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WITS lead preview of Femmewave festival

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 The Owl Acoustic Lounge had a full house, Friday, Nov. 17, enjoying a night of fem-positive music  and a preview of some acts performing at Femmewave in Calgary.

WITS  opened for Soft Lions and the Ground Sloth Orchestra
 I was only able to catch local trio WITS ( synth/ vocalist Amanda Bigford, guitarist/vocalist Shannon Dooley and bassist /vocalist Kristen Krein, on a bill which also included San Diego’s Soft Lions and Seattle band Ground Sloth orchestra.

 WITS played an entertaining set of femme positive pop and garage rock music interspersed with spooky audio clips of conversation.

They  combined quirky synths with scrappy guitar and laid back bass.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 November 2017 09:09 )

Flowshine bring groovy experimental rock and balloons

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 I  didn’t want to miss Calgary based psychedelic rock trio Flowshine at the Slice, Nov. 17 so I cut another show short in time to catch the end of local indie rock band Birch Barks who supplied lots of ambient guitar.

 Flowshine having fun with balloons at the Slice, Nov. 17. Photo by Richard Amery
Calgary trio Flowshine played an upbeat groovy set of  psychedelic rock. This time they had  trippy white Christmas lights and a blue light shining on the colourfully painted bass drum of the drum kit to enhance their usual psychedelic soulful sound. With the big bass and solid , experimental guitar, they sounded like a more funky Phish.

 They got an intimate audience going with the groovy “You Get Me Going,” which brought the funk out, courtesy of their usual hot bass playing, which powered the sound.

In addition to their own songs, they put their own stamp on covers like the Zutons/ Amy Winehouse’s “ Valerie”  which they made into a more, soulful R and B style number.
 Some of the more straight ahead rock numbers were reminiscent of Hollerado.

 To emphasize their fun side, frontman/ guitarist Jeremiah Erhardt released a bag full of balloons for the audience and the band to play with.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 November 2017 09:00 )

Jon Martin excited to have Kenny Aronoff on New Weather Machine Cd

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It may seem like a long time coming for local musician Jon Martin to release the second New Weather Machine album “ Seas Of Dawn,” but Martin has been far from idle.

He has been busy with a number of projects including recording the new Skinny Dyck and Friends Compilation CD “Twenty-One Night Stands,” and is working on the debut CD from local band Queen of the Worms. He has also been busy finishing up his Masters degree in music.Jon Martin playing the New Weather Machine CD party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 11. Photo by Richard Amery

“ So it is and it isn’t a long time coming,” Martin said, en route to putting the finishing touches on the Queen of the Worms CD.
“ The last full length New Weather Machine came out in 2009. I was working on my BA in music and on my Masters and I released two EPs,” he said, adding he wanted to write songs for the CD with a similar theme, in this case change.

“I think an album should be sets of songs that  are an experience when you listen to them together,  not just 10 songs with disparate elements. That probably comes from the Beatles— listening to Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts band” and David Bowie and Queen,” he said, noting the connecting theme of “ Sea of Dawn” is change in relationship to the environment.

 He is already working on the follow up on a companion piece to be called  “Nothing Comes Between Us”, which will  explore the theme of change from a relationship perspective.
“ It isn’t part one of two, they are companion pieces,” he continued.

 One of the highlights of  recording “Seas of Dawn” was getting to play with drummer Kenny Aronoff, who has played with countless  big names including John Cougar Mellencamp, John Fogerty,  and even Avril Lavigne.

“It’s amazing the power of an e-mail. We have a mutual friend who suggested him, so I sent him an e-mail. It was awesome. I sent six songs to him and went down to Los Angeles to record with him,” he said.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 November 2017 08:47 ) Read more...

Eclectic week includes Lethbridge Symphony Kids Choir, U of L talent, laughs and rock and roll

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The Geomatic Attic winds up their winter season with two excellent shows happening  in the first week of December.
 Unfortunately the annual visit by the Highway 3 Roots Revue featuring Leeroy Stagger, John Wort Hannam and Dave McCann has sold out their, Dec. 1 show at the Geomatic Attic. However if you are in the mood for the blues, don’t miss Suzie Vinnick and MonkeyJunk’s Tony D, who return to the Geomatic Attic, Monday, Dec. 4. Tickets are $32.50 for the show, which begins at 8 p.m.John Wort Hannam, Dave McCann and Leeroy Stagger’s Highway 3 Roots revue show is sold out this year. Photo by Richard Amery

There will be plenty of laughs on Wednesday, Nov, 29 as the Owl Acoustic Lounge hosts their monthly stand-up comedy open mic.
 On the other hand get the kids interested in classical music with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra who host their eighth annual Kids Choir performance, Nov. 29 and Nov. 30 . There are two shows at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. each night. To date,  over 250 choirs and 10,000 students have performed in the event. Tickets are $6.

If you want to rock, Winnipeg folk pop band Alone I Walk return to the Slice, Nov. 29 at 9 p.m. Local pop punk band Friends Over Fame, Tanner Cyr and Cam Langhofer will be joining them. Admission is $10.
 The weekend features some interesting events.

 The Galt Museum features First Nations poetry, Dec. 1. The World Is A Wound features poet Billy Ray Belcourt who examines how Indigenous people cope with pain of the past while not losing hope for the future. he will be joined by Jeff Godin and Ryan Crosschild. There is no cover for the event.

Norwegian Blue Records brings back Bands are Bands to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 1. New local band MTBC will be performing as the Pixies. Local duo Cope and Ryland Moranz will be Blink-182 and Sparkle Blood will perform as the White Stripes.
 There is no cover for the event.

 There is also no cover for a special AES (U of L Audio Engineering Society) Fundraiser at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. There will be raffles, door prizes and performances from Tyler VandenDool, classical guitarist Fei Fei Du, Jane Doe,  Ashley Young and Sydeshow.

 Popular Calgary indie rock band the Ashley Hundred return to the Slice, Dec. 1 as well.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 December 2017 15:00 ) Read more...

Shaela Miller has “Bad Ideas” worth supporting

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It is a good idea to support local folk/ roots musician Shaela Miller’s upcoming new CD “Bad Ideas” which is due out in March.Shaela Miller is raising money for “Bad Ideas.” Photo by Richard Amery

“I’ve already put a lot of my own money into it. I recorded it at the Farm with Edmonton producer  Scott Franchuk of Riverdale Records  in Edmonton who also produced the last Shaela Miller Treeline split Cd,” she said.

 The Cd included band mate Ryan “Skinny” Dyck, Tyler Bird, Evan Uschenko and Paul Holden as well as a duet with Matt Patershuk.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 November 2017 13:12 ) Read more...
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