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Swale, Screaming Females, and The Cush at Waterworks as part of Waking Windows May 5, 2017   Leave a comment

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Swale pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Friday as part of Waking Windows. I love that festival but it’s always on a weekend at the busiest time of the year so I always miss much more than I see. I worked a 10 hour day and got out right at 9. I dropped the car at home then took the speedy walk to Winooski. I was about half way there when a car pulled over and said get in. Urian Hackney and Julian Hackney were so kind to give me a ride. Thanks guys!! Urian dropped me right at the box office so I got in and got my wrist band. I saw Justus Gaston as I walked out then I ran into Darlene and Marc Scarano. We wandered down to Waterworks and got in just as SWALE were doing a soundcheck of Joyless.

It wasn’t long then Swale began the show for real. They opened with an endearing version of Fella then played about cause and effect and a matter of time and skin in the game and letting it all come down tonight, and that was all in one song. I don’t know what the third song was but Jeremy Frederick sang most of it and Amanda Gustafson might have said it was a Journey song. Jeremy began the steady wicked drumming as the band began to chant we can all be that way. Every Last one Of Us took a long slow steady build into a giant epic and Eric Olsen just took it apart with a phenomenal guitar solo. The full room was charged but didn’t realize who long the ending takes to work itself out. I was enchanted for every note. A new one that I’m still getting to know was lovely. It was something about seen the best of me. They went into full rock mode, complete with Tyler Bolles charging bass, for Everyone Likes To and the epic Drug Laws. Whew! What a set.

 

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Screaming Females pic by Luke Awtry Photography

I ran into lots of cool people between the sets like Joe Adler, Shawn Connolly, Caroline Marie, Peg Tassey, Jeff LaBossiere, Maryse Smith,Brent Hallenbeck, Max Tracy,Jacob Deva Racusin, Luke Adam, and many others that I’m forgetting. One of the cool things about festivals is seeing bands you know nothing about. I hung out at Waterworks as the room began to get packed with kids. A band called Screaming Females hit the stage. They played as a trio with a woman singer/guitar player, boy on bass, and boy on drums. They opened with something that had a trance metal feel. The next song had a slow heavy bluesy feel and the next one had a punk Zeppelin sound. Around that point the whole front of the stage became a mosh pit. It was more of a push you around pit than a real slamming mosh pit but was just enough to encourage me to move back a bit. They followed with a sting of cool rock songs. Some had a pop feel and they all had tons of energy. I really enjoyed the set and am so happy WW brought them to town.

 

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Screaming Females pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

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Screaming Females pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

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The Cush pic by Luke Awtry Photography

The house cleared a bit but those in the know stuck around and it was soon time for the Cush. Gabrielle Douglas took the bass and vocals and Burette Douglas took the guitar and vocals and they were joined with the Texas band on guitar and drums. I’ve slacked about understanding their newest album so the first couple of psychedelic rock songs might have been from there or might have been new but were completely fantastic. For the third song they rocked I Shout Love At The Heart Of The Atom as hard as it should be. They followed with the glorious Orange Like Water and rocked us with The Vigilant Ones. Summer’s Gone surged along and I missed the name of the next song. The opening strains of The Drone lit up my soul and they played a version that soared through the air. I missed the name of the next song but loved it. They wrapped the set with a jammed out melt your face off psychedelic version of Highway Brain and called it a night.

It was close to 1 so I settled my tab and took the long happy walk home. I got to bed at 2, was up at 6:30 and at work at 7:50. It was another 10 hour day and I had a headache and could barely see straight by the end. I missed going back to WW on Saturday and after another 10 hour day on Sunday did not make it back that night. It was OK. I saw a band I love, and band I might begin to love and one of the best returning friend bands ever. I’m happy.

 

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The Cush pic by Luke Awtry Photography

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The Cush pic by Luke Awtry Photography

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The Cush pic by Luke Awtry Photography

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Waking Windows 6 night 1 May 6 2016 with Speedy Ortiz, Villanelles, Swale, Alexander F, Arc Iris, and The High Breaks   Leave a comment

Speedy Ortiz at Waking Windows 6 May 6, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Speedy Ortiz at Waking Windows 6 May 6, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music at Waking Windows a couple of weeks ago. The festival always falls at the busiest time of the year in my day job at Gardener’s Supply, and I work weekends, so it’s always a challenge to get to the show. On Friday May 6th I worked 10:30am-9pm, and moments after work was done, I walked to Winooski. I walked by the Monkey House but The Mountain Says No were tearing down their gear. I hoped I would catch part of a song, but no luck. I proceeded across the traffic circle, found the box office and got my pin that would get me into the shows. The outdoor stage was right next to it and Speedy Ortiz were on the stage and rocking. I wandered into the show and listened. They played as a four-piece with a singer/electric guitar player, another electric guitar player, bass and drums. The sound was heavy and rocking and had enough fun changes to keep you guessing. They mixed an indie rock style with a more classic rock and metal sound and were really good. There was some sweet lead guitar playing and some sledgehammer drumming and the good sized crowd was rocked hard

Villanelles at Waking Windows 6 May 6, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Villanelles at Waking Windows 6 May 6, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

I really wanted to stay, but really wanted to check out Villanelles at The Monkey House, so I headed back through the traffic circle and wandered into the club. It was pretty full and the only space to dance around a little was at the front, so I headed to the stage. With a singer/electric guitar player, bass, drums, and keys, Villanelles played some hard rocking songs and tossed some lighted balloons to the audience. I caught a half a dozen songs, all of them good and had fun listening and trying to figure out where they were going. I had just gotten their new album, Blue Heart Attack, but was not familiar with it yet, but think most of the songs that I heard were from the new one. I did recognize Heartbreak Baby and loved how much it rocked. I was loving their set but the clock said it was time to go, so out the door I went.

Swale at Waking Windows 6 May 6, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Swale at Waking Windows 6 May 6, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

I went back across the traffic circle, past Speedy Ortiz, who were still rocking nicely, and into Waterworks. Swale were making sounds from the stage, and I hoped they were just beginning. The sound coalesced and condensed itself into Waterlanding. I ran into coworkers Jessica Ellis and Billy Greer and headed to the front of the stage. Swale rocked had with songs like Everyone Likes To, Drug Laws, and Joyless. I ran into Peg Tassey and the band mellowed a bit with Beaten Down. Swale followed with a cool new song then rocked out fast and hard with Jack Sharp. Another cool one followed then they closed with an epic version of We Could All Be That Way, or whatever the title will be. I love the build and ferocity of that song.

Alexander F at Waking Windows 6 May 6, 2016

Alexander F at Waking Windows 6 May 6, 2016

After the set I ran into Joe Adler and Max Tracy, but soon thought it was time to head out to catch Aspero Saicos at the Monkey House. I walked back through traffic only to find a line of people long enough to fill the tent outside the venue, waiting to get in. Not wanting to wait, I headed back to Waterworks and got in as Alexander F were about to play. The singer, electric guitar, bass, drums four-piece let loose a set of killer punk with a funky edge. The singer threw himself into the crowd for much of the show and the bass player followed him on a few songs. They rocked hard and were lots of fun. I was a bit disappointed about missing Aspero, but I had seen them before, and by missing them, I got the opportunity to love a new band. That really is part of the whole idea of Waking Windows.

Arc Iris at Waking Windows 6 May 6, 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

Arc Iris at Waking Windows 6 May 6, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

After their set I just hung out and chatted with a bunch of cool people and then it was time for Arc Iris to play. They played as a singer/guitar player, keys, drummer trio and took the stage in shimmering gold cloaks. They let their dramatic prog rock dance pop music slowly unfurl. I love their sound and songs and when they went to play the song Johnny, they pulled Joe Adler to the stage and sang it as Joey. It was a pretty sweet show.

Arc Iris with Joe Adler at Waking Windows 6 May 6, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Arc Iris with Joe Adler at Waking Windows 6 May 6, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Angel Wings pic of Aric Iris at Waking Windows 6 May 6 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Angel Wings pic of Aric Iris at Waking Windows 6 May 6 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

It was late and I was tired and should have headed home, but had to make the traffic crossing one more time and headed back to the Monkey House for The High Breaks. The guitar, bass, drums trio play fun dark surf-rock music instrumentals. They rocked out with songs like Hot Dog and Ankle Breaker. They tossed in the surf version of Symptom Of The Universe. They returned to their own tunes with Boardwalk Boogie, Sea Chopper and Voodoo Wave. They tossed in a fun version of Wipeout and were going to leave but the audience demanded another. They pulled out a fun surf version of Paranoid and called it a night.

The High Breaks at Waking Windows 6 May 6, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

The High Breaks at Waking Windows 6 May 6, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

I was very content on the long walk home. I had to work 10 hours on Saturday and 10 on Sunday, so I never made it back to the festival, but really enjoyed my time there on Friday night.

Radio Show 108 Thursday April 30, 2015 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only Wbkm Dot Org. I highlighted a few of the many bands that are playing Waking Windows this weekend. Most of the commentary between songs was when and where the bands are playing, so I will leave the website as a comment and leave the talking spaces blank.

Song before: Windows Down – Lendway

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday there will be a staggering amount of music in Winooski. I’m going to highlight a lot of that,but want to start with what happened last weekend. It was great to see Elephants of Scotland play at Brutopia as part of the Marillion weekend in Montreal. Elephants played Nectar’s a couple of weeks ago, and it was cool to see them in Canada. There were lots of people who wanted to be there and knew their music and were so excited to see them. It was pretty great. They played a nice version of this one. This is TFAY by Elephants of Scotland on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music.

1.) TFAY – Elephants of Scotland
2.) Slash & Burn – Zero Circle
3.) Broken Paths, Dead Ends – Better Things

BT and ZC are over at Club Metronome tonight opening for Hawthorne Heights. OK, it’s Waking Windows time. I’m going to run through the schedule in order and play bands that I have music for. This is a tiny sampling of the massive amount of music that will happen this weekend. It starts at 5pm and this artist is one of the ones that will kick it off.

4.) Headlights and Liquer – Kelly Ravin
5.) Grass Is Always Greener – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
6.) Little Song – Invisible Homes
7.) Obligatory Sad Love Song – The Smittens

8.) Think I’ll Stay – Great Western
9.) The Alchemist – Pours
10.) Better Half – Abbie Morin
11.) Catskills – Alpenglow

This next band play Friday night, then we will move on to Saturday.

12.) Wiser – And The Kids
13.) 1.21 Gigawats Great Scott – Doom Service
14.) Wino – REDadmirial
15.) Deadly Wires – Ryan Ober

Time for the next song on Swale’s album The Next Instead. Of course they are a part of this great event. They play Saturday at 3:15 on the outdoor stage.

16.) Waiting For You – Swale
17.) The Invisibles – Black Rabbit
18.) Last Girl – Lowell Thompson
19.) Low Down M2 – Vedora

20.) Ricky The Rider – The Mountain Says No
21.) Teen Beast – Barbacoa
22.) Seersucker – Endless Jags
23.) Hit – Blue Button

Linda has a regular show at Radio Bean on Friday mornings playing music for kids. She is kicking off Sunday’s shows.

24.) Tell Me – Linda Bassick
25.) Mon Ange – Francesca Blanchard
26.) Call You Up – Maryse Smith
27.) I Am The Troll – James Kochalka Superstar

28.) Chuck Berry – Dino Bravo VT
29.) See You At Eight – Villanelles
30.) Womb With A View – Heavy Plains
31.) Give Me All Your Love – Madaila
32.) Relax – Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger

That is a small sampling of what Burlington and Vermont sound like at the moment. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

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Song after: The Voyeur (I Like To Watch) – Fish

 

Waking Windows Day 2 May 2, 2014 with The Mountain Says No, Bad History Month, SoftSpot, Endless Jags, Paper Castles, And The Kids, and Ice Balloons   Leave a comment

I had a great time seeing music last night. It was just slow enough at work that I got out at 7:45 instead of 8 and made it to The Monkey House at 8:03 or so, and The Mountain Says No, who were supposed to go on at 8:10, were onstage playing the title song. I got a super quick drink from the great bartenders at the Monkey then skipped to the front. They played their usual great set of heavy rock with power and grace. Somewhere in the middle they played a song that sounded more like an indie rock song, that slid into some heavy sections, and may be my new favorite song of theirs. They rained down glory in the song about one statistic and wrapped the set with a killer version of I’m With The Bomb. There’s nothing like turning your head from work mode to party mode with these guys!
Up next was Bad History Month which was a guy playing guitar, singing and using a kick drum and high hat. He had a heavy sound that was kind of cool and the music just went on and on. I made it 10 minutes or so, then wanted to check out another venue. I ducked across the circle to Oak 45 and caught the last song by SoftSpot. The music was gentle and flowing and the woman’s ethereal voice was magnificent. I was sad when they wrapped up after the song, but I’m very glad I caught a little. I need to check them out more!
I skipped back through the traffic circle and went back to the Monkey for Endless Jags. I remember liking them at a Max Krauss rock dungeon party and they did not disappoint last night. With three guitars, bass, drums and keys they filled the stage with bodies and music. Their rock songs were well crafted and wonderfully enjoyable. I was happily dancing for the whole set. Between some of the songs Ben Maddox commented on how good their vocals were and that he could hear them clearly from outside.
Paper Castles followed with a brilliant set, made mostly if not entirely from the Vague Era album. The band sounded great and Padaric Padraic Reagan’s singing was really nice. The star of the show was Wren on guitar who used a wrench to pull some great sounds from his instrument.
Joe Adler has been recommending And The Kids for a while now, and after seeing them last night, I can see why. Some of their music is a bit challenging but a lot finds a nice groove and rocks. They are a trio with keys, drums and guitar and had an electronic indie rock sound. My memory is fading a bit, but they were really good and I want to see them again.
Up next Ice Balloons hit the stage with fury. They had a backdrop to project trippy images on and the sound was somewhere between Hawkwind and Black Sabbath. They rocked hard and the singer with the fly mask was just over the top. They had me rocking from first note to last and I never wanted the set to end. Unfortunately, it did.
After a long work day and lots of music I was out of energy. Someone said the next band on, Maui, were an electronic tape loop ensemble, but I just did not have enough left to find out. I took the long walk home fully exhausted but blissfully happy. Today I have to work from noon to 10:30 so will likely not make it back. It’s too bad because there is tons and tons of great music happening today. Yesterday was my day, and I made the most of it!

Anachronist and Vedora at The Monkey House as part of Waking Windows May 1, 2014   Leave a comment

I did not have much time before my radio show last night, but made it to The Monkey House to see a couple of bands at Waking Windows. My friend Christopher Larrow and I arrived at the Monkey close to 6:30, but I had to duck across the traffic circle to pick up my button that gets me into the shows. There was a loud rocking band who sounded fun on stage as I made the perilous journey . They wrapped up just as I got back.

We hung out for a bit in the window as the sun alternated with the clouds in a dance of shadow and light. After a bit Anachronist hit the stage. They looked a bit like 40’s ish hippies but the sound was a melodic jangle pop with some subtle but elegant lead guitar playing. Their half hour set was really nice, and I liked all the songs. As they were set to play one more, the singer said it would be a doozie. It was, and though I don’t know the song, something struck me on the first note, and I rocked it to the last. I don’t know what it was, but have definitely heard it before.


After they wrapped up, it was more hanging out in the window and watching a super bright rainbow in the sky.


After a bit Vedora hit the stage and rocked it with elegance and grace. All of the songs were new(ish) and all seemed to start with a funk groove then move into the song. I really liked everything but the last two soared on Caroline O’Connor‘s vocals and Matthew Hastings over the top guitar playing. I love those guys and am happy I made the effort. After that we took off and Chris dropped me at the station. I ran up the stairs, chatted with Tony and the ’80’s ladies then set up and did the radio show.


Today is a 9 hour work day, then back to Winooski. Hopefully I can make it to The Mountain Says No at 8:10, but may miss a bit since I’m out at 8. I will do as much as I can.

 

Radio Show 60 Thursday May 1, 2014 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only WBKM.ORG. I highlighted the Waking Windows festival that is happening in Winooski this weekend, and played a couple of other fun songs.

Song before: Change Of Heart – Fish

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I’m going to start with a band I used to see all the time in this town. This is The Cush on WBKM and this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music.

1.) Another Life Ago – The Cush
2.) Kill The Lights – Monoprix
3.) Window’s Down – Lendway

It’s a beautiful day in Vermont and a lot of cars have their window’s down. I also wanted to play the song to talk about how much music is happening in Winooski this week. Waking Windows is going on for 4 days with 80 bands. Monoprix will be on in a couple of minutes. This next artist is playing Saturday.

4.) 15 Steps – Maryse Smith
5.) Solitude – Alpenglow
6.) Terrarium – Vedora

I went out earlier and saw a band called Anachronist and then saw Vedora play a killer set. Thanks to Christopher Larrow for the ride from the Monkey House to the station, and hanging out. Alpenglow are playing Saturday at the festival. Up next is the next song from Dancing With The Big Guy. This is dedicated to Rich Haskell

7.) Miranda – Ninja Custodian
8.) Amber Waves – Elephants of Scotland

I played Amber to wave goodbye to the Elephants who are on the road to Gettysburg for RoSfest. Have you ever seen a band, been really impressed, and when they came back to town, you wondered if they were really that good, or if it was a trick of the memory? This band really were that good last Friday at Higher Ground.

9.) Long Way Down – The Sideshow Tragedy
10.) In Your Mind – Waylon Speed
11.) Comm To Space – ROUGH FRANCIS

Rough Francis are headlining WW on Saturday and Waylon Speed are going to play a killer set at The Monkey House tonight. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

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This next song was released as a single this week. If you like it, you can buy it at Amazon or i-tunes.

Song after: Blind To The Beautiful (live) – Fish

 

Waking Windows at the Monkey House, the Stoplight Gallery, and the Winooski Welcome Center, May 10, 2013   Leave a comment

It was a long work day, but at 6:30, I punched out, put on the black, and hiked the tracks to Winooski. I wanted to catch Vedora at 7, and was pleased to see Great Western were on when I walked into the Monkey House. I only caught a couple of songs, but they were just as good as I remember from last week. The songs had a nice feel to them, then completely took off. These guys are really good! After, I chatted with Ryan the singer and Ryan the drummer for a bit.
Vedora took the stage next with a killer version of Sober. I love the build, and Matt ripped it up on guitar. The let loose a wonderful version of Promises, then lit into the really new songs. It’s weird to have seen them so many times, and to still not know the songs, because they are so new. I really like all of them, and can’t wait to get to know them better. A few songs in, Matt broke a string. He kept the song going nicely, but at the end, Ryan (the guitar player for GW) lent Matt his guitar for a song. While playing, Ryan took Matt’s guitar outside and put on a new string. It was ready to go for the next song. I love it when musicians help musicians! They wrapped up the set with Terrarium, and then it was off to pick up my ticket at the Welcome center.
I was greeted warmly by Paddy Reagan, who helped organize the show. I got my WW button, which serves as a ticket, that I had purchased earlier, then wandered farther into the center to catch a few songs by Maryse Smith. After the serious rock and roll from Great Western and Vedora, it was tricky to find the groove of Maryse’s gentle acoustic songs. Her voice has a beautiful tone, and her guitar playing was gently insistent. I had to listen close, and was well rewarded for doing so.
After she wrapped up her set, it was back through the traffic circle, to the Monkey House. Anachronist were playing. The four-piece rocked hard, and kept a smile on my face. The music was straight up rock and they kept me dancing for the whole set. I should find out more about them. They were a lot of fun!

Anders and Kendall picture by Dan Bolles

Anders and Kendall picture by Dan Bolles

At the end of their set, or near the end, I think they were leaving the stage, I went back through the traffic circle to the Welcome center. I saw Steve Hadeka, who told me to enjoy Anders and Kendall. He was heading to the Monkey House to get ready to play. Again, going from the heavy rock of Anachronist, to the acoustic duo was a bit of a shock. There was a huge space between the stage and the audience, so I broke the Burlington semi-circle and stood reasonably close. They are starting a tour, and tonight was the first show. It was hard to get into them, so I just stood, rocked back and forth a bit, and listened. I found several grooves to flow into and was deeply impressed at how good they are. After they wrapped up, it was back to the Monkey House.
Lowell Thompson and band were on. They played some well crafted country rock. Kirk Flanagan was on bass, Steve Hadeka on drums, and Bob Wagner played the lead guitar. Lowell sang and played rhythm guitar, and the very full Monkey House was having a blast. At one point Kelly Ravin and Brett Hughes came to the stage to sing backing vocals.
After they wrapped up, I braved the traffic circle again, but this time went next door to the Welcome Center, to a place called the Stoplight Gallery. I caught a couple of songs by Brattleboro’s Great Valley. The guitar drum duo played some heavy psychedelic rock, and were quite fun. They reminded me a bit of the Vacant Lots, with a lighter tone. They finished way too quickly, so it was back through the circle to the Monkey House.
Monoprix were onstage and rocking. Brett Hughes sang and played guitar, Tyler Bolles played stand-up bass, and the ever present Steve Hadeka held down the drums. Their set was a bit less country than I expected, and had some solid rock to it. I enjoyed every note, and so did the very packed room.
Once again, I went back to the Stoplight Gallery, but only caught a third of a song by Happy Jawbone Family Band, also from Brattleboro. They played some nice edgy rock and roll, but I saw so little, it’s hard to describe. I need to check them out.
Once more, I braved the circle, and went back to the Monkey House. Anders Parker Cloud Badge were getting set to play. Anders, on electric guitar and vocals, was joined by Creston Lea on bass, and Steve Hadeka on drums. They got all set, then went to the back of the room. They returned to the stage with weird fun robes, and lit into the set. The rock and roll was heavy, loud and went in interesting directions. I had to focus to try and keep up. They were nothing but fun, and tossed in a super tight version of Happy Jack in the middle of the set. Knedall Meade added her lovely voice to one song. They wrapped up with something that really rocked and Steve was going crazy on the drums. It was glorious.
After that, I was done. I had settled up earlier, so I grabbed the unneeded coat and umbrella and took the long walk home. It was a magnificent night of music.