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Zentauri play to The Shining at ArtsRiot October 24, 2018   Leave a comment

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Zentauri pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing a band and a movie a week ago Wednesday at ArtsRiot. I worked until 7:30 and zipped down to Pine st and arrived around 8. I thought I would be late but my timing turned out well. Zentauri took the stage and lit into a heavy drone as the opening scene of The Shining began to play. Things were going great until the beginning of the interview scene and the projector turned off. The band kept playing along for a bit, then took a break when a ladder was brought out to check the connections on the projector. The issue was quickly fixed and we settled back in to the eerie movie. The band had a nice dark feel to the musical flow. They brought a heavy intensity for the blood flowing out of the elevator scene. They had a nice quick pace on the scenes where Danny was riding around the hotel. They lightened the mood when appropriate and were savage when Jack was chopping down the door. My favorite part of the performance may have been the sounds they emitted during the scenes where Jack was typing. They kept the music tense as Danny escaped the maze then brought the show to a nice conclusion. The sound from the movie was turned up for the closing shot of the old photograph and the end credits. It was another great night of music in town.

 

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Posted November 2, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Andriana Chobot at Red Square, Clever Girls and Rough Francis at Speaking Volumes, and Ouzkxqlzn at Art Hop September 7, 2018   Leave a comment

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Andriana Chobot

I had a great time seeing music last Friday at the South End Art Hop, ArtsRiot, and Red Square. Every year, artists have a weekend to show how amazing they are and fill the South End of Burlington with art. There are tons of galleries with paintings, sculpture, and other creative endeavors. There are lots of bands playing around and it’s always a good time. This year, I looked and did not see much music listed. The one show that caught my eye was Clever Girls at 8 with Rough Francis to follow.

I had a relaxing day off and was focused on the show, when I looked at 7 Days and saw a cool show listed at 4pm. I was a little slow out the door and walked into Red Square about 4:15. Andriana Chobot was onstage singing and playing keys and Cody Sargent played drums. He added a nice rhythm to the songs and his cymbal work was lovely. Andriana has a gorgeous powerful voice and plays keys in a way that keeps my heart rising. She sang about manifest destiny and dropped in a cover of Regina Spektor’s Ode To Divorce. My Old House had some nice keyboard flourishes and Another Day was magical. She sang about Galaxy Eyes and Coffee then said all she wanted is a bit of your heartbeat. She sang about how winter is coming then took a short set break. They returned with a song about The Cure then continued with a playful song about see saws. Dig Him rocked, Cascade soared then we took a ride into the wilds of Vermont. She sang a Carole King inspired song about changing my mind then dropped a cool cover of Ain’t No Sunshine. Neon had an appropriately dark glow and Not I melted my heart. They kept driving on then closed the set with Alone In The Night. Wow, I had not made it to Art Hop yet and had already heard 19 great songs.

 

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The Ramparts

I left quickly and walked south. I caught a couple of songs by a band in a parking lot that may have been The Ramparts. They sounded cool but said there was music happening at the Green Door, and that is always one of the best Art Hop shows. I ran into Charlie Messing and we headed to a nearby gallery filled with rooms and lovely works of art. We ran into Frank DeAngelis and I was dazzled by his work. We then headed over to the space up behind ArtsRiot but no one was on. Danny LeFrancois said The Parts would be playing later but the timing conflicted with my primary objective. Oh well. Charlie wandered off and I remembered a building on the corner of Pine and Howard that seemed to have a lot of galleries. I walked up stairs and through doors and each one had more and more fantastic paintings. I followed hallways and found cool little rooms, I followed corridors and found more rooms full of art. I took one turn and found a room where music was about to be played. It was close to 8 but I had to hang and check some of it out. A dark video began and Ouzkxqlzn began to play. I grabbed a seat in awe as she worked the wrench over the guitar. I love the sounds she finds and weaves into a spell. About 10 of 8 I ripped myself away and went in search of Clever Girls. They were setting up and Diane Jean said they would go on around 8:30. I raced back to the building and back through the maze and somehow found the show room again then settled in for the end of Lauren’s set. I hung out as Adrienne Cooper Smith spoke about the mixture of the video she made and the sound of the music. A band got up to play and I think they did their own improvisation to the same video. I’m guessing Adrienne did the same at some point on her electric banjo. I’ve just got to figure out how to be in two, or more, places at once.

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Ouzkxqlzn

I listened to the bands cool sound for a bit then headed back to Speaking Volumes and ran into Peg Tassey. We chatted a bit with Dan Davine, then Clever Girls began to play. They opened with a hard hitting blues rock jam then dropped it into Catch And Release. Dumb Smile was pretty intense for a slower song then Diane screamed out the 1 2 3 4 opening to Loose Tooth. They sang about tilting your head back and waiting for this to pass, playing hide and seek, and rocked Junior nice and hard. Loom was heavy and powerful and Hannah Wants To See You soared. The closed with a blistering version of Heavy and we were in a happy place.

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Clever Girls

I ducked out to see what was happening at ArtsRiot. Barbacoa were onstage, so I grabbed a drink and went to the front. They played a surf rock instrumental western then dropped a cool Paint It Black. They played a song with lyrics about how you are my dreamy girl then rocked out Love Takes It’s Toll On Me. They surfed through Venus In Spurs and my internal alarm went off and I headed back to SV.

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Barbacoa

I ran into Charlie again and chatted with a bit then the next band were about to hit. I almost made it past the merch table clean, but caught the edge of the cloth and sent a couple of things flying. I turned to help but Nicole Hackney was already on it. Sorry about that. Thanks for cleaning up my klutziness. I found a spot near Matthew Kloss and ROUGH FRANCIS began to play. They opened hard with I-90 East and followed with a song about coming together called Ruffians. They sang about werewolves on MSP2, then lit into Big Box Law Enforcement. A short way in, the power blew out leaving nothing but Urian Hackney‘s drums. Bobby Hackney Jr. had a fun chat with the crowd and quickly, the power came back. They launched back into Box and the power blew again on the first note. It quickly came back, and with an amazing boldness of spirit, they launched into it again. The power stayed on and the show continued. Julian Hackney played some ripping guitar leads, Paul rocked his guitar and danced hard, while Dan stood back and used his bass to anchor the songs. They rocked us with Geese and Pandas then went back to the first album for Home Invasion. They slowed things down with the anti-fascist Walk On By, then rocked out Retrosexual. They kept the fury going with Methmouth then let it fall into a jam. A guy from the audience stepped up a bit and began dancing, maybe break dancing, and delighted the crowd and the band. The jam amped up and they ripped through Earthquake then rocked out Procession 1. They lit into the familiar notes of Comm To Space as we rocked out “in the midnight hour”. They brought it to its thunderous conclusion, and as they were about to ramp up into the ending section, the power blew again. Undaunted, when it quickly returned they quickly ripped out the ending and called it a night. They are always great.

I headed out quickly in search of one more band, but it was after 10 and everything was shutting down. I let the exhaustion of the day wash over me, then took the lovely walk home.

 

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Rough Francis

 

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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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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