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…

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…

METZZZ

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…

Rad upcoming tours

First off, Grace Potter is hitting Toad’s Place in New Haven on Sept. 26th. Apparently, this show was just announced and serves as the off-day in between Boston and NY shows (why don’t MORE BANDS COME TO CT?). For more information on how to buy tix for the CT show, check out the Toad’s site.…