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Miesha and the Spanks excited to play with HighKicks

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Calgary based guitar and drums Miesha and the Spanks and the Highkicks return to Lethbridge, June 1 to prove once again, that duos do it better — this time at the Top Hat.

 They will be joined by local duo Cope.

“This time I think we’re each doing a set, though at the end we might be on stage together,” said Miesha Louie, who always enjoys playing with the High Kicks aka the Dudes’ Dan Vacon on bass and drummer Matt Doherty.

Miesha Louis of Miesha and the Spanks. Photo by Richard Amery
“We play with them a lot. They’re our buddies,” said the lead singer/ guitarist of Miesha and the Spanks, noting  they last time they played together was in Golden, where they each did a set.

“I’m pumped to play with them again. It’s always fun to play with your friends,” she said.
 She plays as much as possible as does Sean Hamilton who joined the Spanks last year on drums.

“Our old drummer moved to Vancouver. But Miesha and the Spanks has pretty much always been my project, where I play with whoever is available,” she said, noting she and her other drummers have always played in multiple projects.

“Sean plays in a lot of other projects. We both play a lot. I love touring and Sean feels the same way,” she said adding Hamilton was filling in for other drummers and officially joined Miesha and the Spanks in November.

One project Louie is excited about is a long distance collaboration with Daniel Farrant, who currently plays drums fro iconic British pop punk band the Buzzcocks.

Edmonton rocks Lethbridge plus lots of fundraisers this weeks

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This is a great week for Edmonton rock bands and rock music in general, with a mountain full of great rock and roll happening throughout the week.Damage Incorporated play  Metallica this week. Photo by Richard Amery
But the week opens up with laughter as the Owl Acoustic Lounge hosts their monthly stand up comedy open mic, May 25.

It’s good thing you can take a breather on Thursday night, because music lovers will need to make some tough choices both Friday and Saturday night.
Edmonton psychedelic jam rock band  Royal Tusk wind up their cross Canadian tour at Studio, May 27 with Vancouver born punk/ noise rock band Fake Shark and local alternative rock band the Supervoid. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $15.

 If you love Metallica, thrash metal and banging your head, you won’t want to miss local high powered Metallica tribute Damage Incorporated who play Coyote Joes with Sidestepping the Sun, May 27. Tickets are five dollars in advance, $10 at the door. The show begins at 8:30 p.m.

For something a little more laid back,  Calgary based rockabilly/ old school rock and roll band  Hi Strung  Downers visit the Owl Acoustic Lounge the same night. In a similar vein, the next night, May 28, Ginger St. James returns to Lethbridge to play the Owl Acoustic Lounge in support of her new CD “One For the Money.”

But if you just want to get in the mood for South Country Fair,  and maybe play a few songs, stop by the Slice, May 27 where  you can learn about this year’s stellar line up at  the line up launch and open mic which begins at 8 p.m. It takes the place of their usual South Country Fair songwriting competition this year.


Royal Tusk will rock Lethbridge this weekend

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Edmonton rock band Royal Tusk hope their first full length CD “Dealbreaker” will break them into the mainstream, so they have been touring hard  on it.
“We’re doing like 30 shows in 33 days, so it’s a long tour. We had a day off on Sunday, but we had to do a 14 hour drive from P.E.I to Southern Ontario and we had to drive through snow in New Brunswick,” related bassist  Sandy MacKinnon.Royal Tusk make their Lethbridge debut, May 27. Photo by Heather Rankin
The last stop on the tour is in Lethbridge, May 27 at Studio with Vancouver‘s Fake Shark and local rock band the Supervoid.

“It’s the last show on the tour, so we’ll be playing tighter than we ever have before. If we haven’t learned to play together by then, we‘re in trouble,” MacKinnon chuckled.

“ Even though home will still be six hours away, the Lethbridge show will be like a homecoming for us,” MacKinnon continued, adding they have never played Lethbridge as Royal Tusk.

 The CD, which was released May 6, has already spawned  two successful singles, “Fever“ and the most recent single “Curse the Weather.”

Royal Tusk includes frontman and guitarist Daniel Carriere and MacKinnon (bass), from JUNO-nominated Edmonton band, Ten Second Epic, along with Quinn Cyrankiewicz (guitar), Calen Stuckel (drums) and Mike James (keyboard/guitars).

 MacKinnon noted their debut EP “ Mountain” highlighted the band’s pop side, but the new CD  showcases not only their  heavier, guitar riff driven side, but they psychedelic jammy side as well.


Ginger. St. James spreads her wings on new CD

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Hamilton, Ontario based rockabilly musician Ginger St. James is excited to be back in Western Canada touring extensively in support of her new CD “One For The Money.”

Ginger St. james returns to Lethbridge this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery
 It is a slight departure from her rockabilly roots.
“It’s been really well received. It’s even starting to chart which is nice,” enthused St. James on the road to a gig at the RumRunner in Coleman.
 Her three piece band including drummer Andre Tellier and lead guitarist Snowheel Slim will be playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, May 28 and the Twin Butte Store on May 27.

“ Our bass player had an emergency and couldn’t come, but the three of us are the core of the band,” she said.

 She is enjoying being out west again and the response to the CD.
“People like ‘Hair of the Blackdog’ which is great because it was inspired by the last time we were out here. It’s a more rock and roll song,” she said.

“It’s definitely not the same as ‘Diesel and Peas’. On this one we wanted to switch things up a little,” she said.

“But it’s still true to ourselves. Whatever we play, the band will make it a cohesive sound no matter what we do, she said, adding she delves more into old country music as well as old rock and roll and blues on this CD.
While people like ‘Hair Off the Blackdog,” “ You were Mine,” is also getting positive response.


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