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Cancer Bats blow Lethbridge audience away

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Lethbridge audiences don’t tend to get excited at the drop of the hat, but the metal/punk community Cancer bats frontman Liam Cormier plays to the audience. Photo by Richard Amery  sure showed their appreciation for a great show like the one the Living Luca, Randy Graves and Cancer Bats  put on , Aug. 9 at Scores North.

It took a couple of songs, but a typically strong set by local rock band  the Living Luca drew a few people to the front of the stage at the urging of consummate frontwoman Bridgette Yarwood who sang up a storm.

They played mostly newer material and only a couple from  their  first CD, but had the makings of a mosh pit during “Stick It Out.”
Edmonton rock band Randy Graves‘s singer James Gravies  asked the crowd, most of whom were now right in front of the stage banging their heads,  how he had never been to Lethbridge before and proclaimed his admiration for “the chick with the voice.”

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 August 2010 10:21 ) Read more...

Lethbridge to bid adieu to the Record Holder this week

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Say farewell to popular local jazz tinged indie-rock/ pop band the Record Holder this week. They are playing the Slice for their last show in  a long time, Aug. 13 as frontmen Mike and Jon Granzow are both leaving Lethbridge to pursue other opportunities. Mike Granzow, Nicole Hembroff and Jon Granzow from the Record Holder. Photo by Richard Amery

Jon is beginning  his  doctorate at Stanford on a full scholarship while Mike leaves shortly after this show to go to McGill in Montreal with his girlfriend.

 It is sure to be a fantastic show as Jesse and the Dandelions are also performing.
 This is an excellent week for local music, with local country/pop musician Alyssa McQuaid performing at the Front Row Pub, Aug. 13-14 and James Oldenburg at the Mocha Cabana, Aug. 13-14 as well.

Plus local country duo Tom and Curt play Casino Lethbridge this weekend.
Progressive rock trio Lustre Creame have a Sunday night show at the Slice with  Toronto progressive metal band the  Isosceles Project.

Last Updated ( Friday, 13 August 2010 15:37 ) Read more...

Sun shines on Sunparlour Players’ Slice show

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The Slice had yet another full house, July 29  for the Necessities and a return visit from Southern Ontario roots rock eclectic the trio Sunparlour Players.
 The Sunparlour Players’ intense, loud and amazing show was a drummer’s paradise as the three members exhibited mind-blowing prowess on a variety Sunparlour Players’ Andrew Penner tears it up on drums /bass and vocals. Photo by Richard Ameryof instruments, usually simultaneously.

 The main drummer also doubled on bass and accordion, plus xylophone.

Lead singer Andrew Penner played several guitars, broke most of the strings on his acoustic and didn’t miss a beat or a melody, plus added bass pedals, drums when needed as well as banjo. They keyboardist simultaneously added bass, plus drums and banjo during the band’s encore — an unusual version of AC DC’s ‘Thunderstruck.’

In addition to the astounding  multi-instrumentalism, the band also displayed some cool vocal harmonies and unstoppable energy, which kept the dance floor crowded with revelers.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 August 2010 10:05 )

Maria In The Shower mix old time country music with a rockabilly show

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The Slice had an interesting act, not to mention a lot of people for a Wednesday night, July 28 with Vancouver based  roots/old time country/ jazz/rockabilly quartet, Maria In The Shower.MAria in The shower know how to put on a show and showed it, July 28. Photo by Richard Amery

 The four came on stage dressed like old country gentlemen in old style hats, white shirts and suspenders holding up black pants.

Unusual as they looked, musically they combined an old time country look with an old time country sound, adding elements of jazz thanks to the trumpet and accordion, rockabilly thanks to a big stand-up bass with  ’60s-’70s R and B thanks to impressive vocal harmonies. They even added a touch of gospel thanks to a song about Jesus being their Valentine.

 They grinned ear to ear and were impossible not to like. I’ve never seen any band grin  that widely while singing about murdering their girlfriend.

 They put on a show. The stand up bassist stood on his bass, slapping out a rockabilly groove, even the trumpeter stood on the bass while blowing a fantastic solo during St. James Infirmary Blues.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor
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Said the Whale packs the house pop style

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Vancouver pop/rock band Said the Whale packed the Slice, Tuesday, July 27.
 Victoria’s Aidan Knight started things off with a hypnotic Radiohead groove which captivated an almost capacity crowd through the use of a variety of instruments.

A violin cut through the chatter coming Said The Whale’s Tyler Bancroft broke out the ukulele for the last part of the band’s set, July 27. Photo by Richard Amerythrough the back of the room and the keyboardist played some piercing French horn simultaneously while the violinist doubled on bass. Knight expressed surprise at the extended cheers his band received.

If Aidan Knight put any of the crowd to sleep,  the crazy keyboards of We Are The City woke them up with their own brand of upbeat pop which had most of the audience up dancing almost immediately.

The drummer was a wild blur of energy who channeled the Muppets’ drummer Animal.Aidan Knight and his band  laid  down a mellow groove. Photo by Richard Amery

 But everyone was there to see Said the Whale, who kept the crowd dancing through an intense set of  upbeat pop songs, mostly from their new Cd. They featured hair raising sugar sweet vocal harmonies, chiming guitars and addictive melodies.

They also displayed prowess on unusual instruments The keyboardist  added extra xylophone and they wound down their set by bringing out the ukulele, which left the audience screaming “Said The Whale” over and over again until they came back to play a couple encores.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 August 2010 09:40 )
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