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Swale and Villanelles at Nectar’s July 13, 2016   Leave a comment

Swale at Nectar's July 13 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Swale at Nectar’s July 13 2016 pic by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music last night at Nectar’s. It was the second night of the Villanelles July residency and they had another great opening band.

I took the lovely walk downtown a little after 9 and arrived just after 9:30. I hung out for a bit, chatted with a coworker and his wife, said a quick hello to James Lockridge, and just after 10pm SWALE hit the stage. They set the tone for the night by opening with a new song, the one about cause and effect and it being a matter of time. It’s a really nice and catchy song. Next they went back to the first EP for a mellow version of Cancer then unleashed the slow burn of You Are Not The Photograph. Amanda Gustafson sang a gorgeous version of Soul Piggy Bank then they slowed the pace down even further with Old School. They kept things mellow for a bit with songs like Beaten Down and Release Your Records but then the rock started to build. Joyless started out rocking hard and went over the top when Eric Olsen let loose a towering guitar solo. Another new one with some intense lyrics followed. After that some gentle notes and very intense Jeremy Frederick drumming signaled the brilliant We Could All Be That Way. I love the way that begins so slow then climbs into a huge monster of a song and eases off at the end as the band repeat the title as if it were a mantra. Of course, that might not actually be the title of the song since it’s not recorded yet, but you get the idea. They wrapped the night with the blistering rocker Drug Laws and Tyler Bolles bass helped drive the song hard. Swale always put on a great show and last night, they were at the top of their game.

The set break was quick then Villanelles hit the stage and kept the place rocking. They opened with Jenny which is the closing song from their album Blue Heart Attack. They played most of the album and all the songs rocked hard. They played an older song called Parking Lot and tossed a cover of Dig A Pony without the My Sharona intro they used last week. They played a rocking 16 song set that went until 1am and closed the night with Kiss My Grits. Their set was so much fun, I may have to do it again next week.



Villanelles at Nectar's July 13 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Villanelles at Nectar’s July 13 2016 pic by Tim Lewis


Posted July 14, 2016 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Milton Busker at Light Club Lamp Shop July 12, 2016   Leave a comment

Milton Busker at Light Club Lamp Shop July 12 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Milton Busker at Light Club Lamp Shop July 12 2016 pic by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music last night at Light Club Lamp Shop. I had been thinking of checking out Cricket Blue and their opening band at Radio Bean, but I worked until 8:30 which is when that show started. The show at the Lamp Shop started at 9 so the timing was a little better. I got out right on time, did a quick turnaround at home then took the lovely walk downtown.

The church bells rang nine as I walked into the club and Milton Busker was on stage and ready to start. I grabbed a seat and a drink while Milton sang, played acoustic guitar, and added in some effects. He is a very talented songwriter and a solid performer and his gentle voice and guitar playing washed over the room. The first song was pretty cool but on the second one the music took a dark and moody turn as he pulled out a searing Dogs At The Door. He followed with Jesus In Chains and at one point he let his voice soar with power and fill the shop. That set the tone for the rest of the show. He played several very catchy songs with intriguing lyrics. He mostly sang with a gentle force but brought it over the top now and then. He played new songs like The Whole from his album that was released on Friday. He did a great job with Ordinary Day, and even tossed in an amazing cover of Locked In The Trunk Of A Car. His fifteen song set filled an hour and was brilliant for every note.

Here is Milton’s take on the night


Light Club Lamp Shop – 07.12.16

After he wrapped up, I hung out for a bit. The next act on was called Local Dork which is Bob Wagner and Matthew Bryan Hagen mixing records and adding in some fun comments. They were kind of cool but when my drink was done, I headed out the door. I love the fact that there are so many talented people doing so many different things in our town.



Local Dork at Light Club Lamp Shop July 12 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Local Dork at Light Club Lamp Shop July 12 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Lake Milk and The Mountain Says No at Manhattan Pizza July 8, 2016   Leave a comment

The Mountain Says No at Manhattan Pizza July 8, 2016

The Mountain Says No at Manhattan Pizza July 8, 2016



I had a great time seeing music last Friday at Manhattan Pizza and Pub. The show was set to begin at 10 and I arrived almost exactly on time. I got a beer and hung out and it was not long until Lake Milk hit the stage. They are a guitar/vocals, bass, drums trio and play indie rock with hints of classic rock and punk. The songs were tightly structured but did have some space for some fun guitar solos. The band had a lot of heart and a lot of spunk and I liked them more and more with each passing song. One went something to the effect of We Don’t Pick The Road and another may have had a line about crawling into a test tube. They played 10 songs over 40 minutes or so and I enjoyed them all. They are definitely a band to keep an eye on.



Lake Milk  at Manhattan Pizza July 8, 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

Lake Milk at Manhattan Pizza July 8, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis



After a break that was just long enough for me to get another drink and eat a slice, The Mountain Says No hit the stage and rocked it hard. They opened with a ripping version of The Bomb and we were off. Most of the set was made of new songs like the lovely Game Of Thrones, the eerie and rocking Glazerbeam and Machu Picchu. They tossed in rocking classics like Ricky The Rider, rocked hard with the new You Say You’re Alive, then eased up with the melancholy 3,000. They brought the band back to full power with Restaurant then eased back with Blanket’s Fine. They capped the night with a blistering I Know Right and finished around 1am. I hung out for a bit and chatted with the band and Ryan Cohen about an upcoming recording session, then took the lovely walk home. What a fantastic night.



The Mountain Says No at Manhattan Pizza July 8, 2016   2   pic by Tim Lewis

The Mountain Says No at Manhattan Pizza July 8, 2016 2 pic by Tim Lewis

Radio Show 166 Thursday July 7, 2016 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

WBKM window by Tim Lewis

WBKM window by Tim Lewis


I just got back from my first live local music radio show since WBKM started transmitting on the web and 107.1FM. In the first break I remembered why I always did a break before the show started.

Songs lined up before the show:
Flypaper – Persian Claws
Looking For A Place To Happen – The Tragically Hip
It’s All Too Much – The Church Band
Pool Song – Longwave
New Americana – Halsey

recording starts
Song before: Comin Atcha Live – Tesla


From our – hey why are the meters not showing anything. Aargh

1.) Beach Song – Mr. Ray Fork

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Sorry for the mic not working at the beginning. I guess you really know that I’m live. It’s beautiful in Vermont right now but it’s really hot and time to head to the beach.

2.) I Wanna Be A Lifeguard – Blotto
3.) The Storm Has Been Weathered – 1881
4.) Say It – Anachronist

I just love that song from the central Vermont band. I chatted with Winfield Holt from 1881 in the window of the show at Nectar’s last night and really want to catch his band soon. I remember seeing Blotto at Hunt’s a couple of times a long time ago. OK, here is the next song on Giant Places, the album I am playing through song by song, week after week, until the album is done.

5.) Summer Falls – Lendway
6.) Gray Goo – Villanelles
7.) Sunshine – Apartment 3
8.) Kick Rocks – And The Kids

Kids played a great show at ArtsRiot last Saturday. Apartment 3 played the show and they were pretty awesome too. Villanelles are playing every Wednesday in July at Nectar’s. They played a great show last night with Invisible Homes. Next week Swale share the bill, so that will be great too. On July 28th the legendary Envy will reunite for a show at The Monkey House. It’s time to start getting excited.

9.) Falling In And Out Of Sleep – Envy
10.) Summer Song – Wide Wail
11.) Grounded – Invisible Jet
12.) Another Life Ago – The Cush

I still remember the first night I saw the Cush at Club Metronome several years ago. Jet played some great shows in the ’90’s and it was great to hear music diversify in so many ways. Now, you can hear almost any kind of music in Burlington. That was a nice mellow song from WW, another classic ’90’s band. OK, let’s keep rocking. This next band play tomorrow night at Manhattan Pizza and Pub.

13.) Restaurant – The Mountain Says No
14.) Politicians In My Eyes – Death World Wide
15.) It’s Real Again – Zola Turn
16.) Dead Summer – Thompson Gunner

There’s always something on the radio when you listen to WBKM. You can hear great songs like Dead Summer. Real is another classic from the ’90’s when Zola played a ton of great shows. Death began in Detroit, then they moved to VT and became Lambsbread and now they are rocking as Death again. I loved the show they played at Flynn Center for the Performing Arts last year. Hmmm, Mountain. This next band played a great show last night at Nectar’s and this is one of my favorite songs.

17.) Above The Frequency – Invisible Homes
18.) Sun Dipped Orphans and the Wizard’s Tea Pot – Elephants of Scotland
19.) The Summer Of Andy – Cancer Conspiracy

CC were another great band from the ’90’s. That’s a new song from Elephants who are putting out some tremendous music. Homes did a great version of Frequency last night. OK, let’s change things up a little bit.

20.) Complex Vermont – Self Portrait
21.) The Feeling Is Strange – Binger
22.) Cascade – Andriana Chobot
23.) Trouble Come No More – Cricket Blue

Cricket are playing at Main St Landing tomorrow and Radio Bean next Tuesday. Both Andriana and Binger played great sets at the Eat More Kale Festival a couple of weeks ago. Nice descriptions of VT by Portrait. This next singer is touring out west soon.

24.) Save A Different Way – Francesca Blanchard
25.) Beats Me – Satori Bob
26.) Glover Tonight – Chin Ho

Such a VT classic from Chin Ho. John Baumann used to play around as Satori but is now hanging out making music in OR. Great song from Francesca. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?


Song after: Scattering Crows – Fish
recording ends

Strontium Burning – TILT
Usual Plays In Heaven/Be Kind And Talk To Me – Active Heed
Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad? – Bob Wagner and the Book ‘Em Blues Band
Child In Time – Deep Purple
Stargazer – Rainbow
Barbie’s Plastic Army – REDadmiral
The Funny Bird – Mercury Rev
On And On – Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock
Empire Of The Clouds – Iron Maiden
Parisian Walkways – Greg Lake and Gary Moore
The Next Instead – SWALE
Break – Slingshot Dakota
So Love May Find Us – The Church Band
Orange Like Water – The Cush
Afraid Of Sunlight – Marillion
All About You – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
New York My Lovely – Joshua Glass Music

regular programming




Invisible Homes and Villanelles at Nectar’s July 6, 2016   Leave a comment

Invisible Homes at Nectar's July 6 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Invisible Homes at Nectar’s July 6 2016 pic by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music last night at Nectar’s. There were lots of great music choices for a Wednesday night but the double bill at the iconic club seemed too good to pass up.

The show said doors at 9:30 and I really did not want to miss anything and arrived just about that time. I hung out for the sound check and just after 10pm Invisible Homes hit the stage. Their songs take interesting twists and turns and I really enjoy them. They opened with the catchy Little Song and then launched into Above The Frequency which is one of my favorite songs. I love each section and the way it moves through them. The continued on playing tunes from their album Song For My Double including the title song. They played the new song All Your Basis which has a cool Adrian Belew vibe to it. This Machine was played well late in the set and in the end the played 10 great song over an hours time. They are such a great band. I’m so psyched I was there for every note.


Villanelles at Nectar's July 6 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Villanelles at Nectar’s July 6 2016 pic by Tim Lewis


After about a 25 minute set change Villanelles hit the stage and rocked it hard. Their songs are fast and fun and have a nice feel to them. They played a bunch of songs from their new album Blue Heart Attack. They played songs from the animal kingdom that ranged from Shy Spiders to Sharktopus. They did great versions of Farside and the ripping rocker Heartbreak Baby. They played My Sharona into All I Want Is You. Their 16 song set spanned about 90 minutes and was wonderful for every moment. They are playing every Wednesday in July, so I’m sure I will catch them again a few more times.


Coming Up   Leave a comment

I was really expecting to make it downtown on July 3rd to see Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul band but after a crushing day at work, I just had no energy left.  I did not realize what it was until the fireworks started and I started crying.  My dad loved fireworks and he passed away last September.  This was my first independence day celebration where I could not just walk to the waterfront and hang out with him and watch the spectacular show.  I can see most of the fireworks from my living room window and it was a better place to let my sadness flow, rather than in a large crowd.

Monday was the holiday and I worked 8 hours and there was nothing on the music calendar that attracted my attention.  Same for today, Tuesday July 5th.  Tomorrow, well tomorrow could go a couple of ways.

Aspero Saicos are pretty cool and are playing at ArtsRiot.  The write up says “Aspero Saicos: Peruvian Teen Angst featuring members of ROUGH FRANCIS and special guest; Brian Wilson (on bass)
The Soaks: Garage-Pop from San Diego CA
Disco Phantom: Spinning tunes and saving your life.

That sounds like the way to go, except there is a potentially great show happening at Nectar’s.

Villanelles • Every Wednesday in July w/ special guests

w/ Invisible Homes

Villanelles • Every Wednesday in July w/ special guests

I love Invisible Homes and really like Villanelles.  I was sure I was going to this show before finding about the Saicos show.  I’m not sure which way I will end up going, but I will have a show to write up on Thursday morning.  Stay Tuned.

Apartment 3, Vundabar, And The Kids at Arts Riot July 2, 2016   Leave a comment

Apartment 3 at Arts Riot July 2, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Apartment 3 at Arts Riot July 2, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music last night at ArtsRiot. It was one of those classic nights where I got to check out a band I was curios to see, there was one band I knew nothing about and one band that I knew I would love. They even played in that order.

I got out of work at 7:30, stopped at home quickly, then headed out a little after 8 and arrived just before 8:30. I had enough time to get a beer an Apartment 3 hit the stage and rocked it hard. With two singer/guitar players, bass and drums they unleashed a catchy maelstrom of indie punk. Some of the songs were a little sludgy and heavy, some were were fast punk, but all of them had a nice flow and moved through their changes with ease. The only one I recognized was Winter Is Gone and they played it very well. They played a solid 40 minute set that ended with an off kilter eighties pop sounding song that evolved into a heavy rock ending. I really loved their set and will definitely check them out again soon.


Vundabar at Arts Riot July 2, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Vundabar at Arts Riot July 2, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis


About 15 minutes after they left the stage, Vundabar started playing. They are a guitar/singer, bass, drums band and their songs seem to be about laying out some riffs, pausing for a bit then charging back into them. The packed audience loved them and were bouncing along and lightly moshing for their hour long show. They played a dozen songs and the audience sang along heartily on the second to last. They reminded me a bit of Ten Years After but with some more modern indie rock sounds. They put on a solid rock show that was enjoyed by all.


And The Kids  at Arts Riot July 2, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

And The Kids at Arts Riot July 2, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis


There was another short set break, then And The Kids hit the stage. If the previous band was all about riffs to get people to bounce, Kids are all about well crafted songs that are fun to dance to. They treated us to several songs off the new Friends Share Lovers album, including the title song, and played plenty of the classics. They are guitar/singer, bass, drums trio though the drummer adds backing vocals and tons of effects. The audience loved them and had a great time singing the AAA-EEE sections of Cats Were Born. Their 14 song set spanned an hour and they wrapped the night with a stellar All Day All Night.

I headed out shortly after the last song faded out and was really glad I put the effort in. We are so lucky to be able to get such lovely music in Burlington.