Space, Outer Space Rescued

by Brian Slattery | Jan 22, 2018 8:09 am

Brian Slattery PhotoLive music for all ages is returning to Space and Outer Space, after a brief intermission.

Mark Nussbaum and Keith Mahler — the intergenerational team that promotes live music at most of New Haven’s top venues like College Street Music Hall — plan to announce Monday that they’re reopening the recently shuttered Outer Space and rechristening it the Space Ballroom, complete with beer, wine, and top acts.

And in the same former industrial complex, two New Haven high-school teachers named Karen Robinson and Chris Scionti have been inside the original Space music performance building preparing to reopen it soon as a renewed performance space of their own.

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Xenosis Births a New Movement

by Karen Ponzio | Jan 22, 2018 8:07 am

Karen Ponzio Photo“This song is about a deadly state of confusion,” lead singer Sal Bova informed the audience before his band Xenosis launched into its third song, “Delirium,” from the band’s newest release, Devour and Birth. The New Haven-based band played the album in its entirety at Pacific Standard Tavern on Friday night.

“Delirious” was an appropriate way to describe Friday night, which saw three metal bands take the crowd with them into a heady state of wild being.

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It Takes A City To Make An Album

by Brian Slattery | Jan 19, 2018 7:37 am | Comments (1)

Molly Venter“We never got to experiment with psychedelics before you knocked me up,” Molly Venter sings on “Settle Down,” the opening song to Goodnight Moonshine’s new album, I’m the Only One Who Will Tell You You’re Bad. “We never had that three-way in the heart of Paris, and now we’re all grown up.” The band behind her settles into an easy strut, groovy without getting in the way. It lets Venter play with the phrasing all the way through the verse, until she reaches the end: “Baby I love our life but I don’t want to settle down.”

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Sara Hope Hill Pulls The Strings

by Karen Ponzio | Jan 12, 2018 8:00 am | Comments (5)

Sara Hope Hill PhotoArtist Sara Hope Hill made a flourish with her hands. “Everything is a web,” she said. “Everything is a reflection of each other. I started reading mythology recently, listening on audiobooks, because I think they’re tied to the stories of now. All of those stories are kind of characters, of people you know personified to an extreme. It helps you understand the world around you. Puppetry and doll making help you understand the world around you, and I think many times the mythology ties into the divinity of my work. Porcelain bodies are God’s work. You are working with perfect beings.”

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Greg Sherrod Warms Up Cafe Nine For Birthday

by Brian Slattery | Jan 8, 2018 12:30 pm

Brian Slattery PhotoWesterly, R.I.-based musician Laura Dowding stood behind her keyboard on the stage at Cafe Nine. She’d just finished another of her originals and had half the room in rapt attention.

“Do you know that it’s Greg Sherrod’s birthday?” she said. “He’s 21.”

“Again!” Sherrod yelled from his seat at a table not far from the stage. A ripple of laughter passed through the club. Of course everyone knew it was Sherrod’s birthday. It was the reason they’d come to Crown Street on Friday — to wish Sherrod well for another year, and have a chance to see him perform, from blues to soul to R&B to rock, with a band full of old friends he’s been playing with, some for over 20 years.

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Seth Adam Makes New Haven “Anytown”

by Karen Ponzio | Jan 5, 2018 7:41 am

Among the reactions to the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer in the attack on counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past August, one in particular stood out to New Haven-based singer-songwriter Seth Adam.

“I remember reading the interviews and some people were saying, ‘I can’t believe this happened here in Charlottesville. We’re a sleepy little college town; this is so weird.’ And I was thinking to myself, ‘Yeah, it is a small peaceful town, and it is weird and unfortunate.’ But I kept remembering how everyone kept saying, ‘I can’t believe this happened here.’ And I finally thought, ‘OK, this can happen anywhere ... anytown.’”

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Pageant Dove Takes Flight

by Brian Slattery | Jan 2, 2018 7:37 am

Craig Norton Photo“My ribcage is a hothouse harboring a bloom next to you,” Elizabeth Trojanowski sings on “Still Water,” the opening song to Pageant Dove’s recently released self-titled EP. An acoustic guitar lays down a bluesy flat-seven chord to anchor the twists in the melody, but then goes elsewhere, sounding not quite settled, even when a string section joins in. When the drums emerge, we feel like we’re somewhere. But where is it?

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