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Sold out Piggystock features a variety of music

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I was pleased to see Sheldon Shukaliak’s event Piggy Stock was sold out at the Polish Canadian Club, Saturday, May 11.

Eric Braun playing Piggystock with Continuum at the polish Canadian Club, May 11. Photo by Richard Amery And while most of the audience had cleared out after Dory Rossiter’ s band Horizon had finished, I was even more pleasantly surprised to learn Continuum was really just a rebranded Eric Braun band and settled in  for some energetic blues and jam rock music.

 Braun, as usual, showed some excellent guitar playing chops, and having a keyboardist, drummer and bassist to back him up, gave him a lot more room to move, play and experiment.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 May 2019 10:05 )

Concrete Funeral plays hot death metal

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The Slice was all about loud, head banging rock with groove metal band Concrete Funeral, Saturday, May 11.

Concrete Funeral at the Slice, May 11. Photo by Richard Amery
I missed the Hockey Moms and Crimson Caliber, but caught Calgary death metal band Concrete Funeral’s hot set and heavy set. They were all playing loud, crushingly heavy doom laden riffs on vintage ’80s headless guitars and basses.

 They reminded me of a blend of White Zombie and more modern metal like the Cancer bats, but added two-handed tapping shred style licks as well.

—  By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 May 2019 09:58 )

Half Sandwich cobbles together a set of hits

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Experimental jazz/rock band Sandwich had to experiment at the Owl Acoustic lounge as guitarist Arlen Wutch came down ill and Ryan Heseltine couldn’t make it to the gig so they recruited Jon Martin to add guitar to Kyle Harmon’s drumming and Paul Holden’s bass to cobble together a set of covers. Sandwich improvise a quick set. Photo by Richard Amery

They also added another guitarist/ vocalist to play a pretty cool version of ”90s gem, the Refreshments’ “Bandidos.”

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 May 2019 09:44 )

Jolene Draper and the Inquisitive learn new tunes for the Watertower

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 They were learning a few new songs, but did capable jobs of covers like a jazzy version of the White Stripes’“Seven Nation ArmJolene Draper and the Inquisiteve Few at the Watertower Grill, May 10. Photo by Richard Ameryy.”

And I have been enjoying their cover of Shocking Blue’s “Venus.” They ended the set I saw with a spooky cover of Portishead’s “Glory Box”

— by Richard Amery,L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 May 2019 09:35 )

Dead Army rock the Smokehouse with a touch of metal

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My timing was really off, May 10, so missed several shows I wanted to see because I wanted to make sure I caught new local rock band Dead Army, who were playing the Smokehouse with several other metal and hard rock bands including Eons of Earth.

Dead Army playing the Smokehouse, May 10. Photo by Richard AmeryAnd I caught them on a set break, as Dead Army aka frontman Rob Morrison, bassist Chris Sarazin and drummer Ken Paul set up a variety of lights and effects units, before finally taking the stage.

 They have a lot of potential, with lots of effects drenched guitar and groovy, throbbing bass. They had plenty of smoke and flashing lights and riffs  that took you back to the heyday of detuned ’90s grunge and post grunge music, but with just a touch of Zack Wylde era Ozzy Osbourne.

Most of their set was all original music. One highlight was  a song called “Jaded Flower,” which  Morrison noted he wrote 10 years ago in Winnipeg.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 May 2019 07:12 )
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