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Azarian Family Hoo Haw with Peg Tassey at Light Club Lamp Shop and Breakfast With The Boys and Binger at The Skinny Pancake July 29, 2017   1 comment


Peg Tassey and Ethan Azarian pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Saturday at Light Club Lamp Shop and The Skinny Pancake Burlington. It was a lovely day and I got out of work a little early and had time to just hang out for a bit. Around 5:45 I took the easy walk downtown. The show was set to start at 6 but the stage was just beginning to be set up. I chatted with Charlie Messing for a half hour or so then it was time for the Azarian Family Hoo Haw to begin. A woman named Kendra took the stage with a Ukulele. I let the first song wash over me and was in a happy place. Charlie commented on how good of a singer she was. For the second song a guy named Jeff joined her and played the musical saw. The song was about laying your comfort down and sounded quiet somber and lovely. A song about a hard rain followed then a woman named Lindsay came up and sang backing vocals. The song was about leaving my baby and was the last of Kendra’s set.


Kendra and Jeff pic by Tim Lewis

Up next, Lindsay took the stage and sang and played a slow eerie banjo with some effects and looping. She was joined by Jeff on the saw and chimes and phones. The gentle haunting sound was beautiful. They played songs about cold rain and sun and a howling Texas wind. Kendra joined them for a song that might have been called In Dreams. They closed the set with Kendra using a bow on something that looked like a small xylophone while Jeff used a bow on the saw and Lindsay used a bow on the banjo. The song about the wind and rolling sea was gorgeous.


Lindsay and Jeff pic by Tim Lewis


Lindsay, Jeff, and Kendra pic by Tim Lewis

Being a warm sunny day, the mighty Ethan Azarian opened with a song about the cold winter and putting your summer clothes away. Jeff and Lindsay have been playing with Ethan in Austin for a while and they added a nice touch to his sound. They brought up Kendra to sing backing vocals through a phone for an anti-marriage song about the lovebirds. Ethan’s quirky lyrics made The Zebra Who Runs Through The Night especially fun. They played songs about seeing you in the promised land and seeing you when they get home. They played the title song of Ethan’s new album When You Were Young then rocked out a song called Josephine. They brought up Peg Tassey MUSIC for a special treat. Jeff played saw and Ethan played acoustic guitar and Peg played acoustic and she sang the legendary Ethan Is Stoned. I’ve loved that song for a long time and was in heaven for every note. Ethan closed the set with a song about Joe playing that Sally Ann Slow and picking up his fiddle and bow. Everything about the set was fun.


Ethan, Jeff, and Lindsay pic by Tim Lewis


Peg Tassey, Ethan Azarian, and Jeff pic by Tim Lewis

I had thought about trying to catch some music at Sidebar but the time was running late so I just headed down to The Skinny Pancake. I got in and got a drink and wandered out to the patio as Breakfast With The Boys were wrapping up their set. They played a rollicking Whipping Post then a song with a bit of a Latin groove. The woman who sang had a great and powerful voice. They played one more fun song and that was that. I hung out for a bit then Binger took the stage. They sound checked with Fearless but began the set for real with If I Knew. The next song had a reggae vibe and was about all of the things I do. They played a new song called Sideways that was really nice. A cover of Natalie Imburglia’s Torn bounced nicely then they played a song about the spaces in between. They made me smile with a killer version of The Feeling Is Strange. A cover of Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots was fun and kept the smile on my face. They played another new song about a memory that had a ferocious jam at the end. A cover of Shakedown Street made everyone happy then they rocked out Strings. Covers of Can I Kick It and Jumper were fun. They played a hot damn funk jam then rocked out King Vice. They played two more, including Check Your Pockets and called it a night. It had been ages since I had seen Binger play a full show and their 16 song set was as good of a time as always.

I hung out for a bit and said a couple of quick goodbyes then took the long walk home.


Breakfast With The Boys pic by Tim Lewis



Binger pic by Tim Lewis



Gneiss at Red Square and Close Encounters and Binger at The Skinny Pancake June 18, 2016   Leave a comment

Gneiss at Red Square June 18, 2016

Gneiss at Red Square June 18, 2016


I had a great day of music yesterday. I began the day by writing up Friday’s epic day of music then had a little bit of time to relax before heading over to the party. I got an invite from Molly and Lauren from Rapid Fire Magazine for a party by the lake in Colchester. My evening was booked with music, but I thought I had enough time to go hang out for an hour or so. I arrived a little after five and met Paul Allison. After a bit Jamie and Anna from Cranial Perch arrived and it was nice to see them again. Gary Lane was there too and we had fun talking about music and living by the lake.

I drove home, then walked downtown and arrived a couple of minutes late for gneiss who were playing at Red Square from 7-11. I missed them the last time they were in town so I felt I really had to put in the effort to see them. Of course, I was nicely rewarded for doing so with the lovely sound of their music. With Naomi Galimidi on keys, Jesse Cowan on 5 string bass, Jacob Blodgett on drums and Johnny Meli on guitar they have an earthy organic flowing sound. The songs felt loosely structured and open to change as the mood struck. Naomi sang some of the time and both her voice and the sound of her keys sounded warm and friendly and just made me want to smile. Jesse’s bass was plucked mightily as he easily navigated each changing flow of the song. Johnny sang some of the songs and has a nice voice and his guitar playing flowed from chords to sweet leads almost effortlessly. One song they played was called ‘Bye Stander (?) and had a nice flow. One song jammed for a while then fell into For What It’s Worth. I think it was Water Is Rising that had some over the top drum work from Jake. A song with the line What A Lovely Day had a bit of an English Prog Rock feel and was a perfect sentiment for a band playing in the alley while the sun steamed down light and heat and their music flowed out into Church st. I hung out for a full set, about an hour or a little more then chatted with the band and got a CD. Yea, more music for my radio show on WBKM


Close Encounters at The Skinny Pancake June 18 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Close Encounters at The Skinny Pancake June 18 2016 pic by Tim Lewis


I headed down the hill to The Skinny Pancake and right at 8:30 Close Encounters began playing on the outdoor stage. As you walk into the restaurant there is a little bit of seating to your right and a lot to the left. Just past the seating on the left they have the band set up against the building wall and this seems to be the best setup I’ve seen there. Encounters are a four-piece band with singer/electric guitar, bass, drums, and singer/keyboard player. If you drew a line between jam and indie rock Encounters would be almost exactly half way in between. A lot of the music had a nice flow to it but there was also some hard rocking. One song called Future Ladies had a bit of a disco vibe. The band sounded really good and everyone played well but the drummer was just the star of the show. He just went crazy on every song and I just loved it. They played about 45 minutes and ended with a song called Stolen which rocked hard at the end. It made me happy.


Binger at The Skinny Pancake June 18 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Binger at The Skinny Pancake June 18 2016 pic by Tim Lewis


Binger hit the stage at 9:30 with a groove called Now Check Your Pocket. They have such a smooth sound and mix elements of soul and rock and jazz and calypso and lively a few more, yet it sounds beautifully coherent. Shak Ear plays bass and sings and raps. Braden Winslow plays guitar and sings and raps. Dalton Muzzy just plays drums and his playing is subtle and powerful and always on target. The band mostly stuck with songs from the new album Skeptics and a few covers. If I Knew sounded great. I missed the cover song after that. Strings followed and it is such a cool song. As the set unfolded they treated us to a couple of new songs, which were really good. They tossed in covers like Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1 by The Flaming Lips and Breathe by Pink Floyd the latter of which sounded especially great when brought into the Binger sound. Buttonz, from the Roots In The Rabbit Hole, let Shakir really shine. Towards the end of the show they played Resurrection In Sanskrit and I’m pretty sure it was both parts 1 and 2. Either way, Braden’s guitar playing was stellar. I did not catch the name of the song that ended the 90 minute show, but like everything they do, it was a joy to experience.

After the show I said a couple of quick goodbyes and went home and collapsed. It’s been a couple of great days of seeing music and I feel so lucky to be able to put in just a little bit of effort and get so heavily rewarded.


Invisible Homes and Violent Mae at the Skinny Pancake and The High Breaks at Juniper March 25, 2016   Leave a comment

Invisible Homes at the Skinny Pancake March 25, 2016 Picture by Tim Lewis

Invisible Homes at the Skinny Pancake March 25, 2016 Picture by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last night. I was a little slow to get out the door and arrived at the Skinny Pancake around 8:40. Apparently, they were not kidding about the 8:30 start time and Invisible Homes were on stage when I walked in. I settled in, found a spot to stand and listened. I recognized a couple of songs from their first album, but most of the show was new. The songs ranged through several styles, art rock, jazz, electronic, and likely a few more. All of the songs were well crafted and the musicianship of the band was top notch. At times the music would go out to an edge, then come back and resolve itself into some sweet melodies. One song had a Fripp sounding guitar running all the way through. The show was not super long, but completely captivating for every note. They closed with the song that had been running through my head all day, This Machine, and I was in a very happy place. After the show I saw a setlist lying around and noticed that they had opened with my favorite of their songs, Above The Frequency. Urgh, all I had to do was leave a couple of minutes earlier and I would have gotten to see it. Next time.

Homes had a lot of gear on the stage so the breakdown took a bit of time. Soon enough Violent Mae took the stage. They are a duo with a drummer and a woman singer guitar player. Their songs had a low-fi indie sort of sound that did not grab me. I really enjoyed the sound of her voice, but wasn’t hooked by the music. I hung out for three songs, because you just have to give a band a chance. It still wasn’t working for me, so I headed out.

I walked up Battery street, turned on to Cherry street and wandered into Juniper as The High Breaks were playing a surf version of Wicked World. I grabbed a beer, got settled and they played another of their cool surf songs then took a break. I chatted a bit with Todd Gevry, Kevin Lynam, and Matthew Bryan Hagen, then wandered around and ran into Casey Merlin Rae. The music started up again so I headed back to the stage and rocked out to a mix of the Breaks own songs and some classics. They played classics like Shifty, A Walk On Ballard Beach, and The Big One. They tossed in covers of Penetration by the Ventures (which was mixed with Sweet Leaf by Sabbath), Symptom Of The Universe, Misirlou, and Wipeout. As they went to wrap up one guy wanted to turn his son on to the music so the Breaks played two encore songs for him. They are such great guys.

After the set I headed out quickly. The walk home was quick and happy.



Violent Mae at the Skinny Pancake March 25, 2016 Picture by Tim Lewis

Violent Mae at the Skinny Pancake March 25, 2016 Picture by Tim Lewis

The High Breaks at Juniper at Hotel Vermont March 25, 2016 Picture by Tim Lewis

The High Breaks at Juniper at Hotel Vermont March 25, 2016 Picture by Tim Lewis

Phil Yates & The Affiliates at The Skinny Pancake, Maryse Smith and Arc Iris at Light Club Lamp Shop and Wave Of The Future at Finnegan’s October 30, 2015   Leave a comment

Light Club Lamp Shop photo by Tim Lewis

Light Club Lamp Shop photo by Tim Lewis

There was way too much music happening tonight in town. I had to work until 9 so I totally blew off all the music that was happening earlier. It was slow at work and they let me out early, and asked me to come in late tomorrow. Plans changed quickly.
I grabbed a bite to eat and headed to The Skinny Pancake and arrived just as Phil Yates & The Affiliates were about to go on. I said hi to Charlie Messing and watched the band play a killer version of Elvis Costello’s album Blood And Chocolate. Instead of doing the sane thing, staying for their second set of originals, I booked out the door and up the hill.
I headed for Light Club Lamp Shop and walked in the door. I had a vague idea of stopping in at Hotel Vermont for a drink and a couple of songs by The High Breaks, but hoped the timing would be tight. I should have taken that bet.
For every moment that no one went on at the Light Club it made me wish I had changed my mind, but after 15 minutes or so, Maryse Smith took the stage, and I was completely content. Her songs are a bit subtle and very personal, and for whatever reason, the audience listened close and it was one of the most amazing shows I’ve seen her play. Her singing and playing were delicately soft but filled the silent room. The stunning power of the lyrics and music radiated through all lucky enough to hear it. She resisted the urge to play all new unwritten songs, and pulled out several classics like Good Thing, and Liar, and I Forgot, and The Way It Is. I was so glad I was in the room for every note she played.
I knew The Mountain Says No were on at Finnegan’s soon, but was not aware of the exact time and knew the band after Maryse Smith was pretty amazing. I chatted with Joe Adler and Kevin Bloom and Max Tracy, and Mike Luoma, and Alyssa Solomon, and soon enough, Arc Iris hit the stage. It’s hard to quantify their genre, it’s hard to quantify their sound. It’s easy to say it’s Jocie Adams with the guitar and keys and vocals and clarinet and angel wings that runs the show. It’s easy to say the stunning drumming of Ray Belli is really what makes the band great. It’s like he’s a male version of Jane Boxall Percussion, or she’s a female version of him. It’s easy to say that Zach Tenorio Miller’s Rick Wakeman style doubled handed keyboard playing makes the band great. It’s easy to say that Robin Ryczek’s cello that follows the song from mellow to mega-intense and her stunning backing vocals make the band great. In reality, it’s the combination that makes them so amazing. Their set was stunningly beautiful and stunningly powerful I’m not sure if it lasted twenty minutes or two hours, but it was glorious note for note.

Arc Iris at Light Club Lamp Shop photo by Joe Adler

Arc Iris at Light Club Lamp Shop photo by Joe Adler

After the last note ended, I went back to my supposed first stop, you know, the future, and headed to Finnegan’s. Most of the band were dressed as Doc Brown and I walked into the Flux Capacitor. A killer 1.21 Jigawats followed. The pulled our the cover of Rock Lobster->Mesopotamia. They scared us with the Space Weed Zombies, and kicked the night with a rousing Kiss Your Ass Goodbye. During the set it was cool to say a quick hi to Jedd Kettler, Ben Maddox, Johnnie Day Durand, Kevin Lynam and Matthew Bryan Hagen. After the last note I headed for the door, but had to hug Samara Lark Brown, just ’cause she’s so brave and strong. The walk home was easy and smooth. I know there was a lot of great music that I missed, right Bobby Hackney Jr. and Manhattan Pizza and Pub, but I caught what I could.

The Snaz and Vows at The Skinny Pancake October 17, 2015   Leave a comment

I had a great time seeing music that Saturday night. I had been interested in both The Snaz and Vows but had not caught up with either. The show was listed as 8:30-11 at The Skinny Pancake, so that seemed easy enough. I got out of work at 5:30 and was home by 6. I grabbed a bite to eat and headed out around 8. The walk was quick and lovely, though just chilly enough to want an extra coat. I walked in pretty close to 8:30 and The Snazz were set up and ready to go. They did not have the curtain pulled to keep the performance room separate from the dining area, so I could see that I needed to pick up the pace. I got in and settled as the band opened with Try And Try And Try. It rocked nicely and set a great tone for the evening. They are a four-piece band with electric guitar/singer, keys/backing vocals, bass and drums. The music has an upbeat alt rock swing to it. The songs are short and poppy, but have a bit of a sweep to them. Most songs had an opening riff that slid into some nice changes and just made you want to bob around. The singer had a nice and solid voice that drove the music and the keyboard players backing vocals, including a killer scream at one point, filled the songs out nicely. They played a song they said was very new, that had a little extra sweep to it, which was pretty cool. The keys had a nice flow to them and the bass and guitar precisely drove the songs. The drumming was super steady, but had a few extra fills that could turn the direction of the songs on a dime. Each part was played well and the whole show jelled into some pretty sweet songs. The highlight was late in the set when they pulled out Running Away From Home. Their other songs are just as good, but they had just a little extra poise on that one. There is a lot to like about this band.

I hung out for the set change and soon enough, Vows took the stage. They played as a five-piece with singer/guitar player, guitat/keys, keys, bass and drum. They were super tight and the music ranged from off-kilter dancey pop to almost progressive rock. They are the type of band that I hate to write about since I don’t know how to describe them. That said, I greatly enjoyed their set and they kept me engaged for the full 45-60 minutes. Each member played with passion and precision and The set was lots of fun. I think I need to see them again sometime to see if I can get more of a handle on the music.

After the last note, I took the long walk home. It was so great to check out a couple of bands I had been meaning to see, and it was even greater that I enjoyed both so much.


Arc Iris at The Skinny Pancake May 29, 2015   Leave a comment

I just got back from seeing music at The Skinny Pancake. I’d been meaning to catch the band for a couple of weeks, but the timing was just not there. Tonight, I got out at 7 and the show was set to start at 8. How easy was that? I got home a bit after 7, grabbed a bite to eat and headed out about quarter of 8. I was running late, and got there around 5 after but it was not yet showtime. I settled in and let the vibrations of the stage absorb me. One keyboard faced the crowd and the other two faced stage left and right. A long vine big leaf plant wrapped itself around the keys. There was a drum set in the back left and a chair in the back right. The front right had an open space and a couple of guitars.

Soon enough Arc Iris took the stage and let loose their staggeringly complex and beautiful music. The keyboard player played one set of keys with each had for most of the show, and definitely had a bit of a Wakeman flair, without the cape. The drummer played super tight riffs that breathed like music can, as opposed to electronic beats, which are locked in. Whenever the band went for it, he was right there to add the fire. The cello player bowed her way through the show, casting light and shadow on the songs, and her vocal harmonies were just gorgeous. The singer alternated acoustic and electric guitar some piano, and had a voice that reminded me of Kate Bush, Tori Amos, and or jane siberry, though sounded like neither. Some of the music was off-kilter dance songs. Many of the songs sounded like Ziggy era Bowie playing with a trio on the streets of Paris while going for a mad jazzman sound. Some of the songs had hints of Yes, King Crimson, and Renaissance, but everything sounded original. The song where the singer stood on an amp and unfurled the golden angel wings sounded like it could have been on Fragile, or maybe it was the song after, the show was a beautiful blur. It was a pretty intense show and it was hard to grasp it all. The audience started small but the show kept feeling like it was coming more and more alive as more and more people crowded the room. It was intense, wonderful and breathtaking. When they said goodnight, there was no way the audience would let them go. They came back for a really cool song and said something about there being a fun video for it.

i hung out for a bit after the show, bought a CD, chatted about gardening with Jocie, then took the long walk home. What a great night of music.



Sarah Blacker at the Skinny Pancake and Mia Verko & Rough Francis at Radio Bean May 22, 2015   Leave a comment

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music last night. After a short night of sleep, and a long hard work day, I got out at 7 and made a super quick stop at home. The show was supposed to start at 7, so I thought I’d miss a lot of it, but headed down to the lake to catch what I could.

I had not been in The Skinny Pancake since they remodeled and created the new music room. I immediately loved the look and feel of the place, and was happy to see two guitars and a ukelele on the stage, but the show had not yet started. Wow, the timing worked out two days in a row.
After a short wait Sarah Blacker took the stage, accompanied by Erik White on electric guitar and backing vocals. She started off with Plugging away then followed with In Waves, the title song from her excellent new album. She mixed in a lot of new songs and a lot of classics and the lightly filled room was attentive and appreciative. Her voice was flawless and powerful and her acoustic guitar drove the songs, while Erik’s guitar filled them out and helped them soar. She brought out the ukelele for a couple of songs and ended the first set with a stomp and clap version of Revelry Of Heart. The second set started with another new one, and she played a lot of the new album. She tossed in some classics, like the killer Bad I Been and since the show was so intimate, she worked on writing a new song, maybe Burlington in the Spring. After that lighthearted moment, things got very serious as she pulled out a string of very strong songs to end the night. I love her songs and I love her voice and I loved every moment of the show. After it was done, I said a quick goodbye and headed back into town.

I made a beeline to Radio Bean and walked in as Mia Verko played some fun rock music. They are from Montreal and their indie rock had a bit of a Francophile feel. I could almost imagine Francesca Blanchard singing with them. I did not catch much of their set, but enjoyed what I heard. After they wrapped up, I chatted with a few of the many musicians who made up the packed audience. Happily, I did not have to wait long until ROUGH FRANCIS hit the stage. They were super powerful and intense from the first note. They were ferocious as usual and played mostly new songs. They tossed in a couple from the first album, and a cover of New Rose, but mostly stuck with new songs. I hung back a bit as the audience moshed and slammed, and every moment was bliss. The wrapped the night with a killer Comm To Space then I took the happy walk home. Thanks everyone!