Seven Days, June 13, 2018

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News and views on the local music scene BY J ORD AN AD AMS

Don’t sleep on this show, people. Hometown folk heroes the DUPONT BROTHERS take the stage on July 19. If we’re lucky, perhaps we’ll get a preview of the DuPonts’ forthcoming SOUNDBROTHER album. Philadelphia piano-soul rockers LOW CUT CONNIE close out the series with their always-outrageous antics on July 26.

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Exmag Swimmer

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Back to BACK TO BLACK: A Tribute to Amy Winehouse Ft. Remember Jones

Saved by the ’90s

Natalie Prass

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Robert Earl Keen

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Cold War Kids

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Flynn (The Myra Flynn Band)

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Ben Caplan

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Pink Pride Party


Voices in Vain






Seven Lions

Father Figuer

The Elwins


Liz Cooper & The Stampede

Ft. Steph Pappas, DJ VU & DJ Craig Mitchell

1214 Williston Road, South Burlington 802-652-0777 @higherground @highergroundmusic


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After 10 solid days of nonstop action at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, you might be itching for your next free outdoor music fix. And even if you’re prone to mosquito bites like I am, don’t let the threat of airborne pests stop you from basking in the glorious — and free — sounds of summer. For example… Every Wednesday and Friday from now through the end of August, Burlington City Arts puts on a free lunchtime concert in City Hall Park. This week’s entries are the USAF AMERICAN CLARINET QUARTET on Wednesday, June 13; boisterous bluegrass dude PAPPY (CABINET) on Friday, June 15; and singersongwriter JACOB GREEN on Wednesday, June 20. Later on this summer, the eclectic lineup includes FRANCESCA BLANCHARD, HANA ZARA, the HOKUM BROTHERS, DANZA DEL FUEGO and more than a dozen other locals.

Moving on, last week, local independent radio station the Point WNCS-FM announced its annual summer concert series. The station puts on a free show every Thursday in July at Burlington’s Battery Park, and this year’s lineup is probably the best it’s curated in years. Formerly local indie dance orchestra RUBBLEBUCKET return to their hometown on July 5. The group dropped a new single, the chilled-out “Fruity,” in May. On July 12, acclaimed singersongwriter NATALIE PRASS touches down. The almighty critics over at Pitchfork just gave her new album, The Future and the Past, fairly decent marks. Reviewer OLIV IA HORN notes a progression in the Virginian songwriter’s work: “Prass stands behind the more-is-more philosophy that guided her debut, adding layers of synth, bass and percussion to fill the spaces where she’s pulled back the woodwinds and strings.” She also notes, “Prass has a sharp sensitivity to everyday cruelty.”

104.7 The Point welcomes


Free to Be … You and Me

While inputting this week’s club listings, I came upon a relatively new local band that instantly appealed to the ’90s kid in me. Known as LAZER DAD, the six-piece ’90s cover band takes over Winooski’s Last Stop Sports Bar on Friday. The band’s mission of reviving classic cuts by artists ranging from NIRVANA to THIRD EYE BLIND to the BACKSTREET BOYS certainly spoke to me. But what really caught my eye was the website’s kitschy 8-bit video game aesthetic and the band’s running “dad” theme — though none of the fellas in the group is currently a dad. Each member has a defined persona, à la the SPICE GIRLS: Lead guitarist ANDY KUZMIN is the “cool” dad; bassist AXEL HANDY is the “smooth” dad; drummer TANNER ACEBO is the “bad” dad; lead vocalist ALEX KOCH is the “weird” dad; rhythm guitarist DANTE ROSSI is the “mystery” dad; and keyboardist ERICK LATTRELL is the “electric” dad, rounding out the group. Read their hilarious full bios on the band’s Facebook page. Hi-C Ecto Coolers, Beanie Babies and BLUES TRAVELER all receive shout-outs. In an email to Seven Days, Kuzmin notes his group’s goal is to amass enough material to host an evening of exclusively ’90s live-band karaoke. But until then, fans of “the last great decade” — as the National Geographic channel called the ’90s in a 2014 docuseries — should be stoked to simply pump up the jams and get jiggy. Also, you get bonus point for dressing in Hypercolor, Z. Cavaricci jeans, Umbro

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