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The Dead Shakers and Bee Bee Sea at The Monkey House July 17, 2018   Leave a comment

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The Dead Shakers pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at The Monkey House. I got motivated close to 8 and took the lovely walk to Winooski. I got in and settled and soon enough, it was showtime.

The Dead Shakers took the stage as an eight-piece band with two saxes, drummer, percussionist, bass, guitarist, accordion/horn player, and Kevin Bloom singing, playing guitar and unleashing cool effects. The songs had a chunky funky psychedelic groove that was delightful to slip into. They opened with one that had a David Lynch vibe with occasional outbursts of guitars as Kevin sang take me back where I started. The next one had that lovely groove until the drummer kicked the whole band into full gear and they rocked us hard. There they go. I think the next part was three or four songs run together, but it’s so easy to just get lost in their flow. Lyrics like there are no such things as touchdowns and wish not want not gave way to heavier riffs and maybe the war is coming soon. Kevin kicked off a recording that spoke of the early part of the Shaker movement and they followed with a sweet version of Taung Child. A long jam followed and concluded with the advice to not go surfing. They ended the set with an homage to Kevin’s cat called Superpowers. It’s always a good time when the Shakers take you out for a spin.

I hung out through the set break, then Bee Bee Sea hit the stage with fury. The guitar/vocals, bass/backing vocals, drummer power trio played loud and fast. The music had a classic punk feel but the songs were longer and had a garage rock and surf noir structure and timing. They featured some of the most frenetic guitar playing I’ve sen in ages, and that’s saying a lot. The drummer was just as fast and threw in lots of thrilling fills. The bass player glued the songs into perfect wholes and added nice touches with his backing vocals. I didn’t catch many of the lyrics as I lost myself in the entrancing flow of the songs. The revved up version of Let’s Live for Today was a delight but trying to figure out where they were taking their own songs was the best part of the show. They played for an hour or so then closed with a burst of power that had the guitarist up on one of the amps, a couple of false endings, the drummer in a fun puppy hat, and the guitarist going it alone to end it all. Just for the record, I missed getting a picture of the drummer at the end, so if you want to see it, you will have to show up at one of their gigs. It’s hard to quantify how brilliant they were, but I was in a state of bliss for every moment of the show.

I hung out a bit and chatted with Matthew Kloss and the band as I bought a CD. It’s time to start listening to it and getting to know Seas songs for real.

 

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Posted July 18, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Bethany Conner and Troy Millette at On Tap Bar & Grill, Julia Beerworth and Josh Glass at Bleu Northeast Seafood, and The Mountain Says No & Savage Hen at Finnegan’s July 7, 2018   Leave a comment

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Bethany Conner pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music in our community tonight. I worked a 9-5:30 shift then drove straight to Essex. As I walked up through the parking lot I could hear Troy Millette Music and Bethany Conner Music singing together. I got in and settled and Bethany left the stage and Troy continued his set. He told a story about truckers listening to his music and how the next song was #18 on an overnight long haul country station. Ghosts sounded great as he contemplated what was waiting on the other side after he died. He plugged his upcoming August 17th album release and said he would be opening for Live and Counting Crows the next day. His version of Round Here was unique and poignant. His in-between song banter was top shelf as he played a song called Brothers, which will be the first song on his upcoming album. He asked if we wanted a Beatles song or a mashup. Mashup won and he played a bunch of songs I did not know, but sounded vaguely familiar. I think he said there was some Taylor Swift in there and at he end had us let our inner Whitney Houston out. He closed the night with the first few verses of Freebird then dropped it into Let It Be. He is such a wonderful talent.

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Troy Millette pic by Tim Lewis

Bethany took the stage to a noisy food and drink ordering patio bar and fiercely cut through it with her songs. She played a song about being twisted and one about doing laundry for the first song and wondering if she was ever going to be able to make it through life. Her dad, Greg Conner joined her on the cajon on that one, and several others during the set. She played a heartfelt version of Linger then asked when you’re going to come around, you’re going to come around. Jumper was cool then she played a song from her upcoming EP. Believe in me like I believe in you was just great and had a nicely complex rhythm. Ho Hey was familiar and fun then she played a song about regretting nothing. She sang about colliding and how I love you when you’re singing that song. She reminisced about feeling like she would be anything you wanted her to be, but it had an eye to the future where that is not the ideal. Drops of Jupiter was cool and the Drift Away ending only made it more fun. Wonderwall was fun then she played a sweet old original called Josie. The A Team was fun then she went back to Train for Soul Sister. She played a very gentle version of Landslide then played an original about how she has seen the end and everything will be OK. A new song called Anchor was stunning then she sang about the one that got away. She sang about knowing what lay at the end of summer and not wanting it to end then played a cool song called Perfect. She played a short song from her first ep about sweet dreams and closed the 24 song set with Ex’s And Oh’s. I loved her new songs, her powerhouse voice, and can’t wait for the next album.

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Bethany and Greg Conner pic by Tim Lewis

I drove home, did a quick turnaround, then took the walk downtown to Bleu Northeast Seafood. Julia Beerworth and Josh Glass were on stage as I got in and settled. They were singing about how everything is about you. What’s In California lit me up hard then they followed with Here Comes The Sun. They played a sweet Julia song about a House On A Hill then closed the set with Dylan’s Oh, Sister. I chatted with Josh for a bit in the break and settled back in as he played a cool new song called Miles Above Me. Julia returned for a song about getting rich and buying our parent’s houses. Dylan’s I Want You was great but their version of One More Cup Of Coffee sent chills down my spine. They played another Julia song about an old Oak Tree, then played Angel From Montgomery. I thought they were kidding about playing some Zeppelin but Tangerine was sweet. It was getting late so I ducked out the door as they played Let It Bleed into Honky Tonk woman. They sounded so nice.

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Julia Beerworth and Josh Glass pic by Tim Lewis

I walked over to Finnegan’s and it was just about time for The Mountain Says No to play. They opened hard and heavy with Restaurant then released the glory of King Grifter. I Know Right rocked hard and Iron And Metal kept the glory factor high. Right Bright Lord was searing and Eggshell rocked hard. They throttled back a tiny amount for 3,000 Incubators then jammed out Ricky The Rider. They took us to incredible heights with Machu Picchu and eased back into searing territory with If You Lie. Gazerbeam started slow and had a nice build and they closed with a blistering version of The Bomb. It was so great to see and hear them.

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The Mountain Says No pic by Tim Lewis

Savage Hen followed with a set so heavy most metal became instantly jealous. They played songs such as Voodoo Revenge and Alabama Swamp Skin. They sang about seats that were taken and a clever girl. They took us to the edge of the world then spoke of Local Lore. They played a long song about the wolf and a 36 second song called Curtain Call. They hit us hard with one more before calling it a night.

I ducked out quickly and took the lovely walk home. I know I missed a ton of music tonight, but I caught a lot and loved it all.

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Savage Hen pic by Tim Lewis

 

The Mountain Carol, David West, and David Vassalotti at The Monkey House June 27, 2018   Leave a comment

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The Mountain Carol pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music Wednesday night at The Monkey House I got out of work at 8, settled for a moment, and took the rainy walk to Winooski. I ordered a drink as The Mountain Carol began to play. I had listened to their new album Starkiller And The Banshees a lot, and expected to be able to figure out all of the songs, however as their sound enveloped the room I got lost in the flow. The opening song had allusions to lightning flashing and set a beautiful mood. They dropped it into Dino and rocked that lovely song. The next one might have been The Party’s Over, but whatever it was, it took us on a fun journey. At some point the light got turned just right and a shadow began to appear at the side of the stage. Shadow Puppets followed and was luscious. The next song had questions and answers and I think it was Under Neath. They closed the night by taking us to the Rio Grande for an Adventure Safari. It was a beautiful show.

Up next David West took the stage and began playing his guitar. He created loop after loop, then swapped the guitar for a microphone and sang over it. The sound had a bit of a honky tonk base with an electronica vibe. He played a few songs that way then towards the end, he set it all up and walked off stage towards the bathrooms while still singing. The effect of watching music coming from an empty stage was intriguing.

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David West pic by Tim Lewis

The set break was short and David Vassalotti took the stage. He had a guitar, many effects and began with some heavy soundscaping. He sang a song about wishing well and a season in hell. He sang about it not being a lie ’cause it’s true. He asked who made the sun for everyone and sang about a new girl in town. He set down the guitar and used the effects to play the last song as he sang about falling out of context.

Shortly after the last note faded, I settled up and walked into the rain for the long walk home.

 

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David Vassalotti pic by Tim Lewis

Zeus Springsteen and Edensong at The Monkey House April 14, 2018   Leave a comment

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Zeus Springsteen pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Saturday’s ago at The Monkey House. It was one of those nights where the main band seemed cool and the opener would be great, so off I went.

I got in and settled and Zeus Springsteen started to rock. They had a huge sound and I think Chris Farnsworth had a new keyboard effect for his guitar. I didn’t know the opener, but loved it. It may be called Ossuary. They rocked out Rental and took a nice prog turn in the middle of What‘s Inside A Thing. Landlord and Signal Loss were fun then they pulled out a cover of Madman Across The Water. Your Funeral was cool and they talked about the video they did for it. They rocked out a couple more and closed the night with Lights Of Montreal. It was a glorious show.

Up next Edensong took the stage. They played a set of classic prog rock. They opened with a huge long song that followed a fun path. The whole set followed that vibe and I was in a happy place. They sang about the sixth day and asked us to fill in the blanks. They played a rocking fun song that took a lovely mellow turn then rocked hard. It should have ended the set but one guy asked if they would play more. They played a song about a cold city that should have ended the night. The guy asked for another and they played another 10 or 15 minute epic piece and I loved every moment. They finally called it a night and I took the lovely walk home with a smile on my face and epic song journeys in my heart.

 

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Edensong pic by Tim Lewis

Posted May 4, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Kitten Of The Sea, Sink Or Swim, and Doom Service at The Monkey House April 7, 2018   Leave a comment

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Kitten Of The Sea

 

I had a great time seeing music a few Saturdays ago at The Monkey House. I’ve been a fan of Doom Service for a while and was excited to see them and buy their brand new album.

It was a long work day, but I made it through and got home and ate dinner. I took the lovely long walk to Winooski and got in and settled. Kitten of the Sea took the stage and started to rock. The had an epic opening sound that fell into a solid rock song. The music had a nice indie bounce to it and the lyrics were about how I promise you things will be better next time. The second song rocked nicely too and Meghan’s vocals were strong and clear. I think it was about bleeding. At that point they had set a nice tone. They mixed that up on the third song when bassist Avogadro Jones began to sing. His voice was cool and the music took a dark heavy punk turn that went through many changes. It was a prog punk song and was just great. I think it was about alienation. Megan returned to the vocals as the band rocked out songs about wishing I had never met you and my heart. Jones sang another that was heavy, though not quite as proggy. It was about something in my dreams. They sang a fun short punk song then sang one about codependency, enabling and about Joey dying. They closed their debut set with a song about how just because it’s normal it doesn’t mean it’s not wrong. I loved their show and would see them again in a heartbeat.

Up next, Sink or Swim hit us hard with their classic old school punk sound. They rocked a couple of songs that included one about my beautiful world without you. A short classic hardcore song was fun and the whole set was fast loud and glorious. They played so hard they blew one of the guitar amps but rocked the show to a close anyway. They were great.

 

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Sink Or Swim

Doom Service hit the stage and unleashed their full new album on us. All of the songs on The Uncanny Doom Service are fun and they sounded great in the full room. Jurrassic Bark was especially cool as was the song about The X-Files called Nothing Important. All of the songs have nice meoldies and rock really hard. They wrapped up the album with Coast To Ghost then took a short break. They came back for a cover of Hey Jealousy then welcomed us to the Hellmouth. They rocked out a couple more then called it a night. I was elated.

At some point my friend Nathan Curtis stopped in so we bought the album and some merch and I caught a ride home. What a great night

 

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Doom Service

 

Happy Spangler and The Nancy Druids at The Monkey House and Julia Caesar and Clever Girls at Radio Bean January 27, 2018   Leave a comment

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Happy Spangler pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music on Saturday January 27th. It was one of those days where there were six or ten great shows in town and decisions had to be made.

I got out of work and hung out for a bit then took the long walk to Winooski. I got in and settled at The Monkey House and realized that the first band on was one that I knew nothing about and really wanted to see. Happy Spangler took the stage for their debut show. With Barbara Richmond on bass, Kirk Flanagan on guitar and vocals and Michael Bradshaw on drums and backing vocals, they had a pop punk sound that brought me back through the history of Burlington’s music scene while firmly planting me in 2018. Kirk was a great front man and introduced most of the songs and they opened with one called Dave Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. They played a song about bringing you flowers when you wanted drugs. They played a song called Baby Please and one about breaking the night. They played the brand newest of the new songs called Never Let Me Go then played another love song. They sang about a sweet bit of honey and told the true story of having never seen it coming. They played a fun song called Hawks and closed the set with Elvis Costello’s Waiting for the end of the world. It was a great beginning and I can’t wait to see them again.

Up next The Nancy Druids began playing their gorgeous rock and roll music. They opened with the Sky all around them then brought us back to December. They played a powerhouse version of By Design and followed with the newish song Salvation. Just another day had that heavy rock stomp and Halo featured Ann Mindell‘s explosive drumming. They played a cool new song called Bitter Days (?) then took us on a walk through Vondle Park (?). I Can’t Remember Who You Were was epic and Sean went way off on The Space Between to close the night. They are an amazing band.

 

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The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

There was one more band at the Monkey House but I decided to try and make it to a second show. I walked back into Burlington and waited in line for a bit at Radio Bean. I had heard a lot about, but had never seen, Julia Caesar. I was still outside when they began but I could hear reasonably well and my first thought was Zola Turn. Their songs had nice melodies and rocked hard. I made it inside after a couple of songs and found a place to enjoy the rest of the show. The songs had a great strength to them and I reveled in their power. They played a song about the ground and a new one about a holy ghost. They played a song about being down below the ground and closed with one about hearing me now. I definitely need to see them again and get to know their music. They are amazing.

 

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Julia Caesar pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Clever Girls took the stage and kept it rocking. They opened with Tell Me No then shouted out the 1 2 3 4 intro to Loose Tooth. They played a new song I did not know but really liked then played an intense version of 45. They played more songs from their upcoming album such as Catch And Release and Loom. They closed the set with a heavy rocker that always gets me going. They are such a great band. I can’t wait for a new album so I can get to know their songs even better.

I didn’t hang out too long but did chat with a couple of cool people. The walk home was short and easy and I was in a blissfully happy place.

 

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Clever Girls pic by Tim Lewis

 

Sad Turtle, People Person, and Burning Monk at The Monkey House January 20, 2018   Leave a comment

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Sad Turtle pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Saturdays ago at The Monkey House. The show was billed as Winter Wonder-Glam and was a benefit to collect money and warm clothes for Spectrum Youth And Family Services.

Sad Turtle began the night with a jazzy rock instrumental set. They played some new songs and likely some classics. I should have studied their album closer before the show to be sure. Either way, I let myself get lost in the fun twists and turns of their glorious music. They played a very old song called Johnny Razor’s Totally Normal Candy Store (I think), and played a new one and asked us what it’s name should be. The song kept rising all the way through so I suggested He Is Risen And Appears On Toast, since that’s the way their titles tend to go. They closed the set with a majestic version of Nautical By Nature that kept me in a happy place.

 

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People Person pic by Tim Lewis

Up next was a blistering rock trio from Boston called People Person. They were fast and loud and pretty great. They played maybe nine songs with the drummer and guitar player switching in the middle of the set. The singer screamed out the words to the short songs and the whole set was wrapped up in about 15 minutes. It was furious and fun.

The final band of the night came on and raged hard. Burning Monk are a Rage Against The Machine cover band and they sounded great. I’ve always appreciated their music but don’t know it well so I don’t know what songs were played. The audience recognized them and we all had a great time. It was yet another wonderful night of music in our town

 

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Burning Monk pic by Tim Lewis

 

Posted February 7, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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