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Apr07

Erin Ross to return with mixed bag of music

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While Calgary blues/ folk  musician Erin Ross‘s path will cross with  some time band mate  Eve Hell, who she plays with in a surf rock band Martian Time Slip, there are no plans toErin Ross returns to Lethbridge this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery join her on stage with Calgary surf band the 427’s at the Slice, April 10.


Ross will be in town for two solo gigs at the Mocha Cabana, April 10 and 11.
“Martian Time Slip” also includes drummer Lorne Petersen.


“We haven’t played a gig in over a year,” Ross said.

“ We’re a surf band inspired by outer space. Our name is the title of a Philip K Dick book, so that says it all,” she said.

 

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Apr07

Lots of blues and jazz happening this week

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While last week was all about head banging, ear ringing rock and roll, this week is more about jazz blues and folk music and something a little more unusuDan Walsh Returns to Lethbridge, April 13. Photo by Richard Ameryal.


The Slice features a surf night, April 10 with Calgary surf band the 427’s and local surf band the Atomicos. There is no cover for the show, though donations for the bands will be accepted.
The 427’s will be featuring Eve Hell on bass who also plays in another Calgary surf band with one of my favourite Calgary musicians Erin Ross who coincidentally returns to play the Mocha Cabana this weekend, April 10 and 11.


 The other unusual show also features a whole lot of soul, April 10 as Todd Lacharite’s  Space Invaders Art Show opens with music from Mwansa Mwansa and guitarist Fei Fei Du. The reception is at 7 p.m. with the music beginning at 9 p.m.


The roots and blues side of the spectrum begins early on April 8 as Canadian singer songwriter Rolla Olak stops by for a show blending gentle picking and bursts of electricity a la Neil Young’s Crazy Horse.
 The Owl Acoustic Lounge features energetic blues rock trio Devon Coyote, April 11.

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Mar31

Lots of fast music for slower week

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April and May are made for banging your head, moshing and slam dancing as a relatively slow week is marked by the first two of several punk and metal shows happening in April and May. As part of the Drink Till Dawn tour, Red Deer based punk trio DoucheKnuckle come to Lethbridge, April 3 with Calgary punk veterans the Motherfuckers and Mandible Klaw which features members of popular bands the Crystal Mess, Spastic Panthers, the Bloody Hells and X-Ray Cats. There is a $10 cover for the show. Go For the Eyes’ Elise Roller. brings the band back to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery

It was to be  at Inferno which was tripled booked. So it will be held at the Coal City Pub in Coaldale, formerly the Vent.


 The next night Inferno also hosts a similarly veined show with Calgary  “heavy” band the Press Gang and Junkies Rush plus guests. There is a $10 cover for that show as well. The Press Gang play music incorporating a touch of punk and a lot of ’70s and ’80s British metal.


 The big rock show of the week is also on April 4 at the Enmax Centre featuring shock rocker Marilyn Manson touring in support of his new CD and opening act Die Mannequin. Tickets for the show cost $60. It begins at 8 p.m.

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Mar31

The Press Gang running at “Optimal Speed” with new CD, members and muppets

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Long standing Calgary “heavy band” the Press Gang are hard to pigeonhole. They aren’t quite punk but they aren’t quite metal either. Their music is somewhere in between according to frontman and sole original member of the band , Colin  McCulloch who brings his band to Inferno with Junkies Rush, April 4.


“We pretty well started in the back end of 2006 around November or December. it started off as an angry outlet that ended up growing artistically,” said The Cape Breton born McCulloch who moved back and forth between Cape Breton and Calgary, before eventually settling in Calgary to pursue a music career.The Press Gang visit Lethbridge this weekend. Photo Submitted


“I just lost my grandmother. She was my best friend and instead of being angry all the time and hurting people with it, I needed to channel it into something,” McCulloch related.
“I’ve been a graphic designer for all my life, so I looked at this as kind of an art project,” continued McCulloch, a graphic designer for an oil and gas publication by day, adding despite the band’s name, he is the only band member with a day job in media. They other band members work in a warehouse and as IT specialists.


 He  clicked with fellow Cape Bretoner, lead guitarist/ vocalist Chad Laing and Newfoundland bassist Ronnie Keats who shared Maritimes sensibilities, and after a two and a half year search search, found drummer Derek Lindzon.


“ He’s a prairie boy. He can see what we’re doing. We placed an ad and he’s the only one who could read it. We said what we were and gave them a link. But everyone else who answered it asked us who we were and what we sounded like. But Derek actually came to one of our shows to see what we were about which seems like common sense to me,” McCulloch said adding while in the midst of the drummer search, McCulloch wrote the the drum parts to make the transition easier.


“We gave him a CD with seven songs and told him to learn them and he did,” he said adding they were looking for someone to take The Press Gang as seriously as he does.
“ We didn’t want a band whore with three different bands. This had to be it. Drummers are especially bad for that. Our last guy wanted to scale back. We wanted to move forward,” he said.


“ So 10 years later and 12 band members, we’re really happy with where we are now,” he said.


They are getting ready to release “ Optimal Running Speed,”  their long awaited full length album on May 9.
“ It’s a good description of where we’re at now and where we’ve been trying to get for the past 10 years,” he said.

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