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Union Barbershop helps Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp with music

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In between checking out cool cars at the Street Wheeler’s show and shine in  Galt Gardens, I caught a few bands from  Union Salon Barbershop’s annual Back Alley Bash for the Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp, playing nestled in their downtown parking lot, Sunday, July 15.

quint Viskup of MTBC play  the union Barbershops fundraiser for Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp. Photo by Richard Amery
 The Warriorettes, fronted by Fox Mandy of Fox Eyes, who were playing more melodic, piano based pop and rock  music allowing Mandy to show off her voice.

 I hung out for a few songs from local alternative rock band MTBC who are starting to play more lately.

They played ’90s era alternative rock with a heavy Pixies influence.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 July 2018 13:44 )

Decadent Phase play the hits of the ’60s and ’70s

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Local jam rock the Decadent Phase have been going through their grandparents record collections.

They played an entertaining and laid back set of late ’60s and early ’70s rock and roll at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, July 14.

The Decadant Phase playing  a whole lot of classic rock. photo by Richard Amery
 I caught them on a set break, so most of their audience was smoking with them. After they finished their smokes, the band, who looked like they stepped right out of the ’70s except their drummer who sported a toga and laurel wreath, opened their second set with a creditable version of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll.”

They also played a cool version of Jefferson Airplane‘s “Somebody to Love,” and showed some tasteful guitar chops on Jimi Hendrix’s “Hey Joe.”

 I was impressed with their version of the Who’s “Squeeze Box,” as frontman James Swinney joked about the sexual innuendos of the song.
 They also played some hot Beatles covers — “Get back” and “ Helter Skelter.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 July 2018 13:24 )

Johnson Crook play best show nobody saw at Slice

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An excellent candidate for  best show nobody saw this year would definitely be Toronto country rock band Johnson Crook’s July 13 show at the Slice, which they played en route to a show at the Calgary Stampede Coca Cola Stage on the weekend. Johnson Crook entertaining at the Slice, July 13. photo by Richard Amery

I haven’t been this impressed with a new band for a long time.
 I arrived early in the middle of a rollicking set of up tempo, hook filled country rock music.
 They displayed super tight musicianship with superb multi-part vocal harmonies, which sounded like a mix of the Eagles and High Valley with a touch of Washboard Union and just a little Blue Rodeo.

An early highlight was “Mr. Nobody,” from their new CD “The Album” to which Tom Cochrane lends his voice to for the recording.

They played pretty much all of “The Album,” including the catchy new single “Mining for Freedom.” They saved a slice of home “Minnedosa,” ( the home of guitarist Nathan Crook and drummer  Trevor Crook) for near the end of the set.

They slowed things down for a moment for a “sappy love song” but picked up the tempo right quickly for  “Old School Rock and Roll,” which included a verse of Bob Seger’s classic “Old Time Rock and Roll” in the middle of the song.

They kept the energy up with the blues rock of “Canada To Heartbreak.”

— By Richard Amery, L.a. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 July 2018 13:02 )

Tara Warburton sings heartfelt songs

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 Tara Warburton gave both a review of her Lethbridge Girls Rock performance as well as a preview of her South Country Fair appearance, July 13 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.Tara Warburton opening for makiisma at the owl Acoustic Lounge, July 13. photo by Richard Amery

 She sang a short, sweet set of plaintive, heartfelt original folk music opening for Megan Brown’s band Makiisma.

 Warburton told stories and cracked a few tender jokes in between singing highly personal songs including  “Want to Keep you Wild” and “Never Going to Find Me.”

She played tender folk and soul music while singing in a sultry jazz tinged voice.

 She ended with “Raise Up Your Spirits,” her song which won this year’s South Country Fair Songwriting Competition and which she performed at the Fair on Saturday night, July 22.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 July 2018 12:55 )

Citizen Rage bring punk and brotherhood for Dead Rats

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A Citizen Rage show is always an event, not to mention a contrast as the Calgary hardcore punk/ metal band’s music is straight ahead ear bleeding aggression along the lines of Black Flag, coupled with exhortations from frenetic frontmaCitizen Rage played a wild show at Smokehouse, July 13. photo by Richard Ameryn Mark Russell to the audience to build a community and hug each other in between mosh pits.

I missed opening acts Sessions, The Hockey Moms and Extrados.

So I was glad to catch their night ending set of local metal and punk bands at the Smokehouse, July 13, organized by Dead Rats Promotions.

They were tight, tight tight and loud ,loud, loud. Most of the 50 people in attendance were moshing in front of the stage.

Russell leaped among them and got them to shout along with some of their better known songs like “Struggle” and even a couple of new ones from their “Pink” Ep including the  exceptional “Silent Army.”with which they ended their set though they were called back for an encore.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 July 2018 12:50 )
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