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Myelin Sheaths score singles deal

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Cassandra Ward of the Myelin Sheaths
Lethbridge science-punk band the Myelin Sheaths have scored a seven-inch singles deal with Chicago record company, HoZac Records. While the official definition of a  myelin sheath is “the insulating envelope of myelin that surrounds the core
 of a nerve fiber or axon and that facilitates the transmission of nerve impulses, formed from the cell membrane of the Schwann cell in the peripheral nervous system and from oligodendroglia cells or medullary sheath,”  guitarist /singer Cassandra Ward fondly described the band with her own definition.
“ It’s a joke that’s gone too far and yet not far enough,” she laughed. She , bassist Martine Menard, guitarist Joel Butler and drummer Paul Lawton formed the band earlier this year with the goal of performing at Sled Island music festival in Calgary, June 25-27. Done and done.
“It’s weird. It just doesn’t seem real” Ward said of the singles deal, which will most likely feature crowd favourite “ the Mental Twist” on the A-Side of the record, which will probably be released in the fall.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 June 2009 23:20 ) Read more...

Get the jazz this weekend

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Lethbridge saxophonist Dave Renter is pumped about a mini-jazz festival taking place at the Slice, June 19-20 featuring his new band, The Contemporary Jazz Works Orchestra and the Dave Renter Quartet with Joel Miller the next day.
“For me, I’ve always wanted to see something happening here and the timing was great,” Renter said, noting opportunity came a knocking in the form of an e-mail from Medicine Hat  Jazz Festival organizer Lyle Rebbeck.
In addition to the local shows, Montreal saxophonist Joel Miller’s quartet will also be putting on a workshop at the University of Lethbridge that Saturday afternoon from 1-3 p.m. The Saturday evening show will cost $15.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 June 2009 23:08 ) Read more...

Get jazzed for June 15-21

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There are some really cool events happening this week.

If you missed Amy Bronson’s debut gig back home at Henotic last week, don’t miss her at the Slice on June 18. She  has a quirky lyrics and musical chops to die for.

As well,  there are a few fantastic jazz shows happening this week. Herb Hicks is playing the Mocha Cabana this weekend and Dave Renter has a couple of shows in Lethbridge, which are affiliated with the Medicine Hat Jazz Festival. He will be debuting the Contemporary Works Jazz Orchestra, June 19 at the Slice and will be playing the next day with the Dave Renter Quartet where he will be opening for Montreal saxophonist Joel Miller’s quartet.

On the other hand, if you like rap music, DJ Booda  is bringing back Choclair, who will be performing at Henotic with JD Era and Mike Moves as well as an MC battle between L Rev and Urban Voyce.

And don’t forget the Sled Island Music Festival preview at Henotic where several Lethbridge bands (Endangered Ape, the Myelin Sheaths, the Square Waves, the New Danger Kids and the Moby Dicks) will be giving a preview of their Sled Island Music Festival performances, June 20 at Henotic.

The Duke of Wellington on the west side has long been a favourite hangout for university students, so they are going to give live music a try on Wednesday (June 17) where several prominent  musicians will be playing acoustic sets. Look for Aaron Trozzo and Jeff Orriss of Lustre Creame as well as Tyson Wiebe of Planet Telex in addition to Bethany Swanson.

Blues at the Bow begins their season with Russian bluesman Arsen Shomakhov on June 20. And if your daddy is a punk, take him to  see revamped  Canadian punks SNFU at playing Bully’s Entertainment Centre for Father’s Day, June 21. Tickets cost $15 and are available through Amp All Productions (403) 327-7362.

Last, but not least, don’t forget  open mics this week. Planet Telex is hosting Tuesday’s open mic at the Slice as well, there is an open mic  along with the Most Vocal Poets’ Dwayne Morgan at Henotic the next day.

—Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 June 2009 22:08 )

Super shows coming up

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There are plenty of fantastic performances happening this week, though not quite as many as last week. It begins tonight (June 8) with the return of  west coast blues band Current Swell who stop by the Slice with Australian bluesmen Rogerthat.
Some other highlights will be Hippodrome at the Lethbridge Casino, June 12-13. Wide Mouth Mason will be at the Roadhouse, June 13 and Said the Whale returns to the Slice June 12 with Zola.
 Lethbridge favourites, Amy Bronson is back from Guelph for the summer. Catch her first show back, June 11 at Henotic.
And if you like bluegrass, check out Elena Yeung  who will be playing with east coast musician Neil Conway. Treeline, who put on a fantastic show at the Front Row Pub, Saturday with Shaela Miller and the Record Holder, are hosting  an open mic at the Slice, June 9.
Henotic also has an open mic on Wednesday, June 10. Also this week, the Lethbridge Folk Club has their open mic, on Friday, June 12.
A couple big shows were announced this week.  
Fred Eaglesmith and his band have been booked for the Slice for July 9. And in a couple of weeks, ’90s rockers Default will be hitting the Blarney Stone on June 26.
And, in case you missed the announcement, Edmonton punk veterans, SNFU will be storming Bully’s June 21. I saw them back in the day at the University of Lethbridge and they put on one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. Tickets cost $15 and are available through Amp All Productions (403) 327-7362. So far, organizer Glen Davidson from Amp All said a couple hundred tickets have been sold for SNFU already for the approximately 800 seats. SNFU features original singer Chi Pig.

Looking ahead, Bedouin Soundclash has been booked to play the Blarney Stone, Aug. 10 .
Last Updated ( Monday, 08 June 2009 22:12 )

Fun with violins

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May 28 was all right for violins. Murray Nelson and Ed Dietrich’s May 28 show at the Slice, which featured Dietrich on violin, with guitarist Murray Nelson and numerous guests including his son, was a blast .

Nelson was a tasteful addition to Dietrich’s fantastic fiddle playing which is the subject of a DVD/Blu Ray disc which was being filmed of the show. The musicians covered everything from jazz to country music. In several places, Dietrich was even making his hand - crafted fiddle sound like an entire horn section. His son joined him on stage for an impressive song.

Dietrich and Okotoks fiddler Andrew Dexter also traded impressive licks for an entertaining set. Then Dietrich accompanied Shaela Miller, who was backed by drummer Brad Brouwer, stand up bassist Tyler Bird for a heart-wrenching set including Patsy Cline’ “She’s Got You” and the Shirelles, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”, Loretta Lynn’s “Sucess” and some of her own songs.

Dietrich’s horn-sounding fiddle really enhanced Miller’s sultry voice. Check out Shaela’s June 6 show at the Front Row pub with Treeline and the Record Holder. While she may not be singing gorgeous jazz, she is sure to put on an entertaining show.

Dexter, Dietrich, Nelson, Bird and Brouwer wound up the night with a jam featuring “Orange Blossom Special,” and instrumental versions of “Folsom Prison Blues,” and “Yakity Yak.”

Last Updated ( Sunday, 07 June 2009 20:34 )
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