Music: Lines West, Kyle Duke on Wed., June 3, at 8 PM

The alt-country group Lines West and singer-songwriter Kyle Duke perform Wednesday, June 3, at Best Video Performance Space. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Compared to Wilco and Big Star, Lines West feature a wide range of American rock traditions. Lines West is a four-piece group co-fronted by John Radzin on guitar and vocals and Brian Larney on keyboard, guitar, and vocals. Radzin and Larney formed Lines West in May 2013. “Stop Look and Listen,” their first record, was co-produced by Radzin and Larney (under their production moniker JAYBEE).

Lines West live at Best Video Performance Space in February, 2015.

Lines West live at Best Video Performance Space in February, 2015.

Fueled by the songwriting tandem of Radzin and Larney, “Stop Look and Listen” is a unique blast of rootsy pop/rock described by Review Stalker as as “perfectly crafted pop songs that should be all over terrestrial radio at the very least”.

Kyle Duke is a young artist, songwriter, and producer. A student of NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music class of 2019, he is currently in the production and promotion stages of his debut EP “Cigarettes And Lovers,” which will be available later in 2015 through Factory Underground Records and distributed by ILS/Caroline/Universal Distribution.

Kyle Duke

Kyle Duke

His solo performances combine elements of indie rock, blues, and folk, into a unique, guitar-driven one-man show. Kyle has also worked closely with a number of bands, most recently playing electric guitars on a number of tracks off fellow Factory Underground artist Edisun’s upcoming sophomore album, “Collision.”

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, May 27. BLUEGRASS: THE FIDDLEHEADS

• Thursday, May 28. SINGER-SONGWRITER; ACOUSTIC GUITARIST: SETH ADAM; GLENN ROTH

• Friday, May 29. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Wednesday, June 3. ALT-COUNTRY: LINES WEST; SINGER-SONGWRITER: KYLE DUKE

• Thursday, June 4. AVANT-GARDE: ZERO DOLLAR, PARLAY DRONER

• Friday, June 5. STRING QUARTET ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Monday, June 8. FILM SCREENING: “FINDING TATANKA”

• Wednesday, June 10. SINGER-SONGWRITER: KATH BLOOM, DAN GREENE

• Thursday, June 11. ECLECTIC ACOUSTIC: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS & THE CYGNET SISTERS

• Friday, June 12. BLUEGRASS: THE WOOL HATS STRING BAND

• Thursday, June 18: SILENT FILM with MUSIC: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT scores “THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI”

• Friday, June 26. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

• Friday, July 17. PIANO POP/PAINTING: POCKET VINYL

• Friday, July 31. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SAMUEL BASS

• Wednesday, Aug. 26. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Wednesday, Sept. 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ANGELA EASTERLING

Music: Singer-songwriter Sabrina Trueheart returns Fri., May 29, at 8 PM

Singer-songwriter Sabrina Trueheart, who attends Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School in New Haven, returns to perform at the Best Video Performance Space on Friday, May 29. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

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Sabrina Trueheart is a singer/songwriter from New England. Her music is folk-based, her main instrument is guitar but sometimes ukulele and harmonica are included in her music.

She is comparable to singer/songwriters such as Jewel, Joni Mitchell, Lana Del Rey and Anthony Green. Sabrina currently studies jazz guitar and music theory in school.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, May 21. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, May 22. ROCK: NOTHING SPECIAL

• Wednesday, May 27. BLUEGRASS: THE FIDDLEHEADS

• Thursday, May 28. SINGER-SONGWRITER; ACOUSTIC GUITARIST: SETH ADAM; GLENN ROTH

• Friday, May 29. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Thursday, June 4. AVANT-GARDE: ZERO DOLLAR, PARLAY DRONER

• Friday, June 5. STRING QUARTET ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Monday, June 8. FILM SCREENING: “FINDING TATANKA”

• Wednesday, June 10. SINGER-SONGWRITER: KATH BLOOM, DAN GREENE

• Thursday, June 11. ECLECTIC ACOUSTIC: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS & THE CYGNET SISTERS

• Friday, June 12. BLUEGRASS: THE WOOL HATS STRING BAND

• Thursday, June 18: SILENT FILM with MUSIC: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT scores “THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI”

• Friday, June 26. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

• Friday, July 17. PIANO POP/PAINTING: POCKET VINYL

• Wednesday, Aug. 26. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

Music: Singer-songwriter Seth Adam and fingerstyle guitarist Glenn Roth perform Thurs., May 28, at 8 PM

Singer-songwriter Seth Adam (accompanied by guitarist Gerry Giaimo) and fingerstyle acoustic guitarist Glenn Roth will play sets at Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, May 28. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Seth Adam (Photo by Dawnmarie)

Seth Adam (Photo by Dawnmarie)

Seth Adams describes his music as “singer-songwriter/Americana/alt-country/folk/rock. That’s a lot of sub genres, but probably the best way to characterize it.” His earliest influences were Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Kenny Rogers from records played for him by his father when he was a kid. Though he went through his “hair-metal, progressive-rock, and grunge phases,” he considers “the music I write now to be the most heartfelt. My biggest influence is Counting Crows (much more than a ’90’s band’), with Led Zeppelin coming in at a close second place. In recent years I’ve come to nearly deify The Beatles and Son Volt.”

Since his last band broke up in 2005, he’s continued making music under his own name. In 2007, his song ‘Get Out’ was licensed to Volkswagen for their Sights and Sounds campaign. In 2008, entertainment columnist Roger Friedman (then at FoxNews.com) called him “the hardest-working, best live act in indie rock.” In 2010, Adam was recognized in The New Haven Advocate’s reader’s poll, winning the Best Rock Band category.

The experiences of touring – the pursuit, the push to be something bigger than myself, days of doubt, days of pride, meeting some wonderful folks, sharing a lot of different stories, and seeing some amazing places – became the catalyst to write the songs for his record “Steel Tempered Pride,” which came out in September, 2013.

Glenn Roth is a fingerstyle guitarist, his thumb riding the bassline and the melody driving all. His compositions suggest multiple guitars, but it’s really just one guy, ten flying fingers, one instrument. All instrumental, Roth’s songs suggest moods and narratives that compel the listener to fill in the details.

Glenn Roth (Photo by Grace Pisano)

Glenn Roth (Photo by Grace Pisano)

Roth has released three CDs to date: Innovations (2005), Busker (2006), and Into the Unknown (2010). His original compositions have been hailed as “sheer virtuosity” (20th Century Guitar magazine) and “delicate, accomplished solo acoustic guitar work” (PLAY: New Haven Arts & Entertainment Weekly). Roth released a new “Another Dimension EP” in April of 2014.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, May 20. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: JAY PRINCE, PATRICK DALTON

• Thursday, May 21. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, May 22. ROCK: NOTHING SPECIAL

• Wednesday, May 27. BLUEGRASS: THE FIDDLEHEADS

• Thursday, May 28. SINGER-SONGWRITER; ACOUSTIC GUITARIST: SETH ADAM; GLENN ROTH

• Friday, May 29. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Thursday, June 4. AVANT-GARDE: ZERO DOLLAR, PARLAY DRONER

• Friday, June 5. STRING QUARTET ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Monday, June 8. FILM SCREENING: “FINDING TATANKA”

• Wednesday, June 10. SINGER-SONGWRITER: KATH BLOOM, DAN GREENE

• Thursday, June 11. ECLECTIC ACOUSTIC: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS & THE CYGNET SISTERS

• Friday, June 12. BLUEGRASS: THE WOOL HATS STRING BAND

• Thursday, June 18: SILENT FILM with MUSIC: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT scores “THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI”

• Friday, June 26. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

• Friday, July 17. PIANO POP/PAINTING: POCKET VINYL

• Wednesday, Aug. 26. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

Music: Contra dance, swing & bluegrass from The Fiddleheads on Wed., May 27, at 8 PM

Fiddleheads_WebThe Fiddleheads play Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, May 27. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

The Fiddleheads have been playing for dancing in the Yale/New Haven area since 1978. A venerable New Haven band/institution, the group has been playing under the Fiddleheads’ name for the past 34 years in the Yale/New Haven area. Past members include Michael Koenigsberg, Ellen Cohn, Skip Healy, Michael Bell, Paul Englesberg and Pete Spicer.

The current group is comprised of Willow on fiddle; Jim on banjo, bodhran, whistles and flutes; Gary on mango and ephemera; and Norman on guitar. Jim and Willow play in Celtic sessions while Gary plays lots of bluegrass. Norman is a stalwart of swing — combined, this is a very danceable mix! Combined with Jim and Gary’s change-up of instruments (banjo, whistles, flutes and bodrhan for Jim and mando-phoria for Gary) the music is great for a straight listening experience, as well.

Norman says the music the group plays is “string band, contradance, Celtic, Swing, Bluegrass — any or all of the above.”

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Monday, May 18. FILM SCREENING: “HEY BOO: HARPER LEE & TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD”

• Wednesday, May 20. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: JAY PRINCE, PATRICK DALTON

• Thursday, May 21. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, May 22. ROCK: NOTHING SPECIAL

• Wednesday, May 27. BLUEGRASS: THE FIDDLEHEADS

• Thursday, May 28. SINGER-SONGWRITER; ACOUSTIC GUITARIST: SETH ADAM; GLENN ROTH

• Friday, May 29. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Thursday, June 4. AVANT-GARDE: ZERO DOLLAR, PARLAY DRONER

• Friday, June 5. STRING QUARTET ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Monday, June 8. FILM SCREENING: “FINDING TATANKA”

• Wednesday, June 10. SINGER-SONGWRITER: KATH BLOOM, DAN GREENE

• Thursday, June 11. ECLECTIC ACOUSTIC: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS & THE CYGNET SISTERS

• Friday, June 12. BLUEGRASS: THE WOOL HATS STRING BAND

• Thursday, June 18: SILENT FILM with MUSIC: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT scores “THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI”

• Friday, June 26. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

• Friday, July 17. PIANO POP/PAINTING: POCKET VINYL

• Wednesday, Aug. 26. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

 

Music: Local high school group Nothing Special play Fri., May 22, at 8 PM

Nothing_Special_WebNothing Special, a rock group composed of local high school students, makes its Best Video Performance Space debut on Friday, May 22. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Nothing Special is an indie rock band based in Hamden CT. The band consists of Alex Blair (Vocals), Rody Conway (Guitar), Teo Hernandez (Bass), and Matt Murphy (Drums). Nothing Special has many influences, including Weezer, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, & Green Day. One can find and listen to our music on their Facebook page.

Here are Noting Special performing the song “Take Me”:

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, May 13. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: BIG FAT COMBO

• Thursday, May 14. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Friday, May 15. ALT-COUNTRY: HEATHER FAY

• Monday, May 18. FILM SCREENING: “HEY BOO: HARPER LEE & TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD”

• Wednesday, May 20. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: JAY PRINCE, PATRICK DALTON

• Thursday, May 21. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, May 22. ROCK: NOTHING SPECIAL

• Wednesday, May 27. BLUEGRASS: THE FIDDLEHEADS

• Thursday, May 28. SINGER-SONGWRITER; ACOUSTIC GUITARIST: SETH ADAM; GLENN ROTH

• Friday, May 29. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Thursday, June 4. AVANT-GARDE: ZERO DOLLAR, PARLAY DRONER

• Friday, June 5. STRING QUARTET ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Monday, June 8. FILM SCREENING: “FINDING TATANKA”

• Wednesday, June 10. SINGER-SONGWRITER: KATH BLOOM, DAN GREENE

• Thursday, June 11. ECLECTIC ACOUSTIC: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS & THE CYGNET SISTERS

• Friday, June 12. BLUEGRASS: THE WOOL HATS STRING BAND

• Thursday, June 18: SILENT FILM with MUSIC: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT scores “THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI”

• Friday, June 26. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

• Friday, July 17. PIANO POP/PAINTING: POCKET VINYL

• Wednesday, Aug. 26. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

 

Music: Jellyshirts perform Thurs., May 21, at 8 PM

Jellyshirts play the Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, May 21. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

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Looking for a frame of reference for Jellyshirts’ music? Try the Velvet Underground and the Byrds. But the band—led by guitarist/vocalist Bret Logan for over 20 years, ably joined by drummer Scott McDonald and bass player Nick Appleby—has a sound determinedly their own.

From the band’s press packet:

Letting the wash of live sound influence each song, without anybody thinking “jazz” or “improvisation.” Never doing covers of our songs. Trying to get you to levitate about one-and-a-half feet off your chair (willingly, of course).

The short version: We’re loud and we play bars with a mystical need to reach you.

From a 2009 Shoreline Times article by the late musician and WPLR Local Bands radio show host James Velvet:

The band has been held in awe by its fans over the years for its sometimes soaring, sometimes droning sound, always played with intensity and skill. A good example is the current lead tune on their MySpace page, a recent live recording of a song they first performed 15 years ago, “Disinclined.” Ten minutes of dynamic live jamming. “Pick and Soar” is how their longtime champion Gary Vollono of IndepenDisc.com describes the sound. To which I would add, “…and feedback sometimes.”

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, May 13. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: BIG FAT COMBO

• Thursday, May 14. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Friday, May 15. ALT-COUNTRY: HEATHER FAY

• Monday, May 18. FILM SCREENING: “HEY BOO: HARPER LEE & TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD”

• Wednesday, May 20. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: JAY PRINCE, PATRICK DALTON

• Thursday, May 21. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, May 22. ROCK: NOTHING SPECIAL

• Wednesday, May 27. BLUEGRASS: THE FIDDLEHEADS

• Thursday, May 28. SINGER-SONGWRITER; ACOUSTIC GUITARIST: SETH ADAM; GLENN ROTH

• Friday, May 29. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Thursday, June 4. AVANT-GARDE: ZERO DOLLAR, PARLAY DRONER

• Friday, June 5. STRING QUARTET ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Monday, June 8. FILM SCREENING: “FINDING TATANKA”

• Wednesday, June 10. SINGER-SONGWRITER: KATH BLOOM, DAN GREENE

• Thursday, June 11. ECLECTIC ACOUSTIC: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS & THE CYGNET SISTERS

• Friday, June 12. BLUEGRASS: THE WOOL HATS STRING BAND

• Thursday, June 18: SILENT FILM with MUSIC: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT scores “THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI”

• Friday, June 26. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

• Friday, July 17. PIANO POP/PAINTING: POCKET VINYL

• Wednesday, Aug. 26. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

 

Film screening: “Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & ‘To Kill a Mockingbird'” Mon., May 18, at 7 PM

Hey_Boo_DVDBest Video Performance Space, at the suggestion of one of our Best Video members, will screen the 2010 documentary “Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & ‘To Kill a Mockingbird'” on Monday, May 18. The event starts at 7 PM and admission is $5. Harper Lee’s new (and only her second) novel (albeit written in the 1950s) “Go Set a Watchman” will be published this coming July.

Published in 1960, Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” became an instant classic, a perennial in the school curriculum for young adults. Based loosely on people and events from Lee’s life in Alabama in the 1930s, the book deals powerfully and with deep feeling on racism, rape and the unfairness of the justice system in the South during the segregation years.

The book’s reputation was further cemented when it was adapted for the screen by screenwriter Horton Foote and director Robert Mulligan with Gregory Peck starring as attorney Atticus Finch. Peck garnered an Oscar for his performance.

Mary McDonagh Murphy has probed the enduring power of “To Kill a Mockingbird” both in her book “Scout, Atticus & Boo: A Celebration of To Kill a Mockingbird” and the documentary “Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.'” For the movie, Murphy interviewed a number of authors—Wally Lamb, Scott Turow—about the book as well as people close to Lee who have not previously spoken on camera before—the author’s older sister Alice Finch Lee and Harper Lee’s friends Michael and Joy Brown, whose financial assistance allowed Lee to quit her job and write full time on “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, May 13. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: BIG FAT COMBO

• Thursday, May 14. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Friday, May 15. ALT-COUNTRY: HEATHER FAY

• Monday, May 18. FILM SCREENING: “HEY BOO: HARPER LEE & TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD”

• Wednesday, May 20. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: JAY PRINCE, PATRICK DALTON

• Thursday, May 21. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, May 22. ROCK: NOTHING SPECIAL

• Wednesday, May 27. BLUEGRASS: THE FIDDLEHEADS

• Thursday, May 28. SINGER-SONGWRITER; ACOUSTIC GUITARIST: SETH ADAM; GLENN ROTH

• Friday, May 29. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Thursday, June 4. AVANT-GARDE: ZERO DOLLAR, PARLAY DRONER

• Friday, June 5. STRING QUARTET ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Monday, June 8. FILM SCREENING: “FINDING TATANKA”

• Wednesday, June 10. SINGER-SONGWRITER: KATH BLOOM, DAN GREENE

• Thursday, June 11. ECLECTIC ACOUSTIC: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS & THE CYGNET SISTERS

• Friday, June 12. BLUEGRASS: THE WOOL HATS STRING BAND

• Thursday, June 18: SILENT FILM with MUSIC: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT scores “THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI”

• Friday, June 26. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

• Friday, July 17. PIANO POP/PAINTING: POCKET VINYL

• Wednesday, Aug. 26. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

 

Music: Rootsy singer-songwriters Jay Prince and Patrick Dalton to play solo shows Wed., May 20, at 8 PM

Singer-songwriters Jay Prince (of the band Eurisko) and Patrick Dalton (of the group The Proud Flesh) will play solo sets on Wed., May 20. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Jay Prince is a singer/songwriter from the New Haven area of CT. He grew up in a household steeped in music, and says “there was always music on…my heroes have always been musicians, specifically songwriters.” Raised on various forms of American roots music: rock and roll, southern rock, blues, and country (and later punk rock and hardcore), the template was set for what would later become his distinctive style of American folk music. Influences can, at times, be broad, but easily narrowed down to early Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Tom Waits, Elliott Smith, Willie Nelson and Leonard Cohen.

Jay Prince

Jay Prince

He has shared the stage with such acts as Those Darlins’, Murder By Death, David Dondero, and Grant Hart (Husker Du). His debut EP, “Love Is a Storm and a Bottomless Well,” was released Jan 10th, 2014.

A founding member of The Proud Flesh, Patrick culls from the murky corners of American popular song to amalgamate a sound all his own. Dalton’s own music, while strikingly original and nuanced, has a familiarity to it—there’s Delta blues in his studied finger picking, folk and hip hop in his storied lyrics and powerful, breathy voice, big band in his trumpet playing, and classic American songwriting in his melodies. His songs come to terms with everything from death to macro-politics to economics, and while his subject matter may be heavy at times, Dalton’s songs leave you pensive rather than downtrodden, interested rather than pessimistic.

Pat Dalton

Pat Dalton

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, May 13. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: BIG FAT COMBO

• Thursday, May 14. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Friday, May 15. ALT-COUNTRY: HEATHER FAY

• Monday, May 18. FILM SCREENING: “HEY BOO: HARPER LEE & TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD”

• Wednesday, May 20. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: JAY PRINCE, PATRICK DALTON

• Thursday, May 21. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, May 22. ROCK: NOTHING SPECIAL

• Wednesday, May 27. BLUEGRASS: THE FIDDLEHEADS

• Thursday, May 28. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SETH ADAM

• Friday, May 29. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Thursday, June 4. AVANT-GARDE: ZERO DOLLAR, PARLAY DRONER

• Friday, June 5. STRING QUARTET ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Monday, June 8. FILM SCREENING: “FINDING TATANKA”

• Wednesday, June 10. SINGER-SONGWRITER: KATH BLOOM

• Friday, June 12. BLUEGRASS: THE WOOL HATS STRING BAND

• Thursday, June 18: SILENT FILM with MUSIC: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT scores “THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI”

• Friday, June 26. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

• Friday, July 17. PIANO POP/PAINTING: POCKET VINYL

• Wednesday, Aug. 26. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

Music: Heather Fay and her band play alt-country on Fri., May 15, at 8 PM

Heather_Fay_BV051515poster_WebHeather Fay and her band play the Best Video Performance Space on Friday, May 15. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5. This will be Fay’s last show with this full band so make sure not to miss it.

Alt-country singer, songwriter and guitarist Heather Fay chronicles her philosophies and adventures through honest songs with bright, delicate melodies and inventive lyrics. Each of her original tunes is rooted in raw emotion and unfolds a fresh plot that explores her personal perspectives on love, heartbreak, hope, endings, new beginnings and the complex human journey.

Her careful work in the studio illuminates her command as a musical storyteller, sparked by the many poets and artists that have colored her world, including Tom Waits, James Taylor, Carol King, Fiona Apple, Jeff Tweedy, Simon & Garfunkel, Billy Bragg and Colin Hay. Heather invites her growing audience of worldwide listeners into each imaginative, intimate stage of her creative process through energetic live online performances that express her faith in the collaborative nature of music and its power to forge intense bonds and build enduring friendships.

After Heather started a family, the challenge of making music while having two young children at home inspired her to seek alternative avenues for releasing music and delivering live performances. Heather put out her first album “Scrape Knee’d Girl” in 2009. In 2011 she became one of the first musicians to use the Hangouts On-Air platform on Google+ to build a global audience for her music and now has more than 1,000,000 global followers. She also hosts a series of open-mic hangouts that allow her to collaborate with and provide a platform for a huge network of musicians from around the world.

In 2012, she was invited to play Google’s CMJ event in honor of her many accomplishments as a songwriter on the Google+ platform. In 2013, Heather was asked to be a part of the Agit8 Campaign and appeared on the Ultimate Protest Song album sponsored by Bono’s ONE.org and Spotify alongside major acts like U2, Bruce Springsteen, Mumford & Sons, Elvis Costello, Muse, Green Day and many others. Most recently, Heather funded her latest album “Cherish The Broken” 100% through crowdfunding. In support of her albums she continues to play frequently at venues in Connecticut and New York City, including Rockwood Music Hall and The Living Room.

Heather Fay’s latest release “Cherish the Broken” is a sparkling collection of lyrics-driven songs infused with bluegrass, folk and Americana elements and further shaped by harmonies provided by mandolin, bass and percussion. She is currently planning a release event and mini-tour for Fall 2014. “Cherish the Broken” is available now through the Heather Fay website and on iTunes and Google Play.

• Friday, May 8. INDIE ROCK: SPECTRAL FANGS

• Wednesday, May 13. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: BIG FAT COMBO

• Thursday, May 14. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Friday, May 15. ALT-COUNTRY: HEATHER FAY

• Monday, May 18. FILM SCREENING: “HEY BOO: HARPER LEE & TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD”

• Wednesday, May 20. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: JAY PRINCE, PATRICK DALTON

• Thursday, May 21. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, May 22. ROCK: NOTHING SPECIAL

• Wednesday, May 27. BLUEGRASS: THE FIDDLEHEADS

• Thursday, May 28. SINGER-SONGWRITER; ACOUSTIC GUITARIST: SETH ADAM; GLENN ROTH

• Friday, May 29. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Thursday, June 4. AVANT-GARDE: ZERO DOLLAR, PARLAY DRONER

• Friday, June 5. STRING QUARTET ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Monday, June 8. FILM SCREENING: “FINDING TATANKA”

• Wednesday, June 10. SINGER-SONGWRITER: KATH BLOOM, DAN GREENE

• Thursday, June 11. ECLECTIC ACOUSTIC: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS & THE CYGNET SISTERS

• Friday, June 12. BLUEGRASS: THE WOOL HATS STRING BAND

• Thursday, June 18: SILENT FILM with MUSIC: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT scores “THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI”

• Friday, June 26. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

• Friday, July 17. PIANO POP/PAINTING: POCKET VINYL

• Wednesday, Aug. 26. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

 

Music: The Sawtelles with Best Video manager Richard Brown on Thurs., May 14, at 8 PM

Sawtelles_BV_091214_WebThe Sawtelles, with special guest Best Video manager Richard Brown, play the Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, May 14. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

The music of husband and wife duo the Sawtelles is a balance of four elements: alternate-tuned guitar, stand-up drum kit (ala Velvet Underground’s Mo Tucker) and two voices. Sparse but intricately arranged pop that is as lush as it is threadbare makes what is played as important as what isn’t. Peter plays guitar and Julie plays drums; they both sing. Their sparse but intricately arranged pop is as lush as it is captivatingly unique.

The Sawtelles will be joined for this set by Best Video’s own Richard Brown—who also plays in Happy Ending—on guitar and sax.

Their self-produced DYI philosophy aligns them more with the hand painted Sun Ra LP’s of 1950’s and 60’s then it does with those striving for mainstream commercial success. They have released 6 CDs.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, May 7. CLASSICAL/JAZZ: PETRICHORD—SAMUEL SUGGS & MOLLY NETTER

• Friday, May 8. INDIE ROCK: SPECTRAL FANGS

• Wednesday, May 13. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: BIG FAT COMBO

• Thursday, May 14. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Friday, May 15. ALT-COUNTRY: HEATHER FAY

• Monday, May 18. FILM SCREENING: “HEY BOO: HARPER LEE & TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD”

• Wednesday, May 20. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: JAY PRINCE, PATRICK DALTON

• Thursday, May 21. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, May 22. ROCK: NOTHING SPECIAL

• Wednesday, May 27. BLUEGRASS: THE FIDDLEHEADS

• Thursday, May 28. SINGER-SONGWRITER; ACOUSTIC GUITARIST: SETH ADAM; GLENN ROTH

• Friday, May 29. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Thursday, June 4. AVANT-GARDE: ZERO DOLLAR, PARLAY DRONER

• Friday, June 5. STRING QUARTET ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Monday, June 8. FILM SCREENING: “FINDING TATANKA”

• Wednesday, June 10. SINGER-SONGWRITER: KATH BLOOM, DAN GREENE

• Thursday, June 11. ECLECTIC ACOUSTIC: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS & THE CYGNET SISTERS

• Friday, June 12. BLUEGRASS: THE WOOL HATS STRING BAND

• Thursday, June 18: SILENT FILM with MUSIC: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT scores “THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI”

• Friday, June 26. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

• Friday, July 17. PIANO POP/PAINTING: POCKET VINYL

• Wednesday, Aug. 26. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS