Miguel Declares War On Misogyny

by Adam Matlock | Mar 19, 2018 7:48 am

Adam Matlock PhotoSomewhere in the middle of his set on Friday night at College Street Music Hall, during a very Prince-like moment where his four person band joined in on a mid-tempo vamp while being introduced, singer Miguel engaged in the standard banter to the crowd — “How’s everybody doing tonight?” and “is everyone having a good time?”

Then, without warning, the singer said, with no room for misinterpretation: “Fellas, if she didn’t come here with you, keep your hands off her.” And then reiterated: “If you don’t have her express permission, do not touch her. We don’t do that at the Miguel show.”

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Music Moves The Savage Beasts

by Karen Ponzio | Mar 19, 2018 7:47 am

Karen PonzioDaddy Long Legs raised his guitar in the air midway through his band’s opening set. “New Haven, Connecticut, clap your goddamn hands,” he shouted “Come on, we are all so happy to be back here with Barrence Whitfield and the Savages. They’re gonna rip it up. You know that’s right.”

He knew. I knew it. Everyone at Cafe Nine on Friday night knew it. In fact, the ripping up had already begun.

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Owlo Runs The Spectrum

by Brian Slattery | Mar 14, 2018 7:41 am

A stuttering, shimmering synthesizer lets a melody unfurl, suggesting hectic motion. Another melody floats in, moving at a quarter the speed, followed by a beat that feels like it’s in slow motion. But then that beat divides into something four times as fast. All that motion and countermotion is enough to fuel “She Goes to the Moon,” one of the tracks on the New Haven-based Owlo’s The Spectrum of Love — an album of wistful, hopeful electronica that was released on March 8 and seems almost tailor-made for snowbound days, with spring just around the corner.

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Kath Bloom And Dan Greene Live The Dream

by Karen Ponzio | Mar 12, 2018 12:03 pm

Karen Ponzio PhotoAs David Shapiro came up from the audience to join Dan Greene and Rick Omonte on guitar for the last three songs of the set, Greene told the crowd that it was his first time playing with Dave. “It’s my millionth time playing with Rick,” he joked, and everyone laughed along

On an early evening at Best Video where the room was aglow with friendship, it seemed only appropriate that this solo set swelled with more musicians, and more music.

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Tiny Ocean Makes Waves

by Brian Slattery | Mar 9, 2018 8:57 am

Brian Slattery PhotoToward the end of Tiny Ocean’s set at Stella Blues on Thursday night, guitarist Jeremy Coster leaned into the microphone. “You’re in for a real treat,” he said, “because Jampson Jubilee is here.”

“You’re here!” someone yelled from the audience.

“Tiny Ocean!” someone else said.

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Nick Di Maria Tapes Shelter

by Brian Slattery | Mar 6, 2018 8:37 am

Z. Rubin PhotoThe organ on “Black Rock” starts off spacey, an ascending line that drifts off into the air. There’s an effects-driven squiggle of sound. The bass thumps its way in, and the drums follow suit. Soon they’re on their way, driving fast down some neon-lined musical highway. A trumpet comes in with the melody, but you almost wouldn’t know it’s a trumpet. Effects have changed the instrument into something else, something that hearkens back to the synthesizer experiments of the 1970s but feels like now, too.

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The Power Of Three (Sheets)

by Karen Ponzio | Mar 5, 2018 8:50 am

Karen Ponzio PhotoThe number three has quite a legacy. They say the third time’s the charm. They also say three strikes and you’re out. Which way would it go as three bands celebrated the release of the New Haven-based Tall Tale’s EP at Three Sheets, on the third day of the third month?

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Gritz King Serves Up Breakfast

by Brian Slattery | Mar 1, 2018 8:36 am

“Valentine,” the first song off Gritz King’s The Breakfast EP, starts off with drums that strut with confidence, a beat that means business.  “I’m walking, I’m drinking, I’m laughing,” a voice intones, as guitar, bass, and organ bubble up from beneath it. “Everyone’s walking.”

The beat rolls on as the vocal turns into a bit of a croon. Then the guitar launches into something that shreds, but it’s just setting the stage for a duet with a saxophone. The energy rises and rises, but there’s that beat, still strutting on, holding everything down.

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Tal National Tears It Up Again

by Brian Slattery | Feb 28, 2018 8:56 am

Brian Slattery PhotoIt was getting late, but the crowd at Cafe Nine was as dense as it had been a couple hours ago, still dancing and sweating to Tal National.

“One more?” guitarist Almeida shouted into the microphone. By then the audience could only respond with shouting.

Almeida beamed. “Don’t worry,” he said. “In Niger, we play for five hours.”

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