Salt Lake City

Hel Hath Frozen Over

INDUSTRY is Hel's first compilation, and an attempt to catalog and document the Utah experimental electronic scene as it stands in the year 2014. Collecting tracks from Hel regulars (OK Ikumi, RS2090, Mooninite), scene veterans (Siak, Cerci), and newcomers (Vistaas, Jordan Swain, MONOL!TH) in various electronic styles; from the electro and techno sounds the scene was formed around to the abstract splinterings of the modern soundscape.

Guys... This holiday weekend of epic adventures has renewed my faith in SLC nightlife and music coming out of this square state. Small surprises around every corner made for an awareness that cool sh!t is happening just under the surface.

Friday began with a wee bit of gallery strolling to CUAC's opening reception (great show by the way) before finding DJ Choice doing it justice over at The Red Door, then off to Zest behind Ann-Michelle (DJ Artemis) to hear Detroit native Make It Fit putting his thumb on the techno scale with Dance Therapy and our trusty Hot Noise—night capped by a birthday party in bear costumes dancing on the patio to hip-hop blasting out of a dudes cell phone.

I was siren called back to the concrete jungle on Saturday for a cocktail at Copper Common (cue soundtrack of The Smiths), a second at Bar X (Morrissey overhead) with stops in between at the Hel Audio 'INDUSTRY' compilation release show at Diabolical Records featuring SIAK (video above), RS2090 and Blade, all undeniably talented producers representing Utah's electronic scene in fresh, exciting ways. Following this, we Uber'd it over to the under new ownership but soon to be demolished Burt's Tiki Lounge, an exotic Keebler elves hotel of ill repute that may very well contain a doorway to hell. A dive bar send off party was in motion with a backdrop of Disco and 80's edits being expertly provided by Marcus V. (featured in our first NCM Guest Mix) to a mixed crowd of young professionals and angry punk girls... which turned a little aggressive leading me and my men to the decide that raving was not beyond the call of duty. Lyft this time dropped us off at Europa One, a private party on the westside where my friend Red Spectral was tearing the roof off in fine style with DJ's Eco, Christian PP, Better Homes & Gardens and others for the seasoned after hours mavens. I must say that there is some very intelligent house and techno coming from the new crop of DJ's and promoters with an ear for Quality!

After some much needed sleep and an internal debate over whether or not to burn my clothing from the night before I rolled into Whiskey Street on Sunday for blunch, (brunch+lunch) where I found Johnny Peppinger playing a lovely vinyl mix of jet set jazz and space age lounge exotica. Something you just don't hear that often, but you should and it's perfect for that time of day.

Red Spectral at Europa One by New World Presents

So looking back on my MLK weekend I couldn't help but find a few reasons to be proud and energized (or frightened) about things that go bump in the night. The independent electronic music scene and community seems unified in a great way. I hope that continues and we start seeing some Utah artists recognized for their innate genius on a larger scale. The time is coming.

Mark Farina visits Salt Lake on Jan 31, 2015

V2 Presents & Live Nite Events
feat. Mark Farina

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Modern day record minstrel, Mark Farina, has thrilled crowds globally, entertaining over 1 million fans per year. As one of the most ubiquitous DJs in Dance Music, Farina's known for both his unique style of mixing Jazz, Downtempo and House Music as well as being the creator of Mushroom Jazz: West Coast jazzy, organic productions combined with East Coast Hip-Hop, Urban beats. We can’t wait to get down to his highly refined sounds on January 31st!

155 W 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT
This event is 21+
Doors open at 9:00pm

Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere

Good looking documentary screening for free tonight at Rose Wagner as part of KUER's Through The Lens series. Here's a description:

In an isolated, high-plains community, a brilliant mathematics professor disappears from the local college without a trace. Three months later his body is discovered tied to a tree and burned beyond recognition in the remote hills south of campus. Iconoclastic author Poe Ballantine searches for clues related to the case while reflecting on his life of wanderlust. directed by Dave Jannetta Official Selection: Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, Traverse City Film Festival, DOC NYC, Bend Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Kansas International Film Festival.

Big Cartel Believes in the Artists

Big Cartel has curated HANDMADE products, locally and nationally from their online sellers for a pop-up brick-and-mortar space on Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City.

The shop is a temporary extension of their online gift guide which changes slightly by day for the month of December leading up to Christmas. 100% of the proceeds go to the artists so if you’re in Salt Lake during the holidays, stop in and enjoy!

Visit online:

Follow @bigcartel for additional open hours and more info.

Wednesday - Friday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

163 S. Main Street
Salt Lake City, Utah

NYE Hops & Spirits VIP Experience at UMOCA

Getting ready–steady to ring in the new year with EVE's VIP party at UMOCA. Get your tickets soon and come play with us! Info below...

New this year is a VIP experience (21 & over) party for sophisticated adults who enjoy Epic beer, Jack Rabbit Gin, Vida Tequila, Five Wives Vodka and contemporary art. Expect random projections, performances, private music sets from EVE headliners and beats provided by SLC’s finest, DJ Jesse Walker and DJ Sneeky Long as well as a midnight champagne toast. For the romantic types, there will be marriage as well as annulment stations – you know, in case you change your mind after that midnight kiss! 

Beers brought to you by EPIC Brewing and The Annex. Includes: 4 drink tickets, plus a champagne toast. Also included: A 3-day EVE pass, with upgrades to premium event experiences: The Leonardo Bodies Exhibit (Dec 29, 30, 31) Premium Seating at Utah Jazz Game (Dec 30) Free Ice Skating at Gallivan Center (Dec 29, 30 & 31).

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Shop At 'Mall'

'MALL' is a pop-up concept retail and art experience that opened this weekend for limited run. A dream realized from years of scheming by our man Gary Vlasic, just know that it's amazing on every level. Visit often and tell your friends! More at and


Pop-up shops will explore new formats in graphic design, fashion, music, publishing, and food. Featured collaborators include JugarV. ProjectNumber 047D8, and more. Shop at Mall on Nov. 282930 and Dec. 567 at (new location) 159 W. Pierpont Ave. Salt Lake City, UT 84101.


Where no man (or woman) has gone before

krcl polar jubilee

Some great photos by the force of nature that is David Newkirk from this past Friday at KRCL's annual 'Polar Jubilee' which was held in a vacant shop space at historic Trolley Square. Loved the looks on display backed by bowie-esque rock bands and a retro sci-fi soundtrack that bled into a stellar space disco dance party! Thanks again for the invite Bad Brad Wheeler and everyone at the station who made it so fun.

'MALL' Pop-Up Art + Retail Experience Nov. 28–30 Dec. 05–07

Pop-up shops will explore new formats in graphic design, fashion, music, publishing, and food. Featured collaborators include JugarV. ProjectNumber 047D8, and more. Shop at Mall on Nov. 282930 and Dec. 567 at 737 S. 400 W. Salt Lake City, UT 84101.


Allowed To Alcohol

Annual Prohibition Repeal Day
at The Bourbon House

9PM to 1AM on Friday, December 5th

Join us for the 5th Annual Repeal Day Party, finally falling on a weekend night, it's sure to be the best one yet! The newly remodeled Bourbon House will once again transform into SLC's finest speakeasy. "Get a wiggle on" and commemorate your right to celebrate with casino style gaming, prohibition inspired entertainment, burlesque dancers and prizes! Plan to wear your best 1920's inspired attire and watch for more information including a password to be revealed on the FB event page.

You don't want to miss the 5th Annual Repeal Day at Bourbon House. It'll be a gas!


KRCL's 5th Annual Polar Jubilee: 1979 Space Odyssey: Rockin' the Universe for 35 Years is Friday, November 21, 7-11pm, in a storefront on the West side of Trolley Square.

Join us for an evening of space-age music, a silent auction, dancing, great food and beverages and lots of fun. All ages and everyone welcome - come dressed as a space alien, a character from outer space, or just wear your favorite KRCL t-shirt! Tickets are $20 pre-sale, $25 day of the event. Secure yours today. Tickets here >

Electronic Producers From Utah You Should Hear

Been picking up on these new electronic music producers coming out of deep Provo and the new n' improved SLC this week. So much awesome pent-up musical weirdness, WTF? Cool!

From left to right: Mooninite, OK IKUMI, (both on Hel Audio) and Robot Vitamins, my Salt Lake buddy Chris Manfre who's also a sickeningly good 3D designer.

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Light As Air

Who wants clean air in Utah? I know I do! Support Light As Air with Lands Salons on Sunday Nov. 2nd at The Rose Wagner Theater. More info at:

A celebration for Utahan's who love Utah. Each year we hope to bring together creative and passionate individuals to raise awareness and vibration and raise funds for a cause or program in Utah. This year, we have chosen to gather to raise awareness about air quality in Utah. We invite people to come enjoy an evening of entertainment of dancers from around the state, including Ballet West, Ririe Woodbury, Odyssey, Park City Dance Academy, Underground Dance Crew, Transfusion Hype, Millennium Dance Center, Now International Dance, and other dancers, to bring a creative mindset to the solution for the poor air quality that plaques the beautiful valley. Together, with our sponsors, we hope to raise money and awareness for Western Resource Advocates, a non-profit that has a team dedicated to protecting and improving the air quality in Utah. There are only 500 seats and we expect to oversell this event. So purchase your tickets online today >

Lonesome Lightbox Boys

From the Salt Lake City Library:

The Lonesome Lightbox Boys

Animated sequences and related works by Ryan Perkins and Max Kelly 
Reception: Sat, Nov 1, 4—5:30pm


THE LONESOME LIGHTBOX BOYS is a collection of animated sequences and related works employing various narrative forms—fractured, non-linear, impressionistic, or otherwise skewed—to navigate a range of themes that resonate with us as artists. Plumbing the profound influences of culture, geography, and the ephemera of our youth, we have cobbled together this celebration of adventure, exploration, and the utterly absurd for your entertainment.

To that end, the collection is a fevered exaltation of our personal deities and demons—the buxom comic book vixen, newsprint funnies, pulp fiction idols, campfire stories to freeze the blood, enigmatic mustaches, Saturday morning cartoons, box top prizes, mad scientists, the virtues of a pocket knife, life on distant planets, the spontaneous, ecstatic chaos of play, and not least of all, the humbling, timeless expanse and beautiful intricacies of a natural world eternally indifferent to human caprice.

Much of the work contained within this show explores the narrative space that exists between words—where sequence and form are left to shoulder the burden of meaning. The communication of themes, emotion, action, and consequence must therefore be adequately expressed by the performance of characters and settings. The animation featured in this exhibit represents the culmination of that effort. We, THE LONESOME LIGHTBOX BOYS, hope you enjoy the show.

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“Live, Work, and Create” space breaks ground at UofU

The impressive Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute which broke ground at The University of Utah got some love at ArchDaily this week. A collaboration between EDA ArchitectsYazdani Studio of Cannon Design, and Arup, "Slated as a space to live, work, and create, the building supports the mission to make the Lassonde Institute an international destination for student entrepreneurs, innovators and “makers.” The Studios will open for students in fall of 2016." – Archdaily