USS makes Edmonton happiest city on Earth

USS makes Edmonton happiest city on Earth

If you didn’t know any better, you might think USS was from Edmonton. The mutual love affair between this city and the Toronto duo officially named “Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker” has existed since at least 2008 when they first started playing here. USS got huge airplay on Sonic radio, which also launched the radio career of […]

REVIEW: Heavenly Blue Rodeo

REVIEW: Heavenly Blue Rodeo

Having Blue Rodeo in Edmonton for a pair of January shows is a tradition. After playing a two-nighter at the Jubilee Auditorium in January 2016, the six-piece country rock band is back for another two nighter at the Jubilee Auditorium in January 2017 – and Thursday was another packed house. This is unsurprising in a […]

Mother Mother gets intimate in Edmonton

Mother Mother gets intimate in Edmonton

Big band, small club – now this is the way to experience live music. If you’re lucky enough. Like some 300 Sonic 102.9 radio listeners who won a chance to see Mother Mother at the Needle Vinyl Tavern Saturday night. The band will probably be playing to about 10 times that number at the (cavernous, […]

REVIEW: July Talk, he said, she said

REVIEW: July Talk, he said, she said

It’s clear the public prefers to hear both sides of the story when it comes to using music to talk about relationships. Just see how well the co-ed dual lead vocalist approach has worked for so many artists. They call this the “Beauty and the Beast Effect” – an especially apt description of July Talk, […]

A Tribe Called Red: We are the human beings

A Tribe Called Red: We are the human beings

Chances are this was the first time First Nations pow-wow dancing was seen at the Union Hall – a room for sloppy rock shows and big drunken blowouts, much better suited to its previous name, The Thunderdome, literally like in the Mad Max movie. There’s a first for everything. A Tribe Called Red was in […]

NOFX a madhouse in Edmonton

NOFX a madhouse in Edmonton

Fat Mike is an unlikely catalyst for the furious blast of disturbing male energy that greeted NOFX at the Union Hall Monday night. He’s so laid back – but he seems to be holding a lot of anger inside. Turning 50 in January, Mike Burkett is a big hairy tattooed guy with a disheveled Mohawk […]

Color My Boogie Wonderland

Color My Boogie Wonderland

Hey, if all you guys take a solo, we’re going to be here all night! The crowd at Rogers Place wouldn’t have minded a bit on Saturday night. They’d come for a marathon mash-up of two of the greatest bands from the Easy Listening Era: Chicago and Earth Wind and Fire. At last count, for […]

Stiff Little Fingers fires up old punks in Edmonton

Stiff Little Fingers fires up old punks in Edmonton

The day the Stiff Little Fingers 2016 Canadian tour was announced on social media was an incredibly happy day for thousands of Canadian punks, old and young. The notion of the Belfast band playing anywhere in Canada other than Vancouver, Toronto or Montreal never came up. It was just silently assumed it would never happen. […]

Turandot is one messed up love story

Turandot is one messed up love story

Puccini’s Turandot is a maddening, brilliant mess that goes against every shred of decency, logic and common sense – but that’s opera for you. It was a crazy old story seen at Edmonton Opera’s spectacular season opener Saturday night: A strong-willed princess whose best friend was murdered by a man takes revenge against an entire […]

Cartoon concert review: Kanye loves Kanye

Cartoon concert review: Kanye loves Kanye

Performing weeks after Drake conquered Rogers Place, Kanye West showed Edmonton the opposite side of Drake’s win-‘em-over-approach. This was the Kanye show and it was all about Kanye. There were no opening acts or tacky TV commercials greeting the audience arriving into the bowels of Rogers Place. Instead, dry ice drifted along the floor and […]

Kenny Rogers knows when to fold ‘em

Kenny Rogers knows when to fold ‘em

He can hardly walk, he can’t stand up for very long, his voice is a raspy shadow of its former self – but Kenny Rogers is making the most of what he’s got left, one last time. What a trouper. There should be something poetic said here about saluting the lion in his final victory […]

Tegan and Sara show their pop side

Tegan and Sara show their pop side

It’s been both inspiring and weird to witness the evolution of Tegan and Sara from folk-singing Calgary twins to the hippest Canadian indie darlings around to the electro-synth dance-pop group they are now. Weirder still is that they’re getting more radio airplay than ever – yet the draw doesn’t equal the high rotation. Barely 2,000 […]

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