The Snaz, The Cush: 5 Nov 2014 on Rocket Shop

Words by Jess Slayton. Photos by Joey Lord.

The Snaz joined hosts Jim and Jess by phone from Brattleboro, VT tonight, then Gabrielle and Burette Douglass of The Cush visited the studio to play songs from the unreleased new CD, 'Transcendental Heat Wave.'


Mavis, Dharma, Nina, and Zack from The Snaz joined Jess and Jim in the Radiator Studio for Big Heavy World’s ‘Rocket Shop’ local music radio hour this Wednesday night! We spoke with them via phone because the quartet hails all the way from Brattleboro, VT. The self-labelled “rock-ish” band is especially impressive due to the fact that it consists of three sixteen year olds and one fourteen year old—I think about what I was doing at that age, and it was nowhere near as cool! However, the vocals from the first track we played, “Anna,” said otherwise. Dharma’s voice sounded far more mature than that of your average teen, but that was just one of the many extraordinary facets of this talented young group. They’ve performed mainly in Southern Vermont and Northern Massachusetts, and are working to find their place in the local musical scene. In order to do so, they’ve communicated with many venues and organizations, and have in return forged a relationship with many of these.  It was truly inspiring to hear how excited the four seemed as they reflected on how amazing it was to now have people coming to them for performances, rather than always having to ask others to play. They even scored a spot at the Green River Festival in Greenfield, MA, which allowed them to play at the same event as huge names in the music world, such as Norah Jones. Check them out this Saturday at the Radio Bean, or online at!

The Cush

Burette and Gabrielle Douglas from The Cush (photo at top) joined Jess and Jim in the Radiator Studio for Big Heavy World’s ‘Rocket Shop’ local music radio hour this Wednesday night! The husband and wife duo are originally from Austin, TX, but moved up to Burlington for a change of pace. Although they are now living back in Austin, they still come back up to Burlington to perform. They consider both places a home, and have taken much of their inspiration from one of the two vastly different environments. The two have been playing together for 22 years, and work under a few different record labels, one of which is based in Sweden. The band believes in remaining true to a grassroots form of art; this connection occurred after playing with a British band at Union Hall in New York City. The road manager approached The Cush and proposed that they play at a British Festival, which allowed for the opportunity to connect with the Swedish record label. We were lucky enough to get a sneak preview of their new album, “Transcendental Heat Wave” which comes out in January. They are releasing it on both vinyl and CD format because they find that much of their fan base prefers to buy vinyl over CDs. Take advantage of the unique opportunity to see them live while they are up here this Friday at Arts Riot, or check them out online at!


"Droids" by The Cush