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- Seth Yacovone Band
Ever since Beyoncé surprise-released her late-2013 self-titled album — you know, the one that broke the internet — dropping a new body of work completely unannounced has become a sort of status symbol. Queen Bey proved that once you reach a certain point of fame and prosperity, you don't really need to prep people for your new releases with such frivolities as advertising and publicity.
So, Seth Yacovone Band, you think you're Vermont's Beyoncé or something, dropping that surprise EP last week? Huh? You think you can just drop a fresh batch of Americana-tinged, hard-edged blues-rock without so much as a press release? Are you gonna slap on some black one-shoulder leotards and dance around in front of a white cyc wall, too?
I kid, I kid. In all seriousness, the new six-track collection, Thanks, is something of an appetizer for the band's next full-length album — release date TBA. Two of the tracks, "Much Difference" and "Thanksgiving," are newer tunes, while "$1000 Dog" and "I Commit Crimes" are older songs given new life in the studio.
"Instead of doing a Kickstarter, we thought it was better to actually sell some music to raise funds," Yacovone writes in an email.
Also of note: One of the EP's tracks — the solo acoustic "Legal in New Zealand" — precedes yet another forthcoming album, though it's a solo LP from Yacovone himself, not a full-band record.
You can find Thanks on most major streaming and download platforms.
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One of the most brutal performance time slots in Burlington's music nightlife scene is the dreaded 1 a.m. Sunday night/Monday morning shift at Radio Bean. Somebody's gotta fill it, but damn if it isn't a tough time of the week to try to pull an audience.
I want to give props to a Manchester, N.H., band called Drive-In that took on the daunting graveyard shift this week. The fledgling indie-pop group performed to an audience of five — four close friends of the group and yours truly.
Since 2017, they've had a fairly prolific output of tunes. The pain of youth and young love is all over their futuristic pop EPs 1996, Glass and Arcade. Fairly new to live performance — the late-night Bean show was their fourth live gig ever — the laptop wizards say they're still figuring out how to bring their ultra-sleek, chilled-out sounds to life with live guitar, drums and various electronics.
Get to know them before they blow the eff up.
Rock the Vote
Announcement: Seven Days' annual Grand Point North Local Band Contest is back! Grace Potter's two-day festival at Burlington's Waterfront Park — which includes additional headliners Jackson Browne, Ani DiFranco and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats — already features a vibrant lineup of Vermont-based talent. But there's still room for one more act.
The contest awards the winner an opening slot at this year's GPN, which is Saturday, September 15, and Sunday, September 16. The initial nomination round is currently open and closes on Sunday, July 15. Any group with at least one full-time Vermont resident is eligible, and every band that's nominated proceeds to the voting round.
From Monday, July 16, through Sunday, July 22, you can vote once a day. How you distribute your vote is up to you. Feel free to pick the same group every day or spread the love. You do you.
Word to the wise: We have a crack team of ex-CIA analysts at the ready to detect any malfeasance or voter fraud. Well, not really. But we do monitor the process. Cheating is dumb, and we don't like it. So don't do it.
Lovers of avant-garde and experimental hip-hop should check out a showcase called Glazed on Wednesday, July 18, at Club Metronome in Burlington. The jam-packed lineup includes New Jersey headliner west1ne, along with Queen City hip-hop collective 99 Neighbors, chill-hop producer Loupo, and local DJs Jared x Jeremy, Crusty Cuts, Four-D, CRWD CTRL, SVPPLY and STRYTLLR. Additionally, painter Chef Colin will create a new work of art live throughout the evening.
Modeled after a similar recurring party called Low End Theory in Los Angeles, the BTV event adds a second, secluded stage to Club Metronome's lounge area. Attendees should feel free to mosey back and forth between performance spaces.
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- Lucy Dacus
Burlington's ArtsRiot has packed its summer schedule with mostly female-fronted projects, and the lineup reaches a critical mass this week. If you didn't get a chance to read last week's Q&A with San Francisco-based jazz-pop artist Meklit, definitely take a look at it. She performs on Thursday, July 12.
And speaking of Q&As, click here to read all about Michelle Zauner's indie-pop project Japanese Breakfast. She takes the stage post-Truck Stop on Friday, July 13. It's a free show, so make sure to get there early to secure your spot.
Two other concerts worth a mention this week are Richmond, Va., rocker Lucy Dacus on Sunday, July 15, and 18-year-old Baltimore-based artist Snail Mail on Tuesday, July 17. Rolling Stone's Sarah Grant describes Dacus' sound as "starkly personal" and "cathartic," while Pitchfork senior editor Ryan Dombal called Snail Mail's Lindsey Jordan "a leader in the next generation of indie rock."
Methinks ye shall not be disappointed.
Take Me Back
Two and a half months after this year's Waking Windows music festival in Winooski, the production company finally released the fest's recap video. And, boy oh boy, was it worth the wait.
You can thank videographer Kayhl Cooper for the compilation's stunning visuals — as well as Noah Bell for his staggering drone footage. Not only does Cooper capture dozens of this year's performers in dramatic slow motion and intimate close-ups, he also expertly conjures the three-day throwdown's community vibe. By juxtaposing portraits of happy festivalgoers and talent, he seems to suggest that the annual hubbub is just as much about people coming together, casting off their problems for a weekend, as it is about venerating rising stars of indie music.
View the video — and relive your favorite sets — on Waking Windows' Facebook page.
If I were a superhero, my superpower would be the ability to get songs stuck in other people's heads. Here are five songs that have been stuck in my head this week. May they also get stuck in yours. Follow sevendaysvt on Spotify for weekly playlists with tunes by artists featured in the music section.
- Drive-In, "Enough"
- Sink Ya Teeth, "Friends"
- Lykke Li, "Deep End"
- Le VICE, "Boys & Girls"
- Mirrors, "Something on Your Mind"