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Plenty of punk rock and jazz music to wind down September

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It’s like it’s May all over again, though it is the end of September.

 This week a couple of bands who last played Lethbridge in May, return this week.

The Hockey Moms play an all ages gig at the Polish Canadian Association, Sept. 28. Photo by Richard Amery


 Winnipeg based jazz rock instrumental band Apollo Suns begin another  tour in Lethbridge on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at the Slice. Apollo Suns kicked off their last tour at the Slice in May. This time they return in support of their brand new album “Departures” which was released on Sept. 22.


A little later Edmonton based progressive metal band Fall of Earth return to Lethbridge to play the Slice in support of their new album “From the Ashes.” They played the Studio last time, but return to Lethbridge in the midst of a massive eight week tour. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Medicine Hat punk band Total Wolf and  Lethbridge’s Switched off will be sharing the bill with them.


 Friday will be a big night for rock and roll and metal fans as hardcore surf punk icons Ten Foot Pole will be playing the Owl Acoustic lounge with Vancouver based melodic hardcore band Selfist,  Alec Arms and Berserker. Tickets are $18 through Eventbrite. 


But first, Luke James Bruce returns to Mojos to host an open mic on Monday, Sept. 25. He also hosts Honkers Pub’s open mic on  Friday, Sept. 29. Scott Davidson is Honkers host on Saturday, Sept. 30.


 Prophet Gabriel hosts a blues jam at the Slice on Tuesday, Sept. 26, while down the street, the Owl Acoustic lounge features their weekly open mic.


 Juno award winning singer songwriter Dan Mangan kicks off a busy fall for the Geomatic Attic as he returns to Lethbridge to play the Yates Theatre on Wednesday, Sept. 27. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $48.50.


Last Updated ( Monday, 25 September 2023 19:45 ) Read more...

Apollo Suns eager to depart on new tour for debut album ‘Departures’

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Winnipeg based instrumental jazz rock band Apollo Sons never stop.

The band, Ed Durocher - guitars ; Bryn Herperger - bass ; Anatol Rennie - piano, keyboards and synths ; Aaron Bartel - bari sax, alto sax ; Benjamin James Hill - trombone ; Garrett Malenko - trumpet ; Niall Cade - tenor sax ; Erika Einarson - percussion ; drummer Glenn Radley,  finished a tour that began in Lethbridge in May, released their first full length album “ Departures,”  Friday, Sept. 22 and are getting ready to depart on another tour that begins in Lethbridge on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Slice with blues rock band The Static Shift.


“We’ll go to Calgary and Edmonton and Lethbridge with them,” said guitarist Ed Durocher, who is already planning Apollo Suns’ next album for a tentative release in 2025.

Apollo Suns begin their new Tour at the Slice, Wednesday, Sept. 27. Photo by Richard Amery

“We’ve been back for five weeks, but we’re beginning the next tour in Lethbridge. Lethbridge has  always been good to us. We’ll play a nice mid-week show that will get you through to the weekend,” Durocher continued, adding the next tour will include  35 or 36 tour dates that will take them into December.

 They enjoyed their foray into  the United States.

“It was good. We we’re playing the Pacific Northwest. Sacramento was sold out and we finished the tour with some festivals,” he said.

“The volunteers were great and the crew were great and we had a couple thousand people,” he said.


Durocher is pleased with how ‘Departures’ turned out, especially because they didn’t have a chance to road test the new songs like they usually do and because they wrote it over the  pandemic over Zoom.


“We wrote it over Zoom. We had to use instrumental patches. We were  sending each other ideas. Then we recorded 12 songs over 10 days straight in 2022 with Ben Kaplan ( who has produced Mother Mother, Five Alarm Funk, Brass Camel and Snoop Dogg) The process was so much fun,” he said adding they got feedback from trusted friends and  people in the music business before recording.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 24 September 2023 15:12 ) Read more...

Progressive metal band Fall of Earth return to Lethbridge in support of new album

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Edmonton based progressive metal metal band Fall of Earth are ready to rock Lethbridge again in support of their second album “From the Ashes”  at the Slice, Friday, Sept. 29.


The band, including Brody Bauer – lead guitar, vocals; Myles Packer – bass, vocals; Alex Rye – lead vocals; Brendan Meilleur – drums, vocals and Matthew Lindholm – rhythm guitar, vocals​ , played the Studio for their last visit in May, but stop by the Slice this time, two weeks into a mammoth eight week tour.


Fall of Earth return to Lethbridge on Friday, Sept.  29. Photo submitted

“Some of us quit our jobs to do this. And it was the right move, because I love doing this ,” said lead guitarist / vocalist Brody Bauer from a tour stop in Kamloops, where he is already starting to lose track of time and locations.


“It’s been a ton of fun. People seem to like the sound of the band,” Bauer said.

“We don’t know what 10 week tour looks like yet. But we’ve done six week tours before. It’s fun to travel and see new places. This tour we‘re going to a lot of places we‘ve never been before which is really awesome,” Bauer said.

 They took advantage of a few days off in Kamloops to film a music video for the second single off the album, “The Dead and Soon To Be.”

“We went to Party Central and bought hospital gowns and acted like we just escaped from an asylum. We filmed ourselves doing ordinary things. It was fun and very interesting. But somebody called the RCMP because five guys running around in hospital gowns is suspicious behaviour,” he chuckled, adding this will be their third music video. They don’t have a release  date for this video. 

Last Updated ( Sunday, 24 September 2023 13:52 ) Read more...

Rebel angels play ’50s hit to get the dance floor jumping

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 It was 50s night at the Slice again as with Rebel Angels brought their ’ popular ’50s sock hop show back to the Slice.


Ben Lamb of Rebel Angels  at the Slice, Sept. 16. Photo by Richard amery

The audience had thinned by the time  Rebel Angels brought the spirit of the ’50s  back for their last set of the night. The backdrop was silver lamé adorned with record and the entryway was adorned with pink and blue balloons.


 Frontman Ben Lamb showed his best ’50s moves as did the audience including the in the Pink Ladies in pink satin ’50s style  letter jackets, who remained to dance the night away to ’50s hits like “ Yakety Yak ” and “ the Great Pretender.”

 As usual Rebel Angels played an array of ’50s pop and, ballads and rock and roll like “ Twistin the Night Away,” and “ I Fought the Law.”


 Lamb wrapped his through around classic ear-worms like Neil Sedaka’ “ Calendar Girl.”


Everybody showing their best  dance moves including birthday boy Ben Lamb on. a popular hits of days gone bye like π the Isley brothers’ “ You Make me want to Shout.”


 They were called back for peppy encore of  “ Let’s Go to the Hop,” which had me singing the lyrics to Dash Rip Rock’s parody “ Let‘s go Smoke Some Pot.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 September 2023 18:54 )

Hooker Spit split sides and ears with new songs from Krotch Splitter

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  I missed most of a death metal show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, Sept. 16 but was just in time for Red Deer’s Hooker Spit who are touring in support of their new album “Krotch Splitter.”


Hooker Spit at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 16. Photo by Richard Amery

The band Vlad Glyegore (Lead Guitar), Devin Link (Rhythm Guitar), José Garza (Bass), Daniel White (Vocals) and Scott Gooding (Drums), played most of the cuts from the album. The frontman giggles as he introduced songs like “ Flesh Feast, and noted he had never been so drunk while performing  a show.


 He growled out guttural cookie monster vocals  and a few unearthly shrieks and jumped all over the stage like a deranged B.A Johnston  trying his hand and voice  at death metal.

  The band delivered plenty of brutal riffs and searing solos from lead guitarist Vlad Gleygor and an cacophonic rhythm and wall shaking bass..

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 September 2023 18:49 )
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