by Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez
Twitter at @lsgoriginal
TWO WEEKENDS AGO, I had the pleasure of watching 13 terrific local bands rock the hell out of Arch Street Tavern in Hartford over 2 nights. Brainchild of Chip McCabe, it was the first in, hopefully, many years of shows meant to raise money for local bands making their way to perform at SXSW. And what a show it was! I would be remiss in not mentioning that the fab duo known as Shag Frenzy kept the crowd warmed up between sets! As I find more often than not, the shows were very well attended by local musicians supporting one another.
Night one, Saturday night, was what I would call the more mello night. It was a bit more acoustic/indie in nature with Sidewalk Dave (ok, not so acoustic!), Sassy Ms Daphne Lee Martin (ok, sex in songs), Jose Oyola & the Astronauts (finally got to see them!), Fake Babies, Modern Merchant (see their Daytrotter performance below!), and rounding out the evening, the always wonderful, Little Ugly.
Pictures of all night one bands — https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.458360107566080.1073741826.123226597746101&type=3
Night two was a night full of duos and bands that just blew the roof off the joint! It was just nuts. Featuring Ports of Spain, Oh, Cassius!, Sun Dagger (Holy Moly were they unexpected for me!), Bedroom Rehab Corporation (been listening to their CD this week!), my loves, 1974, and finally, wrapping up two days of ridiculous musical goodness, Atrina (see their new video below)
Pictures of all night two bands – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.458570950878329.1073741827.123226597746101&type=3
It was one hell of a weekend, for certain. Many thanks to Chip McCabe, who keeps exceeding all expectations when it comes to his musical pairings and shows. He really seems to know what wine goes with what course.
IT NORMALLY DON’T VENTURE OUT on Sunday nights but I made an exception last Sunday for 2 reasons…To see the Isaac Young Quartet play at The Space and so I could get a sneak peak at The Spaceland Ballroom. It was worth the outing in both respects. IYQ played to a very large crowd for a Sunday night. And they seemed to really feed off of it. The sets were HOT and the crowd really appreciated the performance. Nice job to them. And…I got a private walk through of the new venue. Yes!
AND SPEAKING OF SPACELAND BALLROOM…the grand opening is 3/15 and it’s going to be fab. You should really consider attending! Read about it here… http://www.localbandreview.com/2013/03/lsg-spot-spaceland-ballroom-grand-opening
GUESS WHO MADE IT TO DAYTROTTER? CT’s own, Modern Merchant did, that’s who! See it below!
VOTING HAS CLOSED for The New England Music Awards to be given out on April 13, 2013. This is the FB invite. If you are a CT musician or part of the CT scene, get to this awards show and support CT music! Information on ticket purchase and special hotel rates can be found here! Good luck to all our nominees!!
Peace…and Occupy a Venue!!
“Spot”light on… CT Commercial Radio
Disclaimer: 1. This is a rant. 2. I can. It’s my blog. 3. The views expressed are not necessarily the views of all of the folks at LBR (although they should be!) 4. Before anyone gets their panties in a wad, this isn’t directed at a. College Radio Stations; b. Internet Radio Stations…I’m looking at you, Commercial Radio of Connecticut.
Now that we’ve clarified…
What. The. Fuck. Yeah. WTF? In the past week or so, we saw the demise of a radio format from our “live and local” rock radio station, WCCC. I say demise because, although the station still exists, they’ve gutted the format and replaced it with generic-crap-“Mama’s”- rock AND released many beloved DJ’s. Apparently, “live and local” WCCC is morphing into “dead and recorded”. Note: For those of you taking this out on the DJ’s at WCCC, this ISN’T their doing. Leave ‘em alone!
Now, this may offend some of you but…I’ll live with it. Did CT really need ANOTHER classic rock station? How could anyone think this is a good idea when we are already saturated with the same ole shit. It’s kinda like living in the town I live in…How many fucking hair salons do you need on one street?
Now, don’t get me wrong. I love Aerosmith. But I don’t want to hear them Every. Single. Time. I turn on the radio in my car. And that’s the only place I listen to these stations. My dial is permanently set to WESU 88.1 in my house, although, I do sometimes turn to my local high school radio station. Oh, and WWUH 91.3 for Bluegrass on Saturday morning.
I will admit, I listen, for the most part, to rock music. I do, however, station surf to different genres because I like to hear what’s going on. So, it’s not that we lack a variety of other commercial radio stations. In fact, they seem to be the only stations that know how to play anything that isn’t solely from the 1970’s, 80’s, or 90’s.
EXCEPT…for the only saving grace to commercial rock radio in CT – Radio 104. It’s the only station I can stand at this point before I move down the dial to the left. Right now, they are like the surprise Tai food on the buffet table with just various kinds of potatoes. Again, love potatoes. I don’t want it to be all of my meal (unless I’m PMSing, which is a whole ‘nother issue.)
So, I ask you, WHY? Why do these stations think that all we want to hear is the same old shit day after day? I am so confused.
I am sure you are all saying “then get some kind of internet radio (pay for it) or download from your iPod or whatever (pay for it)”. Why the hell should I have to pay for quality?
The fact is, I like to listen to the radio. Commercial radio too. Why? I’m a station surfer. I do this because, I like the convenience and I actually do like to hear what folks in CT are listening to (or, in some cases, assaulted by). Yeah. I do want to hear that new Taylor Swift. And I like to land on the urban station to check out what’s thumpin. And while some of my peers think I listen to shit music…well, sometimes I do. And we all do it…I don’t care who you are.
So, I pose this question directly at WCCC management…Why do you believe that CT only wants mediocrity…or in many cases…plain garbage? Why do you insult us this way?? Why do YOU want to be just another face in the crowd instead of just completely blowing our minds and going straight for cutting edge? Do you EVER listen to what is happening around the country right now in 2013?? Hey. Ever hear of SXSW, as example??? You really should. And then stop insulting the discriminating listeners in CT who want something fresh and new.
I’m a 46 year old woman and I don’t wanna fucking hear Lynyrd Skynyrd on every single station on the commercial dial!
HOT local video of the week…Atrina
I can’t get enough of Atrina…and you shouldn’t either. This new video for their song single, a Drone, is rock n roll sexy. Get some!
What’s Playing in “The Flounce”? Bedroom Rehab Corporation
(Music in my car CD player this week!)
Band: Bedroom Rehab Corporation
Album: Red Over Red
Genre: Post Grunge Doom Rock
Fave Track: Pilot Fish
What’s HOT this week…
Friday March 15
* Spaceland Ballroom Grand Opening w The Mighty Purple, Spaceland Ballroom, Hamden – 7:00 pm
* Mark Erelli w Frank Critelli, The Outer Space, Hamden – 7:00 pm
* Shakedown, Arch Street Tavern, Hartford – 10:00 pm
* Mike Casey Quartet, Shish Lounge, West Hartford – 7:30 pm
* Cosmic Dust Bunnies, Viral Sound, et al, Toad’s Place, New Haven –8:00 pm
* Driven, Shamrock Pub and Grill, Waterbury – 9:30 pm
* Freeplay, Donahue’s, Madison – 9:30 pm
* The Alpha Males, Crush Sports Café, Milford – 10:00 pm
* The Savage Brothers, The Blackboard Café, Windsor Locks – 10:00 pm
Saturday March 16
* Shag Frenzy, Arch Street Tavern, Hartford – 10:00 pm
* Michael Cleary Band, Red House, Deep River – 8:00 pm
* Emerald Irish Eye Ball w String Band , Stella Blues, New Haven – 7:00 pm
* Scarlett Drive w Echo & Drake, The Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge, MA – 8:00 pm
* Jimmy Hat, Main Pub, East Hartford – 10:00 pm
* The Savage Brothers, The Hungry Tiger, Manchester – 10:00 pm
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