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New Weather Machine CD release party includes “Seas of Dawn” songs and brand new songs

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Local rock band the New Weather Machine made a long awaited return to  the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Saturday, Nov.11 for their official CD release party for their new EP “Seas of Dawn” and to share brand new music.The New Weather Machine’s Jon Martin at their CD release party, Nov. 11. Photo by Richard Amery
Frontman Jon Martin was joined by guitarist Jason Oakes, bassist Jason Schultchen and drummer Kyle  Harmon.


 They had a strong ’90s Brit pop sound along the lines of Blur, Pulp and the Verve Pipe with a strong streak of David Bowiesque classic rock.


 They began their set slowly, with familiar ambient indie rock, but picked up the tempo for more riff heavy, ’70s rock on “ Is This Tomorrow?” and “Sand Vultures.”


 They played the songs from the new EP, however Martin was most excited to  play several brand new songs, noting he had been on a writing spree over the past couple of months.


 These new songs were more uptempo psychedelic rock/desert rock rockers. Throughout, Martin traded guitar solos and rhythm with Jason Oakes.
 They ended  their set with an older crowd favourite, “ Sink Like A Stone.”

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 November 2017 11:08 )
 

Mormon Girls end night for Brodie Moniker's Lethbridge stop

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 Due to a slow week and being on stage in Hatrix Theatre’s production of 12 Angry Jurors, I missed most of the week’s shows, which began early, but I did catch some excellent local acts.
 Everything was happening on Wednesday night, Nov. The Mormon Girls at the Slice, Nov. 22. Photo by Richard Amery15.


 I was really looking forward to seeing Moose Jaw based musicians Brodie Moniker’s (Fancy Diamonds and Pandacorn)  new solo band, but missed him. Local alternative rock trio the Mormon Girls had just begun their set. Guitarist/ vocalist Mickey Hayward, drummer Jon Vornbrock and bassist Tyson Wiebe played a strong set of ’90s style energetic alternative rock.

They ended their set with Hayward thrashing around, twiddling effects pedal knobs and  breaking a string.


 But they were called back for an encore of an energetic Beastie Boys rap with Wiebe playing some funky bass and Tony Rosaine joining them on stage to rap.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 November 2017 10:35 )
 

Birch Barks explore Radiohead-like indie rock

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I was hoping to see Phoenix based indie pop musician R Ariel at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 15, but unfortunately just missed her set.

Birch Barks playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 15. Photo by Richard Amery
 I arrived in time for local band Birch Barks, who I hadn’t seen for a while.


 They played a tight set of indie rock  with a heavy Radiohead feel. So there was plenty of chiming, delay laden guitars with plenty of layers and haunting vocals.

They had a decent sized crowd cheering them on.

— By Richard Amery,L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 November 2017 10:16 )
 

Junkman’s Quire show a range of styles on new CD

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Local band Junkman’s Quire are the fruits of a collaboration of several Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra and Lethbridge Community band and various local band members bringing a cornucopia of musical influences to the table.
 They just released their debut self titled EP and will be playing the Lethbridge College Cave for the Lethbridge Folk Club, Saturday, Nov. 25.


 The Junkman’s Quire playing their CD release party at the owl Acoustic Lounge. Photo by Richard AmeryThe band members, cellist/guitarist and vocalist George Fowler, violinist/guitarist/ vocalist Megan Brown, saxophonist/guitarist/ vocalist Ross Samuel, violinist Tom Scott, bassist/ vocalist Steve Martin and drummer/ percussionist Isaac Neufeld not only play in several different bands but also bring a variety of influences and interests to the table.


“Lethbridge’s music scene is very vibrant and active, so there are lots of opportunities to play and for people to listen. So there is a lot of crossover,” observed George Fowler, who also performs in a duo with cellist Kris Hodgson and who was also involved with Gabriel Thaine’s Family And Friends Lethbridge Food Bank Fundraiser, Nov. 18.


“It’s an exciting time to be  a cellist. The Moulettes have a lead cello player and people are starting to form folk chamber groups with cello,” Fowler observed, noting Matt Walker originally brought the band together over six years ago after noticing Megan Brown and George Fowler while performing with the Lethbridge Symphony and wanting to play more with them.


Fowler noted the rest of the Junkman’s Quire also play in different bands and bring a variety of influences to the table as Junkman’s Quire.
“Isaac Neufeld also plays with the Global Drums and Taiko Drummers and is a metalhead. Steve martin is a busy bass player who plays with everyone. And Tom plays a lot of Celtic fiddle,” Fowler said.
“And I lived in Russia and France, so I bring a lot of Eastern European influences and traditional Scottish music,” Fowler added, noting part of “You Got the Moves,” is sung in French.
“I’m a French translator. That’s my gig,” quipped Fowler, noting as a result, bilingual singing comes naturally.


“It’s pretty incredible. We all come from a lot of different musical backgrounds,” added Megan Brown, who also plays in several different musical projects including her own band Makiisma, with local indie rock band the Silkstones, and in Burning Bridge with Steve Foord. She also teaches violin and viola at Long and McQuade.


The band members have a lot of material to choose from, but chose their five favourites for the CD.
“I picked a couple of my favourites,” Brown said.
“ Most of our writing is done  individually, but we do a lot of arranging together,” Brown said.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 November 2017 09:59 ) Read more...
 

Lots of laughs and rock this week

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This week is a great week to both laugh and rock.Metallica tribute Damage Incorporated’s Mark Anthony. Photo by Richard Amery
But first, one half of Audio/Rocketry, Joe Vickers plays a solo show at the Slice on Wednesday, Nov. 22. He is touring in support of his EP “Wood Burning Stove.”
 There are all kinds of hilarious happenings this week as well.
 Calgary based comedian Todd Ness performs at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod on Thursday, Nov 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.


 In Lethbridge, Joker’s Gone Wild return to Casino Lethbridge on Nov. 23 as well with comedians a Ben Proulx, Mike Dambra and Scott Porteous. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.


 And if you are a fan of the CBC Radio show the Debaters, get ready for the live experience, Nov. 24 at  the Enmax Centre as host Scott Patterson moderates the immortal debates of “is Alberta the greatest province” and “which is better- real or artificial Christmas trees,” with Alberta born comedians Howie Miller and Ryan Belleville. Tickets are $59.50  or $87.50 with a buffet. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

On the rock side of things, Dory and the Weatherman  are playing a fundraising concert to rebuild Canyon Church Camp at Southminster United Church, Nov. 24. Several cabins were lost during the summer’s fires in Waterton. Tickets are $20.
 Doors open at 6 p.m. There will also be a silent auction.


On the other hand, get ready to bang your head with a couple of top notch tribute acts at Average Joes.

Damage Inc. will play all of your favourites from Metallica to start the night. They will be followed by Nightrain, a Saskatoon based Guns N’ Roses tribute.Tickets are $15 in advance $20 at the door. The show begins at 8 p.m.
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