Music: Indie rock and pop punk from When In Doubt (NJ), Kim Normal, The Magnetic Sat., May 18, at 7:30 PM

A triple bill of indie rock/punk bands—When In Doubt (from New Jersey), Kim Normal, The Magnetic—play Best Video Performance Space on Saturday, May 18. The show starts at 7:30 PM and the cover is a sliding scale of $5-10—pay what you can in that range.

The pop punk/alternative rock band When in Doubt was formed in 2016 by the two brothers Mike & Pete Benigno and Richie Mandanici. When In Doubt released a song and music video for “Left Your Mark,” reaching just shy of 1.7k views on YouTube, which then followed the 2018 release of a new EP again with Rob Chiarappa named “History.” This release focused a lot on what the bandmates as good friends have gone through and incorporated more of a raw sound. With this new music they now feel completely connected with nothing holding them back. They have also played local shows with bigger bands like Belmont, 7 Minutes in Heaven, The Stolen, VISTA, Boys of Fall, and In Her Own Words.

Kim Normal—formerly called No Idea—was formed in late 2016 in Central CT. The band built a fan base by performing at local farmer’s markets and private parties along with filming covers of full Nirvana and other albums for YouTube. After having success with the covers, the band began writing original material. Their first recording was a cover of “I Saw Her Standing There” by The Beatles. Two EPs, entitled “Your Peril” and “Fungus” followed in late 2017. With the addition of bassist Conor McCarthy, the band is actively playing shows and is currently working on recording their debut LP.

The Magnetic is based out of Danbury CT, indie rock/pop with melodic guitars, anthemic builds & beautifully relatable themes. Their debut EP ‘Quarter Life’ (recorded in 2016/17 at Mother Brother studios) tracks angst through grunge tinged pop songs. These are songs about the things that break us down & then the things that build us back up again. The Magnetic is Courtney LePere on vocals and bass, Kevin McLain on lead/rhythm guitar, and Joe Pacelli on guitar.

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Music: Tiny Box Booking presents Posture & the Grizzly, Prince Daddy & The Hyena, Milkshakes, Just Friends Fri., Nov. 18, at 7 PM

Tiny Box Booking presents a night of party punk at Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Nov. 18. With four bands—Posture & The Grizzly, Prince Daddy & The Hyena, Milkshakes, Just Friends—the show gets off to an early start at 7 PM. The cover is $5.

Posture & The Grizzly

Posture & The Grizzly

If there was ever a time for the DIY punk rock scene to make a comeback after a decade of local growth, now is Posture & The Grizzly’s time. The band’s fast-paced, forward-hitting melodies serve as a homage to the stylings of contemporary Pop-Punk that were prominent in the early 2000’s, a platform that lifted the likes of Brand New and Blink-182 into the forefront of the Punk/Emo scene. With the recent release of their newest album, I Am Satan, that same nostalgia can be felt in the bell-tone tenor voice of Posture frontman, Jordan Chmielowski. As more and more publications such as The New Yorker fundamentally grant them the Tom Delonge crown, you’ll see an equal and unparalleled takeover of the country-wide scene, with Posture & The Grizzly at the reigns.

Prince Daddy & The Hyena

Prince Daddy & The Hyena

Riding the wave on a recently coined term, “weed pop,” Prince Daddy is leading a truly authentic indie rock movement straight out of their New York/Pennsylvania homes. With the culmination of songs on their newest Summer release, I Thought You Didn’t Even Like Leaving, Prince Daddy manages to capture a perfect storm of catchy melodies, infectious lyricism, and the true test to how much harsh noise an amp can handle. Their current tour is in celebration of a recent Fall split release with the band Just Friends, with each band paying tribute to their dad-like inspirations, Weezer, with covers paying tribute to an Alt Rock wave that Weezer similarly began pioneering in the good ol’ days. Be sure to catch a date near you!

Milkshakes

Milkshakes

Milkshakes is like a big lump of always wet clay. Over the past 5 years the band has taken many different shapes and molds. At its current iteration, Milkshakes only has one original member left, Timothy Diltz, who is also the band’s primary songwriter. The band also features three other guys that Tim knows from his days playing in Milkshakes. They have an LP coming out by the end of 2016, so keep an eye out for that!! Long live Tim, and long live Milkshakes!

Just Friends

Just Friends

Consisting of seven different members all coordinating a litany of instruments in a DIY project to remember, California natives Just Friends emerge as a powerful new addition to an ever-changing scene. With their recent split release with Prince Daddy, they embark on a tour around the country that will expose audiences to their unique perspective on indie punk/rock.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Nov. 16. IMPROVISATION/AVANT-GARDE: TOM BLANCARTE, CHRIS CRETELLA, ZACH ROWDEN

• Thursday, Nov. 17. LITERARY: ALICE MATTISON—”THE PLEASURES AND PERILS OF WRITING A NOVEL”

• Friday, Nov. 18. PARTY PUNK: TINY BOX BOOKING presents POSTURE & THE GRIZZLY, PRINCE DADDY & THE HYENA, MILKSHAKES, JUST FRIENDS (7 PM)

• Saturday, Nov. 19. JAZZ JAM with ALLEN LOWE, JEFF FULLER & ED CERCONE

• Monday, Nov. 21. MEMBER’S CHOICE FILM SCREENING: “RUNAWAY TRAIN”

• Wednesday, Nov. 23. AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: DANIEL BACHMAN, ALEXANDER

• Friday, Nov. 25. BLUEGRASS/TRADITIONAL COUNTRY: DAVE PETERSON (A GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTION)

• Saturday, Nov. 26. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)

• Monday, Nov. 28. MEMBER’S CHOICE FILM SCREENING: “CHARADE”

• Wednesday, Nov. 30. JAZZ: URI SHAHAM TRIO

• Thursday, Dec. 1. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: GLENN ROTH, SINGER-SONGWRITER: KRISTEN GRAVES

• Friday, Dec. 2. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES CD RELEASE SHOW, HANK HOFFMAN (solo)

• Sunday, Dec. 4. FREE FIRST SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM (PRESENTED BY GUITARTOWNCT)

• Monday, Dec. 5. MEMBER’S CHOICE FILM SCREENING: “PAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID”

• Friday, Dec. 9. BLUEGRASS: DALE ANN BRADLEY BAND (A GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTION)

• Monday, Dec. 12. MEMBER’S CHOICE FILM SCREENING: “WINTER’S BONE”

• Friday, Dec. 16. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS

• Saturday, Dec. 17. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “THE GOONIES” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)

• Monday, Dec. 19. MEMBER’S CHOICE FILM SCREENING: “CONTACT”

• Friday, Jan. 6. ACOUSTIC FOLK BLUES & MORE: VANGE DURST

• Friday, Jan. 13. BLUEGRASS: FIVE IN THE CHAMBER

• Friday, Jan. 27. JAZZ: BADSLAX

• Saturday, Jan. 28. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)

Music: The Arc Agency presents Walter Etc., Blowout, Rusty Things Sun., Aug. 21

The Arc Agency presents Walter, Etc., Blowout and Rusty Things at Best Video Performance Space on Sunday, Aug. 21. The show starts at 7 PM—early show!—and the cover is $10.

Walter Etc.

Walter Etc.

Walter Etc. is the solo project from the singer/songwriter behind Walter Mitty and His Makeshift Orchestra. A self-proclaimed “cult leader” Walter resides in Portland, Oregon, but is known to travel frequently and make art under several different aliases. While the old group has a definite folk/pop sound, his new project is young, ambitious, and harder to define with one genre. Listen to some music by Walter, Etc. on his Bandcamp page.

Blowout

Blowout

Blowout, also from Portland, play a vibrant pop-punk. They released their debut EP, “We All Float Down Here,” in 2015 to outspoken local acclaim; their newest record, “No Beer, No Dad,” was recently reviewed online at Pitchfork. Chris Stamm wrote in Willamette Week, “‘We All Float Down Here’ is a thrilling 13 minutes of keen and twitchy pop punk that bridges the distance between erstwhile champs like the Get Up Kids and latter-day saints like Hop Along, with Wright’s bright voice dancing in and around the lovely, sun-kissed tumult summoned by guitarists Travis King and Brennan Facchino and drummer Nick Everett.”

Check out some sounds from Blowout here.

Rusty Things is a spicy, eclectic gumbo of all things folk, swing, punk, and good ol’ rock n roll from the Valley/New Haven area of CT. With a full-length album in 2013, an EP in 2014, and a brand new EP called “Dinosaurs Exist Again”, and acoustic release in 2015, Rusty Things stirs up the pot with ingredients from bluegrass and swing to punk, gypsy, and prog. Don’t miss their intense, energetic live performance that douses the audience with passion and good times.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Aug. 11. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT, AN HISTORIC

• Friday, Aug. 12. INDIE/DIY/QUEERCORE: LADY QUEEN PARADISE, ADULT MOM, SPACE CAMP

• Wednesday, Aug. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE, TINY OCEAN

• Thursday, Aug. 18. ROCK: THE RIGHT-OFFS

• Friday, Aug. 19. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: PONYBIRD, FRANK CRITELLI, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET

• Sunday, Aug. 21. INDIE ROCK: WALTER, ETC.; BLOWOUT, 1 more TBA

• Wednesday, Aug. 24. OLD-TIMEY/BLUES: THE ZuZAZZ STRING ORKESTRA

• Thursday, Aug. 25. JAZZ: BRIAN JARAWA GRAY

• Friday, Aug. 26. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

• Tuesday, Aug. 30. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Wednesday, Aug. 31. BLUES/FOLK: CODA BLUE, THE RED HOTS

• Thursday, Sept. 1. ACOUSTIC BLUES/FOLK: DITTYMACK

• Friday, Sept. 2. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Sunday, Sept. 4. FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM SPONSORED BY GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS

• Thursday, Sept. 8. INDIE POP: MISSION ZERO

• Friday, Sept. 9. ROCK: THE FURORS

• Thursday, Sept. 15. FOLK/SOUL: CHRISSY GARDNER & ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Sept. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Saturday, Sept. 17. BLUEGRASS/SWING: TOO BLUE

• Thursday, Sept. 22. PIANO MUSIC: DONALD ALFANO

• Friday, Sept. 23. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SETH ADAM

• Sunday, Sept. 25. SURJ FILM SCREENING: “RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION”

• Tuesday, Sept. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER: DANIELLE ATE THE SANDWICH

• Wednesday, Sept. 28. BRAZILIAN CHORO MUSIC: ROGÉRIO SOUZA, EDINHO GERBER & STEPHEN GUERRA

• Thursday, Sept. 29. AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: SWAMP YANKEE, SAM MOTH

• Friday, Sept. 30. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Wednesday, Oct. 5. WINE TASTING WITH BOB FEINN OF MT. CARMEL WINE & SPIRITS

• Friday, Oct. 7. BLUEGRASS/NEW ACOUSTIC: JOE WALSH & FRIENDS (A GUITARTOWN CT PRODUCTION)

• Saturday, Oct. 8. THE NEW ENGLAND UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

• Friday, Oct. 14. CELTIC/APPALACHIAN: REELIN’ AWAY

• Sunday, Oct. 23. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE MALTESE FALCON”

• Sunday, Oct. 30. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE”

• Sunday, Nov. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE ASPHALT JUNGLE”

• Sunday, Nov. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE AFRICAN QUEEN”