Austen Diamond

KUER Music contributor

Austen Diamond is the former music editor of the City Weekly and a freelance writer for national and regional magazines covering arts, entertainment, food, and news. He has interviewed everyone from music's luminaries like Ani DiFranco and Les Claypool to today's biggest acts like Fun and Beach House. He has won numerous awards for his reporting skills from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists. Also an acclaimed photographer and photojournalist, he shoots creative portraiture and documentary-style work and produces 13% SALT, an online photo journal highlighting Utah's modern pioneers, subcultures and communities.

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Weathering the shaky test of time that the music industry has seen over the past two decades, The Heavy Metal Shop (63 Exchange Place, Salt Lake City) has stood strong—one might say with one big “maloik” (also called “sign of the horns”) held high. Owner Kevin Kirk has spent the past 27 years in Rock & Retail and has seen it all—from fanatical anti-metal people coming into his shop to legends like Alice Cooper sporting the iconic shop logo.

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The five-day music smorgasbord in the City of Trees is manageable, yet offers a bevy of local and national talent.

I want a t-shirt that reads, “Boise is the Bomb!”A happy alternative would be, “Treefort is for Lovers.” Not necessarily lovey-dovey lovers, but lovers of music—the ones that get ecstatic when they discover a new band, the ones that have their eyes closed and their hands in the air in the front row of a show, and the ones that hate waiting in line or navigating an insanely busy music festival.

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Concert photography—it will either make or break your passion for the art. It can be the easiest or the most difficult shooting experience you’ll ever have, and it rarely lives anywhere between.