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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…

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REVIEW: METZ, The Outer Space, Hamden, Conn.

For better or for worse, I’ve never been an earplugs-at-concerts kind of guy, so when (not “if”) I eventually lose part of my hearing when I’m older, surely I’ll have METZ to blame/thank in part. Canadian punks and noise rockers METZ made a lot of noise up on The Outer Space Ballroom’s stage…and I mean a…

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REVIEW: Best Coast, College Street Music Hall, New Haven, Conn.

Watching a live Best Coast show feels like attending a booze-soaked bonfire on the California coast. It’s warm and uplifting on the surface, but deep down you’re hiding insecurities and uncertainties while staring at strangers bathed in orange. Singer Bethany Cosentino puts herself out there, from her feelings of anxiety and sadness to her self-awareness…

Yelle

REVIEW: Yelle, The Outer Space Ballroom, Hamden, Conn.

Peruse the YouTube comment sections for any Yelle video and you’ll read things like “No fucking clue what she is saying, but this shit is fire!!” to “I don’t even understand French, but I always get excited when there’s a new Yelle video—gives me life.” That vibe stood true at the French pop purveyors’ show at…

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REVIEW: Diet Cig, Outer Space Ballroom, Hamden, Conn.

Before Diet Cig played a single lick, singer Alex Luciano made a few simple requests: give each other space and don’t touch anyone who doesn’t want to be touched. She briefly lectured about the importance of consent, before immediately segueing into the opening strums of “Sixteen.” Truth be told, it was an odd way to kick…