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Strangled Darlings at Nectar’s, Jesse Taylor, Nick Awad, Nick Losito, Eva Rawlings & Casey Little at Drink, and White Elephant & Father Figuer at Radio Bean January 12, 2019   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music at Nectar’s and Drink Bar on January 12th. There was a cool rock show happening with two of my favorite bands, but it sold out before I got a ticket. Plan B turned out to be quite lovely.

I got going early and stopped in at Nectar’s for dinner. I hung in the back but couldn’t help notice how much fun Strangled Darlings were. They had an indie folk sound with a kick drum for punctuation. They had fun stage banter in a married couple not really getting along sort of way. A song about when you stand up had a bit of a Talking Heads vibe. A song about buckets of sand had a Dead vibe. The whole show was lots of fun. They played a song about being homeless and living in a van in Walmart parking lots, but then I was done with dinner and the clock said it was time to move on. I’m so glad I spotted in.

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Jesse Taylor

I headed over to Drink and got settled in the bar/performance space they have downstairs. I had seen Jesse Taylor once and kind of liked her songs. I bought her album and listened to it a few dozen times and really began to love her songs. She was on first and I was really psyched. She opened with 80 Degrees in October and I was hooked, along with the rest of the crowd. She followed with Like What You see then played a newer one about adoring you. She followed with my personal favorite, at the moment, Somebody Get Me A Brown Paper Bag. It seemed to hook everyone in the room. She played a fun song about taking a road trip and followed with one about how her brain is a liar. I’m not sure what she closed with, but it was a wonderful set of music.

Nick Awad took the stage next and mixed up playing banjo and guitar. His songs had a quiet strength and connected nicely with the audience. My notes are pretty terrible but I think he sang songs bout being 30 degrees south of freezing and Anita please. He closed with a song called Vodka Sprite that was really fun. I should go see him again sooner than later.

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Nick Awad

Up next, Nick Losito took the stage and fired off the eggshell blues on slide guitar. He’s very talented and threw in a few fun time changes on the young buck blues. A song about shaking them all down had a bit of a train running through sound. He played a few more blues songs then was joined by Sarah Cutler. They sang a couple of fun songs and closed with one about bad relationships called Lonesome Town. They were great.

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Nick Losito and Sarah Cutler

Up next a woman named Eva Rawlings played a set of sultry electro pop soul. Her voice drew me in and I really enjoyed her songs. She sang about being a fool for you and about being all mine. She sang about Pepsi and leaving me alone. She sang about a pretty face and closed with a dance with the devil. I definitely need to get some of her music soon.

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Eva Rawlings

The whole event was organized by Casey Little and he took the stage next. You could hear the heavy rock influence in the sound of the songs and they remained strong despite the acoustic setting. He started off nice and bluesy with a song about cigarettes then sang about what you deserve. All of his songs were good and I really enjoyed his set. At the end he brought up a friend to sing a couple of songs.

 

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Casey Little

There were more bands on the bill but I still wanted to make one more stop. I headed over to Radio Bean and a band called White Elephant were on and rocking. I just caught a couple of songs and they were cool.

I hung out for a bit then Father Figuer hit the stage. Their songs range from a whisper to a scream and have a lot of tension and release. I basked in the gentle joy and smiled as they brought the music to tremendous heights then let it ease off. I’m not even sure how many songs they played but I was blissfully happy for every note.

When the last note faded, I took the lovely walk home. I missed a lot of great music but caught a lot of great music. That’s how it goes in Burlington.

 

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Father Figuer

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The Dead Shakers and Sun Parade at Nectar’s January 4, 2019   Leave a comment

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The Dead Shakers

 

I had a great time seeing music January 4th at Nectar’s.

The Dead Shakers are a tremendous band who will take you into a jam, trip you out for a while, then return you happily to normalcy. They opened with Accidental Graveyard and followed with a song about how there’s no such thing as touch down there. They sang of ghosts on video with a long intense jam then rocked out Taung Child. They asked which one is the next one then encouraged us to use out super powers. They closed the set with another huge jam while asking can you take me back. I was in heaven for every note of the show.

There were two cool bands coming up but I had to be at work in the morning, so I could only catch one. I hung out and Sun Parade took the stage with a furious burst of rock and roll. While their sound was rocking, they had elements of the Dead, psychedelic, indie, and soul. They sang about being cool when the end was near and wondered where do we go from here. They played a heavy rocker about not wanting to talk about the consequences then played one about thinking about it and talking about it. They played a song with a late night soul sound then played one about hanging around in outer space. They played a funky indie song then followed with a rocker about how all you see is black and white. They closed with a fun song about needing someone to help me. I really enjoyed their set, but was out the door as the last note faded. It was another great night of music in our town.

 

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Sun Parade

Posted February 16, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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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 ‘

 

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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