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This Weekend: Everything!
Photo by Melanie Stengel

Photo by Melanie Stengel

Maybe its the giant rainbow currently beaming across downtown New Haven, last night’s full moon briefly threatening to crush the horizon, or the city celebrating its 375th birthday but there seems to be all whole lot of ‘something’ going on in New Haven right now. That ‘something’ seems to also be manifesting itself in a whole mess of ass-kicking shows this weekend. It would be damn near impossible to cover everything so here’s a rundown of some of the events we’re most excited about….

Javelin, Jamaican Queens, If Jesus Had Machine Guns (DJ) @ The Outer Space
8pm / 21+ / $10 / Manic Productions presents /

Garbage Barge, Tester, Nasty Disaster, Javier/Los DishDogs @ Cherry St. Station
8pm / 21+ / $5 / https://www.facebook.com/events/481308508582324/

The Proud Flesh (Record Release), Hanging Hills, Johnny Mainstream @ Cafe 9
8:30pm / 21+ / $5 / https://www.facebook.com/events/419543721462500/

Meriden Daffodil Festival, Day 1 @ Hubbard Park including Hostage Calm, The Manchurians, The Alternate Routes, Mark Mulcahy, Goodnight Blue Moon, The Guru, 1974, Daphne Lee Martin, Elison Jackson, The Furors and many more.
10am-9pm / All Ages / FREE / http://www.daffodilfest.org

New Haven 375 @ New Haven Green
1-4pm / All Ages / FREE / http://www.infonewhaven.com/NHV375

Lord Fowl, Backwoods Payback, Sun Gods in Exile, Super Machine @ The Space
9pm / All-Ages / $8 / https://www.facebook.com/events/146902925490185/

Howly Dogs, Hubbell Mountain, Orkestar BAM! @ Elm Bar
9pm / 21+ / $3 / https://www.facebook.com/events/536929343024131/

M.T. Bearington, Cold Fur, Life Eaters, Sperm Donor @ Anna Liffey’s
9pm / 21+ / $7 / Safety Meeting Records presents /

Reverberation (DJ) @ Rudy’s
9pm / 21+ / $ / https://www.facebook.com/events/158509630978557/

Meriden Daffodil Festival, Day 2 @ Hubbard Park including Little Ugly, Paper Hill Casket Company, The Peacock Flounders, Breakthrough Frequencies, Rob Messore, Christopher Bousquet, The Mold Monkies and more.
10am-5pm / All Ages / FREE / http://www.daffodilfest.org

Titus Andronicus, The So So Glos, Chris Cappello (Full Band) @ The Space
7pm / All Ages / $15 / Presented by Manic Productions /

The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Faceless, Royal Thunder, Xenosis @ Toad’s Place
7pm / All Ages / $18/$20 / http://www.toadsplace.com/

Best get yourself out of the house this weekend!


Fauxchella 2013

Fauxchella 2013

Who needs Coachella when there’s Fauxchella? This Saturday, April 20th will mark the second edition of CT’s own Fauxchella music festival. After the success of last year’s edition (hosted at Bridgeport’s Gallery 305k), Fauxchella returns with more bands and more stages to wet your indie rock appetite. This year’s festival will be hosted at the newly expanded ‘Space’ venue conglomerate (featuring The Space, The Outer Space and the brand new Spaceland Ballroom) located at 295 Treadwell Street in Hamden. All three venues will be staging shows simultaneously for maximum aural impact. Included on the 18 band lineup are local favorites Fake Babies, Ports of Spain and The Files and Fires (all of whom appeared at last year’s festival) as well as buzz bands The Stepkids and The Guru, among others. Tickets for the full day are a reasonable $18 and can be purchased online via E-Tix.

Here’s a rundown of the complete schedule:

The Spaceland Ballroom (21+)
4:00    27 Prophets
5:10    Political Aninals
6:35    Milksop: Unsung
8:05    Moon Hooch
9:50    The Files and Fires
11:45   The Stepkids

The Space (All-Ages)
4:00    Great Caesar
5:00    A Paper Tugboat
6:00    Ports of Spain
7:00    The Guru
8:00    Modern Merchant
9:05    Bear Hands
10:25   Head With Wings

The Outer Space (21+)
4:40    Erik Lamb
5:55    Party Horse
7:20    Fake Babies
9:05    Jus & Co.
11:00    Kool AD

Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/FauxchellaCT

Tickets http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1708589

Despite some drama, B.O.M.B. Fest 2011 finally arrives

When the lineup for the third installment of B.O.M.B. Fest was announced earlier this year, several people in the local and regional music community collectively shit a brick. Man Man? Best Coast? Snoop Dogg?? Wiz Khalifa?? Weezer??? Two days at West Conn? Really??…Could a festival with a lineup this chock full of awesome actually be happening in Connecticut? Then, after it was announced that over 25 local bands would be included in the two day festival, a veritable riot ensued amongst local artists, clamoring tooth and nail to land a slot at the festival. When the dust settled, over 500(!) bands had applied. Rumors then began to swirl in April that, due to overwhelming response, the festival was not happening at West Conn after all but at Meadows (okay, Comcast Theatre) in Hartford. When these rumors were confirmed shortly thereafter, initial reaction was mixed with some ticket holders even demanding refunds. After everyone came to their senses though, it became obvious that there was no way in hell that the WCSU campus (or Danbury) could possibly accommodate a two-day festival of this size. The end result? B.O.M.B. Fest became the first non-profit event ever to occur at the Comcast Theatre. And despite some drama, Connecticut finally got the music festival it always wanted (and deserved).

If When You Go:
B.O.M.B. Fest 2011
Saturday, May 28 – Sunday, May 29th
Comcast Theatre, Hartford

(For a complete festival schedule broken down by day, stage and time, please visit the B.O.M.B. Fest website. There are a ton of great bands including New Haven locals Eula, Wry, NHM Co-Artists of the Month The Guru, Fake Babies, The Manchurians, The Backyard Committee, Cosmic Dust Bunnies, Forget Paris and The Frank Critelli Band)

(To purchase tickets, please see the B.O.M.B. Fest Ticketmaster page. Tickets are available for each individual day as well as for the whole festival (including VIP packages)).


B.O.M.B. Fest is the brainchild of one Frank Bombaci, Jr. A Connecticut native, Bombaci first started B.O.M.B. Fest in 2009 as his high school senior project. The basic idea was to bring together as many people as possible in Connecticut to hear the best in local and national bands, all in the name of charity. In addition to being a play on Bombaci’s surname, ‘B.O.M.B.’ is also an acronym for Bring Our Music Back, a non-profit organization founded by Bombaci’s father, Frank Sr., as a means to distribute proceeds from the festival to local charities. In just three short years, B.O.M.B. Fest has grown from a single day event of mostly local artists held at Harkness State Park in Waterford to a two-day festival featuring local and national acts at one of the biggest venues in the state.

Shaki presents MV+EE and the Golden Road, Flower/Corsano Duo @ Popeye’s Garage, April 15th

Shaki Presents brings MV+EE and the Golden Road and the Flower/Corsano Duo to the recently rejuvenated Popeye’s Garage this Friday, April 15th for a night of blissed out psych and experimentalism.

Hailing from Vermont, MV+EE (aka Matt Valentine and Erika Elder) create a unique blend of Appalachian folk, Indian raga-style compositions and psychedelic experimentalism which they self-describe as ‘lunar-ragas.’ Often performing in more subdued acoustic tones, the group periodically adds more electric instrumentation to their set, which they will apparently be doing for this show.

Like MV+EE, the UK based Flower/Corsano Duo defy easily genre categorization, coming across as an eastern-influenced mix of jazz, psych and, at times, cranked to ten noise. Corsano’s dynamic and inventive drumming, in particular, keeps the duo from ever sounding stale, alternating between endless rolls and rhythm at will.

This is a must-see show for fans of psych and eastern-influenced experimentalism. Be sure to get there early!

If When You Go:
Friday, April 15th
Shaki presents
MV+EE and the Golden Road
Flower/Corsano Duo

@Popeye’s Garage
50 Goffe Street / New Haven
All Ages / 7pm* / $7*

WQAQ Spring Concert April 16th with Suckers, The Fresh and Onlys, Trophy Scars, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Great Caesar

On Saturday, April 16th the Q.U. student-run radio station WQAQ (98.1FM) will be presenting its annual Spring Concert at the Burt Kahn Court on the campus of Quinnipiac University, Hamden. Headlining this year’s concert will be Brooklyn indie-rockers Suckers, led by Branford, CT. native Quinn Walker. Supporting acts include San Francisco based The Fresh and Onlys, New Jersey’s Trophy Scars as well as Brooklyn’s A Great Big Pile of Leaves and CT’s own Great Caesar. As an additional incentive to attend this year’s Spring Concert, WQAQ will be giving away a free pair of tickets to this year’s B.O.M.B. Fest, which will be taking place over Memorial Day weekend on the campus of Western Connecticut State University. All attendees will be entered into the raffle with the winner announced prior to Suckers’ set. Doors open at 6:30pm and admission is FREE for all Quinnipiac students (with ID) and only $5 for everyone else. Tickets can be purchased online via Brown Paper Tickets. Sounds like fun!

If When You Go:
2011 WQAQ Spring Concert featuring…
Suckers (Brooklyn)
The Fresh and Onlys (San Francisco)
Trophy Scars (NJ)
A Great Big Pile of Leaves (Brooklyn)
Great Caesar (CT)

@ Burt Kahn Court / Quinnipiac University
275 Mt. Carmel Avenue, Hamden, CT.
All Ages / 6:30pm
FREE for QU students, $5 for everyone else

Popeye’s Garage reopens for a series of shows this month

Mmmm, Popeye’s….

Downtown New Haven’s community-run performance space/gallery, Popeye’s Garage, has re-opened for a series of shows this month. After originally closing its doors for good last October, Popeye’s Garage unexpectedly endured over the endless winter of 2010/2011 for a couple of one off shows. And after another one-off show in early March (featuring regulars Colorguard, among others), and with warmer weather on the horizon, Popeye’s Garage organizers seem to have gotten the green light to put the space back into regular use. This unexpected news is a welcome relief for the local music community which, after starting 2011 with a great deal of hope for the coming year, has had to deal with some terrible losses as of late. Hopefully the re-emergence of Popeye’s can at least partially help get New Haven back on its feet.

April 2011 Schedule (all dates/bands subject to change):
4/7Dust From A Thousand Years, Pillow Skin, The Book Slave / 7pm / $5 donation, 4/15MV+EE and the Golden Road, Flower Corsano Duo + 1TBA / *5pm* / $7 donation, 4/22Queening (Brooklyn noise rock) + 2TBA / 7pm / $5 donation, 4/24 – Dog Lady (Baltimore noise), Eagles Breast (Boston noise), Scorpio and Glass, Sickness (CT noise legend), Reviver (CT harsher) / 7pm / $5 donation, 4/26Moonrises (Chicago psych rock, members of Plastic Crimewave Sound, Tiger Hatchery) / 7pm / $5 donation, 4/29 – Popeye’s Garage Benefit show (Bands TBA) / 7pm / $5 donation

@ Popeye’s Garage
(near Popeye’s Chicken)
New Haven, CT.


This Sunday, April 3rd a benefit concert will be held at Toad’s Place for Mitchell Dubey, a local musician, bike enthusiast and, from virtually all accounts, all-around great guy who was shot and killed on March 24th during a botched home invasion at his Bassett Street, New Haven apartment. Performing at the benefit concert will be some of Dubey’s favorite bands including The Flaming Tsunamis (whom Dubey followed back to CT from Los Angeles), Call It Arson (who will be reuniting for this show), My Heart to Joy (their 2nd to last show ever), Slingshot Dakota and Brunt of It. Tickets will go on sale today at 6pm via eTix who will be waving their usual service fees in light of this tragedy. In addition, Toad’s Place will not be taking a cut of ticket sales, ultimately insuring that Mitch Dubey’s family will receive ALL proceeds generated by the show. Due to the overwhelming reaction from the local community so far this show will most likely sell out so make sure you purchase tickets early. If you are unable to attend, donations can still be made to Mitch Dubey’s family via Paypal at the address Lauren.Dubey@gmail.com.

If When you Attend:
Dubey Family Benefit w/

@ Toad’s Place
Sunday / April 3rd
Doors 6pm / Show 7pm
$10 minimum donation
—->BUY TICKETS HERE<—- (on sale @ 6pm, 3/30/11)