies come together and build community. … read more

Beer and B-movies: Brewvies Hump Night

Beer and B-movies: Brewvies Hump Night
By

Brewvies Cinema Pub’s Hump Night showings feel like a group of friends watched a bunch of cult movies while cracking jokes and drinking beers and then went pro. … read more

Sweet Vinyl Bakeshop’s Booze-Infused Desserts

Sweet Vinyl Bakeshop’s Booze-Infused Desserts
By

After much experimentation, Sweet Vinyl Bakeshop produces alcohol-infused cupcakes through collaborations with local brewers, distillers and kombucha makers. … read more

Joywave @ The Complex 3.10 w/ Almost Monday

Joywave @ The Complex 3.10 w/ Almost Monday
By

Joywave’s bevy of up-tempo, fun and catchy tunes kept the Thursday show going, giving the weekday crowd a show worth wading through Salt Lake’s dreary evening. … read more

Beer Glassware: What’s So Special About The Shape?

Beer Glassware: What’s So Special About The Shape?
By

Next time you take a sip of the “nectar of the gods,” take a brief moment to understand and appreciate the design of the vessel that beer is being served in. … read more

Carl Moore is Protecting the Future Of Our Global Family

Carl Moore is Protecting the Future Of Our Global Family
By

Carl Moore says his work inspiration stems from the core tenet that we all share a deep relationship with every living thing on earth. … read more

FINNEAS @ The Depot 11.06 w/ Marinelli

FINNEAS @ The Depot 11.06 w/ Marinelli
By

FINNEAS and Marinelli delivered a sold out event which was definitely a place to enjoy some music, sing along and scream with some friends. … read more

Drinks, Dancing and Drag: Four New Libation Stations to Try in SLC

Drinks, Dancing and Drag: Four New Libation Stations to Try...
By ,

For you day-drinking drifters and after-hours cocktail devourers, a whole new world of spirited opportunities awaits you. … read more

Localized: Angie Petty

Localized: Angie Petty
By

Angie Petty is a mindful artist with an eye and ear for aesthetic sounds, themes and ideas. Her debut album, Timing, released last May. … read more

An Outpouring Of Creative Brand Strategy From Ashley Isenhour’s Art Department Studio

An Outpouring Of Creative Brand Strategy From Ashley Isenhour’s Art...
By

Ashley Isenhour demonstrates how integral brand design is to a business’s success with a bold, romantic style and artistic fervor. … read more

half•alive @ The Depot 09.13 w/ slenderbodies

half•alive @ The Depot 09.13 w/ slenderbodies
By

half•alive and slenderbodies provided an amazing show that had the concrete floor flexing with all the happy, dancing feet of the attendance. … read more

Around the World In 7 Grocery Trips

Around the World In 7 Grocery Trips
By ,

The Salt Lake Valley is overflowing with locally owned markets that take you around the world from your very own kitchen. … read more

Food is Medicine: Ma & Paws Bakery’s Holistic Approach to Pet Food

Food is Medicine: Ma & Paws Bakery’s Holistic Approach to...
By

Ma & Paws Bakery was founded in June of 1998 by Diane Sanders after she recognized her dog Asta was experiencing allergies. … read more

Kissing Whiskey Vintage: Craft Lake City Vintage Vendor

Kissing Whiskey Vintage: Craft Lake City Vintage Vendor
By

Kristen Wolfe, the owner of Kissing Whiskey Vintage, has had a passion for reused goods practically their whole life. … read more

The Pho3nix Child: Craft Lake City Performer

The Pho3nix Child: Craft Lake City Performer
By

The Pho3nix Child makes music affirming that all of life’s struggles are unique opportunities for growth. … read more

Max Crafts: Craft Lake City Kid Row Artisans

Max Crafts: Craft Lake City Kid Row Artisans
By

10-year-old Max Moore of Max Crafts uses a 3D pen to create an assortment of objects with the hopes of someday making his own video game. … read more

Jacob T. Skeen: Craft Lake City Performer

Jacob T. Skeen: Craft Lake City Performer
By

For Jacob T. Skeen, the music-making process has two key phases: experimenting freely then capturing the unadulterated results. … read more

FIY: Ferment It Yourself

FIY: Ferment It Yourself
By

The ability to make tasty fermented drinks lies in your hands, but you may not know what you need to get started. Join us to FIY! … read more

Pushing Beer Boundaries at Shades Brewing and Proper Brewing Co.

Pushing Beer Boundaries at Shades Brewing and Proper Brewing Co.
By

With craft beer growing as an indelible presence throughout Utah, breweries are pushing beer boundaries with new and surprising formats. … read more

The Sun Trapp: Harboring a Safe Space for Utah’s LGBTQ+ Community

The Sun Trapp: Harboring a Safe Space for Utah’s LGBTQ+...
By

Over its 20-plus-year tenure, The Sun Trapp has become an icon for the LGBTQ+ community in Salt Lake, a true haven. … read more

Back or Bike? Four Bag Types Commuters Should Consider for Hauling Your Stuff Around SLC

Back or Bike? Four Bag Types Commuters Should Consider for...
By

In the hopes of having quick, safe and comfortable rides, here are the bags Nkenna Onwuzuruoha has used during her 10 years cycling in SLC. … read more

The Body Abstract: Jill Whit

The Body Abstract: Jill Whit
By

The work of Jill Whit, a tattoo and visual artist (and musician) from downtown SLC, embraces our fleshy vessels as abstract and messy things. … read more

Virtualized: Bri Ray

Virtualized: Bri Ray
By

Bri Ray is all about creativity in its purest form—the type that allows unbounded emotion, conveys freedom and undiluted expressionism. … read more

Virtualized: Jay Warren

Virtualized: Jay Warren
By

Jay Warren is a careful artist, in the sense that he’s very strategic and detail-oriented about every moment of his creative process. … read more

Beer of the Month: Oat Pale Lager

Beer of the Month: Oat Pale Lager
By

When we heard about Bewilder Brewing Company’s delicious Oat Pale Lager, just the simple name perked our ears. … read more

Building Rome: Navigating Trans Identity with Natalie Day

Building Rome: Navigating Trans Identity with Natalie Day
By

For Natalie Day, building Rome took time. Although she faced challenges, it was overcoming those challenges that have made her who she is. … read more

You Deserve This: The Salt Lake Barber Company

You Deserve This: The Salt Lake Barber Company
By

The Salt Lake Barber Company prides itself on being able to provide nearly any cut a customer wants, whenever they walk into the shop. … read more

Through the Chaos Find Empowerment and Control at IRIS Piercing Studio

Through the Chaos Find Empowerment and Control at IRIS Piercing...
By

IRIS Piercing is dedicated to making sure every person who walks through their doors feels comfortable and empowered. … read more

Cake Hair Salon: Great Hair is a Piece of Cake

Cake Hair Salon: Great Hair is a Piece of Cake
By

Cake Hair Salon offers an inclusive environment that specializes in the art of styling and self-expression. … read more

SLUG Style: FICE X UMOCA – The Limited Collaboration Uplifting Artistic Communities 

SLUG Style: FICE X UMOCA – The Limited Collaboration Uplifting...
By

In the true spirit of their harmonious existence, FICE and UMOCA have collaborated on a limited-capsule clothing line. … read more

Tailored Design: Himalayan Arts

Tailored Design: Himalayan Arts
By

Nestled in historic Trolley Square, Himalayan Arts is a reflection of Yeshi Shekhang and both her Tibetan and Indian heritage. … read more

Virtualized: Thunderfist

Virtualized: Thunderfist
By

Despite 2020 putting physical concerts on hold, Thunderfist are looking to the future and hoping to share more memories with fans virtually. … read more

Virtualized: Fat Candice

Virtualized: Fat Candice
By

The process of coming up with new material is different for everyone, but Rob Alvord of Fat Candice says it’s important to stay humble. … read more

Hot Slice Design Studio: One Piece of the Pie

Hot Slice Design Studio: One Piece of the Pie
By

With Hot Slice Design, Alli VanKleeck Recognizes the symbolism behind the idea of a slice being just “one piece of the pie.” … read more

Antojitos: Latin American Street Foods

Antojitos: Latin American Street Foods
By ,

Antojitos translates literally to “little cravings,” which is an appropriate way to introduce the following local businesses that left us craving more. … read more

Kafé Mamai

Kafé Mamai
By

Abudujannah Soud’s African-Carribean fusion creations served at Kafé Mamai are a nod to the dishes his grandmother created. … read more

Chris Owens: Devoted Bboy From Utah

Chris Owens: Devoted Bboy From Utah
By

Chris Owens is Creative Director of 1520 Arts, a nonprofit dedicated to maintaining and growing the presence of hip-hop culture in Utah. … read more

Amplifying Black Voices: Jessicakes – Jessica Villeneuve

Amplifying Black Voices: Jessicakes – Jessica Villeneuve
By

Jessica Villeneuve graduated from making cakes for family and friends to designing custom works for clientele from her business Jessicakes. … read more

Fife Brewing Co.

Fife Brewing Co.
By

The motto of Fife Brewing Co. actually is “Love Your City,” and it sits well with what the forthcoming brewery is trying to accomplish. … read more

Localized: Consumer Reducer

Localized: Consumer Reducer
By

“Consumer Reducer is half-human, half-machine. It’s about making you comfortable before going to a place of dysphoria and negative psychedelia.” … read more

Localized: Passive Refraction

Localized: Passive Refraction
By

The art created by Passive Refraction speaks to a central, guiding principle: “finding tranquility in places that aren’t considered tranquil.” … read more

Localized: Beachmen

Localized: Beachmen
By

It’s been five years since Beachmen released their second and last album, now they are making a comeback for SLUG’s Localized Showcase. … read more

Keeping Salt Lake Unique: SLC’s Business Development Division

Keeping Salt Lake Unique: SLC’s Business Development Division
By

The Business Development Division wants to create a vision of SLC that balances a vibrant local scene with responsible economic growth. … read more

Localized: Purr Bats

Localized: Purr Bats
By

Get ready to be captivated by the powerful Purr Bats and internalize Is-p’s new mantra, “Why live blandly?” at SLUG’s Anniversary Localized Showcase. … read more

Localized: Dream Slut

Localized: Dream Slut
By

Nostalgia struck the local post-punk group Dream Slut when they realized it had been more than three years since they last played together. … read more

Localized: Telepanther

Localized: Telepanther
By

Telepanther live shows give the band and the audience a chance to carve out an alter ego that may have never been tapped into with any other environment. … read more

Localized: Breakfast in Silence

Localized: Breakfast in Silence
By

Breakfast in Silence’s genre is a mixture of indie rock and soul punk. Ash Bassett explains that “soul punk” means they’re basically an emo band. … read more

Localized: Tayler Lacey

Localized: Tayler Lacey
By

Folk musician Tayler Lacey is a 100% independent artist who will be performing at SLUG’s localized showcase in early December. … read more

Place-Making with Rachel Hodson

Place-Making with Rachel Hodson
By

Rachel Hodson’s impressive body of interiors, many of which happen to be located on the same block, are a collective sweet spot of historic renewal. … read more

Localized: Alexander Ortega

Localized: Alexander Ortega
By

Alexander Ortega has played in an array of bands over the years, but his current solo project is arguably his most adventurous yet. … read more

Localized: Muzzle Tung

Localized: Muzzle Tung
By

With a close-knit, nearly familial atmosphere between them, Muzzle Tung craft a singular brand of pop music that’s both strange and inviting. … read more

Localized: June Pastel

Localized: June Pastel
By

This new phase of music-writing for Anthony Peña’s June Pastel project is easily summed up in four words: “Being honest is easier.” … read more

Localized: Marqueza

Localized: Marqueza
By

Marqueza has used music as a way both to explore their own vulnerability, struggles and successes as a queer artist of color. … read more

Localized: The Ugly Boys

Localized: The Ugly Boys
By

Pride is a common theme for the Ugly Boys—taking pride in what they create and putting the sweat into their music are their driving forces. … read more

Localized: Doctor Barber

Localized: Doctor Barber
By

Doctor Barber describe themselves as “story-telling rock n roll.” The lyrics and instrumentation are integral and technical. … read more

Just Parking and Doing What We Love: Ogden’s Food Truck Rally

Just Parking and Doing What We Love: Ogden’s Food Truck...
By

By operating the Ogden Food Truck Rally independently, Steve Ballard is able to make sure that all of the trucks are local. … read more

Localized: Absent

Localized: Absent
By

The goal with Absent is changing the mold. Because each member has different musical tastes, the band comes together and thrives off of the variety. … read more

Artist Céline Downen: For the Love of the Litter

Artist Céline Downen: For the Love of the Litter
By

This idea of authenticity, of collecting everyday materials and looking around her community have all been strong themes in Céline Downen’s work for years. … read more

Localized: Umbels

Localized: Umbels
By

It’s rare to find band members who can be at the same speed, but it seems that everyone in Umbels enjoy the same reasons for being in the band. … read more

Localized: Martian Cult

Localized: Martian Cult
By

Vocalist Jared Asplund and bassist Elowyn LaPointe were led down a path of synth-heavy music and dystopian storytelling to form Martian Cult. … read more

TF Brewing is Ferda People

TF Brewing is Ferda People
By

Walking into Templin Family Brewing (T.F. Brewing) feels like walking into an old friend’s living room with your buddies behind the bar. … read more

For the Love of the Craft: Chad Hopkins of Hopkins Brewing Co

For the Love of the Craft: Chad Hopkins of Hopkins...
By

For Chad Hopkins, moving over to the system at Hopkins Brewing and brewing on a larger scale was a lot less daunting than he originally thought. … read more

Ode to Ed’s – Publik Ed’s

Ode to Ed’s – Publik Ed’s
By

Since Big Ed’s opened in 1968, more students have drowned their (over-) workloads into tap beers, fucked-up conversation and more bowls of chili than any human is capable of conceiving. … read more

Localized: Hemwick

Localized: Hemwick
By

Because Utah has such a robust heavy-music scene, Hemwick wanted to do something special within their songwriting processes to stand out among the rest. “There are no tricks and gizmos,” Baird says. “It’s pure passion.” … read more

What the Tuck?: Tucker White of Chthonic Releases a Book!

What the Tuck?: Tucker White of Chthonic Releases a Book!
By

The aim for Tucker White is not to become the traditional sense of a “writer,” but to sit down and unveil the story hidden in the nooks and crannies of his subconscious by writing through improvisation. … read more

Whiskey, Gin, Rye—Oh My! Local Spirits in Downtown Park City – Alpine Distilling

Whiskey, Gin, Rye—Oh My! Local Spirits in Downtown Park City...
By

With a spirits shop in the window front of 350 Main, Alpine Distilling has partnered with the restaurant to provide guests with a one-of-a-kind gin experience. At this location, a four-course menu paired with creating your very own botanical-infused gin is something unique to the distillery, whose stills are located in Silver Creek. … read more

Whiskey, Gin, Rye—Oh My! Local Spirits in Downtown Park City – High West Saloon

Whiskey, Gin, Rye—Oh My! Local Spirits in Downtown Park City...
By

High West is a Park City staple. They carved the path for other distilleries by lobbying for the ability to sell alcohol on Sunday and to sell their spirits from their own store. … read more

To Space, Comrade! Josie Cordova’s Arcade Endeavor

To Space, Comrade! Josie Cordova’s Arcade Endeavor
By

The night that Cordova unveiled To Space, Comrade! I was sitting in the back of Twilite Lounge. A typical night out at the bar developed into an experience that both inspired and struck the audience. … read more

Localized: Thalia Condo

Localized: Thalia Condo
By

Thalia Condo believes that music can help those seeking something to believe in, those seeking a source of hope. It is that approach and perspective on life and her particular craft that has gotten Condo where she is today. … read more

Localized: Michelle Moonshine

Localized: Michelle Moonshine
By

In the beginning, singer-songwriter Michelle Moonshine (Michelle Gomez) recalls sneaking into bars to watch live music where she wasn’t legally old enough to attend, trying to fly beneath the radar in order to avoid detection. But, there were a few attentive folks who noticed. … read more

Localized: Shecock & The Rock Princess

Localized: Shecock & The Rock Princess
By

With full faces of makeup, pink corsets and attitudes to match, Shecock & The Rock Princess, comprising guitarist/vocalist Sofia Scott (The Rock Princess), bassist Garrett Gridley (Low End Lucy) and drummer/vocalist Matthew Bennett (Mat Benatar), have a heavy sound and profound message. … read more

Localized: Zac Ivie

Localized: Zac Ivie
By

Born and raised right here in Salt Lake City, Utah, Zac Ivie is just starting to reach his potential. He’s released a steady flow of music in the three years he’s been making it, and he’s also been on the Perceptionists Tour with Zion I, Mr. Lif and Akrobatic. … read more

Localized: Vinnie Cassius

Localized: Vinnie Cassius
By

When speaking of fashionable Utah emcees, Vinnie Cassius (aka Pretty Misfit or Tsunami Slim) must be mentioned. According to him, his style is laid-back, simple, clean and vintage. He and other Utah artists have formed ties with and done modeling work for a fledgling local brand named Drux. … read more

Localized: Sympathy Pain

Localized: Sympathy Pain
By

Where your average release will plod along in a pleasing, sedative atmosphere, Sympathy Pain’s music feels much more focused on disturbing and overtaking the listener than it is settling them. … read more

Localized: Sonnei

Localized: Sonnei
By

Sonnei is an artist whose expression has shape-shifted sonically and aesthetically. From school programs in second grade to the typical national anthem stint to singing with local dynamos, their career has been one of transformation. … read more

Kiitos Brewing Crafts the Conscious and Delicious

Kiitos Brewing Crafts the Conscious and Delicious
By

“Always look local,” says Clay Turnbow, the congenial home brewer–turned–Head Brewer at Kiitos Brewing. A minimalist, unpretentious yet ultra-cool oasis nestled amid a semi-dilapidated industrial park, Kiitos offers a cheerful gathering space for the love of the suds. … read more

To Infinity: An Interview with Wren Ross

To Infinity: An Interview with Wren Ross
By

For her upcoming exhibition at the Utah Museum Of Contemporary Art (UMOCA), Wren Ross has been continually looking upward for inspiration. The celestial—specifically, the study of archeoastronomy—has moved Ross to create artistic renditions of maps and atlases. … read more

Plan-B Theatre Company Produces Austin Archer’s JUMP

Plan-B Theatre Company Produces Austin Archer’s JUMP
By

Austin Archer, a Salt Lake native and New York City–based actor, playwright, choreographer and musician, is preparing to present his Plan-B Theatre Company–debut play, JUMP. … read more

Personal/Public: Artist Jorge Rojas on Performance

Personal/Public: Artist Jorge Rojas on Performance
By

For the last 10 years, Jorge Rojas has focused on performance art, veering between intimate moments and dramatic gestures, drawing from lived and shared experience, intercultural and contemporary identity, and much more. … read more

Localized: Comedy Showcase

Localized: Comedy Showcase
By

Now that the holidays are behind us, SLUG Localized brings stand-up comedy back to the stage to cure the holiday hangover with a heaping dose of hilarity. … read more

Mike Brown: Quiet on the Set!

Mike Brown: Quiet on the Set!
By

Though Mike Brown couldn’t score a spot as an extra on the silver screen, he still managed to score a tour of a movie set and stir up some trouble. … read more

Track History, Tell Stories: Michael McLane on Literature, the Environment and Social Justice

Track History, Tell Stories: Michael McLane on Literature, the Environment...
By

Historically and culturally diverse experiences led McLane to use storytelling and poetry to highlight social justice issues pertaining to “the intersection of human processes and how they’re detrimental to the environment—and to us.” … read more

Albatross Recordings & Ephemera Presents: Meet the Creatures

Albatross Recordings & Ephemera Presents: Meet the Creatures
By

Albatross Recordings & Ephemera is ready for the Spirit of Halloween for their event “Meet the Creatures,” held Oct. 27 at The Ruin. … read more

Beltex Meats: From Nose to Tail to Your Kitchen

Beltex Meats: From Nose to Tail to Your Kitchen
By

Beltex Meats owner and head butcher Philip Grubisa takes a whole-animal approach to butchery, and presents a unique meat shop offering to our community. … read more

What the Salt Lake Area Restaurant Association Is Doing For You

What the Salt Lake Area Restaurant Association Is Doing For...
By

In Utah, SLARA has been lobbying to help educate and create a mutual understanding of both liquor and restaurant laws to better the local community and economy while raising the level of tourism happiness. … read more

Adding Sass to Your Art Collection: Meet Artist Heather Mahler

Adding Sass to Your Art Collection: Meet Artist Heather Mahler
By

Heather Mahler’s work is a combination of her screenprinting BFA from Utah State University, her passionate fandom love of ’90s anime art and her personal experiences. … read more

Persistence of Audio: Skullcandy’s Process

Persistence of Audio: Skullcandy’s Process
By

The core ideals of Skullcandy speak to their heavy consumer focus and passion to create a connection between their users and the music they listen to. … read more

Localized: Harold Henry

Localized: Harold Henry
By

Harold Henry are a “whiskey-drenched folk” trio brought together by musical serendipity, playing evocative, dynamic, emotionally and whiskey-driven folk music. … read more

Proper Brewing Company: The Nerdiest Brewery in Utah

Proper Brewing Company: The Nerdiest Brewery in Utah
By

Proper Brewing Company employs three of seven Utahns with the Certified Cicerone title, given to those who have achieved the second of four levels in the Cicerone Certification Program. … read more

Localized: Rhyme Time

Localized: Rhyme Time
By

Rhyme Time inhabits a unique area of rap, like Lil Dicky or Missy Elliott—being cool for being unapologetically nerdy and different from his contemporaries. Check out Rhyme Time at SLUG’s Localized on May 17 at Urban Lounge. … read more

Localized: Show Me Island

Localized: Show Me Island
By

Show Me Island schooled me on the history of ska and gave me some insight into what inspires them to make music and perform. Check them out at SLUG Localized on May 17 at Urban Lounge. … read more

Mechanical Ghost: A Conversation with 80KV

Mechanical Ghost: A Conversation with 80KV
By

80KV is the moniker of local musician Autumn Rogers and centers around the use of motion-controlled gloves that Rogers uses as instruments. … read more

East Meets West: Wallace Mecham’s Hybrid Banjos

East Meets West: Wallace Mecham’s Hybrid Banjos
By

By challenging the notion of what a traditional banjo should sound like by Western standards, Wallace Mecham hopes to create a hybrid of the Eastern and Western styles of music. … read more

Localized: CHOiCE

Localized: CHOiCE
By

Whether it’s house, downtempo vibes of reggae, or an affinity for hip-hop, CHOiCE incorporates a broad selection of electronic in her music. CHOiCE will headline with Le Voir at SLUG Localized, Dec. 8. … read more

Localized: Le Voir

Localized: Le Voir
By

Le Voir started as a solo acoustic project and has since transformed into something much more complex and unique. … read more

Keeping Coffee Local: Rimini Coffee’s Mark Wilson

Keeping Coffee Local: Rimini Coffee’s Mark Wilson
By

Rimini Coffee is a small, local business that’s run purely out of the love for coffee, and their focus of keeping customers happy is a vital part of the Rimini philosophy. … read more

3 Cups: Simply the Best

3 Cups: Simply the Best
By

Simplicity is woven through the architecture, design and menu at 3 Cups, located in a new development in the heart of Holladay. … read more

Sugar House Distillery: Still Life in Motion

Sugar House Distillery: Still Life in Motion
By

Sugar House Distillery has been expanding in size and pride, working hard to create some of the most exciting and true craft spirits that Utah has to offer. With another year coming to a close, Sugar House Distillery Owner James Fowler and Head Distiller Eric Robinson are setting roots into the community deeper than ever. … read more

Buffalo Trace Bourbon: A Step Up with Bar-X

Buffalo Trace Bourbon: A Step Up with Bar-X
By

There’s nothing quite like having a bourbon to sip on in a dimly lit cocktail bar. Luckily for the connoisseur of the finer things in life, Bar-X has just that—Buffalo Trace. Whiskey nuts and casual cocktail sippers alike will find that Bar-X is offering an experience that won’t be found anywhere else. … read more

Doughnut Worry: The Big O’s Serving Up Vegan Treats

Doughnut Worry: The Big O’s Serving Up Vegan Treats
By

Three months ago, a brand-new, family-run hotspot popped up on Broadway called The Big O Doughnuts. If you haven’t already heard, they’re deep-frying a creative spin on a classic favorite. In a short amount of time, this completely plant-based, locally sourced shop is making a big name for itself among vegans and non-vegans alike for its uniquely delicious vegan doughnuts, and owner Jess Curzon is eager to see where this shop takes her. … read more

Gallivan Avenue: Salt Lake’s (Recently Remodeled) Living Room

Gallivan Avenue: Salt Lake’s (Recently Remodeled) Living Room
By

The Gallivan Center’s website proclaims the area as “Salt Lake’s living room.” The Main Street plaza has always been a focal point for Downtown visitors, and, with the help of a few local businesses and organizations, it’s about to get much more exciting. … read more

Momentum Recycling: Making Up For Lost Glass

Momentum Recycling: Making Up For Lost Glass
By

Momentum Recycling opened its doors eight years ago with the goal of providing local businesses with the same recycling services that are available at home. … read more

Bonneville Bottles of Beer on the Wall! Hoppers Bottles of Beer!

Bonneville Bottles of Beer on the Wall! Hoppers Bottles of...
By

Brewmasters Dave Watson of Tooele’s Bonneville Brewery and and Donovan Steele of Midvale’s Hoppers Grill & Brewing Co. may have flown under some of our radars in the past, but both brewpubs are about to take a big step toward wider exposure for their award-winning suds. … read more

Mike Brown: Repo Ride-Along!

Mike Brown: Repo Ride-Along!
By

I asked Josh if I could go on a repo ride-along with him for the day and get the low-down on Tow Town. It was a ton of fun! It started with Josh picking me up, and we smoked cigs in the cab of the tow truck while we caught up. … read more

Salt Lake & the Seven Creeks: Seven Canyons Trust

Salt Lake & the Seven Creeks: Seven Canyons Trust
By

For Seven Canyons Trust, one positive impact comes from a process called daylighting. Daylighting means bringing our city’s seven creeks back to the surface and integrating them into the urban environment in a variety of beneficial ways. … read more

Adobe and Utah Artists: Converging Creative Communities

Adobe and Utah Artists: Converging Creative Communities
By

Adobe’s combination of community engagement and appreciation for artistic expression gave local artist Andrew Ehninger an idea: “What if local artists were invited to show their art in the Adobe space?” And just like that, the Utah Artists and Adobe project was born. … read more

Temple: Thriving Communities and Industrial Safe Havens

Temple: Thriving Communities and Industrial Safe Havens
By

Salt Lake City’s industrial community is alive and well. For more than a decade, Area 51 has been the lifeblood of Utah’s goth, industrial, synthpop and EBM community. On Jan. 20 at Area 51, DJ Mistress Nancy and Reverend 23 will host the two-year anniversary of Temple, a community-based get-together for the fans of industrial, electronic, goth and all that dwells in between. … read more

On the Rise: Dented Brick

On the Rise: Dented Brick
By

With Dented Brick, Marc Christensen is planning on becoming one of the most generative distillers in the state. … read more

On the Rise: Distillery 36

On the Rise: Distillery 36
By

Distillery 36 finalized their first product, a white rum, this summer after getting their DABC license in March. … read more

TedxSaltLakeCity & Topher Horman: The Language Of Symbols

TedxSaltLakeCity & Topher Horman: The Language Of Symbols
By

2015 is the third year of TEDxSaltLakeCity, and the excitement that it has created in the valley has not died down. On Sept. 19, Kingsbury Hall will be filled with some of the brightest and most forward-thinking minds in the state, ready to share their insight and passion. Topher Horman, social semiotics guide and moment creator,

Candace Jean: Victorian Grace

Candace Jean: Victorian Grace
By

Looking at the illustrations of local artist Candace Jean is a way to transport us to a magical realm where creatures take on human characteristics, where botanical fauna morph into faces or where bugs are crowned as royalty. Her work touches on the creepy and strange, but not in a horrific way: Think gothic classicism

God Hates Robots Art Gallery

God Hates Robots Art Gallery
By

God Hates Robots has been a mission in the making for 10 years. Officially open since mid-May, this local experimental art gallery is one of the newest additions to the Broadway District. Founded by business partners Shon Taylor and Ray Childs, the art space sets itself apart with three core principles: All of the artists

Eva’s Bakery: French Authenticity in the Heart of Salt Lake

Eva’s Bakery: French Authenticity in the Heart of Salt Lake
By

Over the past few years, one of my favorite Downtown restaurants has been Eva. The small-plates restaurant serves a diverse selection of foods in portions manageable enough so that you can order half a dozen things and still not break the bank. Imagine my excitement when I, as SLUG Magazine’s Resident French Master TM, became aware that Eva Chef/Owner Charlie Perry had plans to open a French-style bakery just a few blocks away, Eva’s Bakery. … read more

Jed’s: The Friendly Neighborhood Barber Shop

Jed’s: The Friendly Neighborhood Barber Shop
By

People have been going to the barber to keep up with their hygiene as well as to fraternize with their neighbors. The act of getting one’s hair cut is so personal and intimate that it is not uncommon for a barber to become a person’s confidant. The barber shop as a place for neighbors and camaraderie is an ideal that Jed Beal holds close to his heart. He opened Jed’s Barbershop not only for himself, but to also give back to his community. … read more

The Mysterious Design of Life and Death: A Profile of Isaac Hastings

The Mysterious Design of Life and Death: A Profile of...
By

Isaac Hastings creates cryptic, carefully designed, line-dominant artwork that conveys both spiritually infused and dream-inspired symbols. His meticulous design is featured on the cover of SLUG this month to honor the magazine’s 300th issue. A self-described “jack of all trades, master of none,” Hastings is humble—he sports a black hoodie, jeans and a beanie during our interview and speaks frankly about his evolution as an artist. … read more

Designing Behind the Scenes

Designing Behind the Scenes
By

In the event of the designers of the world suddenly disappearing, what would things look like? How would they work? Everyday items, like phones, toasters and bathmats, which we all unassumingly use daily, would cease to exist in the user-friendly and attractive nature that we currently enjoy them. This is where Salt Lake Design Week comes in: to show us what it actually takes to design a building, snowboard or bathmat.    … read more

Elementé: the Last of the SLC Bohemians

Elementé: the Last of the SLC Bohemians
By

Elementé began 27 years ago, when friends Kate Bullen and Patrick Hoagland were having a conversation about the secondhand furniture scene in Salt Lake. 

… read more

It’s Our Park: Taylorsville Skateboarding Park

It’s Our Park: Taylorsville Skateboarding Park
By

Taylorsville Skateboarding Park is under fire, and rumors of it being shut down have been circulating. Having faced a threat like this before, local skaters were more than happy to share their thoughts on the subject and tell SLUG more about their home park. … read more

Utah Food Trucks: Indie Rock You Can Eat

Utah Food Trucks: Indie Rock You Can Eat
By

Catch Utah Food Trucks on Thursday nights. Food trucks include Cupbop, Off the Grid, Bento Truck and Grub Truck Food Company. … read more

Mestizaje en Microcosmos

Mestizaje en Microcosmos
By

A December 2013 graduate from the University of Utah in Art History and Latin American Studies, Olmedo-González gravitates toward self-portraiture in fine art. He acknowledges, furthermore, that more pedestrian (nonart) forms of self-portraiture permeate our psyches as digital simulacra via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. … read more

Feldman’s Deli: A Chagigah to the Big Beehive

Feldman’s Deli: A Chagigah to the Big Beehive
By

Eating for the public eye comes with an alert subjectivity, which demands accuracy pinpointed precisely to the better-or-worse longitudes of a Richter scale. The restaurant proprietor, unexpectedly awaiting such a guest, can only hope their ship is tight enough before the Devil throws a curveball. This particular morning, I surprisingly found myself not alone, nor the first, but the second person in line at Feldman’s New York Jewish Deli, 10 minutes before the doors were set to open that business day.  … read more