Marlaena Moore Last Best Brewing & Distillery, Calgary AB, January 29

Marlaena Moore Last Best Brewing & Distillery, Calgary AB, January 29
Photo: Chris Gee
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Night Two of Big Winter Classic kicked off with Edmonton's Marlaena Moore and her band performing indie rock songs influenced by grunge and reminiscent of '90s Bettie Serveert. Moore's three-piece band powered through a variety of songs from her catalogue, including "Sidekick," "Gaze" and her quirky ode to the "24 Hour Drugstore." These bass-heavy songs were accentuated by the pedals Moore used, allowing her to vary her improvisational textures. Moore's throaty and passionate voice soared on songs like the multi-octave "Feel It."
 
Her performance was one devoid of ego, as she played older material such as a song she told the audience she had written about a celebrity crush at age 15. Occasionally, Moore pushed her vocal cords too far, but she and her band continually reeled in their sound to retain a steady rhythm and pulse to the music. Her confidence and stage presence drew listeners in to the charming world of her songs.