MUSIC PREVIEW: Singing Christmas Tree a BIG deal

MUSIC PREVIEW: Singing Christmas Tree a BIG deal

So it’s a set of risers shaped like a gargantuan Christmas tree with people dressed like Christmas tree ornaments standing on it, singing Christmas carols, this “Singing Christmas Tree”? Short answer: Yes. Long answer: Oh, but so much more! A venerable and uniquely Edmonton holiday spectacle, as far as we know, the Singing Christmas Tree [...]

Eight Edmonton frets of 2014

Eight Edmonton frets of 2014

There’s just something about this time of year that makes you want to look back … and rant and rave about all the things that made you mad! Somewhere in Mudville are year-end listicles about good things that happened, best this, top that, and don’t forget that in adversity there is sometimes triumph (not always, [...]

Top 14 nostalgia shows of 2014

Top 14 nostalgia shows of 2014

Excluding Bro Country for Young Men – Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Dirk Gently – and Trix for Little Girls – P!nk, Gaga, Lady Perry – which will always be with us, an astounding trend emerges from the 2014 concert season: People sure love nostalgia. Stop whatever has replaced presses! Septuagenarians had a field day. [...]

Dependable Def Leppard returns in April

Dependable Def Leppard returns in April

Of all the classic rock comebacks happening lately, Def Leppard is notable for never having gone away. The dependable British pop-metal kings return to Edmonton as part of a 13-date tour across Canada this spring. They play Rexall Place on Thursday, April 23. Tickets start at $35 and go on sale Friday. The presale begins [...]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Mother Mother adds new wrinkle

MUSIC PREVIEW: Mother Mother adds new wrinkle

Our very special guest this week on Who Named the Band? is Mother Mother – whose “ominous yet benevolent” name was chosen by the band’s frontman and main songwriter Ryan Guldemond. At an open stage jam in hometown Vancouver in 2005 with his co-singers, sister Molly Guldemond and Jasmin Parkin, he’d been forced to come [...]

INTERVIEW: Tea Party returns with integrity

INTERVIEW: Tea Party returns with integrity

The Tea Party decided not to sell its Internet domain to the American political movement after all. The band members won’t say how much they were offered (and were reportedly considering), but rumour has it in the $1 million range. Two reasons: 1. They still need the website, because the Tea Party has reformed after [...]

The Wet Secrets’ Terrible Wonderful Day

The Wet Secrets’ Terrible Wonderful Day

A rolled van and no one hurt on the treacherous QEII, then a $100,953 payday as the winner of the Peak Performance Project in Calgary later on – it was quite an eventful Thursday for the Wet Secrets. “It was a wild whirlwind of a day. What could’ve been a real tragedy ended up being [...]

USS INTERVIEW: Skewering Human Kebab

USS INTERVIEW: Skewering Human Kebab

Based on a true story: After shouting at some kids to get off his lawn, an old man gets into his car one Friday night, turns on Sonic 102.9 FM radio and is pleasantly surprised to hear the familiar strains of Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2. But something is terribly, terribly [...]

OneRepublic to play Edmonton in April

OneRepublic to play Edmonton in April

“Everything that kills me makes me feel alive” – has a better ode to modern angst ever been limned? No, it has not. OneRepublic has cut a wide swath through the pop landscape with Counting Stars and other inspirational smash hit singles. Now fans get a chance to see how the Colorado group pulls it [...]

Mike McDonald shows character in new music

Mike McDonald shows character in new music

Anyone who still doubts the close connection between punk rock and folk music need only listen to Mike McDonald’s first solo album, Live at the Blue Chair Cafe. Just don’t call it “Jr. Gone Mild.” While suitable for fireside with acoustic guitar and vocals only, it’s a vivid, sometimes disturbing self-portrait of the famously ornery [...]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Rock and roll, deja vu

MUSIC PREVIEW: Rock and roll, deja vu

Fleetwood Mac, Motley Crue, now John Fogerty at Rexall Place this Sunday. Hello? Didn’t we just do this? A quick glance at the official record reveals that yes, we did just do this. Those who forget the name of the person who said that those who forget history are doomed to repeat history are … [...]

Foo Fighters bring Sonic Highways to Edmonton

Foo Fighters bring Sonic Highways to Edmonton

It has been said that the Foo Fighters are the ultimate cover band. They don’t cover songs. They don’t tribute specific bands. They cover entire decades! If this is a complaint (and it was, from the New York Times, no less), it’s a lame one because who wouldn’t want one’s formative decades brought to vivid [...]

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