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A whole lot of rock happening this week

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This is the week for testosterone powered, dirty, loud rock and roll due to a lot of really excellent loud shows happening throughout the week.Toni Vere returns to LEthbridge with Carla Olive this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery

 White Cowbell Oklahoma, one of my favourite southern rock influenced band of madmen, make a long awaited return to Lethbridge on the heels of re-releasing their CD “Buenas Naches.”
 This is going to be an amazing bill at the Slice on Nov. 21 as Vancouver's Big John Bates are joining them as are the Paceshifters coming all the way from the Netherlands.
 It is going to be one hell of a show, so if you like loud rock and roll and  lots of showmanship, don’t miss it. Tickets cost $20.

 If your ears aren’t ringing too badly from that show, Antigonish Nova Scotia born Torontonians The Trews return to Average Joes, Nov. 22. The Trews have just released their self titled “thank you album for their fans” This will be an excellent double bill too as Kingston rock band the Glorious Sons return to Lethbridge to open the show. The show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $25 in advance, $40 at the door.

  The Slice features an excellent pop punk show on Nov. 24 with local bands Open 24/7, Pistols and Parachutes and Left is Always Right along with  Calgary's Come Out Swinging and Winnipeg band Broadview and acoustic folk performer Frankie Curchelles aka Alone I Walk.
 For something a little more country, Winnipeg country/ roots musician Sean Burns visits the Owl Acoustic Lounge with Kris Ulrich, Nov. 21.

Calgary folk/ roots band  the Ashley Hundred return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge this week as well to play a Nov. 22 show with We Were Friends.
 And in a similar vein, Carla Olive and Toni Vere return to Lethbridge to play upbeat roots and folk music at the Mocha Cabana this weekend on Friday and Saturday.
 Earlier in the week, if you want to hear the blues, Calgary’s Tony Kaye will be rocking the Slice, blues style on Nov. 20. There is a five dollar cover for the show.


Blackberry Wood coming back with tweaked line up

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Blackberry Wood tours a  lot  and often with different line ups as they will have when they return to the Slice, Nov. 14.Blackberry Wood return to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
They were a hit at the South Country Fair this summer and will be bringing back the core of that lineup back to Lethbridge the single named  Shannon on stand up bass, Carlos on saxophone and new  banjo player and accordion player  Noosa who will be backing frontman/ guitarist Kris Wood for their concert of circus inspired madness.

 “I’m touring and working in new members, the same as usual,” quipped Kris Wood.

“ I tour a lot and some people aren’t able to tour,” he continued.
“ So I consider them to be an investment,” he said.

“ This time  drums will be played by the contraption — a giant marching drum with electronics, a theramin and a bullhorn,” he said adding  they met  the newest member Noosa in Dawson City over the summer.

“We usually play a place called the Midnight Sun, but it was closed so the Pit Pub took the booking and Noosa was there. So after the show we went to a  fire pit party  and we talking about how we wanted a banjo player. And Noosa said she played She also plays accordion and both of them are really new  to her. She’s actually a really good  piano player. So she started sending us Youtube videos of her playing our songs and even made the move down to Vancouver to play with us,” he said adding she has been playing with them since the last half of summer.


Rebel Spell running with new CD

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Long standing Vancouver based punk band the Rebel Spell’s brand new album “Last Run”  does anything but spell the end for the band who will continue to tour and record. They return to Lethbridge to play the Moose Hall on a Monday night, Nov. 17.

“When I wrote the  the song ‘Last Run’ I was thinking of wolf culls in B.C. and Alberta had this beautiful image in my mind of wolves running from helicopters. Wolves have been scapegoated for the loss of caribou when it is actually  due to deforestation and big projects like oil sands,”’ observed lead singer Todd Serious.

“ And plus this  is probably actually  the last run for our bus. I’ve lived in that thing for five years. So it is definitely the last run for the bus  but not for us,” Serious said, hiding out in Peterborough and getting ready to head to Oshawa — “Peterborough’s evil twin” the next day.

They are enjoying what seems like an endless tour. Which brought them to Lethbridge in April for the first time in several years as well as all the way out to Halifax, and now on their way back.

“ It’s really going well. We just had to play Halifax and we’re playing Montreal twice, which we don’t usually do, but Montreal has such a diverse little scene. And now we’re doing the good stuff like Toronto and Hamilton,” he summarized.

 He is pleasantly surprised with how well ‘Last Run’ is going over with fans.
 It has The Rebel Spell's usual high energy blend of high energy, cerebral, politically inspired punk drawing from the ’70s to the ’90s as well as some interesting departures, like  this historical folk ballad “The Tsilhqot’in War” which features fiddle and piano in the introduction.

“ I’ve always wanted to do a  historical ballad. I grew up in Williams Lake where that took place and I always wanted to do a project with (Vancouver dark folk musician ) Jeff Andrew, who is really interested in historical songs,” he said.
“So I’m glad I got to do that,” he said.


Hip hop runs in the family for Neph

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Hip hop runs in the family for Victoria/ Vancouver  based up and coming rapper Neph, who is the actual nephew of  Swollen Members’ Prevail.

Neph comes to Lethbridge with Prevail and Kyprios this week. Photo Submitted

 He comes to Lethbridge with the Swollen Members’ Prevail, Kyprios, Prada West, Indelibe and local acts F-Bomb, Sin Sane , D-Linkwent and Heavy Knowledge as part of the  West Coast Renaissance tour, which hits Inferno, Nov. 7.


He dropped his most recent CD  the Black Box Ep to much acclaim.


Among his many projects, Neph has a new CD coming out with Prevail, though he will do a separate tour to support that.

“It’s a little too easy to work with Prevail,” Neph said.


“ It’s been fun. There's a certain relationship that I have with him. He’s pretty easygoing. I’ve known him since I was born. He’s my mother's brother,” he  enthused adding he grew up listening to the Swollen Members, so it seemed like a natural fit to try his hand at hip hop.

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