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, […]

End of the Earth, by Chad Huculak

End of the Earth, by Chad Huculak

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 […]

End of the Earth, by Chad Huculak

End of the Earth, by Chad Huculak

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 […]

End of the Earth, by Chad Huculak

End of the Earth, by Chad Huculak

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 […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Grapes of Wrath returns

MUSIC PREVIEW: Grapes of Wrath returns

It is time, once again, to celebrate the return of yet another 1990s Canadian rock band. They mostly come back 20-something years later, mostly. This time it’s storied Vancouver rock act Grapes Of Wrath, playing Edmonton Thursday night. Their release High Road in 2013 was the first in 22 years featuring the band’s original members […]

End of the Earth, by Chad Huculak

End of the Earth, by Chad Huculak

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