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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

 

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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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Decker and Troy Millette at The Skinny Pancake March 28, 2019   Leave a comment

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Troy Millette

I had a great time seeing music Thursday at The Skinny Pancake. My friends were running on their own timeline so I got going a little early and took the lovely walk down to the waterfront. I got in and settled and almost finished eating when Tony Gallucci from WBKM stopped in and hung our banner behind the stage. Mike Luoma showed up shortly after that and Troy Millette Music began to play. He opened with a cover of I’m on Fire and tossed a little Dancing In The Dark into the middle. He followed with a couple of originals. Magnolias was just gorgeous and I’m really beginning to like his new song about how something in your arms feels like home. He returned to Bruce for Atlantic City but tossed in some Fast Car and something about walking 1,000 miles for you, ’cause in this day and age, he would totally do that. He played a song about not being sure if he wanted to fix this and make it right and kept the theme going with Anna Marie. He lit me up with his version of Ghosts (Of What We Used To Be) then closed with a fun medley. It began with something about wanting it that way, went into something about a blank space. He walked on water for a while then ended by bringing out our inner Whitney for Dance With Somebody. He always plays fun shows and I love when I get to hear him play.

In the past few months Mike has been doing a lot of music programming at WBKM.ORG and has turned me on to a lot of cool music. He invented a series called Virtual In Studio where artists can film themselves playing stripped down versions of their songs. decker. was the first artist to sign on and came to town, which is why I skipped my usual Thursday night show. I had listened to his song The Matador a couple of times but wasn’t entirely certain what to expect.

The set break was short then Decker took the stage with a microphone, and acoustic guitar, a stomp box gadget for one foot and a tambourine for the other. A series of effects pedals gave the songs a lush sound. He opened with a song called Burning Grass that he said was a tribute to Tom Petty. He chatted between songs and took the subjects to deep thoughtful places that kept the audience captivated. He sang a song called The Garden that was about being in favor of all of humanity that really lit up my soul. He sang a song called Holy Ghost that sounded like cruising on an Arizona highway listening to Chuck Berry while on LSD. He followed with cool songs about a State Trooper and The Phantom. He played a gorgeous song about finding a dead deer in the Arizona desert and praying over its carcass. It’s called Smudge and is quickly becoming a favorite. He hit home with a song called The Saint which was about spending time with his grandmother in hospice. I went through that with my mother just about a year ago. Sometimes, it’s nice to know we all go through the wonderful and terrible parts of life together. He followed with a song called Awake that is both staggeringly positive and a really cool song. Usually, songs like that get a little sappy musically, but his version is strong.

He took a quick break and a couple of us stepped out for a little air. I chatted with Troy for a bit then we went back in. Decker was sitting in a chair in front of the audience playing and singing with no microphone. Rats, I should have gone in sooner. I hate making unforced errors. I think I missed the song Mexico but caught most of The Matador. He closed the night with a song about JFK called Patsy.

It’s really hard to describe just how beautiful the whole show was. I was phenomenally impressed. I’d go see him again anytime.

 

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Decker

 

 

The Mountain Carol and Rose Yellowthorn at Light Club Lamp Shop March 23, 2019   Leave a comment

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The Mountain Carol

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Saturdays ago at Light Club Lamp Shop. It was a long work day but I had a little time to settle at home before taking the lovely walk to the club. I got in and settled then lost myself in the graceful flow of The Mountain Carol‘s music. They opened with more questions than answers and let it flow into something cool which flowed into Adventure Safari. They played their new song Last Night and one about justifying my love. They almost veered into pop territory with a song about cause and effect and played a new one about never saying die. Sway had a nice groove to get lost in as did the next one. They told us that The Party’s Over then played The Mountain Carol. They closed the elegant show with The Neverending and it left me in a happy place.

Up next Rose Yellowthorn took the stage. They had a sweet pop sound and opened with a song about talking about her. They played one about turning into myself and followed with a new one about the wrong way. As the show went along they played songs about missing me when the anger burns out and being a factory man. They played one about a vampire and one about a child in chief. They closed the 14 song set with one about laying here with me and I was in a happy place. They have lovely songs and I’m so glad I got to see them.

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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Rose Yellowthorn

Samara Lark and Everybody’s Favorite Irish Drinking Songs Band at Radio Bean March 17, 2019   Leave a comment

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Samara Lark

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Sundays ago at Radio Bean. I had a long day at work and did a quick turnaround and arrived at the Bean as Samara Lark Brown sat at a piano and began to play some classic Irish songs. She sang of an orange father and a green mother and followed it with a song about roving. She sang of keeping your hands off red headed Mary and followed with a song about a fickle girl in black velvet. Up next was a Cranberries song that I think was Ode To My Family and then came a song about the unicorns missing their ride on Noah’s ark. She played a lovely version of Beer Beer Beer and followed it with the theme song to Cheers. She wondered what a guy is to do when he meets a girl who’s hair is black and her eyes are blue. She got into the hard stuff with Whiskey In A Jar then played one I did not know that had an English Civil War vibe. She returned to the Cranberries for Zombie and left us with an Irish blessing and some smiling eyes. The show was graceful, elegant and fun.

Up next Everybody’s Favorite Irish Drinking Songs Band took the stage and shifted the needle from elegant to unruly. They opened with a rousing Fuck You I’m Drunk and a fun version of Beer Beer Beer. The crowd had songbooks and we loudly sang along. Wild Rover was fun then they tossed in a little bit of For Those About To Rock. We sang the story of Molly Malone in Cockles And Mussels then they tossed in a little bit of More Than Words. I think the next one was The Fields of Athenry but band and audience were starting to feel the drinks at this point. They sang about drinking 100 beers, which is easier than walking 100 miles, then encouraged us to drink because In Heaven There Is No Beer. They played Dirty Old Town and then we all sang aye aye aye. Danny Boy started slow and poignant then they upped the speed at the end and rocked it out. They played all the traditional songs like Jackie Wilson Said and One then followed with one about being as drunk as drunk could be. They played a couple more and called it a night. It’s hard to describe how much fun Efids shows are.

I hung out for a bit then happily staggered home. What a great day.

 

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Everybody’s Favorite Irish Drinking Songs Band

Duck Duck Goose at the Courtyard Marriott and Clever Girls and Fever Dolls at Club Metronome March 16, 2019   Leave a comment

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Duck Duck Goose

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Saturdays ago at The Courtyard Marriott and Club Metronome. I worked during the day, did a quick turnaround at home, then took the long walk to Battery street. I wandered into the lovely lounge that feels like a living room and got a seat near the band. Soon enough, it was time for Duck Duck Goose to play.

The trio began a gentle version of Helpless with Julia Beerworth singing lead and playing acoustic guitar, Josh Glass playing keys and Aaron Flinn on electric guitar. They had a comforting sound. Up next, Aaron took the vocals and treated us to a rousing rendition of Miss Ready Blossom. Julia took the mic next to sing her song Tribeca then Josh treated us to What’s In California? I just love the strength of the melody of that song and really enjoyed the rocked out ending. Another fun song called Miles Above Me followed then Julia graced us with Angel Of Montgomery. Josh had some sweet piano licks on Scattered Birds and Aaron’s deep voice sounded great. Julia sang a gorgeous song that wondered if you will blossom then Josh sang a song about having nothing to do except love everything about you. They closed the first set with Julia singing lead on The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down. I got another drink and settled back in as they opened set two with One More Cup Of Coffee. I love that so many local artists cover that song and make it sound so different. Julia sang the song about the old Oak Tree then Josh sang about lovers on vacation in Adeline. Josh and Julia traded vocals on the one about nobody knows but me then Aaron dropped some endearing lyrics and killer guitar moves on Raise Your Hands. They closed the night with a fun version of Honky Tonk Woman and I was in a warm happy place.

 

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Clever Girls

I said a couple of quick goodbyes then raced over to Metronome. Clever Girls were on stage and rocking hard. I got settled and moved close. They lit into Loom and let it soar and I was in rock heaven. Owen has slow verses and huge choruses and rocked us hard. They followed with that epic new swampy song that I think is called Woman. I love the immediate feel of the song and love how it builds and rips at the end. They followed with another cool song then took us to lovely heights with Hannah Wants To See You. They closed the set with Heavy and rocked the club to the breaking point. They were as amazing as always.

 

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Clever Girls

I hung out for a bit and Fever Dolls began to play. They had a bright pop sound with hints of country and jam. They opened with a song called Turn Me Down that got a little cowpunk in the middle. They rocked out a song about it being a long way back to Oklahoma then played a song about having the power. As the set went along I caught a bit of a Meatloaf or Rocky Horror vibe to the music and I was in a happy place. After they wrapped it up they brought out the movie cameras and played one of their songs over the pa and shot a video with the singer in the audience. If you ever see it, and see a few long grey hairs flowing behind him, that’s probably me.

When that was done, I took the lovely walk home. It was another great night of music in town.

 

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Fever Dolls