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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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Troy Millette, Matt The Gnat & The Gators, and Miku Daza at Nectar’s March 7, 2018   Leave a comment

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Miku Daza pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Wednesday at Nectar’s. I did lots of errands during the day, like meeting with the lawyer and mom’s tax guy, then had a nice visit with her. I caught a long nap, was up and running around 8, then took the lovely walk downtown.

I only caught a couple of songs by Troy Millette. He played a song called Brothers from an upcoming EP that sounded pretty nice. He said he was learning a new cover for each Wednesday show in March. He played a sweet version of Let It Be and dropped it into Round Here. He has a great stage personality and a pleasant voice. I’ll have to catch a full show soon.

 

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Troy Millette pic by Tim Lewis

Up next, Matt the Gnat and the Gators took the stage and regaled us with fun creepy stories. Matthew Bryan Hagen was joined by Miss Saxy (Caroline Marie) and Todd Gevry (the hog) on snare. They began the night with a story about an assassin who collects body parts as payment and has The Snake Doctor add them to his gumbo. They sang about how There’s A Loss In Finding Innocence. They sang a song about a paranoid man who thinks the moon is a woman who is out to get him on Lady Moon. They told us a story of a man who stole someones jacket then fell through ice and the jacket buoyantly saved his life. He looked at the name in the jacket and spent much time Looking For Forgetful Louis Brown. They sang about a man who lives on the sidewalk and reaches for your feet as you walk by on Dalton Delaney. They sang about a Monster’s Holiday and the familiar tale of an astronaut about to fall back to Earth on A Cut In The Night Sky. They asked if maybe the Paper Doll is looking to cut you then told the story of a man in prison who survives by getting people addicted to his uncle’s cookies. When the supply runs dry he breaks out to find his uncle who’s name is Jesus. I think the song was called Sweet Jesus. They told us about the Frozen Winning Streak Of A Gambler and closed the night with a ditty about how I Forgot My Baby At The Reunion Dance. Their stark dark sound was enthralling and I was so happy to finally catch a full show.

 

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Matt The Gnat and the Gators pic by Tim Lewis

Miku Daza came up next and blew the doors off the place. They had a gypsy punk ska rock sound and made you want to dance hard. They sang in English and in Spanish. They played a few slower songs but most of the show was super high energy. They exuded joy. I didn’t catch a lot of detail in my notes but I loved every minute of the 16 song set. I definitely need to get to know their music better.

After the set I said a few goodbyes then took the lovely walk home.

 

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Miku Daza pic by Tim Lewis

 

Justin Panigutti, Swale, and Surf Sabbath at Nectar’s February 14, 2018   Leave a comment

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Swale pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music on Valentine’s Day at Nectar’s. I arrived a bit early and got some food and caught a few songs by Justin Panigutti. He played acoustic guitar and sang a song about how last summer got low down. He said some songs just find his guitar and played Sweet Melissa. He asked us to listen to his song about glory then played a couple of nice and big acoustic songs. He had a nice sound and I was happy I was there to listen.

 

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Justin Panigutti pic by Tim Lewis

Nathan Curtis arrived and we chatted for a bit then SWALE took the stage and rocked it hard. They played the whole Paranoid album by Black Sabbath to celebrate the holiday. From the heavy riffs of War Pigs through the spacey journey of Planet Caravan they sounded deep, rich and gloriously heavy. Hand Of Doom was great as it moved through it’s many changes. After Electric Funeral Amanda “Ozzy” Gustafson asked us to imagine all of the members of the band wearing stilettos and standing on Paul Ryan’s chest. Jeremy Frederick had a blistering drum solo in Rat Salad and they capped the night with a story of smoking and tripping and how Faeries Wear Boots. They did a wonderful job with that legendary album.

Up next The High Breaks donned their robes and played a set as Surf Sabbath. They opened with a doom and gloom instrumental version of Black Sabbath then brought the songs to full surf-rock speed. Children Of The Grave was nice and heavy then they took us Into The Void. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath was fun then we rocked out to Hole In The Sky. All of the songs are performed without lyrics but Matthew Bryan Hagen had some commentary in between. He asked if we were feeling lovesick and said that might be a Symptom Of The Universe. They rocked out Wicked World and closed the night by dedicating a song to Swale and all that they accomplished that night. Paranoid was a perfect ending.

It was yet another amazing night of music in our town.

 

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The High Breaks performing as Surf Sabbath pic by Tim Lewis

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Posted March 2, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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