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Rock recording artists SILO, hailing from Calgary, Alberta continues their momentous storm across Canada with their return to Medicine Hat.  SILO will hit the stage on November 1st at Liquid Night Club.  SILO is excited to perform their latest material for their Medicine Hat fans.

SILO has successfully released two singles to Canadian rock-radio, beginning with “Paper Notes” then followed up with the album’s title track “Bad Luck”.  After the release, SILO shared the stage with some of rock music’s greatest bands, opening for Five Finger Death Punch, Three Days Grace, Seether and My Darkest Days at the 2011 Boonstock Music and Arts Festival.  SILO rounded out the summer of 2011 headlining the fairground stage and playing with Nazareth, Dr. Hook, Prism, Harlequin, and Helix at the First Annual Sturgis North Motorcycle Rally and Music Festival.

2012 has proven to be SILO’s most successful year since completed their highly anticipated EP entitled “Can’t Break Me”, produced by Trevor Hurst, front man of Juno nominated – platinum selling band Econoline Crush. SILO continued their 2012 summer smash, headlining the “In Our Blood” music festival, playing the main stage at the Boonstock Music Festival opening for GOB, Buckcherry, A Day to Remember, and Billy Talent.  SILO closed out the summer opening for Big Wreck at the Alberta’s Own Music festival in Lacombe, Alberta. THE JUMP – Read the rest of this entry »

Secret Broadcast is an Indie / Pop Rock band from Calgary, Canada. Since their formation they have opened for such acts as Metric, Tokyo Police Club and The Stills, performed at Virgin Festivals in Calgary and Toronto, and showcased at CMJ, NXNE, CMW and JunoFest. During Secret Broadcast’s short history they also beat out 400 other bands to take first place in a Canada-wide competition judged by Sir Richard Branson and were awarded $25,000 by Calgary’s X92.9 during their annual Xposure contest.

Secret Broadcast recently relocated to Toronto from Calgary, recorded a new record with acclaimed producer, Jon Drew (Tokyo Police Club, Fucked Up) and signed with eOne Music Canada (The Cult, Bush, Die Mannequin). The band is currently touring across the country in support of the album, Hungry Ghost, which was released on May 22nd.

Check out this link to their current single, Raygun, currently playing in rotation on MuchMusic.

Secret Broadcast will be playing at Crave (MHC’s campus pub) on Saturday, September 29th. Tickets are on sale now at the Students’ Association office. This event is open to the public and doors open at 9pm.

Greg CockerillGreg Cockerill will be playing at the Ottoman Lounge Wednesday, April 21st. The show starts at 9PM and is $5 at the door.
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A bit more about Greg Cockerill:

Described as the perfect blend of indie-Canadiana and commercial music by CBC Radio, The Greg Cockerill Band is now playing full time across Canada in support of their debut record “Summertime & Heartache” Fueled by an all-star, young but seasoned rhythm section hailing from across Canada, the music is characterized by its honest blue collar roots-rock approach. Frontman Greg Cockerill crafts simple songs reflecting the complexity of human emotion and relationships. “I write about my hopes and my fears, we play hard to try to get into these feelings with our audience” Cockerill states. Inspired by songwriters such as Dylan, Springsteen and Young, there is no mistaking the cultural lineage of the music as it rings with authenticity and urgency. After a recent move from Calgary to Toronto and whole new batch of songs in the making the next year of 2010 should be a promising one the Greg Cockerill Band.

The Fast Romantics are an alternative (indie) rock band from Calgary and are most recently playing gigs to promote their self-titled debut album. Their sound kind of reminds me of a mix between Arcade Fire (to reference a popular band) and something kind of like piano-pop with some jazzy bits – with maybe a little mix of  The New Pornographers, Hot Hot Heat, and The Strokes (in some of the synthesized stuff – more notably at the end “Stop Me”). Obviously with all of my references, they are a little hard to categorize, which is nice, because even though the genre isn’t my favourite, their music kept my quite satiated with an interest for they were throwing out on their first release.

The Fast Romantics CD Cover Design

The Fast Romantics CD Cover Design

It was all quite varied too, there’s a lot of different sounds going on throughout the album – but not exactly all over the place, it all worked together nicely. Very up-beat, very danceable (like lots of brit-pop and indie-rock) and overall a nice mix. I wasn’t shooting my mouth off about the “jazzy” bits either, “Mr. Magoo” features a trumpet, a clarinet, a trombone and a baritone sax (and a bass/guitar/piano/drums if those count too). If you want to get technical, several tracks also feature a viola, violin and cello as well. Keep in mind though, all of the external instruments are being played by external participants, or “special guests” which I list at the bottom of the post.

The album artwork is very nice with masterful and playful illustrations by Dave Barnes and design by Matthew Angus (the vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist of the band). The illustrations take place throughout the cover, the inside flap, the CD, under the CD and even on the back – it’s all great, beautiful, and typeset mostly in Trajan Pro (to ensure the EPICNESS).

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There’s a lot going on tonight apparently. If you’re not already going to The Big “D” or Lord of the Dance then you also can choose to enjoy a little reggea/alternative rock as supplied by Once Just, a band coming out of Calgary. Their sound is kind of like a mix between Korn and Skindred.

Once Just Poster

Once Just Poster

The Ottoman Lounge
502 South Railway St. Se
Medicine Hat, AB

Saturday, December 6th, 2008
9:00pm – 1:00AM
Tickets: $5

“Listen Up” – Once Just

Once Just Website



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