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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

 

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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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Sad Turtle, Zeus Springsteen, and Black Rabbit at The Monkey House December 30, 2017   Leave a comment

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Sad Turtle pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Saturday at The Monkey House. I was hanging out with Mike Luoma and we both wanted to go so we bundled up and took the long walk to Winooski. We arrived just in time to settle in a bit then Sad Turtle hit the stage with a huge rock sound. I’m usually good about knowing the songs or picking out part of the lyric and figuring it out but Turtle play all instrumentals so I just went with it and rocked hard. The songs find fun grooves that you can loose yourself in and suddenly something subtle changes and it feels like you get lost, then the whole song moves into it’s next section. It’s a cool thing to experience. They played a bunch of their album Ruthless And Toothless but did play a new song called Nautical By Nature which was really fun. Singer and Keyboard played Mike Fried announced some of the song titles so they definitely played Giddyup! and The Marbled Rye. Another new song called The Aquatic Sounds of ZuZu Crew (?) was especially great. They closed the set with Detective Norman and the crowd was having a wonderful time.

 

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Zeus Springsteen pic by Luke Awtry Photography

Up next, it was time for Zeus Springsteen to release their new album and rock us hard. They started with a full rich indie-prog vibe and sounded great for most of the night. They said the first song, the old Lobot song Lights Of Montreal, was a soundcheck but it sounded perfect all the way through. They continued on with I’ll Find You Dindone Fontaine then hit us hard with Signal Loss. Rental was amazing then they pulled out a really old song called LL Landlord (?). The next song had a huge epic 5 years of Bowie kind of sound and I loved every moment of it. Car Bomb kept us rocking and then they dropped in a cover of Madman Across The Water. Everything Will Be Eventual started well until a problem developed with the snare drum. Jeremy Gartner ran out and got his and the show went on. They played a couple of cool songs then rocked our Your Funeral. Somewhere in there the guitar pedal went and they scrambled to get the sound back. They did and closed the night with What’s Inside A Thing. The show ended a bit on the rough side but sounded so fantastic for most of it that I still had to buy a copy of the new album on a cassette with no tape and just had a swing out USB,

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The Zeus Springsteen album pic by Tim Lewis

Black Rabbit came up next and eased into the show with BS Passes then rocked the new song Prime. Sayanora saw them at full punk rock fury and they stayed that way for Mark My Words. Nicky Says kept it rocking and Quiet Down didn’t quiet anything down at all. The Original Original is a full speed rocker then they eased back a little into the cool groove of Too Good. The Invisibles rocked hard and got me thinking about the X-Files and I think the next one was another new song called Jumble. Neutrino told the tale of everyone’s favorite Papa and It’s Cold was highly appropriate. They pulled out a cover of Husker Du’s Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely then played another new one maybe called The Shutout. They closed the set with the 5/4 song that everyone loves called Carnage. They were ready to go but the audience was not so they came back and rocked out Neighborhood. It was another great show from Rabbit.

At some point Mike had taken off. I did not stay late and took the long and lovely walk home.

Thanks for the pictures Luke Awtry Photography 

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Black Rabbit pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

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

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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