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What comes to mind when you think of Salt Lake City, Utah? Luxurious homes, looming Mormon tabernacles, men with multiple wives and a dozen little kids, all laughing and running across manicured green lawns toward their SUVs? The Salt Lake City stigma may stick to uncomfortable places, but take a peek behind the Zion Curtain and you'll find a festering music scene.

There's nothing homogenous about Death by Salt, an extravagantly packaged three-CD boxed set boasting tracks from 59 of SLC's best bands. SLUG magazine has served up this audio buffet, which includes techno, alt-country, punk, hip-hop, goth, folk, industrial, death metal, jazz, and straight-up rock 'n' roll. The Killpatricks, the Coyote Hoods, Facts, Dulcesky, and Buddha Brothers all deliver standout tracks, but everything on the comp is worth a listen. While you digest the four hours of music, check out the full-color, 72-page booklet that's included -- it's a feast for the eyes.

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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