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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

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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

 

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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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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