Tag Archives: indie rock

Semaphora & Gold Eris – Thurs., Aug. 11th, 7 PM

Semaphora and Gold Eris share the bill at Best video Film & Cultural Center on Thurs., Aug. 11. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is $10.
SEMAPHORA (pan-coastal CT): the original music of composer and multi-instrumentalist Lydia Arachne, Semaphora combines a dense academic lyricism with floating grooves and fragrant harmonies to create unique songs that are often about animals or computers.  Indie/jazz/folk/prog for the NPR crowd, Semaphora aspires to be the sort of band whose fans are accused of belonging to a cult.
GOLD ERIS (Bridgeport, CT): indie rock with an artpop/electronic twist, an original music project created by singer/songwriter Thomas Oliverio.  Originally a theatre nerd from Somers, NY, Oliverio started composing music at age 15 before pursuing acting in college, instead triple-majoring in heartbreak, disappointment, and self-doubt.  The debut GOLD ERIS record Born a Quitter  (available on all major platforms) came out of processing those experiences.  A second LP, which Oliverio describes as more reflective, cathartic material based in truth, is planned for release in the coming year.
This is an inside show so proof of vaccination and masks are required.

Perennial, Minus Points rock Best Video Thurs., June 30

Perennial and Minus Points play Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Thurs., June 30. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is $10.

Perennial makes loud sounds at oblique angles. Perennial makes punk for the mods. They are a noise-art 3-piece band from New England. Perennial is an effort to make something both visceral and thoughtful. Perennial is Chelsey Hahn (Organ and Vocals), Chad Jewett (Guitar and Vocals) and Wil Mulhern (Drums).

Indie punk band Minus Points—Julian Michaels, Zach Fiscella, Paul Buzel, Jeremy Friedler, and Chase Rivera—play music with a “frenzied wall of distortion, raw emotion, and plenty of humor,” to quote New Haven Independent writer Brian Slattery from his review of their March 16 set at Cafe Nine.

This is an indoor show so proof of vaccination is required to enter and masks are required.

Jellyshirts play Best Video Sat., Apr. 23

Rock trio Jellyshirts return to Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Sat., Apr. 23. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is $10.

This being an inside show, these are our covid protocols: masks and proof of vaccination required.

Looking for a frame of reference for Jellyshirts’ music? Try the Velvet Underground and the Byrds. But the band–led by guitarist/vocalist Bret Logan for over 20 years, ably joined by drummer Scott McDonald and bass player Nick Appleby–has a sound determinedly their own.

From the band’s press packet: “Letting the wash of live sound influence each song, without anybody thinking ‘jazz’ or ‘improvisation.’ Never doing covers of our songs. Trying to get you to levitate about one-and-a-half feet off your chair (willingly, of course).”

The short version: They’re loud (but not crazy loud) and they play bars with a mystical need to reach the audience.

From a 2009 Shoreline Times article by late musician and WPLR Local Bands radio show host James Velvet: “The band has been held in awe by its fans over the years for its sometimes soaring, sometimes droning sound, always played with intensity and skill. A good example is the current lead tune on their MySpace page, a recent live recording of a song they first performed 15 years ago, ‘Disinclined.’ Ten minutes of dynamic live jamming. ‘Pick and soar’ is how their longtime champion Gary Vollono of IndepenDisc.com describes the sound. To which I would add, ‘…and feedback sometimes.’”

The Sawtelles, Things Behind the Sun in double bill Sat., Apr. 16

The Sawtelles play Best Video Film & Cultural Center Sat., Apr. 16. The show starts at 7 PM and Things Behind the Sun open.

This is an indoor show so attendance is 30 max. Proof of vaccination is required to enter and masks are required. (This will be updated if circumstances allow a loosening of these restrictions.)

Husband and wife duo Pete and Julie Riccio are the foundation of the Sawtelles. 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.

Things Behind the Sun is about two old friends reconnecting and discovering the pleasure of making music together again.

Mark Perrelli lives in Berlin with his wife Nancy. Mark is a lifelong drummer having appeared with various local bands in Hartford / New Haven area including Editors and Poor Boy among many others. Rob Dauphinais lives in Simsbury with wife Judy. He plays bass and guitar and has appeared in several bands over the years including Editors, Exit Terra and Ponybird.

Together for the first time in 30 years they will be featuring songs from various bands and stages in their careers. While this appearance will be grounded in song structures and may be labeled ‘folk punk’, Things Behind the Sun will also be gearing up for some louder experiments later this year including a prospective appearance at the Elm City Noise Festival in October.

Lys Guillorn & Her Band, KEVIN MF KING play Fri., Apr. 15, at 7 PM

Lys Guillorn and Her Band shares the bill with KEVIN MF KING at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Fri., Apr. 15. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is $10.

This being an inside show, these are our covid protocols: attendance of 30 max, masks and proof of vaccination required.

Lys Guillorn is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, and discipline-hopping artist from Shelton, Connecticut. A stylistic shape-shifter, Guillorn dips her pointy boots in folk and psych-rock.

In 2018, Guillorn won CT Now’s Best of Hartford Readers Poll for Best Singer-Songwriter. She has two full-length studio records of original material, a collection of covers and compilation tracks, and a couple of EPs and singles on her own label Little Cowgirl Records. Her most recent single is called “Dolores & I,” released on the 2020 compilation Waiting on a Sunrise Vol. 1. Guillorn will be playing electric guitar, and will be joined by Lys Guillorn & Her Band’s bassist, Eric Bloomquist (also of Bronson Rock, Chica Non Grata.)

KEVIN MF KING is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter. Wandering, writing, recording and playing music.

Zoo Front, BEPW play Best Video Thurs., Apr. 14

Zoo Front and BEPW play Best Video on Thurs., Apr. 14, starting at 7 PM. The cover is $10.

This is an indoor show so attendance is 30 max. Proof of vaccination is required to enter and masks are required.

Zoo Front is an eclectic original band based in New Haven, Connecticut. Drawing on a wide variety of influences throughout the history of rock n roll, Zoo Front specializes in upbeat music paired with poignant lyrics. Zoo Front is: Ed Ekendu, Ju Dee Luna, Nancie Tatsapaugh, and Lisa Tonner.

BEPW (Brian Ebin Parker Wolfe) has been playing original music on guitar, mandolin and tiple since the late 60’s. He earliest gigs at The Exit Coffeehouse shaped his ambition to do little more than hang out on the New Haven Green for most of his young adult life. Little has changed since then.

Punk rock from The Problem With Kids Today, Vertico Sat., Apr. 9

The Problem With Kids Today and Vertico raise a ruckus at Best Video Film & Cultural Center Sat., Apr. 9. The show starts at 7 PM. The cover is $10.

This is an indoor show so attendance is 30 max. Proof of vaccination is required to enter and masks are required.

The Problem with Kids Today is a hot trio of rock ‘n’ roll delinquents with Tate Brooks leading the charge on guitar/vox/mic head-butting, Stone-Cold-Silas Lourenco-Lang on low end bass/vox, and Reena Yu pounding on drums. TPWKT’s fun, wild shows and feverish, fashionable following evoke the Mercer Center Arts era of the New York Dolls. Fast, combustible, lewd and spontaneous – they have all the gems of a fantastic live act. With a debut album recorded at Sans Serif Studio in New Haven on the way this winter, teaser tracks like “You’re in Love With Junk” and “Fly Boy” can be found on the band’s Bandcamp site as well as major streaming platforms.

Vertico was formed in 2017 in Monroe, CT. Since then they have written 2 albums together; Wreck (2020), and Clay Face (2021). They have recently relocated to Branford, CT where they are now based and writing their third album “Warmonger”, they hope to release sometime mid-2022.

Kurt Trembeczki plays guitar and sings, Alex McCloskey plays bass guitar and also sings, and Dylan Royka has joined the band in 2021 as their new drummer, together they play a combination of psychedelic, punk and alternative.

Mercy Choir, Brian Gore & The Tender Fritters play Fri., Apr. 8, at 7 PM

Mercy Choir and Brian Gore & The Tender Fritters share the bill at Best Video Film & Cultural Center Fri., Apr. 8. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is $10.

This is an indoor show so attendance is 30 max. Proof of vaccination is required to enter and masks are required. (This will be updated if circumstances allow a loosening of these restrictions.)

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). He will be accompanied by Bobo Lavorgna and Kierstin Sieser.

Songwriter Brian S Gore, with his rotating cast of players, the Tender Fritters, blend Country, Folk, Rock, and Jazz to create a dynamic, accessible while original, telling tales of the world’s back pages. His music can be found on Bandcamp.

Indie rock from Vertico, Too Much of a Good Thing Thurs., Dec. 23

Vertico and Too Much of a Good Thing play Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Thurs., Dec. 23. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is $10.

This being an inside show, these are our covid protocols: attendance of 30 max, masks and proof of vaccination required.

Vertico was formed in 2017 in Monroe, CT. Since then they have written 2 albums together; Wreck (2020), and Clay Face (2021). They have recently relocated to Branford, CT where they are now based and writing their third album “Warmonger”, they hope to release sometime mid-2022.

Kurt Trembeczki plays guitar and sings, Alex McCloskey plays bass guitar and also sings, and Dylan Royka has joined the band in 2021 as their new drummer, together they play a combonation of psychedelic, punk and alternative.

Too Much of a Good Thing is made up of Matt (Chappy) Czaplinski, Malik Robie, and John Paul Scaglione. They all grew up together at summer camp and eventually worked together. Here, the bond grew. For the past four years, Too Much of a Good Thing has played original Melodic Punk music with hints of Ska, metal, and alternative rock. They love just as hard as they play.

Perennial, Window seat play indie rock/punk Thurs., Dec. 16

Perennial and Window Seat play Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Thurs., Dec. 16. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is $10.

This is an indoor show so attendance is 30 max. Proof of vaccination is required to enter and masks are required.

Perennial makes loud sounds at oblique angles. Perennial makes punk for the mods. They are a noise-art 3-piece band from New England. Perennial is an effort to make something both visceral and thoughtful. Perennial is Chelsey Hahn (Organ and Vocals), Chad Jewett (Guitar and Vocals) and Wil Mulhern (Drums).

Window Seat is an indie/pop-punk three piece from New Haven. They started in 2019 as a college band, playing as many dorm room and DIY basement shows as they could. They released their debut album, Call Me in the Morning, at the beginning of the pandemic, and are itching to get back into live shows.