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Matt Patershuk expands his muse on new music

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There is no dust on Edmonton singer songwriter Matt Patershuk, who returns to Lethbridge to play the Slice, Oct. 25 in support of his third CD “Same As I’ve Ever Been.”

The CD is anything but as producer Steve Dawson encouraged Patershuk to spread his wings and explore a few of his other musical interests.

Matt Patershuk returns to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
“It”s a little different. There’s a lot of different things on it. It’s not just country. There’s blues music and Celtic music and Tex Mex music,” said Patershuk on his way to work.
 He has been enjoying spending time at home with his wife and kids, but is excited to return to Lethbridge.

“ I really like playing Lethbridge. I get better response there than I do up north so I love getting back on the road and coming back,” Patershuk said.
 he will be bringing a rejigged line up of his band, the straight  Arrows including drummer  Liam MacDonald, bassist Curtis Ebner and Steve Dawson on lead guitar.
“ And, of course, me,” he chuckled.

“This will be the first time this configuration has played together , but I have no doubt that it will be golden. I’ve played with Steve for years. he’s on all three albums and I’ve played with Curtis for years,” he said.

He always enjoys playing with Steve Dawson.
“He’s been on all three of my albums. We started working on the first one in 2012 and that came out in 2013. So it’s been about five years.  It helps that we really get along well together and that he’s incredibly technically proficient on his instruments. But he’s also very honest which is unusual, because often in Nashville people tend to blow smoke,” he observed.
He noted Dawson encouraged him to experiment with blues music.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 October 2017 08:05 ) Read more...

Band of Rascals “Holler” about new EP “Tempest”

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Vancouver Island rock band Band of Rascals are excited to tear up the Slice with Bend Sinister, Oct. 18.They are touring in support of their blues infused new EP “Tempest” and the lead single “Holler.”

Band of Rascals open for Bend Sinister in Lethbridge, Oct.18. Photo by Bryan Van Wyk
“ We’ve never played Lethbridge before, though we’ve passed through it,” said drummer Marcus Manhas, who is joined by band mates lead singer Sam Trainor, lead guitarist Malcolm Owen-Flood and bassist Sean Marcy.

“ We‘re excited to get out there with Bend Sinister. We don’t really know them, but we know of them and we’ve got five shows with them,” he continued, while working in the band’s Cowichan Bay studio on Vancouver Island.

The Ep and single were officially released, Oct. 13.

“We‘re really excited to have it out,” he said, noting the band formed in June 2013.

 He said the EP shows off the band’s various influences.
“We explored old blues, but the EP is a good mix of both old blues and more modern influences,“ he observed.

 They recorded the EP with well known producer Eric Ratz, who has worked with a variety of hard rock acts like Billy Talent, Monster Truck and the Arkells.

“We recorded it at The Warehouse, Bryan Adams’ studio. Eric is such a positive guy. He is full of experiences and  he told us  stories about the Arkells,” he enthused.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 15 October 2017 08:45 ) Read more...

Moulettes experiment with cello based, female fronted progressive rock

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The United Kingdom based female fronted progressive rock quartet The Moulettes wind down their fourth Canadian tour at the Geomatic Attic, Sunday night at the Geomatic Attic.

The Moulettes play the Geomatic Attic, Oct. 15. Photo submitted
“Our press quotes  say we have an eclectic  mix of influences from David Bowie, to Kraftwerk to the Kronos quartet. So I guess we’ve soaked up a lot of our music influences which come out in a way we really like,” said Moulettes lead singer and lead cellist Hannah  Miller who is excited to bring bandmates  guitarist/vocalist, dobro player Raevennan Husbandes, drummer/vocalist/ synth player and guitarist Ollie Austin and bassist/Moog organist and vocalist Jim Mortimore to  Lethbridge in support of their latest CD “Preternatural.”

“And female fronted progressive rock quartets don’t come around as often as they should,” she said.
 The cello is an important part of the band.
“It’s actually a very special five string electric cello my dad, who is a luthier, built for me. It’s got a hollow body. It has a big body and rock sound, but it doesn’t feed back,” she said, noting she doesn’t consider it unusual to have a lead cello in the band.

“I’m the main songwriter and that’s what I play. The cello is a pretty versatile instrument.  I have the fifth string so it allows me to get into the high ranges like a violin. We have lead cello and lead guitar,” she observed.

Last Updated ( Friday, 13 October 2017 14:03 ) Read more...

Scenic Route to Alaska packs the house with peppy pop rock

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It was great to see the Slice packed for  the return of Edmonton indie rock trio Scenic Route to Alaska, Wednesday, Oct. 4.Scenic Route To Alaska’s Trevor Mann at the Slice, Oct. 4. Photo By Richard Amery
I missed their last visit early in the year, but was glad I caught their show this time.

They played a solid set of scrappy alt country, indie pop ear worms along the lines of the Jayhawks, through frontman/ guitarist Trevor Mann’s plaintive tenor voice sounded a little like a more introspective Myles Goodwyn of April Wine.

 Some of their songs sounded vaguely familiar , coming from their previous four albums, but I think a lot of the set was new material. They wound it down around 11 p.m. with crowd favourite “Coming Back.”
 They played their new single “Slow Down” in the middle of their set.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 October 2017 11:17 )

Honker’s shows big heart with wildfires fundraiser

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The folks at Honker’s Pub were happy to lend a hand to help out people  recovering from the wildfires in Waterton Lake. The pub was packed, Sept. 30 only was able to catch a couple of the acts on the bill featuring several familiar faces who play Honker’s Friday and Saturday open stages including Raz Bruce, Jay Pizzingrilli, Aaron Landry and local blues/rock band Driving While Blind and the Jolene Draper band.Driving While Blind entertain at Honker’s Sept. 30 fundraiser. Photo By Rchard Amery

I caught a part of Joy Pizzingrilli’s set of classic rock.
 Driving While Blind always put on a great show. They added a rock edge to the blues classic “I’m A King Bee” and played some excellent AC DC covers.
 The event  raised $3,470 through a silent auction, 50/50 draw and beef on a bun sales.

“That’s in addition to the four truckloads  of dog and cat food and leashes we sent out when the SPCA put out a call, which is how it all started,” observed Honker’s owner Vicky Vanden Hoek.
“Lethbridge has a big heart,” she continued adding they are in the midst of forming a committee to decide where the money will be best spent.

Aaron Landry Joy Pizzingrilli, Raz Bruce and Brendan play Honker’s fundraiser. Photo by Richard Amery
“Some people lost cabins and then there are the Alpine Stables. Other people are too shy to come forward,” she continued.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 October 2017 11:06 )
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