Filed under: 21+, CTIndie Posts, Music, Shows | Tags: Amy Speace, Cafe Nine, Lys Guillorn, New Haven Music, NHM
(Originally published on April 29, 2010 on CTIndie.com)
Photo: Crackerfarm, NYC
Speace, who is currently on tour in support of her newest disc ‘The Killer In Me’ (Wildflower Records), has been riding a wave of acclaim both for her off-beat songwriting and for her heartfelt performances. In regards to her newer material Speace explains, “In many ways, it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. And in some ways, it was the easiest. Writing the songs was emotionally difficult, deep and intense–it was kind of an exorcism. But in the end, the songs flowed pretty quickly. You write the things that you’re afraid to say out loud.” As Speace alludes to, the songs on ‘The Killer In Me’ tend to fall into the darker side of the spectrum but never lose their footing. Instead she seems to be able to take such difficult emotions and channel them effectively into a memorable set of country-tinged folk songs. The album’s title track, in particular, exemplifies Speace’s talent for bringing out her emotions in both song and performance.
New Haven, CT.’s Lys Guillorn mines much of the same musical territory as Speace however with a much more organic feel. Now long a stalwart on the local scene, Guillorn has made a niche for herself creating some truly unique songs, both musically and lyrically. Performing this particular show in ‘full band’ format, Guillorn mends folk and country influences with a healthy of dose of old-time americana, and even psychedelica. Her bluesy vocals compliment the combination well, creating a much more convincing ‘world-weariness’ than Speace.
Lys Guillorn’s “My Lullaby”
Although musically similar, Speace and Guillorn offer just enough differences in their approach and content to keep the listener on their feet. For fans of female-fronted folk, country and americana, make sure to stop by Cafe Nine next week.
IfWhen You Go:
Wednesday, May 5th
@ Cafe Nine
250 State Street (at Crown Street)
New Haven, CT. 06510
Show begins at 9pm SHARP.
21+ / $8 cover
Filed under: 21+, Music, Shows | Tags: New Haven Music, NHM, Rudy's, Sean Hayes, The Backyard Committee
In an atypical scheduling move, Rudy’s will be hosting a show tonight by locals The Backyard Committee and San Francisco’s Sean Hayes.
Hayes is currently on tour in support of his new self-released EP ‘Honeybees Falling’. Naming influences as diverse as Nina Simone, PJ Harvey and Neutral Milk Hotel, Hayes brand of ambient/folk is sparse, heartfelt and effective. Whether backed by a small band or on his own with an acoustic guitar, Hayes vocal drawl and lazy six-string strumming are the main focal point of his music. Lyrically, his songs alternate between outward social awareness and physical imagery, and inward soul searching, especially his newer material which brings his songs to a much more personal level. In short, his compositions grab hold of your attention and do not let go, slowly pulling you closer to the sometimes elusive but always rewarding mechanisms at work beneath. Opening for Hayes will be CT’s own the Backyard Committee. Led by songwriter Mike Sembos (Alternate Routes, Superfallingstars, Kennesaw), the Backyard Committee continues their string of local shows with this rare Sunday night at Rudy’s. Musically, the Backyard Committee fits well with Hayes’ out-west weariness, all acoustic guitars and sparse accompaniment. For those wanting a night of great songs and great music in their own ‘backyard,’ Rudy’s is the place tonight.
Filed under: All-Ages, Music, Shows | Tags: Artspace, Artspace Underground, New Haven Music, NHM, Saint Bernadette, Shark, Tweefort
For those not already in the know, this month’s Artspace Underground installment will be occurring tonight at New Haven’s aforementioned Artspace gallery. Performing will be New Haven/Boston’s Shark as well as Bridgeport’s Saint Bernadette. Shark (featuring members of Apse, The Tyler Trudeau Attempt, Chaplinesque and Instructions) are coming off a wave of glowing press for their 2009 self-titled album including mentions in the New Haven Advocate, Boston’s The Phoenix and a placing on iTunes‘ 2009 year-end best of. Their shoegaziness is apparent from the get-go with Dave Riedel of the New Haven Advocate describing their music as “a good candidate for listening in the car late at night or putting on the headphones and drifting off to wherever you want to go.” Joining Shark will be fellow CTers Saint Bernadette. Led by producer and guitarist Keith Saunders and vocalist Meredith DiMenna, the quintet offers a boozy mesh of psychedelic-meets-arena rock, with inflections of jazz, all candy-coated into sing-along choruses. I’d say this sounds like the perfect show for a rainy day in New Haven, so get yourself downtown now!
Filed under: All-Ages, Festival, Music, Shows | Tags: After All, Baby G, Big Fat Combo, Boxxcutter, Chico & Friends, Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez, Closely Watched Trains, Dog Bite, DuNovo, Forrest Harlow, I.N.I.T.Y. Reggae Band, James Velvet & The Mighty Sparrows, Jazz The Ripper, Kicking Daisies, Last Year's Deal, Meriden Daffodil Festival, New Haven Music, NHM, Pnut Butter Jam, River City Slim & The Zydeco Brothers, River Street, Rob DeRosa, Sean Kelli & Wayne, The Bernadettes, The Citizen Spy, The Down Fi, The Frank Critelli Band, The Gonkus Brothers, The Jenn Hill Band, The Key West Trio, The Manchurians, The McLovins, The Michael Greenberg Band, The Mold Monkies, The Peacock Flounders, The Seth Adam Band, The Shiny Lapel Trio, The Zambonis, ThinManMusic, WESU
Its that time of year again! Meriden’s 32nd annual Daffodil Festival is upon us next weekend, April 24th-25th at the city’s flower-laden Hubbard Park. Each day is promised to be packed with “food, flowers, fireworks and fun,’ at least so says the festival official website www.daffodilfest.com. Held each year during the last week of April, the festival is the combined effort of over 300 volunteers. Amidst the 650,000 blooming daffodils in Hubbard Park, the visitor can enjoy parades; an arts and crafts sale, a carnival with Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, giant slide, pony rides, miniature train and a food tent that houses 50 food vendors, all from community non-profit agencies. Saturday night is capped by a spectacular fireworks display, said to be one of the best in New England. Last but not least are the three band stages featuring 34(!) local and regional artists performing throughout each day. Organized by ThinManMusic head and WESU local music fanatic Rob DeRosa, the festival’s three stages feature a wide variety of (primarily) original music ranging from indie rock to jazz to reggae. Attracting over 100,000 in attendance annually, the Daffodil Fest is definitely one of Greater New Haven’s better festivals and is highly recommended for anyone who loves flowers and fun (and a lot of both).
Saturday April 24th / ALL AGES! / FREE!
(Jeff Crooms Welcome Stage)
11:00 BIG FAT COMBO
12:15 FORREST HARLOW
1:30 THE PEACOCK FLOUNDERS
2:45 DOG BITE
4:00 THE DOWN FI
5:15 KICKING DAISIES
6:30 THE SETH ADAM BAND
7:45 THE MOLD MONKIES
1:45 THE FRANK CRITELLI BAND
3:00 THE MANCHURIANS
4:15 CHRISTINE OHLMAN & REBEL MONTEZ
5:45 RIVER STREET
7:00 THE BERNADETTES
(Food Tent Stage)
10:30 CHICO & FRIENDS
12:00 THE GONKUS BROTHERS
2:00 THE KEY WEST TRIO
3:30 RIVER CITY SLIM & THE ZYDECO HOGS
5:00 THE SHINY LAPEL TRIO
6:30 THE MICHAEL GREENBERG BAND
Saturday April 25th / ALL AGES! / FREE!
(Jeff Crooms Welcome Stage)
11:00 BABY G
12:15 THE JENN HILL BAND
1:30 CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS
2:45 JAMES VELVET & THE MIGHTY SPARROWS
4:00 THE MCLOVINS
12:45 PNUT BUTTER JAM
2:00 LAST YEAR’S DEAL
3:15 THE ZAMBONIS
(Food Tent Stage)
10:00 THE CITIZEN SPY
11:30 I.N.I.T.Y. REGGAE
1:00 JAZZ THE RIPPER featuring SIDEWAYS JANE
2:30 AFTER ALL
4:00 SEAN, KELLI & WAYNE
Sorry for the lack of posts lately, folks. As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade, and I’ve been making a WHOLE lot of lemonade lately. After some updating of the calendar, there should be some more posts later this week about upcoming shows and other New Haven related music news. Also, keep an eye out on CTindie for some contributions coming from my way. Alright, now let’s get this party started! Anyone for some lemonade?