Western Estates Stakes Its Musical Claim

by Brian Slattery | Nov 29, 2016 7:48 am | Comments (1)

“You First,” the opening track on Western Estates’ debut EP Me First, starts with a churning electric guitar that makes its indie-rock intentions clear. But the drums that come in don’t fall into the usual pattern; after sliding into the rhythm of the song, they fall into a call and response with the strong yet quavering vocals, before the end of the verse opens up into a catharsis surprising in its timing, but so welcome when it comes.

And that’s all in the first 20 seconds. In its 1:10 running time, the New Haven-based band runs “You First” through a series of changes that catch the ear without losing the pulse, as the instruments switch up their strategies, build to a final moment, and then cut out with the kind of ending that says one thing: Play me again.

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Le Tre Fenici Usher In Halloween

by Lucy Gellman | Oct 27, 2016 7:15 am

Lucy Gellman Photo Standing in the middle of Lyric Hall’s intimate stage, soprano Zohra Rawling was having a perfectly normal Thursday afternoon conjuring spirits, her voice reaching the rafters and pushing upward to the roof. Oooo oooo ooo ooooooohhhoo, she sang, the first of three puppets appearing before her with neat, ruby red lips and a bone-white face. Ooooooo oooo, she continued. A few backstage cobwebs dissolved with the vocals. 

Right on cue, stilt-walker-cum-ghost Allison McDermott teetered behind Rawling, waving her arms to the music. Another puppet appeared, and an opera got underway.

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It’s The Great Pumpkin ... Investigation!

by Markeshia Ricks | Oct 25, 2016 7:14 pm

Markeshia Ricks Photo Mauro Sheridan third-graders and first-graders were in the back of the cafeteria dutifully scooping seeds out of pumpkins with gusto, but they weren’t getting very far.

They needed the seeds to work on counting in tens, but first they needed enough seeds to do it.

“Get in their with your hands,” Math Instructional Coach Mindy Schwartzman urged. “Like this!”

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