K-os theory: Was Jesus a woman?

K-os theory: Was Jesus a woman?

Do you believe in God? “That’s your first question?” responds the unwitting interview subject – in this case the rapper K-os, aka Kevin Brereton, who’s probably the only hip hop headliner at the Sonic Boom alternative rock festival at Borden Park this Saturday and Sunday. This wasn’t just a random dumb question. K-os’s new album […]

RADIO: Dirty Deeds done expensive

RADIO: Dirty Deeds done expensive

In the Bear radio station’s “Dirty Deeds” contest to win tickets to the sold-out AC/DC show at Commonwealth Stadium on Sept. 20, the first challenge was to call your wife and tell her your dog died … and another radio stunt goes over the line. Asked to explain themselves, the cast of The Paul Brown […]

Why do mosh pits spin counterclockwise?

Why do mosh pits spin counterclockwise?

It’s time again to bring hard science to bear on another pressing issue – to find out why “circle pits” at rock ‘n’ roll shows spin counter-clockwise. The rotational mosh phenomenon has been confirmed by a number of reliable sources – and no, pits don’t spin clockwise in the Southern hemisphere, like typhoons. The Coriolis Force […]

HOW RUDE! Tales of Fringe audiences

HOW RUDE! Tales of Fringe audiences

There are 203 plays at the 2015 Edmonton International Fringe Festival this year – many times more than the number of productions throughout the entire rest of the regular season, and with that comes many more patrons who never see any other kind of theatre but the Fringe, once a year. Sometimes in an inebriated […]

Styx with Dennis DeYoung steps up to headline Rockfest

Styx with Dennis DeYoung steps up to headline Rockfest

OK, Edmonton Rock Music Festival fans: the show must go on – no matter who’s playing and who’s in what band. Behold the stamina of classic rock. The version of Styx featuring original singer Dennis DeYoung will perform the Saturday closing slot in place of Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, who had to cancel due […]

CONCERTS: Hey Rosetta! and Andrew W.K. to hit Edmonton

CONCERTS: Hey Rosetta! and Andrew W.K. to hit Edmonton

How did the folk fest miss booking Hey Rosetta!? This Newfoundland group has all the right assets: Sorta rootsy, sorta rock ‘n’ roll, a large, multi-instrumental band with a Peter Gabriel-ish lead singer, political activist aspirations and a predilection for worldbeat-pop-folk fusions – and they even have some minor hits. Not too big (yet), not […]

Folk fest fans back NDP: Captain Obvious Poll

Folk fest fans back NDP: Captain Obvious Poll

One of the fun things about having 20,000 apparently like-minded folk fenced in at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival is the opportunity to practice some anthropology. So many people gathered in such a seemingly narrow cultural niche – folk music – where politics tends to lean left, have made Gallagher Park an oasis of green […]

Golden West Festival experiment a success

Golden West Festival experiment a success

Just when the Golden West Music Festival has become a viable “thing,” yet another music festival, but one to get away from all the other music festivals, organizers are pulling the plug. The third and last annual event happens July 31-Aug. 2 near the hamlet of Ardmore, Alberta, on a farm owned by Kevin Bowman, […]

Slipknot to impact Edmonton in October

Slipknot to impact Edmonton in October

Slipknot, the metal band so heavy they have to wear masks to protect themselves – that’s why they do it, right? – will be returning to rock the Big Building in Edmonton. The Des Moines band pulls into Rexall Place on Sunday, Oct. 18, with guests Suicidal Tendencies, and the new hardcore kids on the […]

Sinead O’Connor cancels folk fest gig

Sinead O’Connor cancels folk fest gig

There’s some bad news for fans of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival – Sinead O’Connor has cancelled her scheduled appearance on Friday, Aug. 7. Citing health concerns, the controversial Irish singer has in fact cancelled all her summer tour dates. She is said to be suffering from exhaustion from an unresolved medical condition. No other […]

Is Landmark Events another pay to play scam?

Is Landmark Events another pay to play scam?

It turns out that Landmark Events is not the Spawn of Satan and Stephen Harper rolled into one. This is a LEGITIMATE business making money off the sweat of young musicians. It happens all the time. They’ll be holding another battle of the bands … sorry, “showcase festival” in late August at the Starlite Room. […]

SNFU: And everyone wanted to play

SNFU: And everyone wanted to play

We now have to call SNFU “The Band That Would Not Die.” So put your devil horns up, or extend your middle fingers in the universal punk rock language of “live long and prosper,” and let us salute these aging heroes of hardcore. Their stamina and persistence is inspiring – especially lead singer Chi Pig, […]

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