MUSIC PREVIEW: Attack on Sonic Titan

MUSIC PREVIEW: Attack on Sonic Titan

The Starlite Room’s Temple venue plays host to one of the nation’s most compelling musical projects on Thursday night. Yamantaka // Sonic Titan is an experimental-progressive music and art collective originating in Montreal. They started getting a lot of attention in 2012 with a number of festival appearances and their debut full-length titled YT//ST, which […]

REVIEW: Ministry shoots easy targets

REVIEW: Ministry shoots easy targets

Al Jourgensen is “tired of it” – a sentiment emphasized on the song of the same name taken from AmeriKKKant, the latest album by Ministry, the industrial band he’s led on and off since 1981. But you never would have known it when the seven-piece leftist congregation entertained a rabid following of some 900 strong, […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Geoff Berner stays on message

MUSIC PREVIEW: Geoff Berner stays on message

Rachel Notley is on the record for being a “huge” fan of Geoff Berner. “I love his sense of humour, his angles on issues, he’s very cutting, he’s very witty,” the Premier of Alberta told GigCity in 2016. And Geoff Berner – the klezmer-loving accordion-squeezing political folksinger from B.C. – is on the record for […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: The Heat is on!

MUSIC PREVIEW: The Heat is on!

There was a seminal moment in the annals of rock ‘n’ roll, in some garage somewhere, where rockabilly musicians decided to play punk rock – or maybe it was the other way around. There may have been a fist fight. Hey, what if I used this upright bass to play Black Flag songs? How dare […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Frequency off the dial

MUSIC PREVIEW: Frequency off the dial

Can a DJ be a rock star when all they apparently do is push the “play” button, and then dance around waving their arms and looking fabulous, while thousands of equally fabulous fans dance their brains out for nine straight hours? It is the age-old argument. Headlining Boodang’s annual Frequency rave at the Shaw Conference […]

K.Flay rocks hip hop and headbangers in Edmonton

K.Flay rocks hip hop and headbangers in Edmonton

The music of K.Flay can make you dance – but her lyrics can break your heart. Her music is almost enough to make you forget that the Union Hall is one of Edmonton’s least favourite concert spots – where she performed a sold-out show on Tuesday night. The pit is fun enough, but if you’re […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: K.Flay cuts deep

MUSIC PREVIEW: K.Flay cuts deep

Kristine Flaherty isn’t the only artist to reference self-harming in a song. From Alessia Cara’s Scars to Your Beautiful to Linkin Park’s Breaking the Habit, to Johnny Cash singing about hurting himself with Nine Inch Nails, it’s a thing. Blood in the Cut is just the latest self-harming hit to strike a nerve. Playing the […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Big Boi kicks off concert season

MUSIC PREVIEW: Big Boi kicks off concert season

Does this count as a blast from the past? Coming to town this weekend is one of the members of a group that made such a joyous splash in 2003 with a song called Hey Ya – the happiest, go-ahead-and-say “funnest” song of the year. From OutKast, the rapper Big Boi performs the Union Hall […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Time to give

MUSIC PREVIEW: Time to give

This weekend features a pair of fundraisers fitting the Christmas season – both for good but very different causes. On Friday night, it’s “X-MUZ Part 1” at Brixx in the Starlite Room – a fundraiser supporting the Aviary group, which is nearing the very last stages to get their Norwood-area venue up and running. The […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Rural Alberta Advantage shows deep roots

MUSIC PREVIEW: Rural Alberta Advantage shows deep roots

The Rural Alberta Advantage is in town for a couple of sold out shows at Union Hall, including tonight. The band name was coined by frontman Nils Edenloff’s brother discussing heading back to the family farm in Donalda, where Nils also spent part of his childhood. A number of the band’s songs relate to Alberta […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Dallas Smith not wasting time

MUSIC PREVIEW: Dallas Smith not wasting time

Musicians who make the leap from mainstream rock to mainstream country have only served to illustrate how similar these two genres of music can be in the right (or wrong) hands. That “leap” feels more like a hop across a dried-up creek-bed these days. Dallas Smith has been a country guy since 2011, a steady […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Say Yes to Yes

MUSIC PREVIEW: Say Yes to Yes

Eight members of the progressive rock band Yes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame earlier this year, in what some would argue was the apogee of their historic musical career. Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the British prog-rock band – yes, 50th – and they’re already planning an […]

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