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GreenWing spread their wings one more time before winter

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Saskatoon alternative rock band GreenWing are taking wing one more time to play Lethbridge before they take  the winter off to record the follow up to their 2022  debut album “ Late Bloomer.”


GreenWing return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 6. Photo by Richard Amery

 The band, including frontman/ guitarist Matt Stinn, bassist Travis Williams and, guitarist  Anthony Allegretto and drummer Kolt Kimbley who replaced Zakk  Streilloff who moved to  Toronto in December, draw inspiration from a variety of bands including the Foo Fighters, Pixies and especially Pup. They were last in Lethbridge in March and are excited to return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge  on Friday, Oct. 6.


“We like to say we write punk music for people who have  to pay mortgages,” said  Stinn, recovering from a  early morning drive back to Saskatoon from Regina where they were playing a packed diner.


“ I find listening to a lot of bands I grew up. It sounds like lyrics were meant for 16 year olds. I want to write songs I wouldn’t be ashamed to sing in my 30s,” he said.

The band formed during the pandemic and has been going non-stop since things opened up.

 “Since everything opened up, we’ve been going non-stop. We wanted to say yes to everything,” he said, noting as long as the opportunities work for the band.

 They have since opened for a variety of acts  including  Daniel Romano, the Dirty Nil,  Reignwolf, Mom Jeans and even Three Day Grace in December.

“that was amazing. We got a call about an hour before the show because someone who knew someone who knew us  told them to call us a call and tell us to get our shit down here. One of the opening bands got sick. And we were the first  to respond,” he related.


Though they are more or less  taking some time to work on the new album, they have a couple  high profile  gigs including  One Bad Son, whose bassist Ryan Kuly, helped them make their  new video for their song “Dead Friends.”

Last Updated ( Saturday, 30 September 2023 15:54 ) Read more...

Arts Days Cabaret features Peace Not bombs and Decadent Phase

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 The Allied Arts Council opened Arts Days outside casa with the Arts Days Cabaret, on a drizzly Friday night, Sept. 22.

The Decadent Phase playing the Arts Days Cabaret, Sept. 22. Photo by Richard Amery


 A decent   crows huddled beneath the new sails outside casa and chatted amiably amongst themselves in between showers. 

 Local rock band Peace For Bombs  channelled a touch of the ’80s with keyboard powered rock and roll and alternative rock.


 They were just winding up their set of upbeat catchy original music with plenty of vocal harmonies and keyboard hooks.


 If Peace For Bombs referenced the ’80s, The Decadent Phase were all about bringing back the laid back vibe of the early ’70s.

 The rain started to fall as people looked for dry seats under casa’s new courtyard sails.


Peace for Bombs playing the Arts Days Cabaret, Sept. 22. Photo by Richard Amery

The Decadent Phase always play a laid back , groovy show with plenty of  freewheeling hippie spirit, jamming and mellow vocals  along the lines of James Taylor from frontman James Swinney. James Swinney (vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica), Tyler Eresman (lead guitar), Keilan Hakstol (percussion), and Keely Evanoff (bass, harmonies) played their usual solid set of laid back late ’60s and early ’70s folk rock.


New keyboardist Josh sang a couple songs  as I took cover in casa from the rain.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 September 2023 15:01 )

The Duke celebrate the equinox with live music

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The Duke celebrated “the Equinox” on the weekend with a whole lot of live music.


Luke James Bruce celebrating the Equinox at the Duke, Sept. 22. Photo by Richard Amery

 I only caught Luke James Bruce’s second set on Friday, Sept. 22  but couldn’t stay for Yarboro.


  I also didn’t make it to Mahoney on Saturday night.


 Bruce played an array of contemporary alt country of the like of Zach Bryan and modern mainstream county.


 But he also threw in some Tragically Hip.


An “older song” “Whiskey Glass” was a highlight.


Bruce hosts Honkers Pub’s open mic on Friday, Sept. 29.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 September 2023 14:52 )

Fawns return to play alternatives rock for burlesque show

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 Fawns  were winding up  a night of burlesque and rock an roll at the Slice, Saturday,  Sept. 23 with some ’90s and 2000s rock.


I arrived in the middle of a spirited version os Our Lady Peace’s “Starseed.”


Mercedes Fawns playing the Slice, Sept. 23. Photo by R

Lead singer Mercedes Fawns, sporting a mohawk was an energetic force of nature on stage, showing an impressive set of pipes as Richard Charlton lit up on lead guitar.


There were a lot more keyboards featured in their set than usual.


They also played a solid version of Spacehog’s ’90s hit “In the Meantime.”


 A bluesy, soulful “ I Want to make It With You” included a few bars of the Rolling Stones’ “ Miss You.”


 They wound up their set with their original song  from a few year ago “ Unsafe.”


 I missed Alec Arms set as well as the burlesque. 

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 September 2023 14:26 )

Self Cut Bangs cut a swath of power pop

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The Owl Acoustic Lounge rocked with female powered Calgary garage rock supergroup Self Cut Bangs, Saturday Sept. 23. The band members have been part of the Calgary punk and alternative scene for years, playing in popular bands like Night Committee, Dark Time, Hot Little Rocket and Napalmpom. 


 The spirit of Napalmpom was strong in Self Cut Bangs which formed during the pandemic by Napalmpom’s Shawn Petsche and Cayley O’Neill . They recorded their CD at home during the pandemic.


Self cut bangs lead singer Cayley O’ Neill at the owl Acoustic lounge. Photo by Richard Amery

 They played plenty of too catchy for their own good riffs reminiscent of bands like the Strawberries and Cheap Trick with a bit of the Breeders and a smattering of Pixies.


 Bassist Nicola Cavanagh from the Cardiograms and Night Committee, apparently playing her first gig with the band added haunting harmony vocals and grooved along on bass like she’d always been there.


Pregnant lead singer Cayley O’ Neill strutted the stage like a boss, singing catchy lyrics that were alternately playful and haunting for one of their last shows before new babies and double albums come to light.


 I missed A Trozzo Electric’s opening set and Facecut’s closing set.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 September 2023 14:20 )
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