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Porn Stars Are Heavier Than They Look or The Moron and The Jerk Corey O'Brien |
04/25/2014 | Filed In: Porn Star | Throwing People | People Toss | Jerk | Millionaire | Dan Bilzerian

Porn Stars Are Heavier Than They Look or The Moron and The Jerk

Lots of money or no money, a jerk is a jerk.  Dan Bilzerian is a Wall Street millionaire who likes to play poker, fun, posting Instagram photos with naked women and the like, which is all innocent enough, I suppose.  A guy's got a right to have a good time and make cash. However, in this scenario it is really hard to know is the bigger dunce: the guy throwing the woman from the roof or the porn star who let him.

Note: it's always good to underestimate your limitations mostly because you won'do things like throwing women off roofs and you might surprise yourself once in a while with a humble attitude.

 

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X96 Named One of the Top 25 Reasons to Move to SLC cobrien |
04/24/2014 | Filed In: SLC | X96 | Ruth's Diner | Ruths Diner | Top 25 | Salt Lake City | Radio From Hell | RFH | Movoto

X96 Named One of the Top 25 Reasons to Move to SLC

Of course standard iconography like snow, Mormons, Imagine Dragons and Fry Sauce made the list but we had no idea our playlist and Radio From Hell would be included by Movoto, a real estate site, would name X96 as one of 25 reasons to move to Salt Lake City. "The 'Radio From Hell' morning show is a healing salve for commuters, and the “Boners of the Day” segment features people who make you feel like a genius."

Fact is, no one would know who the hell we were if it weren't for those who listen and support the station, RFH and the music.

Thank You.

Check out the full list here.

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Bill Allred Dives Into Ogden's Music History in the New Issue of "Revolv" cobrien |
04/23/2014 | Filed In: Bill Allred | Radio From Hell | RFH | Revolv | Joe McQueen | Ogden | Music

Bill Allred Dives Into Ogden's Music History in the New Issue of

Bill Allred looks into Ogden's music history in the new issue of Salt Lake's "Revolv" magazine.  "Revolv" covers fashion, music, art, food and people in and out of our state.  Read an expect of Bill's article about a man who made Odgen his home and after many decade is still performing:

"If you grew up in Ogden Utah, or spend any amount of time there you’ll begin to feel the vibrations of a city that is bathed in history. From it’s early roots in American fur trade, to it’s rise to prominence as a major railroad hub in the 40’s and 50’s, Ogden holds its fair share of ghosts. They can be rough, loud and dangerous or full of laughter and wicked fun. The City itself seems alive with these specters of the past, and you will certainly hear echoes of their stories on 25th Street where, thankfully, some of their old haunts still stand.

The railroad station, which is the origin of so much Ogden history, still stands at the west end of old 25th. To the east, on either side of what the locals call ‘Two Bit Street,’ are stately hotels, restaurants and nightclubs, some of which have a shadier past as opium dens and houses of ill repute. The venerable brick facades and red pavers in the sidewalk perfectly complement the vintage signs and colorful awnings that line the street and give you a true sense of an era gone by. Of course, building names have changed over the years, as have their purpose, but echoes of the ghosts of Ogden’s history are still present..." Click here to read the full article and see more pictures of Joe McQueen.

You can find "Revolv" in bookstores around Salt Lake and Unhinged in Sugarhouse.

Content used with permission from "Revolv." 

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Coachella Day Three: Beck and Arcade Fire Close Out An Amazing Weekend cobrien |
04/15/2014 | Filed In: Coachella | Coachella 2014 | The 1975 | Beck | Arcade Fire | Blood Orange | AlunaGeorge | Calvin Harris | Corey O'Brien | California

Coachella Day Three: Beck and Arcade Fire Close Out An Amazing Weekend

Day 3 was about a perfect a day one can have at a music festival.  The desert was not angry. Rather than dust, a nice, cool breeze kept things from getting too hot and it was a day of amazing performances.  A nice clip poolside in the morning at the compound and the group was off to catch The 1975.  The thing The 1975 they could fit in many contexts.  You could put them in matching suits with some choreography and they'd be a boy band.  Acoustically, a coffee shop quartet.  I don't mean this in a negative way.  Their songs are truly catchy. Lead singer, Matthew Healy, is a cross between Aldous Snow and Christopher Martin of Coldplay. His voice is great live and he has the swagger it takes to sell it.  I could tell because every hot lady around me was belting out the lyrics like gospel. Mr. Healy is tattooed and leather clad, playing up the rockstar persona, which may have been lacking otherwise at this year's fest (aside from Queens of the Stone Age, which I only caught a glimpse of). Leather pants in 90 degrees, no problem. Accompanied with a brunch of pizza and beer The 1975 was a great way to start the day on the Outdoor Stage (clever name, I know). 

I stuck it out in the beer garden (the last day, you've gotta go big) for the artist I who was at the top of my list, Blood Orange. I've had their album playing non-stop since I discovered it in February.  Blood Orange is the brainchild of Dev Hynes, who was also in the short-lived, but grandiose Test-Icicles then went under Lightspeed Champion for a spell.  Very different sounding projects from one another, but all great in their own right.  The best breakdown to describe Blood Orange is Prince meets Frank Ocean. This is baby-makin' music. 

Before planting our flag at the main stage the group was lured to the adjacent Gobi Tent by the a familiar groove.  A familiar sound, know to us from junior high parties.  The sound of Montell Jordan, but it wasn't Montell Jordan.  It was AlunaGeorge singing Jordan's "This Is How We Do It."  Dancing, we hung out and watched the sexy AlunaGeorge while admired the final sunset we would witness over Empire Polo Field.

Calvin Harris took the main stage and did the opposite of what Fatboy Slim did the day before: he played the hits.  Opening with, "Feel So Close" to "We Found Love" to Icona Pop's "I Love It." He demanded the audience show their hands and not miss a beat.  He kept the hits coming and no once seemed to mind.

Finally, another must-see, Beck this the stage opening with "Devil's Haircut" and, like Calvin Harris, the hits kept coming.  A highlight for me was the surprise selection, "Debra" from "Midnight Vultures" - a song touting the benefits of picking up women at JC Penny and driving a Hyundai.  Beck was on a role, telling stories about playing the first Coachella between songs and reminding the audience why he is so revered by those who really love music and live performance.  Therefore, it was quite disappointing when Goldenvoice cut him off during "High 5" for going over his allotted time.  I know these things need to run like trains and not airplanes, but come on!  It's a headliner and one with Coachella tenure. Beck shrugged it off, danced a bit and then was disappeared by his band as they surrounded him and shuffled him off stage, forcing smirks and chuckles from the crowd.

 

It was now meat and potatoes time. We bumped and hustled as close as all 11 in my group could get to the mainstage to see what Arcade Fire would finish the weekend off with. They did not disappoint. A thing, covered from head to toe in mirrors announced himself as Fred, then announced the band who promptly opened with the title track from their latest, "Reflektor." I can say this song paces better live. All the songs they performed from "Reflektor" paced better live including my favorite, "It's Never Over (Oh Orpheus)."  

Many would say, including myself, the highlight of the show was Debbie Harry, looking amazing, joining the band on stage for her own "Heart of Glass" and the epic "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains). The set was passionate, defiant (Win Butler calling the VIP section "bullshit" to the pleasure of the crowd. Well, those not in VIP, anyway) and at times heart-breaking. The set and the show ended with warnings the sound may be cut off again, just as it was with Beck. 

Luckily, they made it through the closer, "Wake Up" with a few folks around me actually tearing up. As the rise of whatever was left of the 90,000 plus in attendance singing, "Whooooaaa ohhhhh, ohhh, ohhhhh, ohhh, oh, ohhhhhhwhooaaa..." the sound was eventually cut, the band pulled together some acoustic instruments and, accompanied by a small brass section, leapt into the crowd, marching band style. The crowd chanting for as long as everyone realized the weekend was over. We would all be leaving Coachella on this bittersweet note and back to real life until next April.

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Coachella Day Two: There’s Some Thing in Your Eye cobrien |
04/13/2014 | Filed In: Coachella | Coachella 2014 | Empire of the Sun | Holy Ghost | Holy Ghost! | Fatboy Slim | Norman Cook | Corey O'Brien | California | Muse | Pet Shop Boys

Coachella Day Two: There’s Some Thing in Your Eye

Even though Coachella is a desert paradise, it’s still a desert and the desert was angry that day. Wind threw up and spit dust everywhere (I'm in the blue shirt in the picture above - pure Bedouin style).  The road into Coachella was an hour and a half parking lot, which eventually dumped my group into a dusty dash to our first must-see of the day: Holy Ghost! Some sadistic programmer placed them opposite of Julian Casablancas. At Coachella you remind yourself that this isn't really a problem and move along. The festival has been more crowded than any year I can remember. Elbow to elbow.  Hipster to hipster. Holy Ghost! was great, though. They starting with “Dirty Disco Ideas” and closed with “Wait and See.” It was a good day to dance and this was a nice warm up.

Morale was strong at this point and we headed toward one of the three luscious beer gardens for Spicy Pie (a pizza maker who only shows up at music festivals) and a cold one to drink, preparing ourselves for Fatboy Slim. Norman Cook did not give the performance I assume many were expecting: a mash-up of the classics. There was a bit of that sprinkled here and there, but this was anything but a trip down memory lane.  It was a hard-core dance party and nothing more.  “Eat. Sleep. Rave. Repeat.” was the mantra pounded into the crowd the same way Alex was re-programmed in “A Clockwork Orange.”

We should have not left the Sahra tent for another break after Fatboy. Take all the Wal-Marts in the bordering states on Black Friday and it wouldn't hold a flame to how crowded this enormous tent was packed.  Literally busting at the seams. There was no way in, so we turned our blinky light toys off and walked away.  I can’t say I was heart-broken, though.  At Coachella there's always options.  We headed over to Pharrell Williams’ set. Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Diplo and Gwen Stefani joined Pharrell. The latter putting a massive sing along of “Hollaback Girl.” Shit was bananas, indeed. Pharrell also played his Daft Punk collaborations "Lose Yourself to Dance", "Get Lucky", and some N.E.R.D. material...even his verse in "Blurred Lines."  This guy is truly the King of Pop...not that other guy...who isn's around anymore anyway.

The wind wasn’t getting any better and the air was making our teeth brown and morale dingy. However, I was looking forward to Muse and/or Pet Shop Boys, but the group was quite tired and didn’t want to spend 2 or more hours trying to get back to the homestead. Rock N’ Roll was sacrificed that night in the name of adulthood. I will work on regressing for tomorrow, the final day. It’s Calvin Harris, Beck, Arcade Fire and Blood Orange today. Time to rally.

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