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The Wet Ones, The Pyros, and B Boys at The Monkey House September 10, 2019   Leave a comment

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The Wet Ones

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at The Monkey House. I had plenty of time after work to get some dinner before taking the misty walk to Winooski. I got in and settled and said hi to ace new bartender Diane Jean, then it was showtime.

The lights went down, the dancers started grooving and The Wet Ones lit into their fast cool surf-rock set. They played surf rock songs with a western feel and songs with a spy feel. Everything was instrumental and flowed through fun challenging changes, though the overall sound was super smooth. They played one with a surf noir feel then played one that was slow and pretty. They played one that felt like a High School prom song that ended furiously. Late in the show they played one that began slow and sultry then Amy Wild took the bass line in fun directions. The band let the song build and build before crashing to a conclusion. They kicked it hard for one more song and called it a night. The Wet Ones are lots of fun and should be seen anytime possible.

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The Pyros

Up next, The Pyros let loose some fun jangle pop/rock and took the songs to fun places. They infused elements of rockabilly and 50’s soul into their indie rock sound. They opened with a song called Please Go Away and followed with one about validating me. They sang a song about Yellow And Dark Blue and had me bopping around happily. They played a song about a royal flush that had a mellow opening and a heavy ending. As the night went on, it was clear that each of the three band members were extremely good and added lovely touches to each of the songs. They played the full new ep with Coffee, Christian Mingle, and Casanova, and all of the songs were strong and fun. Life got a little scary on a song about a zombie, then we went Hydroplaning for a while. You’re So Beautiful You Scare Me made some sort of sense then they closed with a ’50’s inspired song called Tears I Cry Shoo Be Do Wop, or something like that. Their whole set was great and I’d go see them again in a heartbeat.

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As is often the case, I did not know anything about headliners B Boys so I stood and listened as they roared into their set. The music had a punk base and they took it in indie rock directions. They came out of the gate at full throttle with a song that said look at me then they asked us to prove it or sue me. The next song had a bit of a Hawkwind flowing vibe then they played a punchy punk song that had a couple of smokes. The next one had a hint of the Talking Heads and the one about how you don’t go my way was a little Beastie. As the set went on some songs had a nu wave feel and there was at least one epic punk song. They ended with one that had a Rush vibe and closed with beautiful fast loud punk song. They were really good.

At some point early in the evening my coworker Nathan Curtis had showed up, and he was nice enough to give me a ride home. It was another great night of music in our town.

 

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B Boys

Posted September 11, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Lake Waves, The Silent Mile, Heavy Sleeper and Doom Service at The Monkey House September 3, 2019   Leave a comment

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Lake Waves

I had a great time seeing music last Tuesday at The Monkey House. It was set as a show with a band I really wanted to check out, one I had seen once and wanted to see again, one that I loved and one I knew nothing about.

I got out of work at 6, had a little time to eat and relax then took the lovely walk to Winooski. I got in and settled as Lake Waves took the stage. They opened with a song about dirty fingernails and their breezy indie rock sound caught the room. I remembered liking them when I saw them a couple of months ago and instantly remembered why. They followed with a song about being hung out to dry then played the banger. The song about little things that come and little things that go is beautifully crafted pop that also rocks, It sounded huge that night. The next song was slower and more dreamy and I think it was about raking leaves. They ended with another pop epic about not wanting to be on your own. It was a great set and each bad that played after gave them a shout out.

After a quick break, The Silent Mile took the stage with a roar. Their heavy off-kilter indie rock was fast and fun. The first song was furious then they played a huge version of the single All I Want. They played a new song with no lyrics that built into a huge rocker then told us some tales from Last Summer’s Odyssey. They rocked us through some Sleepless Nights then closed with something huge and loud that oozed passion and angst. I had been aching to check them out and I can’t wait to see them again.

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Up next, Heavy Sleeper came from Boston to play for us and let loose a flowing heavy jangly sound. They played songs about dying alone and not fearing changes and never letting you go. As the set progressed the sound became less bouncy and was a little more smooth as their lush music filled the air. They played the new single Castaway then played a huge fuzzy poppy slice of gorgeous rock. It may have had a lyric about letting it get away, but either way, it was wonderful. They brought the pace up to full throttle on a song about waking your love and called it a night. They were really good. I’m glad to get to know them.

Just in case we had not already rocked enough that night, Doom Service unleashed their smooth heavy indie punk rock on us. It had been way too long since I’d seen them and I was elated to correct that. Stories of comic books emanated from the stage then the band launched into Monsters Are Due On Maple Street. The song refers to the Twilight Zone episode of the same name and makes some fantastic points about human nature and rocks blisteringly hard. They hit us hard with Collider then welcomed us to the Hellmouth. We went prospecting with the Miner 49er then the Curse brought us down. The Other Iron Sheik rocked us hard and we ended the night with a little Jurassic Bark. They are such an amazing band and all of their songs are so much fun. I just love it every time I get to hear them play.

I hung out for a little bit then took the long walk home. It was another great night of music in our town.

Sorry about spacing out and not getting a picture of Silent Mile.

 

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Doom Service

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Jessica Rabbit Syndrome, Circus Trees, and Glass Lungs at The Monkey House June 30, 2019   Leave a comment

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Jessica Rabbit Syndrome

 

I had a great time seeing music at the The Monkey House on July 30. I’ve lately been enamored of Jessica Rabbit Syndromeand was very excited to see them. I took the lovely walk to Winooski and got in and settled as JRS hit the stage hard and heavy. They opened with a rousing Bitchcraft then played a great new song about a drug guy. Amy took lead vocals for Defensive Roofie then Ali returned with Winter Bender. They spoke of their love for food and rocked out Pork Fortress. Thelma And Louise kept the melodic but super heavy rock going and they closed the set with a blistering Bacchus D. It’s always a great time when they play.

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Circus Trees

 

I hung out during the set break then Circus Trees took the stage. The three very young women from the Boston area who comprised the band lit into a spare sound with looped guitar and piano that got more huge and heavy as they built it into a monster. It was impressive. They continued on with a rocker about being out here on my own and all the songs had an interesting sprawl to them. The whole set was super loud and delightfully heavy. Visually, the stage was pretty dark, but they had a series of lanterns that would get turned on and off in a subtle and very effective manner. It’s hard to describe but it added a lot. The other fun part of the show was that they brought a family entourage who were super attentive to making any minor adjustments to the sound or lights as needed. It was delightful to watch. They closed the set with one song that began quiet then got devastatingly loud, and one that had a huge washy ending. I’m glad I caught the show and can’t wait to see where they go in the future.

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Circus Trees

 

I hung out for a bit then Brooklyn’s Glass Lungs lit into a rocker about if I go away. They had a nice prog metal sound and I was sucked in from the first note. My notes are pretty sparse but they did play a song called From The Wayside and I found myself easily able to crawl into all of their songs and let them rock me for a while. They describe their music as blending “indie and post-rock with celestial guitar sounds to create an atmospheric brand of “space wizardry.” I think that is a completely accurate description of the sound and I loved every moment of their show.

I hung out and chatted for a bit then took the long walk home. It was another great night of music in our town.

 

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Glass Lungs

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

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