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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

 

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Posted October 1, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Silver Bridget at Nectar’s and Greaseface and The Rough Cuts at Sidebar September 23, 2017   Leave a comment

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Silver Bridget pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last Saturday at Nectar’s. I met up with Laura Jean Hall, Lexi Higginbotham Hall and David Hall and we sat and ate and listened to Silver Bridget fill the room with their unique take on classic songs. John Townsend‘s acoustic guitar and kick drum set the structure. Matt Saraca‘s electric guitar provides much of the melody. Johnnie Day Durand musical saw acts as the voice and adds more rhythm and melody as needed. They began by taking us Over The Rainbow then we got to ride the Wild Horses. Floating down the Blue Bayou was just lovely. And I Love Her was sweet then we got to Follow The Sun. It faded into a Waterloo Sunset then we said Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. God Only Knows what the next song was and they stumped us all on the Beatles song after that. I’m So Lonesome I Could cry was a little sad but then a Starman came by to tell us it’s all worthwhile. We hung out above the atmosphere for Space Oddity and wondered about the astronaut implications of She’s Leaving Home. At this point something odd happened and a guy named Pete got up on stage and started playing bass with the band. He slipped perfectly into the mix and Nowhere Man had a bit of an extra kick. They played some songs for the young people such as Old Man, Harvest Moon, and Heart Of Gold. Creep was as fun as always then they played the Dolly version of I Will Always Love You. Hey Hey My My was easy to spot but the next two were not so I just happily enjoyed them. They melted our hearts with Love Me Tender and I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You. Surfer Girl was a joy and next one was too. They closed the set with strong versions of Paint It Black and Nights In White Satin.

 

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Silver Bridget pic by Tim Lewis

The Halls headed out and I followed quickly but then took a turn into SideBar. Greaseface were on and playing loud and fast punk rock. The trio have nicely moved from the underground scene and already seem like pros in a rock club. They had lots of attitude and flair and the two and a half songs I caught rocked me hard. They are definitely a band to watch.

 

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Greaseface pic by Tim Lewis

I was pretty exhausted but stayed for a couple of songs by the next band The Rough Cuts. They are from Massachusetts and played funky punk garage rock. They were pretty cool but when my drink was done, so was I.

The walk home was lovely and I reveled in the wide variety of music we get the opportunity to hear in our town.

 

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The Rough Cuts pic by Tim Lewis

 

Posted October 1, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Silver Bridget at Nectar’s September 16, 2017   Leave a comment

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Silver Bridget pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music Saturday night at Nectar’s. I worked until 5:30 got home and had a slow turn around then took the lovely walk downtown. Showtime was set at 7 and I arrived just before that but there was a bit of a delay as the band playing later were still sound checking. I hung out and chatted with Charlie Messing, and soon enough, it was time for the band to play.

Silver Bridget feature Matt Saraca on electric guitar, John Townsend on acoustic guitar & kick drum and Johnnie Day Durand on the musical saw & Glockenspiel. There are no vocals and they play all classic cover songs. Often, the saw becomes the voice and it’s fun to listen along and try and figure out the song. Some are instantly recognized, some take a while, and some remain mysteries. Thank goodness that Charlie was there or much of the beginning of the set would have been the latter. They opened with Here There And Everywhere and followed with I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry. They reached into the first of the above categories for Hey Hey My My. God Only Knows reached into the second. They took us on a Beatles ride with She’s Leaving Home, Nowhere Man, You’re Going To Lose That Girl, and capped it with And I Love Her. They played a couple of Stones songs. Paint It Black was heavy and fun and Wild Horses was a treat. Up next was the first song that neither Charlie or I could get but we were back on our game for Stand By Your Man. Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon was easy to spot and easy to enjoy then they baffled us again on the next one. (Per John Townsend “Karma Police (Radiohead) and In My Room (The Beach Boys), perhaps?“)  They went back to the Beatles for Follow The Sun then played a sweet version of I Will Always Love You. Radiohead’s Creep was just great and following it with Space Oddity was even better. You Got It was fun and so was The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. They went back to the Beatles with If I Fell and closed the night with Yesterday. It was a lovely show that made my heart smile.

I didn’t stay long and enjoyed every step of the walk home. The fact that they could stump both Charlie and I twice clearly means that we need more friends to join us at Bridget shows. There will be more chances to see them in September and October.

 

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Posted September 20, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Uncategorized

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Caroline Rose at Madaila On Main and Swale, Wild Adriatic, and Rough Francis at Nectar’s September 2, 2017   Leave a comment

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Rough Francis pic by Luke Awtry Photography

I had a great time seeing music a week ago on Main St and at Nectar’s. Madaila threw a giant party and shut down Main St and put up a stage and somehow booked it on a lovely sunny rain free Saturday. I was able to make it downtown by 4 and had never caught up with Caroline Rose so I was excited to hear her play. I got in and settled and She began singing and playing guitar and was joined by a drummer and two keyboard players, one of whom was Abbie Gail from Hammydown. Most of the songs had a dancey rock feel and may have fit in well on the soundtrack to Kill Bill. I let the first couple of songs wash over me as the keyboard players picked up bass and guitar for the second one. The bass played mostly stayed on bass but Abbie switched between guitar and keys all through the show. I think Caroline’s whole set was made of new songs and was different from what I was expecting and sounded wonderful. She sang songs about more of the same thing living in America. She said most of her songs were sad songs with happy melodies except for the fourth one which was a happy song about being cat called. She sang a song about the waitress setting the table. She sang about Jean becoming a mom and it was her favorite song to sing. She followed with her real favorite song to sing which was something about putting on his bikini and dancing dancing dancing. She continued playing her favorite songs to sing during the greatest hits section of the show from the album that has not been released yet. One had a Bossa Nova beat and one was about how everybody knows there ain’t nothing you can do about it. She sang about doing it for the money and played a slow rocker about having had enough. She was going to leave but an encore was demanded and she played a fast rocker about going deep deep down. It was a great show and I’m so glad I went.

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Caroline Rose pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

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Abbie Morin pic by Luke Awtry Photography

I had to meet up with Christopher Larrow who was coming over from New York for the later show but hung around for a couple of songs by Turkuaz. They had a big band heavy disco punk sound with dreamy keys. The first song may have been something like turn you and the second was about circles in my mind. They weren’t quite my cup of tea but they were really good and lit up the audience.

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Turkuaz pic by Luke Awtry Photography

I walked home, met up with Chris and hung out for a bit, then we headed to Nectar’s for the after party. SWALE began the night with a nice groove on All Down Tonight and rocked it hard by the end. They kept at full throttle for Popular Crowd then encouraged us to Release Our Records. I missed the title of the next one but loved it completely. They eased up a little for Beaten Down and built the energy back up with a searing Soul Piggy Bank. Drug Laws laid into a heavy groove and rocked the house hard. Elevator was poppy but so strong that it worked perfectly. Felon was lovely and powerful. They began the slow build and heavily rocked out Every Last One Of Us and kept rocking on Everyone Likes To. They closed with the fantastic If You Get Lost and everyone was in a happy place.

 

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Swale pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

Up next New York band Wild Adriatic took the stage for a Zeppelin set. They opened with a bluesy jam that settled into Good Times Band Times. They let it flow into Communication Breakdown then let that flow into Immigration Song. Their playing and singing was sweet but when they brought up Nicole from Nico Suave she elevated Black Dog to a magnificent place. She left and the band rocked out Trampled Under Foot. They both eased up and rocked harder on No Quarter. The Ocean had that fun bounce and they mixed it into a snippet of Moby Dick. The drum solo was quite short then they jammed out a little more Moby. Heartbreaker rocked hard then they kept the crowd fired up with Ramble On. In the middle of the song Mikey from Turkuaz moved in and took over the drums without either drummer missing a beat in the transition. They said they were going to do something odd and played a bluesy song about 40 days and 40 nights and put a full War Pigs in the middle. What a night.

 

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Wild Adriatic pic by Luke Awtry Photography

Chris took off at that point, and I was pretty tired too but there was no way I could miss the next band. ROUGH FRANCIS hit the stage hard with a couple of their newer songs that I’m getting to know and completely love. MSP2 was great and rocked hard as did the next new one. I-90 East is a classic and is super strong. They sang a song about getting it together and coming together and telling your sister and telling your brother. They encouraged us to not look back then played a heavy version of Staring Out The Window. They sang about getting out and at some point Paul threw himself off the stage and rocked hard in the audience. They played a slower song about fascists who think their haircuts make them cute and how we should walk on by. Not A Nice Guy was blisteringly fast and hard and they played the song about every day. They wrapped the 16 song set with an over the top Comm To Space and finished up at 1:48 am.

I hung out for a bit then took the long tired and lovely walk home.

Thanks for the pics Luke Awtry Photography

 

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Rough Francis pic by Luke Awtry Photography

Forest Gray at Nectar’s August 26, 2017   Leave a comment

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Forest Gray pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Saturday at Nectar’s. I had been trying to shake a cold for a couple of weeks and made Friday a quiet night at home. I worked 9:30-6 on Saturday and still didn’t feel so great but saw that Forest Gray was opening A-Dog day with a 7-7:30 set. I have a huge amount of respect for Andy Williams and the music and love that he put into our community. I think it’s cool that there is a whole day dedicated to him where lots of DJ’s do their thing, even if I’m more into seeing bands play.

I got going a little late and walked into the club around 7:05 and Forest was on stage. There is something quite compelling about his quirky nature and songs that keeps me coming back. He played a song about waking up in the morning and not recognizing himself in the mirror. He played a song about finding a lover and a four leaf clover that had an interesting dueling reference. He played a song about having something to say to the Lord but not being sure that anyone was listening. He played a song about green aliens and one about vaping all night. He closed with a song about how we are all immigrants who’s refrain was bury me at wounded knee.

I said a quick hello then sailed up the packed Church St and headed for home.

Posted August 30, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Uncategorized

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Grand, Humble Hero, and Mr Doubtfire at Nectar’s August 21, 2017   Leave a comment

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Grand pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Monday night at Nectar’s. The show said doors at 9 and one of the bands said they were on a 9 so I got there close to 9 and found a lovely spot to sit in the window as the last band finished sound checking.

It was about 9:30 when Grand began playing fast punk indie rock. Their songs are super-catchy and have lots of energy. They opened with Look Out Below then played a song about most of the Vermonters that they meet. Everybody Wants To Get You High is such a fun song. They played a song about wanting to keep me alive then slowed down a bit for Don’t Put Me Down, I’m Coming Around. They were at full throttle for Good Times and Another Day Closer To Nothing. They spoke of a friend who had committed suicide and implored everyone to talk to someone if they ever feel that way, then played a song that said I can’t feel anything. They played a song about the one that got away and a song about going out. They played a song about being too old to be able to rock. I liked it. I didn’t understand it but I liked it. All through the set Aaron kept the audience engaged with fun stories and quips but for the last song he walked to the front of the stage and began gently playing guitar. He began to sing without a microphone. The audience came in close and stayed at the front of the stage even after he moved back to the mic and the band built the song about his feelings into an epic. That ended the set and added to the list of great performances that I have been lucky enough to experience when seeing Grand.

Up next was a band that I knew nothing about so I was excited to see what they had. Humble Hero began playing loud and fast and sang a song that went She’s in love with L. Ron Hubbard and there’s no place for me. I was completely hooked. They definitely had a punk sound but there was something else that I could not quite grasp. Maybe it was a prog or metal vibe but either way, they sounded great. Guitarist Dave O’Leary sang most of the songs but bassist Jerry Passalacqua sang a couple as Mike Richard drove the songs hard on drums. They played songs like Playground, Drowning, and Poverty. They played a song about the CIA and one about Prayers. They played one about Hollywood and ended the 10 song set with the mini-epic We Govern The Breeze. I really liked their set and want to see them again soon.

 

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Humble Hero pic by Tim Lewis

Mr. Doubtfire came on next and regaled us with their super-high energy indie rock sound. They opened with a song about walking away and stopping and staring. They played songs about Choo Choo Choosing us and about apathy. They played a song that went that’s what I call a getaway and rocked out There’s A Problem. It was late but they rocked out a few more and ended close to midnight. I always have fun when they play.

I hung out and chatted for a bit then took the lovely walk home with a song in my heart and my head feeling like I’d been put through a sonic wringer.

 

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Mr Doubtfire pic by Tim Lewis

Posted August 23, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Uncategorized

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Haley Jane, Josh Glass, Mal Maiz, and the Andriana Chobot trio at Nectar’s July 12, 2017   Leave a comment

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Andriana Chobot pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Wednesday night at Nectar’s. The show was set to start at 9 and I got myself moving around 7:30 and thought I might grab some food before the show. I looked at the calendar just before leaving and realized that the performer who was on at 7 was one that I should see too, and quickly made my way downtown.

I got in, got a seat at the bar and ordered food. I listened from afar as Haley Jane sang and played guitar. I had seen her band, Hayley Jane and the Primates and knew she was an amazing singer and front woman, but had not heard her play solo. She was as cool as I expected. She played a lovely slow song about spreading love until the day she is gone. She played a sweet version of Gillian Welch’s Look At Miss Ohio. She teased a new song then closed with a song about talking to the spirits at the Elmwood graveyard in case that’s where your head is going. I should have gotten there earlier and payed closer attention, but really liked what I heard.

 

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Haley Jane pic by Tim Lewis

I was at the front of the stage and ready to go at 9 and Joshua Glass Music began to play. He started singing and playing acoustic guitar with a song about being happy then played Zoe’s song for his daughter. He switched to keys for a summertime love song about having nothing to do. He resurrected the first song he ever wrote and played it through and older and wiser Josh and Satan’s Son was nicely done. He switched back to guitar for a new song called And Together which was really good. He played a couple of his classic songs. Man On The Side sounded great on keys and What’s In California? is a great guitar song. The first time I heard that I had it running through my head for weeks. He switched back to keys for the catchy Miss Go Away then played a song about using your Facebook status as a Megaphone. He capped the set with a song about staying here by myself. It had been ages since I had heard him play and I was elated for every note.

 

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Josh Glass pic by Tim Lewis

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Josh Glass pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Mal Maiz filled the stage. They started as a trio and played a cool instrumental with a Latin groove. They left the stage and a guy with an acoustic guitar played and sang and was joined by a woman who sang as they played a Fleet Foxes cover. After that, Maiz Vargas Sandoval and the full band got back up and played a half a dozen more Afro-Cumbia songs. The lyrics were all in Spanish so I missed them all but loved the feel and the flow of their music. He sang and played guitar and was joined by two very articulate guitar players, a stand up bass player and a percussionist. They had the small but mighty crowd dancing to their infectious rhythms. They played one new song that they had just recorded in Montreal so hopefully that will be out soon. They wrapped the set with Maiz playing a metal rocket shaped percussion instrument as the band jammed hard. It was a really fun show.

 

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Mal Maiz pic by Tim Lewis

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Mal Maiz pic by Tim Lewis

After a quick set break, the Andriana Chobot trio got up to play. With Cody Sargent on drums and Patrick J. Markley on bass, she sang and played keys to her amazing songs. Her songs are strong and lovely and just fill the soul. She sang about a bit of your heart. She sang a song about staying. She pulled out fun covers of Ain’t No Sunshine and Come Together. She played her glorious song Cascade. She sang a song about how she used to get postcards from friends and how they slow down over the years and eventually stop. I guess there’s nowhere to go but here. She played a huge rocker with a jazzy tinge. She ended the night with a song about changing her mind then played a requested encore. She left us in a quiet mood with the gorgeous Not I.

I did not hang out very long and took the lovely walk home. I’m so lucky to have so much great music so close.

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Andriana Chobot pic by Tim Lewis