A collection of musically themed musings by Brendan Bush in Burlington, VT

Don’t miss: Sharon Van Etten @ Higher Ground 11/10/12

Filed Under: Live Shows
Written by Brendan
Thursday November 1, 2012

This blog is dying a slow death, but before it finally kicks the can, I wanted to drop by to highly recommend Sharon Van Etten and Damien Jurado on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge.

Van Etten’s Tramp, released in February, quickly made it to the top of my favorite albums of the year, and has remained there.  The Showcase Lounge couldn’t be a better place to experience her haunting, intimate vocals.

You don’t need to take my word for it though – see for yourself:

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Wrapup: Jeff Mangum @ First Unitarian Church, Burlington 8/8/11

Filed Under: Live Shows
Written by Brendan
Tuesday August 9, 2011

Though I admittedly waste way too much time paying attention to live music listings in Burlington, Montreal, Boston, D.C., New York and Chicago, sometimes all that wasted time pays off.  For every 50 shows I see that are in a city that I can’t make it to, I come across one gem like last night’s show that makes every freaking second worth it.

As a brief introduction for those unfamiliar, Jeff Mangum was most notably the the driving force behind Neutral Milk Hotel, indie rock idols who last released an album in 1998.  Yup, the same year I was heading off to college with posters of 2Pac and Wu-Tang Clan to hang on my walls, Jeff Mangum released what could be considered one of the best albums of my generation.

Last night, after taking a decade or so off of performing live music, Mangum proved to an adoring crowd of several hundred overheated fans that the wait was worth it.  And the audience responded in kind, pumping the packed, nearly 200-year old church with a palpable electricity.

A few songs in, as he was putting down one guitar and picking up another underneath a glowing red altar, the PA system popped and went silent.  Taking it completely in stride, Mangum picked up his folding chair and a guitar and sat on the floor facing the first pew to sing a tune while the issue was fixed.  With at least half of the audience singing along (at his request), he belted out an acoustic rendition of Two Headed Boy Pt. 2 as people streamed from the pews to the floor to sit beside him.

Playing a good mix of tunes from Neutral Milk Hotel’s two releases (Avery Island & In the Aeroplane Over the Sea), as well as a Daniel Johnston cover and an unreleased song requested by someone up front, Mangum gave us no hint as to his future as a performer, only a reminder of his talented past.

Kudos to everyone there last night (at least as far as I’ve heard) for respecting the artist’s request for no photos or recording of any sort.  It definitely spoke volumes about the quality of Burlington’s live music scene, and made me excited rather than envious for the first time in a while.

Extra special thanks go to Angioplasty Media and MSR for bringing this show to Burlington. Your efforts are more appreciated than I’m able to express on the internet.  Please keep doing what you’re doing.


Note: All photos are copyright © 2010 Brendan Bush unless otherwise noted. You are free to copy, distribute and transmit them as long as proper attribution is given, in accordance with this Creative Commons policy.

Daytrotter comes to Vermont

Filed Under: Live Shows
Written by Brendan
Wednesday July 27, 2011

Exciting news from Daytrotter today — they are bringing their Barnstorming 5 tour through Charlotte, VT on August 28. The tour features White Rabbits, Deer Tick, We Are Augustines, Blood Orange and Doug Paisley. I saw White Rabbits a couple years back and definitely recommend their show.

But I recommend this more than anything for the venue and the experience itself — the show is being held at The Old Lantern Barn in Charlotte. The folks at Daytrotter are true pioneers of the music industry, and if the success of their Daytrotter Sessions are any indication, this is bound to be a special evening.

Tickets can be purchased here (it’s a little bit convoluted of a system, but they explain it well enough).

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Ticket giveaway: U2 w/Arcade Fire in New Brunswick, Canada

Filed Under: Live Shows
Written by Brendan
Monday July 11, 2011

I have to admit, I’m doing this more out of laziness and disdain for craigslist than out of sheer goodwill & generosity (also, shameless promotion).  Regardless, the end result is the same.  I bought two tickets as well as camping & parking passes to see U2 & Arcade Fire, but things fell through, and I’m not going to be able to use them.  Can you?

I’m giving away two General Admission tickets, two camping passes for the campground right beside the venue, and a parking pass for the U2 360 Tour (with opener Arcade Fire) July 30 in Moncton, NB, Canada.  The campground opens 2 days before the show, if concert tailgating is your thing.

On Monday, July 18, I’ll pick one random winner from a hat.  Here’s how to get your name into that hat (up to 4 entries per person):

  1. Enter a comment to this post using your real name and an actual email address that you can be reached at (your email address will not be published, and will be used only to contact you if you win).  (1 entry)
  2. “Like” the On Permanent Rotation facebook page, then come back and reply to your initial comment (To reply to your initial comment, click the ‘Reply to this comment’ link directly underneath your inital comment), letting me know you’ve “Liked” this blog. (1 entry)
  3. Invite your facebook friends to “Like” On Permanent Rotation as well, by posting a link to your facebook wall.  Once at least 1 of your friends has “Liked” On Permanent Rotation in response to your invitation, post another reply to your initial comment with the name of that friend. (1 entry)

If you do all 3 of the above, you’ll also receive 1 bonus entry, for a total of 4.  Please note: you MUST follow the order above, and for #2 and #3, you MUST reply to your initial comment from #1 (using the “Reply to this comment” link directly under your initial comment).  This is the only way I’m going to be able to keep track of people.

UPDATE (7/19/11): Thanks to everyone who entered.  The winner of the ticket/camping package is Rose Mary Garrett of Prince Edward Island.  Congrats, Rose Mary, and have fun at the show!


Note: All photos are copyright © 2010 Brendan Bush unless otherwise noted. You are free to copy, distribute and transmit them as long as proper attribution is given, in accordance with this Creative Commons policy.



The Manifestivus 2011: Vermont’s “Local Festival with a Global Vibe”

Filed Under: Live Shows
Written by Brendan
Thursday June 30, 2011

Coming up in just a few weeks out in Cabot, Vermont is the Manifestivus music & art festival on July 22 & 23. It’s a Vermont festival in the truest sense, “an uplifting international world music festival that promotes personal evolution through music, art and culture. The festival reminds us that we are one with each other, the land and all things.”

Featured artists this year include Brett Dennen, Toubab Krewe (whose bassist formed the festival in 2002), Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, and Burlington’s own Events are Objects. More artists can be found here.

Tickets are available at http://manifestivus2011.eventbrite.com/ (enter promo code IVY to save $10)

The Manifestivus will donate a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales to Toubab Krewe’s School House Krewe Project, which is raising funds for the construction of a music school in Bamako, Mali.

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This Friday (5/27) – Girls in Trouble @ SEABA Center

Filed Under: Live Shows, On Permanent Rotation Presents
Written by Brendan
Tuesday May 24, 2011

While I’m (still) working on nailing down an opening band, I’m very excited to officially announce a show that I’m hosting this Friday at the SEABA Center on Pine St. in the South End (between Fresh Market & Speeder and Earl’s). The headliner is Brooklyn’s Girls In Trouble, a 4-piece violin driven indie folk band. They’ve just released a wonderful new album, Half You Half Me, and I’ve been following them since 2009, when they were featured on my Favorite Music list.

All ages are welcome, and I’m asking for a $10 suggested donation (all of which will go to the band). But don’t let money stop you from coming – if your cash flow is hurting right now, come listen to some good music anyways.

RSVP and find more info on Facebook.

Doors open at 8pm. Hope to see you there! The sound quality isn’t the best, and the camera is a little shaky, but here’s Girls In Trouble performing “Marble Floor” from their self-titled debut LP:

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Note: All photos are copyright © 2010 Brendan Bush unless otherwise noted. You are free to copy, distribute and transmit them as long as proper attribution is given, in accordance with this Creative Commons policy.

This Friday (the 13th!) — Here We Go Magic @ Higher Ground

Filed Under: Live Shows
Written by Brendan
Monday May 9, 2011

Photo courtesy Here We Go Magic

This Friday, Brooklyn quintet Here We Go Magic will grace Burlington with their mellow, ambient folk-pop tunes. I first saw HWGM open for Broken Social Scene last December in Montreal, and while their sound didn’t necessarily translate to the massive space that is Metropolis, I came away thinking how much I’d love to see them again in a more intimate venue.

Friday’s show at the Higher Ground’s Showcase Lounge should provide just that. And as an added bonus, AroarA, a new project by Andrew Whiteman (of BSS and Apostle of Hustle fame) and his wife Ariel, is opening the show. For those of you smart enough to have been at the BSS show at Higher Ground last fall, Ariel sang many of the female parts, and did so convincingly. I’m really excited to see what she can do with her own material. Late Update: Sadly, AroarA has been dropped from the bill. Local acts Parmaga and The Engine Ear will be filling in.

Here’s Here We Go Magic performing “Fangela” from their recent appearance at Coachella:

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Tonight at the Monkey House: Milagres w/ The Milkman’s Union

Filed Under: Live Shows
Written by Brendan
Friday April 22, 2011

Tonight, for the measly cover charge of $5, you can see not just one but two bands who you will likely not see again in a venue as intimate as The Monkey House. Milagres is a Brooklyn-based quintet with rich, layered instrumentation that could fill a stadium, balanced with darker, moodier numbers. Portland, Maine’s The Milkman’s Union, features Burlington native Henry Jamison, is a folksier take on rock.

I’m short on time today, so rather than extol the virtues of these two fine bands, I’ve included a video from each of them below so you can hear it for yourself. Should be quite the show… starts at 9pm.

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Late April/Early May shows to see in Burlington & Montreal

Filed Under: Live Shows, Local Bands
Written by Brendan
Tuesday April 19, 2011

I’ve been dying to post more here, including a wrapup of the fantastic Iron & Wine show at Higher Ground this past Sunday. Unfortunately, 100% of my time at the computer has been consumed with work, and as this blog currently costs more money than it makes me, I’ve been unable to give it the attention it deserves. Apologies — I’ll do better.

But until then, there is some really good music coming through Burlington over the next couple of weeks. Here are a few highlights:

Friday, 4/22
Milagres w/ The Milkman’s Union @ The Monkey House, Winooski
Show: 9pm $5 (at the door)

Friday, 4/29
Villanelles EP release party @ Signal Kitchen (71 Main St), Burlington
Show: 9pm $5 BYOB (at the door)

Tuesday, May 3
In Tall Buildings w/ Maryse Smith & The Rosesmiths @ Monkey House, Winooski
Show: 9pm, $8 (at the door)

I know there are a few readers from Montreal, and there are also a couple of really good shows coming up. It’s been too long since I’ve seen a show up there (since BSS in December), and unfortunately I won’t be able to make it to these, so would someone please go and have fun for me?

Sunday, May 1
Freelance Whales @ Le National
Surfer Blood @ La Tulipe

Wednesday, May 4
Dan Mangan @ La Sala Rossa

Thursday, May 12
The Airborne Toxic Event @ La Tulipe

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Note: All photos are copyright © 2010 Brendan Bush unless otherwise noted. You are free to copy, distribute and transmit them as long as proper attribution is given, in accordance with this Creative Commons policy.

You’ll be sorry if you miss it: Starfucker @ Higher Ground

Filed Under: Live Shows
Written by Brendan
Tuesday March 29, 2011

There are definitely a couple of posts that I’ve written the day after a show that begin with a sentiment close to “you blew it if you weren’t there.” In the spirit of fairness, I thought I’d tell you explicitly in advance this time: if you aren’t at the Starfucker show next Friday, April 8 at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, you’re blowing it.

Portland, Oregon’s Starfucker, previously known as Starf**ker, STRFKR and potentially some other variation(s) of their current (and seemingly complete) band name, are a real treat for Burlington-area indie music fans. This is a band with a huge following in their hometown, and one that I am 100% sure is going to become immensely popular in the next couple of years (if not sooner). Their music is just too damn good.

They play songs ranging from straight up electronic dance jams to more mellowed-out shoe-gazers. It occurs to me that I haven’t mentioned the price of the show – it’s $10. Ten measly dollars. You’ve spent more than that on a six-pack — you’ll enjoy this much more. If we’re lucky, Starfucker might even treat us to tales of the recent (apparently unsubstantiated) arrest of band member Ryan Biornstad at SXSW in Austin, TX.

If you like to dance, sing in the car or the shower, jump up and down, smile, or if you just like to party, I suggest you join me at Higher Ground next Friday. Still unconvinced? Just be the first person to comment on this post, and I’ll send you a free ticket (be sure to use a valid email address).

Here’s a quick (albeit blurry) example of what you’ll be missing if you aren’t there:


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