[NHM] New Haven Music

TONIGHT! Tweefort/Artspace Underground presents SHARK, SAINT BERNADETTE @ Artspace – April 17th
April 17, 2010, 6:25 pm
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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!

Tweefort and Artspace Underground present
@ Artspace
8pm / All Ages/21+ to drink / $5
drinks by 116 Crown

Tweefort presents STANDARD FARE, CONVERSION PARTY, THE CAVEMEN GO @ Cafe Nine – March 13th
March 8, 2010, 10:04 pm
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This Saturday, March 13th, Tweefort Records will be bringing three great up and coming pop bands to Cafe Nine: Conversion Party, Standard Fare and The Cavemen Go.

New London by way of Brooklyn’s Conversion Party is one of the region’s better unknown bands, melting together garagey noisiness with some really solid melodies and arrangements. Their most recent effort ‘More No More,’ which can be downloaded here, is worth checking out for fans of classic but not cutesy indie-pop (Spoon seems to pop up a lot as a reference in reviews of the band). Having caught them at the Oasis last August, I can tell you that their brand of garage-pop translates well in a live setting, all the more reason to check them out this Saturday.

Also performing this Saturday will be Sheffield, England’s Standard Fare. Currently signed to Bar/None Records in the U.S., Standard Fare is touring in support of their new album ‘The Noyelle Beat’ (to be released stateside on March 16th). The trio, led by co-vocalists Emma Kupa and Danny How, has echoes of local heroes Mates of States at times, especially in their playful vocal interplay. Musically they alternate between straight up power-pop and just enough quirky asides to retain the listeners interest (I sense some Libertines influence now and then, as well). Regardless, their bouncy, pogo-ready melodies should make for some great live music.

Starting off the night will be the show’s only New Haven band (now by way of Boston), The Cavemen Go. And as a means of full disclosure, I play drums for the Cavemen Go. Suffice to say we rock and pop with the best of them and will only add to the awesomeness that is this show.

If You Go:
Tweefort Presents
CONVERSION PARTY (New London/Brooklyn)
THE CAVEMEN GO (New Haven/Boston)
Cafe Nine
21+ / FREE!
music starts at 10pm SHARP

Tweefort Compilation Release w/SLAM DONAHUE, THE BALLET, FAY REY, DAYPAPE @ Cafe Nine – Feb. 19th
February 12, 2010, 6:38 pm
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Next Friday, February 19th at Cafe Nine, Tweefort Records will be celebrating the release of their newest compilation Home and Abroad Songs, Vol. 2. Performing will be four of the compilation’s thirty-two(!) bands: Slam Donahue (CT.), The Ballet (New York), Fay Rey (New Haven/NYC) and Daypape (Westbrook, CT.). Volume 2 follows up (you guessed it) Home and Abroad Songs, Vol. 1, which was released last August and served as the label’s first release. A limited edition of free physical copies will be available on Feb. 19th although don’t expect a second run on this massive 2-disc set anytime soon (much like the first volume, a digital version will be available through the Tweefort Records website). Other artists that will be appearing on the compilation include New Haven’s own Titles, The Tyler Trudeau Attempt, Mixtape and Shark as well as a host of those outside of New Haven and even ‘abroad.’

If You Go:
Tweefort Records presents
‘Home And Abroad Songs, Vol. 2 Record Release’

@ Cafe Nine
21+ / FREE
music starts after 9pm

Safety Meeting and Tweefort present M.T. BEARINGTON, LA STRADA, THE FICTIONAL WEST @ Rudy’s – Feb. 6th
February 1, 2010, 11:02 pm
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Safety Meeting and Tweefort have teamed up to present a three band bill at Rudy’s this Saturday, February 6th. Included are locals M.T. Bearington and The Fictional West as well as Brooklyn’s La Strada.

La Strada is best likened as an indie/chamber pop outfit which incorporates strings and accordion into their instrumentation. The band is currently playing a few sparse dates before heading down to Austin, Texas for SXSW. In the meantime be sure and stop by the Rude to check them out for yourself.

Also performing will be locals M.T. Bearington. Matt Thomas and company will soon be supporting former ‘Stavenites Mates of State at the Space later in the month and on a mini-tour of the Northeast. They are best described as psych-driven indie rock with some solid songwriting to boot. From all accounts they’ve been killing it live lately so make sure you don’t miss their set.

Last but not least will be the Fictional West. Although not so fictional, this New Haven based trio combines interests in indie pop and ’80s new wave sounds with satirical themes to create some nice low-key tunes in the process. The band recently released a single on the recently expanded Tweefort so make sure you check it out.

If You Go:
Safety Meeting and Tweefort present

@ Rudy’s
21+ / $4
music starts around 10pm

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

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.

Steven Deal Record Release @ Cafe 9 – Jan. 8th

This Friday, January 8th Tweefort will be presenting a record release party at Cafe Nine for Steven Deal‘s new disc ‘Radio Twelve.’

‘Radio Twelve’ is Steven Deal’s first solo album after years of playing in local bands like Bleached Black (who toured the USA and Canada), Chopper, The Absolute Zeros and The Naomi Star. Those familiar with the pop/punk sensibilities of Deal’s previous projects will not be disappointed with his newer material which pushes those envelopes and then some.

Joining Deal for the show will be the Brooklyn based Boy Genius whose latest album, “Staggering,” is creating some major buzz on indie-pop blogs around the country. Locals the Mold Monkies, who also contain members of Deal’s former band The Absolute Zeros, round out the bill.

If You Go:

Tweefort presents
STEVEN DEAL (Record Release)

@ Cafe Nine
Show starts at 10pm