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Melt away April snow with live music

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April comes in with a roar, and a snowstorm, but there is lots of music coming up this month to melt it down or take your mind off of it.Ryland Moranz plays a solo show this week. Photo by Richard Amery

 Start off with a whole lot of rock on Wednesday as Shinedown returns to the Enmax Centre, April 4. They were last here opening for Kiss in 2015. This time they headline the show with One Bad Son, 10 years and In this Moment sharing the bill. Tickets are $58 for the show, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

 If you want to laugh, Yuk Yuks Comedy returns to Average Joes, Friday, April 6 with comedians Todd Ness, William Hannigan and host Randy Webb performing. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 art the door. The laughter begins at 8:30 p.m.

 The rest of the weekend is all about local roots and blues.
 Ryland Moranz returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, April 6 for a solo show. He‘ll be spending much of the rest of the year touring.
And local roots trio The Crooked Creek Warblers return to the Slice, April 6 as well.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 April 2018 11:27 ) Read more...

Miesha and the Spanks return with new CD produced by Buzzcocks’ Danny Farrant

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Miesha Louie and Sean Hamilton of Calgary based punk duo Miesha and the Spanks are excited about their new CD “Girls, Girls, Girls,” which they bring to the Slice, April 7 with local alternative rock trio Mombod.Miesha and the Spanks return to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 They have been touring heavily across Canada in support of the CD, which was officially released, March 9.
“ We toured out to the Maritimes and back. And we’ve driven through a lot of snowstorms. And it really has affected attendance, so I don’t think we’ll do that again,” said Miesha Louie from Regina, noting they return home to Calgary for a few days before visiting Lethbridge again.

She is pleased to  have recorded with Buzzcocks’ drummer Danny Farrant and his songwriting partner Paul Rawson, who she has been working with long distance online for several years since meeting Farrant at Sled Island.
“ We flew to the United Kingdom to Brighton to record the CD with them. It was an intense 10 days, so we didn’t really get to see much. They’re so talented. They have written for television shows like the Vampire Diaries and Sons of Anarchy, so there were all of these ideas flying around. I knew  what I wanted to hear and said no immediately to them until I tried them,” she said.

“ It was just so cool to be in the same room with them and bouncing ideas off them in person rather than sending an e-mail and waiting three hours for a reply,”she said, adding the CD includes new songs and reworkings of the songs from the Stranger EP they released last year.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 April 2018 08:20 ) Read more...

One Bad Son promise OBS greatest hits set to open for Shinedown

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Saskatoon born rockers One Bad Son  are excited to be playing arenas again.One Bad Son will pack a whole lot of hits into their set opening for Shinedown this week. photo by Richard Amery
“We‘ve done it twice before, opening for Def Leppard and later that year for Judas Priest though it was only for a couple of shows. But we got to meet Rob Halford, which very cool,” recalled One Bad Son drummer Kurt Dahl, who is excited share a stage with Shinedown, In This Moment and 10 Years at the Enmax Centre, Wednesday, April 4.

“ We have  a half hour so it will be  an OBS greatest hits package. We’re playing for a lot of people who may not have heard us before, so it is not the time to dig deep. We play for a half hour and we’re done,” said Dahl, noting the new single “Hurricane” from their latest CD “ Made in the Name of Rock And Roll” is doing very well, charting at 19.

“ The last single ‘Raging Bull’ made it to number one, so we hope this one will do just as well.
Hurricane is their ninth top 20 hit, so they have a lot to pack into their half hour. “Scream For Me,” was the first single off the CD.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 01 April 2018 19:23 ) Read more...

Band wars among highlights of successful CKXU FUNDrive

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University of Lethbridge based community radio station CKXU raised $24,282 from the past week’s FUNDrive to pBand waqrs winners Jane Doe soundchecking  at th SLice.Photo By Richard Ameryut towards creating a new website with generous donors and a variety of special events including the Cupcake Carnival on Sunday, Karaoke and a big battle of the bands at the Slice, March 21.

Due to being on the air, I only caught the soundcheck of winners Jane Doe, who were wielding electric 12 string guitars.

Alternative rock ’90s alternative rock band Mom Bod placed second and alternative rock duo Cope tied for third place with GreenBones.

I caught a loose  set of ’90s and alternative pop punk from Medicine Hat born duo Sydeshow. The guitarist/vocalist Nate Thomas and drummer Carter Potts took a bit of time in between songs but when the two dug in they really connected and played tight,

They played  several brand new songs and a cover or two including ’90s pop and even a punked up version of Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69.”Second place finishers MomBod's Amberlea Parker. Photo by Richard Amery
Mombod aka guitarist Mandy Fox, bassist/vocalist Silvana Campus and drummer Amberlea Parker  brought a good sized crowds back to the ’90s hey day of  the Riot Grrrls, playing an upbeat set of alternative rock along the lines of L7 and Hole.

 They also played some brand new songs about being a mom opening with a Lethbridge-centric song including the lines “Whats Going on at the Owl, what’s going on at the Slice.”Sydeshow performing at CKXU's band wars. Photo by Richard Amery

 Sil Campus sang most of the lead vocals for their set, though Mandy Fox screamed blood for the last song of the set.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 March 2018 10:35 )

Honker’s Pub celebrates 21 years with live music

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Everybody and their dog was out in force for St. Patrick’s Day as expected.

Joyful Things Play Honker’s 21st borthday celebration, March 17. Photo by Richard Amery
Honker’s was doing triple duty on March 17, filling the room early with St. Patrick’s Day revellers as well as regular’s celebrating the popular northside pub’s 21st birthday, not to mention their regular cadre of Saturday jammers.

I caught a few who I never see anywhere else including an excellent duo Joy and Laurie who sang and harmonized on a variety of songs ranging from “Teach your Children Well,” “Amazing Grace” and “Delta Dawn.”

Emily Rose plays Honker’s 21st borthday celebration, March 17. Photo by Richard Amery
 The only other act I was able to catch on a day which included some impressive talent including Steve Keenan and Paul Kype and Jolene Draper, was Emilie Ross, who played a decent set of modern and alternative rock including a version of Radiohead’s “Creep, some White Stripes and others.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 March 2018 10:08 )
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