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As We Were, The Lentils, Dog Hospice at Punk Rock Block Party on lower King St then And The Kids and Joe Adler & The Rangers of Danger at Nectar’s   Leave a comment

Cover for Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger's album Many Things & Many Scenes

Cover for Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger’s album Many Things & Many Scenes

Despite missing one of my favorite bands (Black Rabbit went on first), I had a great time seeing music tonight. I tried to take it easy last night and was up a bit after 7 this morning. I worked 9-5:30 then stopped home for a bit. I was out the door and headed to the “Art Hop?” to see some punk bands, especially Black Rabbit. I forgot the address but when I was close I asked the group of kids on the sidewalk where the bands were, and they directed me down the driveway and into the basement. As We Were ground out some heavy metal/punk and the twin guitars lit my heart with joy. The vocal was a bit growly but the band were beautifully ferocious and the workday melded into the play day. I only caught a couple of their songs, but they were super solid and playing hard. The small (for a hall but big for the basement) crowd was very enthusiastic, and got in a nice mosh on the last song.

It was hot in the basement, so when they finished, I headed to the back yard, and enjoyed the fading day. Soon enough there was a noise from the basement. The Lentils were a three-piece with singer/guitar player, seated electric bass player, and a drummer who flipped a bass drum on it’s side and played it with a maraca. Their songs had a low-fi indie feel with a full on punk attitude. They only played 4-5 songs but really had something. I will have to check them out more soon.

After that, I headed back out and ran into Kevin Ryan. We chatted for a bit, but then it sounded like a band was going on. I headed back down the stairs into the brick basement cellar. The next guy on was called Dog Hospice. He was the last guy on, and had two guitars strapped to his drum kit, placed a mic over his mouth and wrapped a few layers of duct tape around his mouth and sang and drummed and hit guitars and played loops. I was a challenge to listen to the stories he told, through the distortion of the duct tape pushing the mic so close, but it was kind of riveting too. After that, I was going to wander out, but James Lockridge asked me if I wanted to hang out and have a beer. I took him up on his offer and chatted with lots of cool people. After a bit, I could hear the clock strike 9, and knew it was time to head out.

I thought I was a bit early when I walked into Nectar’s, so I ordered a drink and ordered some food. The drink was quick and immediately after, And The Kids walked onto the stage. The only option was to run to the front and rock out for a few songs, and figure out the food later. They played some killer hard rocking new wave pop, or some dancey pop that rocks hard, or whatever it is that they play. I loved every moment while trying to dance myself into a frenzy. After a few songs, including a killer Wiser, the bartender said my food was ready, so I reluctantly moved to the back for a few songs. When I was somewhere close to finished, I ran back to the front to join the fun. They had he audience eating out of the palm of their hands as they played great song after great song. They dedicated all of the songs to Joe Adler and played a sweet cover towards the end for him. They wrapped it up with another killer rocker., and that was that.

The set break was not too long, then Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger took the stage. With Eric Segalstad on guitar, Samara Lark Brown on vocals, three increasingly large saxophones, and Mammal Dap’s guitarist, bass player, keyboard player, and drummer, Joe played a killer version of his new album Many Things &Many Scenes. Johnnie Day Durand lit the room with her saw playing on Brothers and Sisters. Aya Inoue joined in on vocals for a few songs, and took a nice lead on Cloudy Mind. They did a killer version of my new favorite song, Dreams Elope, though it was before Cloudy, then rocked us hard with Mirror Mirror. They kicked the first set with Many a Girl (Back of a Sail) reprise. That’s such a fun song to sing.
They said they were going to take a 5 minute break, and I still had energy, so I hung out for the fastest set break ever. It might literally have been 5 minutes, but might have been less.

They came out swinging with a killer cover of Burning Down the House. They followed with a Joe song not on the new album called Another Drink Of Water. They got the crowd rocking with Hungry Like the Wolf. We got to rock to another Joe song called Spit and Fire Blues. They kicked the night with Walk On The Wild Side. Towards the end, Joe started introducing the band. After each member was introduced she or he would leave the stage. It was finally down to a guitar player, the bass player, the drummer, and the keyboard player. Joe said they were a band called Mammal Dap. They took over and closed the evening. I hing our for a song, but tomorrow is my Wednesday, so I took the long joyous walk home, with a happy heart full of music.

 

Be Aggressive and Poxy at 242 Main September 20, 2013   Leave a comment

242 Main St

242 Main St

Yesterday was a long work day and I was feeling drained. I got out at 7 but did a quick turn around at home, and headed downtown. I arrived at Twofourtwo Main to find that none of the bands had started. I hung out for a bit, then BE AGGRESSIVE hit the stage. They were loud, fast and fun. They are a guitar bass/vocals, drum trio. The drumming is pretty snappy punk, but the guitar and bass were a bit more metal. They played a bunch of cool songs, then in the middle, played their eponymous song, that keeps winding up on my internet radio show. At that point, each song got better and better, and I was flailing happily by the end of the set. New guitar player, Pete, was constantly jumping and adding tons to the energy. John Otis Bro kept the low end of the songs driving and screamed out the vocals while Kevin used the drums to propel the songs. They were lots of fun and I want to know when they are around in the future!


After a quick tear down/set up, Poxy hit the stage. Their songs are short and fast and furious. Their longest song on their EP Pucker Power is around a Ramonesish two and a half minutes, but most are shorter. On stage at 242, the guitar/vocals, bass, drums trio showed poise and confidence and rocked the place hard. They played a coupe of the ones that barely last a minute. They did the cover of Earth Angel, that starts nice and slow, then rips through the middle section at breakneck speed. They played some new songs where they stretched the songs out a bit and played with a fast then slow dynamic. The whole show felt like 30 or 40 minutes, but clocked in closet to 20. It was a joyous few moments, and I can’t wait to see them again. They seem to be growing a lot and it will be fascinating to see where they go.


During the break, the realization that I had to be up at 7am took hold. I let my tiredness lead, and took the quick walk home. If I had started work later on Saturday, it would have been fun to check out the other two bands who played, and/or head to Nectar’s to see Wave of the Future and Savage Hen, but sometimes there is only so much you can do. I’m richer for having seen what I did, and am happy that I caught two of the bands I most wanted to see. Thank goodness there is no more music that is dragging me out again in the near future, and least not until tonight.

Joe Adler at Nectar’s, Vedora and Doll Fight! at Radio Bean February 2, 2013   Leave a comment

Woo hoo, Vedora were set to rock Radio Bean. Having Doll Fight! with them made it even more fun. Oh wait, wasn’t that the same night as Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger show that was supposed to be the CD release party? Why yes, it was. I looked at the schedule and with Joe going on at 9 and Vedora at 10:30, I thought I had a nice window.

I got out of work at 6, got home and had dinner. I got ready to go out and arrived at Nectar’s just before 9. There was a guy onstage playing, who’s name I missed. He was singing and playing acoustic, but it sounded like a huge sweeping song that would have been cool with a full band. He finished up within a minute or two, and it was time to wait for Joe and the band. I wasn’t worried after 10 or 15 minutes, but as time kept passing without a band, I started eying the clock. I chatted with one of the drummers who played at Metronome at the Girls Rock Vermont benefit, and he and his girlfriend said that Joe’s drummer was held up at at another gig and was running late. I chatted for a bit with Johnnie Day, who was playing with Joe that night. She was going to play an early song with the band, so I was hoping to catch it. I knew I’d miss her later ones.

Finally, just before 10, the drummer arrived and Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger hit the stage. They opened with the song that Joe sent around to the people who funded the Kickstarter for his album. It was a pretty cool song and they played it well. Eric, who had played mandolin with Joe at the Springsteen cover night, played some sweet lead guitar, and the band sounded great. Yes, the drummer was worth waiting for.

The next two songs were fantastic mixes of subtlety and rock and roll. Next up they brought Samara Lark to the stage for a solid Sympathy for the Devil. The next song sounded cool, but it was late, and I had to go.

I rushed up the street, and walked into Radio Bean as Vedora were set up and almost ready to play.

I got a drink, found a spot to stand, and away they went. Their set was brilliant as always. They played a few from the first album, including a vibrant Terrarium, but much of the set was new songs. In the Room and To Send You are just fantastic pieces of music and I can’t wait for the second album. Until then I am content to hear them unleash the rock and roll on the stage. They wrapped the night with a killer In the Pines/Chain.

Doll Fight! came on next and rocked the place to it’s core. Their punk songs were fast and furious and tons of fun. The audience was enthusiastic to start but half way through the set, the moshing began. I got shoved around a bit, but had a great time. This was set to be the last show with their drummer, which was too bad, as Vedora’s drummer, Jeff LaBossiere had glowing things to say about her. As it turns out, she is playing again this Sunday, when Doll Fight! and Vedora play with Hilly Eye at The Monkey House.

When Doll Fight! wrapped it up, I bought a CD and took the short walk home. I wanted to stay for Trapper Keeper, but was tired, and I had a long day of work on Sunday. I wish I had caught a bit more music that night, but I did my best, and was heavily rewarded for what I was able to catch.