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The Lindbergh Baby, PD Brown, and Alice Karlsdóttir at Light Club Lamp Shop September 15, 2017   Leave a comment

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The Lindbergh Baby pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last Friday at Light Club Lamp Shop. I had a long streak of seeing music and flowers in Canada and seeing more music and doing a radio show and was ready for a night off when a cool show flew into my radar. I worked until 5:30 and had plenty of time to go home and make a turnaround and take the lovely walk downtown. I got in close to the 7:30 showtime and bar was full of people. It was a bit warm then cooled down a bit for the first show with air conditioning at the lamp shop.

The show began with a European folk vibe with The Lindbergh Baby. Scott Broderick sang and played acoustic guitar and was joined by his wife Amber on vocals and musical saw, Annabel Lee on electric violin and Michael Moynihan played bodhran and some drums later in the set. They sang about Alice Blue and a glimmer in a mermaid’s eye. They sang about running away, from an upcoming album. The songs all had a nice strength to them and were lovely and enchanting. They sang a song about mortal enemies known as farmers and bankers and dedicated it to people who like to grow and eat food. They sang about holding your hand while the sun is still shining. They upped the rock pace a bit with Big Bad Bob (Robert Ferbrache) sitting in on pedal steel for a song about election day. They sang a song for the fans of HP Lovecraft that had a nice chaotic pop drone. They sang an old revolution song about the Green Mountaineers then closed the set with a rocking Media Boss. It was a fun and lovely and powerful set. (Per Scott the set went: Alice Blue, Siren’s Song, Runaway, Old Glory, Lil’ Number, Election Day, Cassilda’s Song, Ballad of the Green Mountain Boys, Media Boss).

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The Lindbergh Baby pic by Tim Lewis

I was pretty wiped out but ran into Johnnie Day Durand and we talked about the variances in musical saw players and were joined by a ton of cool people. Somewhere in the middle of the conversation a gentleman named P.D. Brown stepped onto the stage. I think he was from Aberdeen Scotland but I could be wrong about that. He began by reciting an eerie poem called The Raven Speaks that had lovely supernatural tones. He moved on to a story but it was still told in meter. It was about giant sisters and a millstone and vikings invading and all sorts of fun stuff. He recited another cool poem/story about a heroic English knight who marries an Elvin woman and has great luck until he scorns her kind and she disappears and his life falls apart. Every moment of his set was enthralling.

 

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PD Brown pic by Tim Lewis

I chatted with Johnnie and everyone a bit more then a woman named Alice Karlsdóttir took the stage and sang a song. Per Scott, she has a band called Verdandi and she’s an author. She sang a song about Freyja going into the underworld in search of riches and had the room captivated.

At that point I was drained. I knew there was another band on but headed out with a heart full of music and poetry.

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Alice Karlsdóttir pic by Tim Lewis

 

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The Dead Shakers and Cones at The Monkey House September 13, 2017   Leave a comment

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The Dead Shakers pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last Wednesday at The Monkey House. I saw music the previous Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday then went to Ottawa for the mosaiculture on Monday then over to Montreal to the botanical gardens on Tuesday. I took it pretty easy during my Wednesday off but by the evening was up and ready to go. I took the long walk to Winooski and got in and settled as the band got ready to play. Featuring Kevin Bloom on vocals and electric guitar, Walker on electric guitar, Chris Shar on drums, Josh Shedaker on bass, Lauren Costello on electrified bass cello and a couple of sax players The Dead Shakers had a huge psychedelic rock sound. The cello and saxes filled the background of the songs and Kevin’s guitar and the bass and drums filled out the rhythm while Walker’s guitar alternated between the two. The songs are long and fun and rock hard and take you to fun places. They began with a long slow jam that built into rock heights. They played a mellower song with a sweet groove and a refrain of take me back. The next song also had a nice flow to it and the one after was about a mental institution in Medford. The next couple of songs had odd fun changes and I just let them flow over me and was in a lovely place. The seventh song of the set had a nice groove with rippling waves of psychedelia and they closed the set with their first single The Field. They only have a couple of songs recorded so far so hopefully someone will get those long lovely jams on tape soon.

 

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The Dead Shakers pic by Tim Lewis

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The Dead Shakers pic by Tim Lewis

Up next was a band from Los Angeles called Cones. They played a set of shimmering off kilter pop with fun and challenging changes. They had a nice mix of indie pop and Southern California rock. They sang about being back in the rain and waiting for a sign. They covered a breezy pop song that I did not know then played a super cool song called Echoes On. They sang a song about being crazy and one that had a bit of a Quarterflash vibe. They closed with a song about the first time and left me in a happy place.

I did not hang out long then took the lovely walk home. It’s so cool to be able to just go out for a walk and get to hear such lovely music

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Cones pic by Tim Lewis

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

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Rosedale, Mr Doubtfire, and Grand at Radio Bean September 10, 2017   Leave a comment

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Rosedale pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last Sunday. I had seen a ton of music for the previous three nights and had a trip to Canada planned for Monday early morning so going out to see a show on Sunday night at 10 seemed a very silly thing to do.

I gout out of work at 2 and had the day to hang out. Around 9:30 I got myself moving and walked into Radio Bean around 10. I knew two of the bands and knew nothing about the third but assumed they would sound similar. I was a bit surprised to just see a keyboard and an acoustic guitar on the stage. After a few moments ROSEDALE sat at the keys and began to sing and play. He usually has a bit more of a monster sound system but that night he played it casual and let his voice and songs shine. His music had a nice structure and created a lovely space as he alternated between the keys and guitar. He began with a song about feeling unpersuasive then told us how he missed MySpace and CD’s and played a song called Written By The Artist. He played a song about loving music called My First Show that featured lyrics that painted portraits of a young band getting out and playing. He played a song about Branson Ontario called El Dorado Park. He tuned down one string to play a song to his father and made a dropping the D reference, you know the dad word. He played a nice cover that I did not know that went I’ll follow you into the dark. He enchanted us with a nostalgic song with bright imagery about being A Kid Again. He closed the set with a song about never giving up called What We Started. The show was nothing like I expected it would be and was just wonderful.

 

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Rosedale pic by Tim Lewis

Up next the two singer/electric guitars, bass, drums attack of Mr. Doubtfire met my expectations for how the night would sound with their indie/punk rock. They began with a song about running away and then Cho-Cho-Chose us. The music was loud and the energy was high and I was blissfully happy. They rocked out Blank Daze with is essentially the title song from the Marionette EP. They played a cool new song. They played There’s A Problem. They closed the set with something about Virginia and left me delighted.

 

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Mr Doubtfire pic by Tim Lewis

The set break was pretty reasonable then Grand kept the rock fury going. The singer/electric guitar, bass, drums trio play super catchy indie punk and rock hard. They said that Radio Bean was their arena tonight. The first song was a gift to us with a Queen vibe and went something like we’re that band, we are grand. They asked us if we wanted Good Times then rocked us Another Day Closer To Nothing. They sang about putting you down and coming around then played a song about how in Vermont Everybody Wants To Get You High. They played a song about the road and one about keeping me in line. They slowly began a song about his feelings that built into a huge rock song that was so good that I Just Couldn’t Say. Aaron Carr was a bit stressed as he had relatives in Florida in the path of the hurricane as the show was going on which added an edge to the song about God help you now get out of the way. They played a song about not feeling anything and closed the night with a song about going down.

It was about 1 when they wrapped up so I said a quick goodbye then took the short walk home. There was not a lot of sleep before the 6am alarm but it was still so worth it.

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Grand pic by Tim Lewis

 

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

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Dysfunkshun 25th anniversary with Blowtorch, Tsunamibots, Swillbillie and the Dirty Blondes at Higher Ground September 9, 2017   Leave a comment

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Blowtorch pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last Saturday at Higher Ground. I worked until 5:30, got home and settled for a bit, then went to the club and arrived just before the 7:30 showtime. I was kind of psyched for the anniversary show but was mostly excited to see four cool rock bands.

I got in and settled and soon enough it was time for Blowtorch to begin. They opened with a bit of a cowpunk sound but as the show progressed it was nothing but punk rock. Singer Clark Russell was delightfully animated and introduced many of the songs with a sound effect of some sort. Bill Mullins was as amazing on guitar as usual and the bass and drums were perfectly solid. They sang songs about watching your head and waving goodbye. They showed us what democracy looks like and wondered why they even try. They spoke of how hurricane Irma had two nuclear plants in it’s path and advised us to run for our lives. They encouraged us to rise and shine since we’re all in this together then told us about how water turns to ice. I think they played a song about a human hippopotamus but I might have missed something. They let us know that Trump lies matter and sang something about what in the world is wrong with you that had a bit of a Teenagers From Mars vibe. They closed the blistering 30 minute set saying I want what you want. I’m so glad I did not miss a note of their show.

 

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Tsunamibots pic by Tim Lewis

Up next was a band who have been playing around for a while that I’d been meaning to check out. The stage was set with a robot wooden cut out and a robot with flashing lights and The Tsunamibots were dressed as robots and let us know they identified as robots. Much of the music was instrumental with a few vocals. I thought the sound would be more surf rock but it was more instrumental punk that had surf mixed in, though a couple had that classic surf sound. Imagine a looser Devo ripping it up and you’ve got the idea. Their 12 song set was fun and featured chants like Fuck You Robots Rule and songs about robot uprisings. They capped the night with a fun song called Co2ULater that made me want to check them out again.

 

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Swillbillie pic by Tim Lewis

I thought that there were four bands on the bill but Swillbillie took the stage next for a short and sweet set. They rocked a punkabilly sound super hard and fast. They opened with their Manifesto then rolled on. The next song was about the devil being on the run. I missed the details of the next song but I think it was about whiskey. They closed the short set with a rousing Hell Chicken that kept me smiling and rocking.

 

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Dirty Blondes pic by Tim Lewis

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Dirty Blondes pic by Tim Lewis

The set break was short then Dirty Blondes hit the stage with a roar. Their songs have nice melodies and a punk rock sound and are always fun. They opened with Burn then rocked out Crybaby. They brought the spirituality with Hallelujah then sang about Jacking Off. Oh Dirty Blondes filled my heart like it always does. At one point Lefty played his guitar in the audience all around the room and at one point the Sisters LeMay cruised through. The Blondes taught us to dance with Kung Pao. Slut rocked hard and Drunk is always a fun song. They celebrated their kick ass drummer Ornan then taught us who James Bond really is. They capped the night with a ripping Yayo and fun was had by all.

 

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Lefty out for a stroll  Dirty Blondes pic by Tim Lewis

It was finally time for the 25th anniversary of classic ’90’s rap punk band Dysfunkshun. Marc Daniels sang and Richard Bailey sang and played guitar. Ornan McLean sat in on drums and the band was filled out with Ben Bouchard on guitar and Aram Bedrosian on bass. Imagine reggae played at punk speed with super fast rapped vocals and you get the idea. They opened with Here We Go and kept the show at blistering pace for all 13 songs. The vocals were so fast it was hard to catch anything but I did catch themes like stopping and listening to the sound and freeing your mind and how it all falls down and it all comes down. They played a rockus song about the President and sang an anti-Nazi song. The whole set was fun.

I was pretty drained when they wrapped up so I did not stay long and headed for home. Any of those sets would have been enough and the combination made it yet another fantastic night of music in our town.

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Dysfunkshun pic by Tim Lewis

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Dino Bravo, The Ramparts, and Black Rabbit at the South End Art Hop and The High Breaks at ArtsRiot September 8, 2017   Leave a comment

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Dino Bravo pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last Friday at Art Hop though it could have been a lot better if Mother Nature had cooperated a bit more, or if an indoor backup had been set up. I took the long lovely walk downtown but the weather looked iffy so I brought the umbrella along. I made it through the growing crowd, past all of the food trucks and packed galleries, and found the alley way out back where the Green Door stage was set. The rain had passed and the sky was blue when Dino Bravo VT took the stage. They played heavy loud rock music and opened with Sugar Coated Candy Stix. They brought out the harmony guitars for Strawberry Blonde and rocked Pop Music hard. A cover of 20th Century Boy got the crowd engaged and they closed with Past The Mark.

During the set break I got a chance to see Dino’s rehearsal space and was amazed at how small it was. I guess it does not take much room to launch a great band.

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The Rampats pic by Tim Lewis

I heard music and headed back out as The Ramparts began their set. They had a mellower sound with an almost jam feel but the songs were more tightly constructed. They opened with a song with a bluesy rock feel about a drop in the bucket. They followed with a bouncy song called Spaceship that was stuck in my head for weeks after seeing them play it last year. I can still hear it now. They played a song with a nice groove that was cool, mellow and slow and was about one more night. They played a new song that was strong and rocking maybe called Night Light. They kept the trajectory heading harder and had a Sabbath vibe while taking the long way home. I was happily impressed by the music and unhappily impressed by the light raindrops with a similar trajectory. They began another new one that was really good but the light rain became a bit more steady and the show was stopped. All the equipment was quickly moved into the nearest gallery.

I wandered through the gallery and let my eyes feast on the brilliant art. I thought I could get a chance to see more galleries and make it back when the rain passed so I unfurled the umbrella and wandered in and out of galleries as I headed toward the back of ArtsRiot. I knew there was music at Speaking Volumes and Big Heavy World and cruised around but both were outside stages that were sadly quiet. The steady rain became a deluge and I found shelter at Green State Gardener and checked out a couple of plants and all the growing supplies. Once the rain eased to a reasonable level I wandered around several galleries and was happy to realize that there is as much art in our town as there is music.

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The rain had almost stopped so I headed back to the Green Door. I chatted with many cool people and it began to look like Black Rabbit were going to play. They quickly got all the equipment set up with only occasional raindrops. They began playing The Original Original and the rain began again. They rocked their way through the song then said thank you goodnight. Everyone rushed to the stage and tore it down again as the rain became steady again. I was bummed that I would not get to see a full Rabbit set or Zeus Springsteen, Eastern Mountain Time, or The Parts.

 

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Black Rabbit pic by Tim Lewis

I headed over to ArtsRiot and waited in the short and slow moving line. I got in and waited to get a drink but it went quickly when the bartender saw me and recognized me from the night before. The High Breaks had played Boardwalk Boogie, Surf Train, and The Big One as I waited then got settled. I moved to the front as they lit into a song dedicated to the downpour called Dark And Stormy Sea. They rocked out Surf Showdown and Sink Or Swim. They dedicated the next one to the 4th anniversary of ArtsRiot and the 25th edition of the South End Art Hop and played a killer surf rock version of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. Up next was Hot Dog then they played a song about putting on your wet suit before going to bed so you are ready for anything when you wake up. It was called Wet Suit Dream. Matt said that whatever you do we care about you and don’t, then Todd said Wipe Out. They closed the show with that classic rocker that everyone knew.

At that point I headed out and walked around to more galleries and crammed my psyche with art. I did not stay too much later and was elated to experience a small slice of the wonder that is created in our town every day.

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The High Breaks pic by Tim Lewis

LuxDeluxe and Landlady at ArtsRiot September 7, 2017   Leave a comment

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Landlady pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Thursday night at ArtsRiot. I had seen Landlady once at Signal Kitchen and they blew me away. I was bummed the show was on a Thursday but I had my radio show prepared beforehand and had to go.

The walk down was long and lovely and free of rain, which is a minor accomplishment this summer. I got in and settled and chatted with Rob Liu for a bit but soon it was time for the show.

LuxDeluxe said they would open with a jazz song then go through all of the genres. The first song had a country rock feel and the band were super tight. All of the songs rocked and had an easy dance vibe. One had a bit of a reggae feel. One was about being so far away. They sang about having gone fishing and keeping your distance. Singer Ned King kept the audience engaged with flashy dance moves. He bounced with the bass player at one point and sang one song from the top of the bass drum, and even drummed along. Everything about the set was fun and had me in a happy place for every note.

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LuxDeluxe pic by Tim Lewis

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LuxDeluxe pic by Tim Lewis

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LuxDeluxe pic by Tim Lewis

The set break was short and soon enough, it was time for Landlady to enchant the room. They have a pop sound but take all the songs into interesting places with a prog rock feel while still being accessible. Their harmony backing vocals are out of this world. They opened with Nina from their new album The World Is A Loud Place and stayed there for Cadaver and Solid Brass. They went back to their last album, Upright Behavior for Dying Day and Washington State Is Important. They played a very old song that had a bit of a Return Of The Giant Hogweed vibe. They bounced between the two albums with Person and Under The Yard. The opening notes of The Globe lit me up and I was enthralled for every note. They played a song about dancing in public and being uncomfortable then let the vocals fill the room for a cover of Surfer Girl. They let it fall into Driving In California then played a song with a nice blues jam. A song about love and happiness followed. They closed the set with the slow steady martial drumming that begins Above My Ground. They let it build and build and by the end were at full rock fury singing Always Always Always. It was everything you could hope for in a rock show.

I hung out and chatted for a bit after the show then took the long happy walk home.

 

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Landlady pic by Tim Lewis

Posted September 10, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Uncategorized

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Caroline Rose at Madaila On Main and Swale, Wild Adriatic, and Rough Francis at Nectar’s September 2, 2017   Leave a comment

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Rough Francis pic by Luke Awtry Photography

I had a great time seeing music a week ago on Main St and at Nectar’s. Madaila threw a giant party and shut down Main St and put up a stage and somehow booked it on a lovely sunny rain free Saturday. I was able to make it downtown by 4 and had never caught up with Caroline Rose so I was excited to hear her play. I got in and settled and She began singing and playing guitar and was joined by a drummer and two keyboard players, one of whom was Abbie Gail from Hammydown. Most of the songs had a dancey rock feel and may have fit in well on the soundtrack to Kill Bill. I let the first couple of songs wash over me as the keyboard players picked up bass and guitar for the second one. The bass played mostly stayed on bass but Abbie switched between guitar and keys all through the show. I think Caroline’s whole set was made of new songs and was different from what I was expecting and sounded wonderful. She sang songs about more of the same thing living in America. She said most of her songs were sad songs with happy melodies except for the fourth one which was a happy song about being cat called. She sang a song about the waitress setting the table. She sang about Jean becoming a mom and it was her favorite song to sing. She followed with her real favorite song to sing which was something about putting on his bikini and dancing dancing dancing. She continued playing her favorite songs to sing during the greatest hits section of the show from the album that has not been released yet. One had a Bossa Nova beat and one was about how everybody knows there ain’t nothing you can do about it. She sang about doing it for the money and played a slow rocker about having had enough. She was going to leave but an encore was demanded and she played a fast rocker about going deep deep down. It was a great show and I’m so glad I went.

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Caroline Rose pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

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Abbie Morin pic by Luke Awtry Photography

I had to meet up with Christopher Larrow who was coming over from New York for the later show but hung around for a couple of songs by Turkuaz. They had a big band heavy disco punk sound with dreamy keys. The first song may have been something like turn you and the second was about circles in my mind. They weren’t quite my cup of tea but they were really good and lit up the audience.

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Turkuaz pic by Luke Awtry Photography

I walked home, met up with Chris and hung out for a bit, then we headed to Nectar’s for the after party. SWALE began the night with a nice groove on All Down Tonight and rocked it hard by the end. They kept at full throttle for Popular Crowd then encouraged us to Release Our Records. I missed the title of the next one but loved it completely. They eased up a little for Beaten Down and built the energy back up with a searing Soul Piggy Bank. Drug Laws laid into a heavy groove and rocked the house hard. Elevator was poppy but so strong that it worked perfectly. Felon was lovely and powerful. They began the slow build and heavily rocked out Every Last One Of Us and kept rocking on Everyone Likes To. They closed with the fantastic If You Get Lost and everyone was in a happy place.

 

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Swale pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

Up next New York band Wild Adriatic took the stage for a Zeppelin set. They opened with a bluesy jam that settled into Good Times Band Times. They let it flow into Communication Breakdown then let that flow into Immigration Song. Their playing and singing was sweet but when they brought up Nicole from Nico Suave she elevated Black Dog to a magnificent place. She left and the band rocked out Trampled Under Foot. They both eased up and rocked harder on No Quarter. The Ocean had that fun bounce and they mixed it into a snippet of Moby Dick. The drum solo was quite short then they jammed out a little more Moby. Heartbreaker rocked hard then they kept the crowd fired up with Ramble On. In the middle of the song Mikey from Turkuaz moved in and took over the drums without either drummer missing a beat in the transition. They said they were going to do something odd and played a bluesy song about 40 days and 40 nights and put a full War Pigs in the middle. What a night.

 

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Wild Adriatic pic by Luke Awtry Photography

Chris took off at that point, and I was pretty tired too but there was no way I could miss the next band. ROUGH FRANCIS hit the stage hard with a couple of their newer songs that I’m getting to know and completely love. MSP2 was great and rocked hard as did the next new one. I-90 East is a classic and is super strong. They sang a song about getting it together and coming together and telling your sister and telling your brother. They encouraged us to not look back then played a heavy version of Staring Out The Window. They sang about getting out and at some point Paul threw himself off the stage and rocked hard in the audience. They played a slower song about fascists who think their haircuts make them cute and how we should walk on by. Not A Nice Guy was blisteringly fast and hard and they played the song about every day. They wrapped the 16 song set with an over the top Comm To Space and finished up at 1:48 am.

I hung out for a bit then took the long tired and lovely walk home.

Thanks for the pics Luke Awtry Photography

 

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Rough Francis pic by Luke Awtry Photography