It’s a jam-packed week, filled with all manner of rocking and/or rolling, from hip-hop royalty to folk freakin’ to straight floatin’ on a boat. And who knows, there might even be a benefit show or two. OK, there is definitely a benefit show or two.
Frankly, there is so much to cover and so little space. So with that in mind, let’s rip through a classic all-bites edition of Soundbites, shall we? Buckle up.
Leading off, we’ve got back-to-back hip-hop hurrahs at Club Metronome this week. Wednesday, July 13, DJ Oh-J Freshhh amps up his weekly Homegrown Wednesday residency with some live local acts: the Algorhythms, Earegulars (Face One and Brutally Honest), Memaranda and Wombaticus Rex.
The following night, Thursday, July 14, ASAP Entertainment hosts the “Hip-hop Summer Kickoff Extravaganza” … several weeks after summer technically started. But I fear we are splitting hairs. The lineup features some top-notch local talent, including Colby Stiltz, Habit and the Madmen, the Earegulars, 4Word Productions, and DJs A-Dog and TJ. But the guest of honor is none other than rapper Apathy. The MC was a founding member of Demigodz and Get Busy Committee, which certainly lends him serious cred. But get this. He is also, according to his press releases, “the King of Connecticut.” No, not the King of Conn. Rap, or the King of Conn. Hip-Hop. Just the King of Connecticut. Period. Now that’s some ballsy PR, no?
Though you may be more likely to find jesters than royalty — unless you count keyboardist Adam King, of course — few things say “summer in Vermont” like “gettin’ drunk listening to music on a boat.” So I’m guessing this Friday’s seafaring expedition with the Dead Sessions, titled “Dead in the Water,” should fit the bill, especially among the Deadhead set. But be forewarned, chronically late hippie sailors. The boat leaves the King Street Ferry Dock at 8 p.m. sharp.
Band Name of the Week: The Anatomy of Frank. I confess, when I first saw this on the Radio Bean schedule, I was sincerely afraid local drummer Frank Zamiello had started some bizarre experimental rock side project. Naked. Anyway, I’m happy — and relieved — to report that this Virginia-based pop outfit has nothing to do with Franky, or anyone’s anatomy, for that matter. Instead, they write sugary, and at times cinematically expansive, little art-pop confections that I’m guessing fans of bands such as Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, Blind Pilot or our old pals Good Old War will eat up with a spork. Dig in at the Bean this Friday, July 15.
Speaking of this Friday at the little hipster haunt that could, the evening also marks Reverse Neutral Drive’s debut at the Bean — that is, the first time the Burlington band has played there in its two-year-plus existence, which I find almost impossible to believe. I mean, I was pretty sure playing Radio Bean was written into the bylaws as a mandatory rite of passage before one could be admitted into the Benevolent Order of Burlington Rockers. Well, that and throwing up in the alley behind Nectar’s. But I digress.
I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve sung the praises of Mildred Moody’s Full Moon Masquerade at Parima in these pages. Although, since they’ve been doing it monthly since January and we’re now in July, I’m gonna go ahead and guess six. Let’s make it seven, shall we? With another full moon shortly upon us, it is once again, as Mildred Moody’s Scott Mangan would say, that time of the month. Cute, no? Anyway, this month the full moon lands on Friday, July 15. In celebration of the impending lunar lunacy, spiffy new baby-makin’ music makers Craig Mitchell & Motor City take the stage to lead the undulating masses through a night of debauched hedonism. Or maybe just some sweaty, raunchy R&B. Either way, I’m there. Unless …
… I’m in my childhood stomping grounds in Charlotte this Friday, which I may just be. I’ve been feeling very nostalgic of late and could really go for a creemee from Uncle Sam’s, or maybe an ill-gotten bottle of Boone’s Farm or Haffenreffer after dark on Mount Philo. And I digress again. The real reason I’d go back to the ’Lot is to catch Bob Wagner & Friends with the Joshua Panda Band and songwriter John Creech at the Old Lantern. The show is a benefit for Friends of the Island Line Trail, a cooperative venture of Burlington Parks & Rec., Colchester Parks & Rec., VT Fish and Wildlife and Local Motion aiming to repair the trail. If you recall, it was pretty badly roughed up during the historic Great Flood of ’11. Tickets for the show are available at Muddy Waters and Advance Music in Burlington — or directly through BTV Parks & Rec. — at Home Ecology in Shelburne, and at the Old Brick Store, Little Garden Market and Spear’s Corner Store in Charlotte. Is it me, or is Friday shaping up to a really busy night?
Back on the benefit bandwagon, lakeside locales were not the only areas affected by this spring’s epic flooding. Downtown Montpelier was also seriously waterlogged, particularly by a May 26 flood that damaged numerous buildings and businesses — and cost Langdon Street Café one of its final shows. Among the businesses damaged was Kismet, the State Street joint that has amped up its entertainment schedule of late and helped soften the blow left by LSC’s departure. On Wednesday, July 20, the restaurant hosts Kismet Flood Relief, a stand-up comedy showcase to benefit, um, Kismet. Among the performers are Kathleen Kanz, Colin Ryan, Tracie Spencer, Joel Chaves and Martha Tormey.
Wednesday, July 13, the fine folks from the Champlain Valley Folk Festival will hold a press conference at Union Station in Burlington to announce this year’s lineup — the 28th annual, no less. Since I won’t be able to attend, the folks at CVFF were nice enough to pass along the lineup ahead of time. And it’s a good one. Some highlights from the fest, which runs from Friday, July 29, through Sunday, July 31, include famed labor-song singer Si Kahn, balladeer Jeff Davis, Brian Peters — who is apparently one of “England’s top squeezebox players” — Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, and Québecois dance band Raz de Maree, among many, many others. For more info on tickets, the lineup or any of the wealth of cultural exhibitions and seminars that happen in concert with the fest, visit cvfest.org.
Last but not least, this just in from the Dept. of Corrections. Last week’s column contained an embarrassing and regrettable goof. In the lead segment, “Girl Power,” about local riot-grrl trio Doll Fight!’s ongoing search for a female bass guitar instructor for their upcoming rock camp, Girls Rock Vermont, I attributed the line, “It’s different for girls,” to Elvis Costello. But as alert reader Matt Nunan correctly pointed out, the line belongs to Joe Jackson. In my defense, Jackson was always something of a poor man’s Costello — Clyde Drexler to Costello’s Michael Jordan, if you will. Although, I’d argue Jackson’s output from 1979 to 1982 stands up pretty well against Costello’s from the same period, especially Look Sharp!, Beat Crazy and the record from whence the aforementioned line comes, I’m the Man. Those are some great albums. In any event, my apologies for the error. But on the plus side, that was probably the most ink Joe Jackson has gotten in 20 years.
Once again, this week’s totally self-indulgent column segment, in which I share a random sampling of what was on my iPod, turntable, CD player, 8-track player, etc., this week.
Gillian Welch, The Harrow & the Harvest
Young Buffalo, Young Van Pretty Lips
Brian Eno, Drums Between the Bells
Beirut, East Harlem
Bowerbirds, Hymns for a Dark Horse