SONiC Boom 2015 to happen on real grass

SONiC Boom 2015 to happen on real grass

Overheard at Sonic Boom 2015 (from the future): Hey, man, what’s that wrinkly thing with the green stuff all over it? It’s a tree, dude! They’re all over the place! Cool, can we smoke it? Well, anyway, there’s good news on the Edmonton concert front: The SONiC Boom alternative rock festival has been moved from […]

Neil Young to Honour the Treaties in Edmonton

Neil Young to Honour the Treaties in Edmonton

There are few rock stars who have been as critical of the Alberta Oil Sands as Neil Young – and now he’s putting his music where is mouth is. So to speak. Part political event, part Neil Young concert, his “Honour the Treaties” show happens Friday, July 3 at Rexall Place, part of a cross-Canada […]

Stones back-up singer comes to Edmonton Jazz Festival

Stones back-up singer comes to Edmonton Jazz Festival

You may not have heard of Lisa Fischer – the latest headliner announced for the Edmonton International Jazz Festival June 19-28 at venues around town – but a lot of famous people sure have. At the Winspear Centre Monday, June 22 with Carribbean dubstep band Grand Baton, Fischer has sung back-up vocals for The Rolling […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Who is Machi? I Am Machi

MUSIC PREVIEW: Who is Machi? I Am Machi

There’s a good reason there are so many two-piece drum-and-guitar bands in the vein of the White Stripes. You make more money when you split the take two ways. But seriously: having only two musicians in a band means it can do more with less, and go wherever it wants to, whether it comes to […]

Motley Crue to come back one more time

Motley Crue to come back one more time

Omigod, Mötley Crüe is coming back to Edmonton – just months after promising to go away forever. Is there nothing these guys can’t get away with?! Technicality. The band has put Rexall Place on the map for Saturday, Dec. 12 in a slew of extra dates “due to overwhelming fan demand” for its Final Tour, […]

To the B’s: Brandt and Brody to hit Edmonton

To the B’s: Brandt and Brody to hit Edmonton

Area country fans are advised to prepare themselves for the coming of a double shot of pure Western Canadian music in the form of two of our biggest male stars: Paul Brandt and Dean Brody. The two will share a bill at Rexall Place on Wednesday, Sept. 30, with the female opening act to balance […]

Sister Gray: Tell me what I’m supposed to be

Sister Gray: Tell me what I’m supposed to be

Welcome to another music interview where promising new artists are told what famous bands they sound like, and then asked to respond. Edmonton’s own Sister Gray can be compared to Blondie or Joan Jett or the Bangles, almost any female rock band of yore, most especially Heart, because Sister Gray is fronted by two sisters, […]

McGowans rediscover True Spirit of 420

McGowans rediscover True Spirit of 420

420 has to be the most redundant, ridiculous holiday ever invented. Every hour of every day is 420 for its most chronic celebrants. Why bother? “I guess it’s kind of like how people have Christmas in their hearts all year round, but still celebrate on that one day,” says Mark McGowan of the McGowan Family […]

Pat Benatar to hit us with her best shot

Pat Benatar to hit us with her best shot

Long before Hit Me Baby One More Time came Pat Benatar to implore us to “hit me with your best shot” – metaphorically speaking, of course – announcing to all that the 1980s had arrived with a vengeance. Now it’s time to bring it all back! Like it ever left. Benatar is one of the […]

Mumford & Sons to rock out in Edmonton

Mumford & Sons to rock out in Edmonton

Not since Dylan turned on and plugged in has there been such a buzz about folk music – and now the poster child for the neo-folk music movement that’s sweeping the nation is returning to excite us a second time. With rock ‘n’ roll! Mumford & Sons plays Rexall Place on Tuesday, Aug. 11, touring […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Take me to (Eric) Church

MUSIC PREVIEW: Take me to (Eric) Church

It’s one thing to make jokes about why you may be a redneck. It’s another thing to live the life. Here’s one: You may be a redneck if you think Eric Church is the Pope of Rednecks. Don’t you doubt it! Returning to Rexall Place on Sunday, the North Carolinian superstar displays deep country roots […]

Beyond Bjork: Edmonton Iceland love affair EXPOSED

Beyond Bjork: Edmonton Iceland love affair EXPOSED

It’s high time we got to the bottom of this torrid love affair this city seems to be having with Iceland. For the love of Odin, why? Why go to a place even more frozen and isolated than Edmonton? It can’t just be volcanoes and Bjork. Observers credit Iceland’s recent massive tourism campaign, bouncing back […]

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