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Dirtis Speshuls introduce new guitarist

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It is always a pleasure to see Lethbridge rock band Dirti Speshuls play a local show. So while I missed opening act the Delawares and last minute additions the The Dirti Speshuls Todd Carter and Jeremy Hendricks. Photo by Richard AmeryMormon Girls, I caught all of the Dirti Speshuls.

 They played pretty much all of the songs from their new album “Long Time Coming” from beginning to end. So highlights like “Gotta Go” and “ Come On Kid,” were early highlights of the show, which was interspersed with choice covers.

They played a more laid back jazzy number and played a pretty much note for note rendition of Sloan’s “If It Feels Good Do it.”

 They also got to show their new guitar player Jeremy Hendricks who fit right in through covers and excellent originals like “Tried and True.”

 They ended their set with a hot version of the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 October 2014 13:27 )

Jay Bowcott and Brady Enslen play new material and covers

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Jay Bowcott and Brady Enslen returned to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 4 to  play a variety of obscure alt country covers and a few originals for a decent audience.

Brady Enslen and Jay Bowcott laying the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 4. Photo by Richard Amery
“One man band Jay Bowcott sat behind a stripped down  drum kit, stomping out rhythm while singing, playing guitar and sometimes adding a harp solo.

 Brady Enslen stood and played lead guitar, adding extra background vocals and  even sang one of his own songs.

 I walked in in time to hear a great version of Jason Isbell’s up beat honky tonk rocker “ I Don’t Want to Die In A Super 8 Motel.”
They also tackled “Gimmie Something Good” a  brand new  track off of  Ryan Adams’ brand new, hot off the press album. It sounded pretty good, though the duo didn’t seem to think so.

 They played “The Highway,” one of the originals off of Bowcott's new CD and went back to covers including a decent version of Tom Petty's ” Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” and open stage standby “Folsom Prison Blues.”
 Enslen got to play his  country song “Drive a Mile” as well.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 October 2014 12:42 )

Crazy punk with Copsickle and Knuckledown at the Moose Hall

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I hate to miss a good punk show, so I spent most of  Oct. 3 rushing back and forthCopsickle playing the Moose Hall, Oct 3. Photo by Richard Amery between five gigs downtown and a very late starting all ages gig at the Moose Hall, mostly because I wanted to catch a couple of local bands I haven’t heard before, plus Edmonton's Abuse of Substance, who I ended up missing anyway.

 I’ve heard a lot of great thing about  Lethbridge band the Space Wolves , but always seem to miss them as they are always on first opening for bigger bands and I usually have other gigs to hit first.
 So I stuck around the pretty vacant Moose Hall waiting for mohawked, studded jean jacket clad punks drinking in the parking lot, bands and fans to trickle in, explicitly to hear them.

 They did not disappoint when they finally took the stage. They blended elements of classic metal, quite a bit of screamo, a touch of death metal and straight ahead punk music.


Space Wolves frontman Donovan Howell howled and screamed the lyrics and jumped around in front of the stage where the tight band played plenty of riffs and exuded a heap of energy. He’d jump  back on stage  to help shout along with a few of the other band’s songs. 

They ended their set with their original “Waste” and a cover of Motorhead's “Iron Fist.”

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 October 2014 12:08 ) Read more...

Sultry jazz with Mwansa Mwansa and HBO3 kicks off October

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The First Friday of  October was absolutely  amazing  with all kinds of shows  of all kinds of musical styles. The evening started early at the Slice where HBO3 (Paul Holden, James Oldenburg and Brad Brouwer) were holding court as usual for first Friday  for an early evening show at the Slice.Mwansa Mwansa sings with HBO3. Photo by Richard Amery

They started off with an instrumental set of jazz music featuring Brouwer's subtle drum solos and tasteful leads from James Oldenburg while Paul Holden kept  the groove solid on stand up bass.

Holden picked up the electric bass as  Mwansa Mwansa took the stage to croon sultry jazz like “Valerie” with her, big, beautiful, emotive voice. She also sang a solid version of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Cars,” and even looked a little like her with her facial expressions.

 She sang some excellent Alabama Shakes with “Hold On” and showed her R and B and soulful roots on a couple of classics like “Change is Going to Come” and “ Natural Woman” and Stevie Wonder song “Higher Ground” which showed off her substantial vocal chops.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 October 2014 11:51 )

Erin Ross plays laid back solo show

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 It is always a pleasure to hear Calgary's Erin Ross in Lethbridge.
 She played Friday and Saturday at the Mocha Cabana.

I caugErin Ross returned to Lethbridge, Oct. 3 and Oct. 4. Photo by Richard Ameryht the second set of her, Oct. 3 show which featured plenty of her fleet fingered  guitar playing as she performed

her favourite originals including my favourite “Another Empty Day” as well as “Fishing Blues.” She also played folk classics including Elizabeth Cotton's “Freight Train.”

 She switched to ukulele for a song about fall and switched back to her beautiful Gibson ES-335 for   another classic “ My Babe.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 October 2014 11:46 )
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