Did you ever have a beloved song that you’ve been familiar with for many years, but never knew what it meant? Obviously the magic of the interwebs makes it easy to find out, but I actually got this interesting tidbit via a radio program on VPR. The song Morning Dew was recorded by a number o…

Greetings live music fans, and welcome to winter. The temps took an abrupt change this past week or so, and our extended fall came to a swift demise. Since the kind of weather that drives folks indoors is upon us, what better way to spend indoor time than by going to see live music? Here are…

Though the solstice is over a month away, the snow flew significantly for the first time this week, which around these parts means it’s winter for all intents and purposes. I, like many of you I’m sure, am gonna’ have a hard time getting an appointment (and scraping up the cash) for snow tir…

Happy Halloween dear readers. There’s lots of spooky action going on this weekend, starting tonight when the veil is thinnest. Halloween has evolved to become one of our most beloved if unofficial holidays, and has perhaps even eclipsed New Year’s Eve as the premier party celebration of the …

One of the things that makes Montpelier such a great place to live is the wide variety of characters that inhabit our nation’s smallest state capital. One of those characters is Randy (whom I affectionately term ‘Randy Bobandi’; Trailer Park Boys fans will get the reference). I don’t normall…

One of the nicest venues to catch a show in around these parts is The Chandler Music Hall in Randolph. Though I don’t get down there much, I’ve caught a few good shows there over the years, one notable one being with The Avett Brothers a few years back before they blew up. The small theater …

The colors are poppin’ here in our lovely Green Mountains, and so are the out-of-state plates. Though I appreciate the tourist dollars that those folks bring to the region, there is perhaps no more annoying time to drive (with the exception of a winter storm). I know the fall colors are capt…

One of the things I love about living in the small urban environment of Montpelier is all the wildlife that cohabitates with us. I’ve seen a hawk pluck a squirrel off the lawn of the Unitarian Church, an otter attempt to take a mother duck in the North Branch just off School Street (the duck…

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Greetings live music fans, and happy autumn. It’s high harvest time around these parts, with a cornucopia of produce and other now legal flowers in abundance. There’s also live music in abundance this weekend; two great things that go great together! Here’s the scoop.

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Believe it or not, I’m not active on social media. Many may find this surprising being that I am writing a music and nightlife column on a weekly basis, but I prefer to do my research on what’s happening the old fashioned way. This does have me visiting Facebook and other social media simply…

As summer winds down, the outdoor festival scene is still in high gear. After all, ya’ gotta’ milk the short window of beautiful weather we get up here in the Green Mountains for all it’s worth. To that end, there is a premier event going on Sunday in the village of Randolph that will be a s…

Wow, it’s hard to believe we are already approaching the middle of August, which means our beautiful summer is starting to slip away. We do have quite a few weeks of warmth and sunshine left before fall starts to set in, so I would suggest getting out and enjoying it; get out on the water, i…

It’s high summer here in the Green Mountain State, and that means outdoor music events abound. A big one is happening in our area this weekend at Mt. Ellen at Sugarbush resort in Fayston, and it is of the overnight camping variety. Gates open for Bear North Music Festival Friday afternoon, a…

I won’t be seeing much in the way of live music this weekend. That’s because I’ll be doing a different kind of recreating. I will be joining some of my old school friends on an island in the Green River Reservoir for a couple of days of sun, swimming, food and ice cold adult beverages. Hopef…

It’s a big summer weekend here in central Vermont, with a premier outdoor show taking center stage on Saturday. For the past five years, National Life has been hosting the DoGood Fest, a day long event on the expansive lawn at the iconic insurance company’s campus. This year’s lineup appears…

Happy Independence Day gentle readers. It is unfortunate that the timing of this column precluded me either previewing or reviewing yesterday’s annual capital city celebration, but hopefully all of you got to get out in town and enjoy the myriad of activities the day and evening had to offer…

I love living in Montpelier, and one of the best features of our country’s smallest state capital is Hubbard Park. The park celebrated it’s 120th birthday last weekend with the first of four events that the parks department hosts for the summer. The events are being dubbed Parkapalooza!, and…

There are the usual suspect venues in Montpelier, and then there are the unusual ones. Three Penny Taproom only does musical events on occasion, usually just one or maybe two a month at most. They do have a very nice room for it, however; their wood paneled dining room provides warm acoustic…

Let’s start with what “Shrill” isn’t: It isn’t a show about a fat woman taking pratfalls or being a cruel, easy punchline. It’s a confident, gently funny, slice-of-life show that benefits from the streaming model, where niche shows can find an audience, as it explores issues and characters y…

In Silicon Valley, the old adage “fake it ’til you make it” is often a guiding principle of fledgling startup companies. Sometimes, turning a good idea into a viable business and, potentially, revolutionizing society, requires a bit of smoke and mirrors. The danger, of course, is knowing how…

Watching “Arrested Development” is a lot like hanging out with an old friend. No matter how long you’ve been apart, you’re always happy to see them. And, like spending time with an old friend, that pull of nostalgia and shared memories makes it easy to fall into the same old routine. But at …

Growing up reading “X-Men” comic books, I never really considered the psychological toll fighting crime and saving the world would have on the young super-powered characters that often populated the teams. With few exceptions, the books often glossed over how traumatizing all that violence a…

It’s difficult to critique longstanding institutions. Over time, aged bodies like the Catholic Church or Congress become so towering and entrenched that even the sharpest criticisms tend to bounce off them or are waved off by defenders who dismiss them as subjective, petty, facile or ignoran…

The stigma of menstruation is as universal as it is ludicrous. The notion that a woman should be ostracized or made to feel shame because of her period is inexcusably offensive. Yet, patriarchal queasiness over this natural, necessary biological function is another shameful example of the de…

Most of us have to had to live in the shadow of a sibling who outshined us, who made our lives by comparison look unimpressive and disappointing. The new Comedy Central series “The Other Two” explores those anxieties to great effect.

Older generations like to talk about the golden age of parenting, when you could trust your neighbors, leave your doors unlocked and let your kids run free without care. The Netflix true-crime documentary, “Abducted in Plain Sight,” shows what happens when that approach goes horribly, horrib…