Girls Rock Vermont at Higher Ground and Silver Bridget at Light Club Lamp Shop July 21, 2018   Leave a comment

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All the campers from Girls Rock Vermont pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music on Saturday at Higher Ground and Light Club Lamp Shop. I had an unusual Saturday off and realized that I could finally make it to one of the Girls Rock Vermont showcase shows. Campers show up on Monday and spend the week learning about playing instruments, writing songs and about the music industry. Some are older, some are quite young. Some have some history with an instrument, some pick it up for the first time. Either way, by Saturday, they are on stage in a band playing a song that they wrote.

I got in and settled and was joined by Lauren Costello. We chatted about sunflowers and gardening then it was time for the show. They started with the stage filled with all of the campers who sang a song about the camp. Linda Bassick was a charming emcee as she brought each of the four bands to the stage to play one song. They ranged from a band who’s bass player was marginally taller than her bass to teens who are almost ready to hit the DIY scene then head to the clubs. It was nice to be in a room where people encouraged the kids to learn and play. Keep rocking girls!

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I had a relaxing day then a little after seven I took the lovely walk to the Lamp Shop. I got in and settled and chatted with Charlie Messing. He’s a fun person, a wealth of knowledge and when he is there I know we can figure out the whole Silver Bridget set list. With Johnnie Day Durand on musical saw and Matt Saraca on electric guitar, loops and effects they played instrumental versions of classic songs. They opened with Wild Horses then played a cool version of Space Oddity. We soaked in the Blue Moon then had a pleasant encounter with the Karma Police. Michelle was sweet then we were ushered into a Black Hole Sun. They played some Elvis with Love Me Tender, though Charlie said that’s really based on an older song. I think the next one began as Norwegian Wood and ended as She’s Leaving Home. Linger pulled my heartstrings as did God Only Knows. With Or Without you made the virtually silent room smile, then they took us Over The Rainbow. They closed the night with And I Love Her and I was in a happy place. I hung out and chatted for a bit, then took the lovely walk home.

 

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Silver Bridget pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

 

 

 

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The Seth Yacovone Blues band at The Skinny Pancake and The Thursday Torys, Laura Wolf and The Dead Shakers at Big Heavy World July 20, 2018   Leave a comment

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The Seth Yacovone Blues Band pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music on Friday at The Skinny Pancake Burlington and Big Heavy World. I had a relaxed day then took the warm and lovely walk downtown around 4. I got in and settled at SP around 20 after and the Seth Yacovone Blues Band was on stage ripping it up. He was joined by Jeff Salsibury on drums and Jan Schultz on bass. They created wonderful platforms that Seth used to reach for the sky. They played a song about Mr Farmer then played the Albert King classic As The Years Go Passing By. Seth pulled out an epic guitar solo that lit up the crowd. His playing was more playful on the one about being in love with miss Ann then they played one about how the minds eye wanders. They sang about rocks in your pillow and snatching your bag, then took a break. They came back with a cool bluesy instrumental then played a song with a darker tone and a searing guitar. It was about how the whole world is fighting about the same thing. It was hot and sunny on the deck of the Pancake so Seth’s song about how the sun is shining was quite appropriate. Good thing there was a nice breeze that day. They rocked out a song about being twenty miles out of town then sang a cheery number about how I should have quit you a long time ago. The one about how somewhere there’s a home gave hope then he encouraged us put the shoe on the other foot and walk just like me. The one about how I love you pretty baby, don’t know what to say or do was nice and the one about E. coli and mad cow disease was a little more tough. They played a slow bluesy song about how the harder I try the more I end up on the floor and Seth let loose a wicked solo at the end. They left us with Further On Up The Road and as the last note rang out, I took them up on their advice.

They wrapped up around 6:30 then I walked over to Pine Street heading towards BHW. Showtime was set for 7 and since showtimes this week had been running 30-60 minutes late, I stopped at Dedalus Wine Shop, Market, & Wine Bar for a delicious glass of White Burgundy.

I arrived at Big Heavy World around 7:20 and The Thursday Torys were on stage. Grr, I could have been there at the start. Oh well. It was just Brayden Patrick Baird solo but his voice and guitar nicely carried the songs. He sang about taking every hit that she’s got to know the feeling that we are alive. He switched to mini piano for a song about the coming of winter called Everybody’s Sad. That ended the show. I really should have caught more but loved what I heard. As a side note, I think he said he was playing solo since the rest of the band had food poisoning or subpoenas or something. I will have to catch up with them again soon.

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The Thursday Torys pic by Tim Lewis

 

The set break was short then Laura Wolf began to play. Her indie rock cello sound was augmented by many loops and wispy vocals. The full effect was a dreamy mix as all the songs flowed together. She sang about about being scared of leaving when I’m leaving you and waves coming to shore. Her quietly gorgeous songs mesmerized the room. I’m not sure how many she played since I got lost in the set. She finished with something about can’t you see hopes and prayers that finally broke the spell when she wrapped it up. What a lovely set.

 

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Laura Wolf pic by Tim Lewis

The next set break was long enough to go to ArtsRiot and grab a drink, chat with one of by bosses who was hanging with friends at the food truck event happening outside, finish said drink, then pop back into the no alcohol Big Heavy World.

My timing was back to the usual standards and I got settled in as The Dead Shakers began to play. With a similar, but slightly different band line-up, the sound was a little more rocking and a little less funky than when I saw them on Tuesday. The baritone sax was gone, Lauren Costello was back with her cello and effects and there was a little more fire in the guitar. They opened with something about there I go then played a heavy jam that reminded Matthew Kloss of Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s gone. They played a cheery song about nuclear war coming soon then took us to the sentimental time of the night. They jammed out the next two then Kevin Bloom told a story about a child that was eaten by a bird. Taung Child was fun as always. They played a funky jam with a shredding guitar then sang waste not want not. They closed the 11 song set by encouraging our Superpowers. It’s always a good time when the Shakers play. It might be different from the last time, but it’s always great.

I hung out and chatted for a bit then took the lovely walk home. I ran into Arty LaVigne outside the Flynn and he said Bruce Hornsby was amazing. I ran into Phoebe Zorn and Chrusty Barnacles on Church Street and chatted for a bit, then went home and happily collapsed. What a great night

 

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The Dead Shakers pic by Tim Lewis

 

The Zii Trees at Radio Bean and Julia Caesar and Adrienne Cooper Smith at Ruach HaMaqom Synagogue July 19, 2018   Leave a comment

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Julia Caesar (regular configuration) pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music at Radio Bean and Ruach HaMaqom Synagogue. I ran some errands during the day, had some time at home to settle for a bit, then took the warm walk down to the Bean.

I got in and settled and The Zii Trees began to play. They opened with a song called The Outside and we were on our way. They are a keys/vocals and Ukulele/vocals duo who play songs with sweet melodies and fun changes. They sing together in harmony and the stream of consciousness lyrics fly out quickly in an enchanting way. They sang a song called Stars then one called Ribbons that may have been about wearing the colors of the sunrise. They continued to drop little slices of pop joy on us with a song about winter. Ella put down the Uke and picked up an acoustic guitar for the title song to the Red Road album. The song had a nice strength and they said the album version had an electric guitar. Marika’s keys sounded lovely on the new one that I think was about a world you haven’t figured out. They sang about watching from a distance then sang here comes the cold. They played a new song about a hotel pool where you’re born again with chlorine burns and advised that you close your eyes and glide. They closed the completely delightful set with The Tide.

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The Zii Trees pic by Tim Lewis

I bought a CD, took the warm walk home, dropped it off, then headed over to the synagogue. I arrived close to seven, hung out and chatted with Frank DeAngelis, then about 7:30 Adrienne Cooper Smith took the stage. The stark sound of the electric banjo was beautifully jarring and juxtaposed with the sweet sounding voice. The vocals were mixed down just enough that it was hard to grab the lyrics so I went with the flow. Late in the set a song started with no one knows and had a noir onset of night feel to it. I did not know the cover, and as the set wound its way to the end Adrienne began some blistering finger picking that lit up the packed room. It was a great way to end an intriguing set. I need to listen again soon. Very soon.

 

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Adrienne Cooper Smith pic by Tim Lewis

Some speakers explored ideas such as taking tangible steps to create racial harmony, paying nurses what they are worth so we can have great ones when we need them, and supporting migrant farm workers, since they do so much for all of us.

A couple of minutes after the last one finished, Julia Caesar took the stage. They opened with Ode To The River and Chosen Names of the Heavy Flow EP that they just released. Katy’s voice shone bright and strong and was glorious when mixed with Liz and Meg’s. Both played cool guitar parts as Katy drove the melodies with her bass and Steven rocked the drums hard. They played a song about winter and light going to gray then played a new song about hearing the harmonies. Liz leaned her guitar into the amp to bring out a subtle and sweet feedback sound that put me in a happy place. Meg and Steven switched instruments for Bricks And Bones and Liz played some keys. They returned to the regular instruments for a sing along clap along song about how we are dying alone. It was more fun than you might guess. They sang one about all falling down and feet touching the ground and drowning. Liz and Steven switched instruments for a song about being washed up on your shore again, then they returned to the regular instruments for Nose Dive. They closed with a rocking version of Falter that had Liz pulling all sorts of cool sounds from her pedals.

After the show I chatted with Peg Tassey and Rabbi Jan for a bit then took the short and lovely walk home. What a fantastic night

 

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The Dead Shakers and Bee Bee Sea at The Monkey House July 17, 2018   Leave a comment

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The Dead Shakers pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at The Monkey House. I got motivated close to 8 and took the lovely walk to Winooski. I got in and settled and soon enough, it was showtime.

The Dead Shakers took the stage as an eight-piece band with two saxes, drummer, percussionist, bass, guitarist, accordion/horn player, and Kevin Bloom singing, playing guitar and unleashing cool effects. The songs had a chunky funky psychedelic groove that was delightful to slip into. They opened with one that had a David Lynch vibe with occasional outbursts of guitars as Kevin sang take me back where I started. The next one had that lovely groove until the drummer kicked the whole band into full gear and they rocked us hard. There they go. I think the next part was three or four songs run together, but it’s so easy to just get lost in their flow. Lyrics like there are no such things as touchdowns and wish not want not gave way to heavier riffs and maybe the war is coming soon. Kevin kicked off a recording that spoke of the early part of the Shaker movement and they followed with a sweet version of Taung Child. A long jam followed and concluded with the advice to not go surfing. They ended the set with an homage to Kevin’s cat called Superpowers. It’s always a good time when the Shakers take you out for a spin.

I hung out through the set break, then Bee Bee Sea hit the stage with fury. The guitar/vocals, bass/backing vocals, drummer power trio played loud and fast. The music had a classic punk feel but the songs were longer and had a garage rock and surf noir structure and timing. They featured some of the most frenetic guitar playing I’ve sen in ages, and that’s saying a lot. The drummer was just as fast and threw in lots of thrilling fills. The bass player glued the songs into perfect wholes and added nice touches with his backing vocals. I didn’t catch many of the lyrics as I lost myself in the entrancing flow of the songs. The revved up version of Let’s Live for Today was a delight but trying to figure out where they were taking their own songs was the best part of the show. They played for an hour or so then closed with a burst of power that had the guitarist up on one of the amps, a couple of false endings, the drummer in a fun puppy hat, and the guitarist going it alone to end it all. Just for the record, I missed getting a picture of the drummer at the end, so if you want to see it, you will have to show up at one of their gigs. It’s hard to quantify how brilliant they were, but I was in a state of bliss for every moment of the show.

I hung out a bit and chatted with Matthew Kloss and the band as I bought a CD. It’s time to start listening to it and getting to know Seas songs for real.

 

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Posted July 18, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Tetsou, Grand, Green Chapel, and Aliendog at Nectar’s July 16, 2018   Leave a comment

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Tetsou pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last night at Nectar’s. There was another great show happening in Winooski, so I had to make a choice and ended up downtown.

The walk was quick and hot and I arrived at 8:30 for the 9pm show. I had a quick bite to eat and chatted with Aaron Carr and Zack for a bit, then it began to get loud.

Tetsuo hit the stage fast, heavy, and loud with a pounding metal sound. I think their thrashing songs were about hating fascism. Fuck The Alt-Right was played as fast as humanly possible and the super short song that followed was even faster. Casey Little recognized the next one and danced hard to it. They ended with a slower one that was nice and heavy. It felt like a reasonably long set but the clock said they wrapped up their 9 songs in about 15 minutes. Each one was glorious.

I had been ages since I’d seen Grand and was elated from their first note. They opened with Everybody Wants To Get You High and we were off and running. Their melodic punk was played with precision and power and left a smile on my face. They followed with one about hearing songs in a grocery store, then opined I’m over you in the song about the one that got away. They sang about not sleeping at night and then Aaron opened up about his feelings on I Just Couldn’t Say. Good Times was fun and brought us Another Day Closer To Nothing. They sang another song about feelings but in a deeper way. Aaron spoke about a friend who committed suicide and urged anyone feeling that way to talk to people and get help. The song was called I Can’t Feel Anything. They wrapped the brilliant show with a song about going out and called it a night. They were as spectacular as always.

 

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Grand pic by Tim Lewis

Green Chapel opened with something about we’re not lying as they dropped their mid-paced heavy ferocious sound on us. I was instantly hooked by their stoner doom metal. They sang about getting Down and cleaning the blood. They had one with a slow opening section that settled into an epic ending. They sang about a Brave Coward and closed with a song about feelings called Home Again. Their set was so fun.

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Green Chapel pic by Tim Lewis

At that point I was pretty wiped out. I hit the wall in the middle of Chapel’s set and wanted to head home, but wanted to stay too. I got another drink and closed my tab and hung out as Aliendog began to play. Their sound was somewhere between heavy rock and metal and was fantastic. The first song was fun and the second was called Pretend and had a bit of an E5150 feel to the intro. The Red Sun had a slow intro with nice cymbal work before it crashed into a Sabbath sound. Hell Hound had very expressive vocals then they gave us a history lesson with Jonestown 1978. At that point I was using a table to prop up my mortal remains, but I just had to stay as they sang about how it’s hard to say goodbye. We rose on the next one, then they played one more wonderful song and called it a night.

I quickly ducked out the door and took the warm walk home. I’m so lucky to be able to see such great music all the time.

 

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Aliendog pic by Tim Lewis

 

Posted July 17, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Clever Girls, Mothers (solo), and Lucy Dacus at ArtsRiot July 15, 2018   Leave a comment

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Clever Girls pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night t ArtsRiot. I got out of work at 4:30, had some time to relax at home, then took the long walk to the South End. I got in and settled, chatted with some cool people, and soon it was showtime.

Clever Girls hit the stage with a huge crisp rocking fury. Catch And Release set a strong plateau at the beginning and soared to epic heights as it would it’s way to a conclusion. Diane Jean‘s voice was perfectly mixed, Winfield Holt‘s guitar fueled the blistering ride to rock greatness and the rhythm section of Tobias Sullivan and Rob Slater glued the songs perfectly. They eased up slightly for Dumb Smile, then rocked out a new one. It rocked hard then rocked harder on the long instrumental ending. Loom started slow and crushed us with the chorus. Owen was magnificent. They played Hannah Wants To See You for a friend in the audience and Diane’s voice went over the top. They closed with a blistering version of Heavy. I’m so glad I was there to hear that set.

The room had mostly filled by the end of their set. The break was pretty short then Mothers took the stage. It was just Kristine Leschper and she sang and played keys and effects. The sound pulled you into a trance as she sang about sinking and swimming and being split in two. Some of the songs were more poppy, some more proggy and all had a nice flow. She closed the set with her dad’s favorite song which gave the advice stop pretending and try.

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Mothers pic by Tim Lewis

Up next, Lucy Dacus began to play and I could immediately see why Clever Girls were on the bill. They have a very similar sound, though Clever rock a little harder. She sang, played guitar and was joined by bass, drums, and a lead guitar. I think the first song was about a freeze frame tidal wave then she sang about how it doesn’t mean I’ve got nothing to say. She was an endearing front woman who engaged the crowd and told lovely stories. When mixed with the beautiful sound of the band, it put the whole room in a happy place. She sang about both yours and mine, and played an older song about anything to stop pretending. She sang about looking at you and about turning into a pillar of dust. They skipped the usual encore break asking why should they make us clap since we’d been clapping all night. The whole show was a joy. I’m so glad that Clever were on the bill to draw me to the show and that I stayed until the joyous end.

After the show I spoke with Matthew Kloss about religion and delivering mail, then took the long walk home. What a lovely night

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Posted July 17, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Ivamae at Robot Dog Studio and Chris Brokaw & Anachronist at Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn Center For Performing Arts, and Ben Clark at Radio Bean on July 13, 2018   Leave a comment

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Ivamae pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music Friday at Robot Dog Studio and the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, which is part of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.

We’ve always done the live from Robot Dog sessions in the evening but the timing worked out for an afternoon show. We gathered around 2pm and Ryan Cohen dialed in the sound. Ivamae played four songs that were so enchanting it was a struggle to hold on to enough concentration to be ready to ask her questions as each song found it’s conclusion. Phoebe Zorn helped Ryan with the video and I can’t wait to see and hear the results.

I grabbed a bite to eat then headed home. I did a quick turnaround then quickly walked downtown. The show at the gallery said 6pm and I sailed in about 6:05. The band was not on so I took a breath and ran into Phil Yates. We chatted as a DJ spun songs from The Gun Club, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Blue Button, Alex Chilton, and lots of others.

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Anachronist pic by Tim Lewis

 

A little after 7, Anachronist took the stage. They opened with a couple of new songs that featured their jangly rock that takes fun twists and hits many sweet notes. One was about doing it all. The third song had a tag line of don’t come back again and featured some blistering Brian Clark guitar work. Chris Brokaw joined them for a song about true love that was gorgeous. At that point Anachronist left the stage and Chris sang a song about wanting still to decide. His songs were mellow and strong and slow and enchanting. The next one had that sweet flow to it, until the end when he unleashed some lovely guitar noise. He had nothing but time on the next one then followed with an instrumental cover that I should have been able to spot, but did not, and enjoyed it nonetheless. He played a song from an upcoming album that may be called Trademarks and I think the song was about the end of night. He played another cool instrumental then a song about a joke where no one laughs and the night having no eyes. He played another nice instrumental then one about blasting through black holes. He closed the set with a short and super fun song about Benny Forjones (?) that made everyone smile.

He left the stage and Anachronist returned. The first two songs kept my heart in a happy place as Phil Carr’s powerhouse drumming and Mike Donofrio‘s melodic bass locked the songs in. They sang about what it’s going to take to get it together again then dropped a heavenly version of Like Beads on us. The next song was new and almost political and was dedicated to the nurses who were on strike and holding a rally across the street in City Hall park. They closed with a pair of songs where the first one was short and exciting, much like singer Angela Paladino, that the other was longer. It was about a gambler from out of state, and let Brian loose for a killer guitar solo at the end. It had been ages since I had seen them and I loved every note.

I chatted with Sean Toohey for a bit then took the lovely walk home.

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Anachronist with Chris Brokaw

I got a bit of a thirst on the way home and ducked into Radio Bean and a gentleman named Ben Clark was on stage. His voice was strong and melodic and his guitar playing was nice. He sang Wichita Lineman and Goodbye Yellow Brook Road as I settled in to listen. He played the last song of the old world, the title song for his album Hallucinate, and closed with something called No Idea. It was well worth the stop.

I then took the lovely walk home and collapsed on the couch in a happy place. I’m so lucky to have so much great music around me all the time.

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Ben Clark pic by Tim Lewis