Photos courtesy of Tyson Heder
If one were to choose to walk through the layered depths of the punk rock community, they should strive to find themselves wallowing in the heat of the Punk Rock Bowling Festival. The festival is held on a parking lot adjacent to Fremont, and its largely open space lacks cover from the blistering heat of the sun. One can always purchase a $2 water to stay hydrated, although I’d wager that more money is probably spent on pints and whiskey cokes. The festival attendees are as diverse as the variety of punky hair colors, though there is the fascinating commonality of wearing all black, as if to tempt the wrath of heat exhaustion. The unforgiving heat aside, this gathering serves to inspire community and camaraderie under the banner of all things punk rock. The festival is a space where one can feel at home and comfortable while surrounded by those who celebrate the varied degrees of a storied subculture. Here, one can get all the applicable accessories from clothing, pins, hats and rare records from stalls like that of Anaheim, California’s Radiation Records. Unlike years past which have been largely apolitical, this year’s Punk Rock Bowling has an unofficial theme of denouncing Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump—a sentiment that is easy and popular to get behind.
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The Moths = Joy Division + Dead Boys + Killing Joke
There is no better description for The Moths than their own self-description as rock noir. The Moths have an infectious energy that is dark, hauntingly lively and delightfully provocative. Necromancy: Rock-N-Roll is a brilliant mix of gothic-punk passion with sounds from psychedelic garage that meet a primal post-punk nature, and has the ability to totally consume the unsuspecting mind of the unwary listener.
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He’s A Lover
Rich Girlz = Thee Oh Sees + The Parrots + Weezer
Here are Rich Girlz, Salt Lake’s distorted, cheesy wrappings of a Burger Records–styled rock n’ roll sound. They’ve got the snotty angst, feelings of societal misunderstanding and the provoking attitude that represents the next generation of garage bands looking for a cool place to have a whiskey-Coke and fries.
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Crate Digger: An Obsession With Punk Records
Crate Digger is an excellent, fun and engaging read. It is the story of Burrito Records’ Bob Suren’s life of collecting punk records, playing music, running a record store/label, and succeeding and failing. This book narrates his life, highlighting notable titles like The Dictators’ Go Girl Crazy!, Gay Cowboys in Bondage’s Owen Marshmallow Strikes Again, Raw Power’s Screams from the Gutter and The Stalin’s Go Go Stalin, and then using them as a way to relate the records’ significance to parts of his life. While this certainly is an amusing way of relating a memoir, it is no less honest or sincere.
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The Weirdos played an awesome set at Urban Lounge on July 17.
This evening holds a promise of excitement from two legendary groups who’ve helped build the foundation of punk—The Weirdos and The Adolescents. The latter I’ve seen before while living in London, but with the addition of the former, it’s all I can do to keep my composure as I hang in the patio of the Urban Lounge. The place was packed and, while this is not necessarily surprising for a Friday night, it is interesting to see several generations of punk rockers under one roof—studs, bristles and all. I can’t help but acknowledge some romantic notions of this gathering being a symbol of the rich legacy of punk in Utah.
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The 24th Street Wailers
Where Evil Grows
The 24th Street Wailers = Wanda Jackson + Little Richard + Little Willie John + Lavern Baker
Not every band can perfectly capture the nostalgia for swinging 1950s rock n’ roll and then proceed to wreck your speakers due to the necessity of a dangerously high volume level. Where Evil Grows is an altogether up-tempo, gritty rockabilly album defined by the brilliant blend of harsh yet soulful vocals courtesy of the drummer/vocalist Lindsay Beaver and prominent sax that makes this record an exception to an exhausted genre.
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Hisham Aidi produces what is perhaps one of—if not the—most brilliant, interesting and essential books on understanding Islam and Muslim youth movements in the 21st Century.
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King Tuff rocked Kilby Court with Rich Girls and Breakers. Photo: Dan Monick
My journey to Kilby Court, from the heart of downtown SLC, is inspired by a certain persistence in the face of the bone-chilling cold. This trip is done on foot as some right bleeding bastard decided to remove the wheels off of my bike sometime prior to tonight’s gig. So, in the spirt of rock n’ roll and with the assistance of a glistening chalice of Dead Horse Ale, I make my pilgrimage to tonight’s holy site in search of deafening salvation. Arriving somewhat early, I find myself killing time with Breakers in a corner of the Kilby Court grounds. Apparently, it’s been a bit since they’ve practiced, but I am not too concerned about it since theirs is a raw nature and it always delivers…..
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“Naomi Klein (The Shock Doctrine) provides a brilliant and well-researched explanation of the most important crisis to define the 21st Century: capitalism and its abhorrent effect on the Earth. Klein draws upon topics that are both controversial and enlightening to highlight road blocks to the profound changes needed to tackle this threat to our very existence.”
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Secret Stash Records Presents: The One-derful! Records Collection
Secret Stash Records
The One-derful! Records Collection = The Five Du-Tones + Beverly Shaffer + The Sharpees + Wanda Davis
This is the first installment of a compilation than spans from 1962–1971 of rare soul, funk and gospel gems. These come straight from the vaults of the legendary African-American Chicago labels that brought about the mid-’60s R&B dance hits of The Five Du-Tones’ “Shake A Tail Feather” or group soul harmonies of The Sharpees’ “Take Me To Your Leader.”
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