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Chron Goblin returning to Lethbridge with new music

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Calgary stoner rock band Chron Goblin hope to break out of that genre with their fourth CD “Here Before.”

Chron Goblin return to Lethbridge, Oct. 10. Photo submitted
 They kick off a tour in support of the new CD with Black Mastiff at a  special ticketed event at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 10.
“We didn’t want to get stuck in the stoner rock genre. And I’m more of a progressive rock rock guy,”  said long time bassist Richard Hepp, noting he is pleased with the CD’s cleaner sound.

“ So we recorded it at OCL studios just outside of Calgary in Strathmore. half of the house is a residence and the other half is a soundproofed recording studio. A lot of big name country guys come there to rehearse for their shows a t the Saddledome or other venues, which we didn’t know when we started recording last summer. So they’d stop by to see what was going on,” Hepp said, adding he had to work  until five and came by to record after that, so he didn’t actually get to meet any of the country guys.

 The band includes vocalist  Josh Sandulak, guitarist Devin ‘Darty’ Purdy and drummer Brett Whittingham.
 They started to play together just over 10 years ago.

“Brett and  Darty started jamming together while living in residence in university on some thrash metal, but that didn’t work out. They asked Josh to sing and he‘d never sang anything before, then I joined. I was the guitar player. I never even thought of playing bass and now I love playing bass,” Hepp summarized, adding the band made a conscious decision to record elsewhere with people who weren’t  focused on alternative rock and stoner rock.

“Josh sings punkish, but also really clean. you can understand what he’s saying.  But they used to distort his vocals and the guitar. And even my bass was all fuzzy.
 This time everything was a lot more clean,” he said.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 October 2019 12:27 ) Read more...

Jimmy Rankin to play two Lethbridge shows on Songs from Route 19 tour

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Jimmy Rankin hits the road on a tour meant to be a tribute to small Cape Breton towns.Jimmy Rankin plays two shows at the Geomatic Attic next week. Photo by Tim Brennan
 It has been 30 years since the Rankin family released their first album, but Rankin has had a successful solo career for several years.
His new tour “Songs from Route 19,” tour stops at the Geomatic Attic, Oct. 9 and 10.
 It is in support of his new CD “ Moving East, which was released last fall.

“ I just moved back to Halifax  two years ago,” said Rankin, who has been spending a lot of time writing and recording in Nashville. He wanted to record his latest CD back home in Nova Scotia.

“There are a lot of little towns on Route 19  all around Cape Breton,” he said, adding the songs on the new CD are inspired by the towns and the people who live there.
It has been quite a few years since Rankin played Lethbridge. He will be joined by multi-instrumentalist and guitarist Jamie Robinson who was with him  for his Christmas show in Lethbridge  in 2012 as well as another solo show in 2012

“I can’t believe it’s been seven years,” Rankin said.
“ I remember the Geomatic Attic. It was a nice, small venue,” he said.

He is excited about the new CD, which he recorded with  Joel Plaskett.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 08 October 2019 17:24 ) Read more...

Black Mastiff present long awaited third CD to Lethbridge

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Edmonton based stoner rock/ alternative rock band Black Mastiff are excited to finally release their third full length album “Loser Delusions,” on Oct. 18 though they will have it with them when they kick off a western Canadian tour with Chron Goblin, at a special ticketed event, Oct. 10 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.

Black Mastiff return to Lethbridge, Oct. 10. Photo by Richard Amery
“It’s been four years, it‘s been a process, not necessarily musically, but logistically,” said guitarist/vocalist Bob Yiannakoulias, who is  joined by bassist Clay Shea and drummer Alan Harding, who moved to Vancouver three years ago.

“Because Allan moved to Vancouver  and wanted to try it long distance and we didn’t want to replace him. So we communicated digitally. Through technology, Clay and I could send him guitar, bass and click and sometimes rough drums for us. He didn’t want to  play drum parts that weren’t his,” he said.

“ We recorded it three times, dropped a lot of songs,” he continued, adding they recorded the album with Nik Kozub at the Audio Department Studio.
“ We recorded the last album in Palm Springs, so this was a quite a transition. There can be a lot of distractions when working at home.
My house is about two blocks away, so every day, I could bike, walk or skateboard to the studio and work. And Nik is so relaxed and we both love dogs, so we were always showing each other pictures of our dogs,” he enthused.

 Taking more time allowed the trio to experiment more, though there is a heavy Black Sabbath Influence.
 “There is Black Sabbath. We definitely feel that, but we didn’t want to just do that. I don’t like the term eclectic, but there are a lot of different things, like garage rock, heavier music and jam rock and even some pop. It’s a bit different,” he said.

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 October 2019 18:38 ) Read more...

Geomatic Attic and lots of Yates Theatre shows this week

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 Once  the weekend’s freak snowstorm clears, come out of hibernation for  some live entertainment.
The Geomatic Attic begins a busy October with Vancouver based songstress Jill Barber, playing the Yates Theatre, Oct. 5.

 She is continuing her toSheala Miller and John Wort hannam play an inclusiveness fundraiser at the Slice this week. Photo by Richard Ameryur “Dedicated To You,” by letting the audience choose their favourite songs and gives them a chance to tell them during the show.
Tickets are $44 for Jill Barber’s show at the Yates Theatre, which begins at 8 p.m.
 Next week Canadian Celtic/ country musician Jimmy Rankin plays two shows at the Geomatic Attic, Oct. 10 and 11 in support of his new CD “Moving East.”
 The show begins at 8 p.m. sharp. Tickets are $42.50 for Geomatic Attic members, $47.50 for non members.

The Lethbridge Folk Club has their new website launch party at Casa, Oct. 4 with performances by Celtic Routes and Reid And Writes, who often perform at the Lethbridge Folk Club open mics.
Speaking of the Folk Club, get a preview of the Wailin’ Jennys’ Cara Luft and JD Edwards’ new duo the Small Glories, who play the Empress Theatre in Fore Macleod, Oct. 3. They play for the Folk Club, Feb. 9.
 Their show at the Empress begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $37.50.

Back at the Yates Theatre, magician Reveen performs Oct. 3. Reveen’s son carries on the family’s magical tradition at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $56.

The Yates Theatre is a busy place this week as they also feature PIGS: The Ultimate Pink Floyd Tribute, Friday, Oct, 4. Tickets are $49.50 at the door, $45 in advance.
 The weekend already looks like fun.

 Good Times is starting to feature music  instead of just comedy. Local country/ rock band the Plaid Ramblers play Good Times on Friday night with Chris Ryan Drew aka CRD opening at 8 p.m.. Tickets are $10 in advance $15 at the door. The next night, Oct. 5, Comedian Brett Foerte performs two shows at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 October 2019 11:37 ) Read more...

ArtsDays opens with Word on the Street and Fred Penner

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Word on the Street kicked off ArtsDays , Sunday Sept. 22 at the Lethbridge Library Downtown Branch.
They had a great turnout , partially due to beautiful weather. As usual there were numerous tents and set up featuring an array of authors, cartoonists, comic book aficionados. Also as usual, they had a great stage set up featuring mostly local music as well as performers inside the library this year.

Fred Penner embraces his fans at Word on the Street. Photo by Richard Amery
I missed most of the acts, but caught a few songs from local folk/roots band In Cahoots. But the main attraction was children’s performer Fred Penner, who entertained multi- generations of Fred Penner fans who embraced his warm fuzzy, up with people, ultra positive vibe.

 The Winnipeg born folk singer/ children’s performer, encouraged everyone to get right up close to the stage instead of staying at the back, so they quickly filled up the empty space as Penner talked about the importance of reading and writing, chatted about Monty Python and sang upbeat, ultra positive songs  “celebrating being human.”

 As Penner embraced the audience, one child on the side of the stage leaped into his arms for a massive hug, which took him aback a little. But it just seemed right. There was lot of love in the air as the show soon turned into a giant , life affirming sing-along, which really showed what is best about being human— putting aside your worries, coming together and just singing and having a good time together.

 He began with the cheerful “ Where In the World Are You,” and followed it up with another song about “opening your mind.”
 I had to leave early right after “ This House is a Home” so missed his best known hit “ The Cat Came Back.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 September 2019 23:24 )
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