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THE COOPER BROTHERS – “RADIO SILENCE” CD RELEASE AT CENTREPOINTE

THE COOPER BROTHERS – “RADIO SILENCE” CD RELEASE AT CENTREPOINTE
    Ottawa’s rock ‘n roll cowboys, The Cooper Brothers, treated their fans to an exceptional and extra special performance at Centrepointe Theatre Friday night, which was jam-packed with special guests in celebration of their newest album release, “Radio Silence”. In addition to the band’s seven members, a four-piece horn section added a colourful boost to the first half of... Read More

Big Wreck Reassembled!

Big Wreck Reassembled!
It’s coming up to a year since Ian Thornley released his first Big Wreck album since disbanding the rock band a decade ago after two critically acclaimed albums, 1997’s platinum-plus In Loving Memory Of… and 2001’s The Pleasure and the Greed. Next month, Albatross — which features only two of the four original Big Wreck members, Thornley and guitarist Brian... Read More

Sheepdogs ‘Dialed In’ to Success

Sheepdogs ‘Dialed In’ to Success
Members of Canadian rock band The Sheepdogs are not content to rest on their laurels, forging ahead with vigour and passion as 2013 begins. But they certainly have every right to look back on the success of the past couple of years with pride. Already a beloved concert attraction on the so-called ‘indie circuit,’ The Sheepdogs were catapulted to continental... Read More

Metal Queen Comes of Age – Lee Aaron

Metal Queen Comes of Age – Lee Aaron
Lee Aaron downloads the Music Express E magazine and enters a time warp. Enclosed on the site are clips of Lee performing her signature` Metal Queen’ track at the 1984 Music Express Awards in Vancouver as well as her joining in a spirited finale of ‘Dance to the Music‘ with Bill Henderson, Shari Ulrich and Kathi McDonald. “Wow, big hair”... Read More

Only The Strong Survive – Michelle Wright

Only The Strong Survive – Michelle Wright
Michelle Wright is a survivor. Just look back 25 years or so to the time of her first album Do Right By Me, and count how many other Canadian country artists from that time are still delivering the goods. There really aren’t many who have held on for that long. “Held on is probably the right phrase because there have... Read More

Record? What Record? – Kenny Shields in Conversation

Record? What Record? – Kenny Shields in Conversation
Kenny Shields has been a musical mainstay since Streetheart first hit the Canadian scene in 1976. His distinct vocal timbre and intense power defined the band’s sound and helped them achieve a number of platinum and gold albums, collect numerous awards (including a Music Express People’s Choice Award), and build a hardy and dedicated fan base. Resilient to many personnel... Read More

Colin James – Too Much of a Good Thing

Colin James – Too Much of a Good Thing
Every night during his current national tour, Colin James faces a major dilemma. What to include or exclude from that concert’s set list. With a brand new album, `Fifteen’ chock full of hot new tracks plus three stunning covers, James simply doesn’t have time during his 21-song performance to acknowledge his catalogue while accommodating the new material. Reached during a... Read More

Billy Talent – D’sa Takes Control

Billy Talent – D’sa Takes Control
After almost 20 years together — the first eight as the underground indie band Pezz — multi-platinum rock band Billy Talent lead guitarist Ian D’sa take charge as producer of their new album, Dead Silence. He hadn’t done that since he produced a four-track cassette of Pezz 19 years ago. He was always interested in producing a proper album for... Read More

Loverboy Launches Rock N Roll Revival

Loverboy Launches Rock N Roll Revival
Loverboy is touring right through until December behind its latest album, Rock ‘N’ Roll Revival, and what’s truly a revival is that the legendary Vancouver rock act is on the road with Journey — for the first time in three decades. The two bands linked up this summer for more than 60 dates all over North America, including some upcoming... Read More

Klaatu – Calling Occupants!

Klaatu – Calling Occupants!
As the first issue of Alberta Music Express was about to roll off the presses in October 1976, an album arrived on my desk, displaying a garish Sun face. The album entitled “3:47 E.S.T” was released by a band called Klaatu. A furtive search of the album cover and LP credits revealed nothing about the band. No group photo, no... Read More

Delving Into Blue Rodeo’s Treasure Trove

Delving Into Blue Rodeo’s Treasure Trove
It seems like Blue Rodeo have been around forever, doesn’t it? In fact, 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Toronto roots rockers to Warner Music Canada. This record deal and the subsequent release of their debut album, Outskirts (also in 1987), marked the band’s transition from favourites of T.O.’s Queen Street West scene to national stardom.... Read More

Never Say Never As – Triumph Rocks Sweden

Never Say Never As – Triumph Rocks Sweden
Triumph bassist Mike Levine remembers getting the phone call. His band had just been inducted into Canada’s music hall of fame in April 2008, they were gearing up to play some summer dates when the call came through from their L.A agent that a promoter in Solvesborg, Sweden wanted them for his Sweden Rock Festival. “Did we want to go…no,”... Read More

Nelly Furtado – The Spirit Indestructible

Nelly Furtado – The Spirit Indestructible
The first couple of songs the public got to hear from Nelly Furtado’s fourth English album, The Spirit Indestructible, are party tracks “Big Hoops (The Bigger The Better)” and current single, “Parking Lot,” but it’s a deeper album than that. The title, named after one of her songs, is a strong statement, two words — “spirit,” “indestructible” — that even... Read More