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Sarah Blacker and Aaron Katz at Club Metronome November 10, 2017   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music last Friday at Club Metronome. I was sure I was going to the Blowtorch and Rough Francis show at ArtsRiot but checked the schedule and saw that Sarah was in town and playing at a time that made it a one or the other choice. I’ve seen her many times in town and she is amazing so I set that plan. I got out of work, did a quick turnaround at home, then took the chilly walk downtown. I got in and settled a little after 9 and soon it was time for Sarah Blacker & New England Groove Association to take the stage. This version was just Sarah and Aaron Katz (from Percy Hill). She sings and plays guitar and he masterfully plays the Djembe. Sarah’s songs are strong and melodic and sound great when she is solo but Aaron’s percussion added a nice drive. His sharp notes exploded and his quiet notes added grace to the beautiful songs. They opened with the steady and catch Plugging Away and we were off. She has put out a few singles since her last album and both Blood From Your Gun and Walkabout were really cool. She placed another new song called John in between them and I really liked it. The growing audience was standing close to the stage and when Sarah put down the guitar and started a stomp clap rhythm that was accented perfectly by Aaron. It really brought the audience into the show. Next, she picked up the ukulele for The Most Beautiful Thing and it warmed my heart. She picked up the guitar and rocked out These Summer Nights and they went into a long cool jam at the end. They closed the set with a song that was in Sarah’s style but turned out to be Don’t Worry Be Happy and that was that.

I hung out for a bit but had to work early in the morning and left a little way into the headliner’s first song. Despite everything, seeing Sarah is always the right choice.

 

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Posted November 16, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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The Nancy Druids at Radio Bean November 8, 2017   Leave a comment

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The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last Wednesday at Radio Bean. I arrived a few minutes before the 10pm show and hung out and chatted a bit. It was not a long wait then the The Nancy Druids hit the stage with a shimmering rock haze. They settled in and rocked out a cool version of Sky. It was one of the first chilly evenings of the fall so December had a perfect feel and sounded so great. They rocked hard on Halo and Ann Mindell hammered out that massive drum part. They sang about the way things might have been then sang a luscious bucolic song about walking through a park and feeling fine. They played a brilliant version of By Design then rocked out the new song Salvation. Just Another Day had a nice stomp and some wicked feedback drenched lead guitar work. Sign had a nice bounce to it and was so catchy I found myself singing it for the the next day or two. They played another new song with a shimmering guitar over a rhythmic stomp and may have been about a bitter taste. Falling just made my heart soar then I Can’t Remember Who You Were rocked hard. Since You Left Me has a pleasant pop feel with plenty of rock muscle then they lit up the room with The Space Between. They had made a casual reference, earlier in the evening, to a well know rock song, but I thought they were just kidding. They brought up a guy named Lucas to sing a couple and as the band started the slow intro I realized that they were really going to do Sweet Emotion. They made it sound great as Sean, John, and Lucas surrounded the mic to sing the title part. They followed with Blitzkrieg Bop and it was great. I thought that was the end and Lucas left the stage but the Druids stayed for one more and played a cool version of The Ghost In You.

I said a couple of quick goodbyes, then took the cold and happy walk home. It’s so great to be able to walk such a short distance and see such great music.

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Posted November 12, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Uncategorized

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Clever Girls, Sleeping In, and Apartment 3 at The Monkey House October 28, 2017   Leave a comment

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Clever Girls pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Saturday at The Monkey House. Christopher Larrow had come over for the weekend and we met up with Rich Haskell and headed to Winooski. We met up with Chris Rielly and Robin Chesebro Rielly and chatted for a bit. As the music began I headed to the front as Clever Girls shouted 1 2 3 4 and lit into Loose Tooth. They played a loud rocking set full of newer songs and classics. Their sound was full and rich and the volume was loud. Newer songs like Hannah just soared and classics like 45 had a slow burn that flowed into ripping guitar work. They closed with an intense rocker and I was in a happy place.

I hung out with everyone for a bit then the stage got loud and I returned. sleeping in had a lush indie rock sound. I did not know most of the songs but they were heavy and dreamy and I was in a happy place. They played some glorious music and wrapped the set with Tonight Tonight from Smashing Pumpkins.

 

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Sleeping In pic by Tim Lewis

I hung out with everyone for a bit then the stage got loud as Apartment 3 began their final show. Their indie punk sound was pretty cool and rocked hard. Again, I was not overly familiar with their songs, and the sound was loud and the vocals buried a bit so it was hard to be certain which songs they played. They were all fun and the epic 21 song set was fantastic, and included a couple of Pavement covers. They closed the night with the last song from their album Paying It Forward and that was that.

By this point everyone else had taken off so I took the lovely long walk home. I’m so glad I got to see such powerful music.

 

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Apartment 3 pic by Tim Lewis

Posted November 4, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Ruckzuck at Robot Dog Studio, Miami Summer Culture, Ruckzuck , and Plastique Mammals at The Monkey Hose and Ruckzuck at Radio Bean October 22, 2017   Leave a comment

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Sunday at Robot Dog Studio and The Monkey House and at Radio Bean. The last time Ruckzuck were in town, in May, I went to Nectar’s to check them out. They were really good so I stopped in at Radio Bean and saw them for a second time that day. That show blew me away too. The next day they were playing at The Monkey House so I asked Nathan Curtis if he wanted to go and we were both amazed.

Last Sunday they were set to play an early show at The Monkey House and a later show at the Bean. I had to work until 5 and not until 12:30 on Monday so it looked pretty promising that I could see them twice in one day again. The band checked in about doing a Robot Dog session. It turned out that Ryan Cohen had a last minute cancellation so we set it all up. After all, why stop at two if you can go to three.

I got out a little early on Sunday and headed to the studio. The band were in and set up and beginning soundcheck. It was cool to hang out and chat and even cooler when the tape started rolling and the band began to play. We chatted about evolution and gardens and fonts and things like that. They played wonderful super-heavy psychedelic rock songs like I Ruined The Moon and Alan’s Garden. Future Shock just kept rising and had me enthralled and I had to force myself out of speechlessness since i still had one more interview segment with them. They wrapped the set with Miss Candy and started the remarkably efficient tear down process so they could head to Winooski.

 

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

I drove home and parked the car and checked in with Nathan. He was good to go so we headed to Winooski and settled into The Monkey House. The show began with a gentleman sitting and playing guitar and loops. Miami Summer Culture played nicely layered instrumental indie pop. The first few sounded nice but the fourth one had a vocal track from the first moon landing and was really cool. The music had a spacey vibe and I was in a happy place. He played one more and wrapped up the set.

 

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Miami Summer Culture pic by Tim Lewis

Ruckzuck were up next and just let loose. I should have studied their music more, so I’m not certain what they started with, but it was huge and trippy and wonderful. They veered a little more pop with Miss Candy and the next lovely song which had a dropped from the sky ripping ending. They pulled out a fun cover of Come And Get Your Love and everyone enjoyed the groove. From there things just took off and they closed with a long over the top amazing version of Oh You, You’re You and I was in heaven.

 

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Plastique Mammals took the stage and rocked out. They are a duo with bass/keys/loops and a drummer. The songs were indie prog instrumentals and were pretty cool. They rocked out six songs that had a nice flow and created a happy space. The closer had a huge prog rock end and I was pleased.

 

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Plastique Mammals pic by Tim Lewis

Ruckzuck had loaded out their gear but were still there so Nate and I chatted with them for a bit then we headed out. It was getting late and close to the midnight show at the Bean so Nate was nice enough to give me a ride downtown, though as it turned out I would have had plenty of time to walk. He skipped the later show since he had to work earlier in the morning.

I got in and settled and said hi to my new best friends as they got everything set. At this point I was quite tired and just fell into the flow of the music. My notes are about as blurry as I felt and the first three songs just flowed with power and beauty. I’m not sure how it’s possible but I think that third show was the best of the day and certainly the longest. Extended versions of Alan’s Garden and Future Shock were incredible beyond words. They played for an hour or so and wrapped up around 1:30. I felt completely lost in the music for every note and was in complete bliss.

After they wrapped up, I said a quick goodbye then took the short and lovely walk home. What an amazing day!

 

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

Swale and Thick Business at The Monkey House October 18, 2017   Leave a comment

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Swale pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Wednesday at The Monkey House. Rich Haskell stopped over at my house early in the evening and we watched a couple of live The Tragically Hip videos and lamented the passing of Gordon Downie. A little after 8 he gave me a ride toWinooski. I arrived a little before showtime and got in and settled. SWALE took the stage and began tuning up and the sound slowly coalesced into Waterlanding.. They played a searing version of that song. They followed with their new single Safe To Say and were completely locked in. Golden Crutch was smooth and elegant then they ramped up to full speed for Everyone Likes To. They played the super-fun Release Your Records and the achingly beautiful Felon. I was not sure of the next one, something about maybe it goes on, but it was just great. They laid into Drug Laws and rocked it for a deliciously long time. Elevator wrapped the set with an unsettling story set to gorgeous music. It was Swale at their very best from first note to last.

Up next was a band from Boise Idaho called Thick Business. They opened with a song about being right there with you that had an indie rock B-52’s vibe. I was quite impressed and not at all prepared for what was to come. The second song began with a jazzy Zappa vibe then the keys took over with an old Genesis sound. I was intrigued. The song went through many twists and turns and may have been a few songs seamlessly stitched together. Either way, they played it for a long time and I was captivated for every moment. They kept the sound going for a song about thinking about your heart that had a bit of a King Crimson vibe. They wrapped the night with something about being at the end of the game after you’ve had too many mushrooms. That one rocked hard and had a Sabbath vibe. While you could hear the influences of the bands listed above all the songs sounded like what I’m coming to know as the Thick Business sound. They were amazing and I feel lucky to have seen them. Going out to see random bands sometimes leads to these kinds of experiences and I’m so glad I was put in the effort. .

I did not stay long after the show then took the lovely walk home

 

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Thick Business pic by Tim Lewis

Posted October 24, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Calvin Coolidge, Cave Bees, and Pinact at The Monkey House October 14, 2017   Leave a comment

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Calvin Coolidge pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Saturday at The Monkey House. I had plenty of time between work and the show to get home and eat dinner then I took the lovely walk to Winooski. I got in and settled and watched as Calvin Coolidge made the transition from a soundcheck to the beginning of their show. The guitar/singer, bass/singer, drums trio began with some cool low-fi indie rock. They sang about staying here by your side and stealing all of my money. The next song was a bit faster and had a nice sweep. As the set progressed the songs seemed to go through more changes and builds and kept me intrigued. The bass player and guitarist switched instruments after the fourth song and they played a song about friends with a Zeppelin vibe. A song about betting that you can say was cool as was the fast instrumental. They played a slower song that picked up speed, had a reggae vibe for a short moment then slipped into double time. They played a stark slower stomp about sex and violence. They played a song about getting the hell out that had an REM vibe. At that point the bassist and guitarist switched instruments again. They closed with a song that started slow and had a rocking end and was about how maybe my dreams are nothing to live by. They were pretty cool and it will be fun to see where they go in the future.

 

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Calvin Coolidge pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Cave Bees hit the stage with a roar and rocked out Round Sum. They kept the pace at full fury for Mine All Mine and I Need A Raise. Juliet was heavy and intense and Sweet Pussy was furious. Lunacy is one of the great rock songs to come out of our scene and they played a brilliant version of it. Sister Blue was blissfully heavy/beautiful then we all sang ooh ooh ooh on Flight Of The Alligator. They loved their car, you know, the one with the 22-R then finally eased back a tiny amount for the gorgeous sledgehammer riffs of Muskrat Love. They ramped back up to full speed for the soulful Queen City and called it a night. They were completely amazing.

 

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Cave Bees pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Pinact from Scotland took the stage and played some fast loud indie rock. The first song was about bringing you and they followed with their new single Seams. They sang about wanting to feel free again, about being up and down, and not wanting to feel like that. They mixed up songs from the first album and the new one. They closed the furious rock set with Forever which featured a line about if it’s broken, it won’t be broke for long. They said that was going to be the last song but still threw in one more fast rocker to close the night. They were really cool.

I spoke with Jon the bass player for a bit after the show and reveled in his accent then took the lovely walk home.

 

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Pinact pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Posted October 22, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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The Mountain Carol at Radio Bean October 9, 2017   Leave a comment

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The Mountain Carol pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Monday at Radio Bean. I worked until 6:30 and had plenty of time to hang out at home. I was feeling pretty awake and a little restless so around 10:15 I headed out and took the lovely walk downtown.

I got in and settled a little after the 10:30 start time and The Mountain Carol were on stage playing drifty breezey music. They have an indie pop psychedelic kind of sound that was very pleasant to be in the presence of. They sang a song about finding a cure with intentions that are pure. They played a song about slipping and sliding and the guitar player used a shot glass to play some slide. Some of the songs went through cool changes in a prog rock sort of way. Some of the songs veered towards pop, such as the one about not dancing with you. The eight songs that I caught were really cool including The Never Ending Part 2 which finished the set. I really liked them and want to check them out again in the near future

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Posted October 18, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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