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

Recommended February shows in the Burlington area

Filed Under: Live Shows
Written by Brendan
Tuesday February 8, 2011

With the arrival of the new year and the recent or upcoming launches of several music-related websites based in the Burlington area, I’ve been spending some time thinking about why I began writing here, and why I continue doing it.

One of the main reasons I began was to encourage more people in Burlington to go to shows.  I’m still baffled sometimes at certain shows selling out, while others play to a crowd of 30 — or less.  And I know from bringing friends to shows that a lot of the music I like is just categorically good, and generally folks are really happy when they come to a show with me.  The only barrier seems to be their exposure to the music, which I’m trying to solve by writing here.

To make a long story short, here are some upcoming shows in Burlington and Montreal that I’m either planning on going to, or really wish I could make it to but can’t.  If you like other music you’ve listened to or read about because of this site, I highly recommend going to any of them.  Try one out.  If you’re reading this from somewhere else, then check the venues around you for some of the bands listed below.  Based on past experience, I’m almost certain you’ll be happy you did.

Friday, February 11
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings @ Higher Ground
Tickets: $20

Tuesday, February 15
Dr. Dog w/The Head and the Heart @ Higher Ground
Tickets: $18

Wednesday, February 16
Interpol w/School of Seven Bells @ Metropolis (Montreal)
Tickets: $34

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This week’s music purchases

Filed Under: New Releases
Written by Brendan
Tuesday April 6, 2010

Today I bought Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings’ “I Learned the Hard Way” and The Morning Benders’ “Big Echo.” Both are quality releases. The Morning Benders album is a bit more subdued and atmospheric, and a little more polished than their previous, “Talking Through Tin Cans,” while still maintaining a fun, lighthearted rock vibe. They also clearly spent a little more time writing songs for this one, with several songs over the 4 min. mark.

Reminder: Morning Benders at the Monkey House next Friday, April 16.


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