Filed under: All-Ages, Shows | Tags: Big D and the Kids Table, Brunt Of It, Dr. Rocktopus and the Nunks, New Haven Music, NHM, Royal City Riot, The Space, Tip The Van
(photo by Joelle Andres)
Hamden’s The Space kicks off their March calendar with a five band ska-punk show tomorrow night headlined by Boston’s Big D and the Kids Table. Now almost in their 15th year, Big D and the Kids Table remain one of the region’s top ska/punk bands. They are currently touring theatres and large clubs (of course with the exception of tomorrow night’s show) in support of their latest record ‘Strictly Rude’ (Springman Records) and its accompanying remix album. The remainder of the bill is no slouch either featuring Connecticut’s Tip the Van and Dr. Rocktopus and the Nunks, Rhode Island’s Brunt of It and Long Island’s Royal City Riot. For fans of prime third-wave ska/punk and beyond, look no further.
If You Go:
BIG D AND THE KIDS TABLE (Boston)
TIP THE VAN (CT.)
BRUNT OF IT (RI.)
ROYAL CITY RIOT (Long Island)
DR. ROCKTOPUS AND THE NUNKS (CT.)
ALL AGES / $12 cover
music starts after 7pm
Filed under: All-Ages, Shows | Tags: Die Hipster Records, Hopeless Otis, New Haven Music, NHM, Sadplant, Salty Grapes, The Space, Were Not Guilty
(flyer by Ellen Farney)
Local punk rock promoter and fledgling record label, Die Hipster!, has created a new ‘Punk Rock Matinee’ series at Hamden’s seminal all-ages club, The Space. The basic idea is to have four or five kickin’ punk rock bands for an afternoon show at the Space, with a reduced admission of $5 (normal Space shows run $10 or more). The inaugural installment of the series occurs this coming Sunday, February 28th featuring Sadplant (CT), Hopeless Otis (NY), Were Not Guilty (CT) and Salty Grapes (CT) (Rhode Island’s World In Arms were also scheduled to play but dropped off the billing). Further installments of the Die Hipster Punk Matinee are already in the works for March and beyond. We can’t think of a better way to spend our Sunday afternoons; can you?
Filed under: 21+, Record Releases, Shows | Tags: Cafe Nine, Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents, New Haven Music, NHM, The Shellye Valauskas Experience
This Saturday, February 27th Boston’s Motown/Stax influenced Jenny Dee and The Deelinquents (members of The Downbeat 5, The Dents, The Gravel Pit, The Gentlemen) will be celebrating the release of their new record, ‘Keeping Time,’ at New Haven’s Cafe Nine. Joining Jenny & Co. will be New Haven popsters The Shellye Valauskas Experience. Expect alternating sets from the two female-fronted bands, starting with the SVE. Adding to the night’s festivities, Shellye will also be celebrating her birthday, so make sure you stop by and say hello. Definitely looks to be a great night for music and a fun time for all.
Filed under: 21+, Shows | Tags: New Haven Music, NHM, Old Man Lady Luck, Rudy's, Shaki Presents, Zevious
(flyer by Steve Ross)
If this show billing looks familiar to you, it should. This the one and only intact billing left from the canceled BAR/Sundazed series formerly brought to you by Shaki Presents. Originally scheduled for January 17th, this show has taken on a second life of sorts on a new date (Saturday, February 27th) and at a new venue (Rudy’s). Although exponentially smaller than the backroom at BAR, Rudy’s shouldn’t dampen the effect these bands will have on their unsuspecting New Haven audience. NYC trio Zevious offers an interesting mix of jazz and instrumental free-form rock. The band seamlessly flows from one slippery riff to another, churning out complex melodies, solos and arrangements with abandon. They instantly demand your full attention and never let go. This show will be the band’s only CT stop on their March East Coast/Midwest tour, so make sure you stop by.
Joining Zevious, will be New Haven supergroup Old Man Lady Luck. Featuring members of The Vultures, Humanoid, The Black Noise Scam, Murdervan and Bloarzeyd, Old Man Lady Luck mirror Zevious’ penchant for free-form instrumental rock although not on such a manic level. Their dynamic arises from a shared love of the ‘loud-quiet-loud’ formula, launching from subtlety to bludgeoning riffage in a matter of seconds. As far as pairings go, Old Man Lady Luck offsets Zevious’ overt jazz tendencies almost perfectly, offering some seriously inventive stoner/experimental rock in the process.
For fans of free-form instrumental rock or for those wondering what direction the Sundazed series would have followed had it not been so unceremoniously ended, look no further.
Filed under: 21+, Record Releases, Shows | Tags: Goodnight Blue Moon, Jennifer Jane Gallery, Mixtape, New Haven Music, NHM
This Saturday, February 27th at Jennifer Jane Gallery, Mixtape celebrates the New Haven release of their debut self-titled EP. Currently based out of both New Haven and New York City, Mixtape was originally founded by local jazz pianist Craig Hartley in early 2009. Hartley, who is the group’s primary songwriter, fleshed out the group over the course of 2009 adding vocalist Karlie Bruce, guitarist Eli Friedmann, bassist Jake Cohen and drummer Ismail Lawal in the process. Mixtape’s music can be best described as atmospheric-pop with the group’s CD Baby page citing Fiona Apple, Radiohead and the Beatles as reference points for the band’s sound. The band is clearly much more than your standard moody alterna-pop band though, displaying more inherent knowledge of dynamics and musicianship than most ‘rock’ or ‘pop’ bands combined. This energy carries over particularly well in a live setting which allows the band to display the full range of their talents. Highly recommended, to say the least.
Joining Mixtape will be local Indie-Americana outfit Goodnight Blue Moon. Another musical revelation of sorts, Goodnight Blue Moon presents a modernized take on traditional Americana and folk traditions with some catchy songs and arrangements to boot. Among the group’s seven members one can find all sorts of lush instrumentation including guitar, cello, violin, mandolin, banjo, bass, trumpet and percussion. The orchestral quality of the group never overcomes the songs though instead serving only to enhance the nuances and possibilities of the melody and arrangements. Of the songs included on the band’s Myspace page, “Dark Clouds” gets caught in my head the most although the band’s other songs are just as respectable. Again, Goodnight Blue Moon’s music should translate well live and is highly recommended for fans of folk and indie-pop.
Filed under: All-Ages, Shows | Tags: Books & Co., Frank Critelli, New Haven Music, NHM, Pat Hull, Songs From the Sofa, The Name
‘Songs From the Sofa’ is a long-running live music series hosted by singer/songwriter and all-around swell guy Frank Critelli. Held on the last Friday of each month, ‘Songs From the Sofa’ places some of the area’s best songwriters into Books & Co.’s intimate coffeehouse style setting. Although the series usually focuses on solo performers, this month’s installment, occurring this Friday, February 26th, features a full band performance by the newly reunited The Name. After a long hiatus, The Name made their first performance in almost 15 years last month at the Space open mic. The trio may be best remembered for their performances at local haunts The Moon, The Daily Cafe and the Tune Inn, all now long gone. According to the band’s Myspace page, they will be entering the studio with producer and ‘spritual leader’ Mike Arafeh (known for his work with the Butterflies of Love, the Frills, the Two Virgins and many others) later this month.
Joining the Name will be Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Pat Hull. Hull is currently on tour in support of his third solo album entitled, you guessed it, ‘Pat Hull’. When not touring Hull is reportedly finishing work on his fourth solo album ‘Fables Names’ due out this summer. You can catch further CT. dates from Hull at the Funky Monkey Cafe in Cheshire on Feb. 27th and at Cousin Larry’s (Danbury) in April.
Filed under: 21+, Shows | Tags: Cafe Nine, DJ Donovan, DJ Tim Daltrey, Estrogen Highs, New Haven Music, NHM, No Values
(photo by Dave Hyde)
On the fourth Tuesday of each month (this month’s installment being this Tuesday, February 23rd), No Values takes over Cafe Nine. What is ‘No Values’ you ask? Well, if you haven’t caught it already, No Values is a monthly event presented by DJ Tim Daltrey (real name: Brian Frenette of Iron Hand/They And The Children) and DJ Donovan (from Redscroll Records) which pairs at least two DJs plus a live band at the ‘Nine. This week’s installment features DJ’s Tim Daltrey and Donovan, as well as DJ Lee Berman and garage/rock/punk rustlers Estrogen Highs. Featured as one of our April 2008 ‘Artists of the Month’ back at our old home on Myspace, Estrogen Highs represent everything good about garage rock while still ‘keeping it fresh’. Estrogen Highs have been very busy over the last couple years tearing it up at a-many area shows as well as releasing several singles on their own Never Heard Of It Records label. The group is currently riding a wave of positive press with their debut full-length album ‘Tell It To Them’ released on the LA-based Dead Beat Records late last year. For fans of underground/independent music, don’t miss this show!