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Rosedale, Mr Doubtfire, and Grand at Radio Bean September 10, 2017   Leave a comment

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Rosedale pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last Sunday. I had seen a ton of music for the previous three nights and had a trip to Canada planned for Monday early morning so going out to see a show on Sunday night at 10 seemed a very silly thing to do.

I gout out of work at 2 and had the day to hang out. Around 9:30 I got myself moving and walked into Radio Bean around 10. I knew two of the bands and knew nothing about the third but assumed they would sound similar. I was a bit surprised to just see a keyboard and an acoustic guitar on the stage. After a few moments ROSEDALE sat at the keys and began to sing and play. He usually has a bit more of a monster sound system but that night he played it casual and let his voice and songs shine. His music had a nice structure and created a lovely space as he alternated between the keys and guitar. He began with a song about feeling unpersuasive then told us how he missed MySpace and CD’s and played a song called Written By The Artist. He played a song about loving music called My First Show that featured lyrics that painted portraits of a young band getting out and playing. He played a song about Branson Ontario called El Dorado Park. He tuned down one string to play a song to his father and made a dropping the D reference, you know the dad word. He played a nice cover that I did not know that went I’ll follow you into the dark. He enchanted us with a nostalgic song with bright imagery about being A Kid Again. He closed the set with a song about never giving up called What We Started. The show was nothing like I expected it would be and was just wonderful.

 

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Rosedale pic by Tim Lewis

Up next the two singer/electric guitars, bass, drums attack of Mr. Doubtfire met my expectations for how the night would sound with their indie/punk rock. They began with a song about running away and then Cho-Cho-Chose us. The music was loud and the energy was high and I was blissfully happy. They rocked out Blank Daze with is essentially the title song from the Marionette EP. They played a cool new song. They played There’s A Problem. They closed the set with something about Virginia and left me delighted.

 

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Mr Doubtfire pic by Tim Lewis

The set break was pretty reasonable then Grand kept the rock fury going. The singer/electric guitar, bass, drums trio play super catchy indie punk and rock hard. They said that Radio Bean was their arena tonight. The first song was a gift to us with a Queen vibe and went something like we’re that band, we are grand. They asked us if we wanted Good Times then rocked us Another Day Closer To Nothing. They sang about putting you down and coming around then played a song about how in Vermont Everybody Wants To Get You High. They played a song about the road and one about keeping me in line. They slowly began a song about his feelings that built into a huge rock song that was so good that I Just Couldn’t Say. Aaron Carr was a bit stressed as he had relatives in Florida in the path of the hurricane as the show was going on which added an edge to the song about God help you now get out of the way. They played a song about not feeling anything and closed the night with a song about going down.

It was about 1 when they wrapped up so I said a quick goodbye then took the short walk home. There was not a lot of sleep before the 6am alarm but it was still so worth it.

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Grand pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Posted September 19, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Uncategorized

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David Rosane & The Zookeepers at Radio Bean July 30, 2017   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music last Sunday at Radio Bean. The band were set to go on at 10 and I made the strategically silly decision to watch Game of Thrones first then head down. I had a pretty good pace going and walked in the door about 10:20pm and David Rosane & The Zookeepers were on stage playing Going Home. I got a drink and settled in as they rocked out Urban Country. They sang Tally on tally ho on Hope In The Dark then played a song about stardust. With David Rosane‘s insightful vocals and driving acoustic guitar, and Jennifer Grossi lovely voice, percussion and keys, and Don’s electric guitar the sound was somehow very full and rich and I was in a very happy place. They played a lovely version of Paris Is For Love and the ending soared into a rocked out jam. They played a song about the Real World and their life in the west. They played a country gospel song about being able to rest your head. I was about to get a drink when they looked at me and said don’t move. I saw them a week and a half ago at American Flatbread and went in to get another drink on Break A Leg and missed most of the song. The timing was fun and I sat and listened to them rock that song out, even though going to the bar at the Bean only means moving a few feet, not going into a different building. After the song I went to the bar as they played an almost optimistic song about being on the sunny side of things. They sang a song that said to follow you don’t follow me and the next one was about fighting for your right to be different or the same or whatever you perceive to be reasonable. They asked us to tell the little children what they have done then told us how every day is a beautiful day and every day is judgement day. They sang a song about pebbles, rocks and heavy metal and asked if we ever got along. They closed the set singing today is the future and today is fine and today is mine. The small but mighty audience asked for an encore so they sang a song about peace on earth and taking me skyward.

I hung out and chatted with them for a little bit then took the short and lovely walk home. I should have gotten there earlier but I loved every moment that I caught.

Posted August 6, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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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