On this week’s episode we revisit The River District and what’s happening in the area. First up, SLUG writer Ben Trentleman sits down with Maria Garciaz of NeighborWorks to talk about the work they’re doing for the area. Next, Jeffrey Steadman from Yelp drops by the Soundwaves studio to talk about restaurants inside the River District. Finally, SLUG Senior Staff Writer Mariah Mellus chats with Brittany Reese of The Sugar Space to talk about their new venue on 800 West. Plus, we have brand new music from L’anarchiste and Lake Island. In a few weeks, Jeffrey Steadman will return for another Yelp segment talking about the best Halloween-related treats and goodies to find around town, and we’d like to hear what some of your favorites are. Call our automated voicemail line at 858-233-9324 and tell us your thoughts. You may get played on the show!

Host: Dan Nailen
Executive Producer: Angela H. Brown
Lead Producer: Gavin Sheehan
Associate Producers: Esther Meroño, Alexander Ortega, Dan Nailen
Theme Song by Birthquake
Theme Producer: Jesse Ellis
Art Design & Logo: Thy Doan
Technical Designer: Kate Colgan

Interviewers: Ben Trentleman, Dan Nailen, Mariah Mellus
Music This Episode: Clay, L’anarchiste, Mammoth, Lake Island, Skellum

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Episode #329 – Telepanther

Episode #329 – Telepanther

In anticipation of SLUG’s February Localized Reunion show, Brice Obuko of Telepanther recounts his memories of various Salt Lake venues as they once were 20 years ago. … read more

Episode #328 – Spirit Prison

Episode #328 – Spirit Prison

Once he got clean, Jade Whitlock’s old band, Prozac, seemed to him like a childish portrayal of drugs and alcohol. His life wasn’t like that anymore, and so the band dissolved, he took a break, and, eventually, found the means to start making music as Spirit Prison about his newfound stability. … read more

Episode #327 – Horrible Penny

Episode #327 – Horrible Penny

Horrible Penny’s first album, Shades of Green, channels lead vocalist Alllyson Katana’s romantic voice—young and thoughtful, worthy of being spoken and heard.  … read more

Episode #326 – Acacia Ridge

Episode #326 – Acacia Ridge

With a new single and currently over half a million streams on Spotify, Acacia Ridge’s lead vocalist Christian Mayfield talks about what went into their debut album and the way they’ve managed to successfully navigate the opaque waters of Spotify’s algorithmic promotion. … read more

Episode #325 – Ben Ra

Episode #325 – Ben Ra

Ben Ra’s journey—from making his own beats in 2012 to entering the Salt Lake scene, from releasing a popular single to, eventually, falling into burnout—has all become a sturdy foundation for the talented artist, one whose creative aspirations lie outside of just music. … read more

Episode #324 – The Waldron Brothers

Episode #324 – The Waldron Brothers

The Waldron Brothers formed after an upbringing spent playing live music with their family band. Their psychadelic sound grows from that past, but it also distinguishes them from their young work through its emphasis on self-reflection. … read more