Flyer by Ollie Mikse
Get the knuckle tape ready: Doug Tuttle—solo psych king from Rochester NH and ex-member of ex-psych-band MMOSS—is due for 34 birthday punches today. Avoid wailing on his shredding arm, though, as he’s taking the stage at Lilypad tonight with a brigade of psych bandits.
The hallucination train gets rolling promptly at 10pm and arrives at Visuals-Town soon after with some seriously trippy drone from local noise dude Nightime Sunshine. Close your eyes, let the sound overcome you, and if you get lost on your journey, repeat the night’s mantra: “I was born, here I am. I exist, and so does Doug Tuttle.”
Next, the walls will melt around you as Brooklyn’s Jesus Jim bring some good old-fashioned, riff-based rock ‘n’ roll from their newborn demo tape.
As you notice all your fellow show-goers have become brilliant butterflies breaking free of their cocoons, you’ll be engulfed in the majestic sounds of birds, bells, wind, organ, guitar, and more as Rob Robinson and the Connecticut River Band take over, performing tracks from Robinson’s Connecticut River.
Finally, the sky will open wide as Doug Tuttle descends on a thunderbolt, bearing psych solos that’ll have you checking the mirror to make sure your face hasn’t melted off. You will dance, you will sway, you will chant, and at the end you’ll wipe the afterbirth from your brow, praising the rock gods for birthing you anew. —Warren Lowell