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Local record label Ghostwood Records shows off their talent

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A good sized crowd took in Ghostwood Records’ party at the Slice, June 5.The Living Luca are a new addition to Ghostwood Records. Photo by Richard Amery
Jesse and the Dandelions started things off by played a strong set reminiscent of the Violent Femmes, and John K Samson of the Weakerthans with just a touch of Pet Shop Boys pop.

They had a strong Violent Femmes’ influence throughout and to nail it down, ended a set of crowd favourites like their van song which had the audience singing along, with an excellent cover of the Violent Femmes’ ‘Blister iJesse and the Dandelions kicked off Ghostwood Records, June 5 
party. Photo by Richard Ameryn The Sun.’


The Living Luca played another excellent set of upbeat original hard rock music of bone crushing guitar riffs played at ear crushing volumes.

Lead singer Bridgette Yarwood was a blur of energy, dressed in pink and bounding all over the stage while belting out  an impressive array of original songs including several old NSR songs like ‘ Stick It Out.’ Smokestack Jacks and the Necessities were also on the bill, though Sleeping With Tuesday had to cancel.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 June 2010 17:39 )
 

Warren G funks it up at the Blarney Stone

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Warren G played to an energetic crowd at the Blarney Stone, June 4. Photo by Richard AmeryThough I am by no means a big fan of rap music, I couldn’t resist an opportunity to hear rap legend Warren G at the Blarney Stone, June 4, just  because he grew up with the likes of Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre.
 A good sized crowed writhed in front of the stage, which Warren G completely owned.

He stalked the stage like a panther, paced back and forth  and took turns rapping and singing in between profanity laden rants and call outs to the crowd.

He told a few stories about hanging with Snoop and Nate Dogg and played some  of the music from 213, the group he  formed  in the early ’90s with them.
 He also performed a couple newer tracks from his latest Cd including ‘Let’s Get High’  from his latest CD ‘The G Files.’ He got a lot of the audience singing/ shouting along with him and ended his set around 1:30 a.m. by calling out ‘Much love Lethbridge.’

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor
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Ghostkeeper and Shaela Miller play superb show

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Shane Ghostkeeper at the Slice, June 4. Photo by Richard AmeryOn June 4, Ghostkeeper  returned to the Slice to play their original rock/ alternative music for a good sized crowd.

But the Shaela Miller Threesome were up first playing some of Miller crowd favourites including older songs like “Halfway in Love,’‘Scared Love,’ and newer songs from her latest CD ‘Love is Brave,’ with ‘Lonely,’  and ‘Teardrops on My Boots,’ plus some covers by Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline. She and lap steel/lead guitarist Taylor Ackerman sang an excellent duet together. I was hoping she’d play longer.Shaela Miller played an excellent set. Photo by Richard Amery


Ghostkeeper was a highlight, adding a huge reggae feel to their set which featured some impressive bass, some unusual  ambient guitar lines and other heavier songs with a grunge feel and distortion at ear-bleeding distortion.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 June 2010 17:27 )
 

LSCO rocks it classic style

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The Lethbridge Seniors Citizen’s Organization rocked the block all day long, June  5 with several local Unzipped had the kids ‘Rockin’ in the Free World,’ June 5. Photo by Richard Ameryclassic rock bands playing beginning at noon with  Who’s Yer Daddy and ending with an energetic set of upbeat rock from  Unzipped who played an array of hard rocking hits by Judas Priest, AC DC, Tragically Hip and Billy Idol. They called a bunch of children in the crowd to come up on stage with them and they ended the day at 9 p.m. by rocking out and dancing to ‘Rockin’ In The Free World.’
 Organizer Marcie Stork was pleased with the turnout for the event as she counted 300 people taking it all in at 3 p.m. There were food and vendors as well as a beer garden and lots of music throughout the day.
 “It was awesome,” she said adding they will probably do a similar event next summer.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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This week features CD release parties and open mics

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This is the season for CD release parties.Jesse and the Dandelions’ Cd release party is this week at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery
Jesse and the Dandelions, who did a wicked job playing at the Slice, June 5 for the Ghostwood  Records show, will be officially releasing their debut full length CD ‘The Lion’s Tooth.’ at the Slice, June 11.
The Necessities are on the bill too. Plus local singer songwriter Amy Bronson  is back from Guelph to play the show too.
June 12 will be a  night for rocking out psychobilly style.
 The Phantom Creeps will be playing with Montreal psychobilly band the Brains and Chicago based Celtic punk band Flatfoot 56.
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