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Stephen Fearing and Carson Downey among great shows this week

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There are several great shows happening this week.
  Open mics are going to be a highlight this week beginning tonight with Halifax area rocking blues trio the Carson Downey Band  who are hosting the blues jam, March 9, as well as per a full show on March 10. They are not to be missed by anybody considering themselves fans of energetic blues rock and face melting guitar. Also tonight, the Lethbridge Writer’s Group has their second meeting at 7 p.m. at Humpty’s downtown.Stephen Fearing plays the Geomattic Attic this week. Photo Submitted

An outstanding show is at the Geomatic Attic the next day. Juno award winner and one third of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Stephen Fearing plays Geomatic Attic, March 10. Andy White is also on the bill. The show starts at 8 p.m. Also on Wednesday, Karen Romolliwa hosts Henotic’s open mic. Jazz/blues duo Twilight Hotel are also back in Lethbridge, March 11 to play the Slice. Their shows usually sell out.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 March 2010 12:34 ) Read more...

Double Jack has high hopes for latest EP

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Local grunge rock band Double Jack released their third EP at a well attended EP Release party, March  5 at the Blarney Stone.Double Jack at the Blarney Stone, March 5. Photo by Richard Amery
Double Jack played to the enthusiastic crowd with their brand of detuned grunge which also added elements of Pantera and Soundgarden. They played a set of originals to begin with, including several tracks from their latest EP. Some crowd highlights were ‘Into the Blood’ and ‘Bullets’ as well as old crowd favourite ‘Dr. Pain’ and a song about  a nightmare.
“I like the sound of this one better. It’s heavier but is also has ballads because we can still write ballads when we have to,” said Double Jack singer/guitarist Marc Belisle adding they should have the complete CD, which hasn’t been titled yet, out within a month. They recorded it with Dave Kahllil at Icepick Studios.
“This one is crisper sounding and tighter.”

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 March 2010 16:53 ) Read more...

Shaela Miller excited about CD release party

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Popular local singer-songwriter Shaela Miller is looking forward to releasing her long-awaited full length CD “Love is Brave,”  March 13 at the Bill Kergan Centre.Shaela Miller is excited about her new CD. Photo by Richard Amery
“We’re all very pleased . It’s well worth the wait,” said the soft spoken Miller of the 11 track release. It includes “Loving You” which was the winning song of the South Country Fair Songwriting competition last year as well as a couple from her previous self titled EP, ‘Station’  and ‘Vicious Bitches’ and newer crowd favourites like ‘Scared Love,’ ‘Country Love Song’ ‘Halfway in Love,’ and ‘Lonely’ plus several others.
While there is a theme of lost and longing for love throughout her songs, Miller insisted they aren’t about her.
“They aren’t about my break-ups. They are about love and how love can make a person feel,” she said adding her songwriting process is difficult to describe.
“That’s all it takes. I have to feel it, then I pick up my guitar and play it. But I have to feel it,” she said.
“These are the songs I wanted  to record. Some of them are older, but I needed to make a really good recording of before moving on, ” she continued adding ‘Loving Me ’ was always going to be on the CD.
“You’ve got to put the award winning song, on the album,” she said adding she is very pleased with how ‘Vicious Bitches,’ came out as well as how different ‘Station’ turned out.
“‘Vicious Bitches’ is not that different, though it is much better. And Station is a lot different.”
Last Updated ( Sunday, 07 March 2010 15:40 ) Read more...

Carson Downey Band coming ‘All The Way’ to Lethbridge to play the blues

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 If you only catch one show this week, March 8-13, make sure you are at the Slice,  either March 9 for the open mic or their show, March 10, because Halifax area  The Carson Downey Band comes to the slice this week.blues rock trio, the Carson Downey Band will be back to tear it up and help the folks “living it up,” to quote one of their song titles.
“Tell them to watch out,” advised vocalist/guitarist Carson Downey, packing for a month long tour of western Canada, which stops at the Slice, March 9 and 10. The band hasn’t been to Western Canada  since 2003, but they anticipate two visits this year, the second once their third CD (second studio) CD is completed in May.
 “We came in one end and out the other, out to Vancouver and back,” Downey continued.
“We’re hoping folks will come out so we can tear it up with them,” he said adding due to record company issues, the band had trouble getting their third CD done, though they have released a live CD “Burnin’ it Up Live.”
Now they have been resolved, all that’s left to record on the new CD are lead guitar and vocals. They released their debut CD “All the Way,”  back in 2000.
“This one is going to be more of a live sound. So there will be lots of screaming guitars. You really have to hear it. It’s well in your face,” he said, adding he is looking forward to the Western Canadian tour.
“We’ll be out for a month then back to finish the CD then we’ll be back again in the summer for a little longer,” he promised adding he spent three weeks overseas playing for the troops in Afghanistan last year.
Last Updated ( Monday, 08 March 2010 16:12 ) Read more...

Krang brings the noise to Endangered Ape Reunion show

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Edmonton based psychedelic noise rockers Krang are looking forward to playing a show at Henotic with a reunited Endangered Ape, Fist City, Bikeland and the Amber Waves, March 6.
They have just released their new CD ‘It Came From Planet D’ which is full of  psychedelic chaos complete with drum solos and tripped out guitar solos.Krang plays Henotic this week. Photo by Krang
 They will be recording their first seven inch single with Mammoth Cave Records, which means they will have to  tweak their sound just a little.
”We don’t have a lot of low, shorter songs, most of them are over five minutes long. But we’ll still be able to be erratic and improvisational,” said Parker Thiessen, who was just playing Lethbridge with another band, Zebrapulse. It this band he plays  clarinet and is responsible for  most of the spacey, weird and just plain strange sounds  in the band’s music created by a variety of electronic sequencers and  mixers.
“We feel like we’re Hawkwind meets Black Sabbath,” he described adding the core of the band, Thiessen and drummer Jared Majeski,  played together years ago as the Two Man Electrical band and they slowly added members. Most recently, adding  Dean ‘The Ram’ Watson  to the band five short months ago has really helped flush out and structure the band’s sound.
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