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Danny & The Parts and The Leatherbound Books at Sidebar Nobember 24, 2018   Leave a comment

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The Leatherbound Books pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Saturday night at SideBar. It was a long work day and I got home and settled and had to scrape myself off the couch and push myself out the door. Once I got into the walking groove, I found a happy pace and cruised downtown. I arrived a few minutes late but the opening band was putting the final touch on their soundcheck so I hung out and settled in.

After a few minutes, The Leatherbound Books took the stage and played some beautiful songs. They played as a duo with Jackie Buttolph on bass and Eric Daniels on acoustic guitar. Both sang separately at times and sounded lovely when they sang together. They began in an all nonsensical way then invited us to look back and see that these were the days. They wondered if you would ever know my name then sang a breakup song for political affiliations. I guess we should have seen it coming. They sang about sinking like a stone while wandering the street then advised us to Save It For Later. They closed the set with Eric putting some distorted fuzz on the guitar while they played a Buzzcodks song I did not know, but really enjoyed. They play very well together and have an endearing sound. I’m so glad I was there.

After a short break, Danny LeFrancois took the stage. With an electric guitar, he opened with a hard to spot take on Tom Petty’s Don’t Do Me Like That which was really sweet. Eric joined him on bass, Jackie joined him on backing vocals and Brennan sat at the drum kit. With the full band assembled Danny & The Parts sang about how all my dreams float away. They followed with a high energy country rocker about how I don’t want to care anymore. Danny switched to acoustic guitar and the band suggested that maybe there’s a war against you. They pulled out a cover to prove that they are Tougher Than The Rest then sang about how you don’t ever listen to me darling. They played a cheery song about how now that we’re alone I’ve got a feeling that you wanna get home then returned to the boss for I’m On Fire. They got a little shoegazey for a song about this old place and a little bluesy for one about daddy. They seemed happy for the day then switched it up a little and had Eric sing Memphis. Jackie sang a cool song with a huge sound then Danny sang one about how I’ve been down that road. The band left and Danny played a couple of songs solo. One was about it taking so long and the other was about staying alive when you’re gone. The band returned and they rocked out a song about how they don’t really want to come down. They whole show was filled with comforting songs that rocked out now and then. Danny has a great sense of how to write a catchy song, and I’m so glad I was there to hear it.

I said a couple of quick goodbyes and took the long walk home. What a beautiful night.

 

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Danny & The Parts pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Adam Wolf and The Mountain Carol at Sidebar January 14, 2018   Leave a comment

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Adam Wolf pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Sundays ago at SideBar. It was one of those weeks where I had to work early on a Monday but hadn’t been out to see much in 2018 and had to put in the effort.

I took the lovely walk downtown and got in and settled and chatted a bit, then Adam Wolf started playing. With a singer/guitar player, bass, drums, and pedal steel they had a country blues rock feel with a very wet sound that produced a Floyd vibe. The pedal steel had no twang and provided a second rhythm. The vocals were down in the mix and sounded like a fifth instrument and the band had a sound that kept rising and filled me nicely. They opened with a song that will be their debut single then played a drifty dreamy pop song. They played a song about a new girl and followed it with another dreamy song. They played a song about walking on home then one about what’s real. They closed with a song that had an Eastern Mountain Time feel. They were really good and I’d go see them again in a heartbeat.

Up next The Mountain Carol kept the room sounding drifty and dreamy. Instead of the long series of songs they had been opening with they broke them up individually but still let me loose myself in their glory. They sang a song where the line I Shall Not floated to the surface. I listened to All is Lost so many times before going that I actually recognized it in the fourth slot. They played a dance number that may have been about loss. Austin had to reach way down for the solo on Adventure Safari and it’s so great to hear him play. They played something that may be the drum carol and closed the set with The Neverending. Despite not being always able to grasp their songs, much like the first 5 times I saw The Cush, I love being in the space that they create. They are recording soon so maybe I’ll be able to play the songs so many times I can finally get hold of them. Either way, I love when they play.

There was another band on that night, but I was exhausted and did the responsible thing and went home so I was ready to work in the morning.

 

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The Mountain Carol pic by Tim Lewis

 

Posted January 30, 2018 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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Clever Girls and Ratboys at Sidebar July 8, 2017   Leave a comment

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Clever Girls pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at SideBar. I worked a 9-5:30 shift that was particularly challenging. I stopped at home for a bit and settled. I contemplated making two stops for the evening, since Cricket Blue and another band were playing at the Lamp Shop at 7, but realized it would be too tight to make it to the 8pm show that I had in mind. I was slow to get moving but got out the door around 7:30. It had rained all day but was sunny with blue skies so I thought I could skip the umbrella. I stepped out and it was raining so I stepped back in and grabbed it and took the lovely walk downtown. I swung by Mr. Mikes for a slice of Pesto then went one door down to the venue.

I got in and said a couple of hellos and ate as quickly as I could but the band were on a mission and took the stage. Clever Girls unleashed a screamed 1 2 3 4 and Loose Tooth rocked the reasonably full bar. They slowed things down for the intense 45 but towards the end that song just soars. A newer song called Catch And Release followed and I loved it as much as the last time I saw it. I did not recognize the next song but loved every note. The next song was called Get Out and had a smooth verse and a towering chorus. The final song of the night was called Hannah and it had a similar dynamic. Their songs are so beautiful and so intense and seem to always have a huge rock build to them. I loved every moment and want to go see them again soon.

 

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Ratboys pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Ratboys came to visit us here in Vermont. They are from Chicago and are an indie rock band with a loud heavy sound. All of the songs had a unique rhythm and it was fun to follow along and try and keep up. I did not know any of their songs but enjoyed them all. They played songs about a man who walked a long way through the Antarctic or Arctic. They played a song about a cat that passed away in winter and could not be buried until spring, so it had to be stored in the freezer. The played Westside and The Record. I’m not sure how long they played or how many songs and just went with the flow and enjoyed it. They were a lot of fun and I would go back and see them again in a heartbeat if they pass this way again.

After the show I chatted with Winfield Holt for a while and said hi to Diane Jean then took the long walk home. It wasn’t raining at the beginning but the further I got into the old north end, the more the umbrella came in handy.

 

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Posted July 9, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Uncategorized

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The Mountain Says No and Invisible Homes at Sidebar February 23, 2017   Leave a comment

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The Mountain Says No pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of weeks ago at SideBar. It was a Thursday night but I had my radio show prerecorded and with two of my favorite bands playing, I could not miss it, even though I’d seen both less than a week before.

It was an easy walk downtown and I got in and settled just before the 10pm start time. The bar, and all of downtown, were oddly quiet for a Thursday night, but by 10:15 The Mountain Says No hit the stage and started playing anyway. They began rocking hard with Macu Picchu and we were off. They followed with You Say You’re Alive then rocked out Nothing In This. They went back to the first album for a funky Ricky The Rider then played the poppy Game Of Thrones. Eggshell brought the energy up and Be Like Ryan took it in an eerie direction. Ben Maddox totally endorsed the lyrics to Blanket’s Fine then the band started mysterious and ended rocking with Gazerbeam. They went back to the first album for a couple of blistering rockers and hearing Restaurant and Long Term Sermon made my heart full. A small crowd had begun to fill the room a bit as they eased back for the smoldering 3,000 Incubators. They kicked it back into blistering rock mode and ended the night with I Know Right. What a great show.

Time had already slipped a little and I had to work in the morning. I was feeling a bit tired but was determined to see as much of Invisible Homes as I could. They opened with The Clown and it seemed like they were just on the edge of holding it together when Margaux Higgins joined them on stage for a staggering slide whistle solo. Apparently, she is THE most important slide whistle virtuoso in the Western Hempishere! She studied with the Crimean slide whistle master, ├╝te and meditated for three years to learn the craft. The two or three notes she dropped into the song changed it from a potential disaster to one of the great musical performances in Burlington history. I wish you were there to see it. Lamentably, she left the stage after that song but the band were fully charged up and played a staggering rest of the show. They didn’t play any of the big hit songs, though Song For My Double was easy to spot. I only made it for eight songs before the exhaustion took me away but they played some new songs and some eerie and wonderful instrumentals and filled my heart.

It was just before one when the body said go and I walked out the door. I’m assuming they played Above The Frequency and Pale Rage and This Machine, all of which belong on a list of the best music created in this town. I was sad to miss the end but loved what I caught and needed a few hours of sleep before working the next day.

 

 

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Invisible Homes with Margaux Higgins pic by Tim Lewis

Posted March 10, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Heloise, Swale, Villanelles at Maglianero and Phantom Airwave at Sidebar February 18, 2017   Leave a comment

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Swale pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music Friday night at Maglianero. I thought my timing was pretty good but the walk to lower Maple street took a bit longer than expected and Heloise was on stage singing Take My Breath Away when I walked in. She sang over prerecorded music and was joined by an enthusiastic dancer and James Bellizia on bass. She has a lovely voice and lots of stage presence and while I did not know most of the music she had the mostly full room dancing. The second song I caught was something about blood money. For the last song of the set James switched to electric guitar for a song about how they keep pumping it out for us. James had a nice solo at the end and got some nice feedback going as he pushed the guitar into the amp. It was a pretty fun show.

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Heloise and James and their dancer pic by Tim Lewis

 

SWALE came on next and played a bunch of new songs. They opened with the one about one good fella to love and it has been stuck in my head ever since. A new song called Elevator sounded great and I’m not sure I had heard it before. The one about cause and effect and it being a matter of time followed. They have been playing that one for a while and it always makes me happy to hear it. They turned up the rock intensity with Tyler Bolles singing Lawn Fire which is a classic Burlington rock song originally performed by The Pants. Everyone Likes To kept the place rocking at full steam. They played a fun version of Camper Van Beethoven’s Take The Skinheads Bowling and dedicated it to the victims of the Bowling Green Massacre. They ended the set with a couple of rocking songs I did not know. Jeremy Frederick and Amanda Gustafson co-sang one of them, and it sounded great as Eric Olsen played some beautifully intense guitar. The closing song was heavy and almost sounded like a Sabbath song and I was in a great place.

 

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Swale pic by Tim Lewis

 

Villanelles came on next and played a set similar to the one they had played the previous night at ArtsRiot. They opened with Grey Goo then make a comment about the boys being back in town that caught some attention from the audience. They played a great version of Parking Lot then surprises people by actually playing the Thin Lizzy song. Smiles abounded. Shy Spiders was next and I just loved the sweep of the song. They switched up the set a little by tossing in a rocking version of Heartbreak Baby then played a few more and ended with Jenny. It was such a treat to see them two nights in a row.

 

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Villanelles pic by Tim Lewis

 

I headed out shortly after the set but had a thought that I could get a taste of a band who has been playing around lately that I was curious about. I headed over to SideBar to check out Shawn Connolly‘s other band Phantom Airwave. I really had no idea what to expect, except great guitar playing, so I made my way to the front and the band were on and rocking. With a singer/guitar player (who switched to keys for the next song), Shawn on guitar, bass, drums and sax they had a big rock/jazz/blues/soul/reggae sound. They had a bit of a jam feel too but there was a lot of muscle in Shawn’s guitar so it kept it fun. I only caught three songs, one of which the sax player sang, then they took a break. I opted to call it a night but may have to check them out for real sometime soon.

 

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Phantom Airwave pic by Tim Lewis

Posted February 23, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Paddy Reagan, The Shifting Sands, and 1881 at SideBar October 17, 2016   Leave a comment

Paddy Reagan at SideBar October 17, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Paddy Reagan at SideBar October 17, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Monday at SideBar. The evening began with Padraic Reagan playing a few songs solo on an electric guitar. He began with a song that had a heavy drone then played a couple of mellower songs. He played a song that has more words than he usually sings then wrapped the short set with a heavier song about being to weak to call you.

 

 

The Shifting Sands at SideBar October 17, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

The Shifting Sands at SideBar October 17, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

Up next, New Zealand’s The Shifting Sands played a lush set of drone rock. They started with a heavy flowing song that had a hint of The Church and followed with a more poppy song. The third one reminded me a tiny bit of the Blue Button song How It Goes then they went back to the Shoegaze for the fourth song. A song called Water, I think I got the title right, had some nice moves and changes and was great to experience. The next couple of songs were pretty fun and they wrapped the set with a rocker that asked where do we go from here. I had a nice time seeing them.

 

 

The Shifting Sands at SideBar October 17, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

The Shifting Sands at SideBar October 17, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

1881 capped the night with a fun set of rocking pop. Their songs are catchy and it was nice to hear Winfield Holt break out a few great lead guitar parts. They played hit after hit like The Storm Has Been Weathered and Sometime Next Week from their Lights EP. I did not get the new EP, Camera, until after the show, but I’m sure they played songs from it too. They tossed in the usual cover of All Day And All Of The Night and wrapped the evening with a song called Sleepwalker, in which they count 1881 sheep. I think that was the third time I have seen them and have loved every show.

 

 

1881  at SideBar October 17, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

1881 at SideBar October 17, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Posted October 20, 2016 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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