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After finding out Banksy had tagged a wall in City Creek Canyon, I was über stoked to check it out. I managed to convince my out-of-town friend, Erica, to take a walk and take a look at it.

This is all that is left. So bummed.

Check out what it looked like before the Fun Police did away with it.

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Today’s Spotlight song comes from a band that we had in town for a free show last year. NEEDTOBREATHE are now coming back for show that, unfortunately, you’re going to have to pay to get into. They’ll play at In the Venue on May 11th, and tickets go onsale tomorrow. For details, head to 1019theend.com.

Reaction to “The Outsiders” was 100% positive. Kelly called in and said, “I really liked it!” Steven called and said, “I thought it was awesome.” Kimberly texted, “I love it banjo and all! Play it!” An anonymous text read, “I love it, love it! and you can count on me getting my ticket for the show.” And another text said, “great song, play it often.”

If you missed today’s Spotlight, you can stream it on Lala.com. Find the band on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and their official website.

What do you think of the song?

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I never thought I’d say this, but I completely agree with Hitler on this one.

Too damn funny!

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Alice In Chains were one of the handful of bands that defined the Seattle grunge sound. Lead singer Layne Staley passed away in 2002, and the band was finished. It wasn’t until 2007 that the surviving members decided to get back together and play some music. In Staley’s stead was William DuVall, who had toured with Jerry Cantrell during his solo album tours. DuVall sounds enough like Staley to keep continuity, but not so much like him to be a cheap rip off. The band released their first album in nearly 14 years in September of 2009. Today’s Spotlight song, “Your Decision,” is the third single from Black Gives Way To Blue.

Reaction to the song was very positive. Jeff said, “It sounds like typical Alice In Chains.” And I asked if he meant that in a good way, and he did. Justin said, “That was awesome, man!” And Josh said, “I like that Alice In Chains song you played, I think you should definitely play more of it.” Texts were a little more split. Jen said, “i cant say i have ever been an alice in chains fan but this is pretty good.” Alexis texted, “didn’t like. too repetative in lyrics and chord progressions.” And an anonymous texter said, “Great song! That’s a great fit for this station. You shouldn’t listen to this station if you didn’t like that song.”

If you missed today’s Spotlight, you can hear the song on the band’s MySpace page. They can also be found on Facebook and their official website.

What do you think of the song?

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Phoenix Fans Take the Stage

At a recent show, the fans of Phoenix stormed the stage during the encore. It’s a pretty cool moment between band and fans.

Check it out:

I’ve seen this happen with a few different bands, but I think Phoenix went with it better than any of the others.

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MacGruber Trailer

I love the MacGruber skits on SNL, so I’m definitely excited to see what they do to turn it into a feature film. Here’s the first taste of what it will look like.

Looks like it could be pretty dang good.

What do you think?

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This Brooklyn band has been heaped with accolades in the New Year. NME put them at the top of their “Tips For 2010″ list. And MTV has named them one of their “10 For 10″. Band members have known each other for years and come from the ashes of a couple electro-pop bands, but this is the first time any of them have gotten this kind of attention this quickly. I first heard them when Marco Collins posted a link to their video on his Twitter. I immediately fell in love with “Let’s Go Surfing” and downloaded the rest of the Summertime! EP.

Reaction to the Drums was mostly positive. Jeff called in and said, “I like that song; I was groovin’ to it.” CJ texted, “Loved this song! I may have to i Tunes that. I.d like to hear more.” Annie said, “the song was a little too poppy and commercial jingle sounding for my taste.” And an anonymous text read, “I loved it!”

If you missed today’s Spotlight, you can hear the song on the band’s MySpace page. You can also find them on Facebook and their official website.

What do you think of the song?

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Train peformed on Lopez Tonight the other night and it was a pretty killer rendition of their hit song “Hey, Soul Sister” from their new album Save Me San Francisco.

Check out the full performance, including Lopez’s ridiculously raspy voice, below.

What do you think?

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Snow Patrol was one of many bands to release a greatest hits album in 2009; they went with a more non-traditional set up. This is a double album, with the first disc being songs you know and love; while the second is live versions of their songs, and even some pre-Snow Patrol songs from Gary Lightbody. Today’s Spotlight song was originally released on the band’s 2006 album Eyes Open, and is being used in the trailer for the forthcoming movie Dear John.

Reaction to “Set the Fire To the Third Bar” was mostly positive. Creed said, “I’m very happy to hear that on the radio.” Julianna said, “That hurt my ears!” Sarah countered, “I thought it was awesome!” Jen texted, “love it great sound”. And Amber’s message read, “LOVE LOVE LOVE this song!” One person sent in, “i found it annoying”.

Check out the video for “Set the Fire To the Third Bar” featuring Martha Wainwright:

And here’s the trailer for Dear John:

Catch up with Snow Patrol on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and the band’s official website.

What do you think of the song?

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Nashville’s own (I know, I can’t believe they’re from Nashville, either) Hot Chelle Rae stopped by the End studio last Friday and performed a couple songs and talked about life and their career. They related a hilarious story about doing a Spring Break show with rapper Lil Jon where a fan was trying to get a homemade “pimp chalice” to the rapper. The fan was kicked out and HCR snuck him back in and RK was asked to take the chalice on stage with him, which he did. The fan was able to get a picture with Lil Jon and the chalice, which is probably more than he ever hoped for.

Feedback on “I Like To Dance” was a little split, but mostly positive. Guerin called in and said, “I really liked it. It woke me up.” Amber texted, “I’m on the fence.. Its catchy, but reminds me of fall out boy.” And an anonymous texter said, “that song was freaking sweet!!!”

If you missed the Spotlight, you can hear the song on the band’s MySpace page. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and their official website.

What do you think of the song?

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