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 […]

REVIEW: July Talk, he said, she said

REVIEW: July Talk, he said, she said

It’s clear the public prefers to hear both sides of the story when it comes to using music to talk about relationships. Just see how well the co-ed dual lead vocalist approach has worked for so many artists. They call this the “Beauty and the Beast Effect” – an especially apt description of July Talk, […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: July Talk all action

MUSIC PREVIEW: July Talk all action

After playing a surprise “secret” gig on Tuesday here in the city, July Talk heads down for a quick gig in Red Deer before circling back for a second SOLD OUT show, on Friday night at Union Hall. The Toronto-with-the-Edmonton-connection indie rockers released their debut self-titled album in 2012 to critical acclaim, and followed that […]

A Tribe Called Red: We are the human beings

A Tribe Called Red: We are the human beings

Chances are this was the first time First Nations pow-wow dancing was seen at the Union Hall – a room for sloppy rock shows and big drunken blowouts, much better suited to its previous name, The Thunderdome, literally like in the Mad Max movie. There’s a first for everything. A Tribe Called Red was in […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Make Something Different

MUSIC PREVIEW: Make Something Different

Since the death of Steve Steffler from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning on Sunday, it’s become clear how important he was to Edmonton’s music scene – and how much he’s going to be missed. He was always looking for something different. He took risks when booked bands at Bohemia, a funky little club on 97th Street […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: A MIXED BAG

MUSIC PREVIEW: A MIXED BAG

The weekend is a bit on the slow side in terms of big shows, but early next week, two critically acclaimed acts with extremely passionate followings land in Edmonton for a gig at the Winspear Centre, which is likely the best-sounding venue in the city and perfect for these two indie-folk acts. First up, on […]

NOFX a madhouse in Edmonton

NOFX a madhouse in Edmonton

Fat Mike is an unlikely catalyst for the furious blast of disturbing male energy that greeted NOFX at the Union Hall Monday night. He’s so laid back – but he seems to be holding a lot of anger inside. Turning 50 in January, Mike Burkett is a big hairy tattooed guy with a disheveled Mohawk […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Holy Hannah

MUSIC PREVIEW: Holy Hannah

As talented with her voice as she is on guitar and bass, Ontario-born Hannah Georgas has earned a solid and devoted fan base from coast to coast, an seen her share of critical acclaim, with nominations from both the Junos and Polaris panels. She plays the Myer Horowitz Theatre Saturday night. The indie songstress is […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Dixie Chicks stick to their guns

MUSIC PREVIEW: Dixie Chicks stick to their guns

Look on the bright side of a Donald Trump presidency – our music scene will get better because so many great American artists will move to Canada! Maybe we can welcome the Dixie Chicks, too – in Edmonton to play Rogers Place Thursday night. These Texas-bred country-bluegrass women Natalie Maines, Emily Robison and Martie Maguire […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Airbourne the new hell’s bellringer

MUSIC PREVIEW: Airbourne the new hell’s bellringer

With the aging AC/DC in flinders, it falls to the next generation to carry the torch of timeless balls-to-the-walls rock ‘n’ roll. The world needs this. Enter Sandman … whoops, wrong band. Enter Airbourne, the young and eager hard rock quartet that sounds an awful lot like AC/DC. Helps they’re from Australia. Playing at the […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: David Crosby lights up Winspear

MUSIC PREVIEW: David Crosby lights up Winspear

It’s one of those weekends on the live music scene that features a wide range of sounds, from folk to Americana, from hip hop to a lot of punk. The biggest name is definitely David Crosby, who plays the Winspear Centre on Monday night. Yes, that David Crosby. Well, really, there’s only one. Only ever […]

WEEKEND MUSIC: Big hand for Fitz

WEEKEND MUSIC: Big hand for Fitz

In the middle of festival season, a rare weekend without one finds Edmonton with a cadenced assortment of gigs both big and small. From Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas, and Volbeat, at Rexall Place, to a couple of gigs at the River Cree, to the smaller but equally vital smaller venues, there’s a little something […]

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