Music: Heather Fay at Best Video on Thurs., Jan. 22, at 8 PM

Heather_Fay_candid_WebHeather Fay and her band play the Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Jan. 22. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Jan. 14. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS

• Thursday, Jan. 15. SOLO ACOUSTIC GUITAR: ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Jan. 16: INDIE ROCK: MERCY CHOIR

• Sunday, Jan. 18. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY HITCHCOCK: “REAR WINDOW”

• Wednesday, Jan. 21. SONGWRITERS’ CIRCLE: MARK MIRANDO, DICK NEAL, REX FOWLER

• Thursday, Jan. 22. ALT-COUNTRY: HEATHER FAY

• Sunday, Jan. 25. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY HITCHCOCK: “NORTH BY NORTHWEST”

• Thursday, Jan. 29. THEATRICAL READING: “COZY BEACH” BY STEVE BELLWOOD

• Friday., Jan. 30. JAZZ: URI SHAHAM

• Friday, Feb. 6. AVANT-GARDE: RIVENER, LIGHT UPON BLIGHT

• Wednesday, Feb. 11. JAZZ: BRETT BOTTOMLEY

• Thursday. Mar. 5. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Friday, Mar. 6. JAZZ: NICK DiMARIA WiRED

• Friday, April 3. AVANT-GARDE: ZERO DOLLAR

• Friday, April 17. WPKN BENEFIT

• Friday, May 1. FILM FEST: “A DARK ROOM”

(UPDATED AUG. 4!) Music: Lys Guillorn & Her Band on Wed., Aug. 13, at 8 PM; Seth Tiven added to the bill

Lys_Guillorn_Band_040313_WebLys 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.

Chip McCabe reviewed her album on CTNow.com, writing:

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.

Dumptruck

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• 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!)

 

Music: Elison Jackson to play alt-country/indie rock Thurs., June 6, at 8 PM

Elison_Jackson_WebThe band Elison Jackson play the Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, June 6. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Elison Jackson is a stoner-soul/garage-folk band from New Haven, CT. Their latest release, “I Do Believe She Flew Out the Drainpipe,” drew critical acclaim in regional press and blogosphere.  They’ve toured east of the Mississippi extensively for the past year and a half, and have shared the stage with Akron/Family, The Music Tapes, The Sadies, Those Darlins, and more.  They plan to release their new full length this summer.

Reviewing “I Do Believe She Flew Out the Drainpipe” on CT.com, Chip McCabe wrote, “Fans of Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Velvet Underground, The Byrds, Syd Barrett, and especially The Animals will rejoice over the authenticity and awesomeness of this album.”

CT’s Elison Jackson has been on my personal radar for awhile now.  I was blown away by last year’s full length effort, Spectral Evidence, and had big hopes for any new recorded material.  My expectations have been exceeded.  Their new EP, “I Do Believe She Flew Out the Drain Pipe” (released on New London’s  The Telegraph Recording Company imprint) is hands down one of the best things you’ll hear out of the CT music scene this year.

Elison Jackson has always had this sort of ethereal , ghostly quality to the brand of folk rock they peddle.  However on this release they’ve taken their sound to new dark and secret places that it hasn’t ventured as of yet.  Songs like “Burned” and “Parking Lot” feel a little dangerous, the latter especially with its haunting backing vocals and nasty guitar work.  There are moments on this EP where I feel like I’m suddenly launched into a David Lynch film even if only for a brief moment and that’s not a bad thing at all.

Check out this live performance by Elison Jackson on the “Live & Local” show:

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