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Clever Girls and Miku Daza at Foam Brewers March 29, 2019   Leave a comment

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Clever Girls

 

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Friday at Foam Brewers. I got in and settled and found a place to stand near the stage. Clever Girls played a cool instrumental as a sound check then launched into Dumb Smile. They brought the energy up slowly with Catch and Release and rocked out a new song called Remember Pluto. Loom had a cool vibe and Get Out soared in the chorus. Woman had a swamp rock groove and rocked hard at the end. Owen was loud and huge then a new one called Spark rocked nicely. They began slow and ended huge with Hannah Wants to see you then shredded the room with Heavy. Clever Girls seem to be at the peak of their powers and I’m thrilled to see where they go from here.

 

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Miku Daza

The set break was short then Miku Daza hit the stage. The band was a little different with an extra guitar, no sax and Jeremy Gartner on drums, but they rocked as hard as usual. They opened with Parasite then hit us with a bunch of super intense songs. I was in a happy place and loved it all. They played a blistering version of panic then things got a little weird. They had a few dancers with them from the beginning but in the mini set break Sugar the Clown came out and handed balloon swords to people in the audience. She jousted with several as a giant doll walked in and cruised around the room. After everything settled a bit the band came back and brought the pace back to overdrive. Flaca Daza soared and Sugar Rush rocked hard. They gave us a little bad advice then played a cool slow dramatic song. Sicko had a pounding drive then then closed with Frosty Pink Skies. The show would have been amazing if it was just the music, but all the other effects put it over the top. What an amazing night of music in our town.

 

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Posted April 10, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Troy Millette at Foam Brewers February 17, 2019   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music a couple of Sundays ago at Foam Brewers. The show was set to go from 1-3 and I usually work weekends. February is a little slow in the gardening business, so I had the day off. I arrived just about showtime and got in the long line to get a beer.

Troy Millette Music opened with I’m On Fire and let it flow into a little bit of Dancing In The Dark. He followed with a cool new song about tidal waves and keeping myself from going under. Up next was the instantly recognizable sound of Mr Jones but he began singing the lyrics to So You Want To Be A Rock And Roll star to it, and made it sound great. This lasted for a moment and he played the Counting Crows song properly. His new song Magnolias was gorgeous and filled my soul. He began the next one with Atlantic City but it faded into something that faded into Fast Car. That slid into something about walking 1,000 miles for you before ending back in AC. Troy has a nice voice and is a nimble guitar player, but his in between song, or during song banter, really makes his shows shine. Ask yourself, would he really walk 1,000 miles for anyone, or just take an Uber and walk the last block? Either way, He followed with a sweet version of his song Run Away that left me smiling. Up next was a jam of ’90’s songs. I did not know most of them, and really like his shows so I can learn some of those classics that everyone else seems to know. I think there were parts where Slim Shady appeared and helped Adele cry, or something like that. Either way, the songs were really good. He told the story about being famous with long haul trucker due to his song Ghosts (Of What We Used To Be) and played a beautiful version of it. I think the next song was a Taylor Swift song, only because Troy mentioned it, then he followed with something that sounded familiar. He reworked it a bit but Omaha sounded really cool. I think the next song was about how there’s no love worth saving like one that shares your name, then he played one about getting lost in my mind. He filled my heart with joy by playing a couple of originals back to back. Home was really sweet and so was Anna-Marie. He followed with a very new original about wanting to fix this and making it real and I was in a happy place. He told a fun story about playing drunk at the Skinny Pancake the night of GPN then kicked out a fun version of Running On Empty. He announced that he had just recorded the next song with Ryan Cohen at Robot Dog Studio and played the coolest mellowest acoustic Enter Sandman that you may ever hear. I love his version so much. Brothers sounded sweet, then he competed the Crows hat trick with Round Here. Up next was another classic that had everyone in the room singing “I want it that way.” It flowed through a few more songs, and he spoke about how everyone has a little Whitney in them, then ended at the beginning. He wrapped the night with another suite of songs that started by being stuck up on some stage singing sad songs, went into Puple Rain, was forever yours faithfully for a bit, slid through a little Bohemian Rhapsody then ended with Let It Be.

I was impressed that he played a full two hour show without a break and walked out the door with a huge smile inside and out. What a great afternoon of music.

Posted March 10, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Surf Sabbath (The High Breaks) at Foam Brewers October 31, 2018   Leave a comment

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Surf Sabbath pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Halloween night at Foam Brewers. There were two shows I really wanted to make it to, but could only manage one. I worked until 7:30 then drove to Foam and got a wonderful beer. I slowly sipped it as the robed figures of Surf Sabbath took the stage. Sounding strangely similar to The High Breaks, they played surf rock instrumental versions of Black Sabbath songs. They opened with Paranoid and caught the audience right away. They took us Into The Void then had us meet the Children Of The Grave. They showed us this Wicked World then pointed out the Symptom Of The Universe. They pointed up and asked what that was and it appeared to be a Hole In The Sky. They played a slow heavy Black Sabbath then ended on a cheery note with Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. The set was dark and heavy and I loved every note.

I hung out for a bit and said a couple of quick goodbyes then drove home. I’m sure the other show was great too, but I’m OK with my choice.

 

 

Posted November 3, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Kind Bud at Nectar’s and Swale at Foam Brewers March 31, 2018   Leave a comment

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Kind Bud pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music on Saturday at Foam Brewers. They have just started a series of events aimed at creating a space where people really sit and listen to music. I got out of work at 4:30 then spent an hour with mom and listened to her sleep. I got home and did a quick turnaround and took the lovely walk downtown. I caught one of those walking paces where I was almost sailing and cruised through the shifting throngs of people on Church Street. I took a left at Main Street and slipped into Nectar’s.

I did not leave anywhere near enough time, but did want to catch what I could of Kind Bud’s Kind Dubs. Bud was on stage singing Althea. I got settled in and listened as he jammed out a playful song about getting it right sometimes. He played an appropriate song about Herbal Medicine then rocked out The Needle And The Damage Done. At that point my drink was done and it was time to go. I appreciated his version of All Along The Watchtower as I slid out the door and back up Church Street.

I cut through the park and sailed down to the waterfront and checked into Foam. I got in and settled and chatted with some super cool people. The tables were filled and the back of the seating section was filled so I grabbed a chair front row center. I was going to let anyone else have it but since no one was in that row at showtime I felt it was fine.

SWALE opened with a slow searing version of Soft Fireworks that just lit up my soul. The audience was quiet and attentive and every nuance of every note electrified the air. As the song faded towards the end they shifted into Dimedrop and we were off. Tyler Bolles switched from electric bass to stand up bass for a poignant version of Beaten Down. Something about the lyric really connected that night. They played a song that I did not know but really enjoyed. It was something about I cannot say it to your face that I won’t be around here anymore. Amanda Gustafson began a story about getting to know Eric Olsen with a great version of Wooden Heart. After opening his heart they went for a lovely walk that is described in Overcoat. They stepped away from the story with a song I didn’t know about it going on too long, then told us how Eric visited Amanda a couple of times when she lived in Middlesex. I got the impression she would have liked more visits, but it seems to have worked out. They told the story of how Eric was shocked about all of the police shootings of black people and about assembling all of the images for a video. Black Boys On Mopeds was breathtakingly powerful. They closed the first set with the slow and moody Good Medicine and brought it to heights of rock and roll power. Eric’s guitar playing was over the top.

The set break was short then Amanda abandoned the keys to sing The Pants song Both Eyes Closed. If you’ve never heard Swale’s version of it you are missing something. They followed with a beautiful version of Bird In A Cage then rocked out Loser. They slowed Everyone Likes To down a little so emphasis on the lyrics stood out. Jeremy Frederick had been singing with Amanda all night long but their vocals stood out on Old School. Soul Piggy Bank sounded huge and Felon had a fun swing to it. Safe To Say had that epic sound then they rocked out All Down Tonight. They closed the night with a song dedicated to Amanda’s old band where half of them ended up hooked on heroin. If You Get Lost was the perfect ending to a perfect show.

I did not hang out too long then sailed down Lake street and steadily lost steam and I climbed Depot. From there, the rest of the walk was easy and my soul was full of love.

 

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Swale pic by Tim Lewis

 

Posted April 2, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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The Vacant Lots, Bison and le vaisseau d’or at Foam Brewers March 23, 2018   Leave a comment

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The Vacant Lots pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Friday at Foam Brewers. I took the lovely walk downtown and got in and settled. Montreal band le vaisseau d’or.began the night with tuning that tuned into warm flowing music. The pace settled into an instrumental that reminded me of Roger Waters. They followed with a country rock based dreamy pop song about blessings that felt a bit like Blue Rodeo. While the whole show had hints of other bands, their sound was their own. They sang a song about being In My Life and a plodding drone about wanting you to love. A song about whatever had sweet backing vocals and a song about something gospel had a hint of The Church. They stayed with the early Church sound for a song about monkeys and closed with a song asking why does it have to be so. The show was slow and gentle yet had a nice drive. They were wonderful.

 

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le vaisseau d’or pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Bison took the stage and rocked hard. The music had a surging pulse and a punk sound. The packed room danced hard with great joy. They sang about how you have everything and about watching what you say. They played a song that started slow and picked up with a sledgehammer bass and had a lot of oooos. They played a song with a ska feel and one with a heavy riff about a lost cause. A song about dirty bars had everyone dancing a little harder. They ended the set with a song with a moody intro that reminded me of Signals era Rush and may have been about not wanting to know unless you tell me. I had been curious about Bison for a while and was so happy to finally check them out. Id go see them again in a heartbeat.

 

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Bison pic by Tim Lewis

It had been ages since I’d seen THE VACANT LOTS and I was super-psyched for the show. Three things jumped at me immediately, Jared Artaud was playing a different guitar than usual, Brian was playing a real drum kit instead of the electronic ones (though he had a keys and samples set up too) and there was no video background. They settled in by waiting for departure then became Never Satisfied. They sang a heavy drone rocker about a place of anger and a place of peace. Brian had a cool keys opener for Mad Mary Jones and the band rocked it hard. They eased up a little on Paint This Town and played a gorgeous version of the song. Jared put down the guitar and picked up a knife and stood menacingly at the front of the stage and sang about all that’s left. They went back to the heavy rock and surged for a couple of songs. They closed the night with another heavy rocker. As it devolved into the ending Jared picked up the knife and began hitting the strings and bridge. The music shreded furiously as the guitar was cut to pieces. The sound coalesced into a wailing moan before being shut down. The Lots always put on a great show but seldom with such fury. I can’t wait to see them again.

I did not stay long then slipped out the door and took the long uphill walk home.

 

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The Vacant Lots pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Posted April 2, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Barbacoa at Foam Brewers November 24, 2017   Leave a comment

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Barbacoa pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

I had a great time seeing music the night after Thanksgiving at Foam Brewers. My cousin Michael Pearson was in town and wanted to go out and check out some music. We met up at the Brewery with his brother’s son Caleb Pearson and we chatted about life for a bit. Soon enough, the band took the stage and I headed to the front. Barbacoa usually play instrumental surf-rock songs so of course the opened with a countryish song that Bill Mullins sang. It was something about the whole wide world. For the second song they slipped on their usual musical style for a cool version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. They rocked hard on the next couple of songs with drummer Jeremy Frederick and bassist Kirk Flanagan completely locked in and Mullins guitar racing over the top. They mellowed out for a song with a spy vibe then unloaded a tremendous version of Paint It Black. It had the added amusement of being played on Black Friday. They played a crazy version of Delerium Tremelo then Bill sang a fun version of Country Roads. They went back to the instrumentals for songs like Green Olives, Hang Em High School and Medieval Knieval then closed the first set with a suite of classic surf songs that featured a nice Secret Agent Man part.

I went back to the table and chatted with my cousins for a bit then the band returned and I headed back to the front. They opened with a couple of fast rockers then slowed it down a bit. They played an amazing version of Strawberry Fields Forever and lots of lovely instrumentals. Late in the set they played songs like Venus In Spurs and You Only Live Twice. They wrapped up the set around 10 with another blistering rocker and fun was had by all.

After the set I hung out with the cousins for a bit more. We chatted for an hour or so then went on our ways. It was great to spend time with them and the presence of such a fantastic band like Barbacoa just made the night even more special.

Thanks to Luke Awtry Photography for the pics!

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Posted December 11, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Phil Yates & The Affiliates at Foam Brewers May 12, 2017   Leave a comment

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Phil Yates & The Affiliates pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Friday at Foam Brewers. I began my birthday with my mother and brother at Little Red Kitchen at 10 and had a great breakfast. I ducked down the hill and was at work at 11. I usually just walk to shows but I knew the timing would be tight so I took the car. After working until 9:30 I drove straight to the waterfront and walked into Foam. Phil Yates & The Affiliates were on stage rocking out the new song Fixin’ To Die. I went to get a beer but Johnny Meli jumped in and bought it for me before I could pay. I moved to the front and let the day wash off me as Phil said Happy Birthday to me from the stage then the band jammed hard on Might As Well Settle. They kept the momentum at full blast for Little French Earthquakes and I was in heaven. Phil announced the next song would be the last one and Burn It Down, Bernadette rocked wonderfully.

I said a couple of hellos and goodbyes as I finished my beer then drove home. I had to be at work at 7:50am the next day so staying out late was not an option. In the grand scheme it wasn’t the greatest of birthdays but it was made infinitely nicer by all of the lovely Facebook posts, seeing a few great people and hearing four fantastic songs.

 

Posted May 16, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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