Music: La Tunda, Lys Guillorn (solo) play Best Video Performance Space Fri., May 19

Rock group La Tunda and indie rock singer-songwriter Lys Guillorn (performing solo) play Best Video Performance Space on Friday, May 19. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

La Tunda is a power trio from New Haven, CT kickin ass one shrimp at a time! With vocal harmonies, balltastic drumming, and catchy yet strange songwriting, La Tunda is sure to make you bang your head or at least scratch it! Influences include the breeders, patti smith, sonic youth, velvet underground, nirvana, stooges, +many more.

La Tunda.

La Tunda features Stephany Brown (guitar, vocals), Kriss Santala (bass, vocals) and Andy Beetham (drums). Their digital album “Live from Your Mother’s Attic” is available on Bandcamp.

Lys Guillorn (CT) is a singer/songwriter of the same musical school as Laura Veirs and Kristin Hersh, with a little Emmylou Harris thrown in: dreamy, lyric-driven, melodically interesting, and indefinable.  She makes “oddly uplifting, folk, blues, country-infused, acoustic semi-electric psychedelic dark pop music.” (Geraint Jones, Comes With a Smile, UK). In recent years, Guillorn has released a full-length CD, an EP, and a collection of compilation tracks on her own Little Cowgirl Records. She is working on her second full-length CD of original material.

Lys Guillorn.

UPCOMING EVENTS (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):

• Thursday, May 11. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT, THE FURORS

• Friday, May 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR & WANDERING ROOTS (CD Release)

• Saturday, May 13. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• • Sunday, May 14, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDERETTE”

• Wednesday, May 17. POP: THE RACKET DOWNSTAIRS

• Friday, May 19. INDIE ROCK: LA TUNDA, LYS GUILLORN (solo)

• Sunday, May 21, 3 PM. LIGHTS! FILMMAKING WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Wednesday, May 24. NEW ORLEANS FUNK: BAND OF DRUTHERS

• Thursday, May 25. DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT PLAYS MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS”

• Friday, May 26. INDIE ROCK: WALLY

• Thursday, June 1. INDIE ROCK: IF JESUS HAD MACHINE GUNS

• Friday, June 2. JAZZ VOCAL: LINDA SATIN WITH JOE CARTER & TIM MORAN

• Sunday, June 4, 3 PM. CAMERA! ACTION! FILMMAKING WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Wednesday, June 7. ALT-COUNTRY: LEFT ON SCARLET STREET, SINGER-SONGWRITER: RON SPEARS

• Thursday, June 8. WORLD MUSIC: ELEGANT PRIMATES

• Friday, June 9. ALT-COUNTRY: PAT STONE, BOX OF BIRDS, THE PROUD FLESH

• Saturday, June 10. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE

• Sunday, June 11. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Thursday, June 15. FOLK/POP SINGER-SONGWRITER: MELODY PLACE

• Friday, June 16, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: MILE TWELVE (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Wednesday, June 21. PROGRESSIVE FOLK: FE FI FO, SINGER-SONGWRITER: KRIZTA MOON

• Thursday, June 22. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND; CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL MUSIC: THE CHRIS CHILDS TRIO

• Friday, June 23. CHAMBER ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Wednesday, June 28. ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC IMPROVISATION: NOAH & DAVID CHEVAN

• Friday, July 21. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH; SINGER-SONGWRITER: DANA MERRITT

• Wednesday, July 26. MUSIC FROM “THE SIMPSONS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRES OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS with SPECIAL GUESTS

• Friday, July 28. WORLD MUSIC: NEELA

• Wednesday, Aug. 2. JAZZ: BADSLAX

• Friday, Aug. 4, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: HONEY DEWDROPS (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Aug. 11. INDIE ROCK: LYS GUILLORN & HER BAND

• Friday, Sept. 8. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Sept. 22. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Friday, Sept. 29. FLASH FICTION LITERARY READING: PAUL BECKMAN & FRIENDS

• Friday, Oct. 20. BLUEGRASS: MISSY RAINES & THE NEW HIP (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

Music: Tiny Box Booking presents Posture & the Grizzly, Prince Daddy & The Hyena, Milkshakes, Just Friends Fri., Nov. 18, at 7 PM

Tiny Box Booking presents a night of party punk at Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Nov. 18. With four bands—Posture & The Grizzly, Prince Daddy & The Hyena, Milkshakes, Just Friends—the show gets off to an early start at 7 PM. The cover is $5.

Posture & The Grizzly

Posture & The Grizzly

If there was ever a time for the DIY punk rock scene to make a comeback after a decade of local growth, now is Posture & The Grizzly’s time. The band’s fast-paced, forward-hitting melodies serve as a homage to the stylings of contemporary Pop-Punk that were prominent in the early 2000’s, a platform that lifted the likes of Brand New and Blink-182 into the forefront of the Punk/Emo scene. With the recent release of their newest album, I Am Satan, that same nostalgia can be felt in the bell-tone tenor voice of Posture frontman, Jordan Chmielowski. As more and more publications such as The New Yorker fundamentally grant them the Tom Delonge crown, you’ll see an equal and unparalleled takeover of the country-wide scene, with Posture & The Grizzly at the reigns.

Prince Daddy & The Hyena

Prince Daddy & The Hyena

Riding the wave on a recently coined term, “weed pop,” Prince Daddy is leading a truly authentic indie rock movement straight out of their New York/Pennsylvania homes. With the culmination of songs on their newest Summer release, I Thought You Didn’t Even Like Leaving, Prince Daddy manages to capture a perfect storm of catchy melodies, infectious lyricism, and the true test to how much harsh noise an amp can handle. Their current tour is in celebration of a recent Fall split release with the band Just Friends, with each band paying tribute to their dad-like inspirations, Weezer, with covers paying tribute to an Alt Rock wave that Weezer similarly began pioneering in the good ol’ days. Be sure to catch a date near you!

Milkshakes

Milkshakes

Milkshakes is like a big lump of always wet clay. Over the past 5 years the band has taken many different shapes and molds. At its current iteration, Milkshakes only has one original member left, Timothy Diltz, who is also the band’s primary songwriter. The band also features three other guys that Tim knows from his days playing in Milkshakes. They have an LP coming out by the end of 2016, so keep an eye out for that!! Long live Tim, and long live Milkshakes!

Just Friends

Just Friends

Consisting of seven different members all coordinating a litany of instruments in a DIY project to remember, California natives Just Friends emerge as a powerful new addition to an ever-changing scene. With their recent split release with Prince Daddy, they embark on a tour around the country that will expose audiences to their unique perspective on indie punk/rock.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Nov. 16. IMPROVISATION/AVANT-GARDE: TOM BLANCARTE, CHRIS CRETELLA, ZACH ROWDEN

• Thursday, Nov. 17. LITERARY: ALICE MATTISON—”THE PLEASURES AND PERILS OF WRITING A NOVEL”

• Friday, Nov. 18. PARTY PUNK: TINY BOX BOOKING presents POSTURE & THE GRIZZLY, PRINCE DADDY & THE HYENA, MILKSHAKES, JUST FRIENDS (7 PM)

• Saturday, Nov. 19. JAZZ JAM with ALLEN LOWE, JEFF FULLER & ED CERCONE

• Monday, Nov. 21. MEMBER’S CHOICE FILM SCREENING: “RUNAWAY TRAIN”

• Wednesday, Nov. 23. AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: DANIEL BACHMAN, ALEXANDER

• Friday, Nov. 25. BLUEGRASS/TRADITIONAL COUNTRY: DAVE PETERSON (A GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTION)

• Saturday, Nov. 26. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)

• Monday, Nov. 28. MEMBER’S CHOICE FILM SCREENING: “CHARADE”

• Wednesday, Nov. 30. JAZZ: URI SHAHAM TRIO

• Thursday, Dec. 1. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: GLENN ROTH, SINGER-SONGWRITER: KRISTEN GRAVES

• Friday, Dec. 2. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES CD RELEASE SHOW, HANK HOFFMAN (solo)

• Sunday, Dec. 4. FREE FIRST SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM (PRESENTED BY GUITARTOWNCT)

• Monday, Dec. 5. MEMBER’S CHOICE FILM SCREENING: “PAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID”

• Friday, Dec. 9. BLUEGRASS: DALE ANN BRADLEY BAND (A GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTION)

• Monday, Dec. 12. MEMBER’S CHOICE FILM SCREENING: “WINTER’S BONE”

• Friday, Dec. 16. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS

• Saturday, Dec. 17. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “THE GOONIES” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)

• Monday, Dec. 19. MEMBER’S CHOICE FILM SCREENING: “CONTACT”

• Friday, Jan. 6. ACOUSTIC FOLK BLUES & MORE: VANGE DURST

• Friday, Jan. 13. BLUEGRASS: FIVE IN THE CHAMBER

• Friday, Jan. 27. JAZZ: BADSLAX

• Saturday, Jan. 28. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)

Music: Elisa Flynn, An Historic play Wed., Nov. 19, at 8 PM

Elisa Flynn and An Historic play sets at Best Video Performance Space this Thursday, Nov. 19. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Elisa Flynn

Elisa Flynn

Brooklyn indie folk chanteuse Elisa Flynn is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who has played in indie rock, punk, and Americana bands for the better part of the last two decades. After leaving her last band and taking voice lessons from Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), she took her stronger voice and headed out with an acoustic guitar and a suitcase full of effects pedals to play solo. Her broodingly nuanced vocals and sardonic humor, laced with an undercurrent of unease, make a darkly gothic twist on the singer-songwriter genre. She has just released her new EP “My Henry Lee.”  See elisaflynn.com for more info.

Adam Matlock

Adam Matlock

An Historic is the songwriting alias of composer/accordionist/vocalist Adam Matlock, focusing on frenzied and narrative songs with elements of Balkan music, cabaret, many varieties of art-song and American soul and punk. Songs are performed live with a core of solo accordion and voice, and sometimes fleshed out and fully inhabited with the confident interplay of guitarist Chris Cretella, percussionist Michael Paolucci, multi-instrumentalist Brian Slattery and bassists Mike Tepper or Carl Testa.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Nov. 18. FILM SCREENING: THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)

• Thursday, Nov. 19. DARK FOLK: ELISA FLYNN; SOUL PUNK: AN HISTORIC

• Friday, Nov. 20. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Sunday, Nov. 22. FILM SCREENING/BLACK LIVES MATTER BENEFIT: “ANNE BRADEN: SOUTHERN PATRIOT”

• Friday, Nov. 27. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

• Sunday, Nov. 29. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“THE KILLING”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 2. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Thursday, Dec. 3. ELECTRONIC: AVMUS

• Friday, Dec. 4. CLASSICAL: RAVENNA MICHALSEN & BETHANY WILDER

• Sunday, Dec. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“PATHS OF GLORY”)

• Thursday, Dec. 10. BLUES/FOLK/COUNTRY: CODA BLUE

• Friday, Dec. 11. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Sunday, Dec. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“DR. STRANGELOVE”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: BRIAN DOLZANI

• Friday, Dec. 18. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Sunday, Dec. 20. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“BARRY LYNDON”)

Music: Psychedelic pop by Happy Ending (featuring Best Video’s Hank Hoffman & Richard Brown) Thurs., June 19, at 8 PM

Happy_Ending_group_photo_72dpi_WebHappy Ending, featuring Best Video’s own Hank Hoffman and Richard Brown, plays the Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, June 19. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Happy Ending plays electric rock ‘n’ roll, mixing original compositions influenced by garage rock, folk rock and psychedelia—oftentimes with a political slant—with cover songs from the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Happy Ending has released three albums. The most recent, “Electricity for the Youth of Today,” was recorded live at Best Video Performance Space in December of 2013. The vinyl LP and 45 “Have A Nice Day” came out in 1984 and the compact disc “Smile for the Camera” in 1996. John Foster, editor of Op Magazine, described “Have A Nice Day” as a “future cult item for the collectors.” Hank Hoffman sings and plays guitar; Richard Brown plays guitar and alto saxophone. Tom Smith is on drums and Randy Stone plays bass. Happy Ending has a Facebook page.

Watch the band play their original song “Cityscape” at Cafe Nine in New Haven in January, 2014.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, June 11. LITERARY READING: ALICE MATTISON, SANDI KAHN SHELTON

• Thursday, June 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Friday, June 13. FOLK: ROBERT MESSORE

• Wednesday, June 18. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, June 19. GARAGE POP/PSYCHEDELIC ROCK: HAPPY ENDING

• Wednesday, June 25. INDIE ROCK: MERCY CHOIR

• Thursday, June 26. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: PRESTER JOHN featuring SHAWN PERSINGER & DAVID MILLER

• Friday, June 27. PUNK ROCK: STARK RAVING LULU

• Sunday, June 29. BEST VIDEO FUNDRAISER

• Wednesday, July 2. ROCK: EXTRASENSORY

• Thursday, July 3. BUOYANT POP ROCK: THE FURORS

• Wednesday, July 9. CLASSICAL GUITAR: ORPHÉE RUSSELL

• Thursday, July 10. FOLK: THE HEATH SISTERS

• Thursday, July 24. PROGRESSIVE FOLK ROCK: KINDRED QUEER

• Thursday, July 31. ROCK: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Friday, Aug. 1. ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC: DAVID ELKIN-GINNETTI

• Wednesday, Aug. 13. INDIE ROCK: THE LYS GUILLORN BAND

• Friday, Aug. 15. POP/ART/PUPPETRY: POCKET VINYL, GLUMPUPPET

 

Music: Garage rock by The Estrogen Highs on Wed., Aug. 14, at 8 PM

Trouble in Mind recording artists The Estrogen Highs play in the Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Aug. 14. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

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From the Trouble in Mind Records Web site:

The anxiously awaited follow up to the Estrogen Highs excellent self-released 2011 album “Friends and Relatives” is finally here and let us be the first to say that if you aren’t already a fan of these guys, you are about to become one. After two LP’s, one 12″ EP, four 7-inches, and one cassette, the project that started as Stefan Christensen in 2007 playing and recording everything by himself has now fully jelled into a rock-solid, full-band quartet.

“Irrelevant Future” synthesizes all of the bands best attributes into one hit packed, perfectly paced LP. It expounds on the the wiry (and Wire-y) DIY whiffs from previous releases, emphasizes the thinking mans punk of the Minutemen and all the while an under-current of Kiwi-jangle ebbs and flows. With all of this in mind Estrogen Highs thankfully don’t sacrifice the off-kilter weirdness that already established fans know and love. Songs like “Alchemy Contest” and “Status Quo (Oh No)” have a quirky melodic sensibility that plays off intricate guitar and bass lines. “Grass of Leaves” holds down the chugga-chugga punk angle while “They Told Me I Was Everything” meditates on Shakesperean betrayal. And just when you think you’ve got a handle on the record’s direction, they hammer you with “Seventh Sunday of the Ordinary Times”, a “ripper” if there ever was one in the band’s canon. The album’s closer “I Wanna Be Tall” is a measured leap forward, focusing the band’s strength’s into the first perfect pop song of 2012—guaranteed to be stuck in your head for days! The first edition LP of 500 copies comes pressed on 150gm randomly mixed vinyl & includes a download code. CD is packaged in a LP-style slip-sleeve pocket!

The band’s lineup is Stefan Christensen (guitar and vocals), Mark Scialabba (guitar and bass), Wes Nelson (bass, guitar and vocals) and Ross Menze (drums).

Check out some of The Estrogen Highs’ performance at Williantic Records last year:

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Aug. 7. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, Aug. 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ILANA ZSIGMOND

• Monday, Aug. 12. FILM SCREENING: “CRASH”

• Wednesday, Aug. 14. GARAGE ROCK/PUNK: THE ESTROGEN HIGHS

• Thursday, Aug. 15. JAZZ: THE NICK Di MARIA QUARTET

• Monday, Aug. 19. FILM SCREENING: “THE WAR WITHIN”

• Thursday, Aug. 22. MULTI-MEDIA: HAPPENING/NOW

• Monday, Aug. 26. FILM SCREENING: “THE OTHER SON”

• Thursday, Aug. 29. SOLO POP: SOLIN

Music: Space Orphans to play blues-influenced punk Wed., June 5, at 8 PM

Space_Orphans_WebSpace Orphans play the Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, June 5. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Ex-Kimono Draggin’ alumni re-formed as Space Orphans after recruiting a new bass player and adding a keyboardist. Their sound is built upon a thick foundation of scratchy guitars, weighty drums, relentlessly shifting rhythms and rowdy animated vocals. The arrangement adds a blanket layer of cosmic essence, worthy of their name, while the musical structures are focused, finely tuned and surprisingly melodic.

Influences include Pink Floyd, Bowie, Velvet Underground, Mothers of Invention, King Crimson, Big Black, T. Rex, Gentle Giant, My Bloody Valentine, Minutemen, Hüsker Dü, Black Sabbath, etc.

Band members are Joe Nolan (Guitar, Vocals), Kelly L’Heureux (Bass), Frank Malec (Keyboards) and Chris Swirski (Drums).

Space Orphans playing one side of their recent 7″ 45 record live in Hartford:

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, May 29. No Event.

•Thursday, May 30. ACOUSTIC FOLK: ROBERT MESSORE

• Wednesday, June 5. PUNK/BLUES: SPACE ORPHANS

• Thursday, June 6. INDIE ROCK: ELISON JACKSON

• Monday, June 10. FILM SCREENING: “SAVING HUBBLE”

• Wednesday, June 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ANNA AYRES-BROWN

• Thursday, June 13. INDIE ROCK: THE MOUNTAIN MOVERS

• Wednesday, June 19. CABARET: RICH MORAN

• Thursday, June 20. INDIE POP: THE FURORS, AL HOWARD

• Wednesday, June 26. INDIE ROCK: THE JELLYSHIRTS

• Thursday, June 27. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FRANK CRITELLI, MARK MIRANDO

• Wednesday, July 10. ACOUSTIC FOLK: SHELDON CAMPBELL

• Thursday, July 11. ACOUSTIC ROCK: JAMES VELVET & THE LONESOME SPARROWS

Music: Peacock Flounders on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 8 PM

Peacock_Flounders_72dpiThe Peacock Flounders play the Best Video Performance Space this Thursday, Jan. 17. the music starts at 8 PM and there is a $5 cover.

The Peacock Flounders are Ron Sutfin, Kerry Miller, Jeff Wiederschall, Sal Paradise. The band was formed in the winter of 2003 as a musical outlet for the original songs of New Haven area musicians Ron Sutfin and Kerry Miller.

The songs are guitar driven with a pop sensibility in the melodies. Kerry and Ron have been playing their original music together since 1980. Their influences are rooted in the British and US punk rock of the late 70’s and early 80’s. Alex Chilton, Big Star, Replacements, Sex Pistols, Generation X, The Stranglers, Todd Rundgren, U2, The Clash, Wipers, Dead Boys, X, Black Flag, Gun Club, Jeffery Lee Pierce, Naked Raygun, Smithereens, were favorites.

Their band Valley of Kings album “Victory Garden” reached #7 on the national CMJ new music charts in 1985 The Peacock Flounders first show was a Saturday night in June ’03 at Cafe Nine in New Haven. Their second show was at the Ideat Village stage at The International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven.

The band has recorded an album CD at producer Ron Sutfin’s Wildwood Ranch Recording Studio in Durham Connecticut. It’s available to buy at CD Baby. Here’s what some of the critics are saying: New Haven Register Entertainment Editor Pat Ferrucci said, “The 10 tune effort that is ‘Hello Beautiful,’ is a stellar record from the New Haven quartet… dense guitar driven, rootsy…very good songwriting from scene veterans Miller and Sutfin …Simply put, ‘Hello Beautiful’ is exactly what you’d expect from the quartet if you’ve ever seen them live, and that’s a big compliment.” New Haven Advocate, Mike Sembos: “Ten tracks of solid power…There’s plenty of substance and creativity.”

The Peacock Flounders performing at Two Boots Pizza in Bridgeport in 2011: