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Jessica Rabbit Syndrome, Circus Trees, and Glass Lungs at The Monkey House June 30, 2019   Leave a comment

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Jessica Rabbit Syndrome

 

I had a great time seeing music at the The Monkey House on July 30. I’ve lately been enamored of Jessica Rabbit Syndromeand was very excited to see them. I took the lovely walk to Winooski and got in and settled as JRS hit the stage hard and heavy. They opened with a rousing Bitchcraft then played a great new song about a drug guy. Amy took lead vocals for Defensive Roofie then Ali returned with Winter Bender. They spoke of their love for food and rocked out Pork Fortress. Thelma And Louise kept the melodic but super heavy rock going and they closed the set with a blistering Bacchus D. It’s always a great time when they play.

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Circus Trees

 

I hung out during the set break then Circus Trees took the stage. The three very young women from the Boston area who comprised the band lit into a spare sound with looped guitar and piano that got more huge and heavy as they built it into a monster. It was impressive. They continued on with a rocker about being out here on my own and all the songs had an interesting sprawl to them. The whole set was super loud and delightfully heavy. Visually, the stage was pretty dark, but they had a series of lanterns that would get turned on and off in a subtle and very effective manner. It’s hard to describe but it added a lot. The other fun part of the show was that they brought a family entourage who were super attentive to making any minor adjustments to the sound or lights as needed. It was delightful to watch. They closed the set with one song that began quiet then got devastatingly loud, and one that had a huge washy ending. I’m glad I caught the show and can’t wait to see where they go in the future.

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Circus Trees

 

I hung out for a bit then Brooklyn’s Glass Lungs lit into a rocker about if I go away. They had a nice prog metal sound and I was sucked in from the first note. My notes are pretty sparse but they did play a song called From The Wayside and I found myself easily able to crawl into all of their songs and let them rock me for a while. They describe their music as blending “indie and post-rock with celestial guitar sounds to create an atmospheric brand of “space wizardry.” I think that is a completely accurate description of the sound and I loved every moment of their show.

I hung out and chatted for a bit then took the long walk home. It was another great night of music in our town.

 

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Glass Lungs

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Milton Busker And The Grim Work at Summervale August 15, 2019   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music Thursday in the Interval in Burlington’s swath of farmland. Throughout the summer there is a fun festival on Thursdays with lots of families, fun activities, food, and music. I had a long day, but the schedule looked like there was a bit of a gap, so I took the lovely walk to Summervale. I chatted with a couple of cool people and stood in line to get some food. The band went on earlier than expected so I listened from afar for the first couple of songs.

The sound was pretty good off to the side as Milton Busker and the Grim Work lit into a song about letting you down. They followed with a cool version of The Basement Song, and followed with That Person Aside You. It was lovely as always, and I finally got settled into a nice spot on the ground in front of the band. They kicked up the pace for Glad To See You Go and I was in a happy place. Up next was a song I did not know. It was a wry tale of how we thank good guys with guns, set to a funky musical flow. It made me smile. Lost Cause followed and had some especially nice guitar mandolin interplay between Dave and Jom. Jesus In Chains has that great message and sounded powerful when Milton let his voice loose at the end. They slowed it down for a gorgeous Baby Let My Money Keep You Warm, then they raved it up for a fun cover of Men At Work’s Overkill. This got the little kids up and dancing and running and having a blast. They played a song that sounded new that was about how it all comes down to the face you wear or market share or something. It was very cool. They kicked up the pace for a cover of Driver 8 and closed the set with their take on Eleanor Rigby.

At that point it was about 7pm. I thought about staying for a couple more songs, but realized that it would really be best to just go home and get set for my radio show later that night. It was a really lovely time and I’m so glad I caught what I did.

Posted August 19, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Haley Jane at The Skinny Pancake August 14, 2019   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music on Wednesday at The Skinny Pancake. The show was set to go from 7-9 and I worked until 7. I drove straight to the waterfront, found a decent parking place and walked back to the show. I thought of getting food but a huge line and a lack of tables changed the plan. I got a beer and found a spot on the patio to settle in and listen. Haley Jane has a powerhouse voice, solid skills on the guitar and engages with the audience about as well as anyone in the business. The first song I caught was about being out of line again, then she played one about the long steady process of improving yourself and turning yourself into a work of art. She envisioned a heart as a house full of rooms where all of your friends live on the next one, then played a song she wrote in the Elmwood Avenue graveyard. She opined that graveyards are a silly use of space and how it’s such a human thing to do to take up space even after you are gone. She tossed in a cover of a Tom Waits song about coming up to the house then played one about getting out in nature and rising up. She sang a song about how sharing secrets with others can help everyone’s understanding of life and closed the set with a song about relationships and how looks can kill. Just for fun, she tossed in a little bit of I’ll Fly Away.

The set break was quick then Margaux Higgins joined her for a song about loose screws that was really fun. Margaux left and Haley soldiered on with songs about roller coasters and a couple of busted hearts. She sang about Shenandoah then encouraged us all to ignite. I think the next song was a Woods Brothers cover, since she talked about how their show on the waterfront recently made her so happy. The song said hello I’m lonely and keep me around, if that helps. She sang of departed friends and wishing there was a bridge between here and the afterlife where we could meet our friends and party on that bridge. She sang about a daisy jar, then oh me oh my oh, she sang about Miss Ohio. She asked the audience to sing along on What’s Up and we sang “what’s going on” quite loudly. A song about Pablo Escobar followed and she closed the night with a song about giving a horse some Coca Cola or lemon soda, or something. It was really fun.

Shortly after the last note rang out, I took the short walk to the car and the quick drive home. She is an amazing performer and I’m so glad I caught as much as I did.

Posted August 19, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Matt Saraca and John Townsend at Farmhouse Tap and Grill July 8, 2019   Leave a comment

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John Townsend and Matt Saraca

I had a lovely time seeing music at the The Farmhouse Tap & Grill on July 8th. I got out of work and headed right downtown. I got in and settled and noticed that Charlie Messing was right next to me. The show had started a while ago and both Matt Saraca and John Townsend were on stage and playing a song about what some of us have and haven’t got. They followed with one about a happy boy. At that point Matt left the stage and John played a few songs solo. He sang about a light in your eyes and asked don’t you feel, don’t you know. He closed his solo portion of the show with a song about a lot of good wood left to burn. He has a warm voice and nicely plays his acoustic guitar, and maybe Matt’s electric guitar at times. His songs are just lovely. The same can be said of Matt who took the stage solo next. He sang of being one day late and calling off the dogs. He sang a song about the 4th of July and one about pointing myself in the right direction. He closed his set with a lovely song about velvet nights. John returned to the stage and the duo played a cheery song about buying her the best funeral that money can buy. They kept up the sunny vibes with a song about life riddled with regret, and while the lyrics may have been poignant, the music really was relaxed and fun. They played a song about it being time to move on and closed the show with one about being in the back yard hoping summer will never end.

I hung out and chatted for a bit and realized they went on later than expected so I did not miss as much of the show as I thought. It was one of those nights where I almost blew it off, since it was a 6-8 show and I worked until 7, but I ended up buzzing straight downtown the moment work ended and was well rewarded. I’m so glad I put in the effort.

Posted August 15, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Milton Busker And The Grim Work at The Garage and Ryan Power at Light Club Lamp Shop July 5, 2019   Leave a comment

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Milton Busker And The Grim Work

I had a great time seeing music on July 5th at the The Garage VT. It was a hot sunny day and I was really excited to check out the Garage as a music venue. I think it started as the Growler Garage and certainly still has a nice list of beer on tap. I got going a little early and took the lovely walk to the corner of Main and Battery. I walked in and ordered a drink and some food from the bar in back and got settled at a table near the band. I had just enough time to eat before they began.

I’ve enjoyed the music of Milton Busker and the Grim Work for quite a while. They opened the Basement song, which was cool since it had been running through my head all day. The sound was great and the person running it was very attentive,both before they started and during the first few songs. They sang about letting you down and being glad to see you go and imploring don’t let me down. They sang of the Devil’s hand and being a Lost Cause and maybe a jerk’s lament. The band sounded super smooth and Milton’s voice was in great form as they played the heartening Baby Let My Money Keep You Warm. They brought the energy up with Jesus In Chains and kept it going with 16 Ton Soul. I missed what the next song was but it was fast and fun. They kept up full speed for a rousing Eleanor Rigby that had smoke coming off everyone’s fingers. They closed the set with a fun version of Let’s and I was in a happy place.

Rather than doing the sensible thing and staying for the second set, I decided to move on to another show. I regret it in retrospect, since I’m sure the second Grim Work set was completely amazing too. I wandered up the hill and over to Light Club Lamp Shop and settled in.

Ryan Power and his super smooth band took the stage and lit into his complex and beautiful music. It was gorgeous and stunningly played, but quite challenging. He used to do a show where he sang over prerecorded songs and this show sounded like that, except it was a band playing it live. They sounded so spot on it almost could have been the recording. I hung out for 6 or 7 songs but the length of the day started to creep in. I ducked out and took the lovely walk home.

Part of me thinks I should have hung out at the fun show and skipped the challenging one, and part of me is happy I pushed myself a little. Either way, it was a great night of music in Burlington.

 

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Joe Adler And The Rangers Of Danger at Summervale in the Intervale August 8, 2019   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music yesterday in the Intervale Burlington. I have the radio show and the full write-up about it to do on Thursdays, but thought it would be nicer to catch 45 minutes of music than none. A little after 5:30 I took the lovely walk down to Burlington’s farmland, and wandered into the event space. I got some tasty food and found a seat on the ground near the band.

Joe Adler and the Rangers Of Danger opened with a funky cover of One World (Not Three) and kids began to dance from the first note. They followed with a soaring Brothers And Sisters and I was in a happy place. They mostly stayed with Joe’s album Many Things And Many Scenes, but a cover of Canary In A Coalmine was fun too. They sang about cloudy minds and how there are many lines to tow. After a bit, my clock said there was time for one more before I had to go work. One More Cup Of Coffee seemed an appropriate last song.

I dropped my food remains in the compost bucket and walked up the hill listening to the band play Relax. It would have been nice to be there for the full show but I’m so happy I caught what I did.

Posted August 14, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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The Nancy Druids at Radio Bean, Llamadoll on Church st, Bear’s Tapestry at Light Club Lamp Shop and Lake Waves at Radio Bean August 3, 2019   Leave a comment

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The Nancy Druids

I had a great time seeing music last night in downtown Burlington. There were a ton of choices, and it had been a long work day, so I struck a plan to catch what I could. Granted, the plan mostly rearranged itself, but that can be fun too.

I was out the door around 7:30 and thought I’d begin at the top of Church Street for the Festival Of Fools performance by Llamadoll. It was set to run from 8-10. I thought I’d begin and end there and catch The Nancy Druids at the Bean from 8:30-9:30. I arrived downtown and had chills as I caught a bit of Llama’s smooth flowing soundcheck. I chatted with a bunch of cool people, and time ticked by until it was quarter after 8. It was a little too light to see the images on the screen, and since the show was old weird movies being shown while the band play a soundtrack, they needed to wait for a bit. As time tightened, I made the horrible decision to leave.

I ducked over to Radio Bean and got in and settled. The wait wasn’t long and The Nancy Druids lit into Sky as a four-piece semi-acoustic band. Sure Sean was playing an acoustic guitar, but it had a nice electric feel. John began the evening on bouzouki and Ariel sat in on cello. They settled into a beautiful pop sound with December then John switched to bass for the breezy gorgeous Vondlepark. By Design brought the rock energy up and The Space Between soared before falling into a washy guitar ending. At that point, Ariel left the stage and the band showed us that Salvation was all around. Just Another Day rocked steadily and Sign had a delightful poppy bounce. Remember Who You Are brought the energy way up, Bitter Days eased it back to a nice groove and Halo brought it back to peak. They closed the night with a pop song about the way things might have been before amusing the audience with Give A Little Bit. I really enjoy the acoustic version of the band, though love it when the electric version pushes those songs into the stratosphere.

On the last note, I ducked over to Church St and let the music flow over me and got sucked into the cartoons and images of Laurel & Hardy, and whatever else was showing on the screen. I found a spot to stand and was in a happy place until I noticed a couple of small raindrops. The projector was covered quickly and then the band stopped. They said rain was on the way and they preferred not to get electrocuted, so that was that. They’ve done the Llamadoll thing before and I hope they do it again. The bit that I caught was fascinating and I’d love to see a full show.

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Llamadoll

Since it was earlier than expected, and Frank DeAngelis had mentioned that the Leatherbound books were at Light Club Lamp Shop, I thought I’d stop in. I think I missed them but caught a few songs by Bear’s Tapestry. They had a low-fi indie blues sound that was kind of cool. The playing was smooth as I settled in. They brought up Jackie Buttolph to sing on a song that I think was called Sing The Blues. It had a nice build and was a huge rocker at times. It had a nice prog vibe with a bit of jam. I’m going to see if I can track that song down. They played another cool song then I ducked back to the Bean to see what was going on.

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Bear’s Tapestry

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Bear’s Tapestry with Jackie

I quickly settled into the dreamy pop rock of Lake Waves. The room was pretty full and the music made it easy to dance around to. They reminded me a bit of The Static Age. The bass was especially expressive and the lead guitar subtle and sweet. The lyrics were in your face as they sang about wanting to grab your fingernails (I think). I only caught a few songs but they rocked hard and were fun and I definitely need to check them out for real very soon.

There was a ton more music happening, but I had to work in the morning and opted for the quick walk home. I’m very excited that I got to check one band I was curious about,and ran into two bands I knew nothing about. It was a pretty good night. Oh, and the Druids are just a sure thing every time.

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Lake Waves