Lys Guillorn & Her Band play the Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Aug. 13. The cover charge is $5 and the music starts at 8 PM. Singer-songwriter Seth Tiven—formerly of 1980’s Boston alt-rock band Dumptruck and 1970’s New Haven new wave group Saucers—has been added to the bill. He will open the show with a set accompanied by Jeff Wiederschall on drums.
Lys Guillorn 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 released her second full-length CD of original material, “Winged Victory,” in November, 2013.
She comes at the listener not only with a full band in tow, but also with a cavalcade of guest musicians and a litany of her own instruments, each of which she’s extremely adept at. On this album Guillorn’s brand of folksy Americana is drenched in 60’s pop harmonies and an indie rock aesthetic. While she’s not afraid to bust out the lap steel, she’s also not afraid to incorporate the occasional cello accompaniment or horn section. It’s an album that’s pretty indicative of an artist who’s spent time floating in and out of varying genres for the last few years and coming back home to incorporate some of that into her own work. Again, positive musical experiences meeting with raw talent on wide open display here.
Veteran singer/songwriter guitarist Seth Tiven is spotlighting his talents with a new self-produced CD, fittingly titled “Solitude.” Purely by coincidence, Rykodisc recently released a collection of some of Dumptruck’s best music titled “Haul of Fame,” covering several decades of Tiven’s music career. Co-founder of the ‘80s college radio darlings, Dumptruck, Tiven got his start playing music in the New Haven and Boston indie-rock scene. His first band, Saucers, included drummer Mark Mulcahy, who went on to be singer of the now-defunct Miracle Legion, and bass player, Craig Bell, who had previously been in the Cleveland proto-punk band Rocket From the Tombs, which spawned the legendary punk group the Dead Boys and art-punk pioneers Pere Ubu.
• Thursday, Aug. 7. FOLK MUSIC/ORIGINAL SONGS: SHELDON CAMPBELL
• Friday, Aug. 8. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: JENNIFER DAUPHINAIS (PONYBIRD); SAM PERDUTA
• Monday, Aug. 11. FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION: WITNESS with JUDITH STAVISKY
• Wednesday, Aug. 13. INDIE ROCK: THE LYS GUILLORN BAND, SETH TIVEN
• Thursday, Aug. 14. ROCK: PARKER’S TANGENT
• Friday, Aug. 15. POP/ART/PUPPETRY: POCKET VINYL, GLUMPUPPET
• Monday, Aug. 18. FILM SCREENING: DANNY SAYS (ROUGH CUT) with FILMMAKER BRENDAN TOLLER
• Wednesday, Aug. 20. BLUEGRASS: DUDLEY FARM STRING BAND
• Thursday, Aug. 21. ROCK: ROPE, JAMES VELVET
• Friday, Aug. 22. CABARET: RICH MORAN
• Thursday, Aug. 28. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED
• Friday, Aug. 29. IMPROV COMEDY TROUPE: TINY DICTATOR
• Wednesday, Sept. 3. CARIBBEAN/POP: LUKE RODNEY
• Thursday, Sept. 4. ACOUSTIC ROCK: JAMES VELVET & THE LONESOME SPARROWS
• Friday, Sept. 5. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART (Just announced!)
• Wednesday, Sept. 10. STRING QUARTET ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE
• Friday, Sept. 12. CHORAL ROCK, INDIE ROCK: THE DRESS-UPS (CD RELEASE!), THE SAWTELLES (Just announced!)
• Thursday, Sept. 18. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED (Just announced!)
• Friday, Sept. 19. INDIE ROCK: EURISKO
• Wednesday, Oct. 1. SINGER-SONGWRITER: NAMOLI BRENNET
• Thursday, Oct. 2. ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC/JAZZ: GEORGE LESIW BAND (Just announced!)
• Friday, Oct. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: DAPHNE LEE MARTIN, HANNAH FAIR
• Friday, Oct. 10. INDIE ROCK: OLIVE TIGER (Just announced!)