(RERUN) NAME GAME: The 2nd coming of Big Wreck

(RERUN) NAME GAME: The 2nd coming of Big Wreck

Naming a band is like branding a cow. It screams and resists the process, but once the pain goes away, only the scar remains. The poor thing hardly notices its brand at all, which loses most of its original meaning beyond conferring identity and ownership. “It’s just the name of the band, man,” say band [...]

MORE CONCERTS: Mother Mother, Black Label Society

MORE CONCERTS: Mother Mother, Black Label Society

Run for your lives! And your credit cards! Concert announcements are falling like cabinet ministers’ reputations! Just another two more today, and that should be it for the week: First, the Canadian alt-rock band so awesome they named it twice: Mother Mother, at the Shaw Conference Centre on Thursday, Dec. 4. And then the perfect [...]

Sam Roberts Band at the Jube in November

Sam Roberts Band at the Jube in November

Sam Roberts is a slippery fellow. Just when we thought he was turning into another one of these heartland hit machines like Bryan Adams, he zigs and zags and dips and turns until we don’t know what to call him anymore. A soulman in rock clothes? Or a rock ‘n’ roller with depth and groove? [...]

Bryan Adams returns with the best years of his life

Bryan Adams returns with the best years of his life

If Bryan Adams got his first real six-string in the summer of 1969, he would’ve been nine years old at the time. “Me and some guys from school had a band and we tried real hard,” he sings. “Jimmy quit, Jody got married. I should’ve known we’d never get far.” These events must’ve happened at [...]

End of the Earth, by Chad Huculak

End of the Earth, by Chad Huculak

(RERUN): Soap-a-Thon to inspire imaginations

(RERUN): Soap-a-Thon to inspire imaginations

During an improv workshop held before last year’s Die-Nasty Soap-a-Thon, instructor Patti Stiles asked if there was anybody who had never improvised. I was the only one who raised my hand. Everyone else applauded! Way to make a newbie feel good, eh? All “guests” of the annual Soap-a-Thon – running this year from 7 pm [...]

Photog plants roots in Edmonton Musician Project

Photog plants roots in Edmonton Musician Project

It always seems surprising when an artist moves to Edmonton from somewhere else, survives a winter or two and still decides to stay. When music photographer Erin Walker moved here from Burlington, Ontario two years ago, her friends thought she was crazy. “My parents did, too,” she says. “Everyone thought I was crazy going to [...]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Eye on Edmonton

MUSIC PREVIEW: Eye on Edmonton

Early September typically brings about what could be described as the eye of the hurricane: A relative calm between the frenzy of the summer music festivals and the cavalcade of autumn tours by both Canadian and international acts. It gets busy. Coming soon will be Big Wreck at Encore on Sept. 19, Lyle Lovett and [...]

The Fronts radio friendly ‘by accident’

The Fronts radio friendly ‘by accident’

Saved from a lifetime of playing other people’s music, it’s a brave leap to the original for any professional musician. Professional merely means making a living at it, no day job. In most places on Earth, you can’t do that without playing in a cover band. Only the very elite of original artists get to [...]

End of the Galaxy, by Chad Huculak

End of the Galaxy, by Chad Huculak

MUSIC PREVIEW: Death by Robot a good way to go

MUSIC PREVIEW: Death by Robot a good way to go

This weekend has its usual share of album release parties, but one of the most anticipated of the year may be Death By Robot at the Pawn Shop on Friday. One of the bands to watch on the local music scene for the last year or so – and confirmed by their selection as last [...]

EMO-BRO: Dierks Bentley brings feelings to Edmonton

EMO-BRO: Dierks Bentley brings feelings to Edmonton

Seriously, there’s another bro-country bro coming to town?! Which one of these bros is which, anyway? And which one of these articles about bro-country is which, for that matter? Like their subjects, they’re all the same. But let us not be so hasty as we examine the evidence in the case of one Dierks Bentley, [...]

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