(UPDATED) Music: Kevin MF King, Paul Belbusti (Mercy Choir) on Thurs., Jan. 16, at 8 PM

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Kevin MF King

UPDATE: This show, originally show scheduled for Thursday evening, Jan. 2, featuring Kevin MF King and Paul Belbusti (Mercy Choir), has been postponed to Thursday, Jan. 16, due to the snowstorm.

Kevin MF King and Paul Belbusti (Mercy Choir) will perform separate sets at the Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Jan. 16. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Kevin MF King’s songs run amok with topics such as work drudgery, self-reflection, escapism, the debauchery displayed in modern politics and the process of human interaction, at times using fictional folk tales to tell a story, others just beautiful instrumentals. KMFK has more than 100 self-recorded songs regularly distributed on self-released hand-stamped cds.

Paul Belbusti (Mercy Choir)

Paul Belbusti (Mercy Choir)

Mercy Choir is the songwriting/recording/performing project of Paul Belbusti, who is based in New Haven. The music has been described using any and all of the following terms: acoustic, folk, noise, psychedelic, rock, electroacoustic, outsider, indie, freak folk, bad, good, weird, beautiful, ugly, impressive, depressing, disappointing, metal, quiet, loud, authentic, fake, electronic, digital, analog, pretentious, hi-fi, lo-fi, etc.

In a review on CT.com in 2012, Chip McCabe referred to Mercy Choir as “one of the best one-man projects to come out of CT in recent memory.” McCabe wrote about Mercy Choir’s “The Very Great and Horrible Harshness” album:

Mercy Choir pulls in from a lot of different influences.  The first three tracks on the album – “The Song I Have Hoped To Write”, “GUN”, and “Chalk It Up” – remind me a lot of the solo work of Syd Barrett, which is not a bad thing at all.  Other tracks on this album do well to mix the old with the new as styles like 70’s German krautrock intermingle with today’s psych folk pioneers.  There are multiple examples on this album of how one man can create unique and beautiful music all in the comfort of his own living room.  “Ain’t It Groovy” for example is a gorgeous piece of music, with a guitar that just kind of floats like a bird against the wind.  And speaking of birds, the song “Bird” literally sounds to me like something I may have heard in a Stanley Kubrick film – that sort of heavily synthesized, dreamy, yet dark piece of music saved for the most stunning of scenes.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Jan. 8. JAZZ: BRETT BOTTOMLEY (Just announced!)

• Thursday, Jan. 9. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SOLIN

• Wednesday, Jan. 15. FILM SCREENING: “THE THIRD MAN”

• Thursday, Jan. 16. SINGER/SONGWRITER: KEVIN MF KING, PAUL BELBUSTI (MERCY CHOIR)

• Wednesday, Jan. 22. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA (Just announced!)

• Thursday, Jan. 23. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ILANA ZSIGMOND

• Wednesday, Jan. 29. INDIE ROCK: SOZIO (Just announced!)

• Thursday, Jan. 30. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Wednesday, Feb. 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: JENNIFER DAUPHINAIS, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET

• Thursday, Feb. 6. ROCK: THE DRESS-UPS

• Wednesday, Feb. 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS PAT STONE

• Thursday, Feb. 13. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: BIG FAT COMBO (Just announced!)

• Thursday, Feb. 20. BLUEGRASS: 5 IN THE CHAMBER

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

• Thursday, Apr. 17. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE LONESOME SPARROWS (Just announced!)