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1. Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band


Kat Wright has been on the Burlington, VT scene for a long time as a solo act as well as part of multiple bands. However, when paired with the 8-piece Indomitable Soul Band, a soulful power radiates across the room, captivating audiences whether you’re in Radio Bean for her or not.

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2. Madaila


Dance pop group Madaila mix neon face paint and leggings with catchy, over-the-top synthpop. Bring comfortable shoes and glitter.

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3. Caroline Rose


Singer songwriter Caroline Rose is all smart lyrics and fire-cracking guitars, Americana, blues, and rockabilly. She never leaves the stage without having rocked out at least once.

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4. Eric George


Eric George brings a piercing voice that instills a strong sense of folktales. His shows swim in country twang.

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5. Zammuto


Nick Zammuto, formerly part of The Books, has started blending songs with a new group that evokes a style easily comparable to his former band. In a similar art-music approach, he and his new band mates instead mix ethereal strings and banging bass lines against pensive lyrics. The sounds are moody, brooding, and provide dark electronic soundscapes.

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6. Questionable Company


Helmed by vocalist and songwriter Emma Cook, Questionable Company melds folk and funk together into a sound bigger than you’d expect from a three piece.

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7. Francesca Blanchard


Blanchard, a Charlotte, Vt native, mixes her gorgeous vocals against easy guitar riffs while balancing both against two languages.

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8. Mayrse Smith


Rustic and intimate, Mayrse Smith captures a traditional folk Vermont sound and expands upon it, adding her crisp voice over multiple guitars and slow drums.

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9. Twiddle


Because Phish and Vermont are almost synonymous at this point, it’s hard to get past their stigma when you’re a jam band from the same state. However, Twiddle has proved that they’re a force of their own, with narrative lyrics, eclectic instrumental improvisation, and shredding guitars in typical jam fashion.

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10. Swale


Amanda Gustafson’s stunning vocals are held up against a range of genres: gloomy soundscapes, fuzzy guitars, and some punk vibes all appear in some form on record and at shows.

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