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Maryse Smith and Ivamae at Light Club Lamp Shop February 5, 2018   Leave a comment


Maryse Smith pic by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music a couple of Mondays ago at Light Club Lamp Shop. It was the first night of the Maryse Smith residency and it had been ages since I had heard her sing live. I got out the door and took the lovely walk downtown and was in and settled by the 10pm start time. The room was full of local musicians and fans and she took the stage with a smile. Her guitar playing was sweet and the songs sounded great but it was the first few notes of her voice that filled my heart. She sang songs about something on the tip of her tongue and being stood up. She sang about half a mind. She said she wouldn’t go on loving you forever and wouldn’t want to burden you with that. She sang about heading off to the stars and about how everybody has a reason why. I should have listened to her songs more so I knew the titles but just being there to experience them was heartwarming. Up next was Liar and it was as terrifying and wonderful as ever. She ended her first set with The Way It Is.

Up next Ivamae took the stage. She sang and played a mellow electric guitar. She opened with a song about falling out of love but not out of place. She followed with a cover about how everything means nothing if I ain’t got you. Tender Meat was lovely then she sang about loving you through all the bliss and pain. She played a few more passionate songs and closed her set with a song about not being able to change the truth. She was as magnificent as always.

Maryse came back to the stage and pulled out classics like Good Thing and I Forgot. She sang about how winter is coming and I’m still here then played a great version of 15 Steps. She played a couple more and ended with one about hearing that song before, then called it a night.

It was so great to hear her sing again and even nice to know she was playing the next three Monday’s.



Ivamae pic by Tim Lewis



Posted February 20, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Milton Busker and the Grim Work at Light Club Lamp Shop December 27, 2017   Leave a comment



I had a great time seeing music on Wednesday at Light Club Lamp Shop. I had a very relaxing day off, took a long nap, and as evening unfolded I took the lovely walk downtown. I got in and settled and chatted with Ryan Cohen for a bit. The club was reasonably full of people for a cold Wednesday as Milton Busker and the Grim Work took the stage. Milton’s songs take odd turns but have a comfortable pop sound. His voice is strong and steady. Now and then he unleashes it and fills the room. The band have a smooth flow and a classic rock sound that works with Milton’s indie rock songs in a way that I don’t understand but really appreciate. Many of the lyrics are on the dark side and are brilliantly masked by the happy music.

They opened with the easy to sing song that goes settle down, everything is broken and the end is near. They sang about loving the things you do and falling on my sword for you. Jesus In Chains featured Milton’s powerhouse voice. Baby Let My Money Keep You Warm was touching. A song about nobody loving you was followed by The Meanest Thing I’ll Ever Write. 16 Ton Soul started slow and bluesy and had a huge rock middle section. They started with a clap and stomp for a joyous song about gun violence with the chorus Heaven Knows There Ain’t Nothing We Can Do. It’s a lovely song until you really grasp the lyrics, then it’s a very strong political statement. Ordinary Day is super catchy and featured just Milton on voice and acoustic guitar until the song was almost done and the band came in for a huge rocking section. They rocked for a bit then eased off and let Milton finish it the way it began. They played a couple more really cool songs then tossed in a couple of covers. Breakdown and Mary Jane’s Last Dance were wonderful to hear. They continued on with songs about getting over all the things we do and the Devil’s Hand. They wrapped the night with a song about being glad to see you go.

I hung out for a little bit and said some goodbyes then took the lovely walk home. It was another brilliant night of music in our town.

David Rosane and the Zookeepers at Light Club Lamp Shop December 26, 2017   Leave a comment



I had a great time seeing music last Tuesday at Light Club Lamp Shop. I worked until 7 and had plenty of time to hang out, get motivated, and take the chilly walk downtown. It was cold enough to finally abandon the Spring/Fall jacket and put on the winter coat so I bundled up and found a good walking pace and was there in no time. I was a little early and got to chat with Anne Lisbet TollÄnes for a bit before the show.

David Rosane & The Zookeepers took the stage and played David’s strong songs with Jennifer Grossi adding backing vocals, percussion, keys while Don Sinclair lit up the songs with his beautiful lead guitar. David Rosane has a deep and comforting voice and his melodies on acoustic guitar draw you right in. They opened with a rocking version of Grandma with some fun extra lyrics. They rocked out Urban Country and then sang about going home and wondered if we would tell the little children what we’ve done. They sang about the contrast between devils and angels. They made Cindy Lou Zoo, cat in the hat, and thing one, thing two references. They sang about the fear of flying a magic carpet before it hits the ground. They played songs like Judgment Day and Ba Doom, which is about being a feminist and many other things. They played the beautifully devastating Stardust For Dessert which is about the bombings and killings in Paris. They found Hope In The Dark and found love with Sugar And Cream. They wondered who their enemy was. My Life Out West began with Jen’s cool keys and the whole song showed off her unquantifiable greatness. They sang about how sweet it is to roll a rock uphill then dedicated The Real World to Ryan Cohen who made it out to the show. They asked What The Fuck Went Wrong and extolled the virtues of realizing that Today Is Mine. Jen did a vocal trumpet on This City then they sang of suicide. They turned it around and woke up on the sunny side of things and closed the night with a punk song about it pouring when it rains.

It was another fantastic performance and showcased the upcoming Book Of Zoo album. They will be back this summer doing a tour of libraries to help raise funds and awareness for those needed institutions.

I didn’t stay too late but did hang out and chat for a bit. The walk home was chilly and lovely and I was in a completely happy place.


Physics Club and Swale at Light Club Lamp Shop December 23, 2017   Leave a comment


Physics Club with Tyler Bolles pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last Saturday at Light Club Lamp Shop. The walk downtown was a little challenging with lots of puddles on the sidewalks hidden by snow, but I made it intact and got in and settled in plenty of time for the show.

The evening began with a sad note as Abraham was unable to attend. This left Irene and Rex as Physics Club to face off in a battle of wills, and judging from the white tops, potential judo. They sang cheery songs about how nobody wants to see your business in Washington DC and about spending Christmas time alone and not going out. They sang a delightful piece about how they were gonna be mad and one about eating too many candy canes. Delicious honey ham was a recurring theme. The songs were so wry the audience was on the verge of cracking up for the whole show and often went over the edge. The band wondered what Santa was mad about and how Christmas is a time we give gifts to Jesus, since it’s his birthday. They hoped we were happy with what they made us since they did not have any money and sang about fruitcake. The whole show was measured with restraint and surly discussions between the band members that were played for maximum enjoyment. They were joined by a banjo player for a song about drunk Uncle Ricky at the holiday party then Irene ripped off the white robe and clad in bright red and belted out a song about how everything smells like Christmas. I doubt I came close to capturing how funny the show was, but if you ever get a chance to see them, do so.



Physics Club turning into Swale pic by Tim Lewis

Up next SWALE took the stage. Amanda Gustafson was still in the post Irene red and Jeremy Frederick left Rex aside. They began the evening by calling Ashley Betton to the stage. She has a huge voice and made Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) sound amazing. Tyler Bolles sang about Christmas in the drunk tank on a fun version of Fairytale of New York, then they brought John to the stage to sing about Dominic The Donkey. It was silly and fun and featured some serious Hee Haws. Ryan Ober joined them for I Can’t Have A Merry Christmas Mary (Without You) which rocked nicely. Mele Kalikimaka added a little warmth to a chilly evening. Caroline Marie was just there to see the show but the band pressed her into service for Wham’s Last Christmas and of course she rose to the occasion and made it sound great. Swale rocked us around the Christmas tree then played a funky instrumental Jingle Bells. They brought Ashley back for This Christmas Shake A Hand then referenced their video for Baby It’s Cold Outside as Amanda sang It’s time to take a break, then stopped. Tyler picked up the banjo and everyone in the room recognized Hallelujah until he started singing the delightfully altered lyrics about Santa and the Grinch and about how Leonard hated what people did to his song. The crowd was in awe and sincerely sang the title part at the end of the song over and over a few times. It was magical. They brought Ryan back for a rocking Run Run Rudolph, and he stayed for a hop hop song (Christmas In Hollis?). Urian Hackney was just there to see the show but the band pressed him into service to sing Merry Christmas I Don’t Want To Fight and his deep voice sounded great. Tyler sang a song about dancing the Christmas polka then Eric Olsen surveyed the crowd to see who would sing the next one. A woman named Emily agreed and took the stage and did a great job on Feliz Navidad. Brett Hughes was sitting in the audience but played the bells on the next one as they brought Ashley back to sing Happy X-Mas (War Is Over). They closed the night on a quiet note. Swale played gently and let Matt LaRocca’s violin lead as the audience sang Christmas Time Is Here and you could feel the gentle joyous emotion floating in the air.

I did not stay too long after it ended and took the challenging walk home with a heart full of joy.


Ashley Betton


Matt LaRocca on violin


John singing about Dominic the Donkey


Ryan Ober




Urian Hackney




The Nancy Druids at Light Club Lamp Shop December 2, 2017   Leave a comment


The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Saturday at Light Club Lamp Shop. I worked an 8-6:30 day, did a quick turnaround at home and arrived just before the 7:30 start time. I got in and settled and chatted with a bunch of cool people, then it was showtime.

The Nancy Druids usually play loud fun rock but were more mellow for this show. Sean played an acoustic guitar, Ann Mindell used brushes on the drums and John set aside the bass for a bouzouki. The songs had the familiar shimmering pop sound but were a bit more relaxed and had a bit of a Tomorrow Never Knows vibe. They opened with the highly appropriate December then went looking for Salvation. For the third song they brought up Sean and Ann’s daughter Ariel to play cello. The next three songs had a nice flow as the cello floated over the bouzouki. They made The Space Between, By Design, and The Ghost In You sound great. Ariel left after that, most likely to go rehearse for her upcoming performance at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, and John switched to accordion. The stomp of Just Another Day sounded fun in that context. They stayed with that lineup for the ultra catchy Sign and the breezy Vondal (?) Park. Ann hit the drums a little harder and the band rocked out I Can’t Remember Who You Were. For the next song John picked up the bass and Bitter Days had a rocking stomp lit with shimmering pop. They rocked out a killer Halo then wrapped the night with a beautiful version of Give A Little Bit.

I hung out and chatted for a bit then took the lovely walk home. I missed the ripping guitar solos and the sculpted feedback that usually happens at a Druids show but reflected on how much fun it was to hear the songs in a different context. They are truly an amazing band.


The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis


The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis


The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

Posted December 11, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Ivamae and Best Fern at Radio Bean and Thanya Iyer and The Mountain Carol at Light Club Lamp Shop November 22, 2017   Leave a comment


Ivamae pic by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music last Wednesday at Radio Bean and Light Club Lamp Shop. I had a pretty quiet day off but as the clock approached 9, I got motivated and got out the door. I took the lovely walk downtown and got in and settled as Ivamae got ready to play. It was just her with an electric guitar and a powerful voice and a crowd who was willing to listen. I’ve seen her a couple of times and the audience seems to quickly become reverent when she begins. That night was no exception. Her songs don’t have catchy hooks or choruses but there is something magical to the sound that makes her shows compelling. She opened with a stunning version of True Hue then sang about how freedom is just a state of mind. She sang about tender me then covered a song called Sober. She played another cover about being a victim of a foolish heart then played one of her own called Homecoming. She just shot a video for the song Reality Of It All and regaled us with a lovely performance of it. She played a Feist song about wishing I didn’t miss you. She closed with a jazzy song called Nope which featured the line I can’t change the truth. It was a wonderful show.



Thanya Iyer pic by Luke Awtry Photography

I popped over to the Lamp Shop and a band from Montreal called Thanya Iyer were onstage and playing. This was the last night of a long tour before heading home and they sounded completely locked in. They were playing some infectious synth pop as I got settled but then the sound turned to jam then rocked a bit as it came to a close. I think it was about rising up. I’m not sure if the next song was one long song or a series of them but it started with bird sounds and lovely keys then fell into a jazz jam prog rock sound. The drummer gave the song a hypnotic feel and I was just amazed. They wrapped up the set after that and I’m so glad that I caught as much as I did. They are definitely a band to watch for.



Thanya Iyer pic by Luke Awtry Photography

I popped back to the Bean and another band from Montreal were ready to play. Best Fern said they were really good friends with Thanya and neither knew the other was playing that night. Kudos to whomever booked those shows. Fern are a duo with a woman on guitar and vocals and a guy on electronics. They began with a soft mystical sound lit by chimes and wispy vocals. They played delicate and gorgeous songs about waiting and wondering if you love you. They sang about how you can do anything that you want to and remarked about how present the audience was. They sang a song called I Will Try and closed the set with a song about when you’re dead. It was a beautiful show.



Best Fern pic by Tim Lewis



The Mountain Carol pic by Tim Lewis

I headed back to the Lamp Shop and got in and settled as the other band I meant to see started to play. The Mountain Carol began with a Roxy Music sound and played a long song or a series of songs about having the vision. As it went along and took fun twists and turns I was elated. At one point it had a bit of a Doors sound and went for about 20 minutes. Up next was an upbeat jazzy song about dancing alone that made me smile. They played a couple more that were really cool and called it a night. That was the second time I’d seen them and would go back again in a heartbeat.

I popped back to the Bean and caught part of a song by Guthrie Galileo. It was just him on keys and vocals and he played a pop song with a big sound. I was pretty wiped out by then so I took the easy walk home, but I really should check out his music soon. Even on the night before Thanksgiving there is amazing music in our town.

Thanks Luke Awtry Photography for the pictures of Thanya Iyer



The Mountain Carol pic by Tim Lewis


Eastern Mountain Time at Light Club Lamp Shop and The Green Flames and Zeus Springsteen at Radio Bean November 15, 2017   Leave a comment


Eastern Mountain Time pic by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music a couple of Wednesday’s ago at Light Club Lamp Shop and Radio Bean. When I was young we would sing country songs at family gatherings, and it was nice but when I discovered rock and roll, music became exciting. My mom played organ in church so I had a love of huge swirling sounds ingrained early and that continues to this day. I was a metal kid until I started dating girls and learned to like more gentle music too. In the last few years I’ve opened up to enjoying music that doesn’t rock, but could never quite get a love for country music.

I’d seen Eastern Mountain Time a few times recently, and on paper I should not like them, but in reality, I find something compelling about their music. I even really enjoyed the eight, or so, times they played Gary Stewart that night at The Monkey House. I was genuinely excited for the album release show at the Lamp Shop and took the lovely walk downtown and got settled in just before the show began.

They opened with the first two songs from Mountain Country. Done My Time and Berlin After The War are both fascinating songs to listen along with. The sound was lush and driving and I was in a happy place. They followed with an older pretty rocker about bright lights and stormy weather. They sang about being pushed southward when it’s starting to snow. They sang about taking it anyway you want it, though drummer Danny LeFrancois said it was about sitting in a bar on a Wednesday. They played an older rocker that said please please, I can change, tell me what you need. Jason Pappas was steady and strong on the bass and Ben’s pedal steel and keyboard work was phenomenal. The band left for a bit and Sean Hood sang and played guitar on I’ve Had Enough Too and Birds Of Park Slope, both of which are outstanding songs. The other three returned to the stage and they played something about maybe he fucked up the time change or just couldn’t wait. The line about having should have left but ordering a double instead in There’s A Gary Stewart Song About this is just great. They played a poignant version of Tom Petty’s Crawling Back To You, then played a song about it being cold in December. They played a song that said it’s all that I am and they closed the set saying don’t knock on the door like you’ve been here before. The audience would not let them go and demanded an encore. They took us for a drive down to Galveston and called it a night. They were absolutely wonderful and filled my heart with joy.



Eastern Mountain Time pic by Tim Lewis

I popped next door to rock out and checked out the band that was playing first. The Green Flames had a jazzy sultry funk sound going and played an instrumental with a big rock section. They lent their musical style to covers such as Down Under, Spooky, Billie Jean, Run Through The Jungle and Sledgehammer. A jazzy version of Golden Slumbers closed the set with a big rock finish that kept me smiling. They were a lot of fun.



The Green Flames pic by Tim Lewis

About 12:30 Zeus Springsteen hit the stage with a roar. They played a blistering rock set that had me entranced. They opened with the old Lobot song Light’s Of Montreal then played a bunch of songs that I hope are on their upcoming album. They played Your Funeral and Signal Loss. They played Space Whales and Landlord. They sang about wormholes and car bombs. They played a song called Eventual and followed with an Interstate Love Song. They capped the hour long set with Dindone and What’s Inside A Thing and I really want to get an album so I can get to know their music inside and out. Every time I see Zeus I have a great time and love the melody and power of their music.

I took off pretty quickly after they finished, but did manage to set a date for a Robot Dog session that was confirmed the next day. That should air December 21st. I’m so lucky to be able to get to hear three completely different bands in one space. Our town is constantly amazing.



Zeus Springsteen pic by Tim Lewis