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Jolene Draper and the Inquisitive learn new tunes for the Watertower

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 They were learning a few new songs, but did capable jobs of covers like a jazzy version of the White Stripes’“Seven Nation ArmJolene Draper and the Inquisiteve Few at the Watertower Grill, May 10. Photo by Richard Ameryy.”

And I have been enjoying their cover of Shocking Blue’s “Venus.” They ended the set I saw with a spooky cover of Portishead’s “Glory Box”

— by Richard Amery,L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 May 2019 09:35 )

Dead Army rock the Smokehouse with a touch of metal

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My timing was really off, May 10, so missed several shows I wanted to see because I wanted to make sure I caught new local rock band Dead Army, who were playing the Smokehouse with several other metal and hard rock bands including Eons of Earth.

Dead Army playing the Smokehouse, May 10. Photo by Richard AmeryAnd I caught them on a set break, as Dead Army aka frontman Rob Morrison, bassist Chris Sarazin and drummer Ken Paul set up a variety of lights and effects units, before finally taking the stage.

 They have a lot of potential, with lots of effects drenched guitar and groovy, throbbing bass. They had plenty of smoke and flashing lights and riffs  that took you back to the heyday of detuned ’90s grunge and post grunge music, but with just a touch of Zack Wylde era Ozzy Osbourne.

Most of their set was all original music. One highlight was  a song called “Jaded Flower,” which  Morrison noted he wrote 10 years ago in Winnipeg.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 May 2019 07:12 )

Lots of rock and pop plus Hacksaw Jim Duggan this week

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As usual, there are a lot things happening in Lethbridge this week.Amy Nelson brings her band to the Slice, May 25. Photo by Richard Amery
 There are a couple of excellent punk and metal shows, but just as many good folk and country shows and some weirder music on top of all that. And that’s just on Friday.
 The Slice features  an eclectic  show, Tuesday, May 21 as local country/ folk singer Songwriter Tyson Ray Borsboom starts  the night off at 9 followed by Victoria/Seattle based folk/ indie rock musician Mike Edel.
 They will be followed by a late show with Vancouver punk pioneers D.O.A. , who have just released a new CD of rarities and demos called 1978. Admission for the entire night is only $10 so don’t miss it.

 But the week rocks on with a whole lot of metal at the Slice with local metal bands Chernoff, Drearius plus Portage la Prairie metal band Dead Ringer will be rocking the roof off the Slice, Wednesday, May 22 beginning at 9 p.m. There is a $10 cover for the show.
Gabe Thaine’s High Level Variety night is back at the Slice, on Thursday, May 23 with host magician Ben Price. Gabe Thaine’s country  roots band  the Rugged River Ramblers will also be performing beginning at 8:30 p.m.
Admission is by donation.

Friday cooks. Local bluesman Paul Kype hosts Honker’s pub’s Friday night open mic beginning around 8 p.m. also on the north side, at the Smokehouse, there will be a whole lot of punk and metal happening. Vancouver’s Russian Tim and Pavel Bures  will be playing punk versions of Russian pop and rock songs. They will share the stage with local punk band The Hockey Moms and ’90s style Riot Grrrl style alternative rock trio  Mombod. Admission is $10 at the door. The music begins at 9 p.m. with Bob Scallywag playing an acoustic set.
 Downtown, local roots/country band Rancho Deluxe will be releasing their debut CD “Lucky Stars” at the Slice beginning at 9 p.m. Steve Foord will be opening the show.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 May 2019 09:16 ) Read more...

Lily Fawn explores pop side with Hush Hush Noise

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Victoria musician Lily Fawn explores her more experimental pop side with her new project Hush Hush Noise, which comes to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, May 24.Hush Hush Noise visit Lethbridge, May 24. Photo by Rocktographers
 Hush Hush Noise evolved out of a collaboration with fellow Victoria musician Eric Hogg to recreate the music of the TV show Twin Peaks.
“And we enjoyed working together so much, we wondered what it would be like to collaborate on original music,” said Lily Fawn, who is best known as one half of  experimental/ swamp rock duo Hank and Lily.
“Eric is the nicest guy. And he’s so easygoing. He’s quite musical. He’s given me the license to be creative. There’s no idea too weird that he isn’t willing to try,” she continued.

“I’m so excited to bring it to Lethbridge (May 24 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge). It’s so different. It’s a lot more experimental and a lot more electronic pop,” she continued, noting the duo have been playing together and recently released their self titled debut CD on Rae Spoon’s record label Coax Records.
“It’s more like (English electronica band) Broadcast or Metric,” she described.

“ And it is a little like Bjork,” she said, agreeing her distinctive high pitched voice does draw the inevitable comparisons to Hank and Lily. But she said it is also a lot different than the Twin Peaks project
“It’s more pop indie rock, but it isn’t Britney Spears,” she continued.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 01 June 2019 10:38 ) Read more...

Windy City Opry packed for Jess Knights and the Local Group

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The Windy City Opry had a big night on Wednesday, May 8 with three bands featured. I really wanted to see Jess  Knights, but missed her set as well as Dennis Bouwman, but was just in time to be blown away by a group of young bucks from Saskatchewan called the Local Group. The Local Group at the Windy City Opry at the Slice, May 8. Photo by Richard Amery  

The multi-instrumentalists looked to be barely out of their teens, but had boundless energy and musical chops to match.

 The upright bassist was in the middle of a Irish pipe solo as I arrived, which immediately made me think of Winnipeg’s the Dühks.

But they showed substantial musical chops on several bluegrass numbers, as they gathered around a single mic to harmonize and taking turns to unleash blazing solos on mandolin, guitar and banjo. The upright bassist switched to fiddle near the end of their set.

 They switched instruments throughout their set as well.
 They played a lot of traditional bluegrass, but also added a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Cocaine Blues,” which they turned into a bluegrass song.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 May 2019 09:13 )
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