Drifting North, Slyne & The Family Stoned play Fri., June 11

Drifting North and Slyne & The Family Stoned play the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Fri., June 11, starting at 5 PM.

Drifting North’s sonic explorations cover a lot of fertile ground — psychedelic folk/pop tunes and garage rockers can morph into motorik train beat jammers that bleed into meditative folk ragas. Paired with impressionist lyrics, the result is a beautiful sonic spread — a fresh take on the kind of cosmic Americana that’s been bubbling up from the the US underground the past few years.

Michael Slyne leads a group of punks and freaks and lovers and misfits and drifters and soul searchers and jazz cats and pseudo pop queens and tone benders black market salesmen. They try and make a glorious racket.

The Best Video cafe will be open and serving coffee, wine, and beer.

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and conscientiousness on masks. Not everybody is vaccinated yet and our venue wants to advise caution and consideration for others.

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up. There will also be a donation vase set out for Best Video.

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

UPDATE—Postponed to Sun., June 6, at 3 PM: Mercy Choir, Kierstin Sieser on the Best Video deck

UPDATE: Due to the inclement weather today, the Mercy Choir/Kierstin Sieser show is being rescheduled to an afternoon show at 3 PM on Sunday, June 6, rather than today, Sat., May 29.

Mercy Choir and Kierstin Sieser play the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Saturday, May 29, starting at 5:30 PM.

Paul Belbusti is a musician, writer, visual artist currently based near the New Haven, Connecticut area of the United States of America. His main creative musical project is called Mercy Choir. He’s also one half of the experimental duo Rivener. He is the author of two chapbooks: Imperial Pools (Analog Submission Press) and Lucy (Good Cop/Bad Cop Press).

Kierstin Sieser is the songwriter and lead vocalist for Tiny Ocean. Her new solo ep, Little Shots of Pepper, was released on 3/19/2021.

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and conscientiousness on masks. Not everybody is vaccinated yet and our venue wants to advise caution and consideration for others.

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up. (There will also be a Best Video tip jar for donations.)

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

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Spit-take, Tim Rowe play Thurs., May 27, at 5 PM

Local indie rockers Spit-take play a cassette release show on the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Thurs., May 27. The show starts at 5 PM with a solo set by Tim Rowe.

Spit-Take—who will play a rare quiet(er) set— are an indie-punk trio comprised of members of the bands Heats of Formation and Secret Parts. Joe Katz (guitar/vocal) Maggie Kinsella-Shaw (bass), and Dan Katz (drums) relocated as a band from Willimantic, CT to the Elm City in 2014. Their energetic, hook-packed songs reveal a strong affinity for early period Replacements and other garage punk power pop greats from well before these band members were born. The band has put out several releases on vinyl LP, cassette, and digitally.

Tim Rowe, who will perform solo, was formerly in the band Worn Leather.

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RESCHEDULED (AGAIN)! The Sawtelles play the Best Video deck Sun., May 23, rather than Apr. 16 due to rain/cold forecast

UPDATE: The Sawtelles will play the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck on Sunday, May 23, at 5 PM. This show was rescheduled due to predicted rain and cold for the original date of Friday, Apr. 16, and the rescheduled date of Apr. 25.

The Sawtelles play the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Friday, Apr. 16, starting at 5 PM.

Husband and wife duo Pete and Julie Riccio are the foundation of the Sawtelles. They have added a new texture to their palette in recent years with the addition of guitarist and saxophonist Richard Brown but will play this show as a duo. Their music is a balance of four elements: alternate-tuned guitar, stand-up drum kit (ala Velvet Underground’s Mo Tucker) and two voices. Peter plays guitar and Julie plays drums; they both sing. Their sparse but intricately arranged pop is as lush as it is captivatingly unique; what is played as important as what isn’t.

Their self-produced DYI philosophy aligns them more with the hand painted Sun Ra LP’s of 1950’s and 60’s then it does with those striving for mainstream commercial success.

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and masks are mandatory. (Yes, you can lower them to take a drink but please raise them up again.)

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up.

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S.G. Carlson, Patrick Dalton, Alex Burnet share bill Sat., Apr. 24, on Best Video deck

S.G. Carlson, Patrick Dalton, and Alex Burnet play the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Sat., Apr. 24, starting at 4:45 PM.

New Haven Connecticut’s S.G. Carlson writes with an acerbic punch. With incisive and often satirical lyrics he explores a fascination with the mundane, good and bad uses of time, and a fist full of bummers. He has worked in different capacities with a variety of bands including but not limited to: Ports of Spain, Laundry Day, The Proud Flesh, 10K Blades, Rob Carlson and Benefit Street, and Winter White.

According to a New Haven Independent writer, “(Carlson’s) unassuming demeanor masks a rich musical background and artistic presence.”

Patrick Dalton doesn’t simply play guitar or write songs, he absorbs music, breathes it in, digests it and assimilates it.

Dalton’s own music, while strikingly original and nuanced, has a familiarity to it—there’s Delta blues in his studied finger picking, folk and hip hop in his storied lyrics and powerful, breathy voice, big band in his trumpet playing, and classic American songwriting in his melodies. His songs come to terms with everything from death to macro-politics to economics, and while his subject matter may be heavy at times, Dalton’s songs leave you pensive rather than downtrodden, interested rather than pessimistic.

Dalton has lent his talents as both musician and sound engineer to many musical projects, including The Proud Flesh, Sidewalk Dave, Elison Jackson, Ports of Spain, and Ceschi.

Carlson and Dalton are co-owners of Sans Serif Recording Studio in New Haven.

Alex Burnet is a song writer from New Haven CT. Her work with The Proud Flesh and Laundry Day has gathered regional and nation eyes. Coming off quarantine with new songs and the owner of Free As Birds Records she is ready to stretch her legs; see faces; and play music.

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and masks are mandatory. (Yes, you can lower them to take a drink but please raise them up again.)

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up.

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

UPDATE: POSTPONED Music: SAP, The Knife Kickers, Daniprobably play Fri., Mar. 13, at 7:30 PM

UPDATE 3/12: Due to concerns raised by COVID-19, Friday’s show at Best Video Film & Cultural Center is being postponed to a later date. Our apologies to all who were looking forward to the show, but the musicians and the staff of Best Video Film & Cultural Center think it is prudent to err on the side of caution. We look forward to rescheduling this event when circumstances allow.
The indie rock acts SAP, Knife Kickers, and Daniprobably play Best Video Performance Space on Friday the 13th. The show starts at 7:30 PM and the cover is a sliding scale of $5-10 (pay what you can in that range).
SAP is a four piece indie pop band fronted by Amber Kristjansson accompanied by Chris Killbourn on guitar, Cameron Schmitt on bass and Rich Figlewski on drums. Emotionally driven lyrics flow over twinkling guitar, driving bass and jazz drums.
The Knife Kickers are a folk punk band out of Woodbury, CT. Daniprobably play guitar and drum indie rock.

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Music: Fleurs, Alethea, Safety Meeting play indie rock Fri., Feb. 28, at 7:30 PM

Indie rock groups Fleurs, Safety Meeting, and Alethea play a triple bill at Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Feb. 28. The show starts at 7:30 PM and the cover is a sliding scale of $5-10 (pay what you can in that range).

Fleurs is a musical enigma. All shifty riffs and sticky words, Fleurs draws romance out of depravity, mining glitter out of gunk. Fleurs is the feeling of lighting a cigarette on a cold day, the smell of a one night stand, the sound of fine china shattering on concrete. Too smart to be rock, too hard to be pop, Fleurs’ music is a multi-headed serpent that strangles as it caresses.

Alethea is a three-piece punk band from New Haven, CT that features Kurt McGirt (guitar, vocals), Dan Halen (bass, vocals), and Matt Rossi (drums). Founded in 2018, the New York-based Safety Meeting is a four piece indie garage pop band.

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Music: Vicki F, Brian Larney perform Fri., Feb. 21, at 7:30 PM

Singer-songwriters Vicki F and Brian Larney play sets Friday, Feb. 21. The show starts at 7:30 PM and the cover is a sliding scale of $5-10 (pay what you can in that range).

Vicki F is a rock musician and songwriter who was the lead singer and founder of The Dini Band from 2010 to 2016, and was one of the the lead singers and guitar players for the 80s post-punk band, Troupe DiCoupe, that headlined at CBGBs, Max’s Kansas City, other NYC venues and also Ron’s Place, New Haven. She is now performing originals in and around Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Haunted by hooks and good old fashioned song-craft, Brian Larney is an eclectic, non-stop music-making machine. The Connecticut native and New England Music Awards nominee splits his time performing as a solo acoustic act, as the front-man of his band Brian Larney and The Town Hall, and as part of the harmony pop group Pigeon English. He’s an alternative folk-rock singer-songwriter with an honest and thoughtful style that has been described as “quirky, earnest, and vulnerable.” Larney’s music is as influenced by pop songs of the mid-1960s as it is by the contemporary artists he’s often compared to, such as Jason Isbell and The Decemberists.

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Music: Indie rock triple bill featuring Pheobe, The Lost Weekend, Ghostwoods Wed., Feb. 19, at 7:30 PM

There is an indie rock triple bill at Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The featured groups are Pheobe, The Lost Weekend, and Ghostwoods. The show starts at 7:30 PM and the cover is a sliding scale of $5-10 (pay what you can in that range).

Pheobe is a newly formed New Haven Punk/Indie/Noise trio. Their goal is to bring the ruckus with as many different styles as possible, and continuously create new ideas and performances. Influences would be: WEEN, Pavement, the Grateful Dead, Grizzly Bear, Black Sabbath—anything between “dark” and “hilarious.” The group is led by Peter Omalyev (guitar/vocals).

The Lost Weekend is an independent alternative rock band based out of central and southern CT. Formed in Summer 2013, The Lost Weekend just released their first full-length LP “Denial,” recorded over the last three years. Fourteen original songs produced by The Lost Weekend. Singles: “Nothing Concrete” and “Different Than You Are.”

Ghostwoods is a new project, from members of Breakthrough Frequencies, The Lively, and Yuppy Flu. Ghostwoods is an indie rock band from CT with influences all over the map. They have released two songs on Bandcamp, “New Leaves” and “Dead Wax.”

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Music: The Sawtelles, Robert Zott enliven Sat., Jan. 25, at 7:30 PM

The Sawtelles will celebrate 20 years together with a return to the Best Video Film and Cultural Center stage on Sat., Jan. 25, at 7:30 PM. The cover is a sliding scale of $5-10 (pay what you can in that range).

The Sawtelles were the first act ever to play live music at Best Video back in 2011. For two decades, they have performed at art galleries, museums, performance spaces, festivals, night clubs, farmer’s markets and an even wider variety of diverse venues, as well as on radio and television.

Peter Riccio writes the songs, sings, plays guitar, and records the band. Julie Riccio plays drums, adds vocals, influences song arrangements, and develops artwork for CD releases.

Former BVFCC Executive Director Richard Brown began his association with the duo in 2014. He plays guitar and saxophone.

The trio’s sound is an incorporation of a wide range of musical influences particularly from the rock, jazz, and songwriter traditions. The additional guitar and saxophone expand the two voice, guitar and drum sonic palette, offering a distinct take on the unique song structures. Ballads, love songs, a dirge, a punk rock song, or a jazz or blues influenced piece, all benefit from lush, quirky arrangements with global influence. There is counterpoint, polyphony, and improvisation. This is an original band — with a sense of humor. Be there to be part of a fun night. Get experienced!

Robert Zott opens the show, an amazing songwriter, musician and visual artist. Zott is a Hartford, CT-based singer/songwriter who creates a unique form of conceptual blues. His music incorporates objects such as a nautical speaking tube, a Morse code generator, and a music box made from a black box flight recorder. Each object makes reference to communication at a distance and functions as a metaphor for isolation.

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