Music: No Line North, Bop Tweedie play Thurs., Feb. 16

No Line North plays Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Feb. 16. Solo singer-songwriter Bop Tweedie opens. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

No Line North.

No Line North’s broad influences and instrumentation work their way into a uniquely unified sound that runs the spectrum from distorted garage rock to orchestral quiet folk. Incorporating violin, loop pedals, vibraphones, distorted guitars and a driving rhythm section, NLN cultivates sizzling, psychedelic folk rock rooted in sonic fields of love.

The band was founded by John Gage (drums, vibraphone, marimba, percussion) and Jon Schlesinger (vocals, guitar, banjo, lap steel) in early 2008 after the two were introduced at a Sonic Youth show. What began as an experimental recording project evolved into a full band with the addition of Taralyn Bulyk (violin) and John Leonard (bass, guitars, vocals). The band started playing shows under the name Closely Watched Trains, sharing stages with P.G. Six, Jesse Malin, The Furors, Mountain Movers, Ttotals, Lys Guillorn, and experimental rocksters Myty Konkeror. The band has also had the privilege of gracing a few festival stages.

The band released their eponymous debut Closely Watched Trains through Twin Lakes Records to much critical acclaim. The New Haven Register proclaimed it the best local release of the year, describing it as “An amazing blend of ebullient folk and rock… a killer disc that features many songs perfect for a Wes Anderson film.” Music blog CTIndie called it “flawless,” while The Big Takeover described it as “fresh and inspired.”

Since then the band has been playing shows and woodshedding while finishing their second record, Farther Out Beyond Today, which will be released in the coming months under the new NLN moniker. Stay tuned.

Bop Tweedie

Bop Tweedie has played in a lot of New Haven bands—23 Hello, Media Circus, Chronicles Of DAISY, Bop Tweedie and the Days—but now describes himself (on his musician Facebook page) as “your typical singer/songwriter type.” These days he is performing his rockesque songs as a solo acoustic guitar singer/songwriter. His songs are “vaguely autobiographical.”

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Feb. 10. ROCK: HAPPY ENDING, MERCY CHOIR (solo)

• Monday, Feb. 13. FILM SERIES SCREENING: “BIRTH OF A NATION”

• Wednesday, Feb. 15. ROCK: LEFT ON SCARLET STREET

• Thursday, Feb. 16. ALT-COUNTRY/ROCK: NO LINE NORTH, BOP TWEEDIE

• Friday, Feb. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ALEX BLAIR

• Monday, Feb. 20. FILM SERIES SCREENING: “ARRIVAL”

• Wednesday, Feb. 22. JAZZ: THE PAUL SHANLEY QUARTET

• Thursday, Feb. 23. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Friday, Feb. 24. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Saturday, Feb. 25. PROTEST MUSIC CABARET: “SHALL WE TALK ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT?”

• Sunday, Feb. 26. “AND THE AWARD GOES TO…”: BVFCC OSCAR AWARDS BRUNCH/FUNDRAISER 4-6 PM

• Monday, Feb. 27. FILM SERIES SCREENING: “HACKSAW RIDGE”

• Wednesday, Mar. 1. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS (rescheduled from Feb. 9)

• Thursday, Mar. 2. SURF ROCK: THE CLAMS

• Monday, Mar. 6. FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MANCHESTER BY THE SEA”

• Wednesday, Mar. 8. JAZZ: BADSLAX

• Saturday, Mar. 11. JAZZ: THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE PLAYS “BLACK, BROWN AND BEIGE; YELLOW, TRANS AND QUEER: MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THIS (A PROTEST SUITE COMPOSED BY ALLEN LOWE)

• Monday, Mar. 13. FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MOONLIGHT”

• Wednesday,  Mar. 15. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHULA WEINSTEIN & BEN ROSS

• Thursday, Mar. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SETH ADAM, KATHY MUIR

• Friday, Mar. 17. INDIE ROCK: DISCO TEEN 66

• Saturday, Mar. 18. INDIE ROCK: JAMES AM DOWNES, BROOMS, GABE MORTALI

• Wednesday, Mar. 22. CLASSICAL: 4-3-2-1: A EUPHONIUM AND FRIENDS PRODUCTION

• Friday, Mar. 24. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH; SINGER-SONGWRITER: BELLE OF THE FALL

• Saturday, Mar. 25. JAZZ: : THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE PLAYS “BLACK, BROWN AND BEIGE; YELLOW, TRANS AND QUEER: MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THIS (A PROTEST SUITE COMPOSED BY ALLEN LOWE)

• Wednesday, Mar. 29. SINGER-SONGWRITER: LAMONT

• Thursday, Mar. 30. ALTERNATIVE/AMERICANA: THE WYRD BROTHERS

• Saturday, Apr. 1. CULT FILM SCREENING: TBA

• Thursday, Apr. 6. AVANT-GARDE: ELM FICTION

• Saturday, Apr. 8. CLASSICAL GUITAR: MAX LYMAN; AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: ALEXANDER

• Sunday, Apr. 9. REDSCROLL RECORDS SCREENING AND MUSIC

• Friday, Apr. 14. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Friday, Apr. 21. POP: THE DRESS-UPS

• Friday, Apr. 28. BLUEGRASS: THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Friday, May 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR & WANDERING ROOTS (CD Release)

• Friday, May 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS IN  THE ROUND: JENNIFER DAUPHINAIS, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET, FRANK CRITELLI

• Saturday, May 6. CULT FILM SCREENING: TBA

• Friday, June 16. BLUEGRASS: MILE TWELVE (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, June 23. CHAMBER ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Friday, Aug. 4. BLUEGRASS: HONEY DEWDROPS (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Sept. 15. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

 

Music: Henry Sidle; Anna Ayres-Brown on Thursday, Dec. 27, at 8 PM

Young singer-singwriters Henry Sidle and Anna Ayres-Brown will play the BEST VIDEO PERFORMANCE SPACE on Thursday, Dec. 27, with music starting at 7:30 PM. The cover for this show is $5.

Henry Sidle, born in Chicago, is a teenage guitar player and singer/songwriter who plays gigs most days of the year. When Henry was 11, he began to play the guitar. Several years later, Henry has made his way to major festivals, venues, studios, cities and private parties. Henry’s music has been played Sirius XM’s Grateful Dead station. Henry has a unique acoustic rock sound, spiced up with his BOSS RC-30 loop station and large repertoire of originals and covers.

Henry’s main influences are The Beatles, Phish, Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Sublime, The Avett Brothers, Toots and the Maytals, and Keller Williams. Henry’s originals go from topics such as human awareness to life stories to relationships. Henry has played his guitar at benefit concerts for schools and has played educational songs for pre-schoolers. Back in middle school, Henry performed for large audiences with the jazz band that featured Henry on guitar and the concert band with Henry on piano and guitar. Henry has played small farmers markets, city streets, and book stores. Henry has also played large events such as the Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport.

Watch Henry play his song “The World as It Should Be” at the Gathering of the Vibes Festival in 2011:

Anna Ayres-Brown is a 15 year-old sophomore from New Haven, CT. She attends Hopkins School. She began writing songs on the guitar at a young age and has continued with her interest in songwriting. She is in an all-female a cappella group from Hopkins, “Triple Trio”. She is also an avid member of the Drama Association at her school.

Listen to Anna Ayres-Brown’s “Another Day 2”:

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Jan. 2. ACOUSTIC GUITAR/FOLK: JOHN THOMAS

• Sunday, Jan. 6. FILM SCREENING & TALK: “ALL ME: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF WINFRED REMBERT”

• Wednesday, Jan. 9. ELECTRIC ROCK: MOLD MONKIES

• Thursday, Jan. 10. CLASSICAL GUITAR: ORPHÉE RUSSELL

• Monday, Jan. 14. FILM SERIES: WHAT WOULD YOU DO? “STATE OF THE UNION”

Music: Frank Critelli & Mark Mirando to play the Performance Space Wed., Oct. 24

Frank Critelli and Mark Mirando are solo performers, occasional songwriting partners, and drinking-buddies from the great state of Connecticut. On October 24, at Best Video, they will each perform a solo set of songs from their extensive catalogues of original music. Then, they’ll perform a duo set of a few of the songs they’ve written together. Expect to hear everything from ragged harmonica-accompanied folk songs to pristine piano pop. Stop down and have a beer.

The music will start at 7:30 PM.  The cover charge for this show is $5.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

Thursday, Oct. 25, 8 PM. Music of the Great American Songbook (Porter, Berlin, Gershwin, Mercer et al): Rich Moran, accompanied by Judy and Steve Webber

Sunday, Oct. 28, 6 PM. A Program for Kids of All Ages: Family Halloween Film Screening

Thursday, Nov. 1, 8 PM. Jazz: David Chevan

Monday, Nov. 5, 7 PM. What Would You Do? Film Series: “Brigham City”

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7:30 PM. Wildlife Stories: Ann Prum

Thursday, Nov. 8, 8 PM.Indie Psych/Pop: MT Bearington