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Tallest to Shortest and Dirti Speshuls focus on new music

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Edmonton rockers Tallest to Shortest are always a blast when they visit Lethbridge. At times it seems like their Lethbridge shows are jinxed. I missed the last one, and the previous two were cancelled to illness and a car accident Tallest to Shortest’s Sean Brewer. Photo by Richard Ameryrespectively, so I made a point of catching  them, Oct. 13 at the Slice.

 They play a unique brand of blues based riff rock, with a touch of funk and reggae and a whole lot of fun.
Trimmed down local power pop/ alternative rock band, the Dirti Speshuls featuring guitarist / vocalist Jon Vornbrock, frontman Todd Carter, bassist Rick Beres and the relentless rhythm of drummer Dean Wilson, played a solid set of catchy ’90s rock inspired by bands like Treble Charger, of mostly new material, which made me look forward to a new CD from them.
 Todd Carter of the Dirti Speshuls, Oct. 13. Photo by Richard AmeryThey ended their set with a cover of the Hives’  “(Hate To Say I Told you So) Because I Wanna.”

 Tallest to Shortest also focused on newer songs, but included one of my favourites “Tomato, Tomaato.”

They also played newer, more experimental songs that reminded me of Devo. Their music ran the gamut of groovy guitar rock, quirky funk and reggae and a touch of pop. But it was mostly all about uptempo, loud, guitar driven rock. One of their more quirky highlights was “Your Mattress and Me.”

 They wound down their set with a great cover of the Cars’ “Just What I Needed.”

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 October 2017 07:44 )

Halloween week fun with metal, classical and country music

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This week, the Slice and the Geomatic Attic are the places to go from great live music.

 The Slice features several  excellent alt country and folk shows coming up this week.
 Calgary based musician Cam Penner and steel guitarist Jon Wood brings their unique, experimental take on country and blues music to the Slice on Oct. 24.
 The next night, Edmonton songwriter Matt Patershuk returns to the Slice, Oct. 25 in support of his third CD “ Same as I Ever was,” featuring Steve Dawson who will be playing in his band.

On the weekend, local Turbonegro tribute band Dudes from Nowhere will be performing, Oct. 27. The Slice features rock trio the Due Clause on Oct. 28.
 Halloween is on a Tuesday this year, but start your celebrations on the weekend.

Quick Draw play for the U of L Headbanger's Society this week. Photo by Richard Amery
Calgary based rockabilly trio Peter and the Wolves return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Oct. 27. The Owl features a night of garage rock, Oct. 28 with local band J Blissette plus Mark Sultan of The King Kahn and the BBQ Show. Local rock band Biloxi Parish are also on the bill.

 Bang your head for Halloween as the U of L Headbanger’s society presents Halloween Havoc, Oct, 27 with local rock bands Quick Draw and Bring your Own Bodies plus Peterborough 1979 era metal band Molomokai who  play what is likely the final show at the Smokehouse.

 Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. the show begins early with the first band playing 7 p.m. There will be prizes for best costume.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 October 2017 10:35 ) Read more...

Peter and the Wolves want to make you dance

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Peter and the Wolves bring back the spirit of rockabilly when they return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 27.

Peter Cormier of Peter and the Wiolves. Photo by Richard Amery
 They have undergone a drastic line up change since releasing their debut CD “Here Come Peter and the Wolves” in 2015 as well as a change in sound to incorporate more boogie woogie and rock and roll piano.

“It’s about half and half piano and guitar now,” said frontman/ guitarist/ pianist Peter Cormier, noting they are currently working on their third CD.

“First we’ll probably release a 45 and probably release the full length album later,” Cormier said.

 They released their second CD “Papa’s Going Out of Town!” in 2016.

“We recorded it live with two microphones and modelled it off the sound the sound of the Sun Records  sound,” he said.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 October 2017 09:54 ) Read more...

One Bad Son took time to make “Made in the Name of Rock and Roll”

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A lot can happen in a year. Saskatoon based rock band One Bad Son are eager to  return  to Lethbridge, Oct. 29  at Average Joes with a semi- new bassist and a new record in hand.

One Bad Son’s Shane Volk. Photo by Richard Amery
“ Made In the Name of Rock and Roll” will officially be released on Oct. 13, but “Raging Bull,” a new song they tested out in Lethbridge during their last show  here has already  reached number one on the charts with  the second single“Scream For Me,” is already heading up the charts.

“It’s not even out yet and it’s already our best album yet because we have a number one hit,” enthused  new Calgary resident, frontman Shane Volk, rehearsing with the rest of the band in Saskatoon.

“So It’s been good. We recorded half of it in Vancouver and the other half in Toronto with Gavin Brown, who has worked with  Three Days  Grace and Billy Talent and metric. He really got our songwriting and performance to the next level,” Volk added.

“ We took a bit longer to do this one but it sure worked,” he continued.

 One Bad Son welcomed aboard new bassist  Steve Adams as well.
“ (Adam) Granty left the band in the summer so we hired Steve and took him to Germany. We‘ve known hm for years. He used to play with us in the early days. So he’s been really good,” Volk continued, noting  the band has been touring non stop since their last visit  to Lethbridge, last December.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 October 2017 09:31 ) Read more...

Kent McAlister returns for Windy City Opry

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 I missed most of the October edition of the Windy City Opry on Wednesday, Oct. 11, because it starts at 8 p.n. on the dot and ends early. So I completely missed Saskatoon songwriter Zachary Lucky’s set and most of  Calgary songwriter Kent McAlister.

Kent McAlister playing the Windy City Opry at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery
 McAlister finished an entertaining set with his big, rumbling baritone voice and introduced his band which included Jay Bowcott playing lead guitar.

They ended their set with an apt song called “That’s No Way To Say Goodbye,” but were called back for an encore they were not expecting and improvised a ’50s/’60s pop influenced jam.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 October 2017 09:30 )
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