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Senayit, Beard & Glasses, David Rosane & The Zookeepers and Emma Back at the Fletcher Free Library, Blowtorch at Robot Dog Studio, Steph Pappas at Light Club Lamp Show, and Abby Sherman and The Mountain Says No at Radio Bean June 21, 2019   Leave a comment

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I hope your day went well. I started mine by driving to Shelburne this morning to hang out with my brother Ken for a while. He went to work then I headed home. I dropped the car and walked downtown to the Fletcher Free Library and got settled in as Senayit played some gorgeous songs. With a cool drummer and Don Sinclair on lead acoustic guitar, she sang some huge epic raw indie songs and hit her electric guitar hard. Her music was the best part of the show, but seeing the band on the main floor in front of the windows, and watching people walk past the windows potentially asking why a woman was playing electric guitar in a library, was pretty cool too. She sang about your eyes and being out of time. Her songs were sparse and dark and lit up my soul. Can you imagine a thin indie rock version of Procol Harem? If so, you have a hint of what she sounded like. She sang about rising to the occasion when you are chosen and ended the set with a song about being broken down and living on a merry go round. Her songs had a huge feel that made me swoon.

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Senayit pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Beard & Glasses filled the room with some dark and moody blues. They played a slow, sultry, long, and lovely song about not being able to stop thinking about you, then got a little jazzy on a song about missing the point. They brought a reggae vibe to a song about how I don’t know where my mind is at and followed with one with a jazzy chorus and a Custard Pie bluesy set of verses. They played a cover about blaming my ADD then rocked out on the one that got away. They closed the super cool set with a song about testing faith at the Pearly Gates. They were just delightful.

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Beard & Glasses pic by Tim Lewis

Up next, David Rosane & The Zookeepers kicked off their library tour for the summer with a delightful Sugar And Cream. They showed us Hope In The Dark then gave us Stardust For Dessert. They jammed out some punk rock in the library with Ba Doom, then sang about having a drink with your Grandma. Liquid Sunshine was a huge rocker that begged the question is rain liquid sunshine in Vermont. Well, can rain be qualified as a particle and a wave? I think we have our answer. Break A Leg rocked nicely, then Today Is Mine filled my soul with glory. They were going to call it a show but the usual quiet library crowd spoke up and asked for one more. A mellow beautiful This City ended the set.

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David Rosane & The Zookeepers pic by Tim Lewis

I chatted with James Lockridge and Bob from Big Heavy World for a bit, then Emma Back began looping violin, drums, vocals and played a song that reminded us of ancient Israel. It was really cool, but I looked up and the clock on the wall when her first song was done, and it said it was time to go. I took the lovely walk home, got into the car and drove to Williston.

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Emma Back pic by Tim Lewis

I arrived at Robot Dog Studio at 5 and hung out with Blowtorch for a bit. When everything was ready to go, we hit play and they jammed out 8 powerhouse punk songs. With Justin Crowther on drums, Jefferson Rush on bass, Bill Mullins on guitar, and Clark Russel on vocals and effects they played four sets of double songs and we chatted about art in between. You can hear how it turned our by listing to WBKM at 9pm next week.

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Blowtorch pics by Tim Lewis

 

They were solid pros and we knocked it out quick. I drove home, dropped the car and walked to Light Club Lamp Shop. The Steph Pappas Experience were on and playing as an electric four-piece. They were playing a long cool jam as I got in and settled. They followed with a cool version of energy then jammed out an instrumental. It fell into a song with a wicked blues riff with lyrics something like that’s what the people who love you want to say. They threw in a little Purple Haze at the end and Steph let her voice fly through the club. They rocked out some Piranha Love the gave us goosebumps with Nova Scotia. They jammed out some jazz then played a long lovely Jellyfish. Throughout the show Matt kept it going on drums, Augustus Elgee rocked the bass hard and Ted Looby mixed rhythm and leads to perfection. They jammed out a cool mellow blues song and ended with something about how everything’s going to be OK. Steph is stunning and the band are amazing and I’m so glad I was there.

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The Steph Pappas Experience pic by Tim Lewis

I hung out for a bit then took the long walk to Radio Bean. I got in and settled as Abby Sherman began to play. I missed the name of her banjo player, but her mandolin player was Ben Slotnick, and both backed up her songs in a lovely way. Her voice was strikingly powerful and filled the room. She sang about watching it burn then played a cover about hanging over the edge. She sang Come With Me then covered a song about a letter on a dusty box. She sang about being in a Wasteland and about Feeling Small. She played Dreamcatcher from her upcoming album and the room was in a happy place. She sang a new one about floating down the river with you and followed with a cool song that my notes failed me on. She played a couple more cool songs and wrapped up her lovely set. I had high hopes that she would be amazing, and was well rewarded by hearing her.

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Abby Sherman pic by Tim Lewis

I was pretty exhausted but there was no way I could leave. The set break was short and The Mountain Says No hit the stage with a new song about chasing it all. The end was especially huge and my heart was in a happy place. They continued the set with new songs that made me love them more and more. They sang about how it was too much and about how you know you should. They sang about Murder B’s and how it’s not a problem. All of the songs were new to me and lit up my world. They closed with a couple that they’ve been playing for a while. If You Lie has a great build and Light Bright Lord had super cool versus and a staggering rock chorus. I love them so much.

There was more music to be had, but my poor body was tired. I took the lovely walk home, turned on the computer and began typing. I hope your day went well.

 

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The Mountain Says No pic by Tim Lewis

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Radio Show 308 Thursday June 06, 2019 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm Eastern time Thursday June 6. You can stream it from the website or here: It will go as follows.

Lined up before
Right Place Wrong Time – Dr John
Goin’ Back To New Orleans – Dr John
Ol’ Dirty Revival – decker.
Inner Revolution – Adrien Belew
The Ghost In You – The Psychedelic Furs
Once In My Life – The Decemberists

Song before: Emerald Lies – Marillion

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Let’s begin with the next song on Serotinalia.

1.) Milkman – Cricket Blue
2.) Summer Star – Clare Byrne
3.) Emerald Lake – Adrienne Cooper Smith
4.) The River – Kat Wright

That’s a great rocker from Kat. Adrienne just put out a new EP called Nagra that was recorded on tape. Is summer actually here? It’s starting to look that way. That’s such a cool story from Cricket. OK, let’s head over to Robot Dog Studio.

5.) Nova Scotia – The Steph Pappas Experience
6.) Energy – The Steph Pappas Experience
7.) Piranha Love – The Steph Pappas Experience
8.) Jellyfish – The Steph Pappas Experience
9.) Jazz – The Steph Pappas Experience

Wow, what an incredible performance. Loren and Matt did a great job flowing through the rhythms, and Steph’s singing and guitar playing was just over the top. Thanks for making everything sound so great Ryan Cohen. Steph and the band will be at Light Club Lamp Shop on June 21 so go check out that show! OK, it’s Jazzfest so let’s play a couple of jazz songs.

10.) Skylark – Tiffany Pfeiffer and The Discarnate Band
11.) Elmer’s Van – the le duo
12.) Super Powers – The Dead Shakers
13.) Buffalo – Late Night

I’ve had that song stuck in my head for the last week so I thought I’d share. I love that song from the Shakers. Le Duo are such great musicians. I was bummed to work through Tiffany’s Jazzfest show. I had to play some of her music. So, something cool happened this week. Swale submitted a song to NPR’s Tiny Desk contest and did not win, but received a lot of notice, and even did a cool interview. They submitted the song coming up and described it as a love song for people struggling with addiction. Of course it is perfect for that and more. We all feel lost sometimes, and hearing Amanda Gustafson being so positive and giving a path out of that is very powerful. I’ve always loved and held this song dear. It’s gotten me through hard times. Please share it if you or anyone you know is feeling that way.

14.) If You Get Lost – SWALE
15.) Don’t Cough Me Out – Slowdim
16.) Premeditated – Slingshot Dakota
17.) It’ll Be Okay – Let’s Whisper

I love that song and wanted to bookend the set with pure positive vibes. I’m loving Heaving Banding, the new Slingshot album. Slowdim are from Boston and are friends of the show and I haven’t played their music in a while and thought it was time. That is such a great song from Swale. OK, let’s keep rocking.

18.) So They Say – The New Siberians
19.) Honest Little Me – Paper Castles
20.) A Cut In The Night Sky – Matt the Gnat and the Gators
21.) Endless Sunkissed Lover – gneiss
22.) Leave Me Low – Jason Halogen
23.) Today Is Mine – David Rosane & The Zookeepers

It’s almost time for year two of the tour where David and the band raise money and awareness of Vermont’s libraries. I think they kick it off June 21 at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. That’s s a cool newer song from Jason, who played around town for many years. Is Summer here? It’s starting to feel that way today. I caught Matt and his biting songs recently, and highly recommend them. Those are such great songs from Castles and the Siberians. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we? Tata, farewell….

24.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit

outro

Songs after
Credo – Fish
Tiger The Lion – The Tragically Hip
Spine – Kali Ma and the Garland of Arms – KMGA
Alan’s Garden – Ruckzuck
Bitchcraft – Jessica Rabbit Syndrome
Devil Inside Me – Dam Kat
Strontium Burling – TILT
The Revenge Of Vera Gemini – The Contrarian
Block – The Church
Parallels – Yes
Chamber Of Hellos – Wire Train
Low Spark Of High Heeled Boy – Traffic
Celluloid Heroes – The Kinks
Rudy – Supertramp
Orange Like Water – The Cush
Afraid Of Sunlight – Marillion
Walk On Water – Jane Siberry
Radiance – The Church
Jigsaw – Marillion
Dormant Magic – Jason Baker
The Surprising – Deep Purple
Heavy – Clever Girls
regular awesome programming

 

 

The Steph Pappas Experience at Robot Dog Studio and Andriana Chobot at Deli 126 May 31, 2019   Leave a comment

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The Steph Pappas Experience

 

I had a great time seeing music yesterday. I went over to Robot Dog Studio in the early evening to record an interview and live performance with The Steph Pappas Experience. Loren, Matt, and Steph jammed out some bluesy tunes that found fun twists and turns and were fascinating to listen to and made me rock out. She and Loren played acoustic guitar and bass but there was a full rock sound. She played some killer slide for a bit and you’ve got to hear how the conversation meanders to believe it. The band even pulled out a fifth song jazz jam in honor of Jazzfest. I’ll have that on my radio show on WBKM next Thursday.

 

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The Steph Pappas Experience

We started the recording a little after 6 and were done a little after 7. I drove home, zipped out the door and walked to Deli/126. I got in and settled as Andriana Chobot rocked out some songs with her drummer Jesse Samuel Rosenfield and guitarist Franky Andreas. They veered a little bit away from the more normal rock presentation of her songs and gave them all an appropriate jazzy feel. She opened on the mellow side with Not I and Another Day then brought the energy up with Cascade. She took us for a ride in her daddy’s white T-Bird then sang of My Old House. She asked us to stay and make her warm then sang about being Alone In The Night. The played another cool song then dropped a cover of Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone. She sang about there being nowhere to go but here and was going to wrap the set with a super cool Neon, but hung out for one more. The closing song about the work of Steven Hawking giving her Galaxy Eyes was super cool.

I was kind of tired at that point so I took the lovely walk home with tons of beautiful music in my soul.

 

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Andriana Chobot

 

The Radio Bean Birthday party with many bands November 3, 2018   Leave a comment

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Danny LeFrancois

I had a great time seeing music Saturday at Radio Bean and Light Club Lamp Shop. Every year, at this time, The Bean throws a birthday party and celebrates with music all day and night. This year they turned 18 and had 102 scheduled acts. I got going nice and early and arrived a little after 8am. I chatted with Molly King and Loren for a bit then Danny LeFrancois took the stage. Apparently, his band The Parts slept in, so he played the show solo. He began playing acoustic guitar and built a loop. He added a bit of voice and let it go as he moved back to the drum kit and rocked for a bit. He returned to guitar and vocals for a cover of a Petty song that was subtle and cool. He played a couple of sweet original songs that made me smile, then said thank you good morning.

 

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The Steph Pappas Experience

Up next Loren grabbed his bass and headed to the stage. He was joined by Ted Looby on guitar and the mighty The Steph Pappas Experience began to rock. Steph has a strong voice and is a great guitar player too. Several audience members joined in on percussion as she sang about cowyboys and waterboys. She wrapped the three song set with one about going out on the highway. She’s so cool.

 

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Seth Eames and Miriam Bernardo

I hopped into the car and drove to work. I put in a 9-5:30 shift then zipped home. I dropped the car and took the lovely walk downtown. I wasn’t sure where they were on the schedule and did not recognize who was a the Lamp shop, so I slid into the Bean and caught a couple of songs by Miriam Bernardo and Seth Eames. He had a nice voice and played acoustic guitar. Miriam has an incredibly soulful voice and it’s always a treat to hear her sing. They sang a duet on a song about going away to the promised land then she regaled us with a song about how surely you were meant to be mine. It was wonderful.

 

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Joe Adler and friends

I stayed at the Bean as Joe Adler and his huge band scrunched themselves onto the stage. Joe’s deep voice lead the way as they rocked out a song about going down the road. They followed with Tom Waits’ Bella Ciao then let it slowly slip into Come Together. The audience had fun singing along. It was a great set.

 

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Caroline O’Connor and Adam Frehm

I peeked into the Lamp shop and someone was setting up so I hustled back to the Bean and soon it was time for Caroline Marie to take the stage. She played keys and laid her sultry voice on us as Adam Frehm added some sweet electric guitar. Her long flowy gentle smokey rock sounded great. The first song had a nice trance vibe as did her second, Disco Shaman, through that was a little more uptempo. Both sounded great and I was in a happy place for every moment.

 

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Navah Stein

I stayed at the Bean as the next act, Navah Stein, set up a table on stage. A couple sat at the table and poured spagettin out of a pot onto the plates and grated some Parmesan on top then began to eat. I wasn’t sure where they were going with it and took a chance and headed over to the Lamp shop.

 

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I timed it perfectly as Ryan Ober and The Romans began to play. They oozed talent and played a couple of really cool rock songs. They played an older cover that I did not know from 1951, and had the crowd rocking. Bob Wagner sat in on the last song and it sounded like an old blues rock song. Towards the end Ryan and Bob had twin ripping guitar leads going and it was a wonder to behold.

 

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Brett Hughes and the Honky Tonk band

I popped back to the Bean and Brett Hughes and the Honky Tonk band were on. They played a song about a lawyer then a sweet one about hearing a whistle blowing last night. The last song had a ’50’s noir surf rock feel as they sang I’m coming home. Lowell Thompson ripped out a sweet lead that kept me smiling.

 

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Francesca Blanchard

I popped back to the Lamp Shop and Francesca Blanchard was about to start. She sang a song about an ex-girlfriend that was pretty amusing. She played a delightful new song about how the world is turning slightly off kilter. She closed with a gorgeous cover of Dylan’s Make You Feel My Love. I love her music so much.

 

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Ivamae

I meant to head back to the Bean to catch Kim Jordan but they said it was at capacity so I ducked back into the Lamp Shop. Ivamae got up to play and the room became pin drop silent, as usual. With a strong voice and a quiet electric guitar she emits a ton or power and melted me from the first note. Her second song was a cool one called Honey Bee and she wrapped up the enchanting set with one that ended tell me what you might be.

 

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Swale

It was getting close to a crucial time so I ducked back to the Bean and was able to get in. I got settled as SWALE took the stage. They opened with Eric Olsen singing a powerhouse version of Eighteen. I love that Alice Cooper song and they did a great version of it. Up next was a brand new song called Shrug It Out that was cool. I think it was about how we can see everyone you’ve ever been. They closed with a cover that I did not know but loved. It was a dark heavy rocker and Amanda Gustafson let loose her powerhouse voice. It was an amazing set.

 

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Swale

I think Brett and Kat were going on in the Lamp Shop but it looked crowded so I stayed at the Bean to catch Yes Darling. They were a duo with Ryan Montbleau singing and playing guitar and Haley Jane unleashing her powerful voice on us. They had a whole act of a bickering couple that was quite amusing. They played songs about kissing your lips then punching you in the face and how you would be cool if you reached your potential. It’s hard to describe how good it was, but everyone in the room had a smile.

 

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Yes Darling

I hung out at the Bean as Anal Knievel took the stage. You can guess what he began talking about.

 

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Anal Knievel

 

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Paper Castles

I ducked over to the Lamp Shop as Paper Castles began to play. Their relaxed off kilter flowing pop music was a beautiful place get lost in. The music was airy and joyous and I loved going with the flow. They ended the three song set with one about how I’m all right and kept me smiling.

 

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Paper Castles

I headed back to the Bean and Osage Orange were on and playing a song about a medicine girl. They had a cool low fi indie sound that kept me in a happy place. They did a nice version of Buddy Holly’s Everyday then closed with a song about seeing my ghost in the darkness. They are so cool.

 

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I had been bopping between the Bean and the Light Club Lamp Shop, but at this point, I just settled into the Bean for the rest of the night.

Up next, the mighty Miku Daza took the stage. Their sax player was missing but the power trio charged ahead at full rock throttle. They sang about not needing you and how you don’t make it easy so I’m gonna make it hard. They played a powerhouse version of Flaca Daza, and late in the song Sugar the clown made an appearance. She stood on the bar at the back and dove into the arms of the audience. She was carried to the front then danced madly on and off the stage. The band let Flaca transition into Panic and we danced hard. Before the last song the band removed their shirts. Don’t worry, Miku had a bra and the guys had tape over their nipples so no one had to be shocked. The band ripped up a killer version of the song about the tree I’m climbing and called it a night. Wow.

 

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Miku Daza

Up next, Jeremy Rayburn got up to speak. He was very glad that the eighteen year old Radio Bean would not be drafted, and said other nice things about the wonderful place.

 

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Jeremy Rayburn

As he spoke, the band set up behind him. When ready, Cave Bees hit us hard and heavy with Juliet. They followed with another cool new song called Happy Man. It had a ripping bass line and Creston let loose a killer lead guitar break. They followed with another brand new one called Future Now that was really good too. They kept the pace at full speed for Golden Goose and closed the set by rocking the Queen City tonight. It’s always a great time when they play.

 

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Cave Bees

Dre followed with a story about meeting someone at the Bean and going on an adventure. It was fun, and she used it to describe how many people have met at the Bean and gone on to create wonderful stories. She did a nice job capturing the magical community that inhabits the Bean.

 

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Dre

As she left the stage Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme began to play. They opened hard and heavy with Over The Hills And Far Away. Nicole’s powerhouse voiced filled the room. They stayed with Zeppelin for the whole set and ripped up Heartbreaker. I thought they might let it go into Living Loving Maid but they took a turn and dropped it into Communication Breakdown. It was glorious.

 

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Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme

On the side of the stage Matt Matthew Bryan Hagen MC rapped out a couple of amusing songs. I missed the details of the first one, as I got another drink, but was locked in for the second as he spilled the beans. Such an appropriate song.

 

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Matt Hagen MC

A trio who identified as robots and binary followed. The Tsunamibots taught us to surf and rocked us hard. They sang of the surfing craze in the robotic age and murder robots on holiday. They wrapped the set with a song about a young robot trying to catch its first wave, then sang CO2 You Later. I love them so much.

 

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The Tsunamibots

Up next, The Eames Brothers Band band took the stage and turned the night a little bluesy. The first one had slow smokey sound and was about missing you in the night. They took us back to the days of old and locked into a long cool relaxed blues jam. They sang a song about how it’s been a long time coming up to this day, then closed with a fun funky song. They are immensely talented.

 

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The Eames Brothers Band

The stage emptied then filled with Kat Wright and her amazing band. It was late at this point and I was tired but basked in the gorgeous glowing music that they treated us to. Kat’s voice was right on and the band were super tight, even if the horn players had to be on the other side of the sound desk. Bob Wagnerr played a sweet lead on guitar during the second song and the whole room swayed for their entire set. They closed with a super cool version of The River. I don’t see them nearly as often as I would like, so I’m really glad I stuck around.

 

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Kat Wright

Lee Anderson came up to speak and told a couple of stories about this wonderful place he has created. A cake appeared and we all sang Happy Birthday.

 

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Lee Anderson

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The Birthday cake

At this point I needed a grand piano to prop up my mortal remains, but I had to hang out. Julia Caesar opened the set with a brand new song about singing, for it’s the thing that they do. They followed with a familiar song about how it was winter when she chose to blur the lines. Megan Wild Rice had a ripping guitar lead break on Nosedive, then they closed with another brand new one. I think it was about Mars changing direction. They are always amazing.

 

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Julia Caesar

I was exhausted but loved the next band too, so I had to stay for one more set. Preece came on as a trio with Jer Coons playing bass. Their blistering fast loud indie rock was full of joy. They opened with Waste Of Time then followed with Girl In My Bed. I missed the names of the last three but rocked hard to all of them. Preece are truly amazing.

There was at least one more band, but I just had nothing left. I ducked out and took the short walk home. The Radio Bean birthday party is a great opportunity to check out music and I’m so glad that I did.

 

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Preece