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Slice packed for Skinny Dyck’s CD release and Aladean Kheroufi

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 The Slice was packed, Thursday, Nov. 10 for Skinny Dyck’s Cd release party for his new album “Palace Waiting.”


But first the audience got a strong dose of soul and R and B with a touch of funk from Aladean  Kheroufi.


Skinny Dyck playing his CD release party at the Slice, Nov. 10. Photo by Richard Amery

 I caught most of his set. Backed by a tight band, Kheroufi bared his soul with  velvety vocals and a whole lot of groove.


Skinny Dyck stepped  up from behind his steel guitar to take centre stage for the beginning of his set. He’s usually found in the background playing with a lot of local country  acts, but got to show his own, original country music style.


He had his steel guitar set up but plucked his Telecaster and concentrated on singing lead vocals for first  the part of the set that I saw.


 It was pretty much the new EP “Palace Waiting” in order, beginning with “Hey Who’s Counting,” followed by “Jackson Hole” and the highlight “TV Blue.”


Skinny Dyck, backed by a crack band including  drummer Clayton Smith, sang heartfelt, laid back vocals with plenty of twang.


 “Jackson Hole” and “TV Blue” were immediate highlights of what he was setting up to be a pretty mellow evening of country music.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Aladean Kheroufi playing the Slice, Nov. 10. Photo by Richard Amery
Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 November 2022 17:29 )

Whole lot of rock with Damage Incorporated and Train Wreck at the place

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 I jumped right into work, hours after getting back to Lethbridge after my most excellent vacation on Outlaw Cruise West. And I paid for it the next day but there were a couple of can’t miss shows, Thursday, Nov. 10.

Metallica Tribute Damage Inc. celebrated their  tenth anniversary at the Place, Nov. 10 with plenty of local support on stage.


Damage incorporated]s mark Anthony at the Place, Nov. 10. Photo by RichardAmery

 I missed most of Good Time Charlie’s opening set.


 I was in time to see Breanne Urban trade her cowboy hat for her rock and roll hat with Train Wreck.

She and band mates James Nagy, guitarist Kelly Klimchuk and Scott Morris focussed on the powerhouse female vocalists of the ’late ’80s and early  ’90s.

 They opened with Alannah Myles’ “ Still Got This Thing For You.”


 They covered a lot of ground as they also tackled Loverboy’s ’80s hit  “Turn Me Loose,” and reworked  Blondies’ “ Heart of Glass. Their set showcased  Urban’s powerful pipes. They went grunge for Hole’s “ Celebrity Skin,” and Alanis Morisette’s angst -ridden hit  “You Oughta Know.”

 They also tackles  some classic rock from Billy Squier which featured a drum solo and a bass solo.


 Their cover of Sass Jordan’s “ High Road Easy” was a highlight,” and they dug into the well of ’80s power ballads for the Scorpions “ Still Loving You.”

Drummer James Nagy was doing double duty as Damage Incorporated ’s drummer.


Train Wreck’s Kelly Klimchuk at the Place, Nov. 10. Photo by RichardAmery

 Damage incorporated The Metallica tribute focused on early Metallica, particularly the “Masters of Puppets” record.


 I missed the first part of their set, but returned in time for their namesake “Damage inc.”


They played note prefect solos and Mark Antony’s lead vocals were spot on if not a little more melodic than James Hetfield’s. They were on fire for their tight, high octane set of vintage thrash metal.


The drumming was thunderous. I left as they finished “Seek and Destroy”  and had just begun tearing into “Master of Puppets.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 November 2022 17:14 )

John Borra explores early punk and Alt country roots in new show and Cassettes in Common

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Toronto musician John Borra explores his roots  on his new CD, “Cassettes In Common.”

John Borra plays the Slice , Tuesday, Nov. 22. Photo Submitted

 Borra has a long history playing in the Toronto punk and roots rock scenes including a stint playing with Ian Blurton in Change of Heart in the ’90s.

 He noted it has been a while since he played Alberta.


“We opened for bands like The Tragically Hip and the Odds in Alberta . I’ve always been a fan of Alberta,” Borra said, adding the pandemic gave him to look back on some of his influences. So he put together “Cassettes In Common and took the opportunity to work with people like original Toronto punk band the Demics and Handsome Ned guitarist Steve Koch and  Michael Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies,  Blue Rodeo keyboardist Mike Boguski, original Blue Rodeo drummer Cleave Anderson, Doughboys/Rusty guitarist Scott McCullough, fiddler extraordinaire Miranda Mulholland, and Borra’s longtime friends and collaborators Sam Ferrara and Johnny MacLeod.


They worked on tracks by the Demics, The Hacks and renown solo artists like Ron Sexsmith, Kyp Harness Bob Snider and Art Bergmann’s ‘Sleep”.


Osyron to open Tyrants of Chaos CD release party with “Momentous” metal

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Calgary based progressive metal band Osyron hope their Lethbridge debut will be a “Momentous” occasion when they open local metal favourites Tyrants of Chaos’ CD release party for ’ “Relentless Thirst For Power” at the Place on Friday, Nov.18.

Osyron are starting a tour in support of their newest CD  “ Momentous, ” which they released Nov. 1.


Osyron play the Place , Nov. 18. Photo by Monika Deviat

They are planning on playing some of that and tracks from their previous three albums they released during the pandemic.


“We’re 100 per cent pleased with it. It’s our best one so far. Like  any musician, we hope our newest will be better than the last,” said frontman Reed Alton, noting lyrically  the album is about personal struggle, trials, and personal battles and showcases the superb musicianship of bandmates — guitarists Krzysztof Stalmach (Solar Guitars) and Bobby Harley (Solar Guitars), bassist Tyler Corbett and drummer Cody Anstey.


“Covid was definitely an inspiration. Being stuck at home because of Covid restrictions definitely left a lot of time for introspection,” Alton said, adding they released three albums during the pandemic and then got to work on “Momentous.”


They play progressive metal and symphonic metal like Dream Theatre, Symphony X, Evergrey and Winterson, with a little bit of  Queensryche .


“ I listen to Queensryche but they other guys don’t,” Alton said.


Osyron began writing music for a new album in 2021 and started recording drums in late 2021 at OCL Studios. Recording continued at CRM Sound in Calgary in early 2022 focusing on vocals, guitars, and percussion while the backing orchestration was composed and recorded at Sole Audio. The full album was also mixed at Sole Audio and the mastering was done by Maor Appelbaum.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 November 2022 15:53 ) Read more...

Everything from metal to classical music and comedy happening this week

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It was great to be away for a week, but it’s good to be back because the fun doesn’t stop in Lethbridge.

 There is something for everyone this week happening  from metal to blues and a lot more.


Good Time Charlie playing the Place, Nov. 10. They play Honkers Pub, Friday, Nov. 18. Photo by RichardAmery

 The week begins with Luke James b Bruce hosting the open mic at Mojos Pub, on Monday, Nov. 14.


 The Slice has their usual busy week beginning with  ’60s influenced folk rock musician John Hewitt, who hits the stage, Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 9 p.m.

 Scott Davidson and Friends bring back mid week music to the Slice stage on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

 And Fawns hosts a Queer open mic at the Slice on Thursday.


Down the street Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar plus special guest Steve Marriner play the Southminster United  Church for a Geomatic Attic and Lethbridge Jazz  and Blues Festival co-presentation.  The show begins at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.Tickets are $45 for adults, $25 for students.


Friday night is all about metal as The Slice features Crown the Jester on Friday, Nov. 18 and features Saskatoon metal band Despite the Reverence and SI on Saturday.

Tyrants of Chaos rock the Place down the street on Friday, Nov. 18 with the CD release party for their latest CD“ Relentless Thirst For Power.” Calgary progressive metal band Osyron open the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door, $15 in advance.


Get your mind off  the albino brain chiggers ( ie snow)  covering the ground by getting into a surfing mindset with local surf band the Atomicos plus Foster Dollis at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, Nov. 18.

 The Owl stays in a more acoustic mode on Saturday with Wendy Colby, Kevin Giron, Eric Bret West and Tyson Ray Borsboom. Admission to both shows is by donation.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 13 November 2022 16:42 ) Read more...
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