Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Snake Oil - new greatness from local greats Titles and Weigh Down

John from Titles sent over a fucking killer video for a new project called Snake Oil. He says, "The band started as a recording project Jason Labbe from Weigh Down was working on. He reached out to a bunch of us and after a few months of recording and tweaking we ended up with an album. The live band is made up of members from both Weigh Down and Titles."

It has been said that "Snake Oil causes spasmodic rapture, unexpected pregnancy, and existential certainty. Be with it."

The LP will be out in June. Here is the video for I Was a Total Pyro

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

DUBEY FAMILY BENEFIT: The Flaming Tsunamis, Call It Arson, My Heart To Joy, Slingshot Dakota, Brunt of It

Sunday, April 3, 2011 SHOW MOVED TO TOAD'S PLACE

Madison Arts Barn
8 Campus Drive Madison, CT

Show moved to TOADS PLACE
300 York Street
New Haven, CT


A note from Manic:
As we are continually amazed at the outpouring of support for Mitch, his family and the community that he holds so dear, we would like to thank for generously deciding to WAIVE ALL THEIR TICKET FEES that people normally would pay. The only fee that we are unable to get rid of is the credit card fee that the bank charges E-tix every time a credit card is used. They take a small percentage of each sale and that percentage will be ADDED ON to your donation so that no portion of your donation will be wasted. We hope this is agreeable to everyone.

The donations available are in increments of $5 up until the $50 mark and then they go up by $25. If you would like to donate an amount higher than the ones listed, please purchase your ticket and then make another donation via paypal to lauren.dubey [at] gmail [dot] com.

We would also like to give Toad's Place a huge thank you for donating the space for this event. They are not charging us a penny to use the venue and in addition to that they are shutting down all the bars except for the rain forest room so that the entire main room will be alcohol free. Mitch would have wanted it that way.

The Flaming Tsunamis
(Playing "Externalities" and some old favorites) The Flaming Tsunamis are an experimental hardcore/punk band that incorporates a diverse range of eclectic musical styles further accentuated by their inclusion of a horn section, keyboards, samples and auxiliary percussion. Based out of New Haven, CT the fiercely DIY and relentlessly touring six piece has put out releases on Kill Normal, a label that members of the band founded. Since their formation in 1999 the band has released 2 EPs and 2 full-length albums. In 2011 the band announced “Externalities”, their latest and potentially final album.

Call It Arson (Reunion Show)
No tricks. No sonic band-aids. No allegiances. No posturing. Call It Arson is simply the sound of four friends playing music in a room. James, Ryan, Jeff and Jesse craft dynamic songs that gracefully bridge the gap between the personal and the political.

My Heart To Joy (2nd to Last Show). My Heart to Joy is an Emo band from Connecticut. Shifting from their early beginnings as a chaotic, hardcore punk band, My Heart to Joy mixes 90’s indie rock leanings of bands like Guided By Voices and Superchunk with a more driving punk sound that has garnered them comparisons to bands such as At the Drive-In, The Trail of Dead, Braid, and Bear vs. Shark.

Slingshot Dakota is a two-piece indie-punk band from Brooklyn, NY/Easton, PA. Carly Comando sings and plays old sitcom theme songs. Tom Patterson plays drums loudly and sings, too. They released a new full-length record in Autumn of 2007. Jeff Cunningham left the band in 2006, but played guitar and sang on their first album, Keener Sighs, and “Demo #1”, he is now in a band named Bridge & Tunnel.

BRUNT OF IT started in 1995 in San Francisco, CA out of the ashes of Bay's HOODLUM EMPIRE. BRUNT OF IT played gigs in the Bay Area for about a year until Boofish moved back to the East Coast. The band was reformed with childhood friends and band mates from the Rhode Island hardcore scene (RIX), where he was very active in his youth. The band blends a mix of Old School Hardcore Punk Rock with distorted, dissonant Ska (not a clean guitar note in their set list). Infectious choruses and a driving beat are the backbone of BRUNT OF IT's no bullshit sound.

You can paypal donations to: LAUREN.DUBEY [at] GMAIL [dot] COM Donate anything you can, his family really needs the support.

Further information on what occurred can be found below:

Pissed Jeans, Japanther, Unstoppable Death Machines, The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Family of Deers

Saturday, April 9, 2011, WHUS presents:

UCONN Hillel (Sponsored by 91.7FM WHUS,
54 N. Eagleville Rd
Storrs, CT

Facebook event page

6:30pm - FREE for UConn Students, $5 for non-students

from Sub Pop:
King of Jeans. The title of Pissed Jeans’ third album and second for Sub Pop conjures their essence perfectly—masters of the mundane, beasts of the banal, high priests of the humdrum. These four, white, male high school graduates hardly look further than their own appendages for artistic inspiration, content to execute their own brand of brash and heavy punk music in the Joe Carducci-approved standard rock formation of guitar, bass, drums and vocals. From simple minds and simple fabrics comes this King of Jeans, perhaps also a slight nod to the variety of Pissed Jeans-inspired groups that have crawled up since 2007’s Hope for Men. After all, there can be only one.

It’s also worth noting that this is the first record that bassist Randy Huth has played on, he of both Drag City recording artists Pearls & Brass and Randall of Nazareth. A close friend of guitarist Bradley Fry and singer Matt Korvette since high school, his full-time Jeans status has helped to complete Pissed Jeans’ take on the cumulative efforts of all heavy guitar-based music of the past four decades. Drummer Sean McGuinness appreciates the random packets of opium he shares at band practice, too.

So here it is: King of Jeans. Expect to see these Jeans on the road for a good part of 2009 and 2010, as previous shows have paired them with acts as oddly fitting as Om, Black Dice, Flipper, Boris, Harvey Milk, Mudhoney, and hell, they even played with Sage Francis once. When that long hairy arm starts for your face, I recommend you take a good bite. —Brian Duane, 2009

band bio - with quotes from Vanity Fair and Thrasher (kinda funny):
Described as a “Performance Galaxy” by Vanity Fair and “Super hard, incredibly fast and overall inspiring” by Thrasher, Japanther ( has always been a band apart, running the gamut from performance art to punk rock and back again. Pushing parties to the limit and only stopping short of riots, Japanther returns in 2010 with new member Anita Sparrows (The Soviettes) and Rock ‘n’ Roll Ice Cream (Menlo Park Recordings, March 2). Says Ian Vanek, “We met Miss Sparrows on Christmas Eve in San Pedro and formed an instant bond. She is family to us and making music with her is just a part of it.” With Sparrows on board, Vanek and Matt Reilly flew to Los Angeles to work with producer Michael Blum, whose past projects with Michael Jackson, Madonna (Like a Prayer, Who’s That Girl), Pink Floyd and Suicidal Tendencies seemed a daring fit for Rock ‘n’ Roll Ice Cream, an album envisioned by Japanther as a dance party–– and all the kids are invited. “Telephone mics? Really?” exclaimed Michael as the group began what was to become a near-perfect expression of an underground sound. Continuing Japanther’s established habit of collaborating with inspiring icons from every scene, legendary poet Eileen Myles (Cool For You, Chelsea Girls) appears on two astonishing tracks.

band bio:
Unstoppable Death Machines are a blown-out distorto-punk-rock freak-show bass and drum explosion from Brooklyn via Queens. Formed by brothers Billy [drums] and Mike [bass] in 2008, the tandem has jarred DIY venues, rooftops, lofts, sweaty warehouse parties, and art galleries—including two hometown performances at the Queens Museum of Art Biennial Celebration—with their brand of bombastic noise punk.

The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt is a visual performance, soul- infused party band started in 2005 by college classmates Neil Fridd and Jesse Cooper Levy in New Paltz, New York. Their show consists of lights, costumes (e.g. a suit of stuffed animals), loud party music and audience participation.

Family of Deers bluesy/jammy rock UConn-based band with a dash of jazz.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Sex Cave Records comp release party

I know this is last minute, but tonight is the Sex Cave Records compilation release. The show will be at the old Woodbuy Town Hall. This microlabel has some of the most talented up and coming bands around, some guys that you'll probably be hearing big things about pretty soon. Check em out before they get huge. The new compilation CD has one new song from every band on it and will be sold for $5 along with big prints of the flyer for $3, so spend some green and show some support.

The Show starts at 7:00 and is $5, all the money goes to support the work youth program for the town of Woodbury. The band lineup will be:

Jake Shaker
High Pop
Hot Mess
Black Churches
The Guru

For more info and a sneak peak listen of some tracks, check out:
and the Facebook page for more info.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Twerps, Estrogen Highs, Medication

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Cafe Nine
250 State Street
New Haven, CT

9:00pm - 21+ - $6

bandcamp bio
Forming late 2008 around charismatic guitarist/vocalist Marty Frawley (son of much-missed Paul Kelly & the Dots member Maurice Frawley) and bassist Rick Milovanovic, the Twerps have quickly risen to become one of Melbourne’s favourite lo-fi pop bands. They’ve recently scored support slots for the likes of Deerhunter and the Bats, with shows coming up in December supporting California’s The Oh Sees.

Their debut release features eight (or is that nine?) short, simple but incredibly infectious tracks, recorded to analogue tape by Eddy Current Suppression Ring guitarist Mikey Young. Marty’s cheeky but heartfelt songs are complemented by the crystalline guitar lines of guitarist Julia MacFarlane (ex Batrider) and the sympathetic percussion of drummer Patrick O’Neill.

And the both beloved Estrogen Highs and Medication

Estrogen Highs are doing a split set with Electric Bucket opening for Mike Watt + the missingmen, along with Thurston Moore, April 5, 2011. Head over to Manic's site for tix. I will be talking up Medication's Judgement Day along with the Estrogen Highs Cycles EP eventually. Both are fucking killer.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Mountain Man, All Teeth, Heavy Breath, Kills and Thrills, and MORE

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011, Gravity Collective Presents:

86 Golden Street
New London, CT

6:30PM - $10 - All Ages

Mountain Man (Think Fast, on tour from Worcester, MA)

All Teeth (Panic Records, on tour from CA)

Heavy Breath (CT Groove Daddies)

Kills and Thrills (Hotfoot Records, on tour from Long Island)

Bust It! (new 7" out March 7 on Get Young Records)

Submission (CT hardcore, split set with Das Hate)

Das Hate (CT moshpunx 420 666, split set with Submission)

Taco Party 5: Panos, Shaki, Stefan, Lady Tiger

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Grotto downstairs at Bespoke
266 College St.
New Haven, CT

9 PM - Free - 21+ to taco

2 dollar schafer + PBR
3 dollar whiskey shots

TACO PARTY is a multi-media exhibition whose soundtrack is rare music through space and time.

DJ sets by:

DJ Lady Wrangler

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Dead Wives Scuz Bucket EP

God damn. So much great stuff keeps coming out in Connecticut lately that it's impossible to stay on top of it all.

This Dead Wives EP is a four tracker of re-recorded and renamed songs we had been listening to in their demo form since 2007. Don't Stop Breathing was on their Demon Priest demo, VHS was on Hellrazor, and there was the Milk and Water tape from '07, where Crash Landing and Wilt come from.

Scuz Bucket came to life between November and December 2010 at Enox Productions in Newtown, CT. The message from the band said this was "3-piece skate-rock" which I think is great. I've relied on the skate-rock descriptor a bunch of times, mainly because there was that great period between the late eighties and early nineties where this stuff was going on. Whether it was the unforgettable soundtracks to the early H-Street videos, featuring bands like Wheezing Maniac, Wonderful Broken Thing, Sub Society, and Figure Ground (one of the members of which went on to join the excellent Purple Ivy Shadows in Providence, RI), to bands like the Spit Muffins, or the actual Skate Rock cassettes from Thrasher Magazine - all this stuff was a mix of lo-fi rock, punk and hardcore that I'd say guys like Lou Barlow and bands like Guided By Voices ended up turning into more than just something to crank from the blown speakers of a boombox while skating your miniramp. Conjures up thoughts of sunny summer days and the clank of trucks landing on coping. Can't be beat.

Definitely planning to get these guys a show in Hartford soon, hopefully with a similarly great rock outfit, Thank You Mr. Keating.

Scuz Bucket (EP) by deadwives

Thursday, March 10, 2011

My Allegiance is to the Ground: Estrogen Highs' Friends and Relatives

Back in mid-December of last year, when the Gramery Records' message came in about the new label's inaugural release, Estrogen High's Friends and Relatives, I was busy self-medicating with heavier music like Nails' Unsilent Death to help drown out the reality of an impending holiday season. It was no time to devote attention to one of my all time favorite bands, the E. Highs. But a line in the Gramery press release had gotten me especially wound up: "Friends and Relatives is chalk full of a wide range of influences; from The Dead C to Guided by Voices, to Kiwi-style pop, to The Wipers, to psychedelic drones and jams..."

I interpreted this as the band taking their Dead Beat LP Tell it to Them and then grinding it up into an all out unclassifiable epic trash rock feast. Even if only The Dead C and The Wipers had been mentioned, I'd still have assumed this.

Instead, Friends and Relatives turned out to be a jangly lo-fi pop album that could easily be what Guided By Voices would have sounded like had they been from Western Mass and fronted by a mid-nineties-era Thurston Moore. I wasn't into it. Maybe had I heard Friends and Relatives before ever hearing Tell it to Them, and also without having read a press release that jacked me up for the next This Heat's Deceit, I would have instantly dug the LP. Or maybe it was the fact of having been beaten down by the three feet of snow that I had to shovel off the fucking roof of my house that made me less receptive to a more mild undistorted Estrogen Highs. I wanted to love it, but couldn't.

Yes, the Kiwi-style pop looms large. Chris March's piece in the Register spelled it out, with Stefan Christensen's list of influences that informed the second full length from Estrogen Highs including The Verlaines, The Clean, Tall Dwarfs, and The Gordons, four New Zealand bands. (By the way, Chris, "New Haven’s finest lo-fi garage rock outfit" doesn't cut it. New England's finest, at the least, man.)

So here's my take after a few fresh listens:

Friends and Relatives starts out with an excellent noisy intro called "Poverty Strike" before simmering down to the slow burning "Kaleidoscope," a song that sorta sends you back to the bar for another beer. "Weed Queen" is a pretty good tune that follows "Kaleidoscope" up with some of the energy that Tell it to Them devotees like me dig, as does the song "The Supposing View." "Common Folk" and "Hand of Hearts" are probably the most contemplative this band has ever been. But they sound more like a fire that's about to go out than a bed of hot coals. The closing of side A, "Wille The Inventor" and "I Am Tradition" are almost Dead Milkmen-like lyric-wise. "I Am Tradition" has a sick choppy breakdown bridge thing that is pretty clever. Always a sucker for that stuff.

Then there is side-B, which begins with what is fast becoming my all time favorite Estrogen Highs song. "Graffiti Pt. 1" is maybe a little like something from Medication's This Town, with a thick thread of feedback howling across what I think is the first acoustic guitar based Estrogen Highs tune. A lovely relatable lyric "I need you every day" digs into your heart like the kind of fishhook needed to reel a mako shark aboard. And after building into a faster and faster frenzy over the course of eight-plus minutes, the mad piping of a flute takes over, driving the song into its death throws. An apologetic track, "Ministers & Rabies," of guitar and vox only, picks us gently back up. Then there's "Re-Commencement Speech," a nice little pop song, almost Bee Thousand material, with delicate la-la's and ooo's atop. After the OK song "Irresponsibility," "Alley Man" clicks in with a false start, then returns with a left end of the dial radio worthy deep cut rocker.

"Silly Marvels" is a my second favorite on this LP. A drumless tune, and yet full of lilting rhythm, it has their most sickest and happy outro ever. Glorious and dingy, like that pair of ill-fitting bowling shoes you bought at the Salvation Army back in high school.

USA with shipping included $14
CANADA/MEXICO with shipping included $16
WORLD with shipping included $19

Add $10 per copy for 2 to 3 copies of LP

Paypal to grameryrecs [at] gmail [dot] com

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Interview with Nick Reinhart from Tera Melos!

Interview by Monica Lyons and John Kritzman / photo by Kritzman. Also check out their show review here!

Monica and I managed to catch up with Nick Reinhart from Tera Melos this past weekend as the band made their way through Danbury in the middle of a month long road stand across the US. The band is fresh off of the release of their latest EP, Zoo Weather, which came out Feburary 22nd, and their full length, Patagonian Rats which came out at the end of summer last year.

Monica: So you guys just released an EP, can you give us a little background and how it turned out?

Nick: The EP is three songs that didn't make it onto our album [Patagonian Rats]. Actually, they’re on the vinyl LP, the side D. We feel like they didn't actually belong on the record. We had initially planned to release an EP prior to the full length but it just didn't work out, so we decided to release it afterward. We were gonna do it as a digital release only but then we're like 'oh well a tape will be cool, to have a physical item, and we can sell it for pretty cheap too.' It's kinda like a neat little souvenir, I don't know how many people still listen to tapes, but it's kind of a cool thing. So, it's three songs that didn't make it onto the album and three remixes of one of the songs on the album, and we're really happy with it. It would actually be pretty cool to melt it into like a little sculpture.

M: It's funny how tapes are coming back.

N: Yeah they are, a lot of people are doing that these days. The coolest thing about it is that they're cheap to manufacture and you can just throw a download card with it. So instead of just selling a download card, you're selling a physical cool little piece of art. Actually I think melting down is really cool. I'd be interested in doing that, maybe I'll do that tonight with a lighter or something.

M: So you're on tour with Marnie Stern, how's that been going?

N: It's really good, I think our bands match really well together. We met her a few years ago at SXSW and we had always talked about playing together but our schedules didn't line up properly, so this finally got put together a few months ago and were really excited to do it with her. I feel like there’s a big crossover between both our bands as far as fan base goes, and the people who haven’t heard of her that are into our band, and vice-versa, are really stoked on the bands. In fact, the other night some kids had never heard of Marnie Stern and I was like 'dude stick around and watch her, you’re gonna like her,' and they ended up staying and really really liked it. I think it's really appropriate and we're having a really good time. 

John: It's good to see you guys finally got out your first full length album, how do you feel it came out?

N: I think what we just did with Patagonian Rats is what we've been trying to do since the beginning of our band, but it takes a long time to get good. Maybe we didn't know what we were trying to get good at or it wasn't in front of our faces. I think we finally got good at what we were trying to achieve. Now it's the question of, well we can keep progressing with that or we can just flip it and do any of these different ideas because our band will always progress and do new things that interest us. I'm not really sure what the next step will be but for all I know it'll be just going further down the middle of Patagonian Rats, however that could be classified, making more like weirdo pop songs that are freaked out. Again, it can go in any direction, I'm not really sure what.

J: So it seems like you guys finally found your sound instead of jumping from sound to sound like you did in the first few EP's.

N: I agree, just like anything it takes hours. Have you heard of that Malcolm Gladwell book? It's about what it takes to be truly great at something. I can't quote it exactly but he hypothesizes that it takes something like 10,000 hours of practice to be truly great at what you're trying to accomplish. This is what related to me about the book, that before The Beatles had ever recorded a note or made an album, a lot of people didn't realize that they had already been playing and performing in German Strip clubs and all this stuff, and they had completed their 10,000 hours, or at least more than broken. He scientifically breaks it down with basketball players and scientists and other stuff, where it's like to get truly awesome at your goal, you got to put in your 10,000 hours otherwise it's just practice. I kinda feel like we can relate to that thought.

J: You guys writing more any time soon?

N: I started toying around with new ideas before we left, demoing some songs. But, I'm not really sure what we really wanna do next in terms of doing an EP, a full length, a split or anything, not only that but what sort of vibe we want to give our next collection of songs. There’s a lot of ideas we have, where as Patagonian Rats was our last record and was sort of neutral or right in the middle of the spectrum of our band. Part of me really wants to go more in that direction of songs like Frozen Zoo and Manar the Magic and kinda break it down, even more but keep it tweaked and weird, but then the other half of me and the band were really interested in going even further in the opposite direction of less accessible more fucked up and strange and faster, with thousands and thousands of notes and stuff. I don't really know what we'll do, but it kind of seems neat to do a really, really aggressive record, and then do a really like, not minimal album, but maybe more sample based, but still really out there. It's hard to describe. I guess I couldn’t even really articulate it with words until it was done.

Show Review: Tera Melos, Marnie Stern and Fugue @ Heirloom Arts

Lovely Marnie

Words: Monica Lyons
Pics: John Kritzman Full set of photos here!

On Saturday, March 5th, 2011, the Heirloom Arts Theater presented an impressive lineup of performances by Fugue, Tera Melos, and Marnie Stern. I had never been to the Heirloom Arts Theater after it was renovated from what used to be the Empress Ballroom, a raunchy, all-ages venue holding shows from ska showcases to the pits of CT hardcore. I’m not knocking the Empress Ballroom, as it definitely allowed for a non-discriminatory holding place for Connecticut scenesters, myself included. However, walking through its familiar doors, I was impressed with its cleanliness and modern renovations. It appears as though the Empress Ballroom has matured into a more professional and structural venue, promoting itself as "Danbury’s cultural and artistic alternative."

It took a while for people to show up, but eventually there was a pretty good crowd going. Fugue had already set up on the floor of the venue instead of on the towering stage, which was a good move on their behalf. Everyone was able to gather almost in a circle around the band as the lights cut out and a green spotlight engulfed the band. I have seen Fugue a couple times before but their creative energy never ceases to amaze me. Their sharp synchronization consumes the room, ranging from powerfully fast-paced to melodic and smooth. They create their own sound of rock-jazz fusion, even incorporating a new element into one of their songs that night that I had never seen before. Fugue’s sorcerer, Mike DiCrescenzo, took out a lighter and brought its flame toward an optical theremin, which produced an eerie, ghostly sound, complimenting their unique sound. Fugue also manipulates the use of movie clips into their songs before flowing into an array of rhythmic melodies. After some minor difficulties, in which some people were nice enough to offer up their own capos, they ended their performance with a new song. Fugue is currently recording new material to be released in the summer, which I’m sure won’t disappoint.

Fugue light it up
Tera Melos took to the stage for a sound check as the second performance of the night. It was uncomfortable looking almost straight up at the band during their performance, but maybe I’m just not used being so close up to bands on such tall stages. Despite the initial disconnection of height difference, Tera Melos expelled their energy onto the crowd and brought them to their level. The California native band pushes the limits of what is math rock and twists it to produce something completely new and outside the box. Complemented by the use of effect pedals and samplers, Tera Melos brings wildly quick and creative rhythms and abstract dynamics that flow in and out of each other, creating a completed puzzle of songs. They’re anything but traditional with their odd song structures, smooth vocals, and intangible melodic brilliance. The band played a lot of songs off their latest album, Patagonian Rats, as well as new material from their recently released EP, Zoo Weather. Tera Melos seemed truly confident during their performance, in which guitarist Nick Reinhart commented on their current standing: "Maybe we didn’t know what we were trying to get good at, or it wasn’t in front of our faces, but I think we finally got good at what we’re trying to achieve." Tera Melos delivered a captivating performance that night through their artistic ambiance and refreshingly different sound. At the end of the set, Reinhart brought his guitar toward his face as bassist Nathan Latona dropped his bass to the ground, reverb still echoing throughout the stage.

Tera Melos shred face

Marnie Stern, who has been on tour with Tera Melos since February, took to the stage for the last performance of the night. It was disappointing that a large portion of the crowd left after Tera Melos performed and didn’t even give her a chance to showcase her talent. I had read about the female songwriter and guitarist’s acclaimed finger tapping skills and was really curious to see what it was all about. Marnie Stern was literally shredding up on stage as her nimble fingers effortlessly tapped individual notes up and down the neck of her guitar. This is especially prominent in her performance of the song Transformer. Her constant smiling and graceful appearance almost made this technique look easy. Marnie Stern’s soft, playful conversation with her bassist came as opposite to her strong vocals and wide range of pitch, which synced up immaculately to the rapid riffs of her guitar. Her style is appealing and unique, incorporating genres such as experimental and noise rock. Though her sound was somewhat random and piercing at times, Marnie Stern shows a sense of individualism which positively sets her apart from other female artists in the music scene. Fugue, Tera Melos, and Marnie Stern all incorporated their own distinctive sounds and uncommon flair to create a complementary and impressive lineup for the Heirloom Art’s Theaters new reputation. They certainly won me over.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Morning On Fire, The Field Recordings, Kari Bunn

Saturday, March 12, 2011, CT Indie presents at Arch Street:

Arch Street Tavern
85 Arch Street
Hartford, CT

9 PM - $5.00 cover - 21+

Been awhile people. Which means it's time to return with a vengeance. So here is a show that signals the start of CT Indie presents at Arch Street. Three different brands of rock action, all from equally inspired Connecticut-based musicians! Hartford has been gaining a little musical momentum lately, so come help fuel this momentum by supporting your local scene at Arch Street Tavern!

Parking is a bitch in downtown Hartford, so car pool if you can.

ReverbNation bio:
It’s been one year, two E.P’s, a full length, a list of performances from San Diego to Vermont, and The Morning On Fire is just getting started. Adored for their energetic and emotional performances, its hard to imagine that anyone is having more fun then them. Watching them dance across the stage, you can see the sincerity running through their veins, producing a high that isn’t replicable by any modern drug. They come across as some sort of mad-scientist/punk rock hybrids, delivering their music with force. Their energetic fusion of indie, post-rock, and hardcore is a treat to experience: it is like nothing you’ve heard before and like everything you’ve been waiting to hear. From sweeping valleys, to monumental peaks... quiet whispers to the loudest screams, The Morning On Fire creates a sound-scape and invites you to break from the norm and come along for a while.

These faves explain themselves on their facebook as this:
The Field Recordings are a Noise Pop band from CT. And yes, they flaunt their Vague Scientific Implications. Please, e-mail them to cause them to Perform for You. Oh, they beseech you: Download them for Free from With this Facebook, they have joined the ever expanding phalanx of Unchecked Profilers. They are presenting you with yet another Aesthetic Arm. You can hold it to you, please do not twist it out of shape.

"There’s a clear Belly, Julianna Hatfield and English rock vibe that permeates in certain Kari songs like "Diamond" and "Only This." We here at Weekend especially dig the tune "Memory Won’t Erase," but what we really like about Kari is that she headlined her MySpace page "Kari on My Wayward Bunn." That’s awesome. "
— Pat Ferrucci, Making A Mix with Kari Bunn

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

B.O.M.B. Fest Announces 3rd Annual Festival

Tickets On Sale Friday, March 4th at 6 a.m. EST via

The 3rd Annual Bring Our Music Back Festival (B.O.M.B. Fest) is back and bigger than ever! This year, with support from Manic Productions, Bring Our Music Back, Inc. along with Frank Bombaci, Sr. and Frank Bombaci, Jr. are proud to announce the diverse group of artists that has been assembled for 2011.

For the first time, this year’s festival, taking place over Memorial Day Weekend (May 28-29), will be at the Festival Grounds of B.O.M.B. Fest’s new site partner, Western Connecticut State University (43 Lake Ave, Danbury, CT 06810) in Danbury, CT — a short train ride from New York City, Boston, Providence and Philadelphia.

B.O.M.B. Fest 2011 has assembled its most ambitious lineup to date, bringing together some of the best names in hip-hop, alternative and indie rock, giving the East Coast its own premiere music festival. The price for two-day passes will cost $109 and go on sale on Friday, March 4th at 6:00 am EST.

All proceeds from the festival will benefit Bring Our Music Back, Inc. which is committed to providing music scholarships, music enrichment and education programs, music and healing initiatives and community support and outreach. In addition, one of this year’s charitable initiatives includes the creation of an Emerging Artist Scholarship Fund at Western Connecticut State University.

2011 B.O.M.B. Fest Lineup:
Snoop Dogg
Wiz Khalifa
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Coheed And Cambria
Neon Trees
State Radio
George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic
The New Pornographers
Shpongle presents The Shpongletron Experience
Against Me!
Best Coast
Titus Andronicus
The Cool Kids
Portugal. The Man
Man Man
Dum Dum Girls
The Felice Brothers
Freelance Whales
Holy Fuck
Quintron and Miss Pussycat
Dan Deacon
12th Planet
Free Energy
Real Estate
Nosaj Thing
The Hood Internet
Toubab Krewe
Small Black
River City Extension
Big Freedia
David Wax Museum
Roots of Creation
Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez
Walk the Moon
Also featuring more than 25 local artists

About Bring Our Music Back, Inc.:
BRING OUR MUSIC BACK, INC. is dedicated to the enrichment of life through music. Our mission is to support burgeoning musical talent, programs and services in our communities by fostering the artistic development of youth preserving music as a viable art form. Bring Our Music Back, Inc. is all about MUSIC WITH PURPOSE! Some of the enrichment initiatives championed by Bring Our Music Back, Inc. include artist mentorships and music scholarships, music enrichment and education programs, music and healing initiatives, community support and music awareness and community and cultural outreach. Bring Our Music Back, Inc. is proud to support music therapy programs with the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Hospice of Connecticut.

press release via Girlie Action