Let’s talk about Beard Club

Let’s talk about Beard Club

As Rocktober spurts into Movember, it’s the perfect time to explore the effect of beards upon the musicians who sing through them. Do beards shape an artist’s music or is it the other way around? Itchy question. Nobody talks about this sort of thing without getting their ‘staches in a knot, muttering about all those [...]

[RERUN]: Young Drunk Punk returns to origins

[RERUN]: Young Drunk Punk returns to origins

Long before Bruce McCulloch became a comedy star, he lived the title of his solo show. He literally was a Young Drunk Punk – in Edmonton. Before it gets turned into a TV series set to premiere in 2015 on CityTV, the show returns live to the Arden Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 2. The Kids [...]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Gary Numan still in driver’s seat

MUSIC PREVIEW: Gary Numan still in driver’s seat

“It’s the only way to live: In cars” – talk about a song for the times! It’s an anthem for automobile culture, or something. Gary Numan’s global hit Cars made such an impact that many people say the song was single-songedly responsible for the 1980s and all the new wave goodness that followed therein, even [...]

Joey lied: DOA is back!

Joey lied: DOA is back!

Joey “S***head” Keithley said that DOA would never play again – but here they are headlining a show at the Pawnshop in Edmonton on Wednesday night as part of the “unfarewell” world tour, with new music in the works for next year. So he lied – and doesn’t that make him the perfect politician? Having [...]

Barber of Seville: Where’s the wabbit?

Barber of Seville: Where’s the wabbit?

If Bugs Bunny could use Gioachino Rossini music without permission, then any opera company doing The Barber of Seville should be able to use Bugs Bunny to help sell tickets. Right? It’s only fair, to heck with public domain. Opening Saturday at the Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton Opera’s production of The Barber of Seville ought to [...]

One Direction comes to Edmonton in July

One Direction comes to Edmonton in July

Let the screaming commence: One Direction is coming to Edmonton next summer – for the first time ever! The fivesome of singing lads will include the Commonwealth Stadium – Tuesday, July 21, 2015 – on its On the Road Again world tour to support the new album, entitled Four. It’s the band’s fourth album. Tickets [...]

MUSIC PREVIEW: The B’s of Brainy Beats

MUSIC PREVIEW: The B’s of Brainy Beats

The reason there are so many weird rappers in Edmonton is because Edmonton has no rap scene! Just kidding. There are a number of gifted hip hop artists working in town, if not exactly making a living at it. The scene is so small and isolated that people elsewhere would laugh at the prospect we’re [...]

Wundi and the Track: It’s not the bar, it’s the booker

Wundi and the Track: It’s not the bar, it’s the booker

With the love Edmonton music people have for Wunderbar – officially known as Wunderbar Hofbrauhaus, or “Wundi” to regulars – it’s easy to compare it to the Sidetrack Café. If you’re old enough. Ah, good times. So sad. Old-timers rue the day the beloved ‘Track was bulldozed for condos. Others – Wundi regulars, for instance [...]

Mike MacDonald and the Burden of Truth

Mike MacDonald and the Burden of Truth

There are two kinds of comedians, says Mike MacDonald, “diagnosed and undiagnosed.” That’s in the routine the Ottawa comedian will be doing at the Edmonton Comedy Festival this weekend – part of the act he put together six months after undergoing a liver transplant because when he woke up he couldn’t remember a damned thing [...]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Once a college band, always a college band

MUSIC PREVIEW: Once a college band, always a college band

Sloan has to be one of the strangest yet most wonderful rock bands in Canada. From early campus success, “back in the day,” they’ve been compared to the Beatles for their sultry popcraft – epitomized by such masterpieces of heartbreak as The Other Man – and the fact there are four of them, each basically [...]

INTERVIEW: The Unstoppable Shawn Bernard

INTERVIEW: The Unstoppable Shawn Bernard

Shawn Bernard survived losing both of his parents and his sister to drug overdoses. He survived poverty, living on streets, becoming a drug dealer, gang leader and drug addict himself. He survived jail. In an inspirational story he’s told to youngsters across Canada countless times since, he prevailed over all these trials to break the [...]

Better Alf an Oo than no Oo At All

Better Alf an Oo than no Oo At All

Area classic rock fans are rejoicing that The Who is coming to Edmonton as part of their 50th anniversary tour. Man, has it been that long? Sure has. So a year of anticipation won’t be much more compared to half a Century of rocking! Featuring originals Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend – the only originals [...]

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