MUSIC PREVIEW: Temple of the Starlite

MUSIC PREVIEW: Temple of the Starlite

The historic Starlite Room – originally constructed as a “citadel” for the Salvation Army before becoming the headquarters for the Citadel Theatre in 1965, and then a TV studio where the late Chuck Chandler hosted Disco Daze – first started running live music in 1978. It was later a popular underground club called the Bronx, […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: No cheese in this Romano

MUSIC PREVIEW: No cheese in this Romano

Daniel Romano is back again this weekend, after a solo show just a couple of weeks ago. This time it’s with his side project Ancient Shapes, which has grown into a life of its own with an experimental mixture of power pop and punk exploring vast crevices of the sounds inside and between those genres, […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Corb Lund meets Ian Tyson

MUSIC PREVIEW: Corb Lund meets Ian Tyson

Saturday night two Alberta heroes take over the Jubilee Auditorium for a show of epic proportions. Corb Lund is of course an Albertan legend, with more nominations and awards than most other artists have hits. One Juno, an insane ELEVEN CCMAs, and a whole lot of others that are too numerous to mention. And all […]

7 Top Edmonton Bands of 2017

7 Top Edmonton Bands of 2017

The biggest news in the city’s music scene this year may well have been the fall of the Needle Vinyl Tavern. Whether it returns or not is still unclear, but one thing is clear: the reasons for its demise are shocking, and will likely have an impact on the scene for many years to come […]

New Year’s Eve Music Preview

New Year’s Eve Music Preview

From cover bands to original bands – and is there anything else? – the city’s favourite local venues have a little something for everyone this New Year’s Eve. Of greatest interest to Edmonton music fans might just be a couple of bands that have started gigging again after a bit of a hiatus. Calgary’s Chixdiggit […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Time to give

MUSIC PREVIEW: Time to give

This weekend features a pair of fundraisers fitting the Christmas season – both for good but very different causes. On Friday night, it’s “X-MUZ Part 1” at Brixx in the Starlite Room – a fundraiser supporting the Aviary group, which is nearing the very last stages to get their Norwood-area venue up and running. The […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Rural Alberta Advantage shows deep roots

MUSIC PREVIEW: Rural Alberta Advantage shows deep roots

The Rural Alberta Advantage is in town for a couple of sold out shows at Union Hall, including tonight. The band name was coined by frontman Nils Edenloff’s brother discussing heading back to the family farm in Donalda, where Nils also spent part of his childhood. A number of the band’s songs relate to Alberta […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Diggin’ Skydiggers

MUSIC PREVIEW: Diggin’ Skydiggers

The acclaimed Skydiggers are in town on Saturday night, playing the featured weekend slot at the Needle Vinyl Tavern. The concert will showcase the band’s newest release, October’s Warmth Of the Sun, a 12-track romp basking in the band’s epitomal folk-rock sound. Of course, many fans will instead look to their classic tracks from the […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: The Glorious Sons on upward path

MUSIC PREVIEW: The Glorious Sons on upward path

Hailing from Kingston, Ontario – hometown of the late Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip – The Glorious Sons have had five singles hit the top 10 on the Canadian rock charts since they were founded in 2011, including Lightning, The Contender, and Kill the Lights. And three of those came off their glorious debut […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Deep Waters runs still

MUSIC PREVIEW: Deep Waters runs still

One could easily, and most happily, write pages and pages about the career of Roger Waters, never mind his personal challenges and triumphs – but here is what you really need to know: He’s taking no prisoners on his edgy new tour US + Them, which lands at Rogers Place next Tuesday and Wednesday. Donald […]

MUSIC: 7 acts you MUST SEE at UP+DT

MUSIC: 7 acts you MUST SEE at UP+DT

The city’s final music festival of the year is also one of its best, despite it not getting near as much attention as some of the others. Up + Downtown is back again with a vengeance and fury like no other, and is one of those festivals that no matter how much you think you […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Peak Coldplay

MUSIC PREVIEW: Peak Coldplay

This weekend features a lot of awesome talent playing our local music venues, but let’s face it, most music fans are holding their breath and waiting in anticipation for the arrival of Coldplay next week for a pair of shows – Tuesday and Wednesday at Rogers Place. Ever since their start in the mid-1990s, the […]

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