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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

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

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Clever Girls, Mothers (solo), and Lucy Dacus at ArtsRiot July 15, 2018   Leave a comment

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Clever Girls pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night t ArtsRiot. I got out of work at 4:30, had some time to relax at home, then took the long walk to the South End. I got in and settled, chatted with some cool people, and soon it was showtime.

Clever Girls hit the stage with a huge crisp rocking fury. Catch And Release set a strong plateau at the beginning and soared to epic heights as it would it’s way to a conclusion. Diane Jean‘s voice was perfectly mixed, Winfield Holt‘s guitar fueled the blistering ride to rock greatness and the rhythm section of Tobias Sullivan and Rob Slater glued the songs perfectly. They eased up slightly for Dumb Smile, then rocked out a new one. It rocked hard then rocked harder on the long instrumental ending. Loom started slow and crushed us with the chorus. Owen was magnificent. They played Hannah Wants To See You for a friend in the audience and Diane’s voice went over the top. They closed with a blistering version of Heavy. I’m so glad I was there to hear that set.

The room had mostly filled by the end of their set. The break was pretty short then Mothers took the stage. It was just Kristine Leschper and she sang and played keys and effects. The sound pulled you into a trance as she sang about sinking and swimming and being split in two. Some of the songs were more poppy, some more proggy and all had a nice flow. She closed the set with her dad’s favorite song which gave the advice stop pretending and try.

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Mothers pic by Tim Lewis

Up next, Lucy Dacus began to play and I could immediately see why Clever Girls were on the bill. They have a very similar sound, though Clever rock a little harder. She sang, played guitar and was joined by bass, drums, and a lead guitar. I think the first song was about a freeze frame tidal wave then she sang about how it doesn’t mean I’ve got nothing to say. She was an endearing front woman who engaged the crowd and told lovely stories. When mixed with the beautiful sound of the band, it put the whole room in a happy place. She sang about both yours and mine, and played an older song about anything to stop pretending. She sang about looking at you and about turning into a pillar of dust. They skipped the usual encore break asking why should they make us clap since we’d been clapping all night. The whole show was a joy. I’m so glad that Clever were on the bill to draw me to the show and that I stayed until the joyous end.

After the show I spoke with Matthew Kloss about religion and delivering mail, then took the long walk home. What a lovely night

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Posted July 17, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Vacation July 2018

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Doomfuck, Smokestack Lightning, A Film In Color and Phantom Suns at Big Heavy World and The Onlees and Long Neck at ArtsRiot June 22, 2018   Leave a comment

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Doomfuck pic by Tim Lewis

I had so much fun seeing music in the south end of Burlington tonight. I took the lovely walk downtown and got some food at one of the trucks behind ArtsRiot. The music was set to start a little later than I thought so I popped over to Dedalus Wine Shop, Market, & Wine Bar and had a stunning glass of Burgundy, and a nice chat with Emma, while standing on the lovely patio. I headed over to Big Heavy World and caught a set by the super-heavy Doomf*ck. With a woman on stand up bass and a woman on violin and guy on drums, they had a nice groove and a metal sound. Their instrumental songs had a rich doom and gloom sound that lit up the room. They were so luscious and heavy. I loved every moment and want to see them again soon.

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Smokestack Lightning pic by Tim Lewis

I hung out for the super short set break and Smokestack Lightning hit the stage with fury. The played mostly instrumentals with a Sabbath sound. The guitar had a bass sound to give it bit of extra depth. They sang one song from an upcoming album, I think it was called Voyager. The rest were instrumentals that rocked hard. One guy danced hard for one song and the interplay between him and the bass player was classic. I think Chrusty Barnacles and Phoebe Zorn caught it on video.

There seemed to be some space between them and the next band so I popped over to ArtsRiot and caught a song by Three Onlees. It was a pleasant breezy pop song that sounded really nice.

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The Onlees pic by Tim Lewis

I popped back over to BHW and A Film In Color were about to hit the stage. A recording of some ambient conversations played for a bit then the band exploded They quickly built into a sonic hailstorm at blistering volume. Have you ever heard a band that plays so loud that the sound is almost distorted but is somehow perfectly clear, and it feels like it’s cutting through space and time, and it lights up every fiber in your being? A Film In Color are that kind of band. They played several songs, none with vocals, and ebbed and flowed between staggering peaks, soundscaped lows and pummeling highs. It was a magnificent set.

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A Film In Color pic by Tim Lewis

Again, the set break seemed not instantaneous, so I popped back over to ArtsRiot for a drink and a few songs by Long Neck . It’s always fun when people let out a whoo at the end of a song and the singer picked up on that and ran with it. The phrase “Where are my wolves at” was hilarious and spot on. They played with a nice rock sound and pleasant melodies. I think they played a song called Lichen that was pretty cool and a song about disassociating when driving. I think that was Milky Way. They played a sad song about a 10,000 year old woman then closed the set with a fast fun rocker. They were just great.

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Long Neck pic by Tim Lewis

I popped back to BHW and Phantom Suns were on and rocking hard. Their ’90’s grunge sound is fierce and fun and it’s such a joy when they play. I caught a bunch of their songs and loved them all.

When they wrapped up, I headed out quickly. I said hi to David Zeidler who put on the show, then took the long walk home, with a Doomfuck t-shirt in one hand and A Film In Color album in the other.

 

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Phantom Suns pic by Tim Lewis

 

J Bengoy and Swale at Arts Riot on Big Heavy World’s Rocket Shop   Leave a comment

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Swale pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Wednesdays ago at ArtsRiot. My mom passed away late on the Monday before so that Tuesday was a long stressful day. Wednesday was pretty rough too, and I needed a break from dealing with the details of our estate. My brother Ken felt the same way, so when I asked if he wanted to go out and see a show, he jumped at the chance.

I picked him up in Shelburne and drove back to town. We arrived a little early and had dinner at the restaurant/club. James Lockridge wanted a picture of me for Big Heavy World so we popped next door for a bit. Ken was impressed with the BHW room. We headed back to the club and got in and settled. The show was being broadcast live on 105.9FM The Radiator so at 8pm J Bengoy began to play. They had a laid back funky indie rock sound with a nice romantic sweep. I spent the first couple of songs getting to know them and really liked their sound. The third song started mellow and had a rocking middle. The lyric was something about I just can’t keep my head up. The 4th was a mid tempo rocker about how all my troubles, they stayed home. I think it was So Good (I Could Die). After that one, Tom from the station came to the stage and interviewed the band. When they wrapped that up the band rocked out a song called Reprise (Marthasville). I think it was about swimming and being pulled out by a rip tide and surviving. They closed with a song about silence rushing in that had a lush rocking ending. I will definitely have to check them out again.

 

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J Bengoy pic by Tim Lewis

There was a short setup break, then SWALE took the stage. They opened with spot on strong versions of Elevator and Felon. The super slow opening of Good Medicine made me smile. As the song built into a huge Eric Olsen guitar explosion, i was in heaven. After that, Tom came to the stage and interviewed the band. When that was done, they rocked out an Arthur Russell song called I Couldn’t Say it to Your Face. (Thanks for the info about that song Tyler Bolles) They closed the night with the gentle build of Every Last One Of Us. Just before the steady chant of We Can All Be That Way began, Amanda Gustafson said it was for Carol Lewis. I cried quiet tears of joy and loss as they brought the song through the heavy Jeremy Frederick drum work into the full on rock fury, then let is slowly fall back into the quiet ending.

We hung out and chatted with some cool people for a bit then I drove Ken back to Shelburne, then drove myself back home. Sometimes you just need to get away, and I’ve always been lucky enough to have bands who will help. I cannot thank all of you musicians enough for making my life so much better.

Can you guess which picture is from Luke Awtry Photography and which two I took?

 

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Swale pic by Tim Lewis

 

Posted April 17, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Zentauri at ArtsRiot January 31, 2018   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing a movie a couple of Wednesday’s ago at ArtsRiot. I knew they were showing horror films on a semi-regular basis but I had not made it to any of them, and thought it was about time I caught one. I took the long chilly walk down to the South End and got a bite to eat. I said hi to a couple of cool people then went into the show room. A screen was set up in the back of the stage with the band’s gear in front. After a bit Zentauri took the stage and the lights went down and John Carpenter’s The Thing started. They had the sound off and captions on. Matthew Bryan Hagen played keys, guitar and Theremin, Lauren Costello played cello through cool effects, I missed the names of the guitar player and drummer. Imagine something that sounds like the first couple of songs from Obscured by Clouds rising and falling with the tension on the screen and you’ve got an idea. It was easy to follow along with the movie and the music. The movie seemed to add something extra to the movie and the music took the movie to another place. It was a fantastic experience that will likely never happen that way again.

I did not stay too long after the end credits rolled. I think they may do this now and then and I highly recommend catching any show they do. Wow.

 

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Posted February 14, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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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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