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a.m. rejoice at Radio Bean July 1, 2017   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music Saturday at Radio Bean. I’ve loved Joe Adler‘s music for ages and had heard that he is now playing in a duo with Marcie Hernandez Music. I had not caught up with them even though they had played around a lot so it was nice to see the show at the Bean. They call themselves a.m. rejoice and both sing and play guitar and Joe adds in a variety of percussion instruments. Marcie sings some songs in English and some in Spanish and some in both. They opened with a Marcie song that had a happy salsa feel. Joe’s Spit N Fire Blues followed and was really cool. A Marcie song called Quiet was fantastic with a nice build to it. It made me want to hear a full band version of the song. Another Marcie song mixed the languages then they played a Joe song called On The Rocks. Since it was the first of July, Marcie’s song Independence Day was quite appropriate. They found a nice groove on Joe’s Relax then Marcie rearranged a classic Mexican song. They followed with one about how fragile life can be then covered Radiohead’s Sulk. They played another Marcie song that really made me want to get to know her music. Joe’s song Little Bird was sweet then they closed the set with a Spanish Marcie song.

I really liked the way they play together and the way their voices work together and need to see them play more often.

 

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Posted July 6, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Forest Gray at Radio Bean June 18, 2017   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music a week ago Sunday at Radio Bean. I had to work until 5:30 and the show was set to start at 6 so the timing was perfect. I did a quick turnaround at home and took the lovely walk downtown. I got in and settled just as Forest Gray got up to play. He is a solo artist and plays some songs on guitar and some on keys with lots of loops. His music is low-fi indie with elements of hip hop. On the surface he seems a bit odd and quirky but as you listen it’s easy to appreciate the structure of the songs and his endearing voice. It was a complete pleasure to stand there and let the songs, and the cool breeze coming through the doors, wash over me. He began on keys the switched to guitar for the second song. He stayed on guitar for the next one and asked what did you forget. The fourth song was on keys and was a nicely dramatic song about what the green alien lady said. After that he played a song that said I need someone to help me with myself then he opined Lord, I’ve got something to say but I have a feeling that you’re not listening. He followed with a song on guitar about having fun with his life then went into a song about praying for your funeral. He played another on keys then Andy Lugo came up and played a swinging electric guitar while Forest sang Heart Attack. Andy left then Forest closed the show with a song that asked how do I love you, let me count the ways.

It was the second time that I had seen him play and have enjoyed both shows. I’d go back anytime. I hung out for a bit then chatted with Forest Gray and Valkirie Sami for a bit, then took the lovely warm sunny walk home.

 

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Posted June 30, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Plastique Mammals, Ruckzuck, and Floral Amoral at Nectar’s May 22, Ruckzuck at Radio Bean May 22nd, and Ruckzuck at The Monkey House May 23, 2017   Leave a comment

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Monday and Tuesday at three venues in town. It began a few months ago when singer Faith Kelly posted a question in the Facebook group Vermont music live and I replied and we chatted a bit. I listened to her band Ruckzuck, liked the sound, and put a note on the calendar that they were playing at The Monkey House on Tuesday.

As the show approached I realized they would play three shows in two days and decided to go check out the first show and see what it was like. On Monday, May 22nd, I worked from 11:30-8, dropped my stuff at home then took the lovely walk down to Nectar’s. There was a duo on stage as I got in and settled. Plastique Mammals are a keyboard/bass player and drummer and have a trippy sound. The songs start slow as they build loops then tend to get crazy by the end. Keyboard parts get added to the mix. Bass riffs get added to the mix. At one point he played a wicked bass solo into the mix and added another one over the top. I only caught five songs but their mini epics were fun to experience.

 

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Plastique Mammals pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Ruckzuck took the stage. With Mack Bedo on drums, Nick Bedo on guitar and Faith on keys and vocals, the band had a hypnotic flow to their music. They opened by saying “Welcome to the Spaceship” and dove into a fun spacey jam. They stayed there for the second song then rocked hard on Alan’s Garden. The fourth song was more poppy and Faith played the reverb soaked Ukulele to tremendous effect. The band closed the set with an over the top huge song that made me swoon.

 

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

I hung out for a bit as Floral Amoral took the stage. With a singer/electric guitar player, electric guitar player, bassist and drummer they had a low-fi indie psychedelic sound that was really fun. The second song was more of a rocker and the third jammed hard. The clock said it was time to go to the next show so I sadly left. It was a quiet night in town and as I walked up Main st and took the turn up Church st I could hear their music flowing all over downtown.

 

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Floral Amoral pic by Tim Lewis

I arrived at Radio Bean just after the midnight start time but the band were still loading in. I got in and settled and soon enough it was time for Ruckzuck’s “second set”. They opened with a song about what goes on in your mind and it was easy to dive back into their spacey grooves. The second song had a bit of a Hawkwind flow and I was in a happy place. The next couple had more of a pop feel then they played another epic where Faith’s voice reached for the stars and Mack’s drumming became hypnotic. Nick laid in some cool rhythms as the keys flowed their way through the songs. They wrapped up around 1am then it was time for the short walk home.

 

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

 

I chatted with Nathan Curtis at work and said the two shows were fun and he said he was up for checking them out. I worked until 9:30 and we met up and headed to The Monkey House. Despite the rotary in Winooski being partly closed, we somehow got in and parked and walked in as Ruckzuck were starting their set. We had missed Floral’s opening set, but what can you do. I headed to the front and got right back into the groove. The songs have a hazy spacey flow and my body just seemed to remember where they would go. I couldn’t tell if the second song was really long or if it flowed into the third but I was in a happy place as the music washed over me. At some point Nate had called another coworker, Billy Greer, and he showed up and checked out some of their set. The band did another killer rocking version of Alan’s Garden with a long rocked out ending. Faith played the ukulele for the next song and a kazoo through a heavily reverbed mic for the next one. The effect was beautiful. They took a chance and played a brand new song and I’m so happy they did. It was wonderful. They wrapped the night with an over the top epic rocker that made me swoon.

We hung out and chatted with the band for a bit then Nathan dropped me at home. It’s amazing how easy it was to catch all three shows and Ruckzuck are so much fun, it made me want to keep coming back. Hopefully, they will journey this way again.

 

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

 

Totally Submerged at Radio Bean April 17, 2017   Leave a comment

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Totally Submerged pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Radio Bean. It was a long hard work day and I got out at 9:30, did a quick turnaround, then arrived at the club close to the 10:30 start time. The band were still setting up so I got a drink and chatted with a guy named Cody that I met a couple of weeks ago while hanging out with Daffy Mal Yinkleyank.

Soon enough Totally Submerged took the stage and released their solid classic rock into the air. The guitar/vocals, keys/bass/vocals, drummer/vocals band lit into a nice groove. Each member took turns on lead vocals and they had a nice sound. They rocked out Start Of Something Good then got Hung Up On You. A cover of Eight Days A Week was fun and the audience enjoyed it. The next song was a mostly instrumental funky song that featured some sweet keyboard work. The next one was something about feeling the breeze or the whoa oh song, or possibly Here We Go Again. They brought the rock into high gear for I’m Going Out Of Town and I was in a happy place. Get Out And Go followed and featured a cool triple vocal part.

At some point Lee Anderson said I should check out Kaitlyn Raitz and Ben Plotnick next door at the Lamp Shop. I popped over as Submerged’s keyboard player switched to bass. I missed that whole song but the violin cello duo at the Lamp shop were playing like crazy.

 

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Kaitlyn Raitz and Ben Plotnick pic by Tim Lewis

 

At the end of the duo’s song, I popped back to the Bean as Submerged rocked out It’ll All Be Over Soon. The next song was really cool and was about singing our song and getting higher and higher. Since they were in Burlington they played a blistering cover of Phish’s 46 Days. They followed with Ziggy Stardust then capped the night with an instrumental that began with a moody keyboard then built into a rock epic that featured some sweet guitar playing and amazing drumming before slipping back into the moody keyboard outro. I think it was called Rainy Alley.

After that I hung out for a bit, chatted with Cody and the band and Matthew who was behind the bar. Fun and crazy stories were shared then the hour became late and I took the short walk home.

 

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Totally Submerged pic by Tim Lewis

Patrick Yeo & The Yo Yo’s and The Depth & The Whisper at Radio Bean April 16, 2017   Leave a comment

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Patrick Yeo and the Yo Yo’s pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Radio Bean, It was Easter Sunday and I worked a long 10:30-7 shift then stopped at home, ate dinner and settled for a bit. It would have been so easy to just stay, but I rallied the motivation and got out the door at 9:30 and took the short walk downtown.

I got in and settled and caught one song by Patrick Yeo & The Yoyo’s. They had a low-fi indie psychedelic sound and the song was about letting the cosmos emanate from you. It was pretty cool. I think the bass played had a set earlier billed as Hello Tortoise and I have not checked out the CD I was given, but will soon. They seemed to be a traveling collective of beautiful people and I was happy to be a tiny part of that night’s adventure.

The set break was pretty short, then the band I intended to check out hit the stage. The Depth and the Whisper are a guitar/singer, bass, drums trio from NYC and Kansas City and they played indie rock with sweet melodies and huge choruses. The three instruments create a great base for the songs and Albert’s voice just soars over the band on the choruses. They opened with the one song I knew, Waiting For The World To End and I was instantly in a happy place. From there, they played songs like Bones, Lack Of Sun and Fade Away. They all sounded great. Albert spoke of the need to have love and compassion for everyone throughout the show and spoke about loneliness and the need to see and be seen by people and to love and be loved by them before the song Let It All Go. Too Late To Be You was pretty cool and Highway was about spending a lot of time driving and thinking about who you are and who you want to be. Souvenir began with a bit of a U2 vibe and rocked nicely. They capped the night with the huge sounding New York that was about a girl nicknamed New York because she talked about it all the time.

It was late so I said a couple of quick goodbyes and took the long walk home. It would have been so easy to just stay at home but I’m so glad I put the effort in. I was heavily rewarded for it in my heart and soul.

 

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The Depth And The Whisper pic by Tim Lewis

Andriana Chobot Trio at Light Club Lamp Shop and Joe Adler at Radio Bean March 17, 2017   Leave a comment

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Andriana Chobot Trio pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Light Club Lamp Shop. The show was set to go from 7-8:45. I worked until 7, raced home, did a real quick turn around and walked to the club, arriving just before 7:30. Andriana Chobot was on stage singing and playing keys as I settled in. She was joined by Julian Chobot on bass and Cody Sargent on drums so they had a nice full sound. Julian is super steady on bass with some cool running around the fretboard. Cody plays with subtlety and grace and is always where he needs to be to enhance the song. Andriana has a strong voice that is equally as powerful when she is whispering or belting it out. Her keyboard has an almost orchestral piano sound. They played a bunch of her songs, some that I knew, some that I did not and a couple that I am getting to know. I only caught a bit of the song they were playing as I got settled then they went into a bass and drum groove as she sang Come Together. She added some keys to the instrumental section, late in the song, then went back to just singing to close out the classic Beatles song. I joyfully let the next four songs wash over me and fill me, then they pulled out the magnificent Cascade. It’s from her first EP and is just wonderful. They ended the first set with a powerful cover of Ain’t No Sunshine and her singing was epic.

 

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Joe Adler with Chris and Tucker pic by Tim Lewis

I took advantage of the break to head over to Radio Bean to see a few songs by Joe Adler and Tucker Hansen. Joe sang and played the card deck guitar while tucker played the violin. They were joined by Chris on trumpet and he played a nice solo just after I arrived. They pulled out the Nathan Moore song about wondering how you would know if you are an asshole. The catchy chorus is fun and easy to song. They followed with Dylan’s One More Cup Of Coffee then I hit the road back to the lamp shop The band was not on yet so I made the reverse trip and listened to the song on bended knee before heading out for good.

When I arrived back at the Lamp Shop they were playing a gorgeous version of Alone In The Night, another epic song from her first EP. I wish I had arrived sooner but caught most of it. From there, Andriana and the band played a bunch of fantastic songs that made me just want to listen and hear them and to barely think of anything and just exist in the moment. They played eight wonderful songs and wrapped the night with one of the songs that I’m getting to know. It’s called Neon and is really cool.

I hung out for a little bit, chatted about how nice the sound is at the Lamp Shop, and said a quick goodbye. The walk home through the winter wonderland was lovely and quick.

 

 

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Andriana Chobot Trio pic by Tim Lewis

 

Posted March 18, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Ryan Ober at Radio Bean February 22, 2017   Leave a comment

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Ryan Ober pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Radio Bean. I always seem to have a conflict when Ryan Ober plays so when I saw a 7-8pm show on a Wednesday, I had to go. The walk downtown was lovely, give or take dodging some deep long puddles. I got in and settled and he soon took the stage and started to play. He sat and he sang and played electric guitar and talent just oozed out of his voice and fingers. His playing all night was complex and powerful. His sound ranged from blues to indie rock and most songs had a mix of the styles. He began with a song about a Kansas City sweetheart looking so good so far away. The second one told the tale of how it’s way too hot for flowers in Tucson. A cover of That’s All Right, Mama followed and was very cool. A new song about how his friends say he can’t get away from the blues was tremendous. A cover of Prince’s Kiss had a country rock vibe and a bit of audience participation. I went to the bar for another drink and listened amusedly as he sang about how the strongest drink you’ve got won’t mess with my head. Another blues song about my babe don’t stand no cheating followed. I did not get the origin of the next cover song but it had a great indie feel and was fantastic. It was something about the fire almost burning again. He kept the mood upbeat with Shake It With Your Ladies Love, at least I think that’s how it went. He then switched to the old green guitar and played some slide. He shook his fingers so the one holding the slide gave the notes a little extra vibrato. It was enchanting to watch and listen too. He ended the night with a bluesy instrumental version of Amazing Grace that flowed into another bluesy jam.

I left shortly after the last night and took the short warm happy walk home.

 

 

Posted February 23, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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