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Adrienne Cooper Smith, Father Figuer, and Julia Caesar at The Monkey House February 1, 2019   Leave a comment

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Adrienne Cooper Smith

 

I had a great time seeing music February 1st at The Monkey House. I worked a little in the morning, went to Shelburne to spend some time with my brother, took a nap in the afternoon then went to Robot Dog Studio and interviewed Jesse Taylor and got to hear her play four really cool songs. We started early and knocked it out quickly and I had plenty of time to drive home, drop the car and take the long walk back to Winooski.

The show was scheduled to start at 8:30 and I arrived at 8:25. I got in and settled and moved through the crowd to the front as Adrienne Cooper Smith unleashed some beautifully heavy distorted notes from her electric banjo. The attentive crowd formed an arc around the stage and listened close. Her music has a fun mix of sounding like a usual singer songwriter and a punk band at the same time. Her wispy vocals juxtaposed against the intensity of her playing kept me in a state of bliss for the whole show. Towards the end she played a cool song about a place inside you then capped the set with a blistering feedback ending. She’s so great.

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Father Figuer

The set break wasn’t long and Father Figuer took the stage. Their music often starts slow and moody then builds into a furious shredding roar before easing up and doing it all over again. I’ve really enjoyed many of the performances, but something about the show that night, let me really see and understand the structure of their songs in a way I hadn’t yet. I went happily along with every rise and fall and reveled in the power and beauty of their music. I will definitely be back for more.

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Julia Caesar

Up next, Julia Caesar took the stage and were joined by a woman on violin. She added a nice edge to the sound, but did not change it much, which was cool. They opened with a lovely gentle song I did not know, but really liked. They played a song about the planets called Mars then rocked out Nosedive. They played the one about ashes ashes, all fall down and followed with a nice countryish song. At some point I was wondering why I knew so few songs, and they said that most of the songs that night were new. I felt better. They played a song about time traveling in our dreams the played a great version of Chosen Names. Stephen and Liz Stafford switched instruments for the one about being washed up on your shore again then they returned to the normal configuration for the one about letting it be without a sound. Liz had some nice guitar lines and Megan Wild Rice played some intense lead guitar parts too. They played a searing version of falter and followed with another cool new one. They closed the set with Empires and the crowd was in a happy place. They are a truly amazing band and I’m so lucky to be able to see them so often. It’s great to hear the new songs come out and come alive. I can’t wait to see where they go next.

 

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Julia Caesar

 

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Strangled Darlings at Nectar’s, Jesse Taylor, Nick Awad, Nick Losito, Eva Rawlings & Casey Little at Drink, and White Elephant & Father Figuer at Radio Bean January 12, 2019   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music at Nectar’s and Drink Bar on January 12th. There was a cool rock show happening with two of my favorite bands, but it sold out before I got a ticket. Plan B turned out to be quite lovely.

I got going early and stopped in at Nectar’s for dinner. I hung in the back but couldn’t help notice how much fun Strangled Darlings were. They had an indie folk sound with a kick drum for punctuation. They had fun stage banter in a married couple not really getting along sort of way. A song about when you stand up had a bit of a Talking Heads vibe. A song about buckets of sand had a Dead vibe. The whole show was lots of fun. They played a song about being homeless and living in a van in Walmart parking lots, but then I was done with dinner and the clock said it was time to move on. I’m so glad I spotted in.

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Jesse Taylor

I headed over to Drink and got settled in the bar/performance space they have downstairs. I had seen Jesse Taylor once and kind of liked her songs. I bought her album and listened to it a few dozen times and really began to love her songs. She was on first and I was really psyched. She opened with 80 Degrees in October and I was hooked, along with the rest of the crowd. She followed with Like What You see then played a newer one about adoring you. She followed with my personal favorite, at the moment, Somebody Get Me A Brown Paper Bag. It seemed to hook everyone in the room. She played a fun song about taking a road trip and followed with one about how her brain is a liar. I’m not sure what she closed with, but it was a wonderful set of music.

Nick Awad took the stage next and mixed up playing banjo and guitar. His songs had a quiet strength and connected nicely with the audience. My notes are pretty terrible but I think he sang songs bout being 30 degrees south of freezing and Anita please. He closed with a song called Vodka Sprite that was really fun. I should go see him again sooner than later.

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Nick Awad

Up next, Nick Losito took the stage and fired off the eggshell blues on slide guitar. He’s very talented and threw in a few fun time changes on the young buck blues. A song about shaking them all down had a bit of a train running through sound. He played a few more blues songs then was joined by Sarah Cutler. They sang a couple of fun songs and closed with one about bad relationships called Lonesome Town. They were great.

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Nick Losito and Sarah Cutler

Up next a woman named Eva Rawlings played a set of sultry electro pop soul. Her voice drew me in and I really enjoyed her songs. She sang about being a fool for you and about being all mine. She sang about Pepsi and leaving me alone. She sang about a pretty face and closed with a dance with the devil. I definitely need to get some of her music soon.

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Eva Rawlings

The whole event was organized by Casey Little and he took the stage next. You could hear the heavy rock influence in the sound of the songs and they remained strong despite the acoustic setting. He started off nice and bluesy with a song about cigarettes then sang about what you deserve. All of his songs were good and I really enjoyed his set. At the end he brought up a friend to sing a couple of songs.

 

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Casey Little

There were more bands on the bill but I still wanted to make one more stop. I headed over to Radio Bean and a band called White Elephant were on and rocking. I just caught a couple of songs and they were cool.

I hung out for a bit then Father Figuer hit the stage. Their songs range from a whisper to a scream and have a lot of tension and release. I basked in the gentle joy and smiled as they brought the music to tremendous heights then let it ease off. I’m not even sure how many songs they played but I was blissfully happy for every note.

When the last note faded, I took the lovely walk home. I missed a lot of great music but caught a lot of great music. That’s how it goes in Burlington.

 

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Father Figuer

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

 

Father Figuer at Radio Bean April 9, 2018   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music a few Monday’s ago at Radio Bean. It was one of those nights where I got out of work, had time to grab a bite to eat, then took the walk down to see the show.

I had heard good things about Father Figuer and wanted to check them out. I got in settled and showtime was upon us. They lit into the first song with a stark solo guitar that slid into a moody dirge before it began to rock. They built it up for a bit, then eased off for a bit, then built it into a nice rock freakout. As it played through, it eased off into a quiet ending. I was hooked. The rest of the set stayed in that wonderful heavy zone. The second song was slow and sludgy. The third was mellow and ended with a lush haze. The packed room was pleased as they alternated between slow and medium paced rock songs with occasional over the top guitar work. They closed the set with a nice rocker that had a rip out the sky solo towards the end.

I didn’t stay long after they finished, and took the lovely walk home. It’s so great to know that there are new bands starting up in our town all the time. I cant wait to see where they go from here.

Posted May 4, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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