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Kali Ma And The Garland Of Arms at Radio Bean April 14, 2019   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music on Sunday April 14th at Radio Bean. It was a long work day but I had plenty of time to relax and hang out. The hour got later and later but I was still awake. A little after 11:30, I took the lovely walk downtown and slid into the Bean. I said hi to Kali Ma and the Garland of Arms – KMGA and settled in. I had listened to a few songs on their album but still got lost as they opened with a mellow rocker. The next one was huge and glorious and I’m pretty sure the one after that was Toy Void. It’s nice to get to know an album. The next song had a slow bluesy start and a bit of a prog reggae vibe that made me smile. Spine followed and was epic. The one after that was a more poppy rocker then they played one with a nice heavy groove. They played one that started slow then built way up and finished the night with a cool rock groove. I still hadn’t gotten my head around the songs but was getting there. Since then, I’ve played their album a few dozen times and am all set to go the next time they come to town.

I hung out for a bit after the show but quickly took the lovely walk home. I got a few hours of sleep before work in the morning. I was a little tired, but it was so worth it.

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Posted June 5, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Quiltro and Kali Ma And The Garland Of Arms at The Monkey House April 13, 2019   Leave a comment

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Quiltro

I had a great time seeing music April 13th at The Monkey House. I’m so far behind.

I had a nice day at work and when I got home there was a message on Facebook from Faith Kelly reminding me to check out one of her new favorite bands. Who am I to stand in the way of such enthusiasm? I took the lovely long walk to Winooski, got settled, and soon it was time for openers Quiltro to take the stage. They lit in with a trancey Floyd vibe and added a soundscaping guitar. The second of their instrumental songs had more keys and a triumphant sound and I was in a happy place. The next song really lit me up and I’m pretty sure it was a cover of When You’re In from Obscured By Clouds. I was beaming. The rest of the eight song set was like a sea of sound and I enjoyed the swim. They closed with a cool smooth rocker and I really need to get to know them more.

The set break was reasonable then Kali Ma and the Garland of Arms – KMGA took the stage. They opened with a cool song and followed with one that was dropped from the stars prog. I was in a happy place. I had a hard time really getting my head around the songs so I just rocked back and forth a bit and let the wave of sound move me around. The sound was luscious and joyous and I just loved it. The fourth song of the set had a towering lead guitar part that lit me up, but it was the way the band flowed together that made me love them. They capped the 9 song set with a huge rocker and I was in a happy place. I hung out and chatted a bit and bought their CD then took the lovely walk home. Faith was so right.

 

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Kali Ma And The Garland Of Arms

The Nancy Druids at Light Club Lamp Shop May 26, 2019   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music last Saturday at Light Club Lamp Shop. It was a long hectic work day, but I had a little time at home before taking the lovely walk downtown. I got in and settled and chatted with cool people like Steph Pappas and Loren Tindall and Molly King. Soon, it was showtime.

When The Nancy Druids play the Lamp Shop it’s usually more of an acoustic show and that night was no different. While I love their full rock fury, it’s nice to hear slightly quieter versions of their lovely songs now and then. They opened with the breezy Vondelpark (sp??) that blew every care and concern right out of my mind. Just Another Day followed with a nice rock stomp and a stunning upper middle fretboard solo from Sean on his acoustic guitar. Sign had a fun bounce and made me smile. John had been playing the Rickenbacker for the first three but switched to bouzouki as Ann Mindell and Sean’s daughter Ariel joined them on cello. They played a lovely version of Sky and followed with a shimmering version of December. By Design rocked nicely in the acoustic format then they pulled out a fun cover of The Ghost In You. Ariel stuck around for one more and the band let loose a lovely version of The Space Between. They returned to trio format, with John on bass, and they showed us that Salvation was all around. They kicked it up a bit for a rocking Remember Who You Were then returned to the shimmer for Disappear. They rocked out Bitter Days then were going to end with a rocking Halo, but the audience wanted more. They closed the night with Give A Little Bit and we were happy. I hung out and chatted for a bit then took the lovely walk home. It was another great night of music in our town.

 

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Posted June 4, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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The Steph Pappas Experience at Robot Dog Studio and Andriana Chobot at Deli 126 May 31, 2019   Leave a comment

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The Steph Pappas Experience

 

I had a great time seeing music yesterday. I went over to Robot Dog Studio in the early evening to record an interview and live performance with The Steph Pappas Experience. Loren, Matt, and Steph jammed out some bluesy tunes that found fun twists and turns and were fascinating to listen to and made me rock out. She and Loren played acoustic guitar and bass but there was a full rock sound. She played some killer slide for a bit and you’ve got to hear how the conversation meanders to believe it. The band even pulled out a fifth song jazz jam in honor of Jazzfest. I’ll have that on my radio show on WBKM next Thursday.

 

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The Steph Pappas Experience

We started the recording a little after 6 and were done a little after 7. I drove home, zipped out the door and walked to Deli/126. I got in and settled as Andriana Chobot rocked out some songs with her drummer Jesse Samuel Rosenfield and guitarist Franky Andreas. They veered a little bit away from the more normal rock presentation of her songs and gave them all an appropriate jazzy feel. She opened on the mellow side with Not I and Another Day then brought the energy up with Cascade. She took us for a ride in her daddy’s white T-Bird then sang of My Old House. She asked us to stay and make her warm then sang about being Alone In The Night. The played another cool song then dropped a cover of Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone. She sang about there being nowhere to go but here and was going to wrap the set with a super cool Neon, but hung out for one more. The closing song about the work of Steven Hawking giving her Galaxy Eyes was super cool.

I was kind of tired at that point so I took the lovely walk home with tons of beautiful music in my soul.

 

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Andriana Chobot

 

Girls Rock Vermont Rock Lotto showcase with You’re Doing Great Sweaty and Paul at Light Club Lamp Shop and Claudia Verona at Radio Bean March 31, 2019   Leave a comment

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You’re Doing Great Sweaty

 

I had a great time seeing music at Light Club Lamp Shop and Radio Bean last Sunday. I had a long rough work day, did a quick turnaround at home, then walked to the Lamp Shop. I got in and settled and You’re Doing Great Sweaty were on and rocking. Their fun punky pop sounded a little rough but since the band was created that morning, it was to be expected. Yes, it was Rock Lotto day. In the morning several musicians get broken up into bands and they have to write songs and perform them later that day. The crazy event is a fundraiser for Girls Rock Vermont and is always a good time. Sweaty played songs about being kind to me and monsters and I had a good time.

Up next was a band called Paul who featured Cassandra on bass, Cassafrass LOve on guitar and Linda Bassick on drums. They opened with a song with a bass line borrowed from a classic opera which had a slow sultry rock sound. They played a song about lies then mixed it up a little with a pop punk song called Hard Telling Not Knowing. It was very Vermont. You can’t really judge a band who are hours into their existence, but I really enjoyed what I heard. They could turn it into something cool, if they want.

 

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Paul

I think Paul was the last Rock Lotto band and the timing was perfect. I took the long walk to Radio Bean and got settled as Claudia Verona took the stage. She and her band had a nice rock feel and opened with a song that wondered about ever being in love like this. What To Do was a cool song then they slowed it down for one about remembering the day. They played songs about Mother Nature and about reading them and weeping. A song about misunderstanding had a bit of a country feel then they rocked one about being my lover. They romanticized the next one then funked up the one after that. They had us dance the night away, not a cover, then closed with a rocker. The End Of The Show had a bit of a Joan Jett vibe and I was all smiles. I think that was their first show and I would happily go see them again anytime.

 

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Claudia Verona

 

The Nancy Druids and Swale at The Shelburne Filed House March 30, 2019   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music a couple of Saturdays ago at the Shelburne Field House. It was a very stressful work day but I had a bit of time to settle at home before taking the drive south. I stopped and picked up my brother Ken then went to the indoor athletic field. We walked in and the giant room housed two soccer fields and the kids were just wrapping up. We grabbed a beer then headed for the stage which was in the middle of the room. We chatted with Bob from Big Heavy World for a bit then the house lights went down.

 

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The Nancy Druids

The stage was lit with solar powered lights and The Nancy Druids opened with Sky. Most of the crowd were sitting on lawn chairs but I had to stand in front of the band. December had a nice shimmer to it and Vondlepark (sp???) had a breezy pop air that put me in a happy place. They brought the energy up and rocked Remember Who You Were nice and hard. By Design kept us rocking until we found Salvation all around. We remembered some Bitter Days then Ann kicked the drums hard on Halo. Sean sculpted guitar feedback in an epic way on The Space Between and played a blistering lead. They closed with fun covers of Give A Little Bit and I Am The Walrus and called it a night. It was another wonderful show.

 

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Swale

The set break was short then SWALE took the stage. They began slow and searing with Soul Piggy Bank then played some slow pop on Beaten Down. Felon filled my heart with joy then they encouraged everyone to Release Your Records. They slowed way down for Old School then treated us to the glory of If You Get Lost. They played a cover of the Pants song Both Eyes Closed that lit up my soul. Every Last One Of Us started with a slow steady chant and the song just built and built and built until Eric ripped out an incredible guitar lead then it slowly dissipated. It’s such a tremendous song. Elevator followed with a glorious pop sound and dark lyrics then Drug Laws surged and surged. They wrapped the night with a hard and heavy version of Everyone Likes To that left me in a happy place.

We hung out and chatted for a bit then I drove Ken home, then drove back to Burlington. It was a fun night in an unusual setting and it was a benefit for Shelburn’s Pierson Library. I’m so glad I went.

 

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Swale

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Swale

 

 

Posted April 15, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Clever Girls and Miku Daza at Foam Brewers March 29, 2019   Leave a comment

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Clever Girls

 

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Friday at Foam Brewers. I got in and settled and found a place to stand near the stage. Clever Girls played a cool instrumental as a sound check then launched into Dumb Smile. They brought the energy up slowly with Catch and Release and rocked out a new song called Remember Pluto. Loom had a cool vibe and Get Out soared in the chorus. Woman had a swamp rock groove and rocked hard at the end. Owen was loud and huge then a new one called Spark rocked nicely. They began slow and ended huge with Hannah Wants to see you then shredded the room with Heavy. Clever Girls seem to be at the peak of their powers and I’m thrilled to see where they go from here.

 

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Miku Daza

The set break was short then Miku Daza hit the stage. The band was a little different with an extra guitar, no sax and Jeremy Gartner on drums, but they rocked as hard as usual. They opened with Parasite then hit us with a bunch of super intense songs. I was in a happy place and loved it all. They played a blistering version of panic then things got a little weird. They had a few dancers with them from the beginning but in the mini set break Sugar the Clown came out and handed balloon swords to people in the audience. She jousted with several as a giant doll walked in and cruised around the room. After everything settled a bit the band came back and brought the pace back to overdrive. Flaca Daza soared and Sugar Rush rocked hard. They gave us a little bad advice then played a cool slow dramatic song. Sicko had a pounding drive then then closed with Frosty Pink Skies. The show would have been amazing if it was just the music, but all the other effects put it over the top. What an amazing night of music in our town.

 

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Posted April 10, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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