REVIEW: Black Sabbath kicks ass in Edmonton

REVIEW: Black Sabbath kicks ass in Edmonton

Whether lapsed Catholics or apostate Protestants, fans of all religious persuasions gave roaring approval to the solid, reliable shift that Black Sabbath put in at the doom metal factory on Tuesday night. It wasn’t hard to see why 18,000 Edmonton fans flocked to see these metal legends get their hands dirty at Rexall Place. When [...]

End of the Earth, by Chad Huculak

End of the Earth, by Chad Huculak

 

God lives in the music of Black Sabbath!

God lives in the music of Black Sabbath!

The difference between eternal salvation and eternal damnation for Black Sabbath may come down to punctuation. The official title of the reunited band’s first new song since 1978 is God is Dead? – with the question mark – and yet in the recording Ozzy Osbourne sings the title of the song so many times that [...]

Burton Cummings at Rock Fest, reunions at Hot Plains

Burton Cummings at Rock Fest, reunions at Hot Plains

Festival announcements are piling up, as area citizens try to stuff as much fun and frivolity into the short Canadian summer as humanly possible. We must. First up, because it’s fresh, is the reveal of the line-up for the annual Edmonton Rock Music Festival. Burton Cummings is the biggest name of an all-Canadian classic rock [...]

End of the Earth, by Chad Huculak

End of the Earth, by Chad Huculak

(Originally published April 2013)  

Edmonton big winner at Edmonton Music Awards

Edmonton big winner at Edmonton Music Awards

It’s hard to know who the biggest winner was at the 2014 Edmonton Music Awards – the artists that collected the prizes or our “awesome” city itself. There was a lot of love in the room at the Royal Alberta Museum Theatre Sunday night – and most of it for Edmonton – for the fourth [...]

INTERVIEW: Il Divo no boy band!

INTERVIEW: Il Divo no boy band!

Il Divo does not know the meaning of the words “novelty act” – literally. There seems to be no comparable idiom in Western European languages for the concept of entertainment whose style outshines its apparent substance and seems to survive on irony. A three-quarters European group of four guys in Armani suits crooning “Memory” or [...]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Collective Soul now classic rock

MUSIC PREVIEW: Collective Soul now classic rock

Has enough time passed that we can nostalgic for Collective Soul? With four albums in the decade, each of them achieving platinum status both north and south of the border, and a consistent roster that lasted into the 2000’s, this band was the ubiquitous infrastructure that the 1990’s music scene was built around. Led by [...]

Johnny Rotten comes to Edmonton in Jesus Christ Superstar

Johnny Rotten comes to Edmonton in Jesus Christ Superstar

So you are the Christ, you’re the great Jesus Christ. Prove to me that you’re divine, change my water into wine … and God save the queen’s fascist regime! Is that how it goes? How’s this for a masterpiece of casting: Johnny Rotten, aka John Lydon, will be playing the role of King Herod in [...]

End of the Earth, by Chad Huculak

End of the Earth, by Chad Huculak

 

Classified keeps it real Canadian, really high

Classified keeps it real Canadian, really high

Like a lot of white rappers of a certain age, Classified, aka Luke Boyd, listened to Snoop and Dr. Dre when he was a kid. That stuff wasn’t easy to find in Enfield, Nova Scotia, where he came of age in the mid-1990s. Cassette tapes were treasured possessions. He and three other dudes comprised the [...]

You can’t take the metal out of the Maimann

You can’t take the metal out of the Maimann

Kevin Maimann is a folkie with a metalhead inside screaming to get out – or is it the other way around? There is little doubt that the 27-year-old Edmonton Sun music columnist is a metal fan. As a teenager he braided his hair like the dude from Korn. He says he doesn’t consider himself a [...]

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