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Tyler Allen and the Red Hot Hayseeds play hot show of country

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I was looking forward to the return of  Boots and the Hoots guitarist Tyler Allen and his band the Red Hot Hayseeds at the Slice for the May edition of the Windy City Opry, May 9.Tyler Allen and the Red hot hayseeds at the Slice, May 9. photo by Richard Amery

Unfortunately I only caught the last song of what appeared to be a fun set as several of the audience were dancing to their old country and folk stylings with plenty of steel guitar, and thumping upright bass and lots of fiddle playing.

The Red deer based quartet ended their show with a Bob Wills cover and were called back for an encore of another Bob Wills tune.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 May 2018 23:15 )

Weaves entertain intimate audience with ambience and weirdness

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Considering the impression they made at CKXU’s Love and Records festival in September, I expected Weaves’ show at the Geomatic Attic to be packed, Tuesday, May 8.

It was not. approximately 40 people sat at tables set up at the back of the room and in a couple rows of people seated in front of the dimly lit stage.  They had several familiar faces from CKXU in the audience as well as a handful of Geomatic Attic  regulars.The Toronto based quartet Weaves played a solid set of psychedelic pop and indie rock which got weird really fast.

Weaves entertained at the Geomatic Attic, May 8. photo by Richard Amery
 Lead singer Jasmyn Burke’s high, adenoidal voice sounded like  mix of Poly Strene, vocalist of ’70s British punk band X Ray Spex and ’90s one hit wonders Aqua, who charted with “Barbie Girl.” back in 1997.
The guitarist did his best Jimi Hendrix impersonation , playing his guitar with his teeth.

They alternated between tightly crafted pop to weirder, more experimental almost  jazzy jams.

A discussion about visiting the country music hall of fame museum in Nashville and seeing E one of Elvis‘s gold painted cars, inspired them to play a few bars of  of Shania Twain’s “Man, I Feel like A Woman,” but cut it short as Burke giggled she didn’t know the words.
The second set was even more experimental.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 May 2018 19:57 )

Royal Wood inspired by diverse life events for new music

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Toronto multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Royal Wood is excited to make a long awaited return to Lethbridge, when he plays two shows at the Geomatic Attic with his band, May 22 and 23.Royal Wood returns to the Geomatic Attic this week. Photo submitted
“It’s been a while. So when we had a hole in the schedule, I knew where I wanted to play,” said Royal Wood, who is embarking on a touring in support of his new CD“ Ever After the Farewell.”

 Two monumental events inspired the music — the death of his father from Alzheimer‘s and meeting and marrying the love of his life.

“It really is a paradigm shift,” Royal Wood said, noting he wrote the CD  pretty much  on the spot in a London studio with producer Jamie Scott, who has worked with  Rag n’ Bone Man and Ed Sheeran.

“I never planned to do it this way. I’ve recorded CDs on my own and with my band, but I got hold of Jamie and he cleared his schedule and I cleared mine. I got up in the morning, and had the basics of a song done by noon and filled it it out by the end of the day. Then we did it again the next day,” he described, adding he played most of the instruments himself, except for the horns and string sections on the catchy new single “California Nights.”

Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 May 2018 20:13 ) Read more...

Fionn excited to play first tour with Royal Wood

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White Rock based  twins Alanna and Brianne Finn-Morris aka Fionn are excited to  begin their first tour, which brings them to the Geomatic Attic, May 22 and 23Fionn open for Royal Wood at the Geomatic Attic next week. Photo submitted.
They couldn’t ask for a best first tour partner than Royal Wood.

“It’s a nice tour. He heard us on CBC and  asked us to tour with him,” said Fionn mandolinist/vocalist Alanna  Finn-Morris. Though they are new to touring, they are not new to playing.

“We started busking (on Granville Island) when we were 12 and we’ve played all over Vancouver,“ she said.

 They have released three singles including “Skeleton” and “Magazine Face,” to build up buzz for their debut album to be released on 604 Records later this year.
 The daughters of Irish immigrants grew up in a very musical family.

“Dad moved here from Ireland and was in an Irish show band called Killarney, but he had stopped playing with them before we were born and our mom is a classically trained pianist who owns a music school,” she said adding they didn’t push them into pursuing music, though traditional Irish music  around their home soaked into their psyches.

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 May 2018 14:30 ) Read more...

Get ready for a busy spring

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As we move deeper into Spring, it is  becoming busier and busier for live music.Gabriel Thaine plays the Slice, May 18. Photo by Richard Amery

 If you are staying in Lethbridge for the long weekend, there are a few excellent shows happening.

 Megan Rourke, Gabriel Thaine and James Swinney play the Slice, tonight, May 18 at 9 p.m.

 Things get loud at the Smokehouse with Vancouver theatrical metal band 2 Shadows and fellow Vancouverites This Gun For Hire, May 18. They will be joined by Revanchist, who open the show at 8 p.m. and local metal band Bring Your Own Bodies. Admission is $10 at the door.
Last Updated ( Friday, 18 May 2018 14:20 ) Read more...
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