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Hana Zara at Light Club Lamp Shop and Rough Francis, Cave Bees, and Jessica Rabbit Syndrome at Higher Ground August 11, 2018   Leave a comment

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Hana Zara pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Saturday at Light Club Lamp Shop and Higher Ground. I got out of work at 5:30 and had time to eat and hang out at home before driving downtown. I parked near the lamp shop and got in and settled.

The room slowly filled as Hana Zara took the stage and got ready to play. A group of people walked in and sat in the back and began chatting. Hana asked if we were ready to listen, and they quieted down. The room was virtually silent as she opened with a couple of songs about love and being yourself. She began with one about a final battle cry that is one of love and followed with a song about how that being deep inside you will be your guide. She recommended finding it and saying hi. She played a song about disastrous relationships called The Cats and a sequel that was inspired by going to an ex’s house and psyche. It was called Little Fires and the room stayed transfixed. She played a song about the people out destroying the Earth called The Toy then a sequel that she had finished earlier in the day. It was about change and how we are the the thing that is changing. She quietly sang Hooray Hoorah to close the set. The audience wanted more so she played House Of Mirrors for a friend in Nebraska. She is an amazing performer and always fills my heart.

 

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Jessica Rabbit Syndrome pic by Tim Lewis

I said a quick goodbye and zipped out the door. I drove to Higher Ground and could hear a band playing as I walked in the door. I got into the room as they were wrapping it up. Jessica Rabbit Syndrome said they had one more and rocked out a song called Bacchus D. They had a heavy stomping indie grunge sound that made me wish I had arrived earlier. I need to catch them for real soon.

I chatted with a few cool people in the star-packed room then Cave Bees took the stage. They opened hard and fast with Mine All Mine then let loose the 22-R, I Need A Raise had a slower stomp then they kicked it back up with Round Sum. I Don’t Need This Anymore rocked hard then we started riding The Golden Goose. They eased back to a ’50’s groove for Muskrat Love but were back at full speed for the laser beam eyes part at the end. They rocked the Queen City then sang about the Lunacy. Juliet kept up the furious pace and Sister Blue was nice and heavy. They closed with Sweet Pussy and I was in a happy place.

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Cave Bees pic by Tim Lewis

I hung out for the set break then Colin Nicholas Clary walked on stage and put on a record. The intro music was fun then ROUGH FRANCIS took the stage. They opened fast and heavy with I-90 East and kept up the pace for Ruffians. MSP2 rocked hard then they eased up a little for Don’t Look Back. By the end of the song Paul was in the audience shredding on his guitar. Not A Nice guy was furious. I missed the name of the next one but it put the audience over the edge and the mosh pit began. They finally got to the album they had just released and rocked Big Box Law Enforcement hard. Geese and Good Person kept the intense pace then they eased up for the anti-Nazi song Walk On By. They brought the energy back up with Retrosexual then warned us of the dangers of Meth Mouth. They told us of the Earthquake that is coming and closed the set with a powerhouse version of Procession 1. The audience encore call was a bit anemic but they were gracious enough to come back anyway. Comm To Space is one of the greatest songs and they played an epic version.

I headed out pretty quickly and took the quick drive home. I’m so lucky to have so much great music always around me.

 

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Rough Francis pic by Tim Lewis

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Wren Kitz, Colby Nathan and Big Blood at Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn Center For Performing Arts and The Le Duo at Deli 126 August 10, 2018   Leave a comment

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Wren Kitz pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Friday night at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, which is part of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, and at Deli/126. I had a relaxing day off then took the lovely stroll downtown in the early evening. I got in and settled and chatted with Charlie Messing for a bit. Around quarter after 6, Wren Kitz and his band began to ooze sound out of their minds and into our ears. They began with a cool drone lead by Lauren Costello‘s effects laden cello. As they flowed further in Wren began to play gorgeous riffs on the 12 string guitar. They floated that way for a bit then the drummer stepped up the band into a rocking pace. It coalesced into a cool pop song for a while then eased off. They chatted with the audience for a moment then dove back in with a song that I think he said was called Sky Of Words. They rocked it for a bit then slid into a drone that got heavier and heavier and blasted a huge psychedelic wave at us. I reveled in it. Eventually it eased back into another cool pop song that ended the show. They were stunning.

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Colby Nathan pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Colby Nathan began fast tapping a couple of bells and got a drone sound going and recorded it in a loop. He added some other fun sounds, including a slinky being extended and reset, then mixed in some bass and drums and began to sing sometimes you have to give more than you take. Between songs, he told stories and thoroughly engaged the audience evoking gut laughs now and then. He kept a fun mix of loops going for a song about not knowing what to believe then picked up an acoustic guitar for a campfire song about how sometimes you must walk behind. He brought up the members of Big Blood for a song about ghosts that featured some sweet harmony backing vocals. He closed the set with a song debut that featured many fun sounds and a costume change. It was about how sleeping in peace is the greatest luxury. His show was charming and pure fun.

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Colby Nathan with Big Blood pic by Tim Lewis

Up next, the former duo of Big Blood were joined by their daughter, who’s name I missed. Colleen Kinsella played drums, guitar and harmonium while Caleb Mulkerin played stand up bass and effects. Both mom and daughter had great voices, but when they sang together it was pure joy. They began with a song that asked are we gonna keep pushing our children towards drugs and ended with the understanding that a dream that we dream together is reality. For the second song they moved from a folky Americana vibe to some hip hop with the daughter doing a nice rap. Throughout the show she exhibited poise and comfort on the stage. Her singing was lovely and she played drums and trombone as needed. Colleen’s voice was delightful and sometimes approached a scream. Caleb kept the whole thing glued together. They played a rocker about blood then one about social media and being insecure kids. They played a song about how you are sleeping and don’t know what to believe. They rocked out a song about darkness then Colby joined them for the next one on electric guitar. They closed with a cover that everyone knew except me, thought it didn’t matter, since I was just happy to hear them play.

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Big Blood pic by Tim Lewis

I headed out pretty quickly and cut through the park and headed into Deli 126. I got into the music room and sat and listened as JB began to play drums. He started slow and it seemed like it might be a soundcheck, but he kept building it and used every trick to evoke every sound possible from the instrument. Slowly and steadily the rest of the le duo filled the stage and joined in. The quintet featured xylophone/effects, guitar, sax and Matthew Kloss sitting in on bass. They played a long trippy jazz jam for a while then began to rock. They worked that out for a while and eased back. The music was challenging and engulfing. I was transfixed as they moved to a bit of a psychedelic phase then slipped into a nice jam. They wrapped up the 30 minute piece and said they would take a break. At that point my head was full and I knew I had a long day coming, so I reluctantly headed out.

What a great night.

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The Le Duo pic by Tim Lewis

 

Happy Spangler at Light Club Lamp Shop August 7, 2018   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music last Tuesday at Light Club Lamp Shop. I got out of work a little early and hung out with the roommates and my friend Ted Jacobites, who is in port for a while. I got to hear stories of their ship breaking down in the middle of the ocean and how they eventually solved the problem and made it to their destination. The gathering broke up a little after nine and I took the lovely walk downtown.

I got in and settled and soon enough it was time for Happy Spangler to hit the stage. They rock out shimmering pop songs with hints of the old school Burlington sound and often let them open up and run for a bit. They opened with a straight up rocker called Bit O Honey then told us how Dave doesn’t live here anymore. The next song was about being out in the woods and not knowing what time it was. It had some spacey chorus sections, and part where the riff reminded me of Ninja’s Drug Me Up, and had a great overall flow. It’s called Hawks and is quickly becoming one of my favorites. The Zombies cover This Will Be Our Year was a fun rocker, and so was Anything 4 U. Falling had a bit of a cow punk vibe and Donovan’s Sunny Goodge Street was pretty great. Never Let Me Go had a nice guitar break from Kirk Flanagan and Flowers has that easy to remember tag line of I brought you flowers, you wanted drugs. Barbara’s bass was steady all night and let the guitar and drums take lead breaks now and then. Kirk sang most of the songs but drummer Michael Bradshaw sang the Big Star song Get What You Deserve. Rope, appropriately, was another cow punk song and they wrapped the night with an epic punk ride on the Golden Cadillac. It’s a great rocker and is quickly becoming another of my favorite songs. At that point they were set to call it a night but the audience wanted more. They pulled out a cover of Sunny that made the room smile.

After the show a few of us were chatting and Charlie Messing said that back in the day Bobby Hebb was walking the streets shell shocked from the assassination of JFK when the song just came to him. We chatted a bit more and Michael gave me a copy of the setlist with lots of notes, then I took the lovely walk home. What a great night of music.

Posted August 14, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Wolfhand and Nechromancer at Nectar’s August 6, 2018   Leave a comment

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Wolfhand

 

I had a great time seeing music Monday night at Nectar’s. The idea of some nice doom and gloom heavy music appealed so I took the lovely walk downtown a little after 9. I got in and settled and about 9:30 Wolfhand began to play. Their music is heavy and rich and sounds like swimming in heavy water. They are heavy enough to get away with playing Metal Mondays but psychedelic enough to attract people like Mike Luoma, who has seen them more times than I. Imagine Obscured By Clouds era Pink Floyd only a bit more heavy and all instrumental, and you’ll have an idea of what they sound like. I delightfully lost myself in the churning music as they evoked images of black winds and plaguebearers. They played songs about bandit cults and about when the devil arrives. They closed the set with a ride on the Doomed Convoy. I love getting immersed in their sound.

I hung out for a bit and chatted with Mike, and after a medium long set break, Nechromancer began to play. They describe their music as EBM, Electronic Body Music, and it has elements of EDM with more of a heavy goth approach. The vocals began close tot the cookie monster zone, but spent most of the night in a goth gloom zone with distinguishable lyrics. The band had a singer/guitarist, drummer and two keyboard players so there were a lot of synth industrial sounds to the songs. The keyboardist on the right was dancing around the whole night but the keyboardist on the left was all business. I caught New Order and Bauhaus vibes and something reminded me a little of Lestat’s band in Queen Of The Damned. They played a song about social contagion and said there is a video for Unhallows Grieve. They played a cover I did not know but really enjoyed. They played a song about a twist of fate and a new one called The Harrowing. They were a little extra dancy, but still heavy, on the next one, which was the embodiment of EBM. They rocked out Intersect and closed by hailing their Vampire queen.

I headed out shortly after that. There was a System Of A Down cover band coming on after, but I was tired and wanted to get home and get rested up for the next adventure. I’m so glad I put in the effort to go out.

 

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Nechromancer

 

Posted August 10, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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End of the Ramble concert with Julia Caesar, Barbacoa, Heloise, A2VT, Father Figuer, T-Rextasy, Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme and The Red Newts at the Old North Ender July 28, 2018   Leave a comment

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Julia Caesar

I had a great time seeing music last Saturday near the corner of North Street and North Avenue. Their had been parties all day long as people Rambled through the Old North End of Burlington.

I got out of work at 5:30, did a quick turnaround and was at the show about 20 minutes after the 6pm start. I wandered to the front as Julia Caesar were set and ready to go. They opened with the last song on their new EP Heavy Flow. Hear Me Now is just gorgeous and let the vocal work shine. The song rocked nice and hard and the mood was set. They skipped the album for the middle part of the set and began the second song with a vocal round. Katy Hellman‘s voice led the way while Liz and Meg filled the song with beauty. It was a cheery song about dying alone and featured some sweet harmony guitars. Liz moved to the drums for the next song which was about being washed up on your shore again. Steven returned the guitar to Liz and went back to the drums for a song about swirling and twirling and being in the sound. Towards the end of the song Meg let loose and intense guitar barrage. They wrapped up the set with the first song on the album, Falter, and the crowd was in a happy place.

I misjudged how long it would take for the next band to set up and got some food from one of the several trucks parked nearby. I took the first bite as Barbacoa hit the stage. I should have known better. Either way, I had fun rocking out to their dark surf songs. They began with a slower song that had a western flavor. Kirk Flanagan was rock solid on the bass, Bobby Hackney Jr. hit the drums fast and hard and Bill Mullins is one of the most incredible guitar players you will ever see. The next song had a bit of a Ghost Riders In The Sky vibe then they rocked out Strawberry Fields Forever. The songs were all instrumental, give or take a few whoas. They followed with a fast one and followed that with a faster one, that had a nice breakdown in the middle before ramping back up. The lit up the crowd with the closing Paint It Black then called it a night.

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Barbacoa

Heloise took the stage next and was joined by James Belizia. Her rich voice powered through the songs that were mostly prerecorded. The live bass added a bit to the mix. They began with a song song song about light and shadow then followed with one about how it’s hard to be a lady in today’s society. Her voice sounded great and carried the songs. Since dance music isn’t my favorite, I headed over to the beer garden that was to the right of the stage. Without a speaker pointed towards it, the sound was a bit muted. As they plowed through the set they finally caught the crowd and got all of the kids and moms and neighbors dancing. It was fun to watch and it’s always nice to hear her sing.

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Heloise and James

As the next band set up A2VT entered the crowd. Singing to prerecorded music, the five men rapped and sang and got the crowd dancing. Their voices sounded great and the audience loved the dance moves. They played three songs, I think one was about how everything I do, I do it for my lady, and were lots of fun.

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A2VT

Father Figuer opened their set with a slow heavy song that perked up my ears. They let it run its course then started slow on the next one. They built it hard and shredded it to pieces. They followed suit on the next two and wrapped up the too short set with a blistering guitar scream. I’ve got to get to know their music better.

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Father Figuer

A2VT came back for another trio of songs that made the street dance. The last song of the set had a little extra to it and I enjoyed the sound. I think they sang Alima but I have no idea how to spell it.

Up next, T-Rextasy took the stage and lit in with some super tight quadruple vocals. The music was just as tight as they played rocking dance pop or nu wave or punk rock and whatever else they had in the mix. They opened with a song about new love then sang about a yellow jacket boy. They pondered the idea of a friendship or a relationship in Girl, Friend then sang about dinosaurs. They sang about punk rock and waking up screaming. The stage banter was really fun and they closed the set with a song about getting coffee. They had that mix of being delightful and impressive that made me happy.

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T-Textasy

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Fin

Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme took the stage next and closed the night with some fun covers. Emcee Fin had been entertaining the crowd all night long between sets and did some furious juggling until the band were ready to play. They opened with Ramble On and we were off. They played a funky version of a Dead song about one way or another then returned to Zep for The Ocean. Nicole’s voice was powerful and sounded great. They sang a song about not wanting to love you and possessing your body as the band began to shine. They played a slow bluesy song about not wanting to see you walk away from me then brought back the funk as they rocked steady. They dropped that into Immigrant song and the dwindled crowd rocked hard. They closed the night with Me And Bobby McGee and Nicole’s voice made it sound amazing.

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Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme

I was tired at that point but had another idea in mind. I wandered around a little and ran into one of The Tsunamibots who had a similar notion. We went across the street to Olde Northender Pub and chatted as the band got set to play. They mixed some old songs, classic songs and original songs and were lots of fun. They opened with a song about how you’ve gotta live for yourself that had a funky rock groove. They sang oh mama then played a song from the ’30’s that was remade in the ’50’s called Hot Dog. They sang about how men shouldn’t tell women to smile then rocked out Baby Please Don’t Go. They sang about the man in me then played an original about seeing the light. The band sounded great with serious drumming and a blistering lead guitar when needed. They asked Who Do You Love, then played an original about having the winter blues. I really liked that one and need to track it down. They played a song about how it ain’t murder then played a song about about not taking advice and writing a song to remind them to take advice, The next song rocked nicely, but I was done. I headed out and took the lovely walk home. I need to check out the Newts again soon.

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The Red Newts

 

Doom Service and The Bronzed Chorus at ArtsRiot July 31, 2018   Leave a comment

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Doom Service

 

I had a great time seeing music Tuesday night at ArtsRiot. I wasn’t sure about headlining band Brit Brigade, who were playing music to a video game, but was sure about the openers. I got in a little early and had some tasty food from the restaurant. The music room was pretty full when I wandered in and it was soon time for Doom Service to start. They opened fast and hard and Jeff Foran broke a guitar string. Being the pro that he is, he grabbed his backup guitar for the second song and the band rocked out Monsters Are Due On Maple Street, complete with the Twilight zone opening. They got really heavy for Welcome To The Hellmouth then had the other Iron Sheik wake us from our awful dreams. They played a song for fans of Back To The Future and I was happily rocking hard. Scooby Doo introduced the Miner 49er They kept the show supernatural for Ectocooler and capped the furious 30 minute set with Jurassic Bark. They always put on a great show.

After a short break The Bronzed Chorus took the stage. With a fast guitar player, a super fast and precise drummer and a running keyboard sound they played instrumentals that sound like they would go great with video games. I loved the energy that they had but the songs would get into one groove and they would play it a while then get in another groove and they would play it a while. The second song had the same pattern and I knew I would not last long. I made it until the end of my drink and took the long walk home. It was a long hike to see Doom Service and was entirely worth it

 

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The Bronzed Chorus

Posted August 5, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Uncategorized

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David Rosane and the Zookeepers at the library at BFA in Fairfax Vermont August 3, 2018   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music Friday night at a library in Fairfax. I’d been aching to get to one of the 14 shows that David Rosane & The Zookeepers are doing this summer to promote the value of books, learning and community centers. It such a cool concept to go to small towns and raise money to help people have opportunities to share life and knowledge. Plus, you get to hear a band play some rocking music in a library!

The drive was easy and I arrived close to 7. I hung out a bit as people slowly trickled in. The band hit the stage about 7:30 and played a sweet version of Sugar And Cream. David Rosane has a distinctive and comforting voice and drives the songs on his acoustic guitar. Jennifer Grossi sings gorgeous backing vocals, adds some keys, percussion and other fun noises. Don Sinclair adds some sweet leads and cool tones on the electric guitar. The music blended nicely and the vocal interplay between Jen and David was especially lovely. They played a cool version of Stardust For Dessert then the fun started. David is an engaging front man and a nice storyteller and kept us enthralled. After the second song he introduced the word serendipity and took a bag with titles of the bands songs and tossed it into the audience. The gentleman who caught it pulled the next song. Ba Doom is more of an acoustic punk song and I happily rocked through it. I ended up with the bag next and they played a cool version of Grandma, adding a darker verse at the end. Hope In The Dark was pulled next and Jen’s voice soared. That song always fills me with joy. They went a little country with My Life In The West then rocked out on Break A Leg. They took a quick break to pass the basket for donations to the library then Enemy was pulled. David spoke about the gentleman from France who did artwork on the new Book Of Zoo album who asked what we would be if we did not have and enemy. Urban Country elicited a conversation about where the city ends and the country begins, and was a darn catchy song. The Real World sounded great and Paris Is For Love was the last song picked from the bag. I did not write down the song they closed with but I’m pretty sure it was Today Is Mine. There is something powerfully affirming about that slice of joy.

After the show I hung out a bit and chatted with the band, Anne Lisbet TollĂ„nes, and Rep Barbara S Murphy. I learned that on Wednesday nights during the legislative session (January to May) they have musical performances by bands for something they call Farmer’s Night. It’s a one hour show that gets broadcast on VPR, so if you are interested, let your state representative know.

The drive home was easy and I had a chance to relax before diving into work on Saturday.

Posted August 5, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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