MUSIC PREVIEW: Band together for Fort McMurray

MUSIC PREVIEW: Band together for Fort McMurray

Given the swift and overwhelming support from all Albertans in the wake of the terrible fire ravaging Fort McMurray, it’s likely a lot of musicians at this weekend’s gigs will be helping, too. Not by picking up shovels, but by doing what they do: To spread the word to their fans about the No. 1 […]

10 Edmonton Bands Pushing the Envelope

10 Edmonton Bands Pushing the Envelope

The Top-10 list is a little different this year. Rather than extolling the virtues of the best albums, we’re tackling a list of a different sort – the who’s who of the Edmonton scene that’s pushing the limits of normal, tackling the experimental and laying down glorious chaos for the rest of us to follow. […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Marystown wants it both ways

MUSIC PREVIEW: Marystown wants it both ways

With the steel howling like a lonely train, a rough ‘n’ ready four-four wheel drive, a rasp of whiskey and smoke and sturdy like blue jeans on Ford trucks comes another worthy contender in the Edmonton indie folk country rock world: Marystown, playing Saturday night at the Pawnshop. One should look carefully at bands labelled […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Gary Numan still in driver’s seat

MUSIC PREVIEW: Gary Numan still in driver’s seat

“It’s the only way to live: In cars” – talk about a song for the times! It’s an anthem for automobile culture, or something. Gary Numan’s global hit Cars made such an impact that many people say the song was single-songedly responsible for the 1980s and all the new wave goodness that followed therein, even […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Primus to get trippy

MUSIC PREVIEW: Primus to get trippy

It turns out you didn’t actually have to decide whether to see Mumford and Sons or “xx” on Wednesday night – you could’ve gone to both shows, what with the Rexall curfew and a late set time for xx. Though maybe your bank account would’ve said differently. This weekend there’s a few shows worthy of […]

WEEKEND MUSIC PREVIEW: Rock legends descend on Edmonton

While the calendar continues to be dominated by the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, never let it be said that this city doesn’t honor musical legends, as three bands that saw the peak of their careers in the 1980s and 1990s perform around town this weekend – The Cult, Refused, and the Headpins. The Edmonton Blues […]

WEEKEND MUSIC PREVIEW: St. Patrick’s Day a good excuse to drink

Let’s think of other cultures whose stereotypes we can hang a day on like we do as an excuse to get drunk with the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Better yet, let’s not. No sense letting political correctness get in the way of a good excuse to get drunk. Besides, as prominent local Irish person […]