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Brasstronaut to bring jazz tinged pop to Lethbridge

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 Brasstronaut, who play the Slice, Feb. 22, are not a jazz band even if they do use a lot of keyboards and horns on their new CD, ‘ Mount Chimaera.’ which will be released March 2.
“It’s probably a good idea to clarify that. We’re not a jazz band. We’re making pop music but we’re making it in a very experimental way,” said bandleader, keyboardist/vocalist Edo Van Breeman, who also runs the record label Unfamiliar, which put out the band’s new CD ‘Mount Chimaera.’Brasstronaut play the Slice, Feb. 22.
“I don’t even know how to read music though some of the other guys also perform in jazz bands,” he said.
They played the Slice last September en route to the Sled Island Music festival.
“It was absolutely fantastic. It was a really wonderful experience. The people were really supportive,” he said.
The band kicks off the tour for their long awaited full length debut in Vancouver with the Bell Orchestre (which includes members of the Arcade Fire) which should draw up to 1,000 people, then goes to Kamloops the next day and Lethbridge on Monday.
They are used to playing for an average of 400 people at home town shows but got asked to play four shows in two days at a huge music festival in Rejavik Iceland called the Airwaves Music Festival in September which attracted 2,000 fans.
Last Updated ( Friday, 19 February 2010 09:21 ) Read more...

CKXU Loves You with unusual love songs

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Most of the bands involved with the Weezer tribute, Feb. 12, were back at the Slice, Feb. 13 to show their shy and sensitive sides during CKXU Loves You 4.Thew Darby And Joan Club playing love songs at CKXU Loves You 4. Photo by Richard Amery
 The event brought  together Jesse and the Dandelions, Lustre Creame and the Darby and Joan Club, who reinterpreted their favourite love songs.
Jesse and the Dandelions went all the way back to the ’50s to play an earnest version of “Earth Angel.”
On the other hand progressive rock trio Lustre Creame  took things a step weirder by tackling songs by Chicago, a decent version of “That Thing You Do” from the movie of the same name and something by Tenacious D.
 The Darby and Joan club had a solid set of retro ’80s sounding emo music including covers of songs by Sloan and the Church which were well played.
The event, while not drawing a huge crowd, did raise $400 for local university and community radio station CKXU, 88.3 FM.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 February 2010 11:43 )

Local bands love Weezer

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A group of local bands combined forces to pay tribute to one of their favourite bands — Weezer, Feb. 12 at the Slice. At least their first two albums.Tyson Wiebe does his best Rivers Cuomo  impression. Photo by Richard Amery
I caught the end of Bluerton’s set, Jesse Northey of Jesse and the Dandelions sported a pair of thick horn rimmed glasses like Weezer singer Rivers Cuomo.
The idea was to form impromptu bands to play  the first two Weezer albums all the way through, almost note for note. Record Holder’s Nicole Hembroff sang back up vocals and Quint Viskup was on drums. Aaron Trozzo jumping. Photo by Richard Amery
The next band, Pinkerton, included a who’s who of Lethbridge’s indie music scene including Aaron Trozzo, Jeff Orriss, Tyson Wiebe and Jon Vornbrock who exchanged instruments throughout an energetic set which had an almost full house dancing until closing time. Both bands got together for an encore  of “Hash Pipe”, one of Weezer’s latter day hits.
— By Richard Amery, L.A Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Sunday, 21 February 2010 01:21 )

Gong show at HBs Lounge

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HB’s Lounge is looking for talent over the next five weeks.

Beginning Feb. 18, the Holiday Bowl lounge is  combining the Gong Show and Let’s Make a Deal, so they are looking for performers, singers, pickers, comedians and anybody else with an unusual talent they want to show off, Thursday nights.

Participants are asked to register in advance by calling  HB’s Lounge at 403-328-2855 or stopping by in person the day before  the show.

A panel of judge will decide which performer wins the grand prize of $516.32.

The audience can win as well through a variety of audience participation activities. Last year, Steven Parsons and ‘Freddies’ Freak Show’ won the prize.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 February 2010 00:03 )

Superb shows this week

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There are a variety of superb shows happening this week.
Kevin Kane, who is best known as a member of late ’80s and early ’90s band, the Grapes of Wrath and now plays with Leeroy Stagger, has a show with the Necessities at Henotic, Feb. 19.Steve Keenan and Fat Baby Jake played the 1010 Pub this past weekend and will be at Pop’s Pub on Feb. 20. Photo by Richard Amery L.A. Beat is giving away two tickets to the show to the first person to e-mail me the name of one of the Grapes of Wrath’s hits. E-mail me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before Thursday. The Slice will be rocking throughout the week beginning  Feb. 17  with Hamilton rock band  40 Sons.
The Slice welcomes back local psychobilly/punk trio the Phantom Creeps and the Void on Feb. 20.
Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham plays the Enmax Centre, Feb. 18 as well.
If you like hip hop, check out  Hip Hop for Haiti, Feb. 19. It not only features LRev of the City Prophets, Tru Apostles, Mase One and DJ Booda, but  also singer/songwriters Matt Grabow and Greg Gomola. That begins at 10 p.m.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 February 2010 18:00 ) Read more...
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