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The Lindbergh Baby, PD Brown, and Alice Karlsdóttir at Light Club Lamp Shop September 15, 2017   Leave a comment

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The Lindbergh Baby pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last Friday at Light Club Lamp Shop. I had a long streak of seeing music and flowers in Canada and seeing more music and doing a radio show and was ready for a night off when a cool show flew into my radar. I worked until 5:30 and had plenty of time to go home and make a turnaround and take the lovely walk downtown. I got in close to the 7:30 showtime and bar was full of people. It was a bit warm then cooled down a bit for the first show with air conditioning at the lamp shop.

The show began with a European folk vibe with The Lindbergh Baby. Scott Broderick sang and played acoustic guitar and was joined by his wife Amber on vocals and musical saw, Annabel Lee on electric violin and Michael Moynihan played bodhran and some drums later in the set. They sang about Alice Blue and a glimmer in a mermaid’s eye. They sang about running away, from an upcoming album. The songs all had a nice strength to them and were lovely and enchanting. They sang a song about mortal enemies known as farmers and bankers and dedicated it to people who like to grow and eat food. They sang about holding your hand while the sun is still shining. They upped the rock pace a bit with Big Bad Bob (Robert Ferbrache) sitting in on pedal steel for a song about election day. They sang a song for the fans of HP Lovecraft that had a nice chaotic pop drone. They sang an old revolution song about the Green Mountaineers then closed the set with a rocking Media Boss. It was a fun and lovely and powerful set. (Per Scott the set went: Alice Blue, Siren’s Song, Runaway, Old Glory, Lil’ Number, Election Day, Cassilda’s Song, Ballad of the Green Mountain Boys, Media Boss).

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The Lindbergh Baby pic by Tim Lewis

I was pretty wiped out but ran into Johnnie Day Durand and we talked about the variances in musical saw players and were joined by a ton of cool people. Somewhere in the middle of the conversation a gentleman named P.D. Brown stepped onto the stage. I think he was from Aberdeen Scotland but I could be wrong about that. He began by reciting an eerie poem called The Raven Speaks that had lovely supernatural tones. He moved on to a story but it was still told in meter. It was about giant sisters and a millstone and vikings invading and all sorts of fun stuff. He recited another cool poem/story about a heroic English knight who marries an Elvin woman and has great luck until he scorns her kind and she disappears and his life falls apart. Every moment of his set was enthralling.

 

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PD Brown pic by Tim Lewis

I chatted with Johnnie and everyone a bit more then a woman named Alice Karlsdóttir took the stage and sang a song. Per Scott, she has a band called Verdandi and she’s an author. She sang a song about Freyja going into the underworld in search of riches and had the room captivated.

At that point I was drained. I knew there was another band on but headed out with a heart full of music and poetry.

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Alice Karlsdóttir pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Milton Busker And The Grim Work at Light Club Lamp Shop August 29, 2017   Leave a comment

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Milton Busker And The Grim Work pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Light Club Lamp Shop. I worked until 6:30 so it was easy to make the 7:30 show. I arrived a couple of minutes early but soon it was time for Milton Busker And The Grim Work to play. They have a hint of a country sound mixed with Milton’s quirky pop and sometimes lock into a rocking groove. They opened with a song about madmen of yesterday and how nobody loves you. Milton and the drummer started clapping and the band launched into heaven knows there ain’t nothing we can’t do. They played a song about the Devil’s Hand and a touching song called Baby, Let My Money Keep You Warm. They played another cool song then went to Milton’s last album, You Are What You Pretend To Be, for a great version of The Meanest Thing I’ll Ever Write. They went back to his first album Dance Songs Volume II for Jesus In Chains and Milton let his soaring voice fill the room. He began Ordinary Day solo on the acoustic guitar and almost finished it when the band jumped in and played a rocking jam. As they eased off he finished the songs last few notes solo. They played a rocking song about parenthood and a 16 ton soul. They played a song called Gravity who’s chorus went “settle down, everything is broken and the end is near”. It reminded me of a conversation with another artist who said it’s the sad songs that are worth playing since they cheer us up. Gravity nicely defines that concept. They played a bluesy song called Lost Cause and a song about how a soul needs light. They played a song about letting you down an a cool cover by an artist that I did not know. They played a couple of fun rocking songs then tossed in a cover of Driver 8. They closed with Glad To See You Go and left me in a happy place.

I hung out and chatted for a bit then headed for home.

 

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Azarian Family Hoo Haw with Peg Tassey at Light Club Lamp Shop and Breakfast With The Boys and Binger at The Skinny Pancake July 29, 2017   1 comment

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Peg Tassey and Ethan Azarian pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Saturday at Light Club Lamp Shop and The Skinny Pancake Burlington. It was a lovely day and I got out of work a little early and had time to just hang out for a bit. Around 5:45 I took the easy walk downtown. The show was set to start at 6 but the stage was just beginning to be set up. I chatted with Charlie Messing for a half hour or so then it was time for the Azarian Family Hoo Haw to begin. A woman named Kendra took the stage with a Ukulele. I let the first song wash over me and was in a happy place. Charlie commented on how good of a singer she was. For the second song a guy named Jeff joined her and played the musical saw. The song was about laying your comfort down and sounded quiet somber and lovely. A song about a hard rain followed then a woman named Lindsay came up and sang backing vocals. The song was about leaving my baby and was the last of Kendra’s set.

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Kendra and Jeff pic by Tim Lewis

Up next, Lindsay took the stage and sang and played a slow eerie banjo with some effects and looping. She was joined by Jeff on the saw and chimes and phones. The gentle haunting sound was beautiful. They played songs about cold rain and sun and a howling Texas wind. Kendra joined them for a song that might have been called In Dreams. They closed the set with Kendra using a bow on something that looked like a small xylophone while Jeff used a bow on the saw and Lindsay used a bow on the banjo. The song about the wind and rolling sea was gorgeous.

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Lindsay and Jeff pic by Tim Lewis

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Lindsay, Jeff, and Kendra pic by Tim Lewis

Being a warm sunny day, the mighty Ethan Azarian opened with a song about the cold winter and putting your summer clothes away. Jeff and Lindsay have been playing with Ethan in Austin for a while and they added a nice touch to his sound. They brought up Kendra to sing backing vocals through a phone for an anti-marriage song about the lovebirds. Ethan’s quirky lyrics made The Zebra Who Runs Through The Night especially fun. They played songs about seeing you in the promised land and seeing you when they get home. They played the title song of Ethan’s new album When You Were Young then rocked out a song called Josephine. They brought up Peg Tassey MUSIC for a special treat. Jeff played saw and Ethan played acoustic guitar and Peg played acoustic and she sang the legendary Ethan Is Stoned. I’ve loved that song for a long time and was in heaven for every note. Ethan closed the set with a song about Joe playing that Sally Ann Slow and picking up his fiddle and bow. Everything about the set was fun.

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Ethan, Jeff, and Lindsay pic by Tim Lewis

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Peg Tassey, Ethan Azarian, and Jeff pic by Tim Lewis

I had thought about trying to catch some music at Sidebar but the time was running late so I just headed down to The Skinny Pancake. I got in and got a drink and wandered out to the patio as Breakfast With The Boys were wrapping up their set. They played a rollicking Whipping Post then a song with a bit of a Latin groove. The woman who sang had a great and powerful voice. They played one more fun song and that was that. I hung out for a bit then Binger took the stage. They sound checked with Fearless but began the set for real with If I Knew. The next song had a reggae vibe and was about all of the things I do. They played a new song called Sideways that was really nice. A cover of Natalie Imburglia’s Torn bounced nicely then they played a song about the spaces in between. They made me smile with a killer version of The Feeling Is Strange. A cover of Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots was fun and kept the smile on my face. They played another new song about a memory that had a ferocious jam at the end. A cover of Shakedown Street made everyone happy then they rocked out Strings. Covers of Can I Kick It and Jumper were fun. They played a hot damn funk jam then rocked out King Vice. They played two more, including Check Your Pockets and called it a night. It had been ages since I had seen Binger play a full show and their 16 song set was as good of a time as always.

I hung out for a bit and said a couple of quick goodbyes then took the long walk home.

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Breakfast With The Boys pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Binger pic by Tim Lewis

 

Peg Tassey and the Kissing Circle at Light Club Lamp Shop July 13, 2017   1 comment

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I had a great time seeing music Thursday night at Light Club Lamp Shop. I usually like to listen to my radio show that runs Thursday from 9-11pm on WBKM to make sure everything is playing right, but some shows just cannot be missed for any reason.

The show was set to start at 9 so I got going a bit early and grabbed some dinner and was in and ready just before showtime. The room steadily filled as they sorted out the sound then Peg Tassey MUSIC played her first show in ages. She sang and played electric guitar and was joined by Caroline Marie on bass, her daughter Audrey on backing vocals, her husband Indigo Ruth-Davis on cello, and David Symons on accordion. The latter two instruments set a nice flow of sound as the bass drove the songs and the guitar rocked them out. They began in the flow and it settled into the gorgeous and powerful First Kiss. Peg’s voice shone with it’s usual resonance and i was elated. Caroline and Audrey’s voices blended perfectly. The fun and bouncy Pink Like A Girl followed. A buzzing guitar took a little of the edge off Angle Of The Sun but I was able to listen through it to the magical music that surrounded it. They got the full house clapping for the gypsy groove of Ritalin Boy. Dancer Sage Horsey moved around the room to the flow of the music for most, if not all, of the set. Peg’s voice sent chills through me as she began to sing “I slept next to you, ten times..”. Fade was one of those songs I had forgotten and came back instantly. It was glorious. They brought the energy way up for the blistering Boys Club, which is almost as true today as when it was written, but is getting a little better. Sunflowers had a nice sweep to it. They closed the night with a slow flowing Ethan Is Stoned and everyone loved it.

I said a couple of goodbyes quickly and headed home to see if my show was on track. It was, It was a wonderful evening and so great to hear Peg Tassey sing again.

 

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Swale at Light Club Lamp Shop July 7, 2017   Leave a comment

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Swale pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

I had a great time seeing music Friday night at Light Club Lamp Shop. I had to work until 7 then hung out at home for a bit and met up with Christopher Larrow, who drove over from New York. We arrived comfortably before 9 and the room was already full. I got a drink and got settled as the already steamy room became more packed. We were all there to celebrate the release of SWALE‘s new album There’s No One Here and there were a lot of us.

A little after 9 the band hit the stage and lit into a musical flow that I think was Here’s Where You Were. It flowed nicely into the poppy and sweet Felon. The band rocked solidly on the fun Release Your Records then went back to the bouncy pop of Loser and Elevator. They veered away from the new album for the mellow Beaten Down and I loved the sting in the guitar at the end. The next two were pretty cool and I did not recognize them so I just listened and enjoyed. One was named after Eric’s grandfather. They brought the music up to full speed for Everyone Likes To, then took a short break, likely for hydration and air or something like that. When they came back they were joined by a four-piece horn section. The instrumental album opener I’ll Start By Opening sounded sweet and the horns really gave it a lift. Swale rocked hard on All Down Tonight then eased up for the gorgeous Wooden Heart. The horns made it sound as fantastic as it does on the record. The slow build of Every Last One Of Us began and they brought it up to epic levels and let it ease off while steadily chanting “we can all be that way.” The horns left at that point and the band played a ripping version of Drug Laws. A heavy rocking Joyless followed then they eased way back for a simmering Black Boys On Mopeds. They brought the energy back up with a powerful version of If You Get Lost. Eric said to shut off all the microphones except Amanda’s and she let her inner Ozzy emerge on Faeries Wear Boots and the band made Sabbath proud.

They had played right up to their cut off time so they began to disassemble the stage while most of us wandered outside into the cool air. It was a hot sweaty steamy show with gentle lows and blistering highs and everything you could want in a rock show.

Thanks for the pictures Luke Awtry Photography  All pictures in this post are from Luke

 

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Posted July 9, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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The Nancy Druids Duo at Light Club Lamp Shop and Dirty Blondes, Swillbillie, and Dino Bravo at Nectar’s June 30, 2017   Leave a comment

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Dino Bravo pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

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The Nancy Druids Duo pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Friday at Light Club Lamp Shop and Nectar’s. The timing was perfect so I could catch both shows easily.

I got out of work a little early, had some time to hang out, then took the short walk to the Lamp Shop. I got in and settled and said hi to Molly King and Loren. I got a spot close to the stage and The Nancy Druids Duo took the stage. John was on vacation so Sean switched from electric guitar to acoustic and Ann Mindell took a small edge off the drums and they played their lovely songs in a new format. I fully expected that the songs were so strong that they would hold up fine and was proven correct from the first few notes. They opened with a song about the way things might have been then knocked out Just Another Day. Sign was fun and poppy and it was great to hear December in June. Sky spoke to our universal nature then they took a walk in the park and felt fine. Halo is one of their heavier songs but it translated well into the acoustic setting with Ann not hitting the drums quite as hard but still adding the quick fills. Disappear is a gorgeous song and sounded great and By Design was fun too. They played a new song about seeing salvation all around and I, and the mostly full room, was in a happy place. Sean said they never do Envy songs but made an exception with A Thousand Lies. They closed with The Space Between but the audience would not let them go. A cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye closed the set perfectly.

 

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The Nancy Druids Duo pic by Tim Lewis

 

I headed out quickly then took the walk down to Nectar’s. I said hi to Rebecca Rogers and then Nathan Curtis showed up. The Dirty Blondes hit the stage as a five-piece with Chris Clark on bass, Ornan McLean, and new guy John M Whyte on guitar. They opened fast and hard with Burn and both Becky and Diane Sullivan were in wonderful voice. Crybaby followed then they showed us how to do the Kung Pao. Scorned Woman kept the rock at a furious pace then they eased up a little for Oh Dirty Blondes. Hallelujah kept our spirits up then they ramped back up with Slut. They kept things dirty for Jacking Off then told the tale of being Too Drunk To Vote. They stayed with the theme for Drunk then told us why Ornan will always be the drummer for the Dirty Blondes. Yayo took us on a walk around town then they closed with That New Guy Is Not James Bond. They sounded great for the whole set and having John in the band sounded wonderful.

 

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The Dirty Blondes pic by Tim Lewis

 

Up next, Swillbillie rocked out a bunch of songs about whiskey, chickens, and the devil. They have a punkabilly sound and play fast and loud. The guitar/vox, bass, drums trio opened with their Manifesto then sang a song about roosters. Recurring themes of the devil and roosters filled the set. Songs like Sin Is Funner and Whiskey High were just great. They closed the 15 song set with Hell Chicken and the mostly full room was in a happy place.

 

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Swillbillie pic by Tim Lewis

Dino Bravo VT closed the night with a killer rock set. Drummer Jeff LaBossiere was missing so David Evan sat in. David plays with Chris Farnsworth and Josh Shedaker in Zeus Springsteen so it was almost a mix of the two bands. Singer/guitar player Matthew Stephen Perry lead the band through Past The Mark then they pulled out a cover of Remedy. Two Car Garage and Pop Music brought us back to familiar Dino territory then they pulled out a cover of 20th Century Boy. Crime Scene was bit more mellow but really cool, then Wee’s Birthday Boy sounded great as always. They played a Zeus song next with David singing it then they let it slip into Time/Breathe reprise. It’s always great when a singer plays drums too. Strawberry Blonde and Chuck Berry were Dino songs that rocked hard then they ended the night with a couple of covers. TV On The Radio’s Wolf Like Me rocked hard and they closed with Creep from Stone Temple Pilots. They were done but the audience was not. They came back for a towering Comfortably Numb that let Chris shine on guitar.

I headed out pretty quickly after the show. It was such a great night of music.

All pictures below are Dino Bravo taken by Luke Awtry Photography.

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Camp Howard and The Dead Shakers at Light Club Lamp Shop May 30, 2017   Leave a comment

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Camp Howard pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Tuesdays ago at Light Club Lamp Shop. It was one of those long work days that I somehow got through. I had wanted to see Ellen Degenerates again, but really did not want to go out, but stepped up my game and got myself out the door. I knew there was a chance that I would miss them anyway but the walk to the lamp shop is pretty quick so I just went for it.

As I entered the venue I ran into Kevin Bloom and chatted for a moment before getting a drink and listening to Camp Howard. They are an indie rock band from Richmond Virginia who play fun and challenging music. The first song that I caught had a nice sweep to it but every time it changed it went in a way I never would have guessed. This set the precedent for the rest of the show. Fortunately, every member of the band committed to all of the crazy changes and everything hung together well and they were really fun. The second song rocked harder than the first and may have been about heartache. The fifth song I caught started like a straight up rock song and careened into improbability. Later in the set they had a song with a surf noir sound in the late middle and a tag line of I don’t understand what it’s all about. They closed with a song that had an ’80;s synth pop sound. It was so much fun trying to figure out where the songs would go and being wrong every time. I really enjoyed their show.

 

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The Dead Shakers pic by Tim Lewis

 

During the set break I realized I had missed Ellen but was into hanging out and seeing another band I knew nothing about. Kevin, and a small orchestra, took the stage. He sang and played guitar and was joined by another guitar player (Walker?), Josh Shedaker on bass, a drummer, a percussionist who played a second snare and other things, a cello player, a sax player and a guy who played a shaker. Collectively known as The Dead Shakers they opened with a long epic instrumental with galloping drums and an icy cello soaked with reverb. The second song was a cheery number about an insane asylum in Medford and rocked hard forever. I realized that all of the songs were going to be long jams with more structure and drama than a “jam band” would have. The third song had an eerie feel that made me think of the middle of Echoes before it fell into the sledgehammer rocked out ending. The next song had an Echoes feel as well and maybe a hint of Moby Dick and featured some cool slide cello. The last song of the night had a bit of a Doors or Tragically Hip feel and rocked super hard at the end. I really loved every moment of their show and want to see them again as soon as I can.

I hung out for a bit and said hi to the bartender and chatted with Sheddy then took the short and happy walk home. I’m so glad I put in the effort.

 

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The Dead Shakers pic by Tim Lewis

 

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The Dead Shakers pic by Tim Lewis

 

Posted June 9, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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