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Chris Drew, Joel Stretch and Carter Felker share stories and songs

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Talented local songwriters Chris Drew and Joel Stretch joined Calgary songwriter Carter Felker for an intimate  set of  music played in a songwriter in the round at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, May 17.

Carter Felker and Joel Stretch playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, May 17. Photo by Richard Amery


 Stretch and Drew strummed tender melodies and opted to play heartfelt ballads on their acoustic guitars while Carter Felker played some fantastic fingerpicked licks on his Telecaster and went with his more  quirky, earthy story songs.


Each of the three musicians  took turns  playing their own songs.


Carter Felker played several songs from his most recent CD “ Even The Happy Ones are sad,” but also played a new song including a highlight about “bullshitters” including a variety of well know blue collar adages.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 May 2024 13:17 )

Tyrants of Chaos try new material and tributes to New Wave of British Heavy Metal

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 Tyrants of Chaos brought the metal to the Slice, Friday, May 17.


They still had their Tyrant of priest Decal on  Ryan Dyck’s drum kit from the ’80s weekend, a few months ago, so dove into  New Wave of British Heavy Metal  era covers including Iced Earth’s “ Burning Times”  , Anthrax’s “ Evil Bitch”  and of course several  Judas Priest deep cuts “Jawbreaker” and “Painkiller,” before switching to lower tuned guitars for  their originals. 


Erik Wagner  of Tyrants of Chaos playing the Slice, may 17. Photo by Richard Amery

 Frontman Phil Sirias showed his powerful pipes were perfectly suited for playing Priest and music from that era.


Bassist Sean Simpson locked in with drummer Ryan Dyck. Arik Wagner and Curtiss Vaselenak showed off some twin guitar pyrotechnics, harmonized guitar and riffs and Wagner  knocked off some two handed tapping on a newer song he wrote. as part of first two songs of a new trilogy they’re writing.


 They were hitting their stride about the same time the Terminator strobe lights were blinding me on  hot tracks from their most Recent CD “Relentless Thirst For Power,” including a few of my favourites “ Indoctri-Nation,” and crowd favourite “Slay the Hostages” and “Nightmare Machine” and older songs “Chaos Train.”


 I caught the last song of Saskatoon punk rock band 66 Aces. The lead guitarist had a wireless mic and jumping all over the stage playing snarling punk rock music.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 May 2024 13:11 )

Major Love bring a major good time to return to Lethbridge

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Major Love exuded major good vibes as they usually do, during their long awaited return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, May 18. If the modern music industry had any sense, or taste, they would be all over Major Love.

 Lead singer Colleen Brown beamed as she strummed her guitar and added extra keyboards. She sang in a compelling voice reminiscent of one of her major influences Heart and more contemporary folk pop bands like Florence and the Machine.


Colleen Brown of Major Love at the Owl Acoustic lounge, May 18. Photo by Richard Amery

 She asked the crowd if they were fans of the band Heart and if they were going to see them in Edmonton. She observed sometimes they play a Heart song but weren’t going to that night, though the Heart influence was apparent, especially in Brown’s voice.


 Instead they began their set with “classic Major Love” from 2018” which had most of the crowd singing along with Brown’s addictive melodies on a couple crowd favourites like ‘ Better With You In It’ and ‘So Good’ which was definitely better than so good.


 Her backing band of Scenic Route to  Alaska guitarist/ vocalist Trevor Mann, drummer/vocalist Shea Connor and bassist Murray Wood added stunning harmonies and took a the audience on a spiky journey of spiky punk tinged pop like  “Making the Most of it” to mournful ballads, mostly from the bands latest album “Love, Laugh, Major Love.”


 The ageless Colleen Brown sang about aging and being a woman in the music business on songs like  “ Same Girl,” The band  played one of me favourites “One Woman,”  about community.


It featured the stunning background vocals of Scenic Route To Alaska and had most of the crowd dancing together in a circle  in front of the stage.


 Multi-instrumentalist Colleen Brown switched to keyboards for a couple slower songs then switched back to her guitar.

 Her band sang a lot of choral style background harmonies throughout.

They wound up a solid set with “Mountain Standard Time which was reminiscent of Hollerado.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 May 2024 13:03 )

S-I Close successful fundraiser fro New Dawn fundraiser

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 The Place wasn't packed, but they still had a good crowd, Saturday, May 18 for the New Dawn fundraiser, which featured  The Plaid Ramblers,  Obsidian Soul and SI.

S-I Playing the Place for a New Dawn Fundraiser, May 18. Photo by Richard Amery


All three bands  include members of the Lethbridge Fire Department, police and first responders so they were an idea fit for a foundation that supports First Responders and their families in times of sickness.


 While I missed the first two acts, i caught SI, who I usually miss when they play multi-band shows.

 They were on point and in a late ’90s  alternative rock pocket.


 They began their set with an assortment of anthemic originals  along the lines of I Mother Earth and Our Lady Peace. Bassist and firefighter Duane Kiever added gang vocals  to songs full of big, detuned riffs.


 They tried to get the audience to shout along with “ Are you Ready To Go.”

 S-I added more of a grunge influence to “ To The Sky” and got back to the ’90s / 2000s feel for the upbeat and catchy “12 Days.”


 They got the crowd involved again dedicated to all the single people in the audience e called “ Do You Want to.”

 — By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 May 2024 12:58 )

Theoretically Brewing welcomes Yarbo for all ages show

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Theoretically Brewing  has a busy summer full of a variety of shows.


They had an all ages gig on Thursday, May 16 with Saskatoon alternative rock band Yarbo and local prog rock/ emo favourites Alec Arms.


Yarbo at Theoretically Brewing , May 16. Photo by Richard Amery

I only caught the last couple of songs from post hardcore band Yarbo’s scrappy set of noisy alternative  rock  and screamo  music that had a good sized cohort of kids in front to the stage digging the sound and moving to the  rhythm.


 But they were there mostly for Alec Arms, repeatedly  chanting “Alec Arms” as the trio began.


Alec Arms at Theoretically Brewing , May 16. Photo by Richard Amery

 Alec Arms are always a lot of fun. They played a solid set of upbeat, riff heavy alternative rock and impassioned vocals,  which had  a wisp of the Foo Fighters.


 They had plenty of riffs and tempo change throughout their songs, which included  crowd favourites and new material like “ Doomsday” and “Inside Scoop.”


 I missed the opening set from 4BPM.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 May 2024 12:50 )
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