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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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Is Salt Lake Ripe For Ride Share? cobrien |
04/20/2014 | Filed In: Salt Lake | Rideshare | Ride Share | Lyft | Uber | Car2Go | ZipCar | Commute | Sidecar

Is Salt Lake Ripe For Ride Share?

It's a Saturday night and you are leaving the Jazz game.  You've had a few and know you shouldn't drive home.  As a matter of fact you can't because your friends were wise enough to take your keys.  There you are, standing outside Energy Solutions Arena with your phone finger and your phone trying to get through to a cab company so you can meet some friends at a piano bar even though you no one really needs to hear "Piano Man" ever again.  Forget the cabs.  A mobile life around Salt Lake is going to get much easier and make cabs and UTA feel like rotary phones.

Salt Lake is are about to be hit with something that cities like San Fancisco, Los Angeles and Seattle have been enjoying for some time.  It's called ride sharing and it works like a cab, but much more user-friendly and more technologically advanced.  Plus, if you are looking for extra income it's a great way to make some money using your car.  UberX (the everyman version of Uber, which in larger cities has black cars like Lincolns and SUVs at a premium cost) along with Lyft (already up and running) are moving into Salt Lake.

Download Uber for iPhone here or the site.

Download Lyft for iPhone here or visit their site.

Uber and Lyft are free apps for your smartphone.  The interface is quite lovely.  On Uber's app the little UberX car peddle around, like homeless droids, waiting for you digitally hail one.  You set your pick-up point and all the little Ubers disappear except for yours.  You watch it make its way to your location. When it arrives you get a text or call from the driver notifying of arrival in case you were live-tracking it on your phone.

Once in the car, you give the driver your destination and you're off.  When you arrive at your destination the app notifies you of the cost and prompts you to pay. You also will be asked to rate your driver on a five-star system. With Uber the tip is included in the price unless you feel the drive went above and beyond.  The rating you give your driver matters.  If they drop below a certain rating they won't be driving for the company anymore, assuring quality, which means creepy drivers and dirty cars won't fly.  Payment is made through whatever credit or debit means you have attached to your account.

Lyft works the same way, but stand out with the bright pink moustaches affixed to the grills of their driver's cars, which most find cheesy. The drivers are also instructed to fist bump passengers.  I want a ride, not a ritual. 

Who drives these cars?  You do.  As a driver you can rate passengers as well.  I have had friends drive for Uber and heard some horror stories about driver they have given bad ratings to for soiling their cars or being belligerent.

I've used both services and ones like them a lot.  There are also companies such as Car2Go: smart cars all over, which you can access and pay a minute-per-use fee including gas and insurance.  The nice thing about these little guys is you can pick them up and leave them anywhere as opposed to the Rise Share cars we have around Salt Lake now.  There are also ZipCars that work much like the Rideshare: you pick 'em up and drop 'em in the same place for a free based on time.  Side Car's another one that works much like Lyft and Uber. Car2Go, ZipCar and Side Car don't have plans to expand to the Salt Lake Market, yet.  At least not that I could find online.

If you are interested in driving for Lyft they have a posting on Craigslist here or apply directly here.

More on Uber here, though my news feed on Facebook has been showing ads asking for drivers so keep your eyes peeled.  Uber is looking to get started next month.

Last night my buddy and I took a lift from Twilight Lounge to X-Wives for only $4 driven by a very lovely woman, Bernie, in her Lexus. So much better than a dingy cab.

The controversy with these companies has been some insurance issues.  These have seem to have been worked out.  The big backlash have been from cab companies, who have a hard time competing with the convince and selectivity you get with using an app and no-cash approach to getting where you need to go, especially if you are out on the town partying.  Also, Uber will hike rates when it gets busy to limit congestion and tempt more drivers out for a shift to handle the swell.  This can be aggravating when a ride goes from $10 to $30, but hey, that's the free market in action, right?

If you've had to deal with cab companies in the SLC you know it isn't always a pleasant experience.  I've been asked to pay a flat free for a short ride and dealt with some shifty folks (one time I had a driver ask a lady-friend of mine to flash him) driving from time to time.  This isn't always the case with cabs, but enough to make just about any alternative look good. Plus, competition is good.

Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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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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