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Savage Hen, Boil The Whore, and Melkor for the 7th Metal Monday Christmas bash at Nectar’s December 17, 2018   Leave a comment

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Savage Hen pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Mondays ago at Nectar’s. I really enjoyed the new Savage Hen album The Red and was excited to see some of it live. I got out of work at 8:30, met up with Nathan Curtis, and arrived around 9 for the Metal Monday Christmas show. I thought I might be late, but the timing was perfect. I had a little time to settle in and appreciate the two evergreens hanging from the ceiling and the one sitting on the ground. The Hen hit the stage loud and heavy with a sludgy version of Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer. Here Comes Santa Claus arrived with a roar then they advised us to not get on The Wrong List. They cleaned us up with a Christmas Bath then hit us with a heavy Hanukkah song. Jingle Bell Rock was equal to the bands name then they kicked out Seat’s Taken. They took a short Curtain Call and capped the show with a delightfully heavy version of Adam Sandler’s Hanukah Song. What a fun set.

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Savage Hen pic by Tim Lewis

Up next the savage music continued with Boil The Whore. With a harsh name and cookie monster vocals they played thrash with a tendency to build songs into epic territory. They opened with a song about a harbinger and followed with one about a broken nose. They regaled us with a truthful retelling of an ancient hymn that they called Amazing Disgrace then screamed about sanctuary. The played a couple more then wrapped up the powerhouse set. It was an impressive show.

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Boil The Whore pic by Tim Lewis

Melkor took the stage next and were dressed for the holiday mood. They kept the music in full metal mode and I just got lost in the first few songs. The sound was huge and overdriven and brought to mind the phrase “the music’s so loud, you can’t hear the sound”. It was great. They sang a song about confession and then one that had a bit of a jazzy Christmas feel, in a blistering metal sort of way. The took us to the depths of the ocean and closed with a song about a big house. I loved every minute.

After that, we headed out quickly. Sometimes this world is beautiful and sometimes it’s painful and it’s nice to dive into a heavy metal show now and then to connect with reality. I’m so glad I went

 

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Melkor pic by Tim Lewis ‘

 

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Posted January 6, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Duck Duck Goose, Acoustic Purple, Seth Yacovone at Nectar’s & Benjamin Lazar Davis and Arc Iris at ArtsRiot November 10, 2018   Leave a comment

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Duck Duck Goose pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a few Saturday’s ago. A couple of weeks before the show I was contacted out of the blue by Ovi Horta who said he worked with Arc Iris and they appreciated that I play their music a lot and asked if I would like to interview the band to promote their upcoming Burlington show. I said sure, I’d love to, then contacted Tony Gallucci from WBKM and said, hey, it is it possible to do this? We worked out the details and I set up the call and spoke with Zach and played the interview on the November 8th radio show. I was very excited to go see their show on Saturday. I looked around at the other listings and on that same day, what are the odds, was the WBKM birthday party. Sigh.

I worked a 9-5:30 shift then had a little time to chill at home. I headed downtown around 6:30 and was in and settled at Nectar’s as Duck Duck Goose kicked off our birthday party. The trio featuring Julia Beerworth, Josh Glass and Aaron Flinn opened with a cool cover of One More Cup Of Coffee and we were off. Each of the three is a talented performer and songwriter and listening to them enhance each others music was beautiful. Julia sang a song called Trouble for her 2 year old. Josh sang a cool version of New York My Lovely. Aaron sang about So Much Love. Julia lead the voices on The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down then the band pulled out a kind of epic version of Josh’s song What’s In California? I think it was a that point when I began to understand how powerful they can become as a trio. There was some magic that has yet to be fully tapped, but they are well on their way. As the show went on Aaron sang the fun Miss Ready Blossom then Julia regaled us with the gorgeous song about the old Oak Tree. Josh sang a song about having nothing to do except love everything about you and Aaron closed the night with Raise Your Hands. He tossed in some guitar pyrotechnics to keep things fun. I loved every moment of their show.

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Acoustic Purple pic by Tim Lewis

I hung out and chatted with Tony for a bit then it was time for Acoustic Purple. With Craig Mitchell on vocals and Matthew Bryan Hagen on acoustic guitar, the played a bunch of Prince songs. Mitchell is a legend in this town and his voice comes amazingly close to the legendary performer. They opened with a song about pop life and followed with a down home bluesy Let’s Go Crazy. They sang about how money didn’t matter yesterday and about being irresistible. They sang about contemplating the universe then played one that even a casual Prince fan, such as myself, would know. Nothing Compares 2 U was very cool. They played another cool song then Tony’s wife Ann-Marie joined them on backing vocals for Sweet Thing. She has a really nice voice and it was a treat to hear her. They returned to the duo state for a song about cream then one about things I’ve never done before. They sang one about nipples then closed with Purple Rain. Even acoustic, it was wonderful.

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Acoustic Purple with Anne-Marie pic by Tim Lewis

Shortly after the last note, I zipped out the door and headed to ArtsRiot. I got in and listened as Benjamin Lazar Davis played some songs. I only caught four but really enjoyed them. His music had a kind strength that caught me. One song was about brotherly love and one was about Irene. He closed with a song about how somebody’s speaking for me. I’d love to catch a full set by him sometime.

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Benjamin Lazar Davis pic by Tim Lewis

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Arc Iris about to begin pic by Tim Lewis

The set break was short then Arc Iris took the stage in dramatic fashion. They opened with Kaleidoscope and followed with If You Can See. Everyone’s Counting On Her was cool and that’s pretty much where my notes fall apart. I just got lost in the spell they weave. Jocie’s voice, guitar and keys fell into gorgeous flowing music. Zach’s keys were lush and graceful. Ray Belli is a stunning drummer and watching him play was captivating. The whole show was great but the song Icons Of Ego stood out and got stuck in my head for several weeks. I loved every moment of that show.

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Arc Iris pic by Tim Lewis

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Arc Iris pic by Tim Lewis

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Arc Iris pic by Tim Lewis

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Arc Iris pic by Tim Lewis

 

When it was over, I headed back to Nectar’s as Seth Yacovone and his band played homage to Rust Never Sleeps. I got settled and the band played Powederfinger and Cortez the Killer and Like A Hurricane. They played Hey Hey My My and Cinnamon Girl and a few others. Seth is an amazing guitar player and the band were equally fantastic.

After they wrapped up, I took the quick walk home. What a great night of music in our town.

 

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Seth Yacovone and his band of the evening pic by Tim Lewis

 

Gneiss at Red Square and Sleeping In, Kal Marks, and Clever Girls at Nectar’s September 26, 2018   Leave a comment

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Gneiss pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last Wednesday at Red Square and Nectar’s. I had a nice relaxing day off and had asked my brother Ken if he wanted to go out and see Clever Girls. He was up for it, then another show popped up.

I drove to Shelburne and picked him up a little after 6 and we were downtown just before 7. We grabbed some dinner then headed over to Red Square. gneiss were on stage jamming and we got a table next to the band. They rocked the song to a nice close while singing I want to be completely free. They played a sweet Johnny Meli song called Mountain High then closed with a song about northern lights. We hung out for a bit and learned that Damian Roy (?) was sitting in on drums since Jacob Blodgett was at the hospital with his wife, who was about to deliver their first child. Gneiss opened the second set with a song about walking in the light that fell into a song about going round and round and never staying the same. Jesse Cowan had lots of cool runs up and down the bass, while still driving the rhythm. Damien was nicely locked in. Johnny sang a lot of the songs and fired off many cool lead breaks. Naomi Galimidi‘s keys helped the music soar while she added some backing vocals and sang a song or two. They said to keep on using me until you’ve used me up, then got a little bluesy for a song about too much, but it’s never enough. They debuted a song that was written by Naomi’s 7 year old that showed a lot of promise then rocked out a staggering version of Lovely Day. They sang about making me feel brand new when I return to you and dropped it into a song about a lonely lonesome highway. Their jam rock sound was delightful, but I put a 9:15 deadline on so we could make it to the other show. They put on their shades for a cool song, then we headed out.

 

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Sleeping In pic by Tim Lewis

We headed over to Nectar’s and walked in to a huge loud indie rock sound. sleeping in had a nice heavy flow that made me smile. They sang a song called Pine and played a new one called No Sentiment. I think the next two were new and ended their set. I’ve got to check them out again sometime soon.

 

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Kal Marks pic by Tim Lewis

Up next, Kal Marks unloaded a staggering rock show on us. The bass played stood to the side and locked in with the drummer, often sounding like a charging freight train. The singer/guitar player thrashed about and threw himself at his guitar and vocals. I was happily stunned from the first moment. They sang about how there’s no place for me and when I look down. One song had a hint of The Who, one had some Church like psychedelia. They played a song about being too young to die that had a cool dramatic pause then hit us hard with a couple more to end the set. They were amazing and are a band you should see anytime you get a chance.

 

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Kal Marks pic by Tim Lewis

After a brief set break, Clever Girls took the stage and rocked out a blues jam that fell into Catch and Release. Diane Jean broke a string and the guitarist for Sleeping In lent her his guitar for the rest of the night. It’s possible that they played Dumb Smile in drop D, but either way, it sounded cool. Loose Tooth rocked hard then they eased up a little for the new one about tilting your head back. They played the new swampy song called Woman and rocked it hard. Hannah Wants To See You soared and they closed with a blistering version of heavy.

We headed out fairly quickly then I drove Ken back to Shelburne, then I drove back home. It was a lovely night.

 

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Posted October 3, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Wolfhand and Nechromancer at Nectar’s August 6, 2018   Leave a comment

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Wolfhand

 

I had a great time seeing music Monday night at Nectar’s. The idea of some nice doom and gloom heavy music appealed so I took the lovely walk downtown a little after 9. I got in and settled and about 9:30 Wolfhand began to play. Their music is heavy and rich and sounds like swimming in heavy water. They are heavy enough to get away with playing Metal Mondays but psychedelic enough to attract people like Mike Luoma, who has seen them more times than I. Imagine Obscured By Clouds era Pink Floyd only a bit more heavy and all instrumental, and you’ll have an idea of what they sound like. I delightfully lost myself in the churning music as they evoked images of black winds and plaguebearers. They played songs about bandit cults and about when the devil arrives. They closed the set with a ride on the Doomed Convoy. I love getting immersed in their sound.

I hung out for a bit and chatted with Mike, and after a medium long set break, Nechromancer began to play. They describe their music as EBM, Electronic Body Music, and it has elements of EDM with more of a heavy goth approach. The vocals began close tot the cookie monster zone, but spent most of the night in a goth gloom zone with distinguishable lyrics. The band had a singer/guitarist, drummer and two keyboard players so there were a lot of synth industrial sounds to the songs. The keyboardist on the right was dancing around the whole night but the keyboardist on the left was all business. I caught New Order and Bauhaus vibes and something reminded me a little of Lestat’s band in Queen Of The Damned. They played a song about social contagion and said there is a video for Unhallows Grieve. They played a cover I did not know but really enjoyed. They played a song about a twist of fate and a new one called The Harrowing. They were a little extra dancy, but still heavy, on the next one, which was the embodiment of EBM. They rocked out Intersect and closed by hailing their Vampire queen.

I headed out shortly after that. There was a System Of A Down cover band coming on after, but I was tired and wanted to get home and get rested up for the next adventure. I’m so glad I put in the effort to go out.

 

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Nechromancer

 

Posted August 10, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Tetsou, Grand, Green Chapel, and Aliendog at Nectar’s July 16, 2018   Leave a comment

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Tetsou pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last night at Nectar’s. There was another great show happening in Winooski, so I had to make a choice and ended up downtown.

The walk was quick and hot and I arrived at 8:30 for the 9pm show. I had a quick bite to eat and chatted with Aaron Carr and Zack for a bit, then it began to get loud.

Tetsuo hit the stage fast, heavy, and loud with a pounding metal sound. I think their thrashing songs were about hating fascism. Fuck The Alt-Right was played as fast as humanly possible and the super short song that followed was even faster. Casey Little recognized the next one and danced hard to it. They ended with a slower one that was nice and heavy. It felt like a reasonably long set but the clock said they wrapped up their 9 songs in about 15 minutes. Each one was glorious.

I had been ages since I’d seen Grand and was elated from their first note. They opened with Everybody Wants To Get You High and we were off and running. Their melodic punk was played with precision and power and left a smile on my face. They followed with one about hearing songs in a grocery store, then opined I’m over you in the song about the one that got away. They sang about not sleeping at night and then Aaron opened up about his feelings on I Just Couldn’t Say. Good Times was fun and brought us Another Day Closer To Nothing. They sang another song about feelings but in a deeper way. Aaron spoke about a friend who committed suicide and urged anyone feeling that way to talk to people and get help. The song was called I Can’t Feel Anything. They wrapped the brilliant show with a song about going out and called it a night. They were as spectacular as always.

 

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Grand pic by Tim Lewis

Green Chapel opened with something about we’re not lying as they dropped their mid-paced heavy ferocious sound on us. I was instantly hooked by their stoner doom metal. They sang about getting Down and cleaning the blood. They had one with a slow opening section that settled into an epic ending. They sang about a Brave Coward and closed with a song about feelings called Home Again. Their set was so fun.

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Green Chapel pic by Tim Lewis

At that point I was pretty wiped out. I hit the wall in the middle of Chapel’s set and wanted to head home, but wanted to stay too. I got another drink and closed my tab and hung out as Aliendog began to play. Their sound was somewhere between heavy rock and metal and was fantastic. The first song was fun and the second was called Pretend and had a bit of an E5150 feel to the intro. The Red Sun had a slow intro with nice cymbal work before it crashed into a Sabbath sound. Hell Hound had very expressive vocals then they gave us a history lesson with Jonestown 1978. At that point I was using a table to prop up my mortal remains, but I just had to stay as they sang about how it’s hard to say goodbye. We rose on the next one, then they played one more wonderful song and called it a night.

I quickly ducked out the door and took the warm walk home. I’m so lucky to be able to see such great music all the time.

 

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Aliendog pic by Tim Lewis

 

Posted July 17, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Vacation July 2018

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Katy Hellman at Light Club Lamp Shop, Seth Yacovone at Nectar’s and Swale at Radio Bean July 29, 2018   Leave a comment

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Katy Hellman pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music at Light Club Lamp Shop, Nectar’s, and Radio Bean. The days and weeks have been long, with occasional small promises of settled times in the future. I took a dive back into our scene on Wednesday, and I took a dive into Thursday. I was able to catch a nap in the late afternoon today and woke up in reasonable time for the first show. The promise of the chicken that my roommate barbecued kept me a little after my scheduled departure time, but set a nice base for the evening.

I walked out the door at 7:30 and waled in the Lamp shop door at 7:4. Katy Hellman was on stage playing bass and singing beautifully. I didn’t catch any details of the song, as I got settled,,but loved the way it sounded. She sang a song about unwanted pieces then followed with a Julia Caesar song about sticks and stones and mortar and bones that are used to build a home. She picked up a guitar and sang a song about not seeing women play guitars so she thought it was not an option. She played a song called Darling Thing. I think it was about the life cycle of peaches and flying. All the songs had the Caesar flair, but were so quiet, it was impossible to miss the messages. She pulled our an old song called Muted Green, then played a new song about the challenges in connecting with someone when you are constantly changing. She closed the night wit a song about how they are trying to take her mind. I’m so lucky to live in a place where I can walk down the street and hear music like this.

 

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Seth Yacovone pic by Tim Lewis

She wrapped up around 8:30, and soon I booked out the door and headed to Nectar’s. Seriously, if you have any free time on a Friday from 7-9, you will find beauty, grace, and power when Seth Yacovone plays. He played a song about how everyone is stupid and how everyone is smart, and I was in a happy place. He sang a song about having the moon and the cheese that made me smile. He sang a song about just being free to breathe easy as his fingers hit magnificent heights on the fretboard. He read the crowd and tossed in Folsom Prison Blues then closed the night with Like A Rolling Stone. The end section where he chanted think, it ain’t legal yet, was super cool.

I wandered back to Radio Bean, got in and settled, and chatted with a couple of cool people. Soon enough, it was time for SWALE to play. Sometimes they open with tuning that seems to fall into a song, but tonight it sounded like they began by soundscaping, or Swalescaping. As the music coalesced, they rocked out Bright Lights Tonight. Release Your records referenced tons of vinyl jokes, and kept up the fun pace. They kicked it up hard with Safe To Say then unleashed Drug Laws. What a massively intense song. They slowed it down for the poignant Both Eyes Closed then pulled out an old song called Pay Attention. They started slow, built it into an epic, ripped out the sky, then let it ease back on Every Last One Of Us. They kept poignancy at peak level for Elevator and closed with a blistering Lawn Fire.

I did not hang out long, and took the lovely walk home. What a great night of music in our town.

 

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Swale pic by Tim Lewis

 

Kind Bud at Nectar’s and Swale at Foam Brewers March 31, 2018   Leave a comment

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Kind Bud pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music on Saturday at Foam Brewers. They have just started a series of events aimed at creating a space where people really sit and listen to music. I got out of work at 4:30 then spent an hour with mom and listened to her sleep. I got home and did a quick turnaround and took the lovely walk downtown. I caught one of those walking paces where I was almost sailing and cruised through the shifting throngs of people on Church Street. I took a left at Main Street and slipped into Nectar’s.

I did not leave anywhere near enough time, but did want to catch what I could of Kind Bud’s Kind Dubs. Bud was on stage singing Althea. I got settled in and listened as he jammed out a playful song about getting it right sometimes. He played an appropriate song about Herbal Medicine then rocked out The Needle And The Damage Done. At that point my drink was done and it was time to go. I appreciated his version of All Along The Watchtower as I slid out the door and back up Church Street.

I cut through the park and sailed down to the waterfront and checked into Foam. I got in and settled and chatted with some super cool people. The tables were filled and the back of the seating section was filled so I grabbed a chair front row center. I was going to let anyone else have it but since no one was in that row at showtime I felt it was fine.

SWALE opened with a slow searing version of Soft Fireworks that just lit up my soul. The audience was quiet and attentive and every nuance of every note electrified the air. As the song faded towards the end they shifted into Dimedrop and we were off. Tyler Bolles switched from electric bass to stand up bass for a poignant version of Beaten Down. Something about the lyric really connected that night. They played a song that I did not know but really enjoyed. It was something about I cannot say it to your face that I won’t be around here anymore. Amanda Gustafson began a story about getting to know Eric Olsen with a great version of Wooden Heart. After opening his heart they went for a lovely walk that is described in Overcoat. They stepped away from the story with a song I didn’t know about it going on too long, then told us how Eric visited Amanda a couple of times when she lived in Middlesex. I got the impression she would have liked more visits, but it seems to have worked out. They told the story of how Eric was shocked about all of the police shootings of black people and about assembling all of the images for a video. Black Boys On Mopeds was breathtakingly powerful. They closed the first set with the slow and moody Good Medicine and brought it to heights of rock and roll power. Eric’s guitar playing was over the top.

The set break was short then Amanda abandoned the keys to sing The Pants song Both Eyes Closed. If you’ve never heard Swale’s version of it you are missing something. They followed with a beautiful version of Bird In A Cage then rocked out Loser. They slowed Everyone Likes To down a little so emphasis on the lyrics stood out. Jeremy Frederick had been singing with Amanda all night long but their vocals stood out on Old School. Soul Piggy Bank sounded huge and Felon had a fun swing to it. Safe To Say had that epic sound then they rocked out All Down Tonight. They closed the night with a song dedicated to Amanda’s old band where half of them ended up hooked on heroin. If You Get Lost was the perfect ending to a perfect show.

I did not hang out too long then sailed down Lake street and steadily lost steam and I climbed Depot. From there, the rest of the walk was easy and my soul was full of love.

 

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Swale pic by Tim Lewis

 

Posted April 2, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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