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Death Metal Chases Winter Away

by Karen Ponzio | Feb 4, 2019 7:30 am

Karen Ponzio Photo“I like having shows on dates that people will remember,” said musician Mark Lyon on why he chose Feb. 2 for a triple bill of death metal advertised as “A Very Brutal Groundhog Day” at The State House this past Saturday night, including his band Xenosis.

“I mean, it’s Groundhog Day, and that movie? Who doesn’t love Bill Murray?,” Lyon added. “I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t love Bill Murray?”

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Cafe Nine Drops It Low

by Brian Slattery | Jan 30, 2019 7:29 am

Brianna Coble peered out through the red spotlight to the small but energetic crowd at Cafe Nine on Tuesday night.

“Hi, I’m Brianna,” she said.

“Yes! Yes! Absolutely!” someone said from the audience.

Coble may have been soft-spoken at the microphone. But as soon as she started singing, her voice filled the room.

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Multiplex Connects at The State House

by Karen Ponzio | Jan 28, 2019 12:40 pm | Comments (1)

Karen Ponzio Photo“When I book here I want to make sure we are connecting with people who are doing similar things in other places,” said Joe Morris, musician and co-curator of Multiplex, the new improvisational music series that opened at The State House Sunday afternoon.

Along with musician and co-curator Bob Gorry, Morris has set up a series of three shows over the next three months to connect and highlight local and non-local musicians on the experimental music scene.

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GO KAT GO! Celebrates A Milestone

by Karen Ponzio | Jan 25, 2019 7:37 am

Nick Caito PhotoMichelle Saxton recalled her first foray into booking and promoting shows under the name GO KAT GO! with a big smile at Three Sheets, the former Rudy’s.

“My very first show was in this room, right on that stage!” she said. “It was September 2003, and the bands were the Blind Pharoahs from New York and the Tombs Tones from New Jersey, both old friends of mine, and I was like ‘Let’s do this you guys! Come up and play!’ And the rest is history.”

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Bitch Fit Forgets To Breathe

by Karen Ponzio | Jan 23, 2019 1:13 pm

Karen Ponzio photos“I’m so excited I’m forgetting to breathe,” said Megan, vocalist for Bitch Fit — one of three local bands that gave the audience some breath-stopping moments during a Tuesday night when many braved the icy sidewalks and below-freezing temperatures to be warmed and welcomed by a trio of acts all celebrating their first time playing at Cafe Nine on State and Crown.

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Artspace Rides The Tide

by Brian Slattery | Jan 17, 2019 7:24 am

Sam MesserA sailing ship transformed, with eyes on its sails, heads toward the edge of the world, until a hand rises from the mythological depths to warn the vessel to turn back. A hurricane whirls at the center of a small square that shouldn’t be able to contain it. Empty pools bake by the seashore; are they being built or are they being abandoned? It’s hard to say.

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At State House, The Moctar Is In

by Daniel Shoemaker | Jan 8, 2019 7:28 am

Daniel Shoemaker PhotoMdou (pronounced mmdou) Moctar, the Abalak, Niger-based musician, packed a New Haven venue for the third time in just over 15 months on Thursday night, playing at the State House this time, edging north in capacity from his prior two outings at Lyric Hall. Rick Omonte, who booked the show, might know why.

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