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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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Jeremy Gilchrist at Light Club Lamp Shop May 18, 2017   Leave a comment

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Jeremy Gilchrist at Light Club Lamp Shop pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music Thursday night at Light Club Lamp Shop. The show was set to start at 7 and Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter usually does not play super long shows. I thought I could duck down and catch the show and be back in time to do the radio show write-up and get it out before my show started at 9.

I headed downtown about quarter of seven and it was bright and sunny and in the ’80’s. I made good time then slid into the shop and settled in. Jeremy picked up his acoustic guitar at 7:15 and played a beautiful 45 minute set. There is something about the way his songs sound and the lyrics spark ideas and the way his voice flows that keeps me coming back. He opened with Great Filter and followed with Thunder From Mansfield To The Lake. He told the story about that one being the first song he wrote after moving to Vermont and it raining continuously for weeks. He played a Floyd sounding cover of Down By The River and tossed in a little bit of Breathe in the late middle and at the end. He played one of his newer songs called Threaded and it kept me in a very happy place. Another new song, Faded Movie Reel, was up next and he tossed in a bit of Hunger Strike at the end to honor the life of Chris Cornell. He returned to Floyd for Two Suns In The Sunset then went back to his songs with The Time Traveler. The Endless War sounded as great as it always does and he wrapped the night with his unique cover of Round Here.

I let the last note fade out before ducking out the door and taking the quick walk home. There was one song of his that I still really wanted to hear but luckily enough, I had it set to play as part of my show that night. The timing was tight to get the write-up done, but I finished just in time and am so happy I put in the effort

 

 

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Jeremy Gilchrist at Light Club Lamp Shop pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Jeremy Gilchrist at Light Club Lamp Shop pic by Tim Lewis

 

Posted May 20, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Totally Submerged at Radio Bean April 17, 2017   Leave a comment

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Totally Submerged pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Radio Bean. It was a long hard work day and I got out at 9:30, did a quick turnaround, then arrived at the club close to the 10:30 start time. The band were still setting up so I got a drink and chatted with a guy named Cody that I met a couple of weeks ago while hanging out with Daffy Mal Yinkleyank.

Soon enough Totally Submerged took the stage and released their solid classic rock into the air. The guitar/vocals, keys/bass/vocals, drummer/vocals band lit into a nice groove. Each member took turns on lead vocals and they had a nice sound. They rocked out Start Of Something Good then got Hung Up On You. A cover of Eight Days A Week was fun and the audience enjoyed it. The next song was a mostly instrumental funky song that featured some sweet keyboard work. The next one was something about feeling the breeze or the whoa oh song, or possibly Here We Go Again. They brought the rock into high gear for I’m Going Out Of Town and I was in a happy place. Get Out And Go followed and featured a cool triple vocal part.

At some point Lee Anderson said I should check out Kaitlyn Raitz and Ben Plotnick next door at the Lamp Shop. I popped over as Submerged’s keyboard player switched to bass. I missed that whole song but the violin cello duo at the Lamp shop were playing like crazy.

 

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Kaitlyn Raitz and Ben Plotnick pic by Tim Lewis

 

At the end of the duo’s song, I popped back to the Bean as Submerged rocked out It’ll All Be Over Soon. The next song was really cool and was about singing our song and getting higher and higher. Since they were in Burlington they played a blistering cover of Phish’s 46 Days. They followed with Ziggy Stardust then capped the night with an instrumental that began with a moody keyboard then built into a rock epic that featured some sweet guitar playing and amazing drumming before slipping back into the moody keyboard outro. I think it was called Rainy Alley.

After that I hung out for a bit, chatted with Cody and the band and Matthew who was behind the bar. Fun and crazy stories were shared then the hour became late and I took the short walk home.

 

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Totally Submerged pic by Tim Lewis

Andriana Chobot Trio at Light Club Lamp Shop and Joe Adler at Radio Bean March 17, 2017   Leave a comment

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Andriana Chobot Trio pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Light Club Lamp Shop. The show was set to go from 7-8:45. I worked until 7, raced home, did a real quick turn around and walked to the club, arriving just before 7:30. Andriana Chobot was on stage singing and playing keys as I settled in. She was joined by Julian Chobot on bass and Cody Sargent on drums so they had a nice full sound. Julian is super steady on bass with some cool running around the fretboard. Cody plays with subtlety and grace and is always where he needs to be to enhance the song. Andriana has a strong voice that is equally as powerful when she is whispering or belting it out. Her keyboard has an almost orchestral piano sound. They played a bunch of her songs, some that I knew, some that I did not and a couple that I am getting to know. I only caught a bit of the song they were playing as I got settled then they went into a bass and drum groove as she sang Come Together. She added some keys to the instrumental section, late in the song, then went back to just singing to close out the classic Beatles song. I joyfully let the next four songs wash over me and fill me, then they pulled out the magnificent Cascade. It’s from her first EP and is just wonderful. They ended the first set with a powerful cover of Ain’t No Sunshine and her singing was epic.

 

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Joe Adler with Chris and Tucker pic by Tim Lewis

I took advantage of the break to head over to Radio Bean to see a few songs by Joe Adler and Tucker Hansen. Joe sang and played the card deck guitar while tucker played the violin. They were joined by Chris on trumpet and he played a nice solo just after I arrived. They pulled out the Nathan Moore song about wondering how you would know if you are an asshole. The catchy chorus is fun and easy to song. They followed with Dylan’s One More Cup Of Coffee then I hit the road back to the lamp shop The band was not on yet so I made the reverse trip and listened to the song on bended knee before heading out for good.

When I arrived back at the Lamp Shop they were playing a gorgeous version of Alone In The Night, another epic song from her first EP. I wish I had arrived sooner but caught most of it. From there, Andriana and the band played a bunch of fantastic songs that made me just want to listen and hear them and to barely think of anything and just exist in the moment. They played eight wonderful songs and wrapped the night with one of the songs that I’m getting to know. It’s called Neon and is really cool.

I hung out for a little bit, chatted about how nice the sound is at the Lamp Shop, and said a quick goodbye. The walk home through the winter wonderland was lovely and quick.

 

 

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Andriana Chobot Trio pic by Tim Lewis

 

Posted March 18, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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