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Cricket Blue, Silver Bridget, The Parts, and Phil Yates & The Affiliates at The Monkey House March 19, 2017 Show Up Shows vol 2   Leave a comment

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Cricket Blue pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at The Monkey House. The show was set to go from 6:30-10 and I had to work until 7. It was a benefit for Planned Parenthood and is part of a series of shows to benefit worthy organizations put on by The Monkey House and Sean Hood.

I got out of work at 7 on the dot and ran over to the Monkey. I assumed I would miss one of the four bands but would be happy to catch what I could. Cricket Blue were on stage and playing as I got settled in and said hi to Jeremy Gilchrist. I wasn’t listening with full attention but still liked the sound of the new song they were playing. I got into focus mode and loved the guitar and vocal interplay on Quiet pt 2. They followed with Ode To Billy Joe and wrapped up the set. I missed a few songs but was happy with what I caught.

 

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Cricket Blue pic by Tim Lewis

 

The emcee of the night, Annie Russell, got up and plugged Planned Parenthood and encouraged people to vote in the silent auction with poise and humor. I think she began the night with a stand up set, which was what let me catch a couple of Cricket songs.

Up next Silver Bridget took the stage. Matt Saraca rocked the electric guitar while John Townsend formed the rhythms with acoustic guitar and kick drums and Johnnie Day Durand‘s musical saw soared over the top. They opened with Heart Of Gold then brought us to The End Of The World. And I Love Her was sweet then we went out to the Blue Bayou. They capped the set with Nowhere Man and the quiet and appreciative crowd was well pleased.

 

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Silver Bridget pic by Tim Lewis

 

Annie came up for more announcements then made way for Danny LeFrancois and The Parts. Danny sang and played electric guitar and was joined by Steve Sharon on drums and Jason Pappas on bass. They opened with a heavy rocker that showcased Danny’s deep guitar sound. Driving All Alone was second and rocked hard too. The third song was a rocker about drinking and the fourth was a fast Irish ditty about a liquor store. The mellowed out for It’s A Shame and were joined by a fiddle player. I think his name was Jake. They brought Sean up to sing the next one and a distant memory made me cringe. It proved to be unfounded as Sean sang the heck out of a gorgeous song about Berlin after the wall or Oklahoma at dawn, or something like that. He stayed on stage for a cover of Achy Breaky Heart and that was the one I was worried about. It was fun and the audience liked it, so that was cool. After that, they called it a night.

 

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The Parts pic by Tim Lewis

 

Annie came back and announced the auction winners then Phil Yates & The Affiliates hit the stage hard and loud. They played a blistering Co-Pilot and kept rocking with My Favorite Bag. They eased up for the gorgeous If Only I Was Lonely then went back to full on rock for my new favorite song Send Him The Bill. They kept rocking with Burn It Down Bernadette and played one of the most intense versions of Little French Earthquakes that I’ve heard. They capped the night with Ninjas Vs Zombies and I was in a happy place.

I headed out pretty quickly and took the long happy bunny chasing walk home

 

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Phil Yates & The Affiliates pic by Tim Lewis

 

Radio Show 199 Thursday March 16, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on 107.1FM WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time, whatever time that is, and will go as follows:

Song before: Little Wing – Uli Jon Roth

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. There is a new series at The Monkey House called The Show Up Shows where they have bands play and donate money to a worthy cause. Sunday will be the second installment and will support Planned Parenthood. It will feature these next four bands.

1.) Angela Carter – Cricket Blue
2.) Paint It Black – Silver Bridget
3.) It’s A Shame – The Parts
4.) Grass Is Always Greener – Phil Yates & The Affiliates

Those are four cool songs and all of the bands will be at the Monkey House on Sunday. I think it’s an early show and starts at 6:30. OK, let’s play the next song on By My Side.

5.) Feelin’ Strong – Kat Wright
6.) Spring – Madaila
7.) Summer Falls – Lendway
8.) Paperclip Chains – Let’s Whisper

I love Whisper’s songs. I think they are making a new album. I had to play Spring and Summer Falls since we got 30″ of snow on Tuesday and Wednesday and it’s a bright shining winter wonderland outside. Great song by the super strong Kat Wright band. Madaila, and these next four bands, are playing at Higher Ground (thanks for sponsoring us HG) on Saturday at 12:30 in the afternoon. They will be rocking out some kids songs.

9.) Smile – Dwight & Nicole
10.) What’s The Deal With The Triangle? – James Kochalka
11.) Popular Crowd – SWALE
12.) Righteous – ROUGH FRANCIS

If I was not working, I’d love to be there for that show. They’ve done it for a few years now. So, I just got in this new album by a new band who feature Greg and Casey from Rocketsled. They are called Senders.

13.) Too Late To Learn – Senders
14.) ETI (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) – The Contrarian
15.) Go Ahead And Fear The Reaper – Senders
16.) Purpose And Object – The Contrarian

Casey Merlin Rae creates music as the Contrarian and is now in a new band too. Perhaps he is in others too. OK, I just got this new song in and it’s really cool.

17.) Laughing Jim – The Edd
18.) Lines and Spaces (live) – The Cancer Conspiracy
19.) Random Earth – Elephants of Scotland

Cool song from Elephants. Per John M Whyte they have a new album coming and a really cool sound. I can’t wait. CC were a classic ’90’s band. I love the Floyd feel of Edd. OK, this next artist just released this EP last week and it’s getting a lot of notice.

20.) 45 – Clever Girls
21.) Small Town Movie (live) – The Cush
22.) This Machine – Invisible Homes
23.) This Machine Still Kills Fascists – Senders.

I just had to play the Senders and Homes songs back to back. Great song by The Cush. Same for Clever. OK, let’s go way back in time.

24.) Wally Rides The Ferry – Zoot Wilson
25.) It’s Real Again – Zola Turn
26.) Decide – Dave Jarvis Band
27.) Silver And Gold – Waylon Speed!

I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

28.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
outro

Songs After:
The Lost Plot – Fish
In Trance – Uli Jon Roth
The Road – Anders Parker
Fly To The Rainbow – Uli Jon Roth
Emerald – Ace Frehley
Catch Your Train – Uli Jon Roth
Hand Of Doom – Black Sabbath
The Sails Of Charon – Uli Jon Roth
Sealine – The Church Band
All along The Watchtower – Uli Jon Roth
What’s In California? – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming.

 

 

 

Radio Show 198 Thursday March 9, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Jeremy Gilchrist at Robot Dog Studio – Pic by Tim Lewis

Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM 107.1FM will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time and will go as follows.

Song before: Under Bright Stars – Alice Austin

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the sounds of Burlington. I want to thank Higher Ground for being such a great rock club and for sponsoring our station. Let’s begin with one of those great Burlington songs that gets performed now and then.

1.) Once Upon – Vedora
2.) Let Me Be – Peter Burton
3.) Forsythia – Cricket Blue
4.) Bury Me – Forest Gray

Forest has so many fun songs. I wanted to play a song about flowers since we got a nice snowstorm this morning. Thanks Cricket. Great song from Peter. That was recorded live by Ryan Cohen at Robot Dog Studio a couple of weeks ago. Last week I went back to the studio with Jeremy Gilchrist for the second part in the ongoing series. Here is the interview and the three songs he played.

5.) Faded Movie Reel – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
6.) Endless War – Jeremy Gilchrist
7.) Great Filter – Jeremy Gilchrist

Thanks to Ryan and Jeremy for making that happen. It will be fun to bring in bands to play live, now and then. OK, here is the next song on the album I’m playing all the way through song after song week after week. We are currently traveling though By My Side and here comes the rock song.

8.) The Light – Kat Wright
9.) A Question Mark To Answer – Seth Yacovone Band
10.) Little Song – Invisible Homes
11.) Ready To Race – Lendway

Those are all such great songs. Did you catch the theme? This next band will rock Foam Brewers tomorrow night.

12.) Surf Showdown – The High Breaks
13.) ME 262 – The Contrarian
14.) Game Of Thrones – The Mountain Says No
15.) Loose Tooth – Clever Girls

That’s the title song from the brand new EP by Clever Girls. I really need to get out and see them soon. Great song from Mountain. Great cover from Casey Merlin Rae. If you want to hear surf music on a winter day, head to Foam tomorrow. It’s late, so let’s play some sleepy time music.

16.) Sleepwalker – 1881
17.) The Call – Swillbillie
18.) Windigo – Crazyhearse
19.) Burn – Dirty Blondes

Blondes, Hearse, and Billie will play at The Monkey House on Saturday night so that should be fun. Great song from 1881. Last week I played one of the new songs from Slingshot Dakota. Here is the other.

20.) Grudge – Slingshot Dakota
21.) Black 17 – The New Siberians
22.) Make Me See Stars – The Lonestar Chain
23.) Crazy – Clever Girls

I really like that Clever new EP. Lonestar will be back for a show in May as part of Waking Windows. Great songs from Siberians and Slingshot. OK, let’s keep rocking.

24.) Little French Earthquakes – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
25.) The Crisis – Ninja Custodian
26.) Hold me Tight – The Decentz
27.) Willow I – Tyler Daniel Bean
28.) Willow II – Tyler Daniel Bean

The video for Willow II is really cool. Decentz played in the ’80’s, the Ninja song was from the ’90’s and the Phil song is a couple of years old. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

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Songs after:
13th Star – Fish
Dying Stars – Slingshot Dakota
Star – David Bowie
The Prettiest Star – David Bowie
A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop – Neil Young
Children Of The Stars – Madaila
Starship Trooper – Yes
Starless (abridged) – King Crimson
Empire Of The Clouds – Iron Maiden
Thela Hun Ginjeet (live) – Adrian Belew
Jackbooted Thugs (Have All The Best Drugs) – Anders Parker
New York My Lovely – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming

Radio Show 195 Thursday February 16, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Peter Burton at Robot Dog Studio pic by Tim Lewis

Tonight’s local music radio show will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time. It can be heard over the air at 107.1FM on both sides of the Champlain Valley and streamed at our Facebook page WBKM It will go as follows:

Song before: What The Snowman Learned About Love – Stars

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Valentine’s Day was Tuesday so let’s begin tonight with a super talented artist who just released this new song.

1.) My Heart – Francesca Blanchard
2.) Filling In The Blanks – Kelly Ravin
3.) Sleep – Lowell Thompson and Crown Pilot
4.) Your Eyes – Forest Gray

I loved seeing Forest the one time I saw him and really want to see him again. Lowell and Kelly are super-talented. I love that new song from Francesca. OK, it’s time to debut a new feature that I hope to bring to the show on a regular basis. Let’s head on over to Robot Dog Studio. Ryan Cohen has agreed to record this interview and song.

5.) Able To Breathe – Peter Burton
6.) So Subliminal – Peter Burton
7.) Let Me Be – Peter Burton

Hopefully, in the near future we will do more interviews and have bands play live at Robot Dog and broadcast them on this show. OK, let’s play the next song on By My Side.

8.) Come Dance – Kat Wright Official
9.) Tell Me – Linda Bassick
10.) 15 Steps – Maryse Smith
11.) Shepherd – Anais Mitchell

I dug deeper into the Young Man In America album and really liked that song. Great song from Maryse who used to play all over town. Linda is so talented and does such a great job promoting Girls Rock Vermont. Great song from Kat and the band. Last week I played a song from this band and wanted to go deeper into the album this week.

12.) Ocean’s Hourglass – Secret Heliotropes
13.) Hopin’ That I’m Wrong – Will
14.) Powder – The New Siberians
15.) Goin’ Home – Eames Brothers Band

I love the bluesy sound of the Eames brothers. I’ve been playing a lot of new Siberians but that old song is pretty great too. I love that song from Will, who played around town in the 2000’s. Great song from Secret. This next band are playing tomorrow at the newly employed Switchback Brewing Company.

16.) I’m Thrilled – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
17.) This Melody – Sarah Blacker & New England Groove Association
18.) Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft – Rue M.
19.) Golden Crutch – SWALE

Swale are playing on Saturday at a new coffee shop on Maple st called Maglianero so it will be fun to check out a new venue. Rue will play the Winter is a Drag ball that takes over Higher Ground this Saturday. Thanks for sponsoring us HG. Sarah and her band will rock the Rusty Nail in Stowe on Saturday and she always puts on a fun show. Phil and the band always put on a fun show too. This next band are playing at the show with Swale.

20.) Sharktopus – Villanelles
21.) Detective Norman – Sad Turtle
22.) Above The Frequency – Invisible Homes
23.) Nothing In This – The Mountain Says No

Mountain will release their new album Golden Landfill at ArtsRiot tomorrow night. They just released a cool video of that song. The other three bands will play too, so it’s going to be a great show. So, you don’t need to be a musician and you don’t need to be a recording engineer like Ryan Cohen. You do need to find what works for you and let your passion drive you to accomplish what you want. In that way, we should all be like Ryan.

24.) Be Like Ryan – The Mountain Says No
25.) Slipstream – Black Ox
26.) Kaleidoscope – Arc Iris
27.) The Road – Anders Parker

Great rocker from Anders. Arc haven’t played town for a while but I’m sure they will be back soon. It was great seeing Cam Barrows last week so I wanted to play another song from his new band. Mountain have such a great new album coming out tomorrow. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

28.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
outro

Songs after:
Credo – Fish
Pointless Endeavors – John Wesley
Strontium Burning – TILT
Who Are These Gods? – Dam Kat
Red – King Crimson
Parallels – Yes (official)
In The Court Of The Crimson King – Greg Lake
The Funny Bird – Mercury Rev
Another Day Closer To Nothing – Grand
Rebel Girl – Bikini Kill
Emerald Lies (live) – Marillion
Sealine – The Church Band
New York My Lovely – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming

The Parts and Phil Yates & The Affiliates at Manhattan Pizza January 20, 2017   Leave a comment

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Phil Yates and the Affiliates pic by Luke Awtry photography

 

I had a great time seeing music last Friday at Manhattan Pizza and Pub. It was one of those classic shows that featured a band I knew nothing about, other then they had been playing around a bit, and one that I loved.

I took the lovely walk downtown, got in and settled and it was not long until The Parts began to play. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen John Rogone play drums somewhere before, know a little about singer/guitar player Danny LeFrancois, and have seen Jason Pappas play with Eastern Mountain Time. It felt like an opportunity to see them all play together. I’m not quite sure how to describe their sound. The first song sounded not unlike the Knack if they took a foray into jam. Many of the songs had country overtones, although a couple were almost pure country. There was definitely a psychedelic edge running through the guitar on many of the songs. The first couple were pretty cool and the third was a fun quirky instrumental jam. The fourth was almost a grunge song. They rocked a song about having a lover on a sunny day then went a little country for the one about starting to doubt you. They went really country for The Dukes Of Hazzard theme song. Since it was inauguration day, Dan ripped out a super psychedelic Star Spangled Banner that was glorious. They played a song that had a Crazyhearse vibe and a spacey country song with a Wilco vibe. They jammed out the mostly instrumental song that followed and closed their set by bringing up Sean Hood to co-sing Achy Breaky Heart with Dan. I’m not a fan of the song, but their vocal interplay caught everyone in the room. It was remarkable.

 

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The Parts pic by Tim Lewis

During the set break I chatted with Luke Adam and a few others and Dan bought me a beer, and I was in a happy place.

Soon after, Phil Yates & The Affiliates hit the stage and rocked it hard. I missed the name of the opening song, though am sure I should know it. For the second song, and in honor of inauguration day, they played a fun version of Camper Van Beethoven’s Take The Skinheads Bowling. It just seemed so right and sounded so great. Burn Burn Burn followed then they offered Three Cheers. They continued with songs such as I’m Thrilled and the quieter If Only I Was Lonely. Flicker was fun then they picked it up to full throttle with Ninjas Vs Zombies. They played the newish Favorite Bag then rocked super hard on Burn It Down, Bernadette. I missed the name of the next one, something about making it happen, then followed with the magnificent Little French Earthquakes. She Has Your Name had that gorgeous sound and both Co-Pilot and Masterpiece were lovely. They let out their inner Lizzie Borden on I Am A Hatchet. They rocked out The Replacements classic I will Dare then played the newish California Song. Might As Well Settle was another great rocker and I think they closed with The Pogues Tuesday Morning.

I left shortly after the last note, since I had to be at work in the morning and it was 1am. It was a wonderful time and I’m so happy I went out.

 

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Phil Yates and the Affiliates pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Jacob Blodgett from the Affiliates playing the glowing drumsticksĀ  pic by Tim Lewis

 

Below are more pics by Luke Awtry Photography

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Radio Show 192 Thursday January 26, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM 107.1 FM will run from 9-11ish pm US Eastern time. You can listen from the Facebook link above or over the air on both sides of the Champlain Valley. It will go as follows:

Song before: Something On – The Tragically Hip

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. It’s been a great week of music and this coming week looks pretty good too. I want to thank Higher Ground for sponsoring us. Let’s begin with a band who played last Saturday at Hotel Vermont and last night at The Daily Planet.

1.) Love Me Tender – Silver Bridget
2.) Wishing Away – Satori Bob
3.) One By Sea – Elephants of Scotland
4.) Might As Well Settle – Phil Yates & The Affiliates

Phil and the band played a great show last Friday at Manhattan Pizza. That’s a cool song by Elephants. Wishing is a song by John Baumann and Robert Gagnon. Bob is now playing bass for Elephants. Hmmm, Silver Bridget. OK, here is the next song from Shovel Down.

5.) Mr Reed – Seth Yacovone Band
6.) The Road – Anders Parker
7.) Devil Knows My Name – Great Western
8.) The Next Instead – SWALE

Since I was playing epic songs in that set, Instead just had to be there. It’s been a while since I’ve seen Western so hopefully they will play around again soon. I’m still reeling from that show Anders put on a few weeks ago at ArtsRiot. I just love that song from Seth. This next singer is playing Saturday at Radio Bean

9.) Great Escape – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
10.) A Quiet Pun – Joe Adler
11.) The Feeling Is Strange – Binger
12.) Burning Down The House (live at Nectar’s) – Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger

Joe is playing the Radio Bean show Saturday too. Joe is joining up with Binger on Friday for a show at the Bean. Binger will be the Rangers Of Danger and at some point Joe will leave and it will become a Binger show. I think that will be pretty extraordinary. OK, this next band came to town last week for the first time in a long time. They played three epic sets at Manhattan Pizza and played all of these songs.

13.) Fight – When Particles Collide
14.) Constant Disaster – When Particles Collide
15.) Lean In – When Particles Collide
16.) Finally Found The One – When Particles Collide

I had to skip an epic reunion show to see them but loved every moment of their show. OK, this next set of songs are ones that I just think will sound great together.

17.) Could You Be The One? – Phil Yates and the Affiliates
18.) Last Night – Carraway
19.) Ladybug – Ninja Custodian
20.) Can’t Feel It – Vetica

I love the indie rock vibe on all of those songs. I hope you did too. OK, let’s go back to the ’90’s.

21.) These Days – Zola Turn
22.) Clear – Wide Wail
23.) Where Are You Tonight?/Get Into Your Sex – Peg Tassey MUSIC
24.) All Love – Kat Wright

I had to toss in the great new song from Kat to contrast the older classics. OK, let’s close with a couple of songs that were paired together on the first EP that I ever bought by this band who come to town on a semi-regular basis.

25.) Until The Day I Die – Slingshot Dakota
26.) I-78 – Slingshot Dakota

I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town, let’s do it again next week, shall we?

outro

Songs after:
13th Star – Fish
Upstream – The New Siberians
Downstream – Supertramp
In Waves – Sarah Blacker & New England Groove Association
Heroes – King Crimson
Cracked Actor – David Bowie
Don’t Pay The Ferryman – Chris DeBurgh
Orange Like Water – The Cush
Afraid Of Sunlight – Marillion
Aura – The Church Band
Drawn To The Rhythm (live) – Sarah McLachlan
New York My Lovely – Joshua Glass Music

The Monkey House 10 year anniversary party December 17, 2016   Leave a comment

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Colin Clary and Friends pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time celebrating the 10 year anniversary of The Monkey House a couple of Saturday’s ago. I had to be up a bit early for work but got out at 4:30 then went home to eat dinner and settle for a bit. A little after 6 I headed out the door and took the long walk to Winooski.

When I arrived Parmalee was on stage. He played keys and bass and sang. Most of the songs had an electronic dance beat though everything moved and breathed enough to not be too easy to spot. A couple of the songs had huge builds to them and I really enjoyed those parts. I caught six of his songs including one about not passing it off on somebody else, and one about running like a dog. The third one I caught was especially drifty and dreamy and was my favorite. He closed the set with a Parmaga cover that went something like “I will take no more than I make.” His set was really good and worth looking into for the future.

 

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Parmalee pic by Tim Lewis

 

There was a short set break then Phil Yates & The Affiliates hit the stage hard. Their short set was blisteringly fast and super fun. They opened with Burn Burn Burn then played a couple of cool new ones. Ninjas Vs Zombies was great as always and they kept the pace at full throttle with Burn It Down Bernadette. The eased up a tiny amount for the gorgeous She Has Your Name and closed fast and furious with Little French Earthquakes. What a great set!

 

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Phil Yates and The Affiliates pic by Tim Lewis

 

There was a short set break then Colin Nicholas Clary and friends hit the stage. Sometimes their music is on the gentle side but that night they put the core in Cuddle Core. The whole set rocked hard and I loved every moment. I don’t think I knew any of the songs but like them all. The eleven short songs included ones about sanctuary cities, goody goody gumdrops, and being almost as cute as I used to be. They closed with a rocker about how everybody’s falling apart these days. It was a terrific set of music.

 

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Colin Clary And Friends pic by Tim Lewis

 

There was a short set break then Paper Castles hit the stage. Again, I don’t think I knew any of the songs but the band were on fire and played a tremendous show. They played five songs with themes like best friend the end and coincidence & accidents. They had a majestic huge rock sound and closed with the super appropriate song that said “I want you inside this house”.

 

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Paper Castles pic by Tim Lewis

 

There was a short set break then Tyler Daniel Bean hit the stage. With a heavy indie rock or metal sound they played a furious set of music. The opener was long and heavy and beautiful. Willow I and II were brilliant. I did not know the closer but it rocked super hard. Their set was nothing but brilliant power.

 

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Tyler Daniel Bean pic by Tim Lewis

 

There was a short set break then SWALE hit the stage. Since all the other bands rocked hard, they stuck to their heavy side for their five song set. They opened with Everyone Likes To then unleashed the brilliant Drug Laws. They rocked hard on a couple of new ones then had a little fun with Youth Against Fascism. They had the lyrics on cards and had a couple of people come up and show the lyric then toss the card away much like Dylan did with the Subterranean Homesick Blues video. It was so great.

 

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Swale pic by Tim Lewis

 

There was a short set break then In Memory Of Pluto hit the stage. Unfortunately, singer Seth Gallant’s car broke down so bassist Zach Jandl sang for their brilliant set. I did not know any of the songs but loved them all. I think they said they were an alien metal band and rocked out seven powerhouse songs. The opener was about a death ray and the second was about Halloween. Whatever they played, I really liked it.

 

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In Memory Of Pluto pic by Tim Lewis

 

There was a short set break then Blue Button hit the stage. With Jason Cooley singing and playing guitar, they had a three guitar attack to compliment the bass and drums. I’ve seen a few different combinations of the band over the years but I think this was my first with three axes. Their sound was huge and glorious and I loved every moment of the set. They opened with an epic instrumental then rocked out My Bitter End. They played a great new one about City Hall Park then played a blistering We’re Closed. Another great new one followed then they ripped apart Burning Bridges. They closed with a rocking version of Hit but slowed it at the end into a moody bluesy groove. It sounded familiar and I soon realized someone could easily start singing “Let it come on down, in the midnight hour” to it. Amanda Gustafson mentioned that she had never seen them do that, and neither had I.

 

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Blue Button pic by Tim Lewis

 

The sound volume had been creeping up all evening so I moved back a comfortable distance as Dino Bravo VT hit the stage. They rocked hard and loud and opened with an instrumental that reminded me a bit of Drug Laws. They followed with Sugar Coated Candy Stix, then rocked out Pop Music. They teased Cortez The Killer for a bit then settled into Two Car Garage. The harmony guitars of Strawberry Blonde were lovely then they went Past The Mark. They played something about Merry Christmas I Don’t Want To Fight then closed with the Ween classic Birthday Boy.

It was so cool to see so many bands play 30 minute sets. It let each one stretch out a little and still afforded a huge variety of music. The entire night saw the club packed with fun loving people. The club brought in a couple of rounds of free pizza and Ren Weiner brought some of her classic doughnuts. It was a wonderful celebration of a club that has brought lots of great music and community to our lives. Thanks Monkey House!! Keep up the great work!!

 

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Dino Bravo pic by Tim Lewis