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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!

Manic Productions presents Grandchildren, M.T. Bearington @ BAR, April 20th

The latest installment of Manic Productions‘ free weekly show series at BAR arrives this Wednesday, April 20th with Philly’s Grandchildren and New Haven’s M.T. Bearington.


Many may remember Grandchildren’s previous New Haven performance at Cafe Nine last November (also a Manic show) for the group’s cacophonous arrangements, significant usage of percussion and complex yet tight vocal melodies. Since then Grandchildren have gained some pretty good momentum on the east-coast club circuit, most recently opening a series of shows for Brookyln’s O’Death. In addition their live show itself has gained a ‘spectacle-to-behold’ like stature amongst indie-rock audiences. This group seems poised for bigger and better things so be sure to catch them right in your own backyard this Wednesday for FREE.

M.T. Bearington

Opening the night will be New Haven indie-popsters M.T. Bearington. For this show Matt Thomas and company will be celebrating the vinyl release of their highly anticipated new LP Love Buttons on Safety Meeting Records. After the release of the first M.T. Bearington album, 2008’s Cloak of Nouns and Loss (which was mainly a Matt Thomas solo effort), M.T. Bearington became a full-on band (and a pretty good one at that) and as such have dedicated a lot of energy into making Love Buttons a ‘band’ album. And from most early accounts, they have been wildly successful in doing so. A limited edition of 300 vinyl LPs will be available (which you can pre-order through Safety Meeting) so make sure you get your copy early!

What better way to celebrate 4/20 than with some great live music??

If When You Go
Manic Productions presents
M.T. Bearington

Wednesday, April 20th
@ BAR / 254 Crown Street / New Haven
21+ / Free / 9pm

Manic Productions presents New Free Wednesday Night Series @ BAR
December 31, 2010, 7:51 pm
Filed under: 21+, Music, News, Shows | Tags: , , , ,

Starting next Wednesday, January 5th, New Haven’s hardest working show promoter Manic Productions will be presenting a new free weekly series at famed downtown club/bar/pizzeria, BAR.

Many may remember the long and healthy run held Sunday nights at BAR by fellow promoter Shaki Presents, a run that was unceremoniously brought to an end by the venue’s owner in December ’09. At the time BAR was unimpressed by the attendance at the Sunday night shows and wanted to move to more a more mainstream audience on Wednesday nights. A year later, and with little promotion put into those Wednesday night shows (and even less attendance), it appears that BAR may have realized that they were better off with outside help. ‘Manic’ Mark Nussbaum of Manic Productions broke the news this past November:

“I am very excited for this announcement! I have been asked recently by my friend Oliver (of Plume Giant) to start setting up shows on Wednesday nights at BAR. Since the last Shaki Presents show on Sunday December 20, Oliver has continued bringing music to the bar on Wednesday nights (mostly local bands). The series begins in January 2011 and will be held every Wednesday night…”

So far six installments of the series have been booked, with more on the way soon. And based on Manic Productions reputation for bringing consistently impressive talent to the New Haven area, all of them will most likely be must-see shows.

Here’s the schedule so far:
(all shows are 21+, free and start at 9pm unless otherwise noted)

1/5 – The Beets, Wry, Eula, 1/12 – Elizabeth & The Catapult, Even Artichokes Have Hearts, 1/19 – Sharon Van Etten, Plume Giant, 1/26 – Jarrod Gorbel (of the Honorary Title), M.T. Bearington (solo), John Parson, 2/2 – Joan of Arc, American Cloud Songs, The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, 2/9 – Delicate Steve, Jamestown The First Town In America

For more information on these shows, and any more upcoming shows in the series, please visit the Manic Productions website.

Manic Productions presents WRENCH IN THE WORKS (Record Release), ROBOTS AND EMPIRE, THE LOWS, GODS AND QUEENS, SABOTAGE, COLD SNAP @ Prospect VFW – March 27th

This Saturday, March 27th Manic Productions will be presenting a six-band, all-ages hardcore/metal/punk bill featuring Wrench In The Works at the Prospect VFW Hall. At this particular show Hartford’s Wrench In The Works will be celebrating the release of their newest record ‘Decrease/Increase’ out on California based Facedown Records. Wrench In The Works has slowly gained a reputation as one of the region’s better hardcore/metal outfits, more often than not breathing new life into the often confining genre with a mix of precision musicianship and original arrangements. This isn’t to say they are not still capable of brutal aggression at times which, based on their new material, they most certainly are. Joining Wrench will be Poughkeepsie, NY.’s Robots and Empire and Philly’s Gods and Queens as well as Connecticut’s own The Lows, Sabotage and Cold Snap, all of whom complement the headliner well. For those at all into hardcore, post-hardcore, metal or aggressive yet compelling music in general, this show is, without a doubt, worth the trek upstate.

If When You Go:
Manic Productions presents
WRENCH IN THE WORKS (Record Release)
@ Prospect VFW
(218 Cheshire Road, Prospect)
ALL AGES / $8 adv./$10 door
doors open at 6pm

Tonight’s Manic Productions show still on, only with modified lineup…

Procedure Club at the last Shaki Presents/BAR show. They will be performing tonight, snow and all, at Cafe Nine. (Photo by Bob Rock)

Tonight’s Manic Productions show at Cafe Nine is still on, although with a modified lineup. First, here’s the bad news: touring bands The Beets, Christmas Island and Beach Fossils have all canceled due to obvious travel/weather concerns (yes, this is disappointing). But don’t fret! New Haven’s Procedure Club, who were originally to open the bill, will still be performing. In addition, singer/songwriters Shaun Bowen (of Murdervan) and Leila Crockett (of Baby G) will be performing too. So, if you’re going to be in downtown New Haven regardless of the weather, or just don’t understand what everyone’s problem is with snow, stop by Cafe Nine. Oh yeah, there’s no more cover charge either (for those who purchased tickets in advance, refunds are available from point of purchase).

If You Go:
Manic Productions presents
@ Cafe Nine
21+ / FREE
music starts after 9pm

Safety Meeting and Manic Productions presents BLOOD WARRIOR, SIDEWALK DAVE, GET HAUNTED, PONYBIRD @ Cafe 9 – Feb. 20th

As if the upcoming Mates of State/M.T. Bearington show on February 20th at the Space wasn’t enough for Manic Productions, a second Manic show (this one in conjunction with Safety Meeting Records) is scheduled later that same day at Cafe Nine. Performing will be the New York based Blood Warrior, New Haven’s own Sidewalk Dave and Ponybird, and New London’s Get Haunted.

Blood Warrior, described as ‘a unique take on indie-folk and more traditional music of the Americas,’ originally started as a recording project but quickly developed into much more than that. Blood Warrior’s distinct instrumentation, featuring guitars, Casios, chord organs, autoharp, marching drums, percussion and four part vocal harmonies, really keeps things fresh, as does some unexpected hooks buried within. Featuring members of O’Death and Super Monster, among others, Blood Warrior definitely seems to be worth checking out. Local alt-country/aggro-folk quartet Sidewalk Dave, primal-duo Get Haunted and the sometimes full band, sometimes stripped-down solo indie-folk Ponybird fill out the bill. Overall, a highly recommended show for fans of indie-folk and Americana.

If You Go:
Safety Meeting Records and
Manic Productions present
@ Cafe Nine
21+ / $5 cover
music starts after 9pm (stop by after Mates of State!)

MATES OF STATE, M.T. BEARINGTON @ The Space – Feb. 20th
February 5, 2010, 5:23 pm
Filed under: All-Ages, Shows | Tags: , , , , ,

Manic Mark (of Manic Productions) has been churning out some quality shows lately. One of his next shows features two of the areas more popular bands, Mates of State and M.T. Bearington, at the Space for a special early show on Saturday, February 20th. Mates of State, who recently relocated from New Haven to Fairfield county, will be kicking off a mini-tour of the Northeast on Feb. 17th. Starting in Burlington, Vermont, the tour will also include locals M.T. Bearington for all dates. Their stop at the Space is surely to sell out so make sure you purchase tickets early. Here’s the full list of tour dates:

Feb. 17th – Higher Ground, Burlington, VT.
Feb. 18th – Portland City Music Hall, Portland, ME.
Feb. 19th – Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA.
Feb. 20th – The Space, Hamden, CT.
Feb. 21st – The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY.

If You Go:
Manic Productions presents
*Early Show*

@ The Space
ALL AGES / tickets $14
DOORS OPEN 3:00pm!

Manic Productions presents Retribution Gospel Choir, Apse, Arms & Legs @ Daniel Street – Jan. 27th

One more show to add to tonight’s live music mayhem…Manic Productions presents Retribution Gospel Choir, Apse and Arms & Legs at Milford’s Daniel Street. This show has already be heavily promoted, including a full article in the January 21st issue of the New Haven Advocate. Retribution Gospel Choir (Sub Pop) is a newish project by Alan Spearhawk, better known for his work with his wife Mimi in the slow-core outfit Low. Apparently RGC is anything but slow-core though and may surprise some Low fans for their rockiness and velocity. Their second album just came out on Sub Pop records yesterday with this show occurring towards the beginning of a 3 month tour in support of it. Opening for RGC will be CT by way of Cape Cod’s Apse, a band that itself is riding a significant amount of buzz lately. Having just come back from their latest European tour in a series of European tours, Apse can hold their own and will. Lately the band’s sole New Haven (or Connecticut connection for that matter) has been bassist John Mordecai who also plays in Shark and The Tyler Trudeau Attempt. Last but not least is CT.’s Arms & Legs. Featuring two-thirds of Welcome, Arms & Legs will be performing in full-band format for this show. They will also be following RGC down to NYC for a show at Mercury Lounge on Feb. 1st. Enough shows for everyone tonight now?

If You Go:
Manic Productions presents

@ Daniel Street
21+ / $12 cover at door
music starts sometime after 8pm

Live Music Returns to Wallingford Am. Leg. w/Make Do And Mend, Jettison – Jan. 23rd

Punk rockers Make Do and Mend, Jettison, Agent, Defeater and Summit will be performing this Saturday, January 23rd at the Wallingford American Legion. This show marks the first show at the ‘Am Leg’ since multiple noise complaints by area residents for the most part shut down shows there last summer. Previously the Wallingford Am Leg, one of many meeting/rental halls operated by the American Legion throughout the U.S., had been a hot spot for all-ages shows, primarily booked by the always impressive Manic Productions. Under the watchful eye of Manic and other area bookers, several large names passed through the relatively tiny hall space including Cap’n Jazz, Piebald, Rainer Maria, Elf Power, Mates of State, Ted Leo, and many, many more. Hopefully this show will mark the regular return music to the Am Leg, a prospect sorely needed in a scene where there isn’t that many places left to play.

If You Go:
JETTISON (Wallingford/Hartford)
AGENT (Long Island)

@ Wallingford Am. Leg.
ALL AGES / $8 cover
music starts at 6pm, must end by 11pm

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