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Tubuloids getting weird on the road with new album

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Vancouver based skate punk/ surf punk band the Tubuloids are excited to be “getting weird” on the road this summer.The Tubuloids come to Lethbridge, July 29. Photo By Richard Amery
“We all get along really well, so it’s nothing but hilarity in the van. There’s lots of laughing and Simpsons quotes. So it is a lot of fun,”  said Tubuloids guitarist / vocalist Kevin Baxter, noting his favourite Simpsons’ season is  the 1996 season when Conan O’Brien was still writing for the show.
“Touring is like a vacation for us. We’d like to make it a paid vacation, then a job,” he said.
 They visit the Moose Hall, July 29.

They were supposed to be hitting the road in support of their new eight track EP, “It’s Getting Get Weird,” on the Beer City record label, but instead are just touring.
Though the new record isn’t officially out yet, it is already getting great response.

“ We mailed out copies to university and college radio stations and it debuted at number one the Earshot charts,” he said.
“It was supposed to be out on June 21 then  in September, now it won’t be out  until Oct. 14 because of a backup at the vinyl pressing plant,” said Baxter.
Lead guitarist Rob West, bassist Dave Dolan, and drummer Teddy Rennie complete the Tubuloids.


Pop Evil returning to Lethbridge with new music and new drummer

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 Detroit based rock band Pop Evil have a lot of reasons to feel “Up” in 2016.

Pop Evil returns to Lethbridge, July 28. Photo by Richard Amery
 Their fourth CD,  fittingly titled “Up” has spawned hit singles “Footsteps,” “In Disarray” and “Ways to Get High.” And in May they welcomed a new drummer Haley Cramer to the fold.
They return to Lethbridge to play Average Joes, July 28 with Akron, Ohio’s Red Sun Rising.

“It’s been wonderful. We’ve enjoyed some time at home for the fourth of July, but we’re back on the road touring in a week,” said Kingston, Ontario born frontman Leigh Kakaty, who has called Detroit home for many years.

 “We’re road dogs. We’ll play anywhere people want to hear us ” Kakaty continued.

 Even a prison. In addition to several festivals,  a couple shows with Everlast and a big tour of Europe with Three Doors Down in August and September, they are playing the Ohio State Prison.

“We don’t know what to expect. So we’re pretty excited to see what will happen. Our booking agent booked that for us. But we would have played a prison anyway. It’s going to be exciting,” he said.

 He is excited to welcome drummer Haley Cramer aboard, even though it means extra paperwork in order for her to come over from the United Kingdom to play with the band.
“I never knew I wanted a sister and now I have one,” he said.
“It’s been great. She adds a different dynamic to the band.  It‘s been like she’s always been with us,” he continued, adding she fits in with the direction the band is going. When former drummer Josh “Chachi Riot”  Marunde decided to leave the band earlier this year to be closer to his family, they embarked on a search for a female drummer because they wanted to try one.
“We’ve definitely got a lot more more tame now. We’re more focussed on our careers and focusing on longevity,” he said.


Joe Nichols to play the hits and preview some of new CD in Lethbridge concert

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Arkansas born, East Texas based country star Joe Nichols makes his long awaited debut in Lethbridge with Gord Bamford, April 9 at the Enmax Centre as part of a 10 date Western Canadian tour with Gord Bamford which dips into California, Arizona and Texas.Joe Nichols plays Lethbridge for the first time, April 9. Photo by Joseph Llane
“I’m a little nervous. The first couple of shows of a tour a little nerve-wracking. But were going to have a lot of fun. The people around me know what they’re doing,” rumbled Nichols from soundcheck in Medicine Hat, where they began the tour, April 7.

“I don’t play Canada very much, just bigger festivals,” he drawled adding he is looking forward to not only  playing his many hits like “Brokenheartsville,” “She Only Drinks When She Smokes,” “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” plus  some music from the long awaited follow up  to his 2014 album “Crickets” including the lead single “Freaks Like Me.”

“This is going to be a new experience for me,” he said, just returning from some well deserved time off with his family at their east Texas home near Dallas.

“It was much needed. My voice was getting strained. So I took some time off and got to know the family again. Now I’m feeling recharged and rejuvenated,” he said adding he hopes to see them again mid-tour.

“I just found out I have a day off on the tour, so I’ll go and see them, he said adding he is excited to get back on the road for another busy year.
“I’m excited to meet some people and make a few new fans. That’s the stuff I get excited about. We’re going to have some fun,” he said.
He is also excited abut the new CD which he expects to release by the end of the year.

“I’ve had a lot of comebacks, which is funny because I’ve never really gone anywhere,” he said, noting he has busy on the road pretty much non stop since releasing “Crickets”  in late 2013.
“I haven’t had time to write anything for the new album, at least nothing worth cutting,” he said, adding choosing the songs from the upcoming CD has been a time consuming process.

“Finding time to go into the studio and cut tracks has been difficult. But I love the songs we did,” he said.
“There’s a song called ‘Undone’ that we’re really excited about. And people really like ‘The Girl in the Song. It feels like a stadium anthem. And  ‘We All Come’ is the meat of the album— that big a-ha moment of an album,” he enthused.
“I’ll be in and out of the studio in between tour dates,” he said.

“I’m going to keep finding quality fans and keep the fans happy. I want to find songs fans can relate to,” he said.


Slow week to January marked by excellent blues and country music

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Greg Gomola hosts the Saturday afternoon open mic at Honker’s this week. Photo by Richard AmeryThings are slowly picking up for the new year, though the live music scene is still relatively slow compared to how it has been the rest of the year.

 A couple of excellent blues gigs will be highlights.
Lethbridge delta blues musician Papa King Cole plus Scott Mezei will be playing Plum, Jan. 9.

 Cole just released his new CD “Gutted to the Studs,” which features Mezei on a couple of tracks. They will be playing around 9 p.m. There is no cover for the show.
 Greg Gomola is hosting an ever popular Saturday afternoon open mic at Honker’s Pub from 3-7 p.m. on Jan. 9. Everyone is welcome to play that new stage.


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