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Plenty of pop music coming up

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If last week was all about metal and folk, this week is all about pop music with pop from two different sides of the country CKXU says goodbye to station Manager Aaron Trozzo this week. Photo by Richard Amerycoming to Lethbridge.
Port Coquitlam signer/ songwriter/ synth pop/looping musician Chersea will be visiting the Slice, Aug. 7 with fellow Vancouverites Royal Oak and local indie pop band Fawns and Tyler VandenDool. There is a $10 cover for the show.

Them non Aug. 9,  The Slice features more pop music with Toronto’s Goodnight,Sunrise plus Calgary’s Spit of the Sin and folk punk musician Jesse Stewart and Mike Desj. There is a $10 cover for that show.

 There is also metal happening for those who want to bang their head with Montreal’s Born Broken, who play the Smokehouse with Calgary’s Stab.Twist.Pull, Aug. 8. Local band the Hockey Moms are also on the bill. The bands begin at 9 p.m. There is a $10 cover.

 If you missed an excellent show with  Dead Army at the Slice last weekend, and most people did, they return to the Slice, Aug. 10 with Officer Trip.
 Country rock band Rudz Crew return to Casino Lethbridge, Aug. 9 and 10.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 August 2019 08:11 ) Read more...

Param -Nesia expolore twin guitar leads

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There have been quite a few metal shows happening in Lethbridge and I’ve missed most of them. But I did stop by the Slice, Wednesday, July 24 for Vancouver death metal band Param-Nesia.Param-Nesia playing the Slice, July 24. Photo by Richard Amery
 I was ruing no bringing my ear plugs, but happily, the loud, detuned five piece  kept the volume down to bearable levels so I was able not not only appreciate lots of big, detuned guitar riffs as t  the bassist bounced all over the stage, his air flying all over as his shook his head.

I also appreciated hearing some solid twin guitar leads and riffs reminiscent of those that Judas Priest and Iron Maiden do so well.

 The vocals was pure death metal, cookie monster growls , punctuated by the odd Panteraesque yell.

So of course, I had no idea what they lyrics were.
 The band played a very tight set, emphasizing those excellent twin guitar leads. And they had oodles of energy, while still keeping things musical.
 I missed a loud set by Rising Sun and didn’t stick around for Omniarch.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 31 July 2019 09:12 )

Biloxi Parish plays to packed weekday crowd

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Biloxi Parish are one of Lethbridge’s most intense and enjoyable live bands. They can pack a room, even on a Wednesday night as they did, July 24 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.

Biloxi Parish ar the Owl, July 24. Photo by Richard Amery
 They play quite a bit, but not always with the full band. I only caught the end of a full band set, which had the crowd howling and cheering in front of the stage.

As usual, they had heaps of energy with the band completely locked in together while thrashing around on stage.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 31 July 2019 08:59 )

Born Broken bringing trimmed down metal trio to Lethbridge

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Montreal band Born Broken are born broken.
 They make their first visit to Lethbridge when they play the Smokehouse, Aug. 8 with Calgary’s Stab.Twist. Pull.Born Broken play Lethbridge, Aug. 8 at the Smokehouse. Photo by Eric Sanchez
After dealing with a lot of personnel  turnover, they will be playing as a trio, including long time bassist Pepe, lead guitarist Mike Decker and new drummer Carlos Ojeda.
“We’re usually a five piece. I grew up listening to bands like RATT and Dokken where that was the formula — you had a singer, a drummer a bassist and one guitarist. So I’m used to playing as one guitarist,” said founding member Mike Decker, who has been playing in metal bands since 1991.
“I grew up listening to bands like Judas Priest, Krokus and Budgie,” he said, adding he has always been interested in playing heavy music, though the definition of heavy music has changed.

“When I was five, I discovered Supertramp and I thought they were heavy, though they really aren’t but they are when you’re five,” he recalled.
 They are making their first foray out west in support of their latest CD “ The Years of Harsh Truths and Lies.”
 They formed  in 2008.
He said it has been frustrating going through multiple band members.
“A lot of people don’t understand there is work involved,” he said.
They play a fair amount, just not around their home base.
“We don’t like to play 15 to 20 times around Montreal because we don’t want to oversaturate.,” he said, adding  the new Cd  has been a long time coming as they released their debut eight years ago.
 He noted band turmoil influenced the darkness of the lyrics and intensity of the music.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 31 July 2019 08:36 ) Read more...

Metal and much more kick off August

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Bang your head into August because there are a lot of metal shows happening this week.

 Calgary death metal quintet Widow’s Peak return to Lethbridge with local band Drearius and  Winnipeg death metal band Anomalism at the Slice, July 30. The Wide Skies music Festival dominates the first part of the week with  a variety of talent performing , Tuesday July 30 and Wednesday July 31. the feJames Oldenburg plays several shows this week. Photo by Richard Amerystival begins with a free show outside of Southminster United Church with Danny Michel, Vancouver Latin jazz band Carmanah and Vancouver rockabilly trio Cousin Harley playing the main stage.

 A variety of local bands play the second stage including the Steve Keenan Band, George Fowler and Megan Brown of Junkman’s Quire and more.

 After that, there is a special ticketed event in the Southminster United Church at 10:30 p.m. featuring Cousin Harley’s Paul Pigat, Danny Michel, Sofia Viola and Lara Mina Mitic of Carmanah.
The next day, The Wide Skies Music Festival continues at Casa with a ticketed outdoor event  beginning at 7 p.m.. Sofia Viola and MonkeyJunk’s Steve Marriner and Harry Manx playing as their new duo Mainline. Tickets are $37.50.

 Festival passes are $50 including admission to both ticketed events.

CKXU Summer sessions returns to Theoretically Brewing, Aug. 2 with pop band Phouka, morii and Willy Big Bull playing at 7 p.m.,Friday, Aug. 2.

The Owl Acoustic lounge a has a big rock show with John Lost and the Cause, I Am The Mountain and Max Hopkins, Aug. 2.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 July 2019 11:35 ) Read more...
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