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Under the White Dime rock with Lustre Creame

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Aaron Trozzo of Lustre Creame. Photo by Richard AmeryAt the Slice, Jan 29, an energetic new hard rock/ metal band called Under the White Dime who opened for progressive rock trio Lustre Creame.

Under the White Dime, including Alex Webster on guitar and voice, who sounded quite a bit like his cousin Tyson Wiebe (Planet Telex), as well as drummer Cameron Prince and bassist Colton Johasz were a blur of energy which had a good chunk of audience jumping in front of the stage. They incorporated elements of punk, metal, screamo and hard rock.

Lustre Creame had a solid set of innovative progressive rock with lots of intricate guitar and bassUnder the White Dime ”s Alex Webster. Photo by Richard Amery lines and some impressive drumming. Some impressive numbers were “Finger Exercise” which singer/guitarist Aaron Trozzo used his double necked Ibanez guitar.

Several big Tool influenced originals and impressive covers of ‘Whipping Post’ and ‘Aqualung,” were highlights of their set.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 February 2010 17:17 )

Kelliane has pop spirit

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Local pop-top 40 singer Kelliane brought together a tight band to perform a variety of up beat pop hits, Jan. 29 at Mood. Lethbridge pop singer Kelliane at Mood, Jan. 29. Photo by Richard AmeryThey played a lot of 80s pop including Cyndi Lauper’s  ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun.’ The 32-year-old Raymond raised singer was definitely having fun, bouncing all over the stage with an enrapturing stage presence and youthful exuberance, belting out all sorts of the popular hits. She smiled innocently and displayed some impressive vocals and pop sensibilities reminiscent of Britney Spears. Keliane Litchfield has opened for Girlicious and Lady Gaga plus Keith Urban and Carolyn Dawn Johnson as well as performed for troops in Afghanistan with Julian Austin. She also performed for six months as a soloist in Asia. She is currently recording her debut CD.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Sunday, 02 May 2010 23:04 )

Leah Sadler could be next Taylor Swift

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Up and coming local country singer/songwriter Leah Sadler is Nashville bound again.
The Grade 11 LCI student is getting ready to record her second full length album in Nashville. She was performing a rare live concert at the Wolf’s Den, Jan. 30 with Two Spirit Sage and Celtic harpist Jan Pearce.Leah Sadler at the Wolf’s Den, Jan. 30. Photo by Richard Amery
“I’m getting ready to record two songs for the my next CD,” Sadler said, who will be going to Nashville on Feb. 17-22 to record  two of her songs, ‘Summer of You and Me’ and ‘Look at Me.’
She wrote or co-wrote most of the songs on her debut CD with the help of family members and her manager Jilla Roberts and Nashville songwriter  Charlie Craig who has written songs for the likes of Allan Jackson and  Dolly Parton, but she hasn’t decided if she will be working with him again on the new CD. She has hired the same backing band who played on her debut for the new CD.
“The goal is to make my own career in music. Music has always been part of my life. It wouldn’t matter how it happens as long as I’m playing music. There’s no right or wrong way to do it,” she said, adding, like the last CD she will be going back and forth to Nashville in between school, until the CD is completed. She hopes it will be out in the Fall. She is able to manage school and music thanks to LCI vice-principal Ian Low, who has helped her arrange a flexible schedule.
“He’s been there since day 1 to help me work around school and allow me the opportunity to pursuing my music career.”
Though still young, her songwriting has already evolved.
“I’ve grown so much as a singer and as an individual person,” said the soft spoken 16-year-old blonde singer who bears an uncanny resemblance to one of her idols, Taylor Swift.
 She came alive on stage, belting out her future hits like a seasoned professional, though an over enthusiastic fan caused her to break out laughing in middle of ‘Summer of You and Me,’ one of her originals, on which she was accompanying herself on guitar.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 February 2010 12:43 ) Read more...

Rae Kwon brings the spirit of the Wu Tang Clan

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Rae Kwon performed to an enthusiastic crowd at the Blarney Stone, Jan. 30. Photo by Richard AmeryLethbridge’s rap community were out  at the Blarney Stone to see New York rapper Corey Wood , best known as Rae Kwon of the Wu Tang Clan, who took the stage just after Rae Kwon and some of his peeps at the Blarney Stone, Jan. 30. Photo by Richard Amerymidnight, Jan. 30.

I expected more to be out to see a show this big, but everyone was clustered in front of the stage as Rae Kwon and a few of his friends paced like panthers all around the stage while a couple  DJs blasted hip hop beats at ear bleeding levels, which drowned out most of  Rae Kwon’s rap.

They paced all over the stage and growled out the the crowd to shout along.

Rae Kwon dedicated his set to “the lost soldiers of Haiti,” and dedicated a couple songs older songs from 1996 to his friend and Wu Tang Clan compadre Ol Dirty Bastard, who passed away in 2004.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 February 2010 14:45 )

Plaid Tongued Devils back

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Calgary klezmaniacs the Plaid Tongued Devils make their debut at Henotic, Dec. 5
 They were to play in December, but couldn’t make it  due to a blizzard.
Plaid Tongued Devils“We got caught in the great blizzard of ought nine,” said Taber born  Plaid Tongued Devils frontman Ty Semaka, who is looking forward to playing Lethbridge for the first time in a year.
“We’re bringing both violinists. They always add a little extra to the show. For most of the show they play together and they’ll play solos,” Semaka continued adding they will also be playing a couple new songs the group has written over the past six months.
“They are really quite different. One of them is in a Balkan key and is quite complex. Another one sounds like Leonard Cohen at a Bar Mitzvah. Another one is  is a waltz in a minor key, of course pretty much all of our songs are in minor keys.”
The  Plaid Tongued Devils are looking forward to returning to lethbridge.
“I grew up in Taber, so I know that city. We always get a really good crowd there,” he said.
The show begins at 9 p.m., Feb. 5 with Brenna Lowrie opening it. Tickets cost $10.
 — By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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