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Rock in October this week with lots of music

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September ends withs a smorgasbord of  different kinds of music.

The Devil’s Sons return to Lethbridge this week. Photo By Richard Amery


 The week starts early on Monday with a special early week show from Orillia via Saskatchewan singer songwriter Zachary Lucky who’s tour in support of his latest CD “Songs for Hard Times ”stops by the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Monday.

 On the west side, Luke James Bruce hosts his  usual open mic at Mojos Pub.


 The Owl Acoustic Lounge’s usual weekly open mic is on Tuesday.


And because it‘s the end of the month, Teri Petz return’s to the Owl Acoustic Lounge to host their monthly Poetry open mic.


 Things get loud at the Slice with Vancouver punk blues duo The Pack AD and Hell Diablo plus local riot grrl trio Mombod at the Slice, on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Tickets are $16.93 for the Pack AD’s last tour. The music begins at 9 p.m.

 Get a little more mellow at the Slice on Thursday, Sept. 29 as Sweet Alibi stop by in support of their latest CD “Make a Scene,” with Chris Drew.


 Then turn it up again at the Slice on Friday Sept. 30 with Edmonton psychobilly/punk  rock band The Devil’s Sons supporting their new CD “Broken Bones, Bottles and Hearts. If you like Social Distortion and the Supersuckers , you will like the Devil’s Sons.  The Hockey Moms, Bob Scallywag and for something a little different  l’omelette will be joining them. Admission is $10 at the door.

The Slice hosts a big local rap and hip hop show on Saturday, Oct. 1 to open October.

 Zimbabwe artist of the year  Kay L is the headliner with support from JPB, Indigidrip, Stratum403, Atomic Lane, Kropp Hopper and Knixxen Out. Tickets are $17.87 through Eventbrite.

Last Updated ( Monday, 26 September 2022 07:35 ) Read more...

Sweet Alibi to share sweet harmonies and new music at the Slice

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Winnipeg folk pop trio Sweet Alibi are ready bring their sweet harmonies back to Lethbridge, Sept. 29 at the Slice along with a more pop  inspired CD “ Make A Scene.”


Sweet Alibi’s Amber Nielsen playing with Richard Inman and Fortune Block this summer. Photo by Richard Amery

 Amber Nielsen hasn't stopped running since things opened up,  as she was just in Lethbridge in July supporting Richard Inman for Upside Downtown, is excited to return to Lethbridge with Sweet Alibi band mates, Jessica Rae Ayre (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica) and Michelle Anderson (electric guitar/banjo/ background vocals) plus  bassist Alisdair Dunlop and drummer Sandy Fernandez.


 “ I’ve been playing with Richard Inman and before that I was touring with Sweet Alibi,” Neilsen said.

 She is excited about the new CD, agreeing. the band’s sound has evolved.


“it still has folk rock roots. This time we worked with producer Matt Schellenberg and Matt Peters  (from Royal Canoe). We experimented with different sounds, so it has evolved organically,” she said, noting there are a few horns on the new album.


“It’s our fourth album. We’ve tried to make each album different,” she continued.


Since the interview, they won  a WCMA Award for Roots Artist of the Year.



 “ I think we were touring with the band the last time we were in Lethbridge, which has been a few years (in 2015 for the Lethbridge Folk Club).”


 They recorded the CD right before the pandemic , but were unable to tour on it, so Neilsen is excited to finally be able to support the new music.


“I love the way it sounds. it’s exactly like we wanted . So were excited to tour, though we aren”t bringing the horns, ” she continued, adding they have been playing a lot more soft seat theatres in Germany.

“ It’s fun to play theatres,” she said.


“ We did a small tour of Germany in the summer and we hope to go back next year,” she said.


“ It’s definitely a been a fun year,” she continued.


 They explore a variety of emotions through the lyrics for this CD.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 25 September 2022 17:33 ) Read more...

Bow City Underground play a range of hits at Casino Lethbridge

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Local rock band Bow City Underground rocked Casino Lethbridge  for the weekend, Sept. 16 and 17.


Bow City Underground at Casino Lethbridge last weekend. Photo by Richard Amery

I caught part of their Sept. 17 show.


 I arrived as they were tying into a cover of the Zombie’s “ Spooky.”


 They spanned the decades, covering the Zombies,  and Beatles  up to more contemporary numbers like Counting Crows’ “ Mr. Jones.”


 Another highlight was a cove of the Blue Oyster Cult’s “Burning For You.”


They played a tight set featuring lots of multi-part vocal harmonies.


The  delved into Canadiana with Covers of Trooper’s “Boys in the Bright White Sports Car,” and an exceptional cover of Doucette’s “ Mama Let Him Play.”


 They showed off their country side onsome Rolling Stones as well as  Dwight Yoakam’s version of “Little Sister.“


 They showed their more country side with a couple Midland covers — “Baby Put the Hurt on Me” and “ Mr. Lonely.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 September 2022 09:48 )

Couleefest back with Lemon Cash and college fun

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 Couleefest was almost over by the time I arrived, Sept. 17.


Lemon Cash’s Cory Papineau playing Couleefest, Sept. 17. Photo by Rochard Amery

Everything was outside this year. The food truck caravan was in the parking lot as well as most of the displays, which had pretty much closed by the time I arrived.


 i was just in time for Ontario country band Lemon Cash, whose name, frontman Cory Papineau said was  inspired by the Lemonade stand he and his brother Jeff ( playing drums) had a s kids and put all the cash they made into buying more lemons.


 They started out  with more of a Shooter Jennings feel.


But they played a an array of covers ranging from ’90s county like “Dust on the Bottle,” ’80s pop like a countrified cover of Michael Jackson’s “ Black or White,” and more modern pop like “Watermelon Sugar.”


 Interspersed in between the covers were a few mid-tempo, contemporary country style originals.


 They picked up the tempo a little for an excellent original called “Stepping Stone.”

—  By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 September 2022 09:36 )

Sessions host pop punk night at the Place with Galacticas and The Rock Show Blink 182 tribute

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 For something completely differeent than Daniel Champagne, Local pop punk band Sessions celebrated their fifth anniversary at the place with a hot night of pop punk, Sept. 16 at the Place.

Blink 182 tribute the Rock Show at the Place, sept. 16.  Photo By Richard Amery


Sessions, who just released a new CD“ Serious… But Stuff on High End  Denim Records in Red Deer, opened up the show around 10 p.m. as promised  with a spirited set of upbeat pop punk music mostly about girls and drinking and girls.



The Galacticas playing the Place, sept. 16.  Photo By Richard Amery

They had a muddy mix, so  the nuances were  lost in the mud, but they played an upbeat set of catchy ’90s style pop/ skate punk in the same vein as Blink 182 including the new EP with catchy chords and gang vocals.


After Sessions, Calgary pop-punk trio the  Galacticas let their geek flag fly.


 They have released a new CD “Pixels and  Poetry,” and re-recorded their debut “Diagnostics”  with a few more tracks so they played tracks from both of those plus some choice covers.


They played over a multi-media backdrop of animation.


‘Cracked Leather’ “About being a punk rocker in the 2005” was an immediate highlight. They played a lot of songs  about video games and pop culture.


 They added covers of Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle,”  a cover of Avril Lavigne’s “Sk8r Boi,” and their always popular cover of Wheatus’s  “ Teenage Dirtbag,” which had the dance floor full.


THe Rock Show Blink 182 tribute  delivered exactly what was expected—juvenile, bratty, humour and note perfect versions of all your ’favourite Blink 182 humour’90s and 2000s hits, and a few obscurities.


They played “First Date,” “Feeling this,” Raise Your hands,” “Blow Job” and of course “ What’s My Age Again?”

 They Slowed things down for “I Miss You.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Sessions playing the Place, Sept. 16.  Photo By Richard Amery
Last Updated ( Friday, 23 September 2022 14:39 )
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