Weird Al Returns to Burlington in July

Last night, ‘Weird’ Al Yankovic announced a sprawling tour that’ll take him across the country. One of his stops will bring him back to Vermont!

Yankovic’s tour will be supporting his new album, Mandatory Fun (which is fantastic, if you haven’t listened to it yet). He’s known for his lengthy tours, and he’ll find himself performing at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, July 12th. Tickets will go on sale on January 27th at 10 am.

His shows are quite a lot of fun, and in the past, they’ve invited members of the 501st Legion to help out with a song or two.

He’ll be stopping by a couple of other locations in New England as well:

  • June 2nd: Wilbur Theatre, Boston MA
  • June 3rd: Wilbur Theatre, Boston MA
  • June 4th: Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord NH.
  • June 6th: Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard CT.
  • July 11th: Palace Theatre, Albany NY.
  • July 12th: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington VT.
  • July 26th: Maine State Pier, Portland ME.
  • August 4th: The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford MA.

Fora full list of tour dates, visit his website.

Album Review: Write Brothers – Take Flight

Write Brothers

At the end of 2014, Seven Days posted up a series on their favorite local singles of the year, and one in particular caught my ears: ‘Extraordinary I’, by the Write Brothers. Taken from their debut album Take Flight, rapper Learic (Devon Ewalt), a former Burlington resident now in California, this album has been constantly playing as I drive, work and work out.

Learic, along with producer Dante Davinci are the Write Brothers, and provide a seamless blend of hip-hop, rap and a whole metric ton of geeky wordplay. The album was produced in Burlington by Upsetta Studios, and features additional singers Annie Costa, Caroline Rose and Jer Coons. Learic and Dante Davinci are stunning writers, blending together science fiction imagery, and sense of nostalgia that hits home to me. Scattered throughout the lyrics are easter eggs from Vermont, which is particularly interesting to listen to. References range from things like Gary Larson’s Far Side comic to Star Wars.

DJ Booth describes the album as “A concept album taking place in an alternate near future setting,” and that’s evident, especially with songs ‘Lucid Dream’, ‘Extraordinary I’ and ‘Moon Boots’. It’s an energetic, wordy and eminently geeky album, one that I’ve listened to over and over.

You can as well: the entire album can be downloaded for free at DJ Booth. You can also listen and download the songs on SoundCloud. We highly recommend that you do.

Nerdcore Concert: MC Chris, MC Lars and Spose


Higher Ground will be home to a nerdcore concert on Saturday, October 4th, when MC Chris, MC Lars and Spose come through on their Ghosthunters Tour. Doors will open at 8:00 pm with the show starting at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $12 in advance, and $15 at the door.

MC Chris and MC Lars have some fantastic songs out there, rapping about all manner of geek things. This looks like it’ll be a fun concert!

As an added bonus, Tilt Classic Arcade and Ale House says that they’ll give you six free tokens if you come in after the concert with a ticket stub.

VPR: Film Scores Saturday

This looks really neat: VPR Classical will be hosting a program at 10 am on Saturday, June 14th, where they’ll focus on film scores!

Nothing says summer like blockbuster movies! On Saturday June 14th at 10 a.m., join Kari Anderson and Tim Johnson for two hours of film music on VPR Classical. We’ll have Romance, Adventure, Drama, Classic Film scores from the 1930s to the great composers of today. We’ll see you at the movies!

Listen Saturday at 10:00 a.m. on VPR Classical.


Neko Case – These Aren’t The Droids

Neko Case and Kelly Hogan Imagine a Sci-Fi Future Invented by Women, Not Teen Boys, on Funny Song


Vermont-based musician Neko Case has a new song out along with Kelly Link on a compilation album titled 2776: A Millennium of American Asskickery. The song, ‘These Aren’t The Droids’, is about “a sci-fi future as envisioned by women, not teenage fanboys.”

The future is designed by teenage boys. Sounds pretty accurate, for better or worse. Give the song a listen over on Paste.

Adam Warrock Tour

Geek Rapper Adam Warrock is coming back to the area in February! As part of his Middle of Nowhere tour, he’ll be stopping in Manchester New Hampshire and Northampton Massachusetts. Here’s where he’ll be:

Feb. 11 – Manchester, NH – Double Midnight Comics. RSVP
Feb. 13 – Northampton, MA – Modern Myths. RSVP.

Full tour list.

Tritium Well & Bobby & the Isotopes Show

This tip came in from an SF friend of mine, Karin Lowachee (you should check out her books). She’s a fan of two bands, which will be holding a show at the East Burke Village Green tomorrow at 3:00pm. They are Tritium Well & Bobby & the Isotopes Show

Tritium Well: Bio: Rocking and Irradiating the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont since 2010, we are the band that makes you want to dance. Our eclectic mix of originals, traditional American, Cuban, reggae, rock, funk, blues produces ecstatic musical experiences that feel like sonic excursions around the Earth!

Bobby & the Isotopes Show: Headed by Bobby Farlice-Rubio, a musician, teacher, and father living in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, USA. All of the musicians on this project are just slightly different forms of Bobby. Bobby’s biggest musical influences include Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, and more.

They both sound pretty neat. Give them a listen here.

Open Fields Medieval Festival May 25-27

With the official first day of spring coming up fast, it’s time to start thinking about those mythical “out of doors” events. Word’s getting out about Open Fields’ medieval festival, held on the Thetford town green at the end of May:

On Saturday, May 25, 2013, Open Fields will hold its Medieval Festival on the Thetford Green from 11 am to 3 pm. During this family-friendly festival, the Green comes alive with the sights and sounds of a Medieval village. A King & Queen, knights and ladies, peasants, craftsmen, shepherds, and farmers gather to celebrate the age via music, dance, games of skill and chance, food, parades, storytelling, Benny the Dragon, and feats of juggling and acrobatics. Costumes are encouraged.

[Tip via New England Science Fiction and Fantasy Events.]