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

Good shows upcoming in Burlington & Montreal

Filed Under: Live Shows
Written by Brendan
Wednesday March 23, 2011

Here are a few shows I recommend seeing over the next month or so.

Monday, March 28
Young Galaxy @ Monkey House
$7 (at door)

I saw Young Galaxy open for Stars in December and would recommend them to anyone. Be prepared for a very pregnant lead singer…

Wednesday, March 30
Titus Andronicus @ Metronome
$10

You’ll have to like your rock a bit on the grittier & noisier side to enjoy this show. Expect a lot of sweaty excitement, and definitely bring earplugs.

Friday, April 8
Starfucker @ Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
$10

If you like to dance, this show is for you. Starfucker play high energy pop rock.

Tuesday, April 12
The Black Angels & Suuns @ La Sala Rossa (Montreal)
$17

The Black Angels are psych rock at its finest. I’ve wanted to see them since their 2006 release Passover.

Sunday, April 17
Iron & Wine @ Higher Ground Ballroom (sold out)

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On watching more local bands, and local bands to watch

Filed Under: Live Shows, Local Bands
Written by Brendan
Wednesday September 1, 2010

I have to admit that I am not nearly as immersed in Burlington’s local music scene as I’d like to be. I still have yet to see a show at Radio Bean. The Monkey House shows generally start pretty late, and I don’t like driving out there unless I’m really motivated by a band I love. Metronome shows also start pretty late, and the one time I’ve tried to go to a show there in the past six months, they were 30 min late to even open the doors, let alone begin. It’s sad, but I seriously have a very hard time staying awake until 11:30 or 12 on a weeknight.

So the few times I’ve caught Burlington-area bands have been as opening acts at shows I was going to anyhow. I’d like to change that, and I’ve been hearing from more Vermont artists recently about new releases and live shows (keep it coming). So with this post, I’d like to kick off an attempt to see more local bands and write about them here.

To get it started, I might as well talk a little about the area bands I have seen, as I’ve been nothing but impressed with every one of them.

Maga

I saw Maga (soft g) open for Givers in May at The Monkey House.  I loved a few of their songs, and didn’t love others.  Overall, I left thinking I’d like to see this duo of Bryan Parmelee and Brett Fiorentino again.  It was Maga I bailed on seeing at Metronome recently because of my old-ness.  To make up for it, I wore my Maga tshirt in both Rome and Tel Aviv as a bit of free international exposure ;-)

Vacant Lots

Vacant Lots opened for, and put on a much better show than, Fiery Furnaces at The Higher Ground in June. They play heavy, droning psych rock a la Black Angels, and they play it well.  You can download Hypnotized, a 9-song release from Vacant Lots, for free here.

Also check out the video for “Let Me Out” by the Vacant Lots, written & directed by my neighbor Graham Raubvogel:

Maryse Smith (or Maryse & The Rosesmiths)

I had the pleasure of seeing Maryse Smith last week at Higher Ground, and to be honest, I’m ashamed I hadn’t heard of her before.  She plays tomorrow at The Monkey House, and I’m strongly considering going after my softball game, even though I’ll likely be at least slightly injured again.

Listen to Maryse Smith’s album Is Becomes Was (a bit more of a stripped down sound than the live show):

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Maps & Atlases play Metronome tonight

Filed Under: Live Shows
Written by Brendan
Monday August 9, 2010

Chicago’s Maps & Atlases will be playing Metronome in Burlington tonight. Don’t miss it. Listen to “Solid Ground” from their recently released album Perch Patchwork:

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p.s. Dear Maps & Atlases, you should advise your publicist to respond to emails.

[late update: p.p.s. Dear Maps & Atlases, sorry for jumping to conclusions.  Your publicist didn't get my email because it went to spam, and got in touch with me once he found it.  Carry on.]


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New music

Filed Under: New Releases
Written by Brendan
Friday July 2, 2010

It’s been a few weeks since I posted about new music purchases, so there are a few to write about. In the past several weeks, I’ve picked up Night & Day EP by Chief, Star Tiger Star Ariel by Delays, Thank Me Later [Explicit] by Drake, Perch Patchwork from Maps & Atlases, The Five Ghosts and The Seance EP from Stars, Expo 86 from Wolf Parade and Carrots from Young Mammals.

While there isn’t a bad album among them, the standouts are definitely the releases from Maps & Atlases and Wolf Parade, which I highly recommend to everyone.

Two releases I’ve been thinking about but haven’t committed to yet are Delta Spirit’s History From Below and Blitzen Trapper’s Destroyer of The Void. Have you heard either?

Maps & Atlases will be playing at Metronome in Burlington on Monday, August 9, and I will most definitely be there.

Chief - Night and Day Delays - Star Tiger Star Ariel Drake - Thank Me Later Maps & Atlases - Perch Patchwork Stars - Five Ghosts Wolf Parade - Expo 86 Young Mammals - Carrots

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