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Cave Bees, Modern Trigger, Bearchild, Better Things at The Monkey House July 15, 2017   Leave a comment

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Cave Bees pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Saturday night at The Monkey House. It was one of those classic shows with two bands that I knew and loved and two that I new nothing about. It was a slightly warm lovely evening and the walk to Winooski went smoothly.

I got in and settled and around 8:45 Cave Bees hit the stage with a roar. With blistering volume and punk rock drive they opened with a song about a car and it’s 22R. Up next was a “new” one about rocking the Queen City tonight. They went back to their album for a powerhouse version of The Lunacy. They slowed down a little for the grinding I Need A Raise then ramped back to full speed for Round Sum. We in the crowd sang Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh on Flight Of the Alligator. Sweet Pussy rocked hard and Mine All Mine was fast and nimble. They closed the night with another “new” song called Juliet. It was a wonderful rocking set.

Up next was a band from New York called Modern Trigger. They played as a four-piece with singer/guitar player, rhythm guitar, bass, and drums. The songs had a nice indie punk sound and moved in fun directions. They opened with a song about the only one left to blame then played a song about feeling great about moving out of the futon in your basement. They played a song that said never again and may have been about Pee Wee Herman. They played a song called Time from their EP Forgiveness Is Divine but Never Pay Full Price For Late Pizza. The song about never asking for any of it had a nice sweep. They closed the eight song set with a song about outer space. The whole show was fun, rocking, full of harrowing changes, and I really liked them.

 

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Modern Trigger pic by Tim Lewis

Up next was another band from New York called Bearchild. They are a trio with a singer who alternates between keys and guitar, bass and drums. Their sound is smooth and powerful and still kind of indie rock. They began with a recorded piano intro and sang a song about who should be the ones. The next song was another rocker then Justin Williams switched to keys for a bit. He sang a song about what’s yours is mine and a nicely dramatic song called Fire And Smoke. He switched back to guitar and the band rocked out Rift. They closed the seven song set with and epic keyboard sound for Time Travel. I’m so lucky to have seen them.

 

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Bearchild pic by Tim Lewis

After a short break Better Things hit the stage fast and loud for 25 Miles Per Hour Blues. They played an intense and beautiful indie rock set. I didn’t catch the titles of the next two, but they had a huge sound and were played at maximum volume. They eased up a tiny amount for the gorgeous Ex-Files then played an instrumental version of a new song. It was pretty col. They closed the six song set with Stick That In Your Juicebox and Sip It then I started moving forward on the long walk home.

 

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Better Things pic by Tim Lewis

Banana Schlitz at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery part of the Flynn Theater July 14, 2017   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music Friday evening at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery. The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts is doing a series of shows there on Fridays and call it the Exhibitionist series. The shows are free and there is a cash bar, and they’ve got lots of cool bands lined up.

The whole week had been crazy. I worked my regular shift on Friday, Saturday, Sunday then switched to a 7:30 to 4 (or later) M-F shift to cover a coworkers vacation. I was able to go in a little late on Thursday so I could put my WBKM radio show together in the morning but circumstances changed and I had to do it on Wednesday. I went out and saw Music on Wednesday and Thursday and was able to finish all the work I needed to cover by 9:30 am on Friday. I slept for much of the afternoon and woke up in a haze. I put on the black and headed downtown for the 5pm show.

I walked in, got a beer, said hi to Charlie Messing and Eric Olsen and soon it was time for Banana Schlitz to play. I wasn’t sure the configuration of the band and it turned out to just be Jason Cooley singing and playing guitar over backing tracks. Each song had a video to accompany it. Some seemed to add meaning and some to add mystery. He began with a vocal exercize where he played a video and audio of the theme song for Game of Thrones and sang the words game of thrones to the tune. I was smiling ear to ear from the beginning. The next song was an instrumental while the video showed a series of classic rock albums with smile logos plastered over them. The next song was a little sticky sweet while live metal concert videos played on the screen. I think the next song was Jesus Chemist from the Sports & Milk album. All Bad News followed and had a video of some local Fox channel intercut with videos of James Bellizia playing guitar. I’m sure you can guess what video he used when he played the Breakfast Club theme. Nerve was a typical Cooley punk song. Again Over Again was a poignant song about getting older and losing friends. The next song was about a basketball hoop and had an appropriate video. Silver Dollars had a blue sky video with a jet stream running through it. …and Symphonies had a streetlight video and a catchy chorus. He closed with a video of him beating out the beat on his belly that faded into scenes of grocery stores and military marches. The incessant beat was great as he sang Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk.

I did not stay long then took the long dazed happy walk home.

 

 

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Peg Tassey and the Kissing Circle at Light Club Lamp Shop July 13, 2017   1 comment

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I had a great time seeing music Thursday night at Light Club Lamp Shop. I usually like to listen to my radio show that runs Thursday from 9-11pm on WBKM to make sure everything is playing right, but some shows just cannot be missed for any reason.

The show was set to start at 9 so I got going a bit early and grabbed some dinner and was in and ready just before showtime. The room steadily filled as they sorted out the sound then Peg Tassey MUSIC played her first show in ages. She sang and played electric guitar and was joined by Caroline Marie on bass, her daughter Audrey on backing vocals, her husband Indigo Ruth-Davis on cello, and David Symons on accordion. The latter two instruments set a nice flow of sound as the bass drove the songs and the guitar rocked them out. They began in the flow and it settled into the gorgeous and powerful First Kiss. Peg’s voice shone with it’s usual resonance and i was elated. Caroline and Audrey’s voices blended perfectly. The fun and bouncy Pink Like A Girl followed. A buzzing guitar took a little of the edge off Angle Of The Sun but I was able to listen through it to the magical music that surrounded it. They got the full house clapping for the gypsy groove of Ritalin Boy. Dancer Sage Horsey moved around the room to the flow of the music for most, if not all, of the set. Peg’s voice sent chills through me as she began to sing “I slept next to you, ten times..”. Fade was one of those songs I had forgotten and came back instantly. It was glorious. They brought the energy way up for the blistering Boys Club, which is almost as true today as when it was written, but is getting a little better. Sunflowers had a nice sweep to it. They closed the night with a slow flowing Ethan Is Stoned and everyone loved it.

I said a couple of goodbyes quickly and headed home to see if my show was on track. It was, It was a wonderful evening and so great to hear Peg Tassey sing again.

 

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Haley Jane, Josh Glass, Mal Maiz, and the Andriana Chobot trio at Nectar’s July 12, 2017   Leave a comment

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Andriana Chobot pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Wednesday night at Nectar’s. The show was set to start at 9 and I got myself moving around 7:30 and thought I might grab some food before the show. I looked at the calendar just before leaving and realized that the performer who was on at 7 was one that I should see too, and quickly made my way downtown.

I got in, got a seat at the bar and ordered food. I listened from afar as Haley Jane sang and played guitar. I had seen her band, Hayley Jane and the Primates and knew she was an amazing singer and front woman, but had not heard her play solo. She was as cool as I expected. She played a lovely slow song about spreading love until the day she is gone. She played a sweet version of Gillian Welch’s Look At Miss Ohio. She teased a new song then closed with a song about talking to the spirits at the Elmwood graveyard in case that’s where your head is going. I should have gotten there earlier and payed closer attention, but really liked what I heard.

 

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Haley Jane pic by Tim Lewis

I was at the front of the stage and ready to go at 9 and Joshua Glass Music began to play. He started singing and playing acoustic guitar with a song about being happy then played Zoe’s song for his daughter. He switched to keys for a summertime love song about having nothing to do. He resurrected the first song he ever wrote and played it through and older and wiser Josh and Satan’s Son was nicely done. He switched back to guitar for a new song called And Together which was really good. He played a couple of his classic songs. Man On The Side sounded great on keys and What’s In California? is a great guitar song. The first time I heard that I had it running through my head for weeks. He switched back to keys for the catchy Miss Go Away then played a song about using your Facebook status as a Megaphone. He capped the set with a song about staying here by myself. It had been ages since I had heard him play and I was elated for every note.

 

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Josh Glass pic by Tim Lewis

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Josh Glass pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Mal Maiz filled the stage. They started as a trio and played a cool instrumental with a Latin groove. They left the stage and a guy with an acoustic guitar played and sang and was joined by a woman who sang as they played a Fleet Foxes cover. After that, Maiz Vargas Sandoval and the full band got back up and played a half a dozen more Afro-Cumbia songs. The lyrics were all in Spanish so I missed them all but loved the feel and the flow of their music. He sang and played guitar and was joined by two very articulate guitar players, a stand up bass player and a percussionist. They had the small but mighty crowd dancing to their infectious rhythms. They played one new song that they had just recorded in Montreal so hopefully that will be out soon. They wrapped the set with Maiz playing a metal rocket shaped percussion instrument as the band jammed hard. It was a really fun show.

 

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Mal Maiz pic by Tim Lewis

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Mal Maiz pic by Tim Lewis

After a quick set break, the Andriana Chobot trio got up to play. With Cody Sargent on drums and Patrick J. Markley on bass, she sang and played keys to her amazing songs. Her songs are strong and lovely and just fill the soul. She sang about a bit of your heart. She sang a song about staying. She pulled out fun covers of Ain’t No Sunshine and Come Together. She played her glorious song Cascade. She sang a song about how she used to get postcards from friends and how they slow down over the years and eventually stop. I guess there’s nowhere to go but here. She played a huge rocker with a jazzy tinge. She ended the night with a song about changing her mind then played a requested encore. She left us in a quiet mood with the gorgeous Not I.

I did not hang out very long and took the lovely walk home. I’m so lucky to have so much great music so close.

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Andriana Chobot pic by Tim Lewis

 

Clever Girls and Ratboys at Sidebar July 8, 2017   Leave a comment

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Clever Girls pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at SideBar. I worked a 9-5:30 shift that was particularly challenging. I stopped at home for a bit and settled. I contemplated making two stops for the evening, since Cricket Blue and another band were playing at the Lamp Shop at 7, but realized it would be too tight to make it to the 8pm show that I had in mind. I was slow to get moving but got out the door around 7:30. It had rained all day but was sunny with blue skies so I thought I could skip the umbrella. I stepped out and it was raining so I stepped back in and grabbed it and took the lovely walk downtown. I swung by Mr. Mikes for a slice of Pesto then went one door down to the venue.

I got in and said a couple of hellos and ate as quickly as I could but the band were on a mission and took the stage. Clever Girls unleashed a screamed 1 2 3 4 and Loose Tooth rocked the reasonably full bar. They slowed things down for the intense 45 but towards the end that song just soars. A newer song called Catch And Release followed and I loved it as much as the last time I saw it. I did not recognize the next song but loved every note. The next song was called Get Out and had a smooth verse and a towering chorus. The final song of the night was called Hannah and it had a similar dynamic. Their songs are so beautiful and so intense and seem to always have a huge rock build to them. I loved every moment and want to go see them again soon.

 

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Ratboys pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Ratboys came to visit us here in Vermont. They are from Chicago and are an indie rock band with a loud heavy sound. All of the songs had a unique rhythm and it was fun to follow along and try and keep up. I did not know any of their songs but enjoyed them all. They played songs about a man who walked a long way through the Antarctic or Arctic. They played a song about a cat that passed away in winter and could not be buried until spring, so it had to be stored in the freezer. The played Westside and The Record. I’m not sure how long they played or how many songs and just went with the flow and enjoyed it. They were a lot of fun and I would go back and see them again in a heartbeat if they pass this way again.

After the show I chatted with Winfield Holt for a while and said hi to Diane Jean then took the long walk home. It wasn’t raining at the beginning but the further I got into the old north end, the more the umbrella came in handy.

 

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Posted July 9, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Uncategorized

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Swale at Light Club Lamp Shop July 7, 2017   Leave a comment

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Swale pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

I had a great time seeing music Friday night at Light Club Lamp Shop. I had to work until 7 then hung out at home for a bit and met up with Christopher Larrow, who drove over from New York. We arrived comfortably before 9 and the room was already full. I got a drink and got settled as the already steamy room became more packed. We were all there to celebrate the release of SWALE‘s new album There’s No One Here and there were a lot of us.

A little after 9 the band hit the stage and lit into a musical flow that I think was Here’s Where You Were. It flowed nicely into the poppy and sweet Felon. The band rocked solidly on the fun Release Your Records then went back to the bouncy pop of Loser and Elevator. They veered away from the new album for the mellow Beaten Down and I loved the sting in the guitar at the end. The next two were pretty cool and I did not recognize them so I just listened and enjoyed. One was named after Eric’s grandfather. They brought the music up to full speed for Everyone Likes To, then took a short break, likely for hydration and air or something like that. When they came back they were joined by a four-piece horn section. The instrumental album opener I’ll Start By Opening sounded sweet and the horns really gave it a lift. Swale rocked hard on All Down Tonight then eased up for the gorgeous Wooden Heart. The horns made it sound as fantastic as it does on the record. The slow build of Every Last One Of Us began and they brought it up to epic levels and let it ease off while steadily chanting “we can all be that way.” The horns left at that point and the band played a ripping version of Drug Laws. A heavy rocking Joyless followed then they eased way back for a simmering Black Boys On Mopeds. They brought the energy back up with a powerful version of If You Get Lost. Eric said to shut off all the microphones except Amanda’s and she let her inner Ozzy emerge on Faeries Wear Boots and the band made Sabbath proud.

They had played right up to their cut off time so they began to disassemble the stage while most of us wandered outside into the cool air. It was a hot sweaty steamy show with gentle lows and blistering highs and everything you could want in a rock show.

Thanks for the pictures Luke Awtry Photography  All pictures in this post are from Luke

 

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Posted July 9, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Swale at Summervale in the Intervale July 6, 2017   Leave a comment

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Swale pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

I had a great time seeing music at the Summervale festival in the Intervale on Thursday. It was a lovely lightly windy day and a little before 6 I took the familiar walk to the site which is right next to my workplace. I got a burger and had just enough time to eat it when SWALE took the stage. Often bands will take a bit of the edge off the music since it’s a family event every Thursday throughout the summer, but Swale opened strongly and brought the rock. Release Your Records had a nice edge They stayed with the new album with All Down Tonight which has a nice groove and rocks at the end. Loser and Elevator were buoyant as the kids ran around and danced in front of the stage. They took a quick break as Chelsea from the Intervale Center got up to thank a few people and a gentleman from Citizen Cider did the same. They came back with the slow ebb of the swale with Dimedrop and kept things mellow with a sweet version of Middlesex. A song about what goes on followed then they covered Dylan’s The Man In Me (I think). They played a slow dark song about having a hard time living the good life then showed us how to do it Old School. They turned on a dime and went into full rock mode for Jack Sharp then delighted the crowd with a family song called Surrender. Mommy, Daddy, we’re all alright. Amanda Gustafson stepped off the stage and belted out Rebel Girl then danced around the circle with the kids as the band rocked at full blast. It was cool that the kids in the audience liked the faster songs. It bodes well for the future. James Kochalka happened to be in the audience so they brought him to the stage. He entertained the kids with a song about hockey and monkeys. He told us about a new shape and asked what’s the deal with the Triangle. He had the audience participate on Why Is The Sky Blue and purred out part of the song. He left the stage and Swale stayed in peak rock mode for Faeries Wear Boots. They eased up a bit for the gorgeous If You Get Lost. They did a slower than usual Popular Crowd then sang a song about seeing the bright lights tonight. They rocked out Joyless then eased off for the searing Black Boys On Mopeds. Eric Olsen made the lyrics to Everyone Likes To a little more kid friendly and they closed the night with Waiting For You.

I said a quick hello goodbye and Eric gave me my copy of the new album There’s No One Here. I raced home and did the write-up of that evening’s radio show then relaxed a bit and listened to it. I played a lot of Swale songs on my show that night.

Thanks Luke Awtry Photography for the pictures!!!  All pictures in this post are from Luke.

 

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Jame Kochalka singing with Swale

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Rebel Girl!!!