Never Ending Books Gets Dreamy

by Brian Slattery | Aug 21, 2018 6:58 am

Brian Slattery PhotoGuitarist Kryssi Battalene, going under the name Kryssi B for a solo set at Never Ending Books, thanked everyone for coming out on a Monday night. But she spoke through a tremolo effect, making her voice distant, submerged, the consonants blurring together.

With the house lights dimmed, it was an apt beginning for a night of music that often swelled and floated in surprising yet soothing ways, as four acts ranging from folk to electronic music — Battalene, Sam Moth, Village of Spaces, and Kath Bloom — showed what they could do.

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Parkland Students: Speak Up, New Haven

by Christopher Peak | Apr 25, 2018 6:48 am | Comments (4)

Christopher Peak PhotoThe kids at East Rock Community Magnet School wanted to know what it was like to live through a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and then emerge as leaders of a national movement.

The two students visiting from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School wanted local kids to realize that they too have survived an epidemic of urban gun violence and could become activists as well.

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Queens Crowned At Sofar

by Brian Slattery | Apr 2, 2018 7:18 am

Brian SlatteryDenise Renee began her set at Sofar on Saturday night with a song patterned first from pats and clicks, sounds she could make into a microphone. A sung riff suggested a chord progression. That was all she needed to build her song. Within minutes, with just a few effects — some echo, a pitch shifter, a looper — and a lot of musical ingenuity, she had made a powerful uplifting song full of voices. “Because I need freedom, freedom, freedom,” she sang. As she got most of the audience to sing along, she sounded like she had all the freedom she needed.

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Trump Inspires Love March

by Allan Appel | Jan 16, 2018 7:35 am | Comments (2)

Allan Appel PhotoPresident Donald Trump’s policies and especially his recent “shithole” statements about Africa and Haiti inspired the 150 people who prayed and hit the streets for New Haven’s 48th annual Martin Luther King Day “Love March.”

No, they didn’t agree with Trump’s statements. They statements gave them renewed energy to carry on King’s fight for racial and social justice.

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