Music: The Sawtelles, Lys Guillorn perform Thurs., Mar. 13, at 8 PM

Sawtelles_Guillorn_WebThe Sawtelles, who played the first concert in the Best Video Performance Space, will play the last show in the original room. They will be joined on the bill by Lys Guillorn playing a solo set. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

The music of husband and wife duo The Sawtelles is a balance of four elements: alternate-tuned guitar, stand-up drum kit (ala Velvet Underground’s Mo Tucker) and two voices. Sparse but intricately arranged pop that is as lush as it is threadbare makes what is played as important as what isn’t. Peter plays guitar and Julie plays drums; they both sing. Their sparse but intricately arranged pop is as lush as it is captivatingly unique.

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. They have released 4 CDs; for a preview, see their website.

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 put out her second full-length CD of original material, “Winged Victory, ” in 2013.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Mar. 6. BUOYANT POP ROCK: THE FURORS

• Monday, Mar. 10. FILM SCREENING: “BABEL”

• Thursday, Mar. 13. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES; LYS GUILLORN

• Monday, Mar. 17. FILM SCREENING: “MEMENTO”

• Monday. Mar. 24. FILM SCREENING: “MULHOLLAND DRIVE”

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

• Thursday, Apr. 17. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE LONESOME SPARROWS

Just announced—music next week: Wry Bred on Wed., Mar. 12, Sawtelles & Lys Guillorn on Thurs., Mar. 13

In what are likely to be the last shows played in the original Best Video Performance Space—the venue is being moved to the other side of the store—contra dance music trio Wry Bred (Robert Messore, Julie Sorcek, Mickey Koth) will play on Wednesday, Mar. 12, and The Sawtelles and Lys Guillorn will perform on Thursday, Mar. 13.

More details to come.

Music: Indie rock and folk with Lys Guillorn Band Wed., Apr. 3, at 8 PM

The Lys Guillorn Band plays the Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Apr. 3. The cover charge is $5 and the music starts at 8 PM.

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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 is working on her second full-length CD of original material. At the Best Video Performance Space on April 3, she will perform with her full band.

Vincent Bator profiled Guillorn in the Hartford Indie Music Examiner last April, writing:

Labeling the 38-year old Guillorn’s musical style is too confining and counter-intuitive, but a starting point is her reverence for distinctly American music. Neither a straight-ahead purist nor a campy reinterpreter of the country and folk classics she’s obviously influenced by, Guillorn’s voice is authentic, stark and refreshing…

While she’s invariably compared to artists like Laura Veirs, Emmylou Harris and Kristen Hersh, it’s not a stretch to add Lisa Germano and Lucinda Williams to the list of comparisons. There’s an element of subtle experimentalism in both her songcraft and recordings; like Germano’s, and a subtext of world-weariness in her vocals similar to Williams’. On the surface, the songs’ arrangements seem conventional, but below it, odd tunings and bits of sound collage-y stuff give texture and true artistry to the tunes. Guillorn’s voice is at times restrained, hushed and ragged — no histronics here.

Guillorn was interviewed for Chip’s Unnamed Local Band show and played one of her songs. Watch:

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Thursday, Apr. 4. CLASSICAL/BRAZILIAN: HAVEN STRING QUARTET with SAMBELEZA

• Wednesday, Apr. 10. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Thursday, Apr. 11. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Apr. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ESTHER GOLTON

• Monday, Apr. 22. FILM SCREENING FOR “WHAT WOULD YOU DO?” SERIES: “WALK ON WATER”

• Thursday, Apr. 25. JAZZ: THE NICK Di MARIA QUARTET

• Sunday, May 5. FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION: “ALL ME: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF WINFRED REMBERT”

• Wednesday, May 8. INDIE ROCK: POOLS ARE NICE, BUCK McGRANE