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Clever Girls, Sleeping In, and Apartment 3 at The Monkey House October 28, 2017   Leave a comment

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Clever Girls pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Saturday at The Monkey House. Christopher Larrow had come over for the weekend and we met up with Rich Haskell and headed to Winooski. We met up with Chris Rielly and Robin Chesebro Rielly and chatted for a bit. As the music began I headed to the front as Clever Girls shouted 1 2 3 4 and lit into Loose Tooth. They played a loud rocking set full of newer songs and classics. Their sound was full and rich and the volume was loud. Newer songs like Hannah just soared and classics like 45 had a slow burn that flowed into ripping guitar work. They closed with an intense rocker and I was in a happy place.

I hung out with everyone for a bit then the stage got loud and I returned. sleeping in had a lush indie rock sound. I did not know most of the songs but they were heavy and dreamy and I was in a happy place. They played some glorious music and wrapped the set with Tonight Tonight from Smashing Pumpkins.

 

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Sleeping In pic by Tim Lewis

I hung out with everyone for a bit then the stage got loud as Apartment 3 began their final show. Their indie punk sound was pretty cool and rocked hard. Again, I was not overly familiar with their songs, and the sound was loud and the vocals buried a bit so it was hard to be certain which songs they played. They were all fun and the epic 21 song set was fantastic, and included a couple of Pavement covers. They closed the night with the last song from their album Paying It Forward and that was that.

By this point everyone else had taken off so I took the lovely long walk home. I’m so glad I got to see such powerful music.

 

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Apartment 3 pic by Tim Lewis

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Posted November 4, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Ruckzuck at Robot Dog Studio, Miami Summer Culture, Ruckzuck , and Plastique Mammals at The Monkey Hose and Ruckzuck at Radio Bean October 22, 2017   Leave a comment

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Sunday at Robot Dog Studio and The Monkey House and at Radio Bean. The last time Ruckzuck were in town, in May, I went to Nectar’s to check them out. They were really good so I stopped in at Radio Bean and saw them for a second time that day. That show blew me away too. The next day they were playing at The Monkey House so I asked Nathan Curtis if he wanted to go and we were both amazed.

Last Sunday they were set to play an early show at The Monkey House and a later show at the Bean. I had to work until 5 and not until 12:30 on Monday so it looked pretty promising that I could see them twice in one day again. The band checked in about doing a Robot Dog session. It turned out that Ryan Cohen had a last minute cancellation so we set it all up. After all, why stop at two if you can go to three.

I got out a little early on Sunday and headed to the studio. The band were in and set up and beginning soundcheck. It was cool to hang out and chat and even cooler when the tape started rolling and the band began to play. We chatted about evolution and gardens and fonts and things like that. They played wonderful super-heavy psychedelic rock songs like I Ruined The Moon and Alan’s Garden. Future Shock just kept rising and had me enthralled and I had to force myself out of speechlessness since i still had one more interview segment with them. They wrapped the set with Miss Candy and started the remarkably efficient tear down process so they could head to Winooski.

 

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

I drove home and parked the car and checked in with Nathan. He was good to go so we headed to Winooski and settled into The Monkey House. The show began with a gentleman sitting and playing guitar and loops. Miami Summer Culture played nicely layered instrumental indie pop. The first few sounded nice but the fourth one had a vocal track from the first moon landing and was really cool. The music had a spacey vibe and I was in a happy place. He played one more and wrapped up the set.

 

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Miami Summer Culture pic by Tim Lewis

Ruckzuck were up next and just let loose. I should have studied their music more, so I’m not certain what they started with, but it was huge and trippy and wonderful. They veered a little more pop with Miss Candy and the next lovely song which had a dropped from the sky ripping ending. They pulled out a fun cover of Come And Get Your Love and everyone enjoyed the groove. From there things just took off and they closed with a long over the top amazing version of Oh You, You’re You and I was in heaven.

 

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Plastique Mammals took the stage and rocked out. They are a duo with bass/keys/loops and a drummer. The songs were indie prog instrumentals and were pretty cool. They rocked out six songs that had a nice flow and created a happy space. The closer had a huge prog rock end and I was pleased.

 

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Plastique Mammals pic by Tim Lewis

Ruckzuck had loaded out their gear but were still there so Nate and I chatted with them for a bit then we headed out. It was getting late and close to the midnight show at the Bean so Nate was nice enough to give me a ride downtown, though as it turned out I would have had plenty of time to walk. He skipped the later show since he had to work earlier in the morning.

I got in and settled and said hi to my new best friends as they got everything set. At this point I was quite tired and just fell into the flow of the music. My notes are about as blurry as I felt and the first three songs just flowed with power and beauty. I’m not sure how it’s possible but I think that third show was the best of the day and certainly the longest. Extended versions of Alan’s Garden and Future Shock were incredible beyond words. They played for an hour or so and wrapped up around 1:30. I felt completely lost in the music for every note and was in complete bliss.

After they wrapped up, I said a quick goodbye then took the short and lovely walk home. What an amazing day!

 

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

Swale and Thick Business at The Monkey House October 18, 2017   Leave a comment

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Swale pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Wednesday at The Monkey House. Rich Haskell stopped over at my house early in the evening and we watched a couple of live The Tragically Hip videos and lamented the passing of Gordon Downie. A little after 8 he gave me a ride toWinooski. I arrived a little before showtime and got in and settled. SWALE took the stage and began tuning up and the sound slowly coalesced into Waterlanding.. They played a searing version of that song. They followed with their new single Safe To Say and were completely locked in. Golden Crutch was smooth and elegant then they ramped up to full speed for Everyone Likes To. They played the super-fun Release Your Records and the achingly beautiful Felon. I was not sure of the next one, something about maybe it goes on, but it was just great. They laid into Drug Laws and rocked it for a deliciously long time. Elevator wrapped the set with an unsettling story set to gorgeous music. It was Swale at their very best from first note to last.

Up next was a band from Boise Idaho called Thick Business. They opened with a song about being right there with you that had an indie rock B-52’s vibe. I was quite impressed and not at all prepared for what was to come. The second song began with a jazzy Zappa vibe then the keys took over with an old Genesis sound. I was intrigued. The song went through many twists and turns and may have been a few songs seamlessly stitched together. Either way, they played it for a long time and I was captivated for every moment. They kept the sound going for a song about thinking about your heart that had a bit of a King Crimson vibe. They wrapped the night with something about being at the end of the game after you’ve had too many mushrooms. That one rocked hard and had a Sabbath vibe. While you could hear the influences of the bands listed above all the songs sounded like what I’m coming to know as the Thick Business sound. They were amazing and I feel lucky to have seen them. Going out to see random bands sometimes leads to these kinds of experiences and I’m so glad I was put in the effort. .

I did not stay long after the show then took the lovely walk home

 

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Thick Business pic by Tim Lewis

Posted October 24, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Calvin Coolidge, Cave Bees, and Pinact at The Monkey House October 14, 2017   Leave a comment

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Calvin Coolidge pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Saturday at The Monkey House. I had plenty of time between work and the show to get home and eat dinner then I took the lovely walk to Winooski. I got in and settled and watched as Calvin Coolidge made the transition from a soundcheck to the beginning of their show. The guitar/singer, bass/singer, drums trio began with some cool low-fi indie rock. They sang about staying here by your side and stealing all of my money. The next song was a bit faster and had a nice sweep. As the set progressed the songs seemed to go through more changes and builds and kept me intrigued. The bass player and guitarist switched instruments after the fourth song and they played a song about friends with a Zeppelin vibe. A song about betting that you can say was cool as was the fast instrumental. They played a slower song that picked up speed, had a reggae vibe for a short moment then slipped into double time. They played a stark slower stomp about sex and violence. They played a song about getting the hell out that had an REM vibe. At that point the bassist and guitarist switched instruments again. They closed with a song that started slow and had a rocking end and was about how maybe my dreams are nothing to live by. They were pretty cool and it will be fun to see where they go in the future.

 

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Calvin Coolidge pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Cave Bees hit the stage with a roar and rocked out Round Sum. They kept the pace at full fury for Mine All Mine and I Need A Raise. Juliet was heavy and intense and Sweet Pussy was furious. Lunacy is one of the great rock songs to come out of our scene and they played a brilliant version of it. Sister Blue was blissfully heavy/beautiful then we all sang ooh ooh ooh on Flight Of The Alligator. They loved their car, you know, the one with the 22-R then finally eased back a tiny amount for the gorgeous sledgehammer riffs of Muskrat Love. They ramped back up to full speed for the soulful Queen City and called it a night. They were completely amazing.

 

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Cave Bees pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Pinact from Scotland took the stage and played some fast loud indie rock. The first song was about bringing you and they followed with their new single Seams. They sang about wanting to feel free again, about being up and down, and not wanting to feel like that. They mixed up songs from the first album and the new one. They closed the furious rock set with Forever which featured a line about if it’s broken, it won’t be broke for long. They said that was going to be the last song but still threw in one more fast rocker to close the night. They were really cool.

I spoke with Jon the bass player for a bit after the show and reveled in his accent then took the lovely walk home.

 

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Pinact pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Posted October 22, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Near North, Black Rabbit, and The Mountain Says No at The Monkey House October 7, 2017   1 comment

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Near North pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Saturday at The Monkey House. I met up with Nathan Curtis and we headed out for what I thought was a doors at 8:30 show at 9 night of music. We arrived just before 9 and The Mountain Says No were on and playing Statistik. Fortunately, the bartender was fantastic and I was in front of the band for the last third of the song. They sounded heavy and powerful and fantastic. King Grifter rocked hard and had soaring vocals. They followed with a new fast heavy thunderous song that may be called If You Lie. They eased back a tiny amount for the moody 3,000 Incubators. Restaurant always rocks hard but it took an extra heavy turn at the end. They sped up the beginning of Who Could say then closed the set with a new song with a heavy beginning and end and a moody middle section. I think might be Light Bright Lord since I got a peek at the set list after the show. I think I just missed Machu Piccu, but really should have been there for every glorious moment.

 

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The Mountain Says No pic by Tim Lewis

Nate and I hung outside at the tables for the set break, but soon some sound came from the stage and I rushed inside. Black Rabbit began a little slow with the searing BS Passes that has that easy to sing chorus. They followed with a fast heavy Mark My Words and we were off. They played a super fun new song with wonderful Darlene Scarano backing vocals. Per setlist.fm it was called Prime. They rocked out Too Good then thanked Bill Mullins and Dee Claw and played a fantastic version of the Persian Claws song Flypaper. I was elated. Another new song called The Shutout was great and had a let me in let me out vibe. The Original Original rocked furiously then they eased back for another new song called Quiet Down. They spoke a little about being sad about the passing of Grant Hart and played a set of Husker Du Covers. What’s Going On, Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely, and Turn On The News were fantastic. They went back to their songs for a blistering Double Line then rocked out another new song called Jumble. They closed the set with Sayonara and I was so psyched that they have so much great new music. New album soon?

 

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Black Rabbit pic by Tim Lewis

I chatted with a bunch of cool people, inside and out then heard music begin and rushed back inside. Near North were there to release their new album Most Every Night, and release it they did. They opened with Come Kiss Me then played the full album all the way through. The album has a nice rock sound and all the songs sounded great onstage. Get Loud had some sweet guitar work. Gone was slow and gorgeous. Saved had an especially nice Rickenbacker bass sound. The tenth and final song on the album, Dead Inside (Really Alive) rocked nicely and kept me in a happy place. They followed with a new song that may be called Ghost. From there they played a song about how I’ll never be the way you want and followed with a song with a dramatic rock opening. They played a song about waking up and being one with the floor and played one about a pile driver. They played a new song called Skylight and used a drop D to sound a bit more metal. They closed the 21 song set with a song about how it’s your heart that is broken and not mine. The whole show was pretty epic.

It was late so we headed out quickly. Nate dropped me at home and I was happily asleep shortly thereafter. What a great night.

 

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Near North pic by Tim Lewis

Posted October 18, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Bardela at The Monkey House October 3, 2017   Leave a comment

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Bardela pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Tuesday at The Monkey House. I worked until 6:30 and had just enough time at home to almost fade. I had heard Cooie DeFrancesco sing and play guitar one night and really enjoyed her voice and presence. I had been meaning to Catch up with Arty LaVigne‘s band Radio Underground but the timing just never worked out. The fact that both were in Bardela made me rally and I took the long walk to Winooski.

I got in and settled and said Hi to Sal L. DeFrancesco and Kurt Ries and soon enough, it was time for Bardela to play. Arty and Cooie were joined by Mark Christensen on lead guitar, who also plays with Radio Underground, and Mike Scott on bass, though it’s normally Jeff Barrows. I think that when they play in this format they are Bad Bardela and when they have a drummer they are Big Bad Bardela but I could be wrong on that. Arty’s voice and guitar were front and center and Cooie’s voice blended sweetly. Her guitar joined in the rhythm or provided counter rhythms as needed. The bass filled out the sound and Mike’s guitar added some rock and roll sting. They had a breezy Southern California sound mixed with a bit of solid Vermont rock. They opened with one more story about the road then pulled out a huge sounding I Know You Rider. They sang about a California dreamer, but not the famous one. They sang about the end of summer then sang about how the wind came strolling through their door. They sang about whispers of love out in the country and closed the lovely set with Jazz Odyssey. Well, that’s what Mike said but to me it sounded like a song about living in L.A.

I had been pretty tired all day but was glad I made the push to get out the door. I said a couple of quick goodbyes then took the long walk home. I should have stayed for the next band but sometimes you can only do what you can do.

Posted October 14, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Jakals, The Nancy Druids, and Late Night Sneaky Uncle at The Monkey House September 30, 2017   Leave a comment

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Jakals pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Saturday’s ago at The Monkey House. I met up with Christopher Larrow and Rich Haskell and we arrived close to showtime. We got in and settled and a lovely sound came from the stage.

Jakals are from Boston and played some songs with a nice sweep and feel to them. Everyone enjoyed their sound including Mary Wolcott who had arrived separately. Most of the songs had a pop sound with a jazz or prog or almost metal feel. Katie Solomon had a nice voice that often soared and roared and reminded me of Dio when she really let it out. They played a bunch of songs from their Keep Mother Sane album. I really enjoyed their set until the fourth song, Homesick, which just took me over the top. I was in bliss as they played songs like Devil’s Eyes and closed the set with a rocker called Abel. I’d go see them again anytime.

 

Up next The Nancy Druids took the stage. They opened with the swirling Sky then rocked out December. Ann Mindell gave her new drum set a little extra kick on Halo. By Design was especially enjoyed by a few familiar looking faces in the audience that made me realize who the final band of the night would be. The Druids rocked on with a song about seeing salvation all around then Sean Ripped launched a great solo on Just Another Day. A lovely song about life followed then they shimmered the room with Disappear. A song about not remembering who you are had a cool John Franklin bass line and more over the top drumming. They closed the night with a space between a secret and a lie.

 

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The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

Chris and Rich had taken off but Mary and i were game for checking out the next band. With Anne-Marie Costa on keys and vocals, Jamie Williamson on guitar, vocals and tall wizard hat and Peter Danforth on sax it was almost a Cranial Perch reunion. They were joined by a cool rhythm section and called themselves Late Night Sneaky Uncle. They had a bit of an off kilter Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your Kim Jong Un for a while kind of vibe, and opened with a hymn about current events. They played songs that embraced chaos and songs that embraced beauty and sang about dotards and rockets. They played a folky song with a Sweet Jane vibe. The played a little Show Me The Way, To The Next Third World War that could possibly be still knows as Alabama Song. It had been way too long since I had heard Anne-Marie sing and her voice is more amazing than ever. The set had songs about diving into swimming pools with no water and how things go over and over and out the wrong way. The blend of order and chaos was expertly done and very enjoyable. They closed the 12 song set saying the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

I said a couple of quick goodbyes and Mary and I headed back to the party that was forming at my place.

 

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Late Night Sneaky Uncle pic by Tim Lewis