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Manvils carefully craft new music for Lethbridge visit

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With the help of Age of Electric and Limblifter’s Ryan Dahle acting as producer, Vancouver rock band the Manvils spent a solid year carefully crafting the songs for their new self titled CD. The Manvils along with Rich Hope and His Evil Doers and the Rambling Ambassadors will be playing the Slice, Oct. 10 and help officially launch L.A. Beat.
“The new CD was written over the span of two years,” explained Manvils’ frontman Mikey Manvil adding the band also trimmed down to a svelte three -piece rock and roll juggernaut (including bassist Greg Buhr and drummer Jay Koenderman and in the process added a more progressive rock feel to their energetic songs.The Manvils hit the Slice, Oct. 10.
“We hired Ryan Dahle because we wanted a producer who really fit in with the Manvils. That’s really important to us. We wanted someone we respected and who was willing to go to bat for us,” he continued.
“We wanted to transfer the live show to tape and catch that energy,” he observed adding the new music retains the ’60s era Who and Kinks feel while adding more elaborate textures to the tunes.
“ It was a completely different experience, He (Dahle) really challenged us. He was a real catalyst. It was stimulating and stress free,” Manvil enthused, observing the songs all clock in at under three minutes.
“That’s as about long as people want to hear so that’s what we aimed to keep them at. We made sure every phrase and each element of each song had a purpose,” he continued, adding crowd response has been very positive to the new music.
“It’s been really nice, people  really appreciated the songs right off.”
He works as spokesman for a new Vancouver based record label called Sandbag Records  which only handles three acts (Rich Hope, The Manvils and  Ryan Dahle) .
Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 October 2009 12:12 ) Read more...

Wooden Sky as southern Albertan roots

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While Wooden Sky vocalist/guitarist Gavin Gardiner has Southern Albertan roots, an Oct. 5 gig with Elliott Brood will be the first time he has brought his Toronto based indie-rock band to play Lethbridge.The Wooden Sky play Henotic, Oct. 5 with Elliott Brood.
“I grew up in Manitoba and I spent a lot of time going between Medicine Hat and Calgary to visit family,” Gardiner said adding the band is looking forward to beginning the new tour with Elliott Brood in Sudbury. They come to Henotic, Oct. 5
“I’ve never seen them before but I’ve heard nothing but good things,” he continued.
They are touring in support of their new CD, “If I Don’t Come Home, You’ll Know I’m Gone.”
 Gardiner along with bassist Andrew Wyatt, Vocalist/pianist and guitarist Simon Walker  and drummer Andrew Kekewich  and Cellist Anissa Hart have been playing in this incarnation of the band for two years.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 September 2009 14:47 ) Read more...

Walk with the zombies on Sunday

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Phantom Creeps singer/bassist Tyler Brownfield. Photo By Richard AmeryIt’s not Halloween yet, but there will be creepies a crawling in Galt Gardens, Oct. 4. It’s time for the third annual Zombie Walk, which begins at 5:30. for zombies of all ages. Even families of zombies are welcome to participate.
“It’s just something different and fun for people who are into horror movies. There’s no cause or any point being made. It’s just a bunch of people getting together and having fun,” organizer Dino Scavo adding so far, 180 people confirmed their attendance on the Zombie walk Facebook group.
“That’s quite a bit more than last year. It’s got  bit of  a reputation,” he said adding he’d rather not see Zombie hunters this year.
“I don’t want there to be any bad blood between people,” Scavo said.
“The first year they surprised us. It was kind of fun. But the second year there were a lot more of them. And they were firing projectiles. They were pretty good. They did stop when we asked them to. Most of them,” Scavo said.


Little Miss Higgins bringing the blues back

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Little Miss Higgins, aka Nokomis, Saskatchewan’s finest blues woman or quite possibly  Memphis Minnie reincarnated is on her way to play Lethbridge with the Little Miss Higgins. Photo SubmittedDeep Dark Woods, Oct. 4 at the Geomatic Attic.
Together they are touring as the Roots and Blues Road Show.
Little Miss Higgins and guitarist Foy Taylor won the 2008 Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Blues Recording for “Junction City” which also got a Juno nomination. The Deep Dark Woods won a Western Canadian music Award for best roots album for their latest effort “Winter Hours.”
The two groups have  been touring throughout Saskatchewan  and Alberta on weekends.
“All of the shows have been pretty much sold out,” enthused Higgins, adding she and Taylor have been opening the shows then joining the Deep Dark Woods on stage for an end of show jam.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 September 2009 14:21 ) Read more...

Ridley Bent tickets won. Just one of the cool things happening this week

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Ridley Bent. Photo from Marianovich.comL.A. Beat has given away two tickets for to Ridley Bent’s Oct. 2 show at Henotic with up and coming country singer Ridley Bent.  Robin Hepher  is the lucky winner for being the first to correctly answer that Ridley Bent was born in Halifax. He has roots all over western Canada and once had a dream of being a professional skier when he was living in Whistler.

The title track of Bent’s new CD “Buckles and Boots” is getting regular air play on modern country radio. He will be touring with Corb Lund in the fall. He combines elements of rap into his original brand of country and folk music.So don’t miss seeing him in a small venue.

At the Slice on the same night, Kent McAllister and the Iron Choir will be playing with Rob Ursel and the Burning Sensations.
The Deep Dark Woods return to Lethbridge with Little Miss Higgins , Oct. 4 at the Geomatic Attic. And don’t forget to watch out for zombies that same night as it is the third annual zombie walk, which kicks off at  5:30 in Galt Gardens and ends up with  a show at the Slice with the Phantom Creeps, The Grave Mistakes and the Brains.
Elliott Brood also returns to Lethbridge, Oct. 5 to play Henotic with the Wooden Sky.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 September 2009 09:09 ) Read more...
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