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Attack in Black tear up Henotic

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Attack in Black, an up beat Welland, Ontario  country rock quartet tore up Henotic, Jan. 27. Attack in Black at Henotic. Photo by Richard Amery

They sounded like a mix of  Cross Canadian Ragweed, Blue Rodeo, Tom Cochrane, and even the Pet Shop Boys in a few places, tinged with a touch of punk and a few Neil Young inspired solos.

They earned their punk cred with a  cover of the Ramones’ ‘Teenage Lobotomy,’ then a  few more  punk flavoured numbers.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 February 2010 17:12 )

Rapacious Raptors rock with the Dudes

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Henotic was packed to the rafters, Jan. 30 with a  sold out crowd who danced and raved to  the rock and roll of Edmonton rock trio the Raptors. They played a lot of energetic rock and roll, added a bit of detuned grunge which had the crowd dancing and The Raptors rocked henotic, Jan. 30. Photo  by Richard Ameryshouting along and even added some scorching solos.The Dudes brought  the spirit of Weezer. Photo by Richard Amery

Calgary rock band the Dudes played to the sold out crowd with some superb vocal harmonies and energetic Weezer like radio friendly guitar pop rock.

There were some excellent solos a few cool riffs, a lot of energy and even a bit of crowd surfing in the audience, many of whom were singing along.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 February 2010 17:15 )

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.
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