Music: The Shellye Valauskas Experience on Thurs., Feb. 27, at 8 PM

Shellye_Dean_Bruce_at_BV_010512The Shellye Valauskas Experience plays the Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Feb. 27. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

It’s Shellye’s Birthday Bash. Join The Shellye Valauskas Experience to celebrate her birthday. Very special guest: Cake! (And not the band Cake.) Plus other special guests—not that anyone could follow a slice of birthday cake.

Shellye Valauskas is a sweet songwriter who cares for catchy rhythms and hooks. Her CD “Box It Up,” recorded with her band The Shellye Valauskas Experience, is a box of secrets, surprises and delights. By the time she formed the band, vocalist/guitarist Shellye Valauskas was an established solo performer, winning the New Haven Advocate’s Grand Band Slam readers’ poll and rating a slot in New York’s CMJ Marathon.

As her songwriting collaborator and bandmate, she enlisted ace guitarist Dean Falcone, who’s served the Connecticut music scene since the early ’80s with Jon Brion in The Excerpts, his own Dean and the Dragsters, and a host of others. Valauskas’ and Falcone’s shared love for the intelligent, heartwarming yet punchy pop of Crowded House, The Posies and Aimee Mann, as well as the burgeoning Americana movement, helped them nail a distinctive yet accessible radio-friendly sound from the start.

Watch The Shellye Valauskas Experience perform their song “Box It Up” at the Best Video Performance Space in August, 2012, courtesy of Dave Kelsey’s Golden Microphone Films:

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Feb. 26. DECONSTRUCTING POP: THE LUCK PUSHERS

• Thursday, Feb. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Monday.Mar. 3. FILM SCREENING: “BEING JOHN MALKOVICH”

• Wednesday, Mar. 5. SHORT STORY READING: PAUL BECKMAN, DOUG MATHEWSON

• Thursday, Mar. 6. BUOYANT POP ROCK: THE FURORS

• Monday, Mar. 10. FILM SCREENING: “BABEL”

• Monday, Mar. 17. FILM SCREENING: “MEMENTO”

• Monday. Mar. 24. FILM SCREENING: “MULHOLLAND DRIVE”

• Wednesday, Apr. 2. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET

• Thursday, Apr. 17. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE LONESOME SPARROWS

 

Music: The Mold Monkies on Wed., Jan. 9, at 8 PM

The Mold Monkies, led by Russell Shaddox and Nick Appleby, play the Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Jan. 9. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5. The group plays a melodic, high-energy form of rock ‘n’ roll known as “power pop.”

Emerging from the primordial soup of two men’s collective unconscious, and bursting upon the American musical scene with all the force of a tractor-trailer full of pork chops, the Mold Monkies are here. And they won’t leave.

The Mold Monkies put the Pow back in Power Pop. Their songs burst with energy. Their guitars refuse to be ignored. The Mold Monkies wear their joy and heartbreak on their sleeve with a wry smirk and a quick one-liner.

So if that’s your cup of meat, then by all means take a look inside. Visit the band’s web site; listen to our music; keep an eye out for live shows near you. Because the Mold Monkies are here. And they won’t leave.

A video of The Mold Monkies from 2011: