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Grizzlor Makes Musical Mayhem On “Destructoid”

by Brian Slattery | Sep 19, 2017 7:48 am

“Yeah, I don’t know, I mean, I got to think about it,” says the voice at the beginning of “Fruitloopville,” the opener to noise-rock band Grizzlor’s latest release and its first full-length album, Destructoid. The voice is lazy and comical, and doesn’t prepare you for the heaviness that follows. The riff that drives the song is just three notes in chromatic descending order, but it’s more than enough. It comes down like an anvil, again and again, through the singer’s snarling vocals, and keeps going underneath a guitar solo that ladles out the sludge by the gallon.

It’s a fitting introduction to the rest of Destructoid, which finds one of New Haven’s hardest bands digging further into the sound it developed three years ago — one that marries thick slabs of noise with a wicked sense of humor.

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Grand Prix Draws Hundreds Of Cyclists

by Brian Slattery | Sep 16, 2017 9:14 pm | Comments (12)

Brian Slattery Photo Kyle Crowell, 16 years old, began cycling competitively with CT Cycling Advancement Program three years ago. He was on Chapel Street at 4:30 p.m. Friday to cheer on his father Chris in the masters divison race of the New Haven Grand Prix, before he raced himself in the junior division two hours later.

“When I was a little kid, I always watched my dad’s races, and I always wanted to try it,” he said.

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Yale Cab Turns 50, Rolls Out New Season

by Donald Brown | Sep 14, 2017 8:22 am

Courtney Jamison Photo The 2017-18 season is the 50th for Yale Cabaret, the adventurous theater in a basement at 217 Park St. run entirely by students in the Yale School of Drama. Many great names of theater and performance have passed through as students in those 50 years, from Meryl Streep to Lupita Nyong’o, from Christopher Durang to Tarell Alvin McCraney.

And yet the Cab is not about big names. It’s about student-created projects that are not part of the curriculum. These are the shows that School of Drama students feel driven to create.

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For First Fall Concert, Philharmonia Ushers In “Spring”

by Joe Markley | Sep 12, 2017 1:00 pm

Bob Handelman Photo The 1913 premiere of the ballet The Rite of Spring, with music by Igor Stravinsky and choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky, provoked the most memorable riot in the history of classical music. The music of the Rite remains modern to this day, but Peter Oundjian, who will lead the Yale Philharmonia in Stravinsky’s masterpiece this Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Woolsey Hall, believes it was the choreography more than the sound that so alarmed the opening-night audience.

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