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Ryan Ober And The Romans, Happy Spangler, and The Nancy Druids at The Monkey House December 14, 2018   Leave a comment

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Ryan Ober And The Romans pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Fridays ago at The Monkey House. It was in the middle of the heavy work season, but I had been missing cool shows and pushed myself out the door at the last minute and took the long walk to Winooski. I got in and settled as Ryan Ober and The Romans kicked off the set with a song about how it used to be. With a cool bluesy indie rock sound, the band oozed talent. I felt better about not knowing several of the songs when Ryan said half of the set was new. They played a sparkly song with an indie vibe then let loose a big rocker that may have been about a shady operator. They played a cool medium paced rocker about making it up then went a bit country for a song about life from the time I was two. Supernatural had a cool vibe that was fun to get lost in then they took us to Californ-i-a. The next one rocked and the one after took a bluesy turn. They capped the show with a rocker that sounded like a freight train driving through. Ryan flew off the stage and around the room for a bit before returning and rocking it to the end. What a great show.

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Happy Spangler pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Happy Spangler took the stage. Their indie rock sound has hints of blues and classic rock and their songs are fun and inviting. They opened with an epic I Brought You Flowers But You Wanted Drugs that put the room in a happy place. Sean Toohey from the Druids heard something wrong and rushed to the stage to make an adjustment to the bass amp and Kirk Flanagan tossed in a lyric about thanking Sean for the assist. That’s so Burlington. Spangler followed with a cheery song about not needing you or needing anything, then they played one about what fell outta my head. Hawks has a solid rock sound with a couple of spacey parts in the middle and is one of my favorites. Barbara tossed in a few hawk screams at appropriate times, which just added to the fun. She is really coming into her own as a bass player and it was fun to watch her begin to stalk the stage. They said they would never let me go then then said Dave doesn’t live here anymore. Kirk switched to a mini guitar with a huge sound for Bit O Honey and stayed with it for the song about how the door flew open and you blew in. All night long Michael Bradshaw had been killing it on the drums, but for the next one he sang too. I’m not sure what it was, maybe a Big Star cover or something. Kirk resumed vocals on the next one and they took us on a ride in the Golden Caddy. That is such a fun song. They rocked out another then brought Sean up to play bass for the last song. Barbara sang some of the lead with Kirk, and the song was a super fun punk rocker about a Scandinavian business called Bik Bok (sp???). It was great.

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Happy Spangler pic by Tim Lewis

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Happy Spangler with Sean Toohey pic by Tim Lewis

After a short set The Nancy Druids took the stage. They sang about the Sky that’s all around us then lit into December. The last time I saw them they scaled the sound back a little for more of an acoustic set. This night was them at peak power and they rocked hard. I Can’t Remember Who You Were has a killer Ann Mindell drum part and a huge rock sound. Just Another Day is a heavy stomp that ends with Sean ripping it up on guitar. They played dreamy rock pop on By Design, Salvation and one about life since you left me. They took The Space Between to epic heights with more of Sean’s stunning guitar work. John Franklin found a nice groove to open Bitter Days and the band dove in and filled the song with glee. They played the breezy Vondle Park (sp???) and capped the night with the blistering Halo.

I didn’t hang out long, since I had to work in the morning, and took the long lovely walk home. What a beautiful night of music in our town.

 

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The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

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Happy Spangler and Miku Daza at The Skinny Pancake August 24, 2018   Leave a comment

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Happy Spangler pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Friday at The Skinny Pancake Burlington. I got in a little early and got a bite to eat and hung out with Frank DeAngelis, Charlie Messing, some of the band, and some other cool people. We were all set to go when Happy Spangler hit the stage. They set a nice rocking tone with Dave Doesn’t Live Here Anymore and we were off. They played a great version of Carole King’s Take A Giant Step then switched to the cowpunk zone for a song about falling out late last night. Bit O Honey had some furious Michael Bradshaw drumming at the end then they pulled out a new classic. By my count, Spangler have three of my favorite local songs in their setlist. Golden Caddy is a fun ride and I love it when they pull it out. They played some Donovan on Bart’s Blues, and I had no idea what the song was until they announced it at the end, but really enjoyed it. They pulled out classic number two with an epic version of I Brought You Flowers, You Wanted Drugs. The title is fun and the song has a huge rock sound that I love. All night long Barbara held the songs together on bass while Kirk Flanagan sang and alternated between rhythm and lead guitar. Bradshaw played killer drums and sang the next one, which I think was Big Star’s You Get What You Deserve. They played a song about how a door flew open and you blew in then they played the third great song. It’s called Hawks and takes some lovely twists, rocks hard and soars at times. Hmmm, I love that song. They ended the set with a rocker about never letting me go and called it a night. They are so great. It’s always fun when they are on stage.

After a quick set break, Miku Daza hit the stage hard. Their gypsy inspired indie punk gets my heart racing and my feet moving. They opened with the one two punch of Parasite and Flaca Daza and we were off. They sang a song about living in a different place as Miku’s voice soared to dramatic heights. Her guitar hit hard and fast and was totally locked in with Chris Tranten’s ripping bass. Jonathan Tollefson fired continued bursts of Baritone Saxophone, and Will Bennington kept the drums at full throttle, despite an injury to his hand. What a trooper. They sang a song in Spanish that was cool, then asked if they make us nervous. We Panicked on the next one then they eased the pace back a little for a song about a criminal. They sang about bank robbers, sugar rushes, and a bird on a wire. They played one that was about haunting you forever or nakedness or something, then played another one in Spanish. They played a couple more and closed with a song about being on a tree. The audience wanted more but Miku pulled the old “I just broke my guitar cord off with the plug still in the guitar” ploy and called it a night. Such timing.

I hung out for a bit but quickly took the lovely walk home. It was yet another great night of Rock and Roll in Burlington.

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Miku Daza pic by Tim Lewis

 

Posted August 29, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Happy Spangler at Light Club Lamp Shop August 7, 2018   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music last Tuesday at Light Club Lamp Shop. I got out of work a little early and hung out with the roommates and my friend Ted Jacobites, who is in port for a while. I got to hear stories of their ship breaking down in the middle of the ocean and how they eventually solved the problem and made it to their destination. The gathering broke up a little after nine and I took the lovely walk downtown.

I got in and settled and soon enough it was time for Happy Spangler to hit the stage. They rock out shimmering pop songs with hints of the old school Burlington sound and often let them open up and run for a bit. They opened with a straight up rocker called Bit O Honey then told us how Dave doesn’t live here anymore. The next song was about being out in the woods and not knowing what time it was. It had some spacey chorus sections, and part where the riff reminded me of Ninja’s Drug Me Up, and had a great overall flow. It’s called Hawks and is quickly becoming one of my favorites. The Zombies cover This Will Be Our Year was a fun rocker, and so was Anything 4 U. Falling had a bit of a cow punk vibe and Donovan’s Sunny Goodge Street was pretty great. Never Let Me Go had a nice guitar break from Kirk Flanagan and Flowers has that easy to remember tag line of I brought you flowers, you wanted drugs. Barbara’s bass was steady all night and let the guitar and drums take lead breaks now and then. Kirk sang most of the songs but drummer Michael Bradshaw sang the Big Star song Get What You Deserve. Rope, appropriately, was another cow punk song and they wrapped the night with an epic punk ride on the Golden Cadillac. It’s a great rocker and is quickly becoming another of my favorite songs. At that point they were set to call it a night but the audience wanted more. They pulled out a cover of Sunny that made the room smile.

After the show a few of us were chatting and Charlie Messing said that back in the day Bobby Hebb was walking the streets shell shocked from the assassination of JFK when the song just came to him. We chatted a bit more and Michael gave me a copy of the setlist with lots of notes, then I took the lovely walk home. What a great night of music.

Posted August 14, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Happy Spangler and The Nancy Druids at The Monkey House and Julia Caesar and Clever Girls at Radio Bean January 27, 2018   Leave a comment

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Happy Spangler pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music on Saturday January 27th. It was one of those days where there were six or ten great shows in town and decisions had to be made.

I got out of work and hung out for a bit then took the long walk to Winooski. I got in and settled at The Monkey House and realized that the first band on was one that I knew nothing about and really wanted to see. Happy Spangler took the stage for their debut show. With Barbara Richmond on bass, Kirk Flanagan on guitar and vocals and Michael Bradshaw on drums and backing vocals, they had a pop punk sound that brought me back through the history of Burlington’s music scene while firmly planting me in 2018. Kirk was a great front man and introduced most of the songs and they opened with one called Dave Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. They played a song about bringing you flowers when you wanted drugs. They played a song called Baby Please and one about breaking the night. They played the brand newest of the new songs called Never Let Me Go then played another love song. They sang about a sweet bit of honey and told the true story of having never seen it coming. They played a fun song called Hawks and closed the set with Elvis Costello’s Waiting for the end of the world. It was a great beginning and I can’t wait to see them again.

Up next The Nancy Druids began playing their gorgeous rock and roll music. They opened with the Sky all around them then brought us back to December. They played a powerhouse version of By Design and followed with the newish song Salvation. Just another day had that heavy rock stomp and Halo featured Ann Mindell‘s explosive drumming. They played a cool new song called Bitter Days (?) then took us on a walk through Vondle Park (?). I Can’t Remember Who You Were was epic and Sean went way off on The Space Between to close the night. They are an amazing band.

 

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The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

There was one more band at the Monkey House but I decided to try and make it to a second show. I walked back into Burlington and waited in line for a bit at Radio Bean. I had heard a lot about, but had never seen, Julia Caesar. I was still outside when they began but I could hear reasonably well and my first thought was Zola Turn. Their songs had nice melodies and rocked hard. I made it inside after a couple of songs and found a place to enjoy the rest of the show. The songs had a great strength to them and I reveled in their power. They played a song about the ground and a new one about a holy ghost. They played a song about being down below the ground and closed with one about hearing me now. I definitely need to see them again and get to know their music. They are amazing.

 

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Julia Caesar pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Clever Girls took the stage and kept it rocking. They opened with Tell Me No then shouted out the 1 2 3 4 intro to Loose Tooth. They played a new song I did not know but really liked then played an intense version of 45. They played more songs from their upcoming album such as Catch And Release and Loom. They closed the set with a heavy rocker that always gets me going. They are such a great band. I can’t wait for a new album so I can get to know their songs even better.

I didn’t hang out too long but did chat with a couple of cool people. The walk home was short and easy and I was in a blissfully happy place.

 

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Clever Girls pic by Tim Lewis