Australis

AustralisNEW AGE/AMBIENT

In keeping with last week’s trend of featuring genres too often overlooked, this week we bring out the softer side of Linescratchers. Oscar Aguayo was born in Peru, but currently resides in Layton, Utah, and his complex sonic textures and ethnic melodies and percussion make his music difficult to categorize simply. However, one thing is for sure, his music transports the listener elsewhere. Oscar is unique in his synthesis of many styles, and brings quite a bit of life experience to the table. For everyone interested in modern New Age, World, and Ambient styles, Australis is the place to look.

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Australis

Hourglass

hourglassPROG METAL

Rarely do we at Linescratchers get the chance to feature good prog from the LDS community. It seems like a rare genre nowadays, with its long instrumental passages, difficult technical pyrotechnics, and odd time signatures, and yet there is still a large and extremely loyal market for prog in the United States and Europe. This is why our interview with Brick Williams from Utah-based prog metal band Hourglass is such a treat. Brick is a full-time guitar instructor in the Salt Lake area (with somewhere between 55 and 60 students a week!) and a full-time songwriter, guitarist, and lyricist for Hourglass. It’s a tough job, but we’re glad somebody’s doing it.

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Hourglass

5th Friday Open Mic – Portland

I just received word about an amazing show going down that I’m incredibly excited about. It’s called The 5th Friday Open Mic. Started three years ago at a stake center in Portland, it’s an open mic for Latter-day Saints in the Portland area to play secular, but wholesome, music. I was floored! How did I find out about this show, you might ask? Well, I ran into its creator, Mark Simnitt (of the Fossil Fools), at my sister’s sealing in the Portland Temple. Another great reason to attend the temple!

Videos are available on YouTube and from the site. It’s a great time for musicians and listeners, and the word is, they’ve been getting around 100 people on some nights, including local performer and Linescratcher KaRyn Daley. Check it out! There’s a gold mine of good new LDS music in Portland!

Find out more at www.5thfridayopenmic.com.

And here’s KaRyn, by the way:

5th Friday Open Mic – Portland