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Dan Mangan back on the road after taking time to spend with family

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After six years on the road, playing music and recording four albums, winning Junos and Polaris Music Prizes, Vancouver singer songwriter Dan Mangan decided Dan Mangan plays a special Geomatic Attic show at the Yates Theatre, Feb. 10. Photo by Vanessa Heinsto take a break at the peak of his success to stay home and raise his kids. But after a six year break, he is glad to be back on the road with his fifth new album “More Or Less” and a big tour  which brings him to the Yates Theatre for a special Geomatic Attic show, Feb. 10 with Shaye Zadravec.

“It’s been really nice,” said Mangan from Halifax, after opening the tour solo in St. Johns, Nova Scotia before  joining bandmates drummer Don Kerr, Mike O'Brien and Jason Haberman for the rest of the tour.
 He was a little worried if anybody would remember him after such a long break.

“Definitely. There was a little apprehension. In 2011-2012, The phone was ringing off the hook and I thought that would continue. But I needed to take a break. I’d been touring non stop for seven years. So I very purposefully decided to take a break. Things changed. I got married and had a kid. I’ve changed. I’m not the same person I was then. So I was worried people might not want to  hear my songs,” he mused.
 Even though the phone did stop ringing, fortunately his fears  have been somewhat assuaged  by already having a lot of shows selling out in advance.

He is playing a lot of theatres on this  tour, which can be daunting.
“A lot of that is just due to what is available in the towns I play in. But I like playing theatres. You know the microphone is on and people are listening to every word I’m saying. The lyrics stand out. But it’s scary having a such a rapt audience, ” he said.

“Bar shows have more of a potential of turning into parties, which can be fun too. I’m playing some of each. So it’s nice. You don’t get into same groove throughout a tour when it’s theatre, bar, theatre, bar. I’m playing some of the bigger bars on this tour like the Marquee in Halifax and the Palace in Calgary,” he continued.
 He is proud of the new CD. He even met Paul McCartney who heard an early version of his song ‘Lay Low’ and even offered  some feedback.

“We’re not buds or anything. I have a feeling I’ll be telling that story a lot. I was recording the album in L.A. I’d just been robbed the night before. I was going through  dumpsters, looking for my things and dealing with the LAPD and Canadian Consulate to  get my passport back, so I’m in a weird headspace. I’m thinking, ‘this is my big chance, I’m recording in the same studio that Pet Sounds was recorded.’ Then Paul pokes his head in to door to see what’s going on because he does that. I told him ‘my oldest son is named Jude. A little later I run into hm and he says I was just thinking of your  song, you should add a cello and a low piano. I’m like ‘wow, Paul McCartney is thinking about my song,’” Mangan related.

“ And we didn’t even use that mix. We re-recorded the whole thing and the cello and piano didn’t fit. When I told my mom about it, she said ‘you’re crazy, if Paul McCartney gives you a suggestion for your song, you do it,” Mangan chuckled.

“More or Less” reflects Mangan’ reflections of coming back and trying to fit in the music scene.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 February 2019 23:48 ) Read more...

Lots of laughs and rock and roll to kick off first week of February

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The first week of February has a little bit of something for everyone. Most of it coming from Vancouver and Victoria.Peter and the Wolves return to Casino Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 The biggest show of the week is tonight, Feb. 5 when the Trews return to Average Joes with Edmonton indie rock band Altameda in tow, in support of the long awaited new Trews CD “Civillianaires.” The music begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance $40 on the day of the show.

Saint John , New Brunswick folk  musician Kylie Fox visits the Slice on  Feb. 6.

 Club Lime has a big rap show on Thursday, Feb. 7 with the Alberta drum/bass and jungle group Serial Killaz, Steve Heavy and Verboze. The show begins at 9:30 p.m.. Tickets are $20.
The weekend is all about local. In Cahoots play the Slice with Meagan Rourke, Feb. 8, Cal Toth brings Dueling pianos back to Average Joes, Feb. 8 as well.
 And The Bridge City Boys, aka Connor Christmas, Connor HD and Blaine Hutchinson will be making you laugh at Good Times, Feb. 8. Tickets are $15. They perform shows at 6 p.m and 9 p.m.
 Alex Biron will be making you laugh the next night, Feb. 9.

Another laughter option  is at Club Didi, where Impromptu return for Drunk Improv , Feb. 8 at 9 p.m.. Admission is $10.
 Saturday will be a blast.

 CKXU has their annual pre Valentine’s Day party, Feb. 9. with an ’80s  theme — Dayglo Dreams . Music will be provided by funk rock trio Adequate plus Key Puncher and Knight Laser. There is a suggested donation of $10.
And if you find Valentine’s Day to be a drag, Valentines Day is Such A Drag will put a smile on your face at Club didi, Feb. 9 featuring some of your favourite local drag performers. The fun begins at 9 .m. There is a $10 cover.

If you are in the mood for the blues, local band Coda play the Watertower, Feb. 8 and 9.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 February 2019 14:17 ) Read more...

The Trews glad to be back with long awaited new CD

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Four years is way too long in between studio albums.The Trews return to Lethbridge, Feb. 5. Photo by Kayla Rocca
“That’s too long. We released our studio album four years ago and had a greatest hits album in between that. But four years is too long. We won’t be doing that again,” said Trews lead guitarist John-Angus MacDonald from his home of Hamilton, noting his is pleased to have finally released their new album Civilianaires and is excited to embark on a tour in support of it.
 The Trews Civilianaires tours stops by Average Joes, Feb. 5 with Edmonton’s Altameda.
The Trews played Whoop Up Days in 2016, but were at Average Joes , in 2016 in support of the greatest hits package “Time Capsule” and companion album “The Vault.”
They recorded the new album “Civilianaires”  over the past two years with two different producers, including the legendary  Bob Rock and young up and comer Derek Hoffman who has worked with The Elwins and Seaway.
 in the process, Hoffman helped the Trews experiment with their sound.
“A lot of the sounds that sound like keyboards are actually guitar sounds with looping and effects. I don’t  have the patience, but Derek can do them lightning fast,” MacDonald said, adding the band wrote a lot of songs for the CD.
“ We wrote at least 20 songs for it,” he said.

Queen of the Worms in a bluesy mood

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 Queen of the Worms showed their many musical sides at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, Jan. 18.

Queen of the Worms' Tyler Bird, Clayton Smith and Paul Holden at the owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan. 18. Photo by Richard Amery
 The trio of vocalist/ guitarist Tyler Bird, bassist Paul Holden and drummer Clayton  Smith, played a lot of blues and blues tinged rock in the set I hear. And, as usual, they had a good sized crowd out to support them.

 In addition to more bluesy material, they also played  upbeat alt country and more rock related songs.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Heavy fun for Rainbow Patrol CD release party

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It was stoner rock  night at the Slice, Friday, Jan. 18 for local band the Rainbow Patrol’s Cd release party for their new CD “Phantasmagoria.”
A new local heavy, rock band iiNNii  payed their first show for a decent crowd mostly waiting for Bazaraba and the Rainbow Patrol.

The Rainbow Patrol released their new CD “Phantasmagoria” at the Slice, Friday, Jan. 18. Photo by Richard AmeryThe band, including guitarist/vocalist Evan Herbst, lead guitarist Sterling Brave Rock,  drummer  Zach Beres and Richard Charlton, doing double duty on bass for this show, as he was also  playing  with Rainbow Patrol, who closed the night.

 Innii played slow ponderous groove based detuned, sludgy rock, while a black and white film of a running buffalo, with the name iiNNii  played on a screen in front of the stage.
Calgary’s Bazaraba also embraced multi-media.

 Complementing their fast, abrasive,  detuned set of original  rock, they had a loop of disturbing  B movie images of a variety of screams, various murders, electrocutions and a creepy marionette.Bazaraba playing The Rainbow Patrol’s CD release party at the Slice,  Friday, Jan. 18. Photo by Richard Amery
 They  have played the Slice several times over the past few months, and are always an experience. The three piece, a drummer, guitarist and  bassist took turns shouting lead vocals and gang background vocals throughout a long, tight set of ferocious punk tinged, detuned  rock and stoner rock.

Rainbow Patrol continued in the detuned alternative rock vein, lying somewhere between iiNNii’s ponderous sludge and  Bazarabra’s ’s energetic rock.
 But Rainbow Patrol  wove in more psychedelic solos with a more laid back, downtuned groove. They picked up the tempo, touched the border of metal and all in all put on a solid set, ending  the rocking highlight “Badmamajujujive,” which had a more classic rock feel.

—by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
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