Thursday, September 22, 2016

Purple Rain Comes to Town Hall Theater's Rock on Film Series

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Film poster detail, Purple Rain - COURTESY OF TOWN HALL THEATER
  • Courtesy of Town Hall Theater
  • Film poster detail, Purple Rain
If you're still mourning the loss of the Purple One (and who isn't?), you might want to consider driving your little red Corvette to Middlebury this Saturday, September 24, for the 2016 premiere of Town Hall Theater's Rock on Film series.  Purple Rain, starring the recently departed Prince, will kick off the season, which will feature eight or nine films.

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Henry Jamison Teases New EP With "Through a Glass"

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 1:06 PM

'The Rains EP,' Henry Jamison - COURTESY OF HENRY JAMISON
  • Courtesy of Henry Jamison
  • 'The Rains EP,' Henry Jamison
Burlington-based indie-folk songwriter Henry Jamison is set to unveil a new recording, The Rains EP, next month. Ahead of that release, he's recently leaked a second single from the project, "Through a Glass."  

If the song is any indication, The Rains EP would seem to build on the lush, multilayered soundscapes that Jamison forged with his Bowdoin College band, The Milkman's Union — which was also his pseudonym as a teenage songwriter. "Through a Glass" plays like the fleeting remnants of a disjointed fever dream. And it was, as Jamison recently told Consequence of Sound, in fact written in a fever. 

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Hello Shark Share New Track, "Alligator"

Posted By on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 4:57 PM

  • Courtesy of Abi Reimold
  • Lincoln Halloran
Lo-fi pop outfit Hello Shark have shared their new track, "Alligator," the third single from their upcoming album Delicate. The man behind the music, Lincoln Halloran, is a former Burlingtonian who's been living and making music in Philadelphia since 2014.

Halloran collaborates with a number of northeastern artists on the new record, including Katie Bennett (Free Cake for Every Creature), Matthew and Keith Hampson (Power Animal) and Emily Sprague (Florist).

Following singles "Jackson Browne" and "Drake Night," the new track finds Halloran as vulnerable and quizzical as ever, effortlessly spinning life's minutiae into a sweet, sad love song.  

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Totally Cool: 'I Love the '90s' at the Champlain Valley Fair

Posted By on Mon, Sep 5, 2016 at 2:31 PM

'I Love the ’90s': the poster! - CHAMPLAIN VALLEY FAIR
  • Champlain Valley Fair
  • 'I Love the ’90s': the poster!
I'm a '90s kid, meaning I was born in the '80s but came of age in the '90s. My concept of cool was informed by Zach Morris, Hypercolor and the Fresh Prince. Hip hop was all of a sudden everything, even though I was oblivious to its origins and cultural significance until near adulthood. So, when I found out that I Love the '90s,  a concert tour of classic hip-hop artists, was closing out the 2016 Champlain Valley Fair, I made it my business to be there. 

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Saturday, September 3, 2016

A Trailer for Dave Keller's New CD, Right Back Atcha

Posted By on Sat, Sep 3, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Dave Keller, 'Right Back Atcha' - COURTESY OF DAVE KELLER
  • Courtesy of Dave Keller
  • Dave Keller, 'Right Back Atcha'
Local soul and blues man Dave Keller is really, really happy to share his latest album, Right Back Atcha. In 2014, Keller released the intimate and personal Soul Changes, a self-described "divorce album." Though it was fueled by personal misfortune — largely due to the crumbling of a 17-year relationship — he snagged a Blues Music Award nomination for it.  Flash forward to now, and Keller is ready to have some fun again. 

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Madaila Release New Track, 'Nurture'

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 11:10 AM

  • Courtesy of Madaila
  • Madaila
Red alert! Local heartbreakers and rump shakers Madaila have dropped a new single! It's called "Nurture," and you should stop what you're doing right now and listen to it.

The track is the second single from the band's forthcoming album, Traces, which is due out in October. Written by Madaila front man Mark Daly, the track was recorded at their home base, Future Fields in Burlington.

According to Daly, "[The track] plays a prominent role in the progression of the record, [and] kicks off the second half of the album. [It] points in the direction that the LP is headed, both lyrically and in terms of its musical structure and mood."

OK, then. If "Nurture" is indeed a portent of  Traces, Madaila is likely to take us on a complex musical odyssey about personal identity and renewal. And, you know, probably some rump shaking, too.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Swale Release Powerful New Video, a Cover of Sinéad O'Connor's 'Black Boys on Mopeds'

Posted By on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at 4:45 PM

Burlington's Swale have dropped a new video in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. A thoroughly researched photo montage, created by Swale guitarist Eric Olsen, shows every black woman and man killed by police between January 1, 2015, and August 1 of this year. The faces come and go at a terrifying pace, underscoring how the victims' lives were tragically cut short. The video features a newly recorded cover of Sinéad O'Connor's "Black Boys on Mopeds," tracked in recent sessions for the band's next album. 

As the blog Cover Me Songs reports, Olsen was inspired to create the video after the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. "I hadn't seen any sort of aggregator of fatalities at the hands of police, so I started researching that," Olsen explains. "Collecting the data on all these people took some time, and by the time I was done, more people had been killed. So I added more."

The original song comes from O'Connor's 1990 album I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, where it was a reflection on the killing of young black man Colin Roach. In 1983, Roach was killed inside a London police station, sparking a fury of protest and investigation.

Though the song was not written in connection with Black Lives Matter, it highlights the obvious and appalling trend of police brutality toward black people across cultures and time periods. The new video stands vigil and forces us to confront the insidiousness of racism and hatred, one face at a time.

Swale - "Black Boys on Mopeds" (Sinéad O'Connor cover) from Swale on Vimeo.

Swale's cover of "Black Boys on Mopeds" is available for download on their Soundcloud page.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

A New VT Hip-Hop Series, Sound Affects, Debuts at ArtsRiot

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 12:56 PM

  • Courtesy of Jarv
  • Jarv
A new monthly hip-hop series debuts at ArtsRiot in Burlington on Thursday, June 30: Sound Affects: A Community Event. The Sound Affects team introduced itself to BTV with a Waking Windows 6 showcase in May. But the ArtsRiot event marks the first shindig in the crew's permanent home. So, who are these guys?

According to local rapper Mertz, SA is a group of local rappers and DJs dedicated to raising the profile of hip-hop in Vermont and throughout New England by fostering a sense of community within a sometimes  splintered scene. It's kind of a "high tide raises all boats" theory.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Lakou Mizik's Steeve Valcourt on Haiti, Music and Hope

Posted By on Thu, Jun 9, 2016 at 12:07 PM

  • Thomas Freteur
  • Lakou Mizik
In January 2010 a 7.0 earthquake struck the small Caribbean nation of Haiti. Yet, amid the devastation, something surprising emerged: hope. During the day, volunteers from around the world worked to clear the wreckage. At night, the sounds of singing and drumming could be heard floating above the din. This resiliency in the face of tragedy inspired the formation of Lakou Mizik.

The band emerged in the wake of the Haiti quake, bringing together several generations of Haitian musicians of diverse spiritual, cultural and musical backgrounds.  Led by guitarist Steeve Valcourt, the group is a dynamic (and danceable) reflection of the vibrant Caribbean, African, French and American influences that inform Haitian culture.   

Touring in support of their debut album Wa Di Yo — released on Charlotte's Cumbancha and produced by Montréal's Chris Velan (Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars) and Iestyn Polson (David Bowie, Patti Smith, David Gray) — Lakou Mizik perform with Antibalas and locals Barika at the Waterfront Tent in Burlington on Saturday, June 11, as part of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. Seven Days recently caught up with Valcourt via email — with some translation and editing from the band's manager, Zach Niles.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Grand Point North Local Band Contest Is Open!

Posted By on Tue, May 3, 2016 at 10:44 PM

Grand Point North
  • Grand Point North
For the fourth year in a row, Seven Days is running a contest to let our readers decide which Vermont musical act gets to open the Grand Point North festival in September. These can be bands, solo acts, DJs, the didgeridi-dude from Church Street, Bernie Sanders, whoever — as long as they are local.

BTW, for the nominated group to qualify as local, at least one member must currently reside in Vermont. Past winners were the DuPont Brothers in 2013, Dwight & Nicole in 2014 — and, last year, in a rather shocking — and awesome — turn of events, the Harwood Union High School Assembly Band. BTW, HUHS is the alma mater of fest founder Grace Potter.

Anyway, here's how the contest works:

The nomination period is now open and will be until Sunday, May 8. During this period, fans or artists themselves can nominate local acts they'd like to see on the GPN stage. Then, on Monday, May 9, voting will open to the public, and the real fun begins. The act with the most votes at the end of the day on Sunday, May 15, is the victor. The winner  will be announced the following week. 

Here's the link to the nomination page. And good luck!

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