Archive for the ‘Manhattan Pizza’ Tag

The Mountain Says No at Manhattan Pizza May 13, 2017   Leave a comment


The Mountain Says No pic by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music last Saturday at Manhattan Pizza and Pub. It was a long work day and the next day was another long one but I thought I might be able to see a band play from 10-11 then scurry home and get some sleep. I almost just skipped it but one of my favorite bands was playing.

I pushed myself out the door and took the misty rainy walk downtown. I got in and settled and said hi to some cool musicians as The Mountain Says No got set up. A repeated recorded voice started up and the band lit into Ricky The Rider and rocked it hard. They kept the pace nice and solid for Machu Picchu. At some point there was a huge amount of feedback between songs and they worked to make it stop but unfortunately, had to keep the microphones low and that took out most of the vocals for most of the show. I was close so I could hear a bit. Nevertheless, the band soldiered on and the music sounded great and they seemed to focus their intensity on it and I was in a happy place. They played a cool version of Nothing In This. They slowed it down for the eerie 3,000 Incubators then revved up to full throttle for Restaurant. Eggshell rocked nicely then they eased back a bit for Game Of Thrones. They played a song they said was new that had a metal grind, a spaced out middle section and a rocking end. It was really cool. They mellowed way out for Blanket’s Fine and the quietness of the song let the vocals come through reasonably. They switched back to full rock mode for I Know Right, The Bomb then capped the night with Long Term Sermon.

I headed out the door quickly. The spirit wanted to stay for Near North but the body said no. It wasn’t the greatest of their shows, but musically it was tremendous. It would have been so easy to miss but I’m glad I put in the effort.


Posted May 20, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

Tagged with ,

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


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.



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.



When Particles Collide pic by Tim Lewis

The Parts and Phil Yates & The Affiliates at Manhattan Pizza January 20, 2017   Leave a comment


Phil Yates and the Affiliates pic by Luke Awtry photography


I had a great time seeing music last Friday at Manhattan Pizza and Pub. It was one of those classic shows that featured a band I knew nothing about, other then they had been playing around a bit, and one that I loved.

I took the lovely walk downtown, got in and settled and it was not long until The Parts began to play. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen John Rogone play drums somewhere before, know a little about singer/guitar player Danny LeFrancois, and have seen Jason Pappas play with Eastern Mountain Time. It felt like an opportunity to see them all play together. I’m not quite sure how to describe their sound. The first song sounded not unlike the Knack if they took a foray into jam. Many of the songs had country overtones, although a couple were almost pure country. There was definitely a psychedelic edge running through the guitar on many of the songs. The first couple were pretty cool and the third was a fun quirky instrumental jam. The fourth was almost a grunge song. They rocked a song about having a lover on a sunny day then went a little country for the one about starting to doubt you. They went really country for The Dukes Of Hazzard theme song. Since it was inauguration day, Dan ripped out a super psychedelic Star Spangled Banner that was glorious. They played a song that had a Crazyhearse vibe and a spacey country song with a Wilco vibe. They jammed out the mostly instrumental song that followed and closed their set by bringing up Sean Hood to co-sing Achy Breaky Heart with Dan. I’m not a fan of the song, but their vocal interplay caught everyone in the room. It was remarkable.



The Parts pic by Tim Lewis

During the set break I chatted with Luke Adam and a few others and Dan bought me a beer, and I was in a happy place.

Soon after, Phil Yates & The Affiliates hit the stage and rocked it hard. I missed the name of the opening song, though am sure I should know it. For the second song, and in honor of inauguration day, they played a fun version of Camper Van Beethoven’s Take The Skinheads Bowling. It just seemed so right and sounded so great. Burn Burn Burn followed then they offered Three Cheers. They continued with songs such as I’m Thrilled and the quieter If Only I Was Lonely. Flicker was fun then they picked it up to full throttle with Ninjas Vs Zombies. They played the newish Favorite Bag then rocked super hard on Burn It Down, Bernadette. I missed the name of the next one, something about making it happen, then followed with the magnificent Little French Earthquakes. She Has Your Name had that gorgeous sound and both Co-Pilot and Masterpiece were lovely. They let out their inner Lizzie Borden on I Am A Hatchet. They rocked out The Replacements classic I will Dare then played the newish California Song. Might As Well Settle was another great rocker and I think they closed with The Pogues Tuesday Morning.

I left shortly after the last note, since I had to be at work in the morning and it was 1am. It was a wonderful time and I’m so happy I went out.



Phil Yates and the Affiliates pic by Tim Lewis



Jacob Blodgett from the Affiliates playing the glowing drumsticks  pic by Tim Lewis


Below are more pics by Luke Awtry Photography








Posted January 27, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

Tagged with , ,

Lake Milk and The Mountain Says No at Manhattan Pizza July 8, 2016   Leave a comment

The Mountain Says No at Manhattan Pizza July 8, 2016

The Mountain Says No at Manhattan Pizza July 8, 2016



I had a great time seeing music last Friday at Manhattan Pizza and Pub. The show was set to begin at 10 and I arrived almost exactly on time. I got a beer and hung out and it was not long until Lake Milk hit the stage. They are a guitar/vocals, bass, drums trio and play indie rock with hints of classic rock and punk. The songs were tightly structured but did have some space for some fun guitar solos. The band had a lot of heart and a lot of spunk and I liked them more and more with each passing song. One went something to the effect of We Don’t Pick The Road and another may have had a line about crawling into a test tube. They played 10 songs over 40 minutes or so and I enjoyed them all. They are definitely a band to keep an eye on.



Lake Milk  at Manhattan Pizza July 8, 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

Lake Milk at Manhattan Pizza July 8, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis



After a break that was just long enough for me to get another drink and eat a slice, The Mountain Says No hit the stage and rocked it hard. They opened with a ripping version of The Bomb and we were off. Most of the set was made of new songs like the lovely Game Of Thrones, the eerie and rocking Glazerbeam and Machu Picchu. They tossed in rocking classics like Ricky The Rider, rocked hard with the new You Say You’re Alive, then eased up with the melancholy 3,000. They brought the band back to full power with Restaurant then eased back with Blanket’s Fine. They capped the night with a blistering I Know Right and finished around 1am. I hung out for a bit and chatted with the band and Ryan Cohen about an upcoming recording session, then took the lovely walk home. What a fantastic night.



The Mountain Says No at Manhattan Pizza July 8, 2016   2   pic by Tim Lewis

The Mountain Says No at Manhattan Pizza July 8, 2016 2 pic by Tim Lewis

The Mountain Says No at Manhattan Pizza April 14, 2016   Leave a comment

The Mountain Says No at Manhattan Pizza April 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

The Mountain Says No at Manhattan Pizza April 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

What was the name of the band I saw last night? The Mountain Says New? After my radio show I wandered over to Manhattan Pizza and The Mountain Says No were setting up. I waited it out and soon they began with a stunning new song. It had a bit of an epic Middle Eastern Dio sort of sound. They followed with another brand new song that had a bit of a Tragically Hip feel. They kept the heavy rock going with Restaurant then played another great new song, maybe called Game Of Thrones. Glazerbeam, with all of it’s spooky power followed. That one is newer than their album JV, but they have been playing it for a few months. Ricky The Rider followed with it’s funky dancey heavy rock and was fun as always. The next two songs were brand new and both had an epic rock feel. Long Term Sermon followed and kept the rock pace at maximum. They followed with I Know Right which is another new one that they have been playing for a while. It rocks hard. They finally eased off a bit and played the slower Blanket’s Fine. That one is post JV also but they have been playing it for a while. They capped the night with a wicked version of The Bomb and that was that. Before I ducked out Andrew Frappier said they pretty much had a full second album of songs ready to go. Judging from what I heard last night, I can’t wait for it


Great Western and Phil Yates & The Affiliates at Manhattan Pizza August 15, 2015   Leave a comment

I think I had a good time seeing music last Saturday, but it was a bit of a blur. I had worked nine days in a row and had a rare Saturday and Sunday off. I woke up way to early on Saturday, for no reason, and missed my early afternoon plan by sleeping through it. I was a bit more with it in the afternoon and early evening and thought I could make a 10pm show. I waited and waited and around 9 jumped into the shower then headed out.

I arrived at Manhattan Pizza and Pub just about 10pm. I got a beer while Great Western finished setting up, and listened happily to the sound check from the guitar, bass, drums three-piece.. Half way into the blues jam they played, they locked in and started to sound great. They lit into the actual set but as soon as the vocals kicked in there was a huge distorted ring. Raph Worrick started working the sound board and the band played a long instrumental blues jam. After that, they tried the vocals and they worked. The set began in earnest and they played a couple of nice rock songs with some killer Ryan Osswald guitar shredding. They slowed things up with a cool country tune that got a couple of girls dancing, then followed with a funky song that kept the party going. A third mellow song followed and I was starting to get worried, but the chorus had a bit of rock to it, and the whole end section went way over the top. I was elated. As the song ground to a feedback drone ending, Ryan re-tuned and the band slid into The Devil Knows Your Name. It rocked magnificently and ended the set on a high note. It took them some time to get there, but once they did, they were great.

After a short set break, Phil Yates & The Affiliates took the stage and played some wonderfully quirky well written pop songs. They opened with Burn Burn Burn and played a chunk of both Oh So Sour and the new album No Need To Beg. The set was pretty long for them, around 90 minutes, so they added in a few tasty covers. One song by the db’s was pretty cool, but I’ve forgotten the others that they played. All the songs were good, and the full crowd that kept filling and emptying and filling the room seemed appreciative. As they wound towards the conclusion, they played a killer Burn It Down Bernadette, Might As Well Settle, Little French Earthquakes and Ninjas VS Zombies. They all rocked hard and I was blissful. They sent us on our merry drunken way with a song from The Replacements, as only they can do, and that was that. It seemed like it took so much more of an effort than it should for me to get there, and then started a bit rough, but I’m so glad I put in the effort.


Cave Bees and Black Rabbit at Manhattan Pizza December 5, 2014   1 comment

I had a great time seeing music on December 5th. Work was really intense and I had been putting in 10 hour jam packed days. I did the radio show Thursday night, did not get much sleep and the long work day just about put me down. There was lots of great music happening that night. Dino Bravo VT and Crazyhearse were at The Monkey House, ROUGH FRANCIS were celebrating their birthday at Radio Bean with Blue Button and 4-5 other bands. I got out too late to make the Winooski show and did not have a few hours of rock in me. I wanted to go nowhere but though I might possibly be able to handle seeing two bands at Manhattan Pizza and Pub. I yanked my face out of my hands and forced myself out the door.

It was a warm night and an easy walk and I arrived just as the bands were figuring out how to turn on the new sound system at the rock club pizza joint. I ran into Ted Pappadopoulos and chatted for a bit until the Cave Bees hit the stage. They lit into the set with a roar and I was home. They sounded great, were completely locked in, and let their songs buzz and growl. The set was most, if not all, of their album plus two newer songs. There were a couple of sound issues, when Creston Lea seemed to loose a pedal and on one song Rebekah Whitehurst lost the bass. Darlene Scarano jumped in and lent hers, and the bees just kept on chugging. They played a great set and my poor tired sad mind had done a complete 180 and I was blissfully happy.

After they wrapped up, it was a short break until Black Rabbit hit the stage. They were perfect from first note to last and the energy was fantastic. Marc Scarano sings with abandon and throws everything he has into the guitar playing. Jane Boxall Percussion just attacks the drums with a magnificent precision that pushes the songs into a beautiful place. It seems like there must be a lot of pressure on Darlene to hold it all together but she has that super cool look, like she’s hardly doing anything, yet glues the songs together stunningly. They played all of the first EP, everything from Lipstick And Dynamite, a few yet to be recorded songs and a couple of fun covers. They were absolutely brilliant and everything a rock fan could hope for. It was really hard to make it out to the show, but I’m so glad that I did.

Thanks to Jane, here is the full set list:

Black Cat
Tibbar Tibbar
Nicky Says
It’s Cold
Eighty Nine
Whatever Happened to? (Buzzcocks)
Double Line
Things Change
Mark My Words


Milton Busker at Radio Bean, Swale at Juniper and The Mountain Says No & Black Rabbit at Manhattan Pizza March 7, 2014   1 comment

I had a great time seeing music last night. I knew there was no way I could see all that I wanted, but set up an ambitious plan and carried it through. I got out of work at 7 and did a quick turn around and was at Radio Bean a little after 8. Milton Busker was on and playing his heart out on acoustic guitar. His playing was subtle and exciting at the same time. His songs evoked a full band, but it was just him on stage. I was pretty mesmerized for the set until the last song where he just rocked hard and I bopped around in joy.
After he finished I headed to Juniper and saw Swale play in a lobby. There were a bunch of people sitting around chatting and Swale set up and played a bunch of their most gentle songs. Gorgeous versions of Soul Piggy Bank and Middlesex left me blissfully happy. A couple of songs wanted to rock a bit, but they held it tight. It just wasn’t a rocking environment, but it was so great to hear them play. I knew I could not stay for the whole show, so when the clock said go, I slipped out the door.
I cruised down to Manhattan Pizza and Pub and settled in, but soon The Mountain Says No hit the stage with a furious version of their title song. The rest of the set was high energy rock and roll, and it was great. I’m still learning their songs, but I really like several of them. I loved every moment of their set, and hope to see them again soon.
After a quick break, Black Rabbit came on and rocked the place hard. Familiar songs like Neighborhood and 89 were balanced with newer songs like the one about the cold. In honor of the mural on the wall, they covered The Ramones song I Don’t Wanna go down to the Basement. They had me rocking from first note to last, and I was overflowing with joy.
As the last note faded away, I grabbed my coat and hit the road. I got a pretty good night’s sleep, and now it’s time for work and then do it all over again tonight. This time, with a little less walking.


Black Rabbit and Wave Of The Future at Manhattan Pizza January 30, 2014   1 comment

I had a great time seeing music last night. I finished up the radio show, ran over to Manhattan Pizza and Pub and walked in as Black Rabbit were playing the Black Cat. They played a few of their melodic, fast, heavy rockers. In honor of the Ramones mural, they tossed in Chinese Rock. They played a new song that sounded great, and lots of classics like 89, Neighborhood, and Tibbar Tibbar. They finished with a Buzzcocks cover and the place was officially rocked.
After a short break, Wave of the Future hit the stage with Great Scott. Their high energy dance/pop/funk was fast, loud and fun. The back and forth shouted vocals from Luke Richer and Samara Lark Brown set an unrelenting pace for the music. Drummer Jeremy Gartner was wicked fast and at times did some double pumping on the bass drum. They played a lots of songs about Radiating and Flux Capacitors. They tossed in covers of Obsession and Rock Lobster. 1.21 was as energetic as it always is. Their take on Paint It Black was incredible and fun. Towards the end they turned the place into a super sexy dance party.
They played until just after 12 and I walked out in a very happy place. It’s impossible not to have fun when they are playing!

The Mountain Says No and Wave Of The Future at Manhattan Pizza January 23, 2014   Leave a comment

I just got back from seeing and hearing a ton of great music. I wrapped up the radio show, ran down the street to Manhattan Pizza, and walked in as The Mountain Says No unfurled their first song. It sounded heavy and rocking from the outside and more so as I slid in the door, saw Christopher Larrow in the back, and made my way to his table. I dropped the coat, grabbed a beer and headed to the front. I had high hopes, and I don’t even know what to say. The songs worked through a lot of changes, some slow and incendiary, and some blisteringly fast. The two guitar/vocals, bass, drum band rocked in odd yet understandable ways. They created journeys that were fun to follow. Chris said he liked every song. I was thinking I loved every note. The experience was so new it was almost indescribable. I must see this band again as soon as possible!
Up next MC, Matthew Bryan Hagen and friend rapped a couple of moderately humerus tunes. It was getting late and Chris hit the road.
Wave of the Future followed with a nice heavy set. Last week was a bit more ’80’s fun, but this week was more ’90’s metal. Dressed in cold Vermont winter flannel, they lit the room with their energy. Granted, late in the set they did a fun version of Rock Lobster, but for the most part it was bouncing rockers like opener Radiate or closer One Point Twenty-One Jigga Jigga Wat. The whole set was high energy dancey rock songs or rocking dance songs, or whatever the hell it is that they play. Either way, if you find the groove when they’re playing your body is going to get a good shaking. At one point it sounded like Jeremy Gartner was playing a quick double bass drum, but he probably wasn’t, since he only had one. Yea, the band rocked that hard.
They played later this week, maybe because of the Matt thing, and I was out around 12:38. I went back to the station to grab my backpack. An Alison Krauss song was playing and it sounded like PossumHaw. I put Our Work Is Never Done in next and the mix sounded beautiful.