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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

 

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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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Hellascope, Wolfhand, and Black Pyramid at Nectar’s January 29, 2018   Leave a comment

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Hellascope pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Monday at Nectar’s. I’d been meaning to catch up with Hellascope for a while and they were opening that Metal Monday night. I was slow to get out the door and they were on stage and rocking hard when I got in and settled. They had a beautiful and heavy doom and gloom sound and I was hooked form the first moment. They played a song about a creature and a song about magic. They started slow on the next one then they hit it hard and took it on a long epic journey over the mountain and across the sea. That ended the set and made me want to go see them again soon.

Up next was an instrumental band called Wolfhand. Their songs had a nice heavy flow and epic feel. They played sound clips in between songs and kept me in a happy place. Some songs were lead by the keys, some by the lap guitar and some by the bass. The electric guitarist lead a couple too. Their five song set was delightful and they closed with something about a convoy coming to pick up the gold. I’d go see them again anytime.

 

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Wolfhand pic by Tim Lewis

The headliner for the night was a band from western Massachusetts called Black Pyramid. They describe their music as psychedelic war metal and that sounds right to me. The songs had epic rises and falls and were tremendous. They opened with a long slow blues metal groove then rocked hard. I didn’t know any of the songs and let them take me on journeys through distant lands. They sang about soldiers and winter and I loved every moment of their set. I hope they come back and do it again sometime.

What a great night of music in our town.

 

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Black Pyramid pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Posted February 7, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Silver Bridget at The Daily Planet and Surf Sabbath at Nectar’s December 6, 2017   Leave a comment

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Silver Bridget pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Wednesdays ago. It was one of those nights when there were a ton of shows happening so I had to make some choices. I made a plan that would totally blow off one band I wanted to see, would let me see a partial set and a full set by another band and leave some open space for whatever might happen after.

I got going a little late as I was having a cool conversation with Mike Luoma and made it to The Daily Planet around quarter after 8. Silver Bridget were on and playing a lovely version of Only Love Can Break Your Heart as I settled into a seat at the bar. They played Surfer Girl, Blue Bayou and a couple of Beatles songs. Matt Saraca rocked the electric guitar on the take off section of Space Oddity as John Townsend‘s acoustic filled the melody and Johnnie Day Durand‘s musical saw soared over the top. They played a lovely version of Goodbye Yellow Brook Road then one of the restaurant patrons had a birthday and the staff sang to them. Bridget tossed a bit of Happy Birthday into Karma Police and made me smile. Over The Rainbow was as magical as ever and Nowhere Man was just great. They wrapped the set with The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. We chatted for a bit after then I shot out the door.

I walked into Nectar’s as Surf Sabbath were onstage and rocking hard. I’m pretty sure it was The High Breaks under the wigs and robes, but either way the surf instrumental versions of Sabbath songs were played with fun and gloom. I caught half of the first song and was just getting settled as they wrapped up the second. I found a spot up front as they lit into Hole In The Sky. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath followed and the audience was having fun. Paranoid was short and sweet and then they lit out into Wicked Ways. They played a blistering version of Symptom Of The Universe and closed the set with a super-heavy, yet still surfy, version of Black Sabbath.

After the set that exhausted feeling hit and I realized I was done. I should have hung out for the next couple of bands but was glad that I caught what I caught.

 

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Surf Sabbath pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Aaron Flinn, Seth Yacovone, and The Full Cleveland at Nectar’s November 11, 2017   Leave a comment

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Seth Yacovone and Aaron Flinn pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Saturday’s ago at Nectar’s. I had taken the day off and spent the afternoon at a friend’s wedding. I got home at 6:30 then did a quick turnaround but still arrived about 7:15. Aaron Flinn was on stage with an acoustic guitar. His voice is strong and his guitar playing otherworldly and I quickly became enchanted. I think he was playing something about walk on son. He tossed in a few riffs of The Beatles song Birthday, since it was the WBKM birthday concert that night. He followed wtih his unique take on Here Comes The Sun. He played a new song about how there is so much love locked away in the world. He played a Randy Newman song called God’s Song (That’s Why I Love Mankind) which was pretty great. He played an instrumental where his hands danced over the guitar strings seeming to never touch them yet still evoking staggering notes. He played the super-fun Miss Ready Blossom that made me smile all the way through. After that song Seth Yacovone came to the stage and sat next to him. Seth played an acoustic too and they played a cool version of Aaron’s song Raise Your Hand. A couple of notes into the next song made my jaw drop as they settled into Cowboy In The Sand. By the end Seth’s guitar lead was so furious it sounded like he was playing an electric. Who would have imagined that two players with acoustics could have such a huge sound? Up next was a Seth song about Martha which sounded great. Aaron left the stage and Seth continued solo with a song about rocking to the end of the line. He played songs about the end not controlling the means and being on the run when the highway is his home. He played something that was surely dangerous and a song about time fading away. He played a fiery song about how everyone is exactly like you where he used a slide and got a tremendously furious rock sound going. He kept the slide for the next song but it was more mellow and bluesy and was about having no expectations. He played a song about the spirit that lives in this place and gave it a huge rocked out ending jam. He rocked hard on a song about being a union man then played a blistering Mr Reed. Since it was Neil Young’s birthday too, he played a super cool version of Powderfinger. He brought the energy to full blast for Little Richard Will Rise Again then called it a night. Between the two of them I got to see 22 glorious songs. What a way to start a birthday.

 

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The Full Cleveland pic by Tim Lewis

Still to come was Craig Mitchell’s Prince cover band but before that The Full Cleveland took the stage. They filled the room with people happily dancing. They opened with a song with a reggae vibe about being only a fool. They followed with something about get it right and seeing the light. From there all of the songs became familiar. They settled into a series of ’70’s soft rock songs like I’d Really Love To See You Tonight and I Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You. The audience loved it as I slipped to the back of the room. They played instantly recognizable songs like I Want To Kiss You All Over and How Long Has This Been Going On. They Sang Baby Come Back and Steal Away. They Played Sailing and Reminiscing. I was pretty firm in my decision to stick it out for the next band as Cleveland played She’s Gone and Thunder Island. At that point it was getting late and I had to work the next morning. When they began to sing about Pina Colada’s, with no end in sight, I made my escape and took the lovely walk home.

I heard later that the Prince tribute was amazing. I wish I had caught a little of it but can only do as much as I can do.

 

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The Full Cleveland pic by Tim Lewis

Savage Hen and Ghastly Sound at Nectar’s September 25, 2017   Leave a comment

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Savage Hen pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last Monday at Nectar’s. I was off my normal work week and oddly had the day off. I did a couple of show write-ups and caught a late afternoon nap. I had to be up early on Tuesday but had the song Local Lore running through my head all day so I thought I could go out and at least catch their set.

The walk downtown was easy and lovely. I got in and settled a little after 9 and chatted with Ryan Cohen for a bit. Around 10 Savage Hen took the stage and rocked hard. With Jeremy Gartner ripping it up on drums and Matthew Bryan Hagen ripping it up on bass the band have an open and very melodic metal sound. Jaq Tothephuture almost screams and really sings and the songs have a lovely dark tone. They opened with Lore and I was elated. They followed with Alabama Swamp Skin and rocked it hard. Clever Girl and Voodoo Revenge are both quickly becoming favorites. They sailed us to The Edge on the next one and the space in the songs let the lyrics paint vivid pictures. Fuck The Bullshit was a powerhouse and then Jack told us why the show started a little late. His friend Pete passed away over the weekend and he came right from the funeral to play the show. He said Pete was more of a lion but they played their song The Wolf for him to close the set.

I really should have left but I was just short of my cutoff time so I got a drink and hung out for a few songs by Ghastly Sound. They had the same bass, drums singer lineup. They opened with some heavy Sabbath like riffs then played a song about Cape Buffalo. They had a huge sound and it was played at a stunning volume. They were really good but after the fourth song it was getting late and I headed out. I will have to check into them for real soon.

It was another fantastic night of music in Burlington.

 

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Ghastly Sound pic by Tim Lewis

 

Posted October 1, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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