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Danny & The Parts at Hotel Vermont January 5, 2019   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music on January 5th at Hotel Vermont. Yes, I really am that far behind on show write-ups.

I was in the mood for some mellow happy music and Danny & The Parts fit the bill. They played some countrysih pop in an endearing way. They sang about having a feeling that you’re wanted back home and how maybe there’s a war. They tossed in covers like Tougher Than The Rest and From Hank To Hendrix. Danny LeFrancois sang most of the songs but Jackie Buttolph graced us with a couple of lead vocals. They asked why you puttin’ down that phone and sang of driving all alone. They though it was a shame living without you then learned to fly. Jackie, Brennan and Eric left for a bit and Danny jammed out a rocking instrumental and followed it with a sly version of Don’t Do Me Like That. The band returned and played a few more happy songs, such as a cover of Tom T Hall’s song Memphis. Eric moved from bass to acoustic guitar and Jackie played bass on a song about walking arm in arm. They moved back to their regular instruments for Big Daddy and followed with a cool version of I’m On Fire. They tossed in a few more lovely songs and called it a night.

I hung out for a little bit then took the lovely walk home.

Posted February 16, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Loida & Lenahan at Light Club Lamp Shop, Josh Glass & Julia Beerworth & Tim Swanson at Juniper and Serena Jost, Barbacoa and Freak Dream at Radio Bean October 6, 2018   Leave a comment

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Loida & Lenahan picture by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music around Burlington a couple of Saturdays ago. My friend Lisa Lavigne Tejeda was back in Vermont for the day and we made plans to meet up. She wanted to go see some music, and it was a day full of possibilities. In the last few weeks, since I do a local music radio show every Thursday and write about music a lot, several bands have contacted me about their shows in town. Three of them were playing that night.

I worked until 5, had a bit of time to hang out then headed to Light Club Lamp Shop. Loida & Lenahan were on stage and sounded enchanting as I tiptoed into the room and quietly ordered a drink. With keys and vibraphone the instrumental duo had a nice flow to their music. Julian Loida left the stage and Kelly Lenahan played a beautiful song on keys. She left after that one and Julian played a little Bach for Bachtober. He followed with a song in the style of synesthesia called Easter Trance that was magical. Kelly returned after that and they closed with a song lead by sweet keys over a quiet drone that may be called You’ll Be Missed. They were really good.

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Serena Jost pic by Tim Lewis

I took the long walk over to Radio Bean and ran into Lisa and Abraham. We hung out as Serena Jost took the stage with her cello and began to sing. I think the first song was It’s A Delight, since it sounded familiar. Either way, it was really cool. Her songs had a nice strength to them as she continued on and looked for a shooting star. She sang about being in the garden then played a Molly Drake cover called Happiness. She switched to guitar and brought up Dan Macklin (sp?) to help her sing the next one. I think it was about mysteries and walking in open doors.

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Tim Swanson, Julia Beerworth and Josh Glass pic by Tim Lewis

We took off after that song and headed to Juniper at Hotel Vermont. Josh Glass and Julia Beerworth were joined by Tim Swanson on fiddle, and they played some gently beautiful songs. They played a song about how you may see me tomorrow then one that went by in the blink of an eye. A cover of Dylan’s One More Cup Of Coffee had a nice dark edge then they played a Julia song about taking he dog for one last drive before putting it down. They played a great version of Josh’s song New York My Lovely then they played another Dylan cover that I think was Tomorrow Is A Long Time. They played another sweet Julia song called Wonder then Tim sang a song about Cassie. Josh sang a nice cover of Blackbird and they closed the set with Neil Young’s Helpless and the end section of LayLa. The whole set was very nice.

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Barbacoa pic by Tim Lewis

We zipped out the door and headed back to the Bean and kicked it up a notch as Barbacoa were on stage ripping it up. Kirk Flanagan drove the bass hard, Bobby Hackney Jr. drove the drums hard and Bill Mullins effortlessly let loose stinging guitar chords and sang some fun songs. They were playing a ferocious surf rock jam as we settled in. They followed with a cool version of Dragonfly and followed that with Mighty Have Fallen. I think they said that was the first time Bobby ever played it and he made it sound great, since he is so amazing. They went back to the surfing for a Sergio Leone sounding song with a whip snap ending. They tossed in a fun version of Love Potion #9 then played a song about when I rule the world. They played another great instrumental then pulled out Sweet Child O’ Mine. Someone yelled pulp fiction and they launched into Misirlou. They played it into If I Was A Rich Man then a full version of I Wanna Be Sedated, then brought it back to Dick Dale. They kept the uncommon sting of covers coming with You’re So Vain and Country Roads. They played a couple more cool songs and called it a night. It’s always a great time when they play.

Lisa and Abraham left at one point, but I hung out and soon it was time for Freak Dream. With an intense swirling visual background, the electronic rocking duo played a fierce show. The songs had a power and freakishness and I really enjoyed their set. They wrapped the night with a song about getting out and I left shortly after the final note.

What a great night of music in our town.

 

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Freak Dream pic by Tim Lewis

 

Silver Bridget at Juniper and When Particles Collide at Manhattan Pizza January 21, 2017   Leave a comment

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Silver Bridget pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Saturday at Manhattan Pizza and Pub. There was lots of music happening that night including the Rocketsled reunion show at Higher Ground. I had been planning to go when I realized that a favorite band was coming to town and it had been years since I had seen them. I debated the see the current working band vs the celebrate the past notion and ended up firmly in the present. Also, since it was a10pm show at Manhattan that opened up another fun possibility for earlier.

I got out of work, got settled a bit and headed downtown about quarter of 9. I headed to Juniper at Hotel Vermont, got a beer and a place to sit on the floor near the band in the full lobby room. Soon enough, Silver Bridget began to play. They warmed us up with In My Room, Crazy and I Love Her. Since the band plays in the lobby lots of people walk by and listen for a moment. The classic nature of the songs and the elegant sound of the musical saw caught a lot of attention and it was fun to watch people’s reactions. A couple of people stopped in and sat close, including the inimitable Charlie Messing who seemed like he just came from a record store. The band continued on with classics like Heart Of Gold, Can’t Help Falling In Love and Starman. I couldn’t quite nail the next Beatles song but Charlie said it was Here There and Everywhere. Surfer Girl and Old Man were easy to spot. The next one was familiar and Charlie said it was The End Of The World by Skeeter Davis and opened his bag of records and that was one of the albums that he had. The band were impressed. The set continued with Stand By Your Man, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, and You’re Gonna Loose That Girl. They wrapped up the first set with Blue Bayou and I Will Always Love You.

 

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When Particles Collide pic by Tim Lewis

I quickly headed out the door and Charlie followed and did a great job keeping up with my walking pace. I dove into a crowded Manhattan Pizza and When Particles Collide were on and rocking. With just a singer/electric guitar player and a drummer the band put out a ferocious rock fury while maintaining a unique sound. I love lots of their songs and was so happy they were playing them right in front of me. They played three sets of music that were almost an hour long and I was fully sated by the end of the night. Songs like Distraction and Perfect Teeth were great in set one. They ended it with a ripping version of Constant Disaster followed by an off kilter Ziggy Stardust that temporarily halted the constant ebb and flow of people that characterizes Manhattan. People just stopped on their way out to see how the song would finish. It was lots of fun.

I grabbed a slice during the set break then headed back to the front for set two. It was as fun as the first and featured the heavy riffing Finally Found The One and everyone’s favorite song about chemistry, Moles. They closed with a cover they though no one would know, but I think everyone in Burlington knows Angel From Montgomery. It was cool to hear Sasha Alcott‘s take on it.

I chatted with Chris Viner and Sasha in the next break but soon it was time for them to hit the stage. They went back to the This Town EP for This Town, Ancient Future, Storm Cloud and There Are Some Things. They played Leave Me Lonely and Lean In, which is another favorite. The story of how The Whiskey Always Wins had lots of drama and fun then they kicked the night with ripping covers of Ballroom Blitz and You Can’t Always Get What You Want.

It was 1am and I had to work in the morning so I took the quick and happy walk home. The night could have gone many ways but I was content with the way it did.

 

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When Particles Collide pic by Tim Lewis

Invisible Homes and Violent Mae at the Skinny Pancake and The High Breaks at Juniper March 25, 2016   Leave a comment

Invisible Homes at the Skinny Pancake March 25, 2016 Picture by Tim Lewis

Invisible Homes at the Skinny Pancake March 25, 2016 Picture by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last night. I was a little slow to get out the door and arrived at the Skinny Pancake around 8:40. Apparently, they were not kidding about the 8:30 start time and Invisible Homes were on stage when I walked in. I settled in, found a spot to stand and listened. I recognized a couple of songs from their first album, but most of the show was new. The songs ranged through several styles, art rock, jazz, electronic, and likely a few more. All of the songs were well crafted and the musicianship of the band was top notch. At times the music would go out to an edge, then come back and resolve itself into some sweet melodies. One song had a Fripp sounding guitar running all the way through. The show was not super long, but completely captivating for every note. They closed with the song that had been running through my head all day, This Machine, and I was in a very happy place. After the show I saw a setlist lying around and noticed that they had opened with my favorite of their songs, Above The Frequency. Urgh, all I had to do was leave a couple of minutes earlier and I would have gotten to see it. Next time.

Homes had a lot of gear on the stage so the breakdown took a bit of time. Soon enough Violent Mae took the stage. They are a duo with a drummer and a woman singer guitar player. Their songs had a low-fi indie sort of sound that did not grab me. I really enjoyed the sound of her voice, but wasn’t hooked by the music. I hung out for three songs, because you just have to give a band a chance. It still wasn’t working for me, so I headed out.

I walked up Battery street, turned on to Cherry street and wandered into Juniper as The High Breaks were playing a surf version of Wicked World. I grabbed a beer, got settled and they played another of their cool surf songs then took a break. I chatted a bit with Todd Gevry, Kevin Lynam, and Matthew Bryan Hagen, then wandered around and ran into Casey Merlin Rae. The music started up again so I headed back to the stage and rocked out to a mix of the Breaks own songs and some classics. They played classics like Shifty, A Walk On Ballard Beach, and The Big One. They tossed in covers of Penetration by the Ventures (which was mixed with Sweet Leaf by Sabbath), Symptom Of The Universe, Misirlou, and Wipeout. As they went to wrap up one guy wanted to turn his son on to the music so the Breaks played two encore songs for him. They are such great guys.

After the set I headed out quickly. The walk home was quick and happy.

 

 

Violent Mae at the Skinny Pancake March 25, 2016 Picture by Tim Lewis

Violent Mae at the Skinny Pancake March 25, 2016 Picture by Tim Lewis

The High Breaks at Juniper at Hotel Vermont March 25, 2016 Picture by Tim Lewis

The High Breaks at Juniper at Hotel Vermont March 25, 2016 Picture by Tim Lewis

The High Breaks at Juniper at Hotel Vermont March 18, 2016   Leave a comment

I had a fun time seeing music last night. I worked until 9 then stopped in at home quickly. Christopher Larrow had stopped by so I talked him into heading out to the show. We went over to Juniper at Hotel Vermont and caught the end of the first set by The High Breaks. I was stuck in a long line to get a beer and listened casually to the super cool band. They finished off set one with Children Of The Grave. During the break I chatted with the band and bought the new CD. The break was quick and soon the dynamic trio was back on stage blasting out their surf rock
delights. Set 2 went as follows:

Symptom Of The Universe
Shifty
A Walk On Ballard Beach
The Salty Shore
Banana Seat
Hot Dog
Sandblaster
The Big One
Wicked World
Sea Chopper
Wipeout

Since a few members of the audience were really into the show and demanded an encore, they ended the night with a fun version of Tequila, and everyone sang along. At some point Chris had wandered on, so I took the cool yet happy walk home.

 

Francesca Blanchard at Juniper at Hotel Vermont and The Nancy Druids at Radio Bean December 18, 2015   Leave a comment

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last night. I worked until just after 7 then went home and had a bit of dinner. I headed out around quarter of nine and went way down Cherry St to the Hotel Vermont. Francesca Blanchard was on the lobby stage singing and playing acoustic guitar. She was joined by another guy on acoustic guitar and they sounded nice. The lobby lounge was full of people listening or talking quietly. The main bar was close by and jammed with people taking loudly. I found a place to stand and listen and was well rewarded.

I’d only seen her once before and like the sound and structure of her songs. Even though I assumed this might not be the best venue to really get to know her music, I thought it would give me an idea about wanting to get to know her music better or being content to look for other favorite bands. Each moment that she played made me want to get to know her music more. She played a bunch of originals, all of which had a nice flow to them. Her voice is strong and she has a great stage presence. She played a couple of covers that were fun. She played a couple of Christmas songs that were not overly Christmasy, which was pretty cool. For the last song of the first set, she traded the acoustic for an electric guitar and played a gorgeous version of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. It was delightful and I will have to check her out again when listening is more optimal.

The Nancy Druids December 18 2015 at Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

The Nancy Druids December 18 2015 at Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

Around quarter of 10 I headed over to Radio Bean and got settled in as The Nancy Druids hit the stage. I am starting to learn their songs and several are finding their way into my head. Songs like Falling, Ordinary Breakdown Day and Space Between A Secret And A Lie (song titles approximate) are quickly becoming friends. Ann Mindell‘s drumming is solid and the couple of times she throws in the rapid fire sequences get my heart fluttering. John Franklin’s Rickenbacker has such a great sound as he wanders over the fret board and drives the songs into a happy place. Sean’s singing is nice as always and his over the top guitar playing is wonderful to be in the presence of. For the closing song, a cover of I Am The Walrus, he used a beer glass to play some slide. What a great rock show. I’m so glad I finally got myself out and about.

 

Aaron Flinn at Juniper and Barbacoa and Binger at Radio Bean January 16, 2015   Leave a comment

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night. I got out at 6 then hung out at home for a bit. I was contemplating a nap when an old friend called then stopped by for a visit. Close to 9, I put on the black and headed downtown.
I was running a couple of minutes late and when I walked into Juniper at Hotel Vermont and Aaron Flinn was onstage and playing some incredible music. I grabbed a beer and a place to sit as he let it unfurl. He was playing solo with an acoustic guitar but it went through some effects and an amp and he had a pretty intense sound going, though it still sounded like a pure acoustic guitar all night. I though seeing the singer songwriter thing at Juniper might be OK, after seeing bands have to tone it down, but after that song, they asked him to tone it down and turn it down a little. He turned it down a little but still rocked the heck out of the room for the next two hours.
Most of the audience was made of people just having drinks in the lobby and not really paying attention, but a few hardy souls lent some attention and were heavily rewarded for it. His guitar playing is really intense and his hands just dance all over the guitar while hitting every note perfectly. His voice has a unique mixture of being deeply resonant and warm and inviting at the same time. He played a bunch of originals from his three albums and a bunch of new songs from his upcoming album. He tossed in fun covers with takes on Amazing Grace, Here Comes The Sun and for House Of The Rising sun he set up loop after loop until he had a full band sound and sang a beautiful version of it. He played the solo with guitar over his head and behind his back, just in case we had not noticed what a stunning player he was. As the set progressed songs like Better Angels, Names, The Wheel, and Is It Love were powerful and beautiful. Paper Tiger was in instrumental that was pretty over the top. Born A Man had a nice Johnny Cash feel and a great imitation on his voice in one part of the chorus. At one point in Dancing With My Heart he got a perfect heartbeat sound out of the guitar I Need Love was gorgeous and This Day Was Good sums up my feeling about the show. He closed the set with Raise Your Hand and did another behind the head solo and that was that. All in all it was a two hour set with no breaks and was truly stunning.
I said a quick goodbye and headed up the road. The clock at the bus station said 11:09 so I knew I was late for Barbacoa‘s 10:30 show at Radio Bean and was hoping the time was a little loose. I walked into the moderately filled room and settled in as the band rocked hard. Their psychedelic surf sound, as someone in the audience described it, was fun and fast. Jeremy Frederick‘s drumming was powerful and precise. Kirk Flanagan was locked in on bass. Bill Mullins stalked the audience and jammed out some killer riffs. It was kind of cool to watch him play guitar from every possible angle before he wandered back to the stage. I caught three or four songs including one surf rock spy song with pieces of Secret Agent Man and the Bond theme. Bill played a bit of tambourine, then when the band picked it up he used it to play slide on the guitar. It produced a cool sound but also broke a string. They rocked through the rest of the song, but then called it a night. I wish I had caught more, but there was just no way to leave Aaron’s show until the last note rang out.
After a 30+ minute switchover the room filled with college students and Binger hit the stage with a loose funky groove. They had just played about 7 hours of music at Red Square with Funkwagon, but lit into their set with gusto. They seemed to get tighter with every song. They had the crowd dancing for two hours of funky bluesy indie rock, or whatever you call the way the approach music. They mixed early originals like Cake with songs from the great album Roots In The Rabbit Hole. Buttonz, Sequoia 1 and Crow King were really nicely played. They played a ton of covers I did not know but everyone in the audience did. They played a fun and funky version of Rocky Raccoon and were joined by Aaron Burroughs, who created a new dance move in the middle section, then they effortlessly dropped it back into the song and played it out. They said they were going to play some Pink Floyd and pulled out an indie funky version of Fearless that was just brilliant. From there, it was late and I was tired, and am not sure what they played, but I bopped along and loved it. They closed with something that sounded like it was going to be Walk On The Wild Side but had different words. Either way it was pretty cool.
When the set was done, I settled up, saw the clock on the wall say 2am, and took the happy cold walk home.
Thanks for such a great night of music everyone!

Binger - Roots in the Rabbit Hole album cover

Binger – Roots in the Rabbit Hole album cover