[NHM] New Haven Music

Manic Productions presents VETIVER, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TITLES @ The Space – Jan. 22nd

Manic Productions strikes again with another killer show in a string of killer shows this Friday, January 22nd at The Space. Performing will be none other than San Francisco’s Vetiver, Brattleboro, VT.’s Happy Birthday and New Haven’s own Titles. Vetiver is currently in the early dates of a national tour, the latest in a series of shows in support of last year’s Tight Knit LP released on Sub Pop. The indie-folk group, led by singer/songwriter Andy Cabic, is currently riding a wave of buzz both for their own musical merits and for their association with off and on collaborator, and current buzz king, Devendra Banhart. Joining Vetiver will be Sub Pop labelmate and Brattleboro, Vermont natives Happy Birthday. The unlikely success of this band is, in hindsight, not surprising given their unique pop sensibilities and sheer likability. Look out for their self-titled debut in March. Last, but not least, will be local openers Titles. Now in their fifth year, Titles will be playing their first show in over 6 months. The indie-pop quartet has garnished lots of positive press both locally and regionally with its last album ‘Up With the Sun’ landing on iTunes best of 2008 list. The band is currently readying its newest album Dirt Bell due out in late February/early March on Safety Meeting Records. Expect to see a modified lineup of the band following the departure of guitarist Matt Wilson last year.

If You Go:
Manic Productions presents
TITLES (Safety Meeting)

The Space
ALL AGES / $10 adv./$12 at door
7pm doors

Open Mic hosted by Seth Adam Trio, Tuesdays @ Stella Blues
January 18, 2010, 11:10 pm
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The Space is no longer the only open mic on Tuesday nights. Earlier this month newbie Crown Street bar Stella Blues began hosting a new open mic series on Tuesday nights. Hosted by Seth Adam, Eric DiBerardino, and Mike Knobloch (a.k.a. The Seth Adam Trio), the series aims to highlight original live music while providing a forum for aspiring performing songwriters of all levels of ability. As with any respectable open mic, a backline is provided although you’d better bring your own guitar or bass. Also a weekly featured performer occupies the 10:30pm slot, book-ended by the open mic proper. For more information on the open mic or to be considered as one of the weekly featured performers e-mail StellaBluesOpenMic@Gmail.com or visit www.stellablues.com.

If you go:
Tuesday Open Mic Night
hosted by the SETH ADAM TRIO

@ Stella Blues
21+ / FREE
8pm start

The Fictional West, The Coast of Nebraska, Jesse Tobias @ Cafe Nine – Jan. 20th

This Wednesday two bands with geographically related names play at a venue with a mathematically related name (go figure). New Haven’s The Fictional West will be joined on January 20th by Albany, NY’s the Coast of Nebraska for a rock show at Cafe 9. Aside from the geographic relation, both bands have a deceptive alt-country ring to their name. In truth the Coast of Nebraska’s sound has more in common with David Bowie or Suede than anything from, say, Uncle Tupelo. The Fictional West fits their name slightly better, if only for the gentle big sky feel of their music. Either way, this pairing seems to be matched well and on several different levels. You can check out The Fictional West’s new single ‘Giant Clouds’ available for free via Tweefort Records. Opening the night will be last minute addition Jesse Tobias.

If You go:

@ Cafe Nine
21+ / FREE
music starts at 10pm

Live Music at the Owl Shop
January 17, 2010, 11:56 am
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At New Haven’s Owl Shop, originally founded in 1934, one would think they had a better shot of finding an imported Cuban cigar than a live band. Not so anymore. The famed College Street smoke shop and bar has relatively recently branched out into hosting live music Monday through Wednesday nights. Formulated as a means of attracting a more diverse clientele to the Owl Shop, the music series also provides one of the few outlets for blues and jazz based music in downtown New Haven. Monday nights currently feature the blues/roots rock of the Brooklyn based Jim Oblon Trio. Tuesday nights continue with more blues (and a bit of soul) from the New Haven based Greg Sherrod Blues Band. Wednesday nights finish off the series with the jazz/funk/rock sounds of the Ansonia based George Lesiw Band. Although the Owl Shop still maintains its smoke shop feel (including the fact its one of the last bar’s in the state you can still smoke in), the addition of live music surely makes it much more.

If You Go:

@ The Owl Shop
21+ / FREE
Music starts at 9pm each night

The Degenerics (Soul Rebel), 76% Uncertain, West Rockers @ Rudy’s – Jan. 16th
January 15, 2010, 10:03 pm
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Rudy’s continues its recent winning streak of Saturday shows with a performance by The Degenerics, 76% Uncertain and the West Rockers this Saturday, January 16th. All three of these bands bring to the table a mix of hardcore, punk and reggae although in slightly different allocations depending on who you’re describing. New Jersey’s The Degenerics skirt all three of these genre sets the most, skipping from melodic punk to reggae-core to hardcore punk all in the span of three songs. Bridgeport’s veteran punk rockers 76% Uncertain generally keep it straight up punk, often the hardcore variety. Concluding the spectrum is New Haven’s West Rockers who sometimes border full-on reggae if not for some throaty vocals to add abrasion. All in all this should be a great show for anyone remotely interested in punk, hardcore or reggae (or all three, a la Bad Brains). Keep it up, Rudy’s.

If You Go:
THE DEGENERICS (Soul Rebel Records)

@ Rudy’s
21+ / $3 cover
show starts at 10pm

Ian O’Neil (of Deer Tick), Alex Mazzaferro (of Aeroplane, 1929), Lion Cub, Darlingside, Tommy Vallen, Celebrated Tigers @ The Space – Jan. 14th

Taking advantage of some down time before a nationwide tour with his main band Deer Tick this Spring, Ian O’Neil will be making a solo appearance at The Space this Thursday, January 14th. Expect a stripped down mixture of folk, country and rhythm & blues from O’Neil that fans of Deer Tick will be happy to hear. Joining O’Neil will be a solo appearance by Alex Mazzaferro of local luminaries Aeroplane, 1929. Rounding out the bill will be sets by Lion Cub (including former members of O’Neil’s old band, La Guillotine), Darlingside, Tommy Vallen and Celebrated Tigers.

If You Go:

@ The Space
All Ages / $10 cover
show starts after 7pm

Tweefort Expands

Tweefort Music and Art is now Tweefort Records. In an e-mail distributed today, Tweefort co-founder Danny Goodwin announced the big news. “After nearly a year of bringing pop music to New Haven, we’ve officially expanded into a free digital net label. We’ve changed our name slightly to agree with the change: TWEEFORT RECORDS. We’ll be focusing mainly on singles, split singles and EPs, but we will have some full-length albums and some select reissues.” Goodwin goes on to mention several new releases that Tweefort already has lined up including a single and EP by New York’s Chariots of Tuna, a single by New Haven’s The Fictional West and a full-on album by Women’s Basketball (a.k.a. Tyler Trudeau of the Tyler Trudeau Attempt). In addition the label will be releasing the second installment of their ‘Home and Abroad’ compilation series this February. Don’t worry though, Tweefort’s shift in focus doesn’t seem to have slowed down Danny and his wife/co-founder Aileen from promoting indie-pop shows. The duo have no less than six shows already lined up for the remainder of the Winter and Spring, including two installments of the ever-popular Artspace Underground and another installment of Elm City Popfest. For those interested in the poppier end of the indie-rock underground, we highly recommend checking out Tweefort.

Grant Hart (ex-Husker Du, ex-Nova Mob), Christian Marrone @ Cafe 9 – Jan. 12th
January 10, 2010, 1:19 pm
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Grant Hart, former drummer and co-songwriter of the highly influential hardcore punk/alt. rock band Husker Du, will be performing solo this Tuesday, January 12th at Cafe Nine. Hart is currently touring in support of his 2009 solo album Hot Wax, his first album of new material in ten years. Opening for Hart will be local singer/songwriter Christian Marrone who seems to share Hart’s penchant for melodicism. The above video was filmed at Hart’s previous performance at the Nine in June of last year.

If You Go:
GRANT HART (ex-Husker Du, ex-Nova Mob)

@ Cafe Nine
21+ / $8 cover
show starts after 9pm

James Velvet @ The Space Open Mic – Jan. 12th

James Velvet and the Lonesome Sparrows will be appearing as the featured performer at The Space‘s weekly open mic this Tuesday, January 12th. Velvet has been active in the New Haven Music scene for almost 30 years playing in bands such as The Mockingbirds and co-hosting the long-running Local Bands Show on WPLR. The four-piece Lonesome Sparrows exhibit Velvet’s more subdued side, with acoustic guitars, violin, mandolin, banjo and dubra included in the band’s instrumentation. The Lonesome Sparrows 9pm performance slot is book-ended by numerous open mic performers, so make sure you come early and stay late.

If You Go:
Open Mic Night featuring

@ The Space
ALL AGES / $5 cover
doors open 6:30pm / Sparrows on at 9pm

Cable, Black Pyramid, Brothers & Sisters @ Cafe 9 – Jan. 16th

A look ahead to shows next weekend finds Manic Productions and Cafe Nine going all noise and doom on us, as in CABLE (CT.), BLACK PYRAMID (Northampton) and BROTHERS & SISTERS (New London/Middletown) on Saturday, January 16th. Be sure and bring the earplugs to this one kids.

If You Go (and why not?):
Manic Productions presents

@ Cafe 9
21+ / $8 cover
9pm start
Advance tickets available at Redscroll Records