MUSIC PREVIEW: Big Band Valentine

MUSIC PREVIEW: Big Band Valentine

For the record, so to speak, Carol Welsman came out before Diana Krall – singing more or less the same sort of material with similar smoky style, both Canadian, both went to the famed Berklee College of Music, both jazz singers who both accompany themselves with decent chops on piano, both since moved to Los […]

SHOWS: James Taylor, LOG, bizarre Beyonce booking

SHOWS: James Taylor, LOG, bizarre Beyonce booking

Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show has apparently sparked some discussion about race relations in America – and good for her – but there was nothing “outrageous” about it. What’s outrageous is that she has been booked to perform at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium on Friday, May 20 – an ambitious move given her history in this […]

REVIEW: Corb Lund shows soul of Alberta

REVIEW: Corb Lund shows soul of Alberta

This whole country boy vs. city boy thing that Corb Lund has going – it doesn’t matter anymore. The fusion is complete. What a joyous homecoming it was at the sold out Jubilee Auditorium Saturday night, an olde-country hoedown hootenanny celebration of the Prodigal Son Returned, his only “crime” having secretly moved to Calgary recently. […]

Why are there so many phone songs?

Why are there so many phone songs?

At this moment in time, somewhere on or about the day of Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, it is possible to hear three different songs called Hello on top-40 radio. Four if you count Lionel Richie’s Hello on the oldies stations. There’s Hello by Dragonette, who “just came to say hello, hello, hello, hello,” as opposed […]

Eagles of Death Metal coming to Edmonton

Eagles of Death Metal coming to Edmonton

Traumatized but undaunted, the Eagles of Death Metal are coming to Edmonton for the first time since the November 2015 Paris terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of 89 concert-goers at their show, as well as the band’s merchandise man Nick Alexander. The band led by Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and his […]

Black Sabbath postponed, get well soon, Ozzy!

Black Sabbath postponed, get well soon, Ozzy!

California native Ozzy Osbourne obviously has trouble with the messed up alien climate of Alberta – because “extreme sinusitis” has forced the heavy metal legend to postpone tonight’s Black Sabbath concert in Edmonton, and also the Feb. 1 show in Calgary. The announcement came just hours before the band was to take the stage at […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Black Sabbath forever

MUSIC PREVIEW: Black Sabbath forever

When an artist dies, all the art they’ve ever done instantly becomes all the art they’ll ever do – so it becomes much more valuable. What was said to be true with an individual works with a rock band – the main difference being its members will still be alive after their own wake! Besides, […]

NEWS FLASH: Nerd culture now pop culture

NEWS FLASH: Nerd culture now pop culture

It’s not surprising that a local nerd has taken it upon himself to catalogue the myriad of nerdy things in town – comic stores, gaming clubs, fantasy fiction, anime, cosplay, you name it. Some nerd was bound to do it. And it’s no shock that the Edmonton Nerd List has taken off so quickly – […]

Brian Jonestown Massacre to psych out Edmonton

Brian Jonestown Massacre to psych out Edmonton

Far out, trippy, groovy – only the old terms will do to describe the Brian Jonestown Massacre, which has put Edmonton on the itinerary for a quick spring tour, much to to the delight of area musicos. The San Francisco band plays the Starlite Room on Friday, May 20. Tickets are $27.50 and go on […]

Media death circus reveals ourselves

Media death circus reveals ourselves

Every time there’s a Big Death, people start to obsess over death. Don’t worry. It’s perfectly natural. You may have noticed more celebrity obituaries than usual lately, in the wake of the deaths of Glenn Frey, David Bowie, Lemmy, Natalie Cole, etc. It’s been a sad few weeks for big deaths, to be sure, and […]

Striker skewers status quo

Striker skewers status quo

In the verdantly-bearded acoustic guitar-strumming Edmonton indie music scene, Striker sticks out like a sore thumb. “I sure hope so!” says guitarist Tim Brown. “We’re trying to do own thing,” he explains, “and the big thing about that is just love. We love what we’re doing, and so it’s authentic. I think people are starting […]

Sting, Peter Gabriel play Rock Paper Scissors in Edmonton

Sting, Peter Gabriel play Rock Paper Scissors in Edmonton

From a season of sadness over so many untimely deaths in the rock ‘n’ roll world comes some great news: Sting and Peter Gabriel are coming to Edmonton! On the 19-city “Rock Paper Scissors” tour, these two giants of British rock will share the stage at Rexall Place on Sunday, July 24. They’ll play their […]

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