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Milton Busker at Light Club Lamp Shop March 5, 2018   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music last Monday at Light Club Lamp Shop. The show was billed as Milton Busker and the Grimish Work but it turned out to just be him. That was fine since it had been ages since I’d seen him play solo. With a grey suit, a rich mellow voice capable of soaring, and an acoustic guitar he began with a song about how nobody loves you down there. The next song was about grieving and loving and praying that you will stay with me. He played a song about turning your orbit around and one about liking my disguise. He played a great version of Tom Petty’s Angel Dream and followed with the meanest thing he’ll ever write. He let his voice fill every fiber of the room on that one. He sang about Jesus In Chains and about being without you. He had a tablet at his feet and used his toes to lay the eerie tone for Dogs At The Door. He played a song about traveling and making money called Baby Let My Money Keep You Warm. He sang a song with sad words and a happy melody about being a lost cause. He sang about all of the ghosts that he has known. He played a cover that I did no know about how God gives us problems to see how much we can take. Ordinary Day is one of the most catchy songs I’ve ever heard and he added a little foot keys in the late middle section. He sang of being made of stars and did a great version of Redemption On Pearl. He let us know there is nothing left to do but sing to the day and sing to the night then extolled us to settle down with Gravity. He played a song with no surprises and closed the night with My Fear Of Losing You.

I headed out quickly and was so grateful on the lovely walk home.

 

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Posted March 12, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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The Nancy Druids and Cricket Blue at Light Club Lamp Shop March 3, 2018   Leave a comment

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The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Saturday at Light Club Lamp Shop. I had a productive day at work, visited with mom for a while, then made it downtown just in time for the show. I got in and settled and noticed two people I was not expecting to see. They had their instruments.

My focus shifted to the stage as the semi-acoustic The Nancy Druids began to play. Joined by Ariel Toohey on cello they opened with a shimmering December. The Space Between and By Design let themselves shine in that gentler guise. John switched from bouzouki to accordian for a cover of Because. Ariel left the stage and the usual trio played a version of Vondle Park (?). that felt like a cool breeze flowing through a warm summer day. John moved to electric bass and the band rocked a bit as they found Salvation all around. Sean switched from acoustic guitar to electric 12 string and they pondered the way things might have been. They picked up the pace and rocked us with I Can’t Remember Who You Were. They played a new song called Bitter Days then regaled us with the shimmering pop of Disappear. They brought the pace back up with Halo and Ann Mindell showed us how hard you can hit the drums with brushes. I think they were pretty much done at that point but a few late arrivals missed Ariel’s performance so she came back for By Design and Because to close the night.

I hung out for the break and the previously mentioned unexpected duo took the stage. Cricket Blue opened with a kind of rocking song that may have been about incandescence. The way they weave their guitars and voices feels like magic and they continued on with a song about kissing frogs. They borrowed heavily from the book of Psalms for the next one and closed with a song cycle about burning effigies to ensure a bountiful harvest. Hearing Cricket play is always a treat and I’m so happy I was there.

I was pretty tired at that point but did hang out for one song by LittleBoyBigHeadOnBike, mostly for the name. They had an old school Burlington low-fi indie sound that brought back memories as I wandered out the door.

 

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Cricket Blue pic by Tim Lewis

 

Ivamae and Thanya Iyer at Light Club Lamp Shop February 20, 2018   Leave a comment

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Ivamae pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Tuesdays ago at Light Club Lamp Shop. I got in and settled right before showtime and Ivamae took the stage. She mixes a beautiful soft voice with a gentle electric guitar and has a way of transfixing the audience. I happily went along for the ride as she played songs like Underheard and Reality Of It All. She’s been hinting about an upcoming video for the latter and I can’t wait to see it. Nope had that “I can’t change the truth” lyric that is easy to fall into. I missed the details of the next few enchanting songs but reveled in every note. She closed the set with a song about falling out of place that featured looped vocals and guitar so it had a lovely lush feel. She was as amazing as always.

I caught Thanya Iyer once last year and loved their show. I was very excited to see them again. Their album Do You Dream features 19 songs and themes that flow as a whole. I listened to it a bit in the days before but was still delightfully lost when they began to play. They dove in and weaved a lovely spell of jazz and prog and several other genres. The songs flowed as one piece and I happily took the journey. At one point they settled into a drums only piece and Thanya chatted with us. She said that they caught Ivamae last time they were here and had to steal her to open this show. She spoke about it being the first night of their show then they dove in for the second part. All the songs flowed with grace and power and were truly delightful. It’s hard to describe how wonderful it was.

After they wrapped up I took the lovely walk home. It’s so cool when you see a band and like them and they come back and you have high expectations and they easily meet them. I’d go see them again in a heartbeat.

 

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Thanya Iyer pic by Tim Lewis

Posted March 12, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Maryse Smith with Michael Chorney and Francesca Blanchard at Light Club Lamp Shop February 19, 2018   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music a couple of Mondays ago at Light Club Lamp Shop. It was the third night of the Maryse Smith residency and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I got in and settled and Michael Chorney took the stage with an acoustic guitar and began to play. He opened with a couple of winter themed songs. One was about going from the east coast to the west and I missed details about the second but it was well crafted and as lovely as all of his songs are. He said he was from down south in Bristol and told stories of jam sessions at a local establishment. He continued on with songs about not doing what we just did again and singing out loud. He closed his set with a song about Caledonia and everyone was in a happy place.

Maryse and Francesca Blanchard joined him, with Maryse singing and playing acoustic and Francesca just singing. Their voices blended as beautifully as they did the week before. Maryse’s and Michael’s guitars similarly wrapped themselves around each other in a breathtaking way. They opened with Good Thing and followed with I Forgot. They sang the song about heading off for the stars and the song she wrote in Philadelphia about grabbing your pen and writing about it. They sang about having half a mind and about wine clouding your mind. Hold Me was wonderful as was New And Strange. Liar was as sharp and poignant as ever and they closed the night with the lovely 15 Steps.

It was another brilliant night of music in our town.

 

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Maryse Smith and Francesca Blanchard at Light Club Lamp Shop February 12, 2018   Leave a comment

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Maryse Smith and band pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Monday’s ago at Light Club Lamp Shop. On the first night of the Maryse Smith residency she played solo, the Ivamae played solo then Maryse finished the night. I was expecting the same thing except with Francesca Blanchard and was happily proven wrong. Maryse was set up with her acoustic guitar and vocal mic, there was a guy named Brett on electric guitar, Francesca was set up to sing backing vocals and Jane Boxall Percussion had a couple of drums and cymbals and other percussion instruments. A smile floated across my face. They began with I Forgot then followed with Liar. Jane added a subtle beauty to the songs and Brett’s guitar added a little bite. Francesca and Maryse’s voices blended with elating beauty. They followed with a song about the phone ringing and being late then heading off for the stars. Francesca left the stage and the rest of the band played the lovely 15 Steps. Brett left after that and Maryse sang about half a mind. I missed details about the next song but it was as strong as all the others. She closed her first set with an old song about Dave going to work.

Francesca came back to the stage and sang and played guitar. She played a song about wandering and looking for love then played a fantastic version of My Heart. It grabbed my from the first note and was pure bliss. She sang a song in French and the title translates to you do not exist. She sang about letting go of loving you and played her new song Maria. Brett joined her for a couple of songs including a fun version of Wicked Game to close the set. She is just amazing.

 

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Francesca Blanchard pic by Tim Lewis

Maryse returned to the stage for Good Thing and a cool version of The Way It Is. The other members of the band joined her a different points but I slacked in my notes so I’m not sure who played on what. She played a fun cover of I’ll Fly Away and a searing version of Hold Me. Orlando was stark and beautiful. The line about how winter is coming brought forth New And Strange then they played a song about their friend Ron. She played the only song she wrote while in Philadelphia and followed with I Got A Job. She closed the night with a song about angels and devils in you and one about hearing this song before.

It was so great to hear some of the songs she played the week before with the music interplay of the band. It was another amazing night of music in our town.

 

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Maryse Smith and band pic by Tim Lewis

 

Posted February 28, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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

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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.

 

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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

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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.