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: The Glorious Sons on upward path

MUSIC PREVIEW: The Glorious Sons on upward path

Hailing from Kingston, Ontario – hometown of the late Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip – The Glorious Sons have had five singles hit the top 10 on the Canadian rock charts since they were founded in 2011, including Lightning, The Contender, and Kill the Lights. And three of those came off their glorious debut […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Depeche Mode the best mode

MUSIC PREVIEW: Depeche Mode the best mode

Someone recently posted on social media: “You wanna go to Depeche Mode?” “Depends what year it is,” went the response. “Is it 1989? Am I in college? Am I high on ecstasy? Was ecstasy even invented in 1989?” Or words to that effect. See, now this is the sort of shade a cult favourite like […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Deep Waters runs still

MUSIC PREVIEW: Deep Waters runs still

One could easily, and most happily, write pages and pages about the career of Roger Waters, never mind his personal challenges and triumphs – but here is what you really need to know: He’s taking no prisoners on his edgy new tour US + Them, which lands at Rogers Place next Tuesday and Wednesday. Donald […]

MUSIC: 7 acts you MUST SEE at UP+DT

MUSIC: 7 acts you MUST SEE at UP+DT

The city’s final music festival of the year is also one of its best, despite it not getting near as much attention as some of the others. Up + Downtown is back again with a vengeance and fury like no other, and is one of those festivals that no matter how much you think you […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Peak Coldplay

MUSIC PREVIEW: Peak Coldplay

This weekend features a lot of awesome talent playing our local music venues, but let’s face it, most music fans are holding their breath and waiting in anticipation for the arrival of Coldplay next week for a pair of shows – Tuesday and Wednesday at Rogers Place. Ever since their start in the mid-1990s, the […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Kaleido scope astounding

MUSIC PREVIEW: Kaleido scope astounding

What the Fringe is for theatre, the Kaleido Family Arts Festival is for the Edmonton music scene. For there’s a blithering bonanza of live music descending on the Alberta Avenue community this weekend. A not-so-quick count reveals more than 180 different gigs in almost every genre in 14 different venues, indoors and out, alleyways, patios, […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Best of the folk fest

MUSIC PREVIEW: Best of the folk fest

The dominant event across most genres this weekend of course is the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, a veritable staple of the city’s music scene since 1980. In fact, there’s usually a dearth in gigs over the weekend because most venues don’t want to schedule anything against this juggernaut, certainly the largest music festival in the […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Hit the road, Jack

MUSIC PREVIEW: Hit the road, Jack

Congratulations, you have survived the summer up to now – to reach “peak festival” in Alberta. On this weekend it is impossible to go to any public park, farmer’s field or even your own backyard without there being some kind of festival happening. Getting out of Edmonton will only bring you to more festivals – […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: A different kind of ’90s love

MUSIC PREVIEW: A different kind of ’90s love

Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows were at the very pinnacle of the music scene in the 1990s, and the latter were particularly popular in Canada, with three songs reaching the top 3 during that time – Mr. Jones, A Long December, and Hanginaround. Round Here was another popular anthem that received significant airplay during that […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Seven to rule them all

MUSIC PREVIEW: Seven to rule them all

Every festival has its own “feel.” Now see if you can tell what the acts at the Seven Music Festival Saturday in St. Albert have in common: The Strumbellas, The Rural Alberta Advantage, The Provincial Archive, Paul Woida, The Elwins, Sykamore, Frazey Ford, and The Royal Foundry. Yes, they’re all white, but that sort of […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Ruth B hits the A list

MUSIC PREVIEW: Ruth B hits the A list

That’s quite the little song Ruth B came up with – by herself, in her bedroom in Edmonton, on her cheap Yahama electric piano. You may have heard her ode to Peter Pan on the radio: Lost Boy. Professional producers left the song mostly untouched from the her original homemade YouTube video she posted in […]

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