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Sweatshop Union can’t wait to play Lethbridge

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Vancouver-based rapper Kyprios got hit by a car last time he was in Lethbridge, but that isn’t deterring him from looking
Kyprios is looking forward to returning to Lethbridge with Sweatshop Union.
forward to returning to the Blarney Stone to perform with Sweatshop Union, July 16.
“We were out on a beautiful jog near Henderson Lake and  I got hit by a car. I jumped on the hood of the car. He wasn’t looking. The guy almost killed me,” Kyprios said over the phone from Vancouver, where he was celebrating his 28th birthday. He was due to start a tour of B.C, Alberta and the Northwestern U.S with Sweatshop Union, July 10.
“But seriously, I am looking forward to getting back to Lethbridge. We have a day off the day before, So I’m hoping we can get in a day early. I was hoping to see a baseball game,” Kyprios continued, who was just in Lethbridge in May with Mobadass.
“There are a couple of differences. With Mobaddass, there is a band who are playing to support each other. If the bass player or guitarist screws up  and misses a note, you may have to improvise. With Sweatshop, we’re playing with a DJ so the music is all canned and the only person who can screw up is you. And it’s a lot more fun when you have all MCs on stage,” he said adding he enjoys working with Mobadass, Sweatshop Union as much as he enjoys working solo. In fact he has a new solo CD due out Oct. 5 called “Midnight Sun.”
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 July 2009 14:25 ) Read more...

South Country Fair and Julian Austin video among highlights this week

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A couple of really cool events are happening this week. First off, this is the weekend where hippies, yippies, folkies and basically anybody who loves music and want to relax in the sun in a laid back atmosphere for a weekend congregate in Fort Macleod for the South Country Fair.

 The fun officially begins Friday night with an outstanding line up including Lethbridge talent like Shaela Miller, The Darby and Joan Club and Treeline. Shaela Miller plays the song she wrote to win the South Country Fair songwriting contest this year , “Loving You” during her set at 10 p.m. Saturday night on the South Stage, while the Darby and Joan Club are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Sunday on the east stage and Treeline is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on the East Stage, Saturday afternoon.

 Other highlights include Juno Award winner Jenny Whiteley who is playing Saturday night at 7:40 p.m. and Twilight Hotel who will be a Friday evening highlight along with Cumako who played at the lineup announcement party , May 30 at the Slice.

 The United Steelworkers of Montreal are going to be another popular act Saturday night as will Woodpigeon on Saturday afternoon.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 July 2009 20:01 ) Read more...

James Murdoch’s new CD is more organic

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Lethbridge born and raised folk-pop musician James Murdoch returned to home to debut his hot off the press CD, “Wondering Where the Rush Has Gone,” July 4 to an appreciative crowd at the Slice. 
“I own a studio now, so I produced the CD,” Murdoch said between sets, adding he left a record label and decided to go the indie route for the new CD whihc was released  just a week ago.
“It has given me the freedom to make the record sound like I wanted it to with no limitations,” he said adding the first track “Building a Bridge,” is getting lots of airplay on CKUA and CBC radio.
Having the freedom of his own studio, the band was allowed to experiment with Murdoch’s music.
“I allowed the band to  develop their own sound. We recorded it pretty much live,” he said.
“This CD is a little less poppy and more organic sounding. We allowed the songs to breathe more,” he observed, adding the Lethbridge  show was the third of a  23 date cross-Canadian tour in support of the CD.
— Richard Amery, L. A. Beat Editor

July 7 is another week of tough choices

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Another week, another week of tough choices.
Beginning tonight, (July 7) Dave Renter is hosting a jazz jam at the Slice. It is the first of several open mics happening this week. Henotic has an open mic on Wednesday and the Lethbridge Folk Club has their twice monthly open mic on Friday beginning at 8 p.m.
 Then, on Wednesday, there are several choice shows starting with Carrie Rodriguez at the Geomatic Attic at 8 p.m.
 And for some bagpipe powered punk rock, the Mudmen are also at the Slice July 8. They put on an energetic and ear bleeding show full of fun and alcohol.
Thursday  there is something for everyone beginning with my number one choice — Canadian troubadour Fred Eaglesmith and his band play the Slice on July 9.  He plays the best train songs  like “49 Tones” I Like Trains” and i Wish i was A Freight Train,” plus countless others about the ordinary, working class disenfranchised blue collar worker.
If R and B and pop are more your thing, Karl Wolf, who remade  Toto’s ’80s hit “Africa” is at the Blarney Stone with Cash Flow, Kay  and Aace.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 July 2009 20:14 ) Read more...

Day of the Wolf dawns in Lethbridge

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Karl Wolf
 Karl Wolf’s overnight success, thanks to his smash hit reworking of Toto’s ’80s smash “Africa” only took nine years. So life has changed for the Montreal based R and B singer/songwriter and producer who visits the Blarney Stone, July 8 (Wednesday) with rappers Cash Flow, Kay and Aace.
“I guess the biggest change in my life is getting recognized in Canada. I have a career in Japan, Europe, the Czech Republic, but Canada is a little bit slow to jump on the bandwagon. Now people recognize me on the streets,” said Wolf, putting the finishing touches on the video for the new single “Carrera” off his sophomore CD, “ Bite the Bullet.” He has almost completed his third CD which is expected to be released in December.
“It’s difficult to imagine that. When it takes  you this long, you appreciate it more,” he continued adding nobody sets out on a career path planning to fail, so the success does not come entirely unexpected.
Last Updated ( Monday, 06 July 2009 17:53 ) Read more...
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