by Brian Slattery | Jul 18, 2018 8:12 am
First there’s just a chiming guitar, picking out plaintive, atmospheric chords. A second guitar unleashes a denser set of notes on a splash from the drums. Then the rhythm falls in as both guitars and bass take off into a hazy splendor. Even when the drums double-time it for the chorus, and the vocals bounce on the lyrical hook — the “high” in “somewhere high” stretched out to hah-ee-yah-ee-yah-ee — the song’s sunny fog doesn’t disperse.
Clocking in at only 3:02, Witch Hair’s “Somewhere High” is a song that feels over too soon, which in this case is a good thing. When it’s done, you can just hit play again.
Continue reading ‘Witch Hair Finds Its Summer High’
by Paul Bass | Jul 17, 2018 12:18 pm
Laura Wolf threw Cafe Nine for a loop Monday night. Then another loop. Then another.
Continue reading ‘1 Woman. 1 Cello. A Whole Lotta Sound’
by Carly Wanna | Jul 16, 2018 3:06 pm
Concert-goers sat on the grass of the Truman Street Community Garden Saturday, having just discovered the site and now awaiting the music.
When they arrived, the performer still remained a secret.
Continue reading ‘Secret Garden, The Concert Edition’
by Allison Park | Jul 12, 2018 12:31 pm | Comments (1)
When New Haven’s youngest musical prodigies attended a classical chamber music performance, little did they know they were in for an hour-long program consisting of commissioned works for viola and percussion, a cello-trombone duo, and a laughing piano.
Continue reading ‘The Piano Was Laughing’
by Allison Park | Jul 10, 2018 12:41 pm | Comments (1)
With soul music filling the air, Chocolate Pear squared off against Apple Crumb outside Mitchell branch library Monday night — and the community was the winner.
Continue reading ‘Battle of the Pies’
by Brian Slattery & Karen Ponzio | Jul 6, 2018 7:56 am
At the end of 2017 reporters Karen Ponzio and Brian Slattery decided to round up the best shows they had seen in New Haven for the entire year. The list was so long that they decided, in 2018, that they would split the year in half. On a recent episode of WNHH FM’s “Northern Remedy,” Ponzio and Slattery discussed which shows stood out in their minds since January, and how New Haven’s music scene is a reflection of the way the city is moving into the future without forgetting about its past.
Continue reading ‘The Best Shows of 2018 — So Far’
by Brian Slattery | Jul 5, 2018 1:49 pm
There’s a line ripped from the lowest string of a guitar, somewhere between a flutter and a machine gun. The notes rise and fall, like they’re trying to say something. A chirp. Another, interrupting. Now more and more, like hail from the leading edge of an approaching storm. The notes get sharper, more intense, and there are more of them, until it’s hard to imagine at times how one player is making all that sound. It’s the product of a lot of practice, of a rigorous approach to the instrument.
But then there’s the title of the piece: “Blades, Meet Fingers.” It’s the first cut off Chris Cretella’s latest solo release, Just Trying to Hold It Together in the Face of Total Collapse, and as improvisational and spontaneous as the playing is, the blend of the serious and the ridiculous is no accident.
Continue reading ‘Chris Cretella Keeps It Together — Barely’
by Karen Ponzio | Jul 5, 2018 8:00 am
“Murdervan is my favorite New Haven band,” said Jeffrey Thunders of The Ratz during their opening set at Three Sheets on Tuesday night. “And I haven’t seen The Danglers in years. I can’t wait.”
Thunders was not only a performer on this steamy Fourth of July eve, but also a friend and fan of the two bands to follow. The room was full of similar men and women all there to see three bands brought together to celebrate a homecoming.
Continue reading ‘There’s No Place Like Three Sheets’
by Karen Ponzio | Jul 2, 2018 7:59 am
When musical acts play Best Video Film and Cultural Center in Hamden they occasionally choose a movie to play in the background that suits their style. The four singer-songwriter friends of the aptly named Four Friends on a Night in June — a songwriters in the round event on Friday — chose the film On Golden Pond.
After much joking around about their ages and other individual traits, Best Video’s own Hank Hoffman put it on for them, and also dimmed and adjusted the lights until the movie was set in the darkness and the performers, sitting in a circle, were all bathed gently in the spotlights.
“You’re all covered in a golden glow” said Frank Critelli, who also acted gently and affably as unofficial emcee of the group that also included Shandy Lawson, Ponybird (a.k.a. Jen Dauphinais), and American Elm (a.k.a. Chris Bousquet).
Continue reading ‘Songwriters Stay Gold At Best Video’
by Carly Wanna | Jun 29, 2018 1:00 pm
Ne-Yo, Jamie Foxx, Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown and Jimi Hendrix are among early stars who performed before the 1,500 scarlet chairs of the iconic Apollo Theatre before launching careers. On July 4, 17 year-old Chyann Houser of New Haven intends to add her name to the roster.
Continue reading ‘Will Chyann Ice The Apollo?’