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Rap stars taking to Peter Jackson’s hip hop action

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Ajax, Ontario’s main claim to fame is being home to pop punk superstars Sum-41. It’s next claim to fame will be up and coming rap superstar Peter Jackson, who playsPeter Jackson plays the Blarney Stone with Tech N9ne. Photo Submitted the Blarney Stone, March 19 with Tech N9ne , Krizz Kaliko and Big Scoob and the Scalebreakers.
“I’ve always been a big fan of hip hop music. I  just started messing around with freestyling at parties. There’s definitely a lot of people doing it there, but I’m one of the first to start doing it as a career,” said Jackson who was just here last year with Naughty By Nature. Naughty By Nature also appears on his debut CD on a track called ‘Certified.’
 The 24-year-old has performed with Busta Rhymes, Classified, Naughty by Nature, Nas, Wu Tang, Youngblooz and D12 among others.
“Touring with Naughty By Nature helped me a lot. A lot of little things like how to hold the mic and stage presence,” Jackson said from Toronto where he is playing two huge shows for Canadian Music Week including headlining  the urban music showcase and performing with Tech N9ne.
“It’s all about how you carry yourself as a person. I just sat back and soaked everything like a sponge.  And they (Naughty By Nature) really took to what I was doing,” Jackson continued adding he is enjoying the tour with Tech N9ne.
“He’s got one of the greatest stage presences I’ve ever seen. It’s been great. Tech N9ne’s fans are very loyal so they’ve been great crowds and great energy. I like to see that. They’ve really taken to what I’m doing,” he enthused adding he isn’t surprised he has come such a long way in a short time.
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Maurice and Armchair Cynics play Cure-influenced pop

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Victoria’s Maurice played a tight set of Cure influenced original upbeat pop rock, which was almost note for note like their  brand new CD ‘Young People With Faces.’ There were excellent vocal melodies Armchair Cynics guitarist/ singer Kenn Coutu. Photo by Richard Ameryreminiscent of April Wine’s Myles Goodwin and some catchy piano playing a swell as excellent bass playing. Also on the bill was Victoria’s ‘Armchair Cynics’ who had a more of a reggae feel to their upbeat guitar pop. Their bassist wandered through the crowd, up the stairs while playing then back down onto the stage again.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor

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Darren Johnson sounded like Tom Waits

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Darren Johnson played to a small but appreciative crowd at the Slice.  Photo By Richard AmeryIt was great to see Calgary based bluesman Darren Johnson back in Lethbridge. He played the Slice, March 4
 He sang like a  tall, thin, bald Tom Waits, accompanying himself on guitar. He has an impressive voice and played a lot of laid black blues including a mellow version of ‘Cocaine,’ The approximately 25 people cheered appreciatively after each song.
 His second set was even more laid back than the first.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 March 2010 15:40 )
 

Stone Iris plays energetic show for sparse audience

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Edmonton based rock band Stone Iris didn’t have many people out, March 3 at the Slice. But regardless, they put on an energetic show which exhibited a variety of influences including reggae, more modern 90’s rock and evenStone Iris at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery some ’70s style riff rock of the ilk of Aerosmith. Throughout they featured excellent vocal harmonies and guitar hooks and were a lot of fun.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 March 2010 15:56 )
 

Endangered Ape back with a roar

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Endangered Ape blew away eardrums at Henotic. Photo by Richard AmeryThe loudest show of March 6 was the return of Endangered Ape at  Henotic, which had both levels jumping and bouncing off the walls thanks to a massive house music and dance party downstairs and a garage rock/ punk show in the GCBC Lounge. I caught parts of local band Fist City as well as a couple numbers from Bikeland.

Because their crazy live shows are the stuff of Lethbridge legend, I stayed around for Endangered Ape who didn’t  take the stage until after past 1 a.m.. They sounded super tight with loads of energy and waves of ear piercing feedback and crazy keyboards which had the crowd moshing like it was the early ’90s.

The singer waded into the crowd, sang to them individually, rolled all over the floor, and was stripped down to his shorts by the second song, several members of the audience took off their shirts as well. And before I knew it, the ear ringing experience was over.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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