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Suicide inspires Edmonton musician to write songs

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Written by Richard Amery for the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 16:04

There are a lot of excellent shows this week, not to mention an impressive variety of music. The big show of the week takes place at the Yates Centre with Los Lobos and special guests, Leeroy Stagger and his band. They play the Yates Jan. 23
There is a big metal show at the Moose Hall, Jan 25.
Several metal bands will be playing including Black Pestilence, Path to Extinction, local bands the Avulsion and the Morbidly Depraved and Death Pledge plus Vythrak and Descending Abomination.’ The all-ages show begins at 6 p.m. There is a $10 cover.
Death Pledge is also featured in a day-long local band showcase at the Smokehouse.

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Local acts take centre stage

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Written by Richard Amery for the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 16:14

This week is mostly about local music and one big country-pop act. The big mainstream country show features Mobile, Alabama country-pop band the Band Perry, known for mega-hits “If I Die Young,” “Done” and “Better Dig Two” plays the Enmax Centre, Jan. 16. The Band Perry show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $45-$80 or $179 (plus fees) for a Pioneer VIP experience including a pre-show acoustic performance, pre-show party with refreshments, the Band Perry tour poster and merchandise and a VIP laminate.

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Blues dominates local music scene

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Written by Richard Amery for the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 15:02

Things pick up a lot this week.
A couple big gigs are happening.
If you like the blues, don’t miss Winnipeg bluesman Big Dave McLean at the Slice, Jan. 9.
McLean is the patron saint of most of Winnipeg’s blues community and always puts on an excellent show of mostly acoustic delta blues music.
It is a good week for blues music in general.

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Public Animal brings new life to keyboards

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Written by Richard Amery for the Sun Times   
Thursday, 02 January 2014 15:16

As expected coming off Christmas, things slow down a little this week.
But one key show to catch, especially if you are a rock-and roll fan, is Southern Ontario band Public Animal, who play the Slice Jan. 2.
The keyboard-powered juggernaut features members of C’mon, Tricky Woo and Bela Clava.
Other highlights this week take place at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. Jay Bowcott plays the Owl Acoustic Lounge Jan. 3, while Michael Coughlan returns to the Owl Jan. 4.

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Holiday cheer fills local music venues this week

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Written by Richard Amery for the Sun Times   
Thursday, 26 December 2013 17:56

Once you have had your fill of eggnog, topped off your tummy with turkey, stuffed yourself with stuffing and may even been a little fed up with family over Christmas, you are probably going to be ready to rock to some live music. Because even musicians come home for the holidays. They all come back eventually, no matter where they go.
There are a couple of great events this week.
Tod Robinson and the Gleu will be playing their typical high-energy set of piano and guitar-based pop rock at the Slice for Boxing Day. Phillip Saucer is the special guest. There is a $10 cover.

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