The Parlor Mob

‘Someday’ You Might Love The Parlor Mob

The Parlor Mob has been obscenely slept on. In an alternate universe—or better yet, the near-future of this one—the Asbury Park, N.J. band, known for dispensing classic-style riffs with a modern approach, will be taking over the world and headlining festival stages. If last night’s set at Hamden’s Space Ballroom was any indication, their new…

Charly Bliss

[Review]: Charly Bliss is Ready for Pop Domination

When a band of hungry twenty-somethings comes off a ferocious and critically-acclaimed debut, the urgency of delivering a satisfying sophomore follow-up may seem daunting. Luckily for Charly Bliss—comprised of lead singer Eva Hendricks, her brother and drummer Sam Hendricks, guitarist Spencer Fox, and bassist Dan Shure—they’ve expanded their musical wheelhouse by looking inward and leaning…

Tank and the Bangas performing in Norwalk, Conn.

[Review] Taking A Plunge With Tank and the Bangas

On the song “Rollercoasters,” Tank and the Bangas frontwoman Tarriona “Tank” Ball compares riding a rollercoaster to facing one’s fears, the void of having never been in love, of “feeling your heart roam through your body.” She sings, “There are nothing but tears, freedom, and fear in your right hand now, time to throw it…

Sheer Mag

[Review]: The DIY Rock Ragers of Philadelphia’s Sheer Mag

There’s something to be said for a band that’s taken control of its own fate. Philadelphia’s Sheer Mag reached cult status before they were signed becoming hometown heroes thanks to their no-frills American rock ‘n roll and DIY approach. At a recent gig in Hamden, Connecticut’s Space Ballroom, the band brought its scrappy, scuzzy tunes…

Chrome

Chromeo’s Party-Now, Worry-Later Attitude is a Vibe

  When the electro-funk-pop duo Chromeo comes to town, there’s a lot of smiling. Sure, fans were more than juiced to be two-stepping it to some funky beats, but David Macklovitch—aka, Dave 1, the group’s singer and guitarist—couldn’t wipe his own grin off his face if he tried. Booties were shook, pearly whites, flashed. The group’s…

LIVE REVIEW: Melvins, Hamden’s Space Ballroom

When The Melvins come to town, they come to annihilate. They bring with them heaps of hair, grinding, sludgy noise, and this time around, not one, but two bassists. At a Melvins show, faces will be melted. On tour for their latest album, last month’s Pinkus Abortion Technician (Ipecac), Melvins staples, singer/guitarist Buzz Osborne and drummer Dale Crover, brought…

The Kaleidoscopic Vision of The Black Angels

The lights went black and The Black Angels’ backdrop lit up like a kaleidoscope, the perfect counterpart to the house’s array of yellows and purples. When the band took the stage at College Street Music Hall in New Haven, a no-frills aura encircled them as they dove head first into bluesy garage riffs peppered with psychedelic…