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The Eclipse play appealing dream pop and indie rock

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The Slice featured a big ambient rock show, Saturday, Dec. 1 for a sparse audience. While I missed local alternative rock band MTBC and Toronto‘s “Ace of Wands,” I was just in time for Edmonton indie rock, dream pop band The Eclipse.

 The Eclipse playing the Slice, Dec. 1. photo by Richard Amery
Lead singer/guitarist Brandi Bailey lead the band through a solid set of jangly, ambient indie rock music. There were plenty of pretty guitar playing and keyboards backed by a solid groove.

Bailey reminded me of fellow Edmontonian Colleen Brown and her band was reminiscent of Brown’s band Major Love mixed with Jesse and the Dandelions.

Their set went by rather quickly.

They ended by teasing the crowd with a few bars of the Beatles and an Alvvays cover to end their set.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:24 )

Paul Kype and Jerry Adolphe explore their influences on new Texas Flood CD

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Local bluesman Paul Kype looks back on his influences for his new CD  “Blues For Rosie,” but it was more an excuse for him to record with his good friend Jerry Adolphe, who is best known as the drummer for Canadian classic rock icons Chilliwack.Paul Kype playing with Zojo Black at the Kerala flood fundraiser, Nov. 23 at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery

“Rosie is my old guitar’s name which hasn’t left the house for 15 years, which I bought in 1992,” Kype said.

“So I just wanted to write some songs with it. But it really was an excuse to  work with Jerry Adolphe. He plays in my band in Vancouver. He’s been a really good friend for a long time. So we started thinking about the music that influenced us like blues music but also classic rock music like Lynyrd Skynyrd,” he said, adding he got Rosie, his beloved Stratocaster in 1992.

“It’s one of the first Stevie Ray Vaughan signature model, number 1002. And I formed Texas Flood in 1993 soon after that,” he said, adding he met Adolphe around the same time through the Yale Hotel jam in Vancouver.
“I introduced myself to him and he said to contact him if I had a project in mind to work with him on so we started a Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute band, (Texas Flood). Though we stopped doing that in 1998,” he said.

“Whenever I go to the coast, I play with him.”
 They recorded the CD over the winters of 2017 and 2018.

 Kype played bass and guitar on the CD while Adolphe added drums. It also features overdubbed keyboards from TJ Waltho and Michael Ayotte.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:14 ) Read more...

Letterkenny laughs and lots more this week

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There are a couple  of fun shows happening this week including a cornucopia of Christmas concerts.Peter and the Wolves play the Windy CIty Opry plus KCS Pub this week. photo by Richard Amery
Wednesday night, Dec. 12 features a whole lot of rockabilly for the second anniversary of the Windy City Opry featuring a couple of Calgary’s best rockabilly bands. Both Eve Hell and the Razors and Peter and the Wolves return to Lethbridge for the show at the Slice, which begins at 8 p.m. sharp. There is a $10 cover charge.

Get ready to laugh on Friday, Dec. 14  and have a few “Puppers” with Letterkenny Live.
K Trevor  “Squirrelly Dan” Wilson and the coach Mark Forward will be performing stand up sets before joining Letterkenny creator Jared “Wayne” Kesso and Nathan “Daryl” Dales to perform some beloved bits from the cult favourite Crave TV series and introduce some new bits. The laughs begins at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $35, $49.50 or $75.

And then there are the Christmas shows. The Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance society presents their beloved Christmas fundraiser of Shakespeare meets Dickens at Casa,Friday, Dec. 14 from 7-10 p.m. There will be a reader’s theatre performance of  A Christmas carol, Christmas carols and food from Shakespearian and Victorian times.
Tickets cost $20.

Local surf rock band Mosrite Holiday are doing double holiday duty on Friday, Dec. 14. First they will be opening a live feature of A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. Keyboardist TJ Waltho with be performing the soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas with drummer Brad Brouwer and bassist Paul Holden as the show is shown in the background.

 Right after their set, Mosrite Holiday rush over to the Slice for CKXU’s Holiday extravaganza. The University of Lethbridge based community radio station have a lot to celebrate this year. In addition to celebrating the Christmas season, their long awaited 2,900 watt transmitter went live this week, allowing people to listen to 88.3 from Claresholm to Fort Macleod to Taber. The new transmitter is the product of the previous three years’ Fundrive fundraising weeks and matching government grants and a lot of hard work on the part of CKXU’s volunteers and staff.
 Several local bands play the CKXU extravaganza along with Mosrite Holiday including local stoner rock band Rainbow Patrol, synth pop musician Tyler Vandendool and alternative rock trio MomBod. Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. The bands begin at 9 p.m.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 11 December 2018 10:18 ) Read more...

Lizzy Hoyt excited to perform with Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra

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It has been a while since Winnipeg fiddle virtuoso Lizzy Hoyt has performed her folk show in Lethbridge.Lizzy Hoyt returns to Lethbridge to play with Lethbridge Symphony this week. Photo by Richard Amery
She was last at the Wolf’s Den , performing a solo show, Jan. 16,2013.

“I was also there about a year and half ago performing with the Ventus  Women’s Choir,” said Hoyt, who is excited to perform with her long time Edmonton based band mates, upright bassist Keith Rempel and guitarist/mandolinist Chris Tabbert and the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra, for two shows, at 3 p.m.,Sunday Dec. 16 and Monday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

“That isn’t something I get to do very often,” Hoyt said, noting she has only performed with a symphony once before — in 2016 with the Symphony of the Kootenays.
“ I’m always excited to work with new musicians,” continued Hoyt, who was dabbling in opera a few years ago.

“I really excited  to be performing with all those extra sounds and textures,” she enthused. She will be  playing fiddle, guitar and Celtic harp and singing.
 Preparing for a show with band mates in another city takes a lot of preparation.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 11 December 2018 10:09 ) Read more...

Bocephus King adds local belly dancers to eclectic set of blues and trance

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It’s funny how the most recently occurring shows also seem to have been the most memorable.Pardip Athwal, Bocephus King and several local belly dancers perform together. Photo by Richard Amery
 While Seas’s impressive  alternative rock  and punk show was a good candidate for best alternative rock show of the year on Nov. 19, Bocephus King returned to the Slice, Nov. 28 for the weirdest and most hypnotic folk show.
 He always makes an impression. Apparently he was just here a year ago, but I missed him.

Belly dancer Maddy Young at the Slice, Nov. 28. Photo by Richard Amery
 I was glad to have caught him this time. Jamie Perry aka Bocephus King, his drummer and a female dancer who only made a brief appearance on stage were just finished setting up an array of guitars, sequencers, gadgets and an assortment of drums as I arrived around 10:30 p.m. They had rushed in for the show from the middle of B.C. and made it just in time for the show.

 As a bonus, he recruited four local belly dancers, Maddy Young. Shelby Zuback, Kayleigh Nielsen and Pardip Athwal to seductively shimmy, shake and sway in time to  his more entrancing, hypnotic, atmospheric, multi-layered trance style music. He uttered nonsense syllables for some of these stranger tracks, switching between an acoustic 12 string guitar and electric guitar plus percussion and a hand drum as the mood struck him, while adjusting buttons on machines. On the other side of the stage, his drummer kept time so carefully that it almost sounded pre-recorded.

They left plenty of room for the belly dancers to weavBocephus King at the Slice, Nov. 28. Photo by Richard Amerye their way from the dance floor and onto centre stage.

  They were a nice touch they performed symbiotically with the music, which King changed as needed.

 I wasn’t a huge fan of the more ambient material, but he performed it well. The highlights of the show for me, were his more roots and blues material from his CD “ Willie Dixon, God Damn” including the title track and “Cowboy Neal.”

He played a couple new songs  including “You The most,” which reminded me of The Violent Femmes’“Blister in the Sun.”
He ended his set around 1 a.m. with a more reggae influenced jam but was called back for an encore, which was one of his more uptempo bluesy numbers.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 December 2018 11:22 )
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