Corb Lund: Prairies, punk and politics.

Alberta NDP’s Shannon Phillips, Lethbridge West candidate (insert political stripes here), has written an article titled “The Long View ” in Alberta Views magazine about Southern Alberta’s Corb Lund. Alberta Views was actually at the Word on the Street festival recently. Lund is even-handed in his appraisal of Alberta’s politics and environment. Things are this, …

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Royalty beckons

Matt from Royal Canoe was cool enough to send me a heads up that they’ll be playing The Slice on October 15th. By the way this track sounds, it’s a band definitely worth seeing. Royal Canoe (Thanks, Matt!) JonnyI’m a webslinger located in Lethbridge, AB. I love all things nerdy, like cartoons and videogames, and …

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Giveaway! FREE tickets to Mammoth Cave Fest this Sunday!

As most people know, Henotic is closing its doors, but it’s going out with a bang this weekend with the 3rd leg of the Wyrd Alberta traveling tour, Mammoth Cave Fest! Over 30 bands playing on all levels of the old fire hall! So just because Henotic is closing shop, that doesn’t mean that live …

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Powers combine: Wyrd Alberta + Mammoth Cave Fest!

Last year, the rooftops of Henotic were rocked from Mammoth Cave Fest, a live music extravaganza of elephantine proportions. It’s back for 2010, so I got in touch with maestro Paul Lawton to learn more!

This is the second time around for Mammoth Cave Fest. Tell us about it.
Last year was a pretty important one as far as the Lethbridge music community – studios opening left and right, local bands popping up left and right and getting signed (latest – Fist City who got picked up by Cleveland, Ohio’s Deadbeat Records, a great/storied punk rawk label), so we decided to celebrate last may by holding a giant party – Mammoth Cave Fest. That was such an astonishing success that we knew then and there that we would make it into a yearly event.

This year, we decided to team up with friends we made in Calgary (Sled Island) and Edmonton (Aaron Levin, who runs the weirdcanada.com website and who shared a common vision with his Wyrd Fest in Edmonton that was held last fall and which featured Myelin Sheaths and The Moby Dicks). Last November (post Wyrd Fest I), Aaron and I decided we should try and combine our two festivals, helping to both offset the costs and to help lure touring bands to come to Alberta (with the promise of three nights in a row of full houses). We got Sled Island’s Zak Pashak on board to help with Calgary and we spent the next few months assembling some of Canada’s very best fringe music acts.

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Wax Mannequin comes to Lethbridge

Chris Adeney, known to most as Wax Mannequin, is one of my favourite Canadian musicians (besides Leeroy Stagger and Bryan Adams).  Though I haven’t seen many bands lately, his shows make me suffer The Slice at least once a year. And that time is almost at hand, as he comes to Lethbridge on March 31 as part of his “Hear Some Evil” tour with The Burning Hell.

Wax Mannequin was born in the smoke and industry of Hamilton; a damaged, underdog town; a perfect breeding ground for strange, variant things. Incorporating folk, scrappy prog-metal and a tireless creative ethic, Wax infused his local influences with road-broken experience to forge something unsettlingly new.

Hear Some Evil tour (via Facebook)

One more (live) video after the jump!

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DJ Sleepy Head keeps me awake at night

While at the fashion show last Friday, I discovered a cool Lethbridge DJ who goes by the moniker of Sleepy Head. Evangelos Lambrinoudis is his real name and he spins electro-experimental beats, or something like that. Just listen: Machines Beneath the Sidewalk by SLEEPY HEAD He also has a good mustache. Check out his website, …

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Kevin Kane live at Henotic

My friend Leeroy Stagger emailed to let me know that Kevin Kane (Grapes of Wrath) is playing with the Necessities at Henotic tonight at 9:30PM. It’s Friday, so come start your weekend right! Kevin Kane w/ The Necessities (Facebook event page) JonnyI’m a webslinger located in Lethbridge, AB. I love all things nerdy, like cartoons …

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We’ll make it out (of Lethbridge) one day

I came across this great song by The Rural Alberta Advantage the other day. It’s called “The Dethbridge in Lethbridge.” Just listen: [audio:http://theraa.com/audio/the_RAA-dethbridge.mp3%5D To listen to more of their music, head over to CBC Radio 3. JonnyI’m a webslinger located in Lethbridge, AB. I love all things nerdy, like cartoons and videogames, and am also …

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Exclusive! Free Leeroy Stagger concert tracks for download

I’ve previously written about my friend Leeroy Stagger, who had recently been touring Germany to promote his album, "Everything is Real." An insider source, DL, posted an iTunes-ready live recording of Leeroy Stagger & The Wildflowers, from when they played at Laboratorium in Stuttgart on October 23, 2009. You can get the free tracks here …

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Leeroy Stagger interview + win free tickets!

Leeroy StaggerDespite his looks, Leeroy Stagger is a popular Canadian musician and also my friend. He has a new album out, Everything is Real, and will be putting on a show at The Slice this Saturday! He’ll be joined by Lethbridge favorites The Perpetrators and Kevin Kane.

I took 90 seconds to interview Leeroy, in case you’ve not familiar with him or his work.

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Mammoth Cave Festival is today!

Mammoth Cave FesitvalHopefully the weather is great today for the first annual Mammoth Cave Festival. It’s gonna be massive!

Outside on the Henotic rooftop on Victoria day. Going to be 12 straight hours of the best local bands this city has to offer, combined with some of our favourite out-of-towners!

Brought to you by the Mammoth Cave Promotions team with help from the fine folks at Beatroute, CKXU and Blueprint Records!

The first band starts playing at 1:30PM, so come before then to get your tickets for $15. After that time, the price goes up to $20.

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Straight outta L.A.

Some whiteys came up with a Lethbridge rap. Explicit language. JonnyI’m a webslinger located in Lethbridge, AB. I love all things nerdy, like cartoons and videogames, and am also a bit of a foodie. When I travel, I always keep my eyes out for hot springs and great places to adventure with my wife, Melissa.