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Three Days Grace return to Lethbridge with the Used and Default

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Three Days Grace return to Lethbridge, Nov. 27 at the Enmax Centre. They have been keeping a low profile since coming  off the tour for their best selling 2006 CD One-X. They will be bringing  the Used and Default with them as special guests.
 The past few years  have kept the Toronto band busy writing and recording their latest CD “Life Starts Now,” but have also been busy with families and children.Three Days Grace. photo from
“Response has been really great for the new CD. For us it’s really been part of  our evolution. We usually write more about our personal problems, but we’re all at different places in our lives,” said Three Days Grace lead guitarist  Barry  Stock.
“We all have wives and kids now and we’ve had to deal with a lot of sickness and are still dealing with it. (bassist Brad Walst’s son is battling neuroblastoma)” Stock said.
“So it’s been a  real eyeopener for us. We’ve learned that life is precious,” he said, adding Three Days Grace’s new CD shows further musical evolution, not the least of which is the presence of more stand alone guitar solos. He listened to a lot of his older brothers’ classic rock records including a lot of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin
“We usually have a lot of layered guitar parts. But we wanted to challenge ourselves by adding guitar solos and  crazy drum solos,” he said adding  the band writes all of the music as well as lyrics as a group.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 November 2009 14:48 ) Read more...

Schomberg Fair impressive

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Another cool show this week had hardly anybody at it, was Schomberg Fair on Nov. 18 at Henotic.  But first, John Kirby and Graham Peacefull opened with an up beat set of folk pop. Nathan Sidon of Schomberg Fair. Photo by Richard AmeryThey played a superb blend of punk and twisted gospel, highlighted by bassist Nathan Sidon’s booming baritone, which complemented guitarist/ singer Matt Bahan’s more tenor voice. The music was an intense combination of country twang and punk energy. Bahan added some impressive banjo thrown in which added to the ominous  feel of the music which melded well  with Sidon’s voice and some impressive drumming. Blind Mule took the stage after with a solid set.

—by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 November 2009 14:29 )

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
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