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Quiltro and Kali Ma And The Garland Of Arms at The Monkey House April 13, 2019   Leave a comment

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Quiltro

I had a great time seeing music April 13th at The Monkey House. I’m so far behind.

I had a nice day at work and when I got home there was a message on Facebook from Faith Kelly reminding me to check out one of her new favorite bands. Who am I to stand in the way of such enthusiasm? I took the lovely long walk to Winooski, got settled, and soon it was time for openers Quiltro to take the stage. They lit in with a trancey Floyd vibe and added a soundscaping guitar. The second of their instrumental songs had more keys and a triumphant sound and I was in a happy place. The next song really lit me up and I’m pretty sure it was a cover of When You’re In from Obscured By Clouds. I was beaming. The rest of the eight song set was like a sea of sound and I enjoyed the swim. They closed with a cool smooth rocker and I really need to get to know them more.

The set break was reasonable then Kali Ma and the Garland of Arms – KMGA took the stage. They opened with a cool song and followed with one that was dropped from the stars prog. I was in a happy place. I had a hard time really getting my head around the songs so I just rocked back and forth a bit and let the wave of sound move me around. The sound was luscious and joyous and I just loved it. The fourth song of the set had a towering lead guitar part that lit me up, but it was the way the band flowed together that made me love them. They capped the 9 song set with a huge rocker and I was in a happy place. I hung out and chatted a bit and bought their CD then took the lovely walk home. Faith was so right.

 

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Kali Ma And The Garland Of Arms

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Wren Kitz, Danny & The Parts, and Omoo Omoo at The Monkey House March 2, 2019   Leave a comment

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Wren Kitz

I had a great time seeing music last Saturday at The Monkey House. I got out of work, did a fairly quick turnaround then took the slow icy walk to Winooski.

I walked in right at showtime and Wren Kitz were on and easing their way into a song. I grabbed a drink and walked to the front and let the heavy psychedelic music wash over me. They started with a familiar song abut a Master Of The Universe that made me smile. I thought they might jam out a bit but they slid into another of their more poppy songs. It was fun, then they kept up the theme with a sweet version of Sky Of Words. At the end they let it drift off into an intense jam. Maybe it was the news I had watched earlier, but you know that point when the Falcon rocket has brought you into space and the Dragon capsule has separated it and is flying steadily towards the space station? It sounded like what I imagine that would sound like. Eventually, it solidified into Georgie and they rocked that cool song to a lovely conclusion to cap the night. They are always amazing.

Up next Danny & The Parts took the stage as a trio. They began their popish countryish rockish set with the poignant Maybe There’s A War then rocked out a cool version of Drifting. They sang a song about people that you know then a couple more that I did not know but really liked. They kicked out a fun rocker that caught the room then played a cover with a blues rock stomp. Why You Putting Down That Phone sounded nice then they had a big rock finish on a song about how you want me back home. It was a really fun set.

 

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Danny & The Parts

After a short break Omoo Omoo began to play. The instrumental trio began with a dreamy slow rock jam that took a nice prog turn. It became slow and shiny for a while then rocked a bit a the end. Their sound brought to mind King Crimson and The Dixie Dregs, and they definitely had some old Rush influence running throughout. All of the songs were long jams. Some were more slow and mellow and some rocked super hard. They played for an hour or so and ended with a breezy proggy song that was quite pleasant. It was a really nice set.

I hung out for a little bit then took the long icy walk home. It was a lot of effort, but so worth it.

 

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Omoo Omoo

 

Posted March 10, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Adrienne Cooper Smith, Father Figuer, and Julia Caesar at The Monkey House February 1, 2019   Leave a comment

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Adrienne Cooper Smith

 

I had a great time seeing music February 1st at The Monkey House. I worked a little in the morning, went to Shelburne to spend some time with my brother, took a nap in the afternoon then went to Robot Dog Studio and interviewed Jesse Taylor and got to hear her play four really cool songs. We started early and knocked it out quickly and I had plenty of time to drive home, drop the car and take the long walk back to Winooski.

The show was scheduled to start at 8:30 and I arrived at 8:25. I got in and settled and moved through the crowd to the front as Adrienne Cooper Smith unleashed some beautifully heavy distorted notes from her electric banjo. The attentive crowd formed an arc around the stage and listened close. Her music has a fun mix of sounding like a usual singer songwriter and a punk band at the same time. Her wispy vocals juxtaposed against the intensity of her playing kept me in a state of bliss for the whole show. Towards the end she played a cool song about a place inside you then capped the set with a blistering feedback ending. She’s so great.

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Father Figuer

The set break wasn’t long and Father Figuer took the stage. Their music often starts slow and moody then builds into a furious shredding roar before easing up and doing it all over again. I’ve really enjoyed many of the performances, but something about the show that night, let me really see and understand the structure of their songs in a way I hadn’t yet. I went happily along with every rise and fall and reveled in the power and beauty of their music. I will definitely be back for more.

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Julia Caesar

Up next, Julia Caesar took the stage and were joined by a woman on violin. She added a nice edge to the sound, but did not change it much, which was cool. They opened with a lovely gentle song I did not know, but really liked. They played a song about the planets called Mars then rocked out Nosedive. They played the one about ashes ashes, all fall down and followed with a nice countryish song. At some point I was wondering why I knew so few songs, and they said that most of the songs that night were new. I felt better. They played a song about time traveling in our dreams the played a great version of Chosen Names. Stephen and Liz Stafford switched instruments for the one about being washed up on your shore again then they returned to the normal configuration for the one about letting it be without a sound. Liz had some nice guitar lines and Megan Wild Rice played some intense lead guitar parts too. They played a searing version of falter and followed with another cool new one. They closed the set with Empires and the crowd was in a happy place. They are a truly amazing band and I’m so lucky to be able to see them so often. It’s great to hear the new songs come out and come alive. I can’t wait to see where they go next.

 

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Julia Caesar

 

Ryan Ober And The Romans, Happy Spangler, and The Nancy Druids at The Monkey House December 14, 2018   Leave a comment

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Ryan Ober And The Romans pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Fridays ago at The Monkey House. It was in the middle of the heavy work season, but I had been missing cool shows and pushed myself out the door at the last minute and took the long walk to Winooski. I got in and settled as Ryan Ober and The Romans kicked off the set with a song about how it used to be. With a cool bluesy indie rock sound, the band oozed talent. I felt better about not knowing several of the songs when Ryan said half of the set was new. They played a sparkly song with an indie vibe then let loose a big rocker that may have been about a shady operator. They played a cool medium paced rocker about making it up then went a bit country for a song about life from the time I was two. Supernatural had a cool vibe that was fun to get lost in then they took us to Californ-i-a. The next one rocked and the one after took a bluesy turn. They capped the show with a rocker that sounded like a freight train driving through. Ryan flew off the stage and around the room for a bit before returning and rocking it to the end. What a great show.

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Happy Spangler pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Happy Spangler took the stage. Their indie rock sound has hints of blues and classic rock and their songs are fun and inviting. They opened with an epic I Brought You Flowers But You Wanted Drugs that put the room in a happy place. Sean Toohey from the Druids heard something wrong and rushed to the stage to make an adjustment to the bass amp and Kirk Flanagan tossed in a lyric about thanking Sean for the assist. That’s so Burlington. Spangler followed with a cheery song about not needing you or needing anything, then they played one about what fell outta my head. Hawks has a solid rock sound with a couple of spacey parts in the middle and is one of my favorites. Barbara tossed in a few hawk screams at appropriate times, which just added to the fun. She is really coming into her own as a bass player and it was fun to watch her begin to stalk the stage. They said they would never let me go then then said Dave doesn’t live here anymore. Kirk switched to a mini guitar with a huge sound for Bit O Honey and stayed with it for the song about how the door flew open and you blew in. All night long Michael Bradshaw had been killing it on the drums, but for the next one he sang too. I’m not sure what it was, maybe a Big Star cover or something. Kirk resumed vocals on the next one and they took us on a ride in the Golden Caddy. That is such a fun song. They rocked out another then brought Sean up to play bass for the last song. Barbara sang some of the lead with Kirk, and the song was a super fun punk rocker about a Scandinavian business called Bik Bok (sp???). It was great.

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Happy Spangler pic by Tim Lewis

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Happy Spangler with Sean Toohey pic by Tim Lewis

After a short set The Nancy Druids took the stage. They sang about the Sky that’s all around us then lit into December. The last time I saw them they scaled the sound back a little for more of an acoustic set. This night was them at peak power and they rocked hard. I Can’t Remember Who You Were has a killer Ann Mindell drum part and a huge rock sound. Just Another Day is a heavy stomp that ends with Sean ripping it up on guitar. They played dreamy rock pop on By Design, Salvation and one about life since you left me. They took The Space Between to epic heights with more of Sean’s stunning guitar work. John Franklin found a nice groove to open Bitter Days and the band dove in and filled the song with glee. They played the breezy Vondle Park (sp???) and capped the night with the blistering Halo.

I didn’t hang out long, since I had to work in the morning, and took the long lovely walk home. What a beautiful night of music in our town.

 

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The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

Jessica Rabbit Syndrome and Stonefield at The Monkey House September 30, 2018   Leave a comment

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Jessica Rabbit Syndrome pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Sundays ago at The Monkey House. I caught a set by Jeremy Gilchrist earlier in the day then had some time to relax at home. I took the lovely walk to Winooski and got settled. I moved to the front as Jessica Rabbit Syndrome began to release their heavy sludgy songs. All of them went through challenging changes that were fun to try and keep up with. They sang about blood types then took us on an early winter bender. They sang about pulled pork and pulled out a cover of Hole’s Violet. A song with a Halloween vibe might have been about witchcraft or bitchcraft. Drummer Amy Wild sang backing vocals on one song and made it sound like an aaahh button. She tossed in a few bursts of chimes to add nice touches to the glorious songs. They played a slower song then closed the set with a super heavy Bacchus D. They were wonderful.

After a short set break, Stonefield, from Australia, took the stage. The quartet launched into heavy drenched psychedelic rock and had me hooked from the first note. The drummer sang all of the songs and her voice was strong and nice. I did not know any of the songs but loved them all. They had a song with a smokey groove and rolling bass and keys. They had songs with a Sabbath vibe and a Hawkwind vibe but all sounded original. I think the second song in the set was Far From Earth, and I think they played a few songs from that album. They mixed prog jams with metal and it was easy to get lost in their lovely powerhouse music. One song sounded like Genesis if they were a metal band. They wrapped the night with a heavy rocker that had hints of Rainbow and Deep Purple and left us in a happy place.

I hung out for a bit and bought a CD then took the lovely walk home. What a great day of music.

 

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Stonefield pic by Tim Lewis

Posted October 24, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Joe Adler & The Veils Of Summer at Summervale and Zeus Springsteen, When Particles Collide & Dino Bravo at The Monkey House August 30, 20118   Leave a comment

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Joe Adler & The Veils Of Summer pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Thursday at Summervale and at The Monkey House. I usually do a local music radio show on Thursday, but back to school issues made it difficult for the person who triggers it to do so, and I was out seeing shows on Tuesday and Wednesday, so I would have had to record it on Monday, and I was planning to be out on Thursday, so I could not trigger the show, so we agreed that a day off would be nice.

I had a relaxed day and a little after five Mike Luoma, his friend Vicky (sp?), and I took a walk down to the Intervale. We found a seat on the lawn near the band, ate some food and Joe Adler & The Veils Of Summer took the stage. With a well played relaxed sound they jammed out a bunch of Joe’s super cool songs. He was joined by Zach Nugent on guitar, Caleb Bronz on drums, and Ed Grasmeyer on bass. All were total pros. Joe’s deep voice led the way as he added to the nice texture with his rhythm guitar. They opened with Cloudy Mind and played most of the songs on Joe’s album. They played a mellow version of One World (Not Three) and as it ebbed and flowed toward the end it fell into Fire On The Mountain. Many of the children in the audience started dancing and it felt like watching the seeds of the Grateful Dead get planted in the rich soil of people’s hearts in Burlington’s farmland. Chelsea from the Intervale Center got up to speak about the important work they do. I got up to walk around a bit and say hi to Nathan Curtis, but soon the band were back playing A Quiet Pun and I had to rush back to the stage. They played a glorious version of Brothers And Sisters, rocked out The Mime and Mirror Mirror and made my heart sing for the whole show. After they wrapped up, we took the long walk up the hill.

 

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Zeus Springsteen pic by Tim Lewis

I hung out at home for a bit, then took the long walk to Winooski. I got in and settled as Zeus Springsteen hit the stage. They opened hard and fast with What’s Inside A Thing. When it took that cool break in the middle, I was filled with joy They played a couple of cool new ones then rocked out I’ll Find You Dindone Fontain. They played a new one maybe called Specific Kind Of Hell then got a little drifty with Joey Is A Robot. They played a fun old Lobot song then another new one about going to the river and taking what they are giving. It had a bit of a Five Years vibe and was cool. They wrapped the set will a killer version of Lights Of Montreal and called it a night. There is something compelling about their songs and sound and they always put me in a happy place.

 

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When Particles Collide pic by Tim Lewis

At some point Nathan had arrived and we hung outside and chatted with some cool people. After a bit, When Particles Collide hit the stage hard. I did not know the opener but it was something about coming a little closer and looking in the mirror. It rocked hard. They played a cool version of Fight that featured drummer Chris Viner mouthing out the fun bass part in the middle. Sasha Alcott‘s vocals and guitar playing were fierce as they lit into a heavy rocker about living at the base of a mountain. They sang about laying my body down for you and rocked out a song about a good girl. I think a bunch of the songs were new and they all sounded great. They sang about how those days are gone forever and finding your way home. They closed with a ripping Constant Disaster and called it a night. They are always amazing. I love it when they come to town.

 

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Dino Bravo pic by Tim Lewis

We hung outside for a bit then it was time for the rock to continue. Dino Bravo VT opened with an instrumental rocker that sounded like a freight train at top speed. They played Past The Mark in a huge epic way then rocked out Two Car Garage. Pop Music sounded lovely then they played a Ween song. Birthday Boy was loaded with sentiment. Chuck Berry wasn’t, but it rocked hard. The harmony guitars of Strawberry Blonde lit me up and we kept rocking with Sugar Coated Candy Stix. A cover of Running Down A Dream was just great then they returned to epic land for a majestic Song About The Ocean. Matthew Stephen Perry ended it kind of like how Liz from Julia Caesar ends Falter, you know, guitar on the ground screaming as pedals and knobs shriek their way to the conclusion. It was such a great show.

We chatted with fun people for a bit then I caught a ride home from Nathan. It was an amazing evening.

 

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Dino Bravo pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

The Nancy Druids, The Atlantic Effect, and Carraway at The Monkey House August 25, 2018   Leave a comment

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The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music Saturday at The Monkey House. It was one of those bills with two bands I love and one I knew nothing about, so I was excited.

I took the lovely long walk to Winooski and got and settled and The Nancy Druids took the stage and rocked out Sky. December had a lovely pop sound with a shimmering guitar sound that made me smile. Bitter Days began with a chunky Rikenbaker bass riff from John Franklin and the song coalesced into pure delight. I Can’t Remember Who You Were soared to glorious rock heights and I felt like I was swimming in Sean Toohey’s massive guitar break at the end. Vondle Park was a slice of joyous pop then they rocked furiously on Halo. I love the powerhouse drum parts that Ann Mindell throws in. By Design was lovely and Salvation was inspirational. They rocked The Space Between super hard and that was going to close the show, but they had about four minutes left in their allotted time. They closed the night with a fun cover of Give A Little Bit. What a great set.

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The Atlantic Effect pic by Tim Lewis

After their set I looked back and was pleased to see the room was mostly full of people. I chatted with Loren and Molly King for a bit then it was time for The Atlantic Effect. They opened with a jazzy instrumental that soon began to rock. They played a bluesy rock song about picking up the pieces and bringing it all back home. They sang about what it takes to be my sweet Virginia then tossed in a Band Of Horses cover that I did not know. It was pretty cool. They played a song about it being time for work and a cover I did not know with a funky groove. They played a song with a smokey blues sound then a super fast cover that might have been a Beastie Boys song, or something that sounded like that. They wrapped up the set with another blues rocker about giving me a second chance and that was that.

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Carraway pic by Tim Lewis

I hung out for a bit during the set break then Carraway hit the stage hard with a cool new song about Pluto. It grabbed me immediately. Lion Tamer followed and rocked hard. They eased up for the gorgeous I’ve Come To Love and my heart was smiling. They played a cool song I did not know about making a deal with the devil when you sin’t got no soul. I was in a happy place as they sang songs about not wanting to do this anymore, being under the sea and being Kool. Time To Save The Wold had that lovely build then they became nice and heavy on The Anchor. They had us Raising The Dead and taught us how to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, in the worst way. They rocked hard on last night and closed with a great cover of Where Is My Mind. I love their sense of melody and drama and am very excited about the new songs they have.

I headed out fairly soon after. I contemplated how the show might have been cooler if Carraway and the Druids had played back to back, since their music is similar and Atlantic was a departure, as I took the long walk home. That said, I was happy to catch what I did.

 

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Carraway pic by Tim Lewis