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Maurice and Will Currie provide pop fueled good times on a Monday

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Stellar Radio choir offeren a new side to Broken Down Suitcase. Photo by Richard AmeryPopular Victoria based pop/ rock band Maurice returned to the Slice on Monday as well.


 But first a respectable crowd, though it mostly consisted of band members (There were four on the bill including Leigh Doerksen) saw a whole new side of acoustic folk duo Broken Down Suitcase, Ben Caldwell and Eric Laroque with the addition of bassist Todd Menzies explored their dirtier, more garage rock inspired side and renamed themselves Stellar Radio Choir.

They struck with the intensity of a brain wave frying laser beam from  a distant alien race, with a wave of psychedelic distortion, but still held on to the melodies and harmonies of Broken Down Suitcase.

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Chris Carmichael makes blues instrumentals sing

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I didn’t want to miss an excellent set of mostly instrumental blues at the Slice, with Winnipeg’s Chris Carmichael, Nov. 20.Chris Carmichael returned to the Slice, Nov. 20. Photo by Richard Amery


 I caught the tail end of a revamped Blues Sensashun featuring Shawna Romolliwa, who were opening the show.


 Romolliwa sounded great as she sang a beautiful set of upbeat blues. David Renter sat behind the keyboard  and played several tasteful saxophone solos.


Former Perpetrators member Chris Carmichael and his trio began their first set around 11 p.m. with  a couple tasteful bluesy instrumentals.

He dug in and played tasteful leads, his face fixed in an aura of concentration while 

Then he played and sang a couple of songs from his CD, which were more alternative country. But he shone on his instrumentals and ended his first set with a country tinged Duane Eddy style instrumental.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 November 2010 15:42 )
 

Roger Marin band plays real, earnest country

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The show that had me venturing out on a chilly night was a late starting Treeline and Roger Marin Band Show at the Slice, Nov. 19.The Roger Marin band played an upbeat and fantastic set of original alt. country. Photo by Richard Amery
 I missed Treeline’s set, but arrived  in time to hear Marin kick off his first set with the title track off his new CD “Silvertown.”


He and the band played a tight, upbeat and funfilled set, which drew a lot of dancers and had me wondering why they aren’t superstars. Marin told real, earnest stories, the musicianship was exceptional as always, with  flurries of chicken-picking guitar, and great melodies.


“We never considered ourself a dance band,” he told the audience, before playing a touch of bluegrass.


 He ran through most of the new CD in his first set, as well as a few older favourites like crowd favourite “High Roads” and my favourite “Blondie and Dagwood.”


 In addition to  expressing his admiration for Winnipeg singer songwriter Scott Nolan’s song “Rosie,” instead played his own song “Rosie,” and then added a cover of Nolan’s “No Bourbon” to wind down his set.


I only was able to hang around for  a few songs in his second set, which included “Galveston,” “Whiskey Take Me Off The Shelf ” from the new CD and  another old favourite “How I Want To Be,” as well as a Hayes Carll cover.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Broken Down Suitcase harmonize well

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Broken Down Suitcase, aka Ben Caldwell and Eric Laroque, entertained a respectably sized audience  at the Owl Acoustic Lounge with upbeatBroken Down Suitcase’s Eric Laroque. Photo by Richard Amery folk music, Nov. 19.


 The duo exhibited some excellent vocal harmonies, while Laroque added some superb harmonica playing on a couple songs.


Caldwell switched to mandolin for an original and stomped out rhythm on a wooden box he was standing on and which had a lot of the audience clapping along.


They played several originals which are to be on a new CD  they joked will be called “Dana’s Second Hand Erotica,” as well as numerous  folk covers by the likes of Bob Dylan’s  “Wagon Wheel” and Gillian Welch’s “I Want to Sing that Rock and Roll.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Who Made Who next best thing to AC DC

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Who Made Who rocked Average Joes. Photo by Richard AmeryAC DC tribute band Who Made Who heated up Average Joes, Nov. 19 and 20.


 They definitely looked the part, with “ Angus Young ” playing a Gibson SG and duck walking around the stage in a school boy uniform, even though it looked like it was made of red crushed velvet.


 “Brian Johnson/ Bonn Scott” also looked and sounded the part, stalking the stage and growling out popular AC DC hits like “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution,”  and “Have a Drink On Me,” older songs like “Whole Lot of Rosie,” and more obscure material like “Shot Down in Flames.”


 The singer even sounded Australian when addressing the good sized audience, who did a lot of dancing and were enjoying themselves.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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