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Batman is 75 Today and Salt Lake Comic Con Has an Announcement Corey O'Brien |
07/23/2014 | Filed In: Batman | Salt Lake Comic Con

Batman is 75 Today and Salt Lake Comic Con Has an Announcement

The Caped Crusader is 75 this year and not only can you pick up 750 different Batman titles for only 99 cents (more on that here), but the good-natured folks at the Salt Lake Comic Con have an announcement for the main event coming up September 4th through the 6th at the Salt Palace Convention Center.  Not only can you revel in their already amazing line-up of guests (click here to see for yourself), but added to the list is Kevin Conroy who voiced Batman on the ever-favorite "Batman: The Animated Series."

Happy Bat Day everyone!

Plenty more the 2014 Salt Lake Comic Con here!

And enjoy this 75th Anniversary short from DC Comics.

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Todd Nuke 'Em Reviews Mr. Mercedes todd | Program Director
07/23/2014 | Filed In: Stephen King | Mr. Mercedes | suspense | thriller

Todd Nuke 'Em Reviews Mr. Mercedes

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King Reviewed by Todd Nuke ‘Em

The master of horror is back with a new novel that surprisingly lacks horror. Not that this is a bad thing. King most recently did this with Joyland, where there was a ghost story lurking in the background of what was a great little murder mystery. In Mr. Mercedes, it is indeed another crime thriller, except you know right from the first few pages who committed the crime. This is a story about a retired detective and two unlikely associates who track down the bad guy before he can commit another mass murder. His first mass murder takes place in the first chapter, when the bad guy drives through a crowd of people waiting in line for a job fair.

I like it when Stephen King steps away from the horror genre and tries something different. There are no supernatural monsters in this story, but there is a real one, and King takes you right into the killer’s warped mind. I loved the story of pursuit as the retired detective broke a lot of the rules of protocol when tracking down this killer. There are some excellent psychological exchanges between the killer and the detective that will keep you wondering if the good guys will actually win. This book is also not incredibly long—sometimes King can crank out eight hundred pages or more, but this one is rather brief. The action keeps it moving along until the exciting conclusion.

I give it a B+.

Stephen King recently announced that there are two more books coming that involve these characters, so be ready for a sequel. 

In case you missed it, here is a list of my Top 5 Summer Books from the beginning of summer.

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Video: Neon Tree's Tyler Glenn Gets Personal Corey O'Brien |
07/23/2014 | Filed In: Neon Trees | Tyler Glenn | Person2Person | Shauna Lake | KUTV | Bill Allred

Video: Neon Tree's Tyler Glenn Gets Personal

Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees sat down on a Channel 2's "Person 2 Person" with Shauna Lake in two parts to talk about Neon Tree's roots, why he doesn't have a driver's licence, coming out in Utah and the new album, "Pop Psychology."

If anything watch to see news anchors say, "Sleeping with a Friend." Then think of all the uncomfortable things you would like to watch news anchors say.

Also, I have no idea why one is big and one is small. I failed programmer's school.

 

If you want to see Bill Allred's "Person 2 Person" you can watch it here.

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Things to Do for the Days of '47 Celebration Richie T |
07/23/2014 | Filed In: Days of 47 | Utah | Birthday

Things to Do for the Days of '47 Celebration

The great holiday of Pioneer Day is upon us and, whether you’re celebrating the fact that “this is the place” or tearing it up on “Pie ‘n Beer Day,” this is an exciting weekend to be in Utah. Keep reading for a very thorough list of things to do in Ogden, Provo and SLC for the Days of ’47.

Provo: The City Down South (sorry, I’m a Utah fan) is taking the 24th to a whole new level with its Pioneer Day Extravaganza. Festivities are FREE at North Park starting at 10 a.m. going all the way to the late, late hour of 2 p.m., but live music, fun activities, a Farmer’s Market and delicious fresh pie should be enough to lure you in.

Ogden: O-town has jam-packed this entire week with fun and excitement.  Wednesday, the 23rd at noon the Eccles Conference Center features the Miss Rodeo Utah Fashion Show (sexy!!!) and Silent Auction (shhhh!), while the PRCA Rodeo kicks off with Mutton Bustin’ at 6:30 p.m. at Ogden Pioneer Stadium. It's the time-tested battle between kids and sheep. The 24th is ushered in on Thursday morning at 9 with the Grand Parade down Washington Blvd., which is always a good place to score some free Utah Vitamin Chews, saltwater taffy. Then, the final installment of the PRCA Rodeo begins again with more Mutton Bustin’ at 6:30 p.m., followed by the coronation of Miss Rodeo Utah and, or course, a huge fireworks show.

Salt Lake City: Downtown "is the place” for you this Pioneer Day weekend. Leave the burbs and head to the capital city. If you’re an early riser the Tabernacle has a sunrise service at 7 featuring music and Days of ’47 Royalty presentation. Since you're up anyway, head to State St. at 9 a.m. for the HUGE parade. X96 will be there, floating on a float. After that you've got the Days of ’47 Rodeo at Energy Solutions Arena at 7 p.m. or hang out with Jon Smith at Trolley Square at 7 for swag, the best viewing for fireworks and some tunes. The rodeo is also happening on Friday and Saturday - choose wisely. Whatever you do, have fun, be safe and be thankful there’s no Mormon Cricket Armageddon.

Keep it safe. Keep a bucket or water, and get a ride home if you imbibe too much. Here are some suggstions for a ride option is you need one.  

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Recap: Alternative Press Music Awards Richie T |
07/22/2014 | Filed In: Alternative Press | Music Awards | APMAs | Mark Hoppus | Cleveland

Recap: Alternative Press Music Awards

Last night in Cleveland, Ohio the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards paved the way for the future of alternative music. There were monstrous performances from upcoming bands such as Twenty One Pilots, Alternative hotshots All Time Low & A Day To Remember, and rock legends like Slash(yes, from Guns N’ Roses), Joan Jett, and The Misfits. An event like this only has room to grow, meaning that with each year this event will help spotlight this scene and help bring many of its talented bands into mainstream attention(if that is the goal). Just because a band doesn’t make it to the Grammys doesn’t mean that its not deserving of awards and attention. The awards were voted on by fans and here are the results along with the performances:

Awards: 

Best Vocalist (Presented by Tyler Carter of Issues and Craig Owens of Chiodos)

Best Live Band (Presented by members of Crown The Empire, We Are The In Crowd, & The Word Alive)

Breakthrough Band(Presented by members of Yellowcard)

 

Best Bassist (Presented by members of I See Stars)

Nominees:

Jeremy Davis (Paramore) Zack Merrick (All Time Low) Ryan Neff (Miss May I) Jaime Preciado (Pierce The Veil) Devin “Ghost” Sola (Motionless In White) Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy)

Winner: Jaime Preciado (Pierce The Veil)

Best Guitarist (Presented by members of Every Time I Die)

Best Drummer (Presented by Caleb Shomo of Beatooth, Shane Told of Silerstein, and Spencer Chamberlain formerly of Underoath)

Most Dedicated Fans (Presented By Levi Benton of Miss May I and Frankie Palmeri of Emmure)

Most Philanthropic Artist (Presented by members of Bayside, Letlive, & Less Than Jake)

Song of The Year (Presented by John O'Callaghan of The Maine & Mike Hranica of The Devil Wears Prada)

Best International Band

Album Of The Year (Presented by members of We Came As Romans)

Nominees:

A Day To Remember • Common Courtesy Avenged Sevenfold • Hail To The King Black Veil Brides • Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones Bring Me The Horizon • Sempiternal Fall Out Boy • Save Rock And Roll Paramore • Paramore Sleeping With Sirens • Feel Touché Amoré • Is Survived By Twenty One Pilots • Vessel The Wonder Years • The Greatest Generation

Winner: Bring Me The Horizon - Sempiternal

Artist Of The Year (presented by Korn) 

Honorary Awards:

Vanguard Award:

Rock Icon Award:

Guitar Legend Award: 

Live Performances:

Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco performing Frank Sinatra w/Ohio Contemporary Youth Orchestra

Falling In Reverse performs “Gangsta’s Paradise” with Coolio and Tyler Carter of Issues

Sleeping With Sirens performs “If You Can’t Hang” & “Alone feat. Machine Gun Kelly”

Asking Alexandria performs “Hungry Like The Wolf” with Jonathon Clark of Korn

Twenty One Pilots’ performance includes them climbing up on the rafters and a crowdsurfing drum kit

All Time Low performs with New Found Glory & Vic Fuentes of Pierce The Veil

Machine Gun Kelly

A Day To Remember

Ice T & Body Count

The Misfits

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts feat. Slash

Final performance: Fall Out Boy “The Phoenix”

Well, there you have it! Overall, it was a great music awards show and a promise of something truly great in the years to come. After a few audio/sound engineering problems are fixed, online streaming becomes avaiable and a more accessible channel provides this awards show; then, this will certainly become one powerhouse of an awards show.

Written by: Intern Zach McEntire (Twitter:@McEntireZach)

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