Category Archives: Now Dig These Grooves

Utah’s newest radio station KUAA

Brad Wheeler, photo by Mike Jones

Don’t Touch That Dial!

KUAA and Brad Wheeler Groove a Mix of World Music

Tune your radio dial to 99.9 FM, and if you are within range, you will hear the unique sounds emanating from Utah’s newest radio station, KUAA.

Founded by Derek Dryer and now headed by (Bad) Brad Wheeler, this non-profit station broadcasts a diverse mix of multicultural and bilingual music spanning genres and styles. Originally, KUAA (the Utah’s newest radio station) broadcasted from within a closet at the Arts Alliance building on 663 West and 100 South. In late 2017, Dryer wanted to really establish KUAA and brought in Wheeler shortly after he departed from KRCL. Initially, Wheeler was hesitant about getting involved and says, “I wasn’t really sure if his audience would embrace me.”

However, Wheeler offered to take over for 72 hours to see if he could make the station live up to Dryer’s expectation. After Wheeler programmed a multilingual mix for KUAA, the station began attracting attention. “I don’t really feel like I did it so much — I feel like the music did it on its own,” Wheeler says.

Check out the full article, published at Utah Stories.com!

Bands are Buzzing at The Beehive Social Club

Photos by Mike Jones

For almost 10 years, Konrad Keele has operated an all-ages venue for Utah’s punk, hardcore and Ska communities. Standing at about 6’ 2”, Keele dresses casually-not with studs and bristles- and speaks with a reserved, but confident tone. Since 2016, he has owned and operated The Beehive Social Club, located on 666 South and State Street. He seeks to empower his community and friends by providing access to music through his venues. Speaking of his own transformative experiences, Keele says, “I’ve been changed through music. My politics are directly affected by the bands I listen to — my diet, my habits, my whole lifestyle.”

Check out the full article on Konrade Keele and The Beehive Social Club published @ Utah Stories!!

TOP 5 ALBUMS OF 2018

Every year I come out with a little list of albums that have been released throughout the year. This list isn’t meant as a competition. During the turbulent and transformative year of 2018, I have found myself constantly re-listening to these gems. They are remarkable works of very talented artists. All articles were published exclusively here at nixbeat.com, at Utah Stories, SLUG Magazine or Heatwave Magazine. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

Reverand Beatman and Nicole Izobel Garcia — Baile Bruja Muerto  (2018) “Beat-Man says ““Everybody that comes to one of our shows will be saved and converted.” Audiences can expect to hear tracks like “Come Back Lord” and “Black Metal.” “Come Back Lord” is upbeat track with a pronounced organ sound. It’s the kind of tune that will evoke the dancefloor to shutter. In contrast “Black Metal” is a kind of dark bluesy ballad. A warning though, this performance is not for the faint hearted, but there will never be anything else quite like it. ”

The Speedways — Just Another Regular Summer ( 05.27.2018 )
“This album was composed by Mathew Julian with the addition of Dec Burns on the drums
. Just Another Regular Summer captures the nostalgic essence of Joey Ramone’s longing vocals by twisting it with an attitude worthy of the Exploding Hearts and infusing it with the hopeless romantic nature of Protex and the Speedies. The tracks on Just Another Regular Summer are performed with a kind of painful restraint but maintains a cool and passionate feeling. This is especially evident with the track “Reunion In The Rain.”

The Revox — In Mono (09.14.2018)
“All the way from Switzerland, The Revox embody the voracious spirit of sounds meant for the wild and untamed. They celebrate a style mixing the essence of the raucous Black Lips twisted with The Chesterfield Kings, but emphasizing the moody but primitive nature of Los Saicos. Their new record In Mono exemplifies their talent to blast out raw garage punk stompers through hi energy tunes of desperate rock n’ roll with dashes of fuzzed out psychedelia.”

Fashionism — Smash Singles LP (04.2018)   The songs found within the grooves of the Smash Singles LP celebrate the clever nature could have been heard by The Boys or even by the sharp wit of The Adverts. This is largely thanks to vocalist Jeffery McCloy masterful weaving of punchy lyrics that tell a story with a sound that combines the infectious nature of Bay City Rollers like glam rock meeting the sensibilities of The Purple Hearts. “

Los Yayaz — Born Dead ( 05.12.2018)
“Los YaYaz have blazed through the Salt Lake City music scene by combining the wild and primitive style of Los Yetis and Los Saicos with the intensity of The Sonics. This new record maintains their iconic blended style with all the trappings of repressed teenage angst and longing desperation. Their delivery is raw and if I didn’t know better I would have sworn Born Dead was some long lost garage-punk- unknown. “

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Honorary Top 5 Mentions

  1. Faz Waltz — Double Decker (03.21.2018)
  2. The Blankz— White Baby/Sissy Glue (07.13.2018)
  3. The Terror Surfs — Mutant Surfin’ Trash  (02.23.2018)
  4. Reverend Beat Man — Blues Trash  (04.05.2018)
  5. Wild Evel and The Trash Bones — Digging My Grave (11.24.2017)

The Freak Out: Featuring DJ Andy Maximum & DJ Nix Beat

DJ Andy Maximum By Aron Mikkelsen

DJ Andy Maximum
By Aron Mikkelsen

The Freak Out is an all vinyl DJ night that is held on the first and third Saturday of the month at The Republican in Salt Lake City, Utah.The night is meant to inspire from the crypts of our DJ’s who break out top selections of the rawest and most criminal elements  of Punk, Junkshop Glam, Bubblegum, Power Pop, Garage and Mod. One can surely expect the chills and thrills of volatile hits and misses from the likes of 999, The Clash, The Stranglers, Purple Hearts, The Strangeloves, Slade, The Sweet, The Damned, Ex-Cult, Fashionsim, Giuda, Faz Waltz, The Cute Lepers, The Briefs and much more!!
Hosting this mess of a party is DJ Nix Beat with guests like the infamous Portland, Oregon DJ Andy Maximum aka Andy Mehos and Salt Lake’s own DJ Eric Jenson.

Everyone is welcome. Regular attendees are the curious and sensational outcasts, misfits, rockers ,rollers punkers, romantics and idealistic rebels. Most of all though, remember, it’s a night for you and your wild and uncontrollable imagination and angsty desires. We at the Freak Out seek to entertain and most of all cultivate a community of the like-minded. So, cum down and Freak Out!!

DJ Andy Maximium and DJ Nix Beat

DJ Andy Maximium and DJ Nix Beat

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DJ Andy Maximum

DJ Andy Maximum

DJ Andy Maximum

DJ Andy Maximum

It’ll be a night of only the best and worst choices to make on a Saturday Night. So dress up and cum check out The Freak Out at The Republcian