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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

 

 

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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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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