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Szabo or rap battle?

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It’s interesting  what people will choose to attend. I attended my first Lethbridge rap battleground, Battleground 6, which featured several MCS rapping and insulting each other to a beat at Henotic, Nov. 20. It was completely packed as the audience was responsible for which MC was to move on while  DJ Booda spun the discs.
“TRob Szabo played to a sparse crowd at the Slice. Photo By Richard Ameryhere were a lot of people, but I’ve seen way more,” said Booda.
“A lot of people like to come to the battles because people like to see a bloodbath. Because they get so personal,” he continued.
“People like to see other people get burned and embarrassed and see how they react to it.
“Very few  people write it down (beforehand). It’s all off the top of their heads,” he said.

Simultaneously, at the Slice, Rob Szabo was back in Lethbridge. While he sold out the past couple times he performed at the Slice, there were a lot of empty seats this time. It didn‘t bother him as he beamed ear to ear while a good chunk of the audience sang along with Szabo favourites including “Good Son”, his ‘blues song’ “ Good For You,” and of course,“Jonestown Kids which ended his set. He even had a couple waltzing to another one  his songs.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 November 2009 14:08 )

Crazy punk with the Browns

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In the GCBC Lounge it was punk night with several  bands playing, but downstairs was a night for contemporary rock beginning with a new trio, Milk Tea. They were playing some interesting ambient/ delay filled original   rock of the ilk of U2 with just a dash of punk.The Browns played a chaotic set. Photo By Richard Amery
Upstairs the Moby Dicks kicked everything off with their own brand of high volume, Ramones flavoured unusual punk which , of course, included their ode to the Red Dog diner.
I missed the Dregs, but caught the Spastic Panthers who played a lightning fast , eardrum assaulting set of old school punk which featured some impressive bass playing.
 The Browns showed how it was done, they donned  ski masks and played blisteringly fast, as they knocked off an almost  too brief set which erupted into complete chaos. Bassist  Kimbo Brown clad in a white suit and ski mask writhed among the bouncing crowd and jumped on a table, tossed his bass in the air with reckless abandon.
They played “Werewolves of Calgary,” which is in the new Tony Hawk video and had the audience singing/ shouting along with much of the set, though they also introduced a couple new songs.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 November 2009 13:54 )

Chris Carmichael brings back the blues

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 Nov. 21 was blues night at the Slice where Winnipeg’s Chris Carmichael along with Scotty Hills and Smokestack Jacks brought the blues to approximately 60 people.Chris Carmichael Photo by Richard Amery
 Smokestack Jacks  did it duo  style with a typically uptempo and energetic set of  slide powered original garage blues.
After that, Chris Carmichael backed by a crack trio had the crowd dancing pretty much from beginning of his set of tasteful electric blues, which  had elements of rockabilly as well as his former band , the Perpetrators.
He also  took on vocals for a couple of numbers.
—by Richard Amery L.A. Beat

Eyes of Isis and Lock n Load keeping the metal alive

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There are good things happening for the Lethbridge’s music scene in the local high schools as a Nov. 21 all ages gig at the Moose Hall will attestLock N’ Load. Photo by Richard Amery
Local hard rock  band Eyes of Isis, who brought a few of their friends on stage to share the bill with them for their CD release party.
I arrived in the midst of sizzling and super tight first gig for  hot new metal band, Lock N’ Load. They were equal parts Metallica, Judas Priest, Zakk Wylde  with a dash of Nashville Pussy and they had the crowd, consisting of almost as many parents as youth, screaming for more.
 They played for an hour and were called back for an encore of Judas Priest‘s “Hellbent For Leather” and Pantera’s “Cowboys From Hell.”Eyes of Isis Photo By Richard Amery
A unique punk band called Gender Bender were next. The singer in a  red sequined jacket and a backwards hat exclaimed “What a Treat!” in between pretty much each demented song.
Eyes of Isis closed off on a smoke filled stage as lasers and flashing light beams shot through the hall which helped set the classic rock vibe they successfully set. They were tight , rehearsed, and lead singer Jordan Davidson beamed ear to ear throughout their set which included lots of big hooks, riffs and catchy songs. It even included a  lower tempo  ballad type song which had the audience flaring up lighters.

— By Richard Amery L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 November 2009 13:32 )

Discover grant money for making music this week

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There are a lot of cool things this week as always, but for local musicians, circle Nov. 30 on your calendars for  an industry info session with representatives The Alberta Music Industry Association. They will be providing information about grant opportunities for musicians through numerous organizations including Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR), Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA), Canada Council, the Alberta Cultural Industries Association (ACIA) as well as X92.9 Exposure Travel Grants. Maestro Fresh Wes PHOTO ©YOUGOTTALOVE.COM
Participants will learn about the best grant or loan  to meet their needs.
 Admission is $5 or free for AMIA Members. Applying for grants requires  an AMIA membership.
 The event takes place in the GCBC Lounge from 7-10 p.m.
Industry Info Sessions are presented by the Alberta Music Industry Association who foster the excellence, diversity and vitality of Alberta artists and those involved in the Alberta music industry. Providing professional development opportunities, educational support, mentoring and training opportunities and advocate the values and interests of Alberta artists in the community.
There are several big concerts this week including  Three Days Grace, the Used and Default at the Enmax Centre (see interview in Music Beat) as well as a farewell  performance by Canadian folk icons Tanglefoot at the Wolf’s Den (also in Music Beat).
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