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The Red Summer Sun, Suburban Samurai, and Better Things at 242 Main August 27, 2016   Leave a comment

Better Things at 242 Main August 27 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Better Things at 242 Main August 27 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

I had a great time seeing music Saturday night at 242 Main. I had plenty of time after work to get downtown and into the super hot sweaty club by the 7:30 start time. The Red Summer Sun hit the stage fast and loud. With a singer/electric guitar player, and electric guitar player, bass, and drums they had a ’90’s alt rock sound played at punk speed. The bass player and guitar player were constantly bouncing and spinning as they threw their bodies at the notes. The singer had a nice voice and the drummer was rock solid. Their set was short but energetic. They played their whole EP and a couple of newer songs and were lots of fun.

 

 

 

The Red Summer Sun at 242 Main August 27 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

The Red Summer Sun at 242 Main August 27 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

During the set break we all moved outside into the cooler evening air. I ended up chatting with Ryan Cohen about the music scene from past to present until it sounded like the next band were set.

Everyone moved inside as Suburban Samurai began to play. They are a trio with singer/electric guitar, bass and drums and had more of a classic punk sound. They mixed in some pop elements but mostly just rocked hard. As the intensity of the music built a few members of the audience began to mosh and everyone was having fun. Their set was short as well, but very powerful. I will have to check into them more.

 

 

Suburban Samurai at 242 Main August 27 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Suburban Samurai at 242 Main August 27 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Again, during the set break everyone moved out of the club to get some air and cool down. It was not long until a loud noise from inside signaled that it was time for the headliners. Better Things were there to release their new album Getting Worse. They are a four-piece with a singer/electric guitar player, electric guitar player/singer, bass, and drums. Their sound also has roots in the ’90’s, nice harmonies, and heavy rock. Their set was a bit longer and consisted mostly of songs from the excellent new album. There is something earnest and insistent about their music that intrigues me. I’ve seen them play a few times and they keep making me want to come back. After 45 minutes of blisteringly intense music they called it a night but the audience demanded an encore. They set the instruments and microphones aside, the guitarist picked up an acoustic and they had the audience huddle to the stage. They sang a beautiful song about the struggles of life every day. The effect was a beautiful mix of simplicity and magic.

As the last notes faded out I returned to the cool night air and took a happy and bouncy walk home.

 

 

Better Things at 242 Main August 27 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Better Things at 242 Main August 27 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Better Things, For The Kid In The Band, Doom Service, Carraway and Slingshot Dakota at 242 Main November 1, 2014   Leave a comment

242 Main St

242 Main St

I had a great time seeing music last Saturday at 242 Main. I was able to get out of work a little bit early and arrived at the club close to 7. The first band had cancelled so I was just in time. Too bad, they were supposed to play covers of Dead Kennedy’s songs. At least I would have known some of those songs.
The evening began acoustically with Brad Yandow and Brian LaClair from Better Things alternating songs on acoustic guitar. Brad began with Hail Satan then played a couple of the Mountain Goats songs. I’m not sure the first two Brian songs, but his last was an excellent Frank Turner song. Both have strong guitar playing skills and solid voices. Both sounded great and the show was off to a wonderful start.
Doom Service followed with a nice heavy rocking set. I think it was mostly alt rock songs from the ’90’s, but I really don’t know that musical period very well. A couple of the songs sounded familiar, but everything was good. They rocked hard, got the crowd bouncing a bit and were pretty fun onstage.
The next band was a trio called For The Kid In The Band. They had a guitar player/singer and drummer from New York, and were were joined by Roy from Doom Service on bass. I think they played Blink 182 songs, but, as was the theme for the evening, I did not know any of them. They were pretty fun and played loud and fast. Everything rocked nicely, and I was pretty content.
After a short break, a band called Carraway hit the stage. Wearing the appropriate make-up, they announced themselves as Hipster KISS but did not play any Kiss songs, except for a short Detroit Rock City riff for a couple of seconds. I think they did not do covers and played their own songs, but I’m not sure. They were pretty tight and rocked hard. I really liked the songs and they ended the night with a vocal piece that was quite striking. I will have to check them out again soon.
After a bit, Slingshot Dakota got set up and started to play. With just a keyboard and drums, they unleashed a killer sound that rocked the club to its core. The audience was a mixture of impressed and awed as they played lots of songs from their new album Dark Heart. I did not know the album well enough so just went along for the ride and loved every note. They tossed a cover of Tyrone by Erykah Badu that had some cool funky rhythms, and closed with a killer Fugazi song. The set was pure beauty, joy and rock and roll. I’d been waiting for a long time to see them again and they were just as wonderful as ever.
When the last notes rang out, I said a quick goodbye. I took the happy walk home with a heart full of wonderful music.

Doom Service at 242 Main and Paper Castles & Alpenglow at Signal Kitchen July 19, 2014   1 comment

I had a good time seeing music last night. I got out at 6:30 and was psyched to see Alpenglow at 8:30. I had noticed that Justin Gonyea‘s new band, Doom Service was making its debut at 242 Main, I thought at 7. I walked into my house at 6:47 and was on my way walking downtown at 6:55. I thought I might miss a couple of songs, but was wrong about the start time, which seemed to be the theme of the evening. I hung out for a bit, and after a while, they started to play. They began with a building instrumental, and moved into a groove somewhere between indie rock and punk. The sound and structure of many of the songs sounded like they would be at home on the soundtrack to Mallrats. The four-piece band had two guitars, drums and a low slung bass. Everyone but the drummer sang, but the volume was cranked and the instruments overwhelmed the vocals for the whole show. I caught a lot of it, but couldn’t hear much of it clearly. The energy was good but the playing was pretty loose at the start. I was a little worried but listened and tried to find the groove. They chatted with the audience for a bit, after the first couple of songs, then lit into another that sounded like they tightened up. They played a couple more and announced they had two left. They really locked in for both, and if I had not been worried about time, I would have been saddened that they did not play more.
On the last note I was out the door. A quick time check said 8:15, so I headed to Signal Kitchen. They were not open yet, so I found a quick drink and entered at 8:30. In retrospect, I easily could have gone back to Twofourtwo Main, and caught another band, but erred on the side of caution, not knowing when the band opening for Alpenglow would go on. Inside, the room slowly filled, and the 30 neatly arranged chairs were moved to the audience’s whim. I chatted with a co-worker and her friend for a bit, and soon enough Paper Castles took the stage. They played as a trio with Padraic Reagan, on bass, so Wren had to play a lot of rhythm guitar, instead of the lead and effects that he usually does. The music was slow and gentle and moved along in its own way, occasionally slipping into an easily hummable section that you will have in your head for the next few weeks. A couple of songs had a nice build, and early in the set Wren played some killer slide with a wrench. The show was not long, maybe 30 minutes or so, and at the end they let Wren loose and played some fun rock and roll.
After a short set break, they started the movie projector and then started to play. The show was billed as GLACIER: A Collaboration between Alpenglow and VT filmmaker John Douglas. A movie screen filled part of the top center stage. The film from the ;70;s, was shot on 16mm and was a ton of time jumping cuts showing a journey through the west and across a glacier. The images were entirely human and stunningly breathtaking. The band played with a quiet powerful grace. The soaring vocals took the lead and a variety of instruments filled he room. They played rock that ranged from gentle and quiet, to flexing some muscle. Instead of having the violin and banjo lead the songs they wandered into, they slipped their slowly articulated notes into the flow of the songs. I didn’t recognize anything, and just listened, with feet and ears. The audience was quiet for the first couple of songs, then started to chat a bit. In the third song,, the intense images of daredevils traversing the ice, enchanted the audience, and it was quiet for the rest of the show. Some people sat in the front and many stood in the back. The audience thinned a little when the film finished, but most stayed as the band kept enchanting with each following song. Late in the set, the opening strains of Solitude brought an audible jolt from the audience. They played a killer version of it, and called it a night. A heavily demanded audience request brought them out for a glorious version of Catskills After the last magnificently gentle note rang out, I took the long walk home.

 

Be Aggressive, Lee Corey Oswald, Choke Up and Dented Personality at 242 Main and Everybody’s Favorite Irish Drinking Songs Band at Finnegan’s   Leave a comment

Everybody's Favorite Irish Drinking Songs Band at Finnegan's March 16 2014 photo by Kelly Tierney Longley

Everybody’s Favorite Irish Drinking Songs Band at Finnegan’s March 16 2014 photo by Kelly Tierney Longley

Everybody's Favorite Irish Drinking Songs Band leprechaun

Everybody’s Favorite Irish Drinking Songs Band leprechaun

I got out of work at 7, and knew Everybody’s Favorite Irish Drinking Songs Band were due on at 9:30, or 10. Something had caught my eye, and I though I had seen that BE AGGRESSIVE were playing at 242 Main. I checked into it and was correct. I sent a message to Jaw Knee Bee, and they were putting gear on the stage. I was out the door in minutes and walked in to some aggressive rock. They were playing as a three-piece with John on bass, Pete Bolduc ripping it up on guitar, and Keeth Maurice pounding out the drums. I caught 6 or 7songs, and had a great time. I was pretty stiff and cold when I walked in, but they had me in top rock form by the end of the set. Many of the songs were new, and all of them were good. Most of the songs made me work to try and catch up with them, which is always a good sign. I’m so glad I put the effort in.

I was pretty hungry, so as the last notes rang out, I booked down to Mr Mikes for a slice, then headed back. Lee Corey Oswald, from Portland Oregon, were on stage and rocking. The four-piece, two guitars, bass, drum rocked hard with pop sensibilities. They reminded me a bit of a heavy Longwave mixed with punk pacing. They played fast and hard, yet let the songs sprawl a bit, and play out however they needed to. The guitar player who sang had a pretty good voice, and the two guitars played through Marshall amps just rocked the place. I really enjoyed their set. I ended up buying a cassette (easier then carrying an LP for the rest of the night), so I will need to check about buying something in listenable form.

After their set I headed to Finnegan’s to see if EFIDSB were getting ready, but there was an empty stage. I found out they were supposed to go on at 10ish, so I headed back to 242 and walked in with Boston’s Choke Up on the stage. Also a 4 piece with 2 guitars, bass, drums, Choke Up played classic punk. It was loud, fast, aggressive and had screamed vocals. The band were super tight and took the songs through tons of changes. They were very comfortable switching speeds in the songs and had some nice harmony guitar action going in a couple of them. They played beautifully and had the small crowd bouncing around a bit.

When they wrapped up, I just stayed. The bands sets had been pretty short and the switchovers pretty quick. It was not long until Burlington’s Dented Personality hit the stage. With two guitars, bass, and drums, the four-piece played more straight forward rock songs with nice melodies. They were not as intense as the bands before them, but still rocked hard. While the songs could use a bit more complexity, they were fun and had me rocking for most of the set. The guitar player in the middle sang most of the songs, but the guitar player on the left sang one. It would have been better if the sound guy was at the desk to turn up his mic, but the place is small enough that you could hear him a little. After several cool songs, they got up from their instruments and sat on the front of the stage. They had us sit on the floor and one of the guys grabbed an acoustic guitar. The singer began singing, then the drummer sang the next part. All four alternated verses and choruses, and it really highlighted their talent. After that we all got up, they put the electric guitars back on and rocked the place hard two more times.

As the last note rang out, I headed back to Finnegan’s and Everybody’s Favorite Irish Drinking Songs Band were on stage. This version of the band was pretty stripped down. There was an electric guitar player that I did not know, Matt Thorsen on harmonica, Matthew Stephen Perry on acoustic guitar, Buck on banjo, and the mighty duo of Diane Sullivan and Rebecca Rogers on lead vocals. I grabbed a Harp, not the instrument, and a songbook and joined in the singalong. They played the classics like Wild Rover, Bugger Off, and Jackie Wilson Said. Matt did a nice job singing One. Buck was in fine voice for Dirty Old Town. The whole show was pretty loose, but nothing but fun. They tossed lots of stuff to the audience and I ended up with a leprechaun statue, because apparently always showing up has some benefits. The bar was fairly empty, so most of the people that were there were there for the band, so there was a good spirit for the show. They wrapped the night with O’Paranoid and Beer Beer Beer, and a good time was had by all.

The walk home was cold and quick and I was asleep not long after arriving. Today is a 10 hour work day, but I will have lots of great music running through my head to keep me going. Thanks guys and girls!!

Be Aggressive and Poxy at 242 Main September 20, 2013   Leave a comment

242 Main St

242 Main St

Yesterday was a long work day and I was feeling drained. I got out at 7 but did a quick turn around at home, and headed downtown. I arrived at Twofourtwo Main to find that none of the bands had started. I hung out for a bit, then BE AGGRESSIVE hit the stage. They were loud, fast and fun. They are a guitar bass/vocals, drum trio. The drumming is pretty snappy punk, but the guitar and bass were a bit more metal. They played a bunch of cool songs, then in the middle, played their eponymous song, that keeps winding up on my internet radio show. At that point, each song got better and better, and I was flailing happily by the end of the set. New guitar player, Pete, was constantly jumping and adding tons to the energy. John Otis Bro kept the low end of the songs driving and screamed out the vocals while Kevin used the drums to propel the songs. They were lots of fun and I want to know when they are around in the future!


After a quick tear down/set up, Poxy hit the stage. Their songs are short and fast and furious. Their longest song on their EP Pucker Power is around a Ramonesish two and a half minutes, but most are shorter. On stage at 242, the guitar/vocals, bass, drums trio showed poise and confidence and rocked the place hard. They played a coupe of the ones that barely last a minute. They did the cover of Earth Angel, that starts nice and slow, then rips through the middle section at breakneck speed. They played some new songs where they stretched the songs out a bit and played with a fast then slow dynamic. The whole show felt like 30 or 40 minutes, but clocked in closet to 20. It was a joyous few moments, and I can’t wait to see them again. They seem to be growing a lot and it will be fascinating to see where they go.


During the break, the realization that I had to be up at 7am took hold. I let my tiredness lead, and took the quick walk home. If I had started work later on Saturday, it would have been fun to check out the other two bands who played, and/or head to Nectar’s to see Wave of the Future and Savage Hen, but sometimes there is only so much you can do. I’m richer for having seen what I did, and am happy that I caught two of the bands I most wanted to see. Thank goodness there is no more music that is dragging me out again in the near future, and least not until tonight.