Goodnight Blue Moon’s New Album Sees The Light

by Brian Slattery | Apr 25, 2018 7:45 am

Brian Slattery Photo“Undertow,” the first single from Goodnight Blue Moon’s new album Dawning Dream, announces the evolution of the band’s sound right from the start. A hi-hat hisses for the drums to settle into the kind of rhythm Al Green might like. The bass throbs. “It’s been a long time coming / I’ve been working overtime,” the vocals croon. “The days keep passing by / See fireworks light the sky, so bright.” A violin lays down a runway for a lead guitar to take off with a sparse melody, while another rhythm guitar adds in the planks from an old Motown record.

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Old Self Tours The Gallery

by Brian Slattery | Apr 24, 2018 7:58 am

“Nostalgia,” from Word Art Gallery, starts with a languidly funky beat, then a sample of swooping strings, horns calling out in response. It’s all evocative of something sweetly emotional. But New Haven-based MC Old Self has something a little more complicated in mind. He leads with humor first. “Illest rapper this side of my comb-over / International zone coaster, hold the door open,” he raps. Then comes references to Britney Spears, Lay-Z-Boys, Sammy Sosa. It’s nostalgia for pop culture. “I’m a grown person searching Earth’s surface,” he raps. Then the lyrics suddenly turn more serious, a nostalgia for youth that goes deeper than a Barcalounger.

“Living in the past ‘cause the present and future hurts,” he raps, and means it. But then follows it up with: “Like assembling Ikea furniture.”

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Bush Tetras Play New Haven, At Last

by Brian Slattery | Apr 23, 2018 8:37 am

Brian Slattery PhotoWithin seconds of taking the Cafe Nine stage Sunday night, Cynthia Sley of the Bush Tetras announced that her appearance in New Haven was overdue — by two decades.

“We have a story about New Haven,” she said. “We almost played here and didn’t get to. It was about 20 years ago.” For fans of the legendary post-punk band, which could trace its history back to 1979, it was worth the wait.

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Welcome to the Space (Ballroom) Jam

by Karen Ponzio | Apr 23, 2018 8:32 am

Karen Ponzio PhotosBefore the show started last Friday night at the Space Ballroom in Hamden, Tom Connolly of the New Haven-based band Witch Hair was sitting at the newly refurbished front bar, talking about the night’s headliners, Acid Mothers Temple, visiting from Japan.

“Every time I see them I feel like they are holding my hand and lifting me up,” said Connolly, “like I’m on a journey.”

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