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Crazy punk with the Browns

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In the GCBC Lounge it was punk night with several  bands playing, but downstairs was a night for contemporary rock beginning with a new trio, Milk Tea. They were playing some interesting ambient/ delay filled original   rock of the ilk of U2 with just a dash of punk.The Browns played a chaotic set. Photo By Richard Amery
Upstairs the Moby Dicks kicked everything off with their own brand of high volume, Ramones flavoured unusual punk which , of course, included their ode to the Red Dog diner.
I missed the Dregs, but caught the Spastic Panthers who played a lightning fast , eardrum assaulting set of old school punk which featured some impressive bass playing.
 The Browns showed how it was done, they donned  ski masks and played blisteringly fast, as they knocked off an almost  too brief set which erupted into complete chaos. Bassist  Kimbo Brown clad in a white suit and ski mask writhed among the bouncing crowd and jumped on a table, tossed his bass in the air with reckless abandon.
They played “Werewolves of Calgary,” which is in the new Tony Hawk video and had the audience singing/ shouting along with much of the set, though they also introduced a couple new songs.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 November 2009 13:54 )

Chris Carmichael brings back the blues

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 Nov. 21 was blues night at the Slice where Winnipeg’s Chris Carmichael along with Scotty Hills and Smokestack Jacks brought the blues to approximately 60 people.Chris Carmichael Photo by Richard Amery
 Smokestack Jacks  did it duo  style with a typically uptempo and energetic set of  slide powered original garage blues.
After that, Chris Carmichael backed by a crack trio had the crowd dancing pretty much from beginning of his set of tasteful electric blues, which  had elements of rockabilly as well as his former band , the Perpetrators.
He also  took on vocals for a couple of numbers.
—by Richard Amery L.A. Beat

Eyes of Isis and Lock n Load keeping the metal alive

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There are good things happening for the Lethbridge’s music scene in the local high schools as a Nov. 21 all ages gig at the Moose Hall will attestLock N’ Load. Photo by Richard Amery
Local hard rock  band Eyes of Isis, who brought a few of their friends on stage to share the bill with them for their CD release party.
I arrived in the midst of sizzling and super tight first gig for  hot new metal band, Lock N’ Load. They were equal parts Metallica, Judas Priest, Zakk Wylde  with a dash of Nashville Pussy and they had the crowd, consisting of almost as many parents as youth, screaming for more.
 They played for an hour and were called back for an encore of Judas Priest‘s “Hellbent For Leather” and Pantera’s “Cowboys From Hell.”Eyes of Isis Photo By Richard Amery
A unique punk band called Gender Bender were next. The singer in a  red sequined jacket and a backwards hat exclaimed “What a Treat!” in between pretty much each demented song.
Eyes of Isis closed off on a smoke filled stage as lasers and flashing light beams shot through the hall which helped set the classic rock vibe they successfully set. They were tight , rehearsed, and lead singer Jordan Davidson beamed ear to ear throughout their set which included lots of big hooks, riffs and catchy songs. It even included a  lower tempo  ballad type song which had the audience flaring up lighters.

— By Richard Amery L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 November 2009 13:32 )

Discover grant money for making music this week

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There are a lot of cool things this week as always, but for local musicians, circle Nov. 30 on your calendars for  an industry info session with representatives The Alberta Music Industry Association. They will be providing information about grant opportunities for musicians through numerous organizations including Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR), Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA), Canada Council, the Alberta Cultural Industries Association (ACIA) as well as X92.9 Exposure Travel Grants. Maestro Fresh Wes PHOTO ©YOUGOTTALOVE.COM
Participants will learn about the best grant or loan  to meet their needs.
 Admission is $5 or free for AMIA Members. Applying for grants requires  an AMIA membership.
 The event takes place in the GCBC Lounge from 7-10 p.m.
Industry Info Sessions are presented by the Alberta Music Industry Association who foster the excellence, diversity and vitality of Alberta artists and those involved in the Alberta music industry. Providing professional development opportunities, educational support, mentoring and training opportunities and advocate the values and interests of Alberta artists in the community.
There are several big concerts this week including  Three Days Grace, the Used and Default at the Enmax Centre (see interview in Music Beat) as well as a farewell  performance by Canadian folk icons Tanglefoot at the Wolf’s Den (also in Music Beat).

40 Sons conquer the west

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Hamilton rock band 40 Sons are starting to make a name for themselves. They won  the national Bodog Music  Battle out of 7,000 bands  a few years ago, have toured across southern Ontario and Eastern Canada and have released two EPs and even had an opening slot in Ozzfest in 2006.
 They are  getting their feet wet in western Canada on their latest tour, which brings them back to Lethbridge for the second time in six months, this time at the Slice on Wednesday, Nov. 25.40 Sons Photo by Paul Turgeon
“We played at Henotic last time, it was kind of a last minute gig our agent got us. We ended up going to the Slice after because they had an open mic, so we brought out our guitars and played a few songs,” said bassist Graeme  Hawkins adding  repeat visits to the same venues are already starting to pay off.
“We‘re starting to see some of the same people and they’re telling their friends and bringing them,” he said adding winning the Bodog competition has also helped increase their profile.
In between touring over the past seven months, they have been working on their first full length, nine song CD with producer Dale Penner in Winnipeg.
“He’s worked with people like Nickelback. It was interesting being in a studio atmosphere. It was amazing. He’s very hands on. He’s very good at what he does. He definitely knows his stuff,” Hawkins said adding the CD is in the mixing and mastering stages  and should be ready  in time for the band’s next tour, Jan. 22.
Their Nov. 25 show will include three sets, the first of covers from the likes of  the Beatles and Led Zeppelin, the second will be all original and the third will be more covers.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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