Two Broken Strings Don’t Mean A Thing

by Brian Slattery | Jan 30, 2018 7:33 am

Brian Slattery PhotoNew Haven-based trio Lea was churning through one of its songs when singer and guitarist James Fonicello stopped playing. “I broke a string!” he said. He turned to the crowd at Cafe Nine. “When Straight to VHS” — the band that had just finished playing — “broke a string, I said to my drummer, ‘That is going to happen to us.’ And it did!”

Two broken strings from two different bands couldn’t stop the music at the latest installment of Manic Mondays, a weekly series that features three bands doing shorter sets than usual at the Crown Street club on Monday nights and only seems to have grown more popular over time.

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Sofar New Haven Comes Together Again

by Karen Ponzio | Jan 29, 2018 7:41 am

Sofar New Haven, a local gathering of the international series Sofar Sounds, will be celebrating its first anniversary this April. According to Paul Bryant Hudson, lead ambassador and founder of this chapter, the first show of 2018 this past Saturday night was “their biggest one yet.”

Built on a foundation of small intimate gatherings, the show has been gaining in popularity and interest. So Husdon decided to let in more people than usual this time. “I’m a community guy,” he said. “I just want people to come together.”

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Jeffrey Thunders Keeps The PMA In Punk

by Karen Ponzio | Jan 26, 2018 7:50 am | Comments (1)

Jeffrey Thunders rolled up his sleeve to show the tattoos on his upper arm, pointing out all the landmarks in New Haven he had inked there.

“Here’s City Hall, Woolsey Hall, the lighthouse, the old New Haven Savings bank on the corner of Church and Elm, and a dead elm tree,” he said with a laugh.

I also spotted a number nine. I asked if that was for Cafe Nine, where we were sitting.

“No, but it did get me a job here years ago,” he said, laughing again. “It’s my old hockey number, and it’s my good luck charm. It’s always been good luck to me.”

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Indie Rock Rolls Into Best Video

by Karen Ponzio | Jan 26, 2018 7:34 am

Karen PonzioAs the musicians were setting up for their show at Best Video Thursday night, a customer at the counter renting a movie asked proprietor Hank Hoffman what type of music would be played.

“Indie rock,” he replied.

“What does the indie stand for?” she asked.

“Independent” he answered.

“I don’t think I know what that is,” she responded. The four bands that played that night would soon show the audience that indie rock can be many things.

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Space, Outer Space Rescued

by Brian Slattery | Jan 22, 2018 8:09 am | Comments (5)

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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