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COURTESY OF NEKO CASE
The 2014 Grammy Awards could have a Vermont-y feel, as a pair of artists with strong Green Mountain ties are nominated for nifty little statues. That includes self-described “two-time Grammy Award loser” NEKO CASE. The semi-recent Vermont transplant is nominated for Best Alternative Music Album for her latest, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, which, as Case revealed in a recent NPR interview, is obviously about me. It’s cool, Neko. I love you, too. (Editor’s note: No, it’s not.) The other Grammy nominees with VT connections are DELLA MAE, a Nashville-based Americana outfit
Last but not least, I goofed. Last week’s column featured a blurb about famed Americana producer JIM ROONEY sitting in this Thursday, December 12, with COLIN MCCAFFREY — no slouch as a producer himself — as part of the latter’s ongoing residency at Bagitos Café in Montpelier. Such a big deal was this rare appearance that I broke with column convention and gave you a heads up on the show a week early. The only problem: The show was actually last Thursday, not this one. Oops. Either because he’s a hell of a guy or, as I’ve long suspected, writing this column grants me superpowers to alter the future, Rooney is covering my ass. Though he wasn’t scheduled to, he’ll again join McCaffrey at Bagitos this Thursday, December 12, allowing those of you who missed him last week 8V-ValleyStage121113.indd 1 12/10/13 because I screwed up the dates the chance to see him live. Thanks, Jim! And just in case I really do have future-changing journalistic superpowers: BRETT HUGHES will throw the Holiday Ho Ho Ho Down this year after all, New England Patriots tight The ONLY authorized end ROB GRONKOWSKI’s season-ending Dr. Hauschka Treatment ACL tear was misdiagnosed and is really just a mild case of the willies, and Center in the area. Neko Case will invite me to a romantic dinner at her farmhouse after she wins her Grammy. (Editor’s note: Dan, your Gift certiﬁcates girlfriend reads this, right?)
of JEN SMITHERS’ recent departure. Any aspiring new Rivals might want to drop by, if only to see if you can keep up with guitarist JAY EKIS and drummer BEN ROY.
Listening In A peek at what was on my iPod, turntable, eight-track player, etc., this week.
MORNING PARADE Alienation EP
THE CALLAS I Am Vertical
MAYA VIK Lay Low EP
By appointment only.
MASTODON Live at Brixton
VARIOUS ARTISTS A Colbert Christmas:
The Greatest Gift of All!
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Speaking of Grand Point North, one of the festival highlights for me was witnessing the jaw-dropping, showstopping antics of soul singer CHARLES BRADLEY. So intense were the Screaming Eagle of Soul’s hip-swinging moves that my girlfriend coined an incredible new term to describe them: gyrotechnics. We weren’t the only ones taken by Bradley’s hypersexualized performance. At one point during the apex of Bradley’s set, local songwriter JER COONS tapped me on the shoulder. “Dan,” he said, nodding toward the stage. “I think I’m pregnant.” If that’s not endorsement enough for you to go see Bradley at the Higher
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fronted by CELIA WOODSMITH, formerly of the local folk duo AVI & CELIA. Della Mae’s This World Oft Can Be is nominated for Best Bluegrass Album.
COURTESY OF WILL BETTS
Ground Ballroom this Saturday, December 14, I don’t know what is. (Other than our spotlight of the show on page 76, of course.)
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At the Crossroads: Artist-developer Matt Bucy is making White River Junction into a next-generation nexus