by Dan Bolles
Without question, compiling club listings every week is the worst part of my job. It is also arguably the most important. Though unendingly — and at times unbearably — tedious to cull, club listings provide the foundation for the entire music section. And by poring over them each week, I get a comprehensive overview of the upcoming week's feel, which helps in deciding how the rest of the section should play out.
Over time, you start to see fairly predictable patterns. Club listings are kind of like fractals in that way. Spend enough time with them and anomalies within the pattern will jump out at you. For example, every couple of months you'll see a band play what I like to call the "Bee's Knees Triangle." This is a touring route most often used by savvy out-of-town bands that typically consists of the Bee's Knees in Morrisville (duh), Montpelier's Langdon Street Café, and either Radio Bean or the Monkey House — and sometimes both.
When I see a band is entering the BK Triangle, I almost always make a note to check them out. One, the booking folks at each of the aforementioned venues are exceptionally good at what they do. So if they've all agreed that a group is good enough to book, that says a lot. And two, any band that has figured out how to make a trip to Northern VT worth their time by hitting up each of those venues usually has their act together. That doesn't always equate to good music. But more often than not, it does.
Such is the case with Rio de Janeiro-based psych-folk/Tropicália outfit MoMo, who are playing at LSC (Friday) the Bean (Saturday) and, to complete the trifecta, the Bee's Knees (Sunday). I'm actually spotlighting the band in this week's paper, and I mention them in SoundBites as well. The double coverage thing (triple if you count this post) is something I generally shy away from unless I'm really, really excited about a band. Guess what? I'm really, really excited about this band.
Here's a video from a recent live performance. The song is called "Preciso Ser Pedra" — rough translation "I Need To Be Stoned" — and is the opening track from their mindblowing new album Buscador — which, for a limited time, you can download for free on their website. Enjoy!