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Maryse Smith and Ivamae at Light Club Lamp Shop February 5, 2018   Leave a comment

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Maryse Smith pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Mondays ago at Light Club Lamp Shop. It was the first night of the Maryse Smith residency and it had been ages since I had heard her sing live. I got out the door and took the lovely walk downtown and was in and settled by the 10pm start time. The room was full of local musicians and fans and she took the stage with a smile. Her guitar playing was sweet and the songs sounded great but it was the first few notes of her voice that filled my heart. She sang songs about something on the tip of her tongue and being stood up. She sang about half a mind. She said she wouldn’t go on loving you forever and wouldn’t want to burden you with that. She sang about heading off to the stars and about how everybody has a reason why. I should have listened to her songs more so I knew the titles but just being there to experience them was heartwarming. Up next was Liar and it was as terrifying and wonderful as ever. She ended her first set with The Way It Is.

Up next Ivamae took the stage. She sang and played a mellow electric guitar. She opened with a song about falling out of love but not out of place. She followed with a cover about how everything means nothing if I ain’t got you. Tender Meat was lovely then she sang about loving you through all the bliss and pain. She played a few more passionate songs and closed her set with a song about not being able to change the truth. She was as magnificent as always.

Maryse came back to the stage and pulled out classics like Good Thing and I Forgot. She sang about how winter is coming and I’m still here then played a great version of 15 Steps. She played a couple more and ended with one about hearing that song before, then called it a night.

It was so great to hear her sing again and even nice to know she was playing the next three Monday’s.

 

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Ivamae pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Posted February 20, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Zentauri at ArtsRiot January 31, 2018   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing a movie a couple of Wednesday’s ago at ArtsRiot. I knew they were showing horror films on a semi-regular basis but I had not made it to any of them, and thought it was about time I caught one. I took the long chilly walk down to the South End and got a bite to eat. I said hi to a couple of cool people then went into the show room. A screen was set up in the back of the stage with the band’s gear in front. After a bit Zentauri took the stage and the lights went down and John Carpenter’s The Thing started. They had the sound off and captions on. Matthew Bryan Hagen played keys, guitar and Theremin, Lauren Costello played cello through cool effects, I missed the names of the guitar player and drummer. Imagine something that sounds like the first couple of songs from Obscured by Clouds rising and falling with the tension on the screen and you’ve got an idea. It was easy to follow along with the movie and the music. The movie seemed to add something extra to the movie and the music took the movie to another place. It was a fantastic experience that will likely never happen that way again.

I did not stay too long after the end credits rolled. I think they may do this now and then and I highly recommend catching any show they do. Wow.

 

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Posted February 14, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Hellascope, Wolfhand, and Black Pyramid at Nectar’s January 29, 2018   Leave a comment

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Hellascope pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Monday at Nectar’s. I’d been meaning to catch up with Hellascope for a while and they were opening that Metal Monday night. I was slow to get out the door and they were on stage and rocking hard when I got in and settled. They had a beautiful and heavy doom and gloom sound and I was hooked form the first moment. They played a song about a creature and a song about magic. They started slow on the next one then they hit it hard and took it on a long epic journey over the mountain and across the sea. That ended the set and made me want to go see them again soon.

Up next was an instrumental band called Wolfhand. Their songs had a nice heavy flow and epic feel. They played sound clips in between songs and kept me in a happy place. Some songs were lead by the keys, some by the lap guitar and some by the bass. The electric guitarist lead a couple too. Their five song set was delightful and they closed with something about a convoy coming to pick up the gold. I’d go see them again anytime.

 

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Wolfhand pic by Tim Lewis

The headliner for the night was a band from western Massachusetts called Black Pyramid. They describe their music as psychedelic war metal and that sounds right to me. The songs had epic rises and falls and were tremendous. They opened with a long slow blues metal groove then rocked hard. I didn’t know any of the songs and let them take me on journeys through distant lands. They sang about soldiers and winter and I loved every moment of their set. I hope they come back and do it again sometime.

What a great night of music in our town.

 

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Black Pyramid pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Posted February 7, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Happy Spangler and The Nancy Druids at The Monkey House and Julia Caesar and Clever Girls at Radio Bean January 27, 2018   Leave a comment

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Happy Spangler pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music on Saturday January 27th. It was one of those days where there were six or ten great shows in town and decisions had to be made.

I got out of work and hung out for a bit then took the long walk to Winooski. I got in and settled at The Monkey House and realized that the first band on was one that I knew nothing about and really wanted to see. Happy Spangler took the stage for their debut show. With Barbara Richmond on bass, Kirk Flanagan on guitar and vocals and Michael Bradshaw on drums and backing vocals, they had a pop punk sound that brought me back through the history of Burlington’s music scene while firmly planting me in 2018. Kirk was a great front man and introduced most of the songs and they opened with one called Dave Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. They played a song about bringing you flowers when you wanted drugs. They played a song called Baby Please and one about breaking the night. They played the brand newest of the new songs called Never Let Me Go then played another love song. They sang about a sweet bit of honey and told the true story of having never seen it coming. They played a fun song called Hawks and closed the set with Elvis Costello’s Waiting for the end of the world. It was a great beginning and I can’t wait to see them again.

Up next The Nancy Druids began playing their gorgeous rock and roll music. They opened with the Sky all around them then brought us back to December. They played a powerhouse version of By Design and followed with the newish song Salvation. Just another day had that heavy rock stomp and Halo featured Ann Mindell‘s explosive drumming. They played a cool new song called Bitter Days (?) then took us on a walk through Vondle Park (?). I Can’t Remember Who You Were was epic and Sean went way off on The Space Between to close the night. They are an amazing band.

 

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The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

There was one more band at the Monkey House but I decided to try and make it to a second show. I walked back into Burlington and waited in line for a bit at Radio Bean. I had heard a lot about, but had never seen, Julia Caesar. I was still outside when they began but I could hear reasonably well and my first thought was Zola Turn. Their songs had nice melodies and rocked hard. I made it inside after a couple of songs and found a place to enjoy the rest of the show. The songs had a great strength to them and I reveled in their power. They played a song about the ground and a new one about a holy ghost. They played a song about being down below the ground and closed with one about hearing me now. I definitely need to see them again and get to know their music. They are amazing.

 

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Julia Caesar pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Clever Girls took the stage and kept it rocking. They opened with Tell Me No then shouted out the 1 2 3 4 intro to Loose Tooth. They played a new song I did not know but really liked then played an intense version of 45. They played more songs from their upcoming album such as Catch And Release and Loom. They closed the set with a heavy rocker that always gets me going. They are such a great band. I can’t wait for a new album so I can get to know their songs even better.

I didn’t hang out too long but did chat with a couple of cool people. The walk home was short and easy and I was in a blissfully happy place.

 

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Clever Girls pic by Tim Lewis

 

Sad Turtle, People Person, and Burning Monk at The Monkey House January 20, 2018   Leave a comment

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Sad Turtle pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Saturdays ago at The Monkey House. The show was billed as Winter Wonder-Glam and was a benefit to collect money and warm clothes for Spectrum Youth And Family Services.

Sad Turtle began the night with a jazzy rock instrumental set. They played some new songs and likely some classics. I should have studied their album closer before the show to be sure. Either way, I let myself get lost in the fun twists and turns of their glorious music. They played a very old song called Johnny Razor’s Totally Normal Candy Store (I think), and played a new one and asked us what it’s name should be. The song kept rising all the way through so I suggested He Is Risen And Appears On Toast, since that’s the way their titles tend to go. They closed the set with a majestic version of Nautical By Nature that kept me in a happy place.

 

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People Person pic by Tim Lewis

Up next was a blistering rock trio from Boston called People Person. They were fast and loud and pretty great. They played maybe nine songs with the drummer and guitar player switching in the middle of the set. The singer screamed out the words to the short songs and the whole set was wrapped up in about 15 minutes. It was furious and fun.

The final band of the night came on and raged hard. Burning Monk are a Rage Against The Machine cover band and they sounded great. I’ve always appreciated their music but don’t know it well so I don’t know what songs were played. The audience recognized them and we all had a great time. It was yet another wonderful night of music in our town

 

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Burning Monk pic by Tim Lewis

 

Posted February 7, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Adam Wolf and The Mountain Carol at Sidebar January 14, 2018   Leave a comment

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Adam Wolf pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Sundays ago at SideBar. It was one of those weeks where I had to work early on a Monday but hadn’t been out to see much in 2018 and had to put in the effort.

I took the lovely walk downtown and got in and settled and chatted a bit, then Adam Wolf started playing. With a singer/guitar player, bass, drums, and pedal steel they had a country blues rock feel with a very wet sound that produced a Floyd vibe. The pedal steel had no twang and provided a second rhythm. The vocals were down in the mix and sounded like a fifth instrument and the band had a sound that kept rising and filled me nicely. They opened with a song that will be their debut single then played a drifty dreamy pop song. They played a song about a new girl and followed it with another dreamy song. They played a song about walking on home then one about what’s real. They closed with a song that had an Eastern Mountain Time feel. They were really good and I’d go see them again in a heartbeat.

Up next The Mountain Carol kept the room sounding drifty and dreamy. Instead of the long series of songs they had been opening with they broke them up individually but still let me loose myself in their glory. They sang a song where the line I Shall Not floated to the surface. I listened to All is Lost so many times before going that I actually recognized it in the fourth slot. They played a dance number that may have been about loss. Austin had to reach way down for the solo on Adventure Safari and it’s so great to hear him play. They played something that may be the drum carol and closed the set with The Neverending. Despite not being always able to grasp their songs, much like the first 5 times I saw The Cush, I love being in the space that they create. They are recording soon so maybe I’ll be able to play the songs so many times I can finally get hold of them. Either way, I love when they play.

There was another band on that night, but I was exhausted and did the responsible thing and went home so I was ready to work in the morning.

 

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The Mountain Carol pic by Tim Lewis

 

Posted January 30, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Ouzkxqlzn at Radio Bean January 8, 2018   Leave a comment

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I had a great time being encapsulated in sound and stories last night at Radio Bean. I’d been meaning to catch up with Lauren Costello‘s solo project Ouzkxqlzn for a while and the timing was perfect for the show, though it was David Bowie’s birthday so she created an experience for us to celebrate. She spent the night alternating between guitar and cello and used a large variety of pedals to create loops and trigger recordings of people speaking about the man and some of Bowie himself. The show began with a gentle swirling sound and a man’s voice came on and spoke about how bold David was and how he empowered people to know that it was OK to be weird and freaky and to be themselves and to let that out into the world. It segued into a story from a woman who was a hairdresser and who had a client who was proud of her son who was in a band. As the story progressed she realized that Mrs Jones son was David Bowie and the hairdresser had heard Major Tom on the radio and thought he was a folk act. She eventually saw the Spiders and realized it was something more. Mrs Jones had the hairdresser do David’s hair for a show then she got asked to go on the road with the band and did everyone’ hair except for Mick Ronson who didn’t want to look like Bowie. She later married Mick. It was riveting. Lauren dropped in a clip of Bowie saying this is the last show we’ll ever do from the last Ziggy show then shifted into a completely deconstructed Ashes To Ashes. She made it sound very different and completely great. A recording of Bowie doing The Man Who sold The World followed for a while then shifted into an interview with David. This flowed for a while then Lauren played a gentle version of Modern Love. She moved back to the ambient sound and used a wrench on the guitar strings to evoke lovely sounds as Bowie confessed to many fun things on Sea Friends (?). It was really fun then slid into an interview where Bowie sang Conan O’Brien’s song about what a good host Conan was. It was quite amusing. This segued into a person speaking about David’s passing and not being sad because he could go home and listen to Heroes 10 times in a row anytime he wanted. Bowie’s song Heroes began to play and Lauren said goodnight.

I hung out until the last note of Heroes finished and took the lovely walk home in awe of the sheer talent that people in out town let loose into the world.

 

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Posted January 13, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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