Metal culture exploded at Shredmonton

Metal culture exploded at Shredmonton

There are a lot of funny things about heavy metal culture – and it’s not clear if metalheads are in on the joke. For instance: BAND NAMES: Dying Fetus is one of the shockingly named bands playing the inaugural Shredmonton, a heavy metal conference and showcase happening May 6-8. Also on the list are bands […]

Eagles of Death Metal: The Rock Must Go On

Eagles of Death Metal: The Rock Must Go On

At the Eagles of Death Metal concert in Edmonton Thursday night, frontman Jesse Hughes didn’t say much about the Paris terrorist attacks that killed 90 of the band’s fans in November of 2015. Their merchandise man Nick Alexander was among the victims. “It’s been a weird couple of months – and we needed you tonight!” […]

Rihanna shines bright like a diamond

Rihanna shines bright like a diamond

Funny how Rihanna didn’t talk about playing Edmonton on 4/20 – seeing how it’s no secret she’s into weed. Maybe because in such a tightly-scripted Cirque du Diva spectacular there’s no room for empty patter about ridiculous redundant weed holidays. Maybe for some people, every day is 4/20. Who cares? Can’t we be mature about […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Cheap Trick class act

MUSIC PREVIEW: Cheap Trick class act

For all the complaining from members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they still get to stick “Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” to their names – and that’s no cheap boast. Speaking of which, Cheap Trick – member of the Rock […]

Fuzz Kings rock Dad Punk

Fuzz Kings rock Dad Punk

What happens to punk rockers when they reproduce? We get more punks, maybe. There are a number of other answers to be found right here in Edmonton. Some punk-parents add hyphens to their names, become singer-songwriters, country-folk musicians. Many look forward to the day they can take their kids to see the bands they once […]

Insane Clown Posse invading Edmonton

Insane Clown Posse invading Edmonton

To name them is to know them: Insane Clown Posse – and they are coming. Beware. Clowns are scary, gangsta rappers are scary – how can you possibly go wrong? This infamous duo of grease-painted Detroit rappers will perform at the Union Hall on Saturday, July 9. Tickets are $37.50 and are on sale as […]

Iron Maiden blows mighty wind in Edmonton

Iron Maiden blows mighty wind in Edmonton

Aside from sports, there is no better place for male bonding than a heavy metal concert – and there is no band with a bigger testosterone cult following than Iron Maiden. Why this is so remains a mystery. Perhaps it has something to do with nerd culture. Maiden is basically a horror comic set to […]

Twenty One Pilots a stress relief in Edmonton

Twenty One Pilots a stress relief in Edmonton

The huge impact Twenty One Pilots has made on young people was proven beyond a shadow of a doubt in Edmonton on Thursday night. These guys are the new real deal. It behooves old people to pay attention. A full house of teenagers and 20-somethings at the Jubilee Auditorium know this music by heart and […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Iron Maiden fantasy

MUSIC PREVIEW: Iron Maiden fantasy

What is it with British metal bands and their sinister fantasies? Demons, dragons, wizards, watery tarts distributing swords as a system of government, dead albatrosses hung around the necks of doomed sailors foolish enough to have shot the wrong bird – it’s not like the British people don’t have enough real violent history that they […]

Family business: The Raven Age opens for Iron Maiden

Family business: The Raven Age opens for Iron Maiden

Let’s get this straight off the top: The Raven Age would not be opening for Iron Maiden if guitarist George Harris weren’t the son of Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris. This is rock ‘n’ roll nepotism at its finest. The proper response is: Yeah, so what?! “Of course that’s how we got on the tour,” […]

INTERVIEW: Coleman Hell and his Monster hit

INTERVIEW: Coleman Hell and his Monster hit

It’s too early to say if Coleman Hell is a one-hit wonder. Then again, anyone who owns a wireless radio must’ve heard his hit 2 Heads about 1,000 times before they even knew who the hell Coleman Hell was. This is typical of the current climate of a music business that breeds one-hit wonders. We […]

Juno Awards celebrate star power

Juno Awards celebrate star power

If you were Rip Van Winkle and sealed in a time capsule for the last 20 years, you might find the Juno Awards a bit different than you remember. More star power. Jann Arden is still there – but she’s the host! A competent host she was, too, at the show from her hometown Calgary […]

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