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Keenans play April Fools Day

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No fooling, there were  a couple excellent April Fool’s day shows  beginning with guitarist/singer Tom and keyboardist/singer Patrick Keenan aka Captain Keenan, who took turns playing laid back country folk songs from their new solo CDs, backed by a drummer and bassist who filled out their sound. Captian Keenan played for a decent crowd at the Slice, April 1. Photo by Richard Amery

Highlights were ‘Washed Out Road’, the title track of Patrick Keenan’s new CD and 100 Hours from Tom Keenan. Plus the bass line made Patrick Keenan’s  ’If You’re Curious,’ as well as  ’Tobacco.’ which ended their first set.
Patrick Keenan added some catchy piano throughout while his brother added guitar solos and textures.

Local bluesman Steve Keenan,  who usually plays  with his band Fat Baby Jake, opened the show with an all acoustic set including plenty of his originals as well as as some Nirvana and grunge era covers.

 I wanted to check out B.A. Johnston and the Moby Dicks at Henotic as well, but only caught the last song from the Moby Dicks, which had everyone on their feet. I left to check out more of the Keenans, intending to return for B.A Johnston, but found the show cut short after one of Henotic’s patrons seriously injured himself by putting his fist through a window. He was taken to hospital and is currently in stable condition.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 April 2010 14:32 )

Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head keeps frenetic dance groove going

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A couple unusual bands  were playing at Henotic, March 31.Top Less Gay Tekno Party. Photo by Richard Amery
Vancouver based dance/techno band Top Less  Gay Love Tekno Party jumped around in tight spandex and had the crowd howling throughout  their frenetic set of upbeat dance grooves.
Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head lead singer Shaun Libman. Photo by Richard AmeryI was playing the open mic upstairs so I missed most of Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head’s set. They are the latest band to break out of Seattle but had almost finished their set by the time I was finished. They carried on with the energy and the grooves with a more of a rock and roll feel with the help of a couple keyboards and a lot of energy. I would have liked to hear more of them.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 April 2010 14:23 )

Burning Hell display hot humour and ukulele

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The Burning Hell/ Wax Mannequin show at the Slice, March 31 was full of energy and a lot of quirky humour.
 They had a good, strong crowd who were calling out requests for the band to play.Dino Scavo played some accordion with the Burning Hell, March 31. Photo by Richard Amery
A three piece Burning Hell, powered by Mathias Kom’s ukulele and quirky lyrics had the crowd laughing from the beginning  by singing  ‘Tired Of Playing Music’ about the frustrations of being on the road. Kom  sang unusual stream of consciousness lyrics delivered in  a wry baritone, giving them the sound of  the Bloodhound Gang meets the Crash Test Dummies.
The Peterborough based trio followed that up  with some “weird songs” written in the Yukon, as well as a drum solo which drew massive cheers.
A darker song about  his last will and testament drew huge cheers as well. It was several darker, more gothic themed songs which  appealed to the crowd the most.
And my favourite song contained the most unusual metaphors for love I’ve ever heard, comparing love to a marmoset, trailer park and a variety of other things including a hurricane.
I also enjoyed a track called  “The Things People Make.”
They called up Dino Scavo to add some accordion to a couple songs  adding more French cabaret and jazz textures to the music.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 April 2010 14:07 )

Lethbridge gig a southern Albertan homecoming for Leslie Alexander

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B.C based folk musician Leslie Alexander is looking forward to spending a month touring Alberta and B.C. with Jenny Allen, but is almost looking forward to returning home to High River even more.
“I’ll be spending a monthLeslie Alexander and Jenny Allen  will be playing the Slice, April 9. in Alberta. My dad has a sheep farm near High River and it’s lambing season, so when I’m not playing my guitar, I’ll be up to my elbows in sheep goo,” said Leslie Alexander who can’t wait to begin her tour with fellow folk musician Jenny Allen at the Slice, April 9.
The two have known each other through mutual friends and the folk festival and club circuit, but have never toured together.
“I’ve been an admirer of her for years. When I was busking in Calgary, she already was touring and had a record out and I said ‘I want that,’” Alexander continued adding the nucleus of the tour began while Alexander was touring with Jane Siberry and Allen was on the same bill.
“Jane was recording her albums in the recording studio I was living in (in Ashcroft, B.C) and we’ve known each other for mutual friends for years and the next thing I knew I was touring  major American cities with her,” Alexander continued adding this tour is mostly small towns. She has played Lethbridge several times at the Wolf’s Den. Tongue N’ Groove and several other venues.
Her musical style has changed from a more rock influenced sound like Sheryl Crow and Shawn Colvin, then evolved into country once she realized how much  the music of Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn, which her parents were listening to, had sunk in her brain, not to mention how people like Steve Earle, Ryan Adams and Wilco were making country music outside of the realm of Top 40 radio.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 April 2010 15:50 ) Read more...

Open mics and lots of drums this week

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There are several big shows this week.
The biggest shows of the week features Joel Plaskett who will be playing  April 9-10 at the Geomatic Attic.
 Plaskett is a well known maritime rock musician and former Thrush Hermit frontman who will be performing as a duo for these shows. The April 10 show sold out almost immediately so the April 9 one was added. E-mail Mike Spencer at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Tickets are $20 for members, $32.50  for non members or $35 at the door.Calgary Celtic band  Tir Na N’Og plays the Wolf’s Den this week.
The University of Lethbridge Headbanger’s Association ends their first season, April 9 at the university with an all ages show next to the Zoo featuring Datura, Chaos Logic, Enceladus and Pathogen. Tickets are $10. Also for metalheads, classic Canadian metalheads Helix will be performing at Average Joes, April 9.
It’s a busy weekend for the Lethbridge Folk Club as well. They have  their open mic at the Wolf’s Den, on Friday followed by Calgary Celtic band Tir Na N’og the next night.
It is also a good weekend for drummers and anybody interested in making noise by hitting things.
April 10  is the third annual day of percussion at the university, so to mark that there will be drum workshops all day from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. by a variety of  world drum educators and performers.
Also for drummers, Global Drums has two shows at the University Theatre, April 9 and 10 including Mike Michalkow from Yamaha, the Japanese Taiko drums group and a Brazilian Samba with Malcolm and Barbara Lim plus the Steel Drum band which  combines two drum groups. The University Wind Orchestra will join them all on stage at 8 p.m. each night. Tickets are $15 regular, $10 for students/ Seniors. Also at the university this week, the University of Lethbridge Jazz ensemble has a show at the University Theatre, April 7.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 April 2010 10:11 ) Read more...
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