Intern Zach here. Today marks my last day as an intern for X96 and the Radio From Hell program. Before I go, I thought I’d like to share with you some lessons I have learned from my experiences at X96
1. The meaning of “sleep-deprived” Getting up at the unholy hour of four AM everyday has taught me to never take sleep for granted. Not even one hour. Here’s an idea of what I look like right now:
2. Endless experience of audio editing I’ve stared at computer screens like this for longer than I can remember:
3. You will get headphone hair… you’ll just have to deal with it It doesn’t matter how many hours you spend on doing your hair, it will always end up looking like this:
4. "Grammar Nazis" are everywhere
All over the chatroom, all over Facebook, EVERYWHERE. This has helped me become more self-aware of my writing and grammar. Or maybe it has made me become more paranoid. I can't tell.
5. Running remote events is kinda like babysitting You have to watch over expensive items, you explain the same things over and over, and you give away as much candy and stickers as you can in order to make someone happy
I FEEL YOU, FRANK!
However, I did get to go see a lot of cool events like the Reggae Rise Up Festival, RSL games, and Vans Warped Tour for free!
6. You never know who you might meet
I got to hang out with the guitarists of Anberlin, Christian McAlhaney and Joseph Milligan (left), and the vocalist/bassist, Roger Lima, of Less Than Jake (right). Anyone could stop by the studio at any given day.
Okay, that was NPR. But I would freak out if the cookie monster made an apperance at X96. I would probably take his cookies. Maybe just one. 7. Anyone can be a writer or a journalist. I never thought of myself as a writer. I’m just a guy who likes to talk about music. However, I realized that most people who work here at X96, and in music journalism, fall under the same category. Thanks to my time at X96, my writing has been viewed and opened up to a much broader audience.
Going back to school like...
All in all, my experience at X96 was rewarding. I lost a lot of sleep, got a lot of free food and donuts, saw a few concerts for free, met some of my favorite bands, and had a lot of laughs along the way. Sure, sometimes Kerry, Bill, & Gina and everyone else might make you feel like this sometimes:
But, your overall experience here will leave you feeling like this:
… And who knows where you’ll go from there. If you’d like an internship experience similar to mine, email Richie@x96.com
Summer may be coming to a close, most of the summer concerts are coming to an end, but that only means that it is time to get ready for fall tours. Some of the best concerts in Salt Lake City happen in the fall and we’re not just saying that because the Big Ass Show is happening in the fall this year. Here is a taste of what to expect for the rest of the year:
1. Fall Out Boy & Paramore: Monumentour Where: UCCU Center When: Wednesday, August 13th Pop-punk giants Fall Out Boy and Paramore have joined forces to present the Monumentour with their friends New Politics. The tour started June 19th in Connecticut and will end August 17th in Concord, California; which makes Salt Lake City one of their final stops. Expect big things from this tour since both bands are coming off of the biggest album releases of their careers. Fall Out Boy with Save Rock and Roll, which contains one of the highest played songs of 2013 “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark(Light Them Up).” And Paramore with their most commercially successful album yet, Paramore, with the two massive singles “Still Into You” and “Ain’t It Fun”; with the latter song spending seven straight weeks as #1 on Billboard. You can get tickets here.
2. The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise, & Stiff Little Fingers: The Summer Nationals Tour Where: The Complex (Rockwell) When: August 26th Back in 1994, Epitaph Records sponsored the Summer National, a three day soldout event at the Hollywood Platinum. This event was led by The Offpsring, who at the time just released the monstrous album Smash, alongside Bad Religion and Pennywise. Now the boys are back at it again, but instead of doing a three day stint in southern California, they are taking the Summer Nationals across the nation. And they are bringing their friends Stiff Little Fingers along for the ride. The Offspring will be playing their iconic album, Smash; which features the hits “Come Out and Play” and “Self Esteem” and still holds the record for the highest selling independent album. They will play their other classics as well. You can get your tickets here.
3. The Aquabats! 20th Year Anniversary Tour Where: The Depot When: September 5th The Aquabats are back in action and saving the world this year with their 20th year anniversary Tour. The band will be celebrating 20 glorious years of their special brand of world-saving, cartoony, ska/punk music. The last time they were in Utah was on the 2013 Vans Warped Tour, in which they spent the better part of their set beating up dudes in cactus costumes on stage and throwing water balloons at the crowd. If you are looking to get into the ska scene, then this is the perfect show for you. You can get tickets here.
4. Coheed & Cambria Neverender IKSSE:3 Tour Where: The Complex (Rockwell) When: September 12 This year marks the 10th year anniversary of Coheed & Cambria’s sophomore album, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3. They will be playing the album in its entirety, from start to finish. The tour start September 5 in Riverside, California and end October 7th in Atlanta, Georgia. They will be bringing Thank You Scientist as support. You can buy tickets here.
5. X96 Toyota Big Ass Show Where: Gallivan Center When: Saturday September 27th You didn’t think we’d skip over the Big Ass Show did you? The Big Ass Show bands are Neon Trees, A Day To Remember, Phantogram, Capital Cities, Broods, Nightmare and The Cat, and Priory (with more bands to be announced). When A Day To Remember came to Salt Lake City last year on their House Party Tour, the band went across the crowd in a giant hamster ball, had giant pillars of smoke going off behind them, shot giant cannons of confetti into the crowd and pulled off many of theatrics. There’s no telling what kind of shenanigans they will pull of at the Gallivan Center this year. Neon Trees have also upped the production value of their shows on their last tour, the Pop Psychology Tour, with a crazy colorful stage and elaborate lighting designs. Capital Cities was also a favorite of last year’s show, amazing the crowd with their choreographed dance moves. You can get more details on the bands here and where to purchase the $9.60 tickets that go on sale Friday. You can purchase normal priced tickets here.
Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember last fall on their "House Party Tour"
6. Anberlin: The Final Tour Where: The Complex (Rockwell) When: Friday October 17th Yes, unfortunately, Anberlin is calling it quits this year. The band announced this news earlier this year, saying that 2014 will be the last year of Anberlin. However, they aren’t leaving without one last world tour. Salt Lake City will be on the last leg of their world tour, but only because they are saving the best for last, right? Do not miss out on Anberlin’s final show in a city that they have heralded as their favorite city for years. The band has stated there will be one special guest in certain cities. So, there is a possibility that this will be an Anberlin only show. Tickets go on sale Friday. You can purchase them here. Richie T just spoke with the guitarists of Anberlin, during Warped Tour, you can view it on Meet The Bands.
7. Relient K: Mmhmm 10 Year Anniversary Tour Where: The Complex (The Grand) When: November 5th This year also marks the tenth year of Relient K’s breakout album, Mmhmm, which took the band from obscurity and launched them into the spotlight with hits such as “Be My Escape” and “Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been.” They will be playing this record in full, from start to finish and are bringing Blondfire and From Indian Lakes as support. You can get tickets here.
8. Black Keys Turn Blue World Tour When: Wednesday, November 12 Where: Maverik Center
It’s not often that giant grammy-winning rock acts stop by in Salt Lake City. However, The Black Keys have made sure to put us on their map. They will tour in support of their new album, Turn Blue, and Jake Bugg will be playing as their support. They announced the tour as a mock-infomercial via a Mike Tyson tweet. You can get tickets here.
9. Yellowcard & Memphis May Fire When: Wednesday, November 12 Where: The Complex (Rockwell)
You don’t see two bands from entirely different genres co-headline a tour together very often, but pop-punkers Yellowcard and post-hardcore rockers Memphis May Fire are determined to make it work. Yellowcard is out to support their new album, Lift A Sail, which they are claiming is their most ambitious and hardest albums yet and Memphis May Fire released the biggest and best selling album of their career, Unconditional. They are bringing Emarosa along with them, who is also coming out with a new album, titled Versus. Richie T sat down with the boys from Yellowcard during the Vans Warped Tour to talk about their new album, you can listen to it on Meet The Bands. You can get tickets here.
There are, of course, many more concerts coming to Salt Lake this fall. You can check it out by clicking the concert tab here on our website. What shows are you looking forward to the most?
So say you have that friend visiting from back East or you have set your OK Cupid profile to look for people 900 miles away and found a special someone in Atlanta. The thing is, you are from Utah so you have it the scene on lockdown. You know where to go, what to do and what to eat...maybe. It's easy to take things for granted and overlook some great things in Salt Lake.
The nice folks at Movoto took time to remind us (or show the unindoctrinated) a few things that are not to be missed in Salt Lake.
You can check out their list here.
A few Ol' Core feels they left out are as follows:
Sugarhouse Park: You can get a workout and some nice sunsets at Liberty Park, but the views of the mountains, the lanes for bikes, joggers and walkers to keep everyone from colliding and the LAPRPERS even seem more organized in Sugarhouse Park. With the new tunnel you can make it down that much faster to find fro-you, pho, catch movie on the cheap or snatch some new kicks at The Rack.
The Pi (Unversity Location): Sure, they have more than one location now, but there can only be one genuine article. The years of writing on the wall, all the damn cheese, The Stromboli Pizza and, of course, the Cheese Pull-Aparts. It's a no-brainer.
Ensign Peak: There are few places better to see a Salt Lake sunset than on the West side of Ensign and it's such an easy hike to see the sun fall over industrial Salt Lake and that salty pond.
Deseret Industries: Sure, outside of Utah, Goodwill may have a lockdown oh thrift shopping, but Utah keeps it real with our own chain and way of second-hand archeology. Not only can you find a real classy family reunion t-shirts or an old-school Utah Jazz jersey, but occasionally some real sweet suspenders. As for me? I can spend an entire afternoon D.I. hopping to find classic works of literature for the change I have in the ashtray in my car.
Snowbird: Ziplining, mountain coastering, Cliff Lodging, Oktoberfesting, Traming, mountain biking, mountain scootering, so much of which is accompanied by food, drink, live music and I haven't even mentioned the epic skiing and snowboarding you can accomplish here. Snowbird always a great excuse to get out of the valley.
I have no doubt you can come up with many more. Like many cities there are so many places to gather and social or just admire your surroundings. There are probably a few modern attractions Salt Lake has to offer like the new Beer Bar, a progressive take on a beer hall. Go ahead and share some of your favorites, especially if they serve beer.
This morning, Radio From Hell spoke with actor and Salt Lake City local, Charles Halford. Topics of conversation included: Charles' upbringing in Utah, why he chose to pursue acting, his run-in with Richard Simmons, his current project "Constantine" and much more! Listen here
Charles Halford on why he chose acting:
“I don’t know if I had one [a plan]. I was the youngest of four… I wasn’t allowed to take drama until the eighth grade… I was failing a lot of classes for the same reasons I got an A in drama, I was acting out. I got an A [in Drama class] for doing the same things that I was getting into trouble for in my other classes. This gave me somewhere to put my energy and it gave me direction.”
“Constantine the show, not unlike the Keanu Reeves movie, is based on the Hellblazer comics… in the DC universe. I play a character, Chas, which is essentially John Constantine’s best friend, his wingman, his sidekick. And if anyone is familiar, John has really bad luck with keeping his friends alive. So, Chas is his long, surviving friend and we do a lot of demon fighting… but John serves the higher calling, which means anyone between him and his purpose can be laid to waste for the greater good.”
The Vans' Warped Tour is coming to Salt Lake City this Saturday, August 2nd! If you’ve never been to a music festival before, Warped Tour is great training. Maybe one day you may want to move up to Coachella, Lollapalooza or Bonnaroo. The Vans' Warped Tour is a one-day festival with a ticket price around $30, so you can afford it. Everyone should experience at least one music festival. We have also sprinkled bands we are excited to see at the fest through this blog.
If you are attending Warped Tour for the first time here is some wisdom from your friends at X96. It's Vans' Warped Tour 101:
Tickets: You can buy tickets by clicking here. Don’t wait until the day of to buy tickets because it will cost about five dollars more. Also, don't buy tickets in the parking lot or from scalpers. You never know what you are getting there.
You can bring your parents: If you are under 18 and your parents are worrisome, then they can come with you for free. Most likely they will have a great experience as well as long as you keep them fed and watered. Warped offers one complimentary parent admission per ticket to any minors. If you are under 18 and need to convince your parents to let you go, then this should help. There is a “parents only” booth at Warped Tour, which is basically a daycare for adults. NOTE: Guardians accompanying minors to the show must be legal guardians over the age of 28.
Times & stages: Bands will find out when they are playing the morning of that day’s show, which means the schedule will not be posted anywhere on the Warped Tour website or any band’s social media accounts prior to that day. X96 recommends showing up early so you don't miss your favorite bands. Near the entrance, there will be a huge inflatable “billboard” with the bands, the stages, and the times of their performances posted. There are eight stages spread throughout the fairgrounds. The bands listed above are subject to change. Take a picture of the lineup and the map in case you forget or the loose the map.
Avoid the long line: Bring three cans of food, a $5 donation, or a used cell phone to the Feed Our Children NOW! Tent located near the “skip the line” flag. They will let you skip to the front of the line for your donations.
Food & Water: X96 are Warped Tour veterans. To save money bring a CamelBak or the like with you or an empty water bottle you can refill throughout the day. Plan to grab a slice of pizza so something mid-day and meet with your friends (or that special someone you may meet at the show) after.
BRING CASH: Tents aren't going to accept plastic. Make sure to pull cash before you enter the fairgrounds, so you don't have to pay a bunch of ATM service fees.
What you can and can’t bring: You CAN bring a small lightweight backpack (or CamelBak), sunscreen, snacks, a point-and-shoot style camera (no professional cameras unless you have the right credentials), sharpie, cell phone, comfortable sneakers, and a hat. You CANNOT bring chains (like wallet chains), professional cameras, alcohol, recording devices, weapons, firearms, or any illegal drug substance (just a reminder in case you forget your common sense).
Band signings: Bands will have their signing times posted at their merchandise booths. So, in your spare time, check out all the booths for possible meet and greet times. Also, a lot of merch + sponsor booths give out free stuff like wristbands, sunglasses, posters, etc. If you’re looking for free stuff: any movie booth will be giving out free stuff, Trojan gives out free things (yes, condoms), Alternative Press has some limited freebies, Monster Energy usually gives out drinks, and the X96 booth will have some stuff too.
Medical Assistance: If you need medical care, look for the first aid flag at the medical booths. There will be plenty of other fun things to do Warped Tour other than watch bands. There will be slip n’ slides set up around the fairgrounds, some movie tents will show exclusive trailers, and of course you can hang out at your band's signings.
The Vans' Warped Tour is there for you to have fun, go nuts! Wear light and breathable clothing, bring plenty of water, cash, & sunscreen. Come with a good attitude and have a good time.
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