by Karen Ponzio | Jun 18, 2018 7:47 am
Right before his final song of the first set of the first singer songwriter night in the round at The Rough Draft Saturday night, Chris Q. Murphy said he was “immediately impressed as both a musician and a Brooklynite” with the venue opening at the site of the former Space. He said the Rough Draft had actually carried out what similar places in his town are trying to accomplish.
“I can’t wait to go back and tell everyone I played at a place in an office park, and it was incredible!” he told the audience, who responded with laughter and cheers.
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by Allison Park | Jun 11, 2018 4:14 pm | Comments (1)
Help is on the way. But it may take a while.
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by Karen Ponzio | May 14, 2018 7:33 am
“I’ve always been into political music that pushes for social change,” said singer-songwriter Seth Adam before his final song on Friday night. “But for seven or eight years I was told to not get involved. Now I write about what I see. I look at song as a means to unify and create change.”
Adam spoke for the general sentiment of a show called The State of the Union, organized by musician Nancy Tatspaugh and musician and Best Video program director Hank Hoffman as a follow-up to last year’s Should We Talk About the Government show. Though this year’s theme and layout was slightly different.
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by Karen Ponzio | Apr 23, 2018 8:32 am
Before 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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by Karen Ponzio | Apr 9, 2018 7:44 am
Did Russell Shaddox have any final words after the final set of The Mold Monkies show at Best Video Thursday night?
“I’m old and I’m tired,” he said, which elicited a laugh from those around us, and from Shaddox himself. “Old and tired” were not words anyone at the film and cultural center on Whitney Avenue would have used to describe this New Haven-based band.
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by Christopher Peak | Mar 23, 2018 8:17 am | Comments (13)
Fair Haven immigrants striking at a metal factory won the support Thursday afternoon of neighbors and activists who marched to offer the kind of street heat they say is needed to combat employers’ leverage over undocumented workers.
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by Karen Ponzio | Mar 12, 2018 12:03 pm
As David Shapiro came up from the audience to join Dan Greene and Rick Omonte on guitar for the last three songs of the set, Greene told the crowd that it was his first time playing with Dave. “It’s my millionth time playing with Rick,” he joked, and everyone laughed along
On an early evening at Best Video where the room was aglow with friendship, it seemed only appropriate that this solo set swelled with more musicians, and more music.
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by Karen Ponzio | Feb 26, 2018 8:44 am | Comments (1)
When we last saw Light Upon Blight at Best Video, the group were facing the screen and scoring the movie Carnival of Souls in celebration of Halloween. Five months later, we find them performing in front of Naked Lunch — David Cronenberg’s adaptation of the William S. Burroughs novel — about another type of horror, and the effects of randomness and chance.
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by Brian Slattery | Feb 13, 2018 9:04 am | Comments (2)
In the summer of 2017 Steve Rodgers, then owner of the Space, the Outer Space, and the adjacent Ballroom, began to lose his voice. And he made a big decision.
“I needed to step away from the all-ages Space — the Space Space — by the end of the year,” he said.
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by Karen Ponzio | Jan 26, 2018 8:34 am
As 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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