RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE WEEK
You shouldn’t have any trouble finding anything to do this weekend on the shoreline, with a wide variety of shows taking place, especially on Saturday night. But first, Friday night. The obvious choice here is the long-awaited return of the Can Kickers (http://www.cankickers.com/) to New London. They will be playing a show at 33 Golden Street, along with the Weird Beards (www.theweirdbeards.com) and Resident Alien Project. The Can Kickers are living in separate states these days, with drummer Doug Schaefer in Texas and the two Dans (Daniel Spurr and Dan Thompson) residing in Connecticut. They will be playing several shows in the area on this tour, so there will be a few chances to see them in the next week. See the calendar section below for details. Friday’s show will start at 9 pm, and cover is $5.
On Saturday night, there are many great shows to choose from, and you can’t go wrong with whatever you choose to do (unless you choose to stay home, which I do NOT recommend doing). Your first stop should be the new Bean and Leaf Cafe in New London, located at the Harbour Towers condominiums on Bank Street in New London, where the Rivergods (www.therivergods.com) will play their annual holiday semi-acoustic show. This has been a tradition of the season for many years, and this year the Meadows Brothers (http://www.reverbnation.com/themeadowsbrothers) will open the show. Music starts at 7:30 pm. Admission is free and all ages, with donations collected for the musicians. Bean and Leaf is on the street level, in the space once occupied by Carlo’s Restaurant, and they have a designated parking area set aside for their patrons.
After the Rivergods show, you can walk over to the Bank Street Cafe for the Straight to VHS (https://www.facebook.com/straighttovhs) show at the Bank Street Cafe. This will be a CD release party for their brand new CD “Rewinder”, which should be available to purchase at the show. Also on the bill are A Honey Wagon (http://www.jango.com/music/A+Honey+Wagon?l=0) and We Got Mouths. Go to www.theday.com for a nice four-part series on Straight to VHS by Peter Huoppi. The show starts at 10 pm and cover is $5.
Over at 33 Golden Street in New London, you can see Chris MacKay and the Tone Shifters (www.toneshifters.com), Blonde Furniture, and Harper & Owens on Saturday night. The show will start at 9 pm with Harper and Owens playing the first set, followed by Blonde Furniture (http://www.blondefurnitureband.com/) at 10 pm (or a little before), and then Chris MacKay and the Tone Shifters closing out the night with a set at 11 pm. Blonde Furniture have promised that they will be playing “loud and electric”, with Ludent Tremmel on lead guitar (having replaced Tim Stawarz). The band usually plays a couple of shows a year when Bill Dumas is here visiting from Los Angeles. Sue MacKay will be pulling double duty on accordian, performing with both Blonde Furniture and the Tone Shifters, and Chris MacKay will also play percussion with Blonde Furniture. Bill will be playing drums instead of acoustic guitar for this show. You can also see Blonde Furniture streaming online on Thursday at noon on the Day’s Live Lunch Break (www.theday.com). Cover at 33 will be $5.
Another recommendation for Saturday night is the show at the Oasis Pub in New London with the Suicide Dolls (https://www.facebook.com/theSuicideDolls), the New Highway Hymnal (http://thenewhighwayhymnal.bandcamp.com/), and Velah (http://velah.bandcamp.com/). Both of the out of town bands are from Boston. Paste Magazine describes the New Highway Hymnal as playing “loud, bluesy, reverb-soaked rock that interweaves psychedelic punk with twangy guitars”. Velah blends “elements of noise-pop, shoegaze, and post-punk with shimmering guitars, lush synths, and a thunderous rhythm section”. With Matt Covey increasingly busy, the Suicide Dolls will have Ben LaRose on drums, and this will be his first New London show with them. Cover is $5 and start time is somewhere around 10 pm.
Here’s Blonde Furniture with “Start the Revolution”
And here are Chris MacKay and the Tone Shifters with “Lena”:
Thu 12/27/12 – Sandman and friends at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER
- The Can Kickers, Milksop:Unsung at Black Eyed Sally’s in Hartford 8 pm ALL AGES
- The Meadows Brothers at the Harp & Dragon in Norwich 9 pm
Fri 12/28/12 – The Can Kickers, the Weird Beards, Resident Alien Project at 33 Golden Street in New London 9 pm
- Ferocious Fucking Teeth, Snow Orphan, Tomb and Thirst, Wrist Like This at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London 8 pm
- John D’Amato Band at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm
- Evan Wahlquist Band, Talking to Walls at Two Boots in Bridgeport
Sat 12/29/12 – The Rivergods, the Meadows Brothers at Bean and Leaf in New London 7:30 pm
- Chris MacKay and the Tone Shifters (11 pm), Blonde Furniture (10 pm), Harper & Owens (9 pm) at 33 Golden Street in New London
- The Suicide Dolls, the New Highway Hymnal, Velah at the Oasis Pub in New London 10 pm
- Straight to VHS, A Honey Wagon, We Got Mouths at the Bank Street Cafe in New London (CD Release) 10 pm
- The Can Kickers, Folk Y’All, Filthy Still, Aster Place, Rainy Bird at the Red Lion House in Quaker Hill (2 Old Colchester Road) ALL AGES
- The Sawtelles, Zoo Front at Javapalooza in Middletown 7 pm
- Tomb and Thirst, Ferocious Fucking Teeth, Stone Titan, Last Words at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm
- Paper Hill Casket Company, the Sway at Elm Bar in New Haven
- Lustre Kings at Black Eyed Sally’s in Hartford 8 pm
Mon 12/31/12 – Catholic Guilt, Empty Vessels, Wrist Like This at the Orphanage (300 State Street) in New London 8 pm $3
- Street People, MT Bearington, Space Orphans at the Oasis Pub in New London
Wed 1/2/13 – The Can Kickers, the Shoutbacks, Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm
Thur 1/3/13 – The Hoolios, the Steve Broderick Band at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm
- Cosby Sweater Kids, Slander, Average Citizen at the Space in Hamden 7 pm
- Good Night Bluemoon, Becky Kessler & Floyd Kellogg at Black Eyed Sally’s in Hartford 8 pm
Fri 1/4/13 - Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons, Nikki Lane, Paper Hill Casket Company at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm
- Priests, Shrinnirs, Lesher at Never Ending Books in New Haven 7 pm
Sat 1/5/13 – The Weird Beards, Pocket Vinyl at the Oasis Pub in New London
- Horns of Ormus, Lamb Bombs, Brazen Hussy at 33 Golden Street in New London
- Hilton Valentine and Skiffledog at the Kate in Old Saybrook 8 pm
- Christine Ohlman at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly 8 pm
- The Vivisectors, the Deacons, the Lost Riots at Elm Bar in New Haven
- The Suzan, the Mendition of the Quay at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm