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Lots of rock and pop plus Hacksaw Jim Duggan this week

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As usual, there are a lot things happening in Lethbridge this week.Amy Nelson brings her band to the Slice, May 25. Photo by Richard Amery
 There are a couple of excellent punk and metal shows, but just as many good folk and country shows and some weirder music on top of all that. And that’s just on Friday.
 The Slice features  an eclectic  show, Tuesday, May 21 as local country/ folk singer Songwriter Tyson Ray Borsboom starts  the night off at 9 followed by Victoria/Seattle based folk/ indie rock musician Mike Edel.
 They will be followed by a late show with Vancouver punk pioneers D.O.A. , who have just released a new CD of rarities and demos called 1978. Admission for the entire night is only $10 so don’t miss it.

 But the week rocks on with a whole lot of metal at the Slice with local metal bands Chernoff, Drearius plus Portage la Prairie metal band Dead Ringer will be rocking the roof off the Slice, Wednesday, May 22 beginning at 9 p.m. There is a $10 cover for the show.
Gabe Thaine’s High Level Variety night is back at the Slice, on Thursday, May 23 with host magician Ben Price. Gabe Thaine’s country  roots band  the Rugged River Ramblers will also be performing beginning at 8:30 p.m.
Admission is by donation.

Friday cooks. Local bluesman Paul Kype hosts Honker’s pub’s Friday night open mic beginning around 8 p.m. also on the north side, at the Smokehouse, there will be a whole lot of punk and metal happening. Vancouver’s Russian Tim and Pavel Bures  will be playing punk versions of Russian pop and rock songs. They will share the stage with local punk band The Hockey Moms and ’90s style Riot Grrrl style alternative rock trio  Mombod. Admission is $10 at the door. The music begins at 9 p.m. with Bob Scallywag playing an acoustic set.
 Downtown, local roots/country band Rancho Deluxe will be releasing their debut CD “Lucky Stars” at the Slice beginning at 9 p.m. Steve Foord will be opening the show.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 May 2019 09:16 ) Read more...

Lily Fawn explores pop side with Hush Hush Noise

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Victoria musician Lily Fawn explores her more experimental pop side with her new project Hush Hush Noise, which comes to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, May 24.Hush Hush Noise visit Lethbridge, May 24. Photo by Rocktographers
 Hush Hush Noise evolved out of a collaboration with fellow Victoria musician Eric Hogg to recreate the music of the TV show Twin Peaks.
“And we enjoyed working together so much, we wondered what it would be like to collaborate on original music,” said Lily Fawn, who is best known as one half of  experimental/ swamp rock duo Hank and Lily.
“Eric is the nicest guy. And he’s so easygoing. He’s quite musical. He’s given me the license to be creative. There’s no idea too weird that he isn’t willing to try,” she continued.

“I’m so excited to bring it to Lethbridge (May 24 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge). It’s so different. It’s a lot more experimental and a lot more electronic pop,” she continued, noting the duo have been playing together and recently released their self titled debut CD on Rae Spoon’s record label Coax Records.
“It’s more like (English electronica band) Broadcast or Metric,” she described.

“ And it is a little like Bjork,” she said, agreeing her distinctive high pitched voice does draw the inevitable comparisons to Hank and Lily. But she said it is also a lot different than the Twin Peaks project
“It’s more pop indie rock, but it isn’t Britney Spears,” she continued.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 01 June 2019 10:38 ) Read more...

Windy City Opry packed for Jess Knights and the Local Group

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The Windy City Opry had a big night on Wednesday, May 8 with three bands featured. I really wanted to see Jess  Knights, but missed her set as well as Dennis Bouwman, but was just in time to be blown away by a group of young bucks from Saskatchewan called the Local Group. The Local Group at the Windy City Opry at the Slice, May 8. Photo by Richard Amery  

The multi-instrumentalists looked to be barely out of their teens, but had boundless energy and musical chops to match.

 The upright bassist was in the middle of a Irish pipe solo as I arrived, which immediately made me think of Winnipeg’s the Dühks.

But they showed substantial musical chops on several bluegrass numbers, as they gathered around a single mic to harmonize and taking turns to unleash blazing solos on mandolin, guitar and banjo. The upright bassist switched to fiddle near the end of their set.

 They switched instruments throughout their set as well.
 They played a lot of traditional bluegrass, but also added a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Cocaine Blues,” which they turned into a bluegrass song.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 May 2019 09:13 )

Tyrants of Chaos and Despite the Reverence bring the metal

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It was all about metal and hard rock at the Slice, Saturday, May 4.Despite the Reverence at the Slice, May 4. photo by Richard Amery
 I arrived midway through an intense set from Tyrants of Chaos and was surprised not to see the place packed as it usually is for Tyrants’s brand of ’80s style  New Wave of British  Heavy Metal.

So there were plenty of  big guitar riffs and the occasional harmonized guitar solo with frontman Phil  Sirias shrieking his head off, hitting high notes that would do either Bruce Dickinson or Rob Halford proud. They played several tracks from their latest EP “…Into Oblivion” including “Trench Foot,” “Chaos Train,” and even dug deep for an older song “ Metal Gods.”

They ended  their set, with an homage to one of their idols Anthrax.

 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan’s “ Despite The Reverence had more of a punk feel. They played in front Curtiss Vaselenak and Phil Sirias of Tyrants of Chaos at the Slice, May 4. Photo by Richard Ameryof stacks of amps which seemed a little too loud for the Slice, but they kept the volume to a reasonable level.

 Their frontman reminded me of  The Headstones’ Hugh Dillon. They played a tight set chock full of big riffs and a lot of energy.

—  by Richard Amery, L.A.Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 May 2019 09:10 )

Local musicians pay tribute to Janis Joplin and James Taylor

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Local musicians got together for a tribute night to some of their favourite ’70s icons at the Owl Acoustic LounJolene Draper  does her best Janis Joplin impersonation at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, May 4. Photo by Richard Ameryge, Saturday, May 4. While I missed Corduroy Brown’s version ofJames Taylor, I caught some of Gabe Thaine’s Cat Stevens.

 Jolene Draper went all out for her version of Janis Joplin.

 She dressed in her best tie dyed hippie dress and big glasses, and did her best to imitate Janis Joplin’s heartfelt whiskey soaked raspy voice. She was reaching for a few of the higher notes, but had the spirit through obscurities and better known songs like “Me And Bobby McGhee.”

 She had a solid band behind her including bassist Steve Martin, lead guitarist Braeden Rouse and keyboardist TJ Waltho and drummer Keenan Pezderic.

— by Richard Amery, L.A.Beat editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 May 2019 08:56 )
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