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JPNSGRLS to finish tour of exciting music in Lethbridge

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Vancouver indie rock band JPNSGRLS ( pronounced Japanese Girls) are neither Japanese nor girls but they are excited about their first  full length CD and finishing their current tour in Lethbridge, July 30 at the Slice.

 JPNSGRLS are playing Lethbridge this week. Photo by Tomas Uribe

“Lately we’ve been going by the monicker ‘high voltage garage pop.That means  that there is a lot of pop, but it is also very high energy. We like to have a lot of fun,” said frontman Charlie Kerr from Red Deer, mid-way through a tour in support of their new CD“ Circulation.”


“It’s just really fun music. We’re big fans of bands like the White Stripes and the Strokes and we also have a lot of love for bands like Led Zeppelin and Queens of the Stone Age, which is why we kind of sound like those bands,” he continued.


 The band has been together for six or seven years  ever since guitarist Oliver Mann noticed Charlie performing in a battle of the bands competition at one of the high schools.


 “It wasn’t his high school, but his band had just broken up so he coached me to be the lead singer of a new band he was starting. And we got  Chris (McLelland, bass) about five years ago,” Kerr continued. Drummer Graham  Serl completes the lineup.

“ That must have been five or six years ago.”


 They released a well received five song EP  called the “Sharkweek EP” in 2013 and just released  ”Circulation.”

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 July 2014 13:50 ) Read more...

Shelter Me : Party in the park attracts diverse entertainment

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 There  weren’t as many people as I expected at Galt Gardens on the afternoon of July 12  for the annual Shelter Me Party in the park event to raise awareness and some funds to end homelessness. There were plenty of Shaq rapping at Shelter Me Party in the park. Photo by Richard Ameryattractions like events for kids like an astro jump, face-painting and a dunk tank in addition to lots of live music.

 I only caught a surprising acoustic set by alternative rock band Fox Eyes. They are usually loud and energetic , but payed  a more laid back set of music.Fox Eyes play an acoustic set at Shelter Me Party in the Park. Photo by Richard Amery

 First Nations Rapper Shaq wound up the afternoon by bringing the beats.

The Junkman's Quire, Zachary Madigan, Lethbridge Community Taiko Association, Johnny Rains, Shayne Marie and Oztin Bowden were also on the bill.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 July 2014 10:54 )

Billie Vegas play favourite songs at CD release party

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I only caught the very end of Billie Vegas's CD release party at Backstreet South’s Streetwheelers weekend patio, July 12.Sheldon Arvay playing with Billie Vegas. Photo by Richard Amery
 They played  with extreme volume and boundless energy.

Lead singer Shawna Romolliwa howled as she belted out the lyrics while Sheldon Arvay blasted out big guitar riffs. Ray Banman bounced around on bass as the Doc held everything together on drums.

 They ended with a boisterous version of  the Beastie Boys’ “Fight For Your Right to Party.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 July 2014 10:35 )

Michael Rault Band bring a ’60s garage sound

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I only caught the very end of The  Michael Rault band at the Slice, July 12. The Michael Rault band returned to Lethbridge, July 12. Photo by Richard Amery

They  opened the night and were just  finishing up to make way for Rancho Deluxe.

 They played upbeat, catchy ’60s style  garage rock and wound down their set  with a jam on Van Morrison's classic “Gloria.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 July 2014 10:27 )

Blue Moon Marquee bring a touch of jazz to Lethbridge

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Blue Moon Marquee brought a taste of jazz to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, July 12.

They were impressive. Guitarist Al Cardinal played tasteful jazz guitar and crBlue Moon Marquee add a touch of jazz to the blues. Photo by Richard Ameryooned a little while one person band Jasmine Colette  had to sit down while playing stand up bass, as her feet were kept busy playing rhythm on an almost full drum kit set at her feet.

I was awestruck at her coordination.
 She sang lead vocals on one song as well and harmonized beautifully with Al Cardinal.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 July 2014 10:19 )
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