REVIEW: alt-j weirdest band in the universe

REVIEW: alt-j weirdest band in the universe

If there is such a thing as being the exact opposite of “radio friendly,” the band alt-j would win the prize. Thank God! Radio is getting too friendly as it is. This trio of British nerds have decided to take the rock ‘n’ roll rule book, throw it out the window and reinvent the art […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: alt-j a Delta Force

MUSIC PREVIEW: alt-j a Delta Force

Just curious: What happens when you actually press “alt-j” on a computer keyboard? Hmm, nothing. Or wait. What’s this: ∆ … is the actual name of the band. It’s Delta, the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet, and it refers to the discriminant of a polynomial equation, among other things. Does that help? Right. So […]

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 […]

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: Canada Day with Sarah

MUSIC PREVIEW: Canada Day with Sarah

As far back as high school, Sarah McLachlan’s yearbook predicted she was destined to become a rock star – and that’s exactly how her life played out. Her pair of albums from the 1990’s, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy and Surfacing, remain as powerful as ever, spawning such Canrock hits as Good Enough, Building A Mystery, Sweet […]

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 […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Tool time!

MUSIC PREVIEW: Tool time!

Tool is a good example of a band that doesn’t particularly care if people like them or not, yet they stick to their guns so hard it’s impossible to turn away. Therein lies the secret of art. Do it for love. Or hate, or whatever. Just make it a STRONG emotion. Please don’t bore us. […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Chilis for the books

MUSIC PREVIEW: Chilis for the books

Books could be written about the adventures of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. And they have. The band has published at least three themselves. Adding to their legacy of 11 studio albums, 13 No. 1 hits, six Grammy awards and 80 million records sold back when people still bought lots of records. Fans still buy […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Good Qawwali!

MUSIC PREVIEW: Good Qawwali!

If you’re looking for something completely different this weekend, or you’re totally into Bollywood movies and their music, then this weekend holds a treat for you. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, a Pakistani musician primarily of the Qawwali genre, will play a show at the Jubilee Auditorium on Sunday night. Following in the footsteps of his […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Downtown Mr. Browne

MUSIC PREVIEW: Downtown Mr. Browne

Jackson Browne has turned his early success into an epic career now spanning six decades and 14 studio albums. The most recent of those, 2014’s Standing In the Breach, still, after all these years, found its way to No. 15 on the US chart. Playing Monday night at the Winspear Centre, Browne originally came to […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Tea Party still getting oolong

MUSIC PREVIEW: Tea Party still getting oolong

While the Tea Party’s heyday was definitely in the 1990s, with such hits on alternative radio as The River, Temptation, Psychopomp, Heaven Coming Down, and The Messenger, the band broke up in 2005 and went their separate ways – but then finally reunited in 2011, much to the delight of their fans. That reunion met […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Women have the power

MUSIC PREVIEW: Women have the power

We definitely need more than one day to celebrate International Women’s Day – seeing as it’s surrounded by the 364 Days of Men. How about a week, better yet, a month? Make it six months, or hell, the whole damned year. Women deserve no less for what they’ve done. Meanwhile, the unofficial spillover from the […]

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