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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The Furors Are Back

by Karen Ponzio | Dec 18, 2017 7:41 am

As singer-songwriter Frank Critelli tuned his guitar at Best Video on Friday, he joked that “one big problem with a Furors show is the face cramps you get from smiling so much.” The audience laughed, but it turns out this was no joke. On a snowy night, a fairly large crowd gathered to help local legends The Furors celebrate the release of the band’s first album in 11 years, Psychozoic.

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Hip Hop Lights Up Ballroom Stage

by Karen Ponzio | Nov 6, 2017 7:35 am

Astronautalis was about halfway through his set at the Ballroom at the Outer Space on Saturday night. He told the crowd that after a playing a “bunch of sad songs” he was now going to play a “bunch of loud songs.”

“I know you’re not a dancing crowd,” he said, “but you’re gonna dance by the end of this song.” The crowd laughed, cheered, and as predicted, danced the rest of the night away.

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