MUSIC PREVIEW: Diggin’ Skydiggers

MUSIC PREVIEW: Diggin’ Skydiggers

The acclaimed Skydiggers are in town on Saturday night, playing the featured weekend slot at the Needle Vinyl Tavern. The concert will showcase the band’s newest release, October’s Warmth Of the Sun, a 12-track romp basking in the band’s epitomal folk-rock sound. Of course, many fans will instead look to their classic tracks from the […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Jaunty Plume array

MUSIC PREVIEW: Jaunty Plume array

The Prodigal Son returns! After a long sojourn in Nashville, Mike Plume has moved back to Edmonton. He’s from Bonnyville, actually, but close enough for rock ‘n’ roll. At the Almanac Saturday night, the singer-songwriter has been keeping a fairly low profile since he and his family moved back last summer. Why? “Trump,” he explains. […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: January thaw

MUSIC PREVIEW: January thaw

We’re in the depths of what’s usually the coldest part of the year, which scares off all manner of touring musicians – though you wouldn’t know it, of course, and with temperatures on the weekend expected to soar well into the single digits, you might just be tempted to leave your jacket in the car […]

PLAYBILL: Christmas wholesomeness

PLAYBILL: Christmas wholesomeness

‘Twas the night before wombat and all through the snerse, not a weeful was starping, not even a cherse. The weppels were hung by the stabbage with hair, in the clam that snat eelix would carter the snare. And nox in her keppitch, and meal in my lap, was flopping and keeling like mice in […]

PLAYBILL: Burning Bluebeard: Too soon?

PLAYBILL: Burning Bluebeard: Too soon?

Why is OK to make light of the Titanic and not 9-11? What about a deadly fire in a crowded Chicago theatre that happened more than 120 years ago? Such questions are set aside for the new production of Burning Bluebeard, at The Roxy on Gateway Dec. 13-24. Jay Torrence’s 2011 play is based on […]

Cowboy pianist steps into the spotlight

Cowboy pianist steps into the spotlight

You know that saloon scene with the piano player in just about every Western movie ever made? Stewart MacDougall could be that piano player. He looks and sounds and has lived the part. It’s not often this dedicated local sideman gets a chance to headline in his own town, so it’s a special event he’s […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Country rockets launch Rogers Place

MUSIC PREVIEW: Country rockets launch Rogers Place

What we have here is a “perfect storm” of Big Gigs occurring on one weekend. Something’s gonna blow. Could Rogers Place have picked a better headliner for its opening concert on Friday night than Keith Urban? He’s a favourite in this market, and a hunka hunka burnin’ love to women the world over. Fun fact: […]

Loudon clear on daddy issues

Loudon clear on daddy issues

Loudon Wainwright III does not care to get into a discussion of his children’s songs about him. His son Rufus wrote one called Dinner at Eight that deals with the age-old struggle between fathers and sons. “So put up your fists and I’ll put up mine, no running away from the scene of the crime,” […]

REVIEW: 54-40 gets intimate

REVIEW: 54-40 gets intimate

I guess I picked the right (if differently spelled) Osbourne to go see on Saturday night – Neil Osborne, that is, from 54-40, leading his band in an acoustic show at Festival Place. Black Sabbath, meanwhile, was forced to cancel its Saturday show in Edmonton, and also Calgary Feb. 1, because Ozzy is suffering from […]

The Christmas Carol Project: The UNTOLD story

The Christmas Carol Project: The UNTOLD story

Spend 20 years with eight other musicians immersed in blithering holiday wholesomeness and you’d come up with some twisted ideas about Christmas, too. The Christmas Carol Project is an Edmonton tradition. Area fans flock every December to see this inventive and heartwarming take on the Charles Dickens classic, in which each character performs their own […]

CONCERTS: Rihanna, Trews, City and Colour

CONCERTS: Rihanna, Trews, City and Colour

The 2016 concert calendar is filling up fast – and we haven’t even got the new calendar for Christmas yet. Announced this week are shows by a female pop singer who likes to be bad to be good, a Nova Scotian rock band gone unplugged and a man named for a city and colour who’s […]

The strangE CASe of LeE HARVeY OsMOND

The strangE CASe of LeE HARVeY OsMOND

If you believe that there is no such thing as a random event and that every seemingly insignificant decision can have a profound impact on the very fabric of the universe – or at least the destiny of a rock musician – then consider the story of LeE HARVeY OsMOND in this latest episode of […]

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