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Totally Submerged at Radio Bean April 17, 2017   Leave a comment

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Totally Submerged pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Radio Bean. It was a long hard work day and I got out at 9:30, did a quick turnaround, then arrived at the club close to the 10:30 start time. The band were still setting up so I got a drink and chatted with a guy named Cody that I met a couple of weeks ago while hanging out with Daffy Mal Yinkleyank.

Soon enough Totally Submerged took the stage and released their solid classic rock into the air. The guitar/vocals, keys/bass/vocals, drummer/vocals band lit into a nice groove. Each member took turns on lead vocals and they had a nice sound. They rocked out Start Of Something Good then got Hung Up On You. A cover of Eight Days A Week was fun and the audience enjoyed it. The next song was a mostly instrumental funky song that featured some sweet keyboard work. The next one was something about feeling the breeze or the whoa oh song, or possibly Here We Go Again. They brought the rock into high gear for I’m Going Out Of Town and I was in a happy place. Get Out And Go followed and featured a cool triple vocal part.

At some point Lee Anderson said I should check out Kaitlyn Raitz and Ben Plotnick next door at the Lamp Shop. I popped over as Submerged’s keyboard player switched to bass. I missed that whole song but the violin cello duo at the Lamp shop were playing like crazy.

 

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Kaitlyn Raitz and Ben Plotnick pic by Tim Lewis

 

At the end of the duo’s song, I popped back to the Bean as Submerged rocked out It’ll All Be Over Soon. The next song was really cool and was about singing our song and getting higher and higher. Since they were in Burlington they played a blistering cover of Phish’s 46 Days. They followed with Ziggy Stardust then capped the night with an instrumental that began with a moody keyboard then built into a rock epic that featured some sweet guitar playing and amazing drumming before slipping back into the moody keyboard outro. I think it was called Rainy Alley.

After that I hung out for a bit, chatted with Cody and the band and Matthew who was behind the bar. Fun and crazy stories were shared then the hour became late and I took the short walk home.

 

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Totally Submerged pic by Tim Lewis

Patrick Yeo & The Yo Yo’s and The Depth & The Whisper at Radio Bean April 16, 2017   Leave a comment

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Patrick Yeo and the Yo Yo’s pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Radio Bean, It was Easter Sunday and I worked a long 10:30-7 shift then stopped at home, ate dinner and settled for a bit. It would have been so easy to just stay, but I rallied the motivation and got out the door at 9:30 and took the short walk downtown.

I got in and settled and caught one song by Patrick Yeo & The Yoyo’s. They had a low-fi indie psychedelic sound and the song was about letting the cosmos emanate from you. It was pretty cool. I think the bass played had a set earlier billed as Hello Tortoise and I have not checked out the CD I was given, but will soon. They seemed to be a traveling collective of beautiful people and I was happy to be a tiny part of that night’s adventure.

The set break was pretty short, then the band I intended to check out hit the stage. The Depth and the Whisper are a guitar/singer, bass, drums trio from NYC and Kansas City and they played indie rock with sweet melodies and huge choruses. The three instruments create a great base for the songs and Albert’s voice just soars over the band on the choruses. They opened with the one song I knew, Waiting For The World To End and I was instantly in a happy place. From there, they played songs like Bones, Lack Of Sun and Fade Away. They all sounded great. Albert spoke of the need to have love and compassion for everyone throughout the show and spoke about loneliness and the need to see and be seen by people and to love and be loved by them before the song Let It All Go. Too Late To Be You was pretty cool and Highway was about spending a lot of time driving and thinking about who you are and who you want to be. Souvenir began with a bit of a U2 vibe and rocked nicely. They capped the night with the huge sounding New York that was about a girl nicknamed New York because she talked about it all the time.

It was late so I said a couple of quick goodbyes and took the long walk home. It would have been so easy to just stay at home but I’m so glad I put the effort in. I was heavily rewarded for it in my heart and soul.

 

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The Depth And The Whisper pic by Tim Lewis

The High Breaks at Foam Brewers April 15, 2017   Leave a comment

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The High Breaks pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music at Foam Brewers on Friday night. I got out of work at 7, ate a little food and took the lovely walk to the waterfront. The sun was setting and lighting up Lake Champlain as I entered the room and got in the beer line.

The High Breaks jumped onto the stage, as if it was a three-man surf board, and rode a wave they call The Big One. Clad in gray suits and sunglasses, after the first song Matthew Bryan Hagen announced that they would be giving away many pairs of sunglasses between songs with the promise that we would all wear them, at least on the one featured song He reached into the box, grabbed a pair and simply held them out. We stepped forward one at a time and took a pair until that round was done. The band rocked out Woody and then handed out more glasses. They continued the theme of playing songs like Surf Train, Sink Or Swim, Banana Seat, Wet Suit Diver, and Dark And Stormy Seas and followed each with more hand outs. Matt told the usual fun stories between the songs. The surf rock music was expertly played with intense bass runs by Kevin Lynam, Matt’s super fluid guitar playing and the over the top madman drumming of Todd Gevry. They rode a Voodoo Wave and went through the swelling and receding of Ankle Breaker. They taught us how to do the Boardwalk Boogie and had us put on the glasses for Shifty. They ran that into a fun rocker and ended set one.

The set break was long enough to get another Halo Bender and chat with a couple of people. The band came back and played a couple of cool songs then acted like Hot Dogs. They pulled out a little Surf Sabbath on Hole In The Sky then took us to the Salty Shore. We all Dropped In and found ourselves going on a Whirlpool Ride. Surviving that treacherous journey we sat back on the beach and enjoyed the Coconut Breeze. The next song was fun and followed by A Walk On Ballard Beach. They ventured into a new territory for the next couple then mashed Penetration and Sweet Leaf together. We took a ride on the Sea Chopper and they capped the night with a shot of Tequila.

The band are very intense and fun at the same time. I basked in the afterglow for a moment or two, said a couple of quick goodbyes then took the long uphill walk home.

 

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The High Breaks pic by Tim Lewis

Posted April 16, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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apb, Sink Or Swim, Mr Doubtfire and Ransom Smith at Jim’s Basement April 8, 2017   Leave a comment

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Mr Doubtfire pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Jim’s Basement. I got out at 5 after a reasonable day at work, though I didn’t land the day where I hoped so today will be an extra challenge. I had enough time to hang out and eat some food, then took the long walk down to King st.

I was running a little late and apb was already on stage. It was just him and a fuzzed out overdriven guitar and he sounded great. I only caught a few songs but his questioning of what it must feel like to be middle aged and began to wonder if you are gay and his assertion that everyone should get at least a little bit involved in local politics spoke volumes. I really liked the few songs that I caught. I hope I did not miss much.

 

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apb pic by Tim Lewis

 

Up next Sink or Swim hit the stage hard and fast. They have a classic ’70’s punk sound and were tons of fun. With tight melodies and a rocking energy the guitar bass drums trio powered through a great set. The only song title I remember was An Obscene Amount of Debt, but all the songs were brilliant and I enjoyed every moment.

 

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Sink Or Swim pic by Tim Lewis

 

Mr. Doubtfire followed and sounded slick in comparison, but still had tons of furious rock energy. I had just gotten, but had not listened to, their new EP Drive By Fruiting, but I’m sure they played some, if not all of it. Their regular drummer couldn’t make it so Swim’s drummer, Ruston Fettig, sat in and glued the set together. The only song I remember was Blank Daze, which has the line about the marionette, and it was pretty wonderful. The rest of the set was blissfully rocking and I was in a great place.

 

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Mr Doubtfire pic by Tim Lewis

 

The night was capped by guitar, bass drums trio Ransom Smith. I think they said they have another guitar player who was not there that night. They had a low-fi indie punk sound and rocked hard. As they settled into the set they got tighter and tighter and the amazing drummer drove the show over the top. The songs began to have more of an indie feel with some catchy melodies, but always rocked hard. Their set was short and sweet and just great.

After they finished up I hung out a bit in the back yard with James Lockridge and Brian LaClair and several other cool people for a while, then took the chilly walk home. What a great night.

 

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Ransom Smith pic by Tim Lewis

Posted April 9, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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The Ryan Ober Band, The Nancy Druids, and Gold City Ashes at The Monkey House April 1, 2017   Leave a comment

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The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at The Monkey House. I met up with Nathan Curtis just before 9 and we drove to Winooski and got settled in.

It was not long before Ryan Ober picked up his electric guitar and started playing and singing. Joined by Creston Lea and Jeremy Frederick on drums, the trio rocked out some bluesy songs with a pop edge. The first song was about loving a girl for a long time and Creston kept asking what her name was. The second was a rocker called What Is Life? Ryan had a ripping solo at the end and played so powerfully that the stage could not hold him. They played a few of Ryan’s new songs and covers like Dylan’s To Be Alone With You and a rocking version of Ray Charles’ Sticks And Stones. Ryan’s song Caveman Blues was pretty fun and had a bit of an Elvis Costello vibe. They closed the nine song set with Ryan’s tale about how his friends say he can’t get away from the blues, and fun was had by all.

 

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The Ryan Ober Band pic by Tim Lewis

 

During the set Nathan met and chatted with Star and we hung out close to the stage and rocked out as The Nancy Druids weaved their magical spell. Their melodic indie music rocked hard and sent shimmering vibes through the club. They opened with Sky and we were off and running. With some snow outside on an April night, December still seemed appropriate. Halo has a great bass riff from John Franklin, powerhouse drumming from Ann Mindell and Sean Toohey sent the solo into a feedback guided blissful universe. By Design was super catchy and The Space Between was gorgeous and a little extra fun considering the Facebook post I did earlier in the day that threaded the space between a secret and a lie. They pulled out the brand new song Icicles, I think that’s what it’s called, and it was pretty great. The stomp rock of Just Another Day kept us grooving and Might Have Been had a wicked guitar effect at the end. They closed the set with a song that may be called Who You are and it had more great Ann drumming and a colossal ending. The Druids always make me happy when they play.

 

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The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

 

The set break was a little longer than the first one, but we hung out in the front as Canadian band GOLD CITY ASHES took the stage. They are an electric guitar/singer, bass, drums trio and had a classic rock sound. Nico had a great bounce to his drumming, Chris played a lot of leads with a slide and Lynn’s bass playing was just amazing. It was mesmerizing to watch her play. Chris was an engaging front man and was very welcoming and appreciative. His voice was nice and the songs rocked hard. The first couple had a nice stomp to them and the third song had a big bluesy feel. The next couple kept us rocking hard then they got into a jam with California Love, They tossed a little roll away the dew in the middle, then went back to the hard rock. Later in the set they played a heavy version of After The Gold Rush that made me smile. They wrapped the 15 song set with a rocker that had space for each member to do a short solo and ended with a blistering song called Big Brother which had an epic set up, a hard rocking middle and a Judas Priest ending.

We hung out and said Hi to the band then Star took off and I caught a ride home from Nathan. It was yet another wonderful night of music and was great to make some new friends.

 

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Gold City Ashes pic by Tim Lewis

Cricket Blue, Silver Bridget, The Parts, and Phil Yates & The Affiliates at The Monkey House March 19, 2017 Show Up Shows vol 2   Leave a comment

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Cricket Blue pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at The Monkey House. The show was set to go from 6:30-10 and I had to work until 7. It was a benefit for Planned Parenthood and is part of a series of shows to benefit worthy organizations put on by The Monkey House and Sean Hood.

I got out of work at 7 on the dot and ran over to the Monkey. I assumed I would miss one of the four bands but would be happy to catch what I could. Cricket Blue were on stage and playing as I got settled in and said hi to Jeremy Gilchrist. I wasn’t listening with full attention but still liked the sound of the new song they were playing. I got into focus mode and loved the guitar and vocal interplay on Quiet pt 2. They followed with Ode To Billy Joe and wrapped up the set. I missed a few songs but was happy with what I caught.

 

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Cricket Blue pic by Tim Lewis

 

The emcee of the night, Annie Russell, got up and plugged Planned Parenthood and encouraged people to vote in the silent auction with poise and humor. I think she began the night with a stand up set, which was what let me catch a couple of Cricket songs.

Up next Silver Bridget took the stage. Matt Saraca rocked the electric guitar while John Townsend formed the rhythms with acoustic guitar and kick drums and Johnnie Day Durand‘s musical saw soared over the top. They opened with Heart Of Gold then brought us to The End Of The World. And I Love Her was sweet then we went out to the Blue Bayou. They capped the set with Nowhere Man and the quiet and appreciative crowd was well pleased.

 

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Silver Bridget pic by Tim Lewis

 

Annie came up for more announcements then made way for Danny LeFrancois and The Parts. Danny sang and played electric guitar and was joined by Steve Sharon on drums and Jason Pappas on bass. They opened with a heavy rocker that showcased Danny’s deep guitar sound. Driving All Alone was second and rocked hard too. The third song was a rocker about drinking and the fourth was a fast Irish ditty about a liquor store. The mellowed out for It’s A Shame and were joined by a fiddle player. I think his name was Jake. They brought Sean up to sing the next one and a distant memory made me cringe. It proved to be unfounded as Sean sang the heck out of a gorgeous song about Berlin after the wall or Oklahoma at dawn, or something like that. He stayed on stage for a cover of Achy Breaky Heart and that was the one I was worried about. It was fun and the audience liked it, so that was cool. After that, they called it a night.

 

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The Parts pic by Tim Lewis

 

Annie came back and announced the auction winners then Phil Yates & The Affiliates hit the stage hard and loud. They played a blistering Co-Pilot and kept rocking with My Favorite Bag. They eased up for the gorgeous If Only I Was Lonely then went back to full on rock for my new favorite song Send Him The Bill. They kept rocking with Burn It Down Bernadette and played one of the most intense versions of Little French Earthquakes that I’ve heard. They capped the night with Ninjas Vs Zombies and I was in a happy place.

I headed out pretty quickly and took the long happy bunny chasing walk home

 

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Phil Yates & The Affiliates pic by Tim Lewis

 

Silver Bridget at Nectar’s March 18, 2017   Leave a comment

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Silver Bridget pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Nectar’s. It was a long work day but I think I did a good job and got the numbers to fall in line. I had enough time to go home and eat some food and settle a bit then took the sunny walk downtown for the early show.

I arrived a couple of minutes late for the 7pm show but the band were still setting up so I hung out and chatted with Charlie Messing. When the band were ready we grabbed seats at the table at the front. Silver Bridget were soon on stage and ready to go, but something looked odd. John Townsend plays acoustic guitar and sometimes has a kick drum. He not only had the drum, but also set a snare on it’s side so he could use pedals on that too. To make things really fun, he had an electric baritone guitar which changed up the sound a little. With a bit more of a rocking sound the band opened with Radiohead’s Creep and followed with All Apologies. I love the band’s ethereal take on classic pop songs and this was a nice addition to the sound. Matt Saraca added a little extra muscle to his electric guitar and Johnnie Day Durand‘s musical saw soared over the top. John switched to acoustic for lovely takes on The End Of The World and You Got It then went electric for Nothing Compares 2 U. From there John switched back to acoustic and the band settled into the set. They took us on a journey that had us searching for a Heart Of Gold. The told the tale of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. They encouraged us to Follow The Sun as we drifted past the Blue Bayou. They pulled out the Dolly version of I Will always Love You then warned us that if we were not careful we were Going To Lose That Girl. They lit up the room with Paint It Black then played a sweet version of Love Me Tender. Old Man had the super cool Johnnie saw riffs then they encouraged us to Stand By Your Man. For some reason I was sure I knew what was next and was correct as they played Girl, You’ll Be A Woman soon. Matt led the take off section as the band took us on a Space Oddity. And I Love Her sounded sweet then they rocked out Hey Hey My My, or was it My My Hey Hey? Either way, it was great. They said Goodbye Yellow Brook Road then took us to the beach to hang 10 with the Surfer Girl. They told us that Only Love Can Break Your Heart. John left the stage as Matt and Johnnie took us Somewhere Over The Rainbow. John returned and picked up the electric and they closed the 24 song set with a stirring Nights In White Satin.

I said a couple of quick goodbyes then took the dark, icy, and happy walk home.

 

Here’s a video I shot of Only Love Can Break Your Heart – Tim

 

Posted March 19, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Uncategorized

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