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Badlands entertain full house with original alt country

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Local country band Badlands rocked a full house at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, Oct. 21.


 I really wanted to see the Mayhemingways’s Benj Rowland, but I missed his opening set.


Badlands at the Owl Acoustic Lounge,Oct. 21. Photo by RichardAmery

Badlands, featuring lead singer Ali Stuart, drummer Avery Friesen, bassist Devin Gergel and a lead guitarist singer Brett Stotes , played a tight set of mid-tempo modern country and alt country music showcasing Stuart’s voice.

 Their set was mostly their own material.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 October 2022 09:01 )

Bands as bands lend a hand to Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp

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 Several local bands  got together to play other bands at the Slice for the Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp, Friday, Oct. 21.


Witiddenoise plays bands as bands at the Slice, Oct. 21. Photo by Richard Amery

I was looking forwrd to Fawns playing Incubus, but was only able to stay for local synth pop duo Withiddenoise featuring Victoria Nestorowicz (vocals, lyrics) and Nicholas Colyer  *guitar, bass, keyboards, programming) .

They were supposed to play a set of Beach House covers, but also added original music and ’80s synth pop  hits from bands like the Human League and a trance inducing version of the Eurythmics’ “Here Comes the Rain Again.” 


I missed sets by a rebranded Molly the Boy Cat,  Sometimes Always coviering the Breeders and September Crows doing Nirvana.


— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 October 2022 17:52 )

Sadies return the Geomatic Attic with Kacy and Clayton

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I only caught the end of a packed show from Toronto area based country-rock band Sadies show at the Geomatic Attic,  Friday, Oct. 21.

Kacy Anderson with Travis Good of the Sadies, Oct, 21 at the Geomatic Attic. Photo by RichardAmery

It was the first time we’d seen them since  founding member Dallas Good passed away earlier this year.

 I only caught the last three songs of the show.  Dallas Good’s guitar and voce were  definitely missed, but Travis Good , drummer Mike Bellitsky and bassist Sean Dean laid the foundation of a solid set of music.

 And Travis Good still tore things up guitarwise. 

 Kacy Anderson from opening act Kacy and Clayton was adding sweet vocal harmonies to the music adding even more of an ethereal air.


The Sadies are touring in support of their record CD “Colder Streams.”


They played haunting, spooky punk tinged spaghetti western country music .

Kacy Anderson with the Sadies, Oct, 21 at the Geomatic Attic. Photo by RichardAmery


 They were hypnotic as usual  .


 Kacy Anderson added beautiful vocal harmonies and left the stage leaving  the Sadies trio to close off the show before returning for one more song. She returned for the encore.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 October 2022 17:43 )

Halloween tributes and plays plus James Keelaghan at Lethbridge Folk Club this week

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Happy Halloween. With Halloween on Monday this year, that means most Halloween parties are  Friday and Saturday in Lethbridge. Plenty of them have live music.

Celebrate Halloween punk style Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday Oct. 29.


Saskatchewan’s Grimelda, formerly known as the Faps rock the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 28 with local punk rock bands Berserker and Short Straps plus  power and death metal band  Balrogath and Misfits Tribute 138. The music begins at 9 p.m.  There is a $10 cover.

138 play their last show ever at the Slice, Oct. 29 for a tribute night which also includes the Hockey Moms as the Descendants.


If you want to rock Halloween ’80s style, Stage Fright takes the stage at KCS Pub in Coaldale with Danalli for a big Halloween show, Friday Oct. 28. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Danalli have a busy Halloween weekend, as they join Uncovered for their usual Halloween haunt at Pop’s Pub South, Saturday, Oct. 29. There is no cover for that show.


Local Misfits tribute 138 play for Halloween this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery

The Chevelles celebrate Halloween at the Place as per usual, Saturday, Oct. 29 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $16.93 from Eventbrite.

 The Trippy Hippys celebrate Halloween at Honkers Pun on Saturday, Oct. 29.


 If you want a blue Halloween, Coda Lite play the blues at  the Ten Ten Pub, Saturday, Oct. 29.

 Across town, Jolene Draper and the Inquisitive Few celebrate Halloween at  Mojos Pub.


 But it’s not just about Halloween this week.

It’s the end of the month, which means it’s time for the Owl Acoustic Lounge’s monthly poetry open mic with host Teri Petz. That runs  7-9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 October 2022 14:29 ) Read more...

Grimelda embrace name change from Faps and expand sound for new music

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The Saskatchewan based punk rock duo formerly known as the Faps aka  Grimelda are excited to rock the new Owl Acoustic Lounge for Halloween, Oct. 28 with a killer line up of local punk bands including Berserker, Short Straps , Balrogath and local Misfits tribute 138 playing their last show.

“ You’ll have to come and  find out,” chuckled  guitarist/ vocalist Skylar Cafferata.


Grimelda return to Lethbridge for Halloween, Oct. 28. Photo submitted

“ It’s a big a Halloween bash with a bunch of cool bands playing. Probably costumes. Which . I’ve been thinking a lot about Halloween because we usually dress in different ways at every show, so maybe something extra special for Halloween or maybe something normal, so I guess we’ll find out,” he continued.


 They changed the name for a few different reasons.


“ I guess a few things, the Faps. I was into the name, but  not everyone is. But most people got it,” he said.


“ And I think it represented what we were doing like taking the piss out of rock and roll tropes or like purists. Rock and roll’s fun, but it’s also silly and kind of dumb. a lot of the time. But 10 years went by and it’s made our lives a little bit easer as far as  getting support from other places other than fans. And so far it’s been good. ’We’ve been able to get a few grants. And we‘re releasing new stuff under the new name. And people seem to be receiving it quite well. We are still playing some of the older songs.  It’s virtually the same band just different title,” he said. 


 The band, including guitarist Skylar Cafferata and drummer Blaire Colwell, have just released a new single “George Thorogood” though Transistor 66, featuring a slide guitar solo from Electric Bill .

“ The one thing that’s really changing a bit with the name change. We’ve kind of done a little of this already. We‘re doing a bit more collaborative writing performing. At it’s core it’s still just the two of us but kind of opening it up a little bit and working with friends on different ideas and different material. That’s kind of the direction we want to go in with it,” he said.


 They released a CD in 2018  with special guests Brodie Mohninger and Megan Nash, which was called Grimelda, but  released under the Faps name.

“ Actually that release is under the name  the Faps, but  it’s called Grimelda, which is kind of where we got the band name from,” he said.

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 October 2022 16:06 ) Read more...
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