Inspired by John Oliver’s brilliantly constructed takedown of Donald Trump on “Last Week Tonight,” Connecticut musicians Dave Schneider and Tim Walsh called themselves Last Beat Tonight and wrote and recorded “Mr. Drumpf,” a new song mocking the probable Republican nominee for president.
Two things that tend not to sit well with me: band names that are puns, and funk-jazz-rock hybrids, which too often signal that the music is mostly just tedious jamming (or is that redundant?). Phonosynthesis, then, comes to the plate with two strikes already: the Hartford quartet is a funk-jazz-rock band with a punny name.
There’s something oddly comforting about the news today that Jack White will appear on the season finale of “The Muppets.” Who even knew “The Muppets” had season finales?
Sooner or later, Death is coming. We all know it. Matt Silberstein just seems more aware than most in the Salvation Alley String Band’s stylish new video for “The Merciless Scythe of Time.”
This one has been a long time in the making: Miracle Legion is coming home. After reuniting to play a handful of U.K. gigs this summer, the New Haven indie legends will warm up for their overseas trek with their first Connecticut show in nearly 20 years July 16 in the Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden.
Though the Fawns won’t get anywhere near the recognition they deserve, the Northampton band set a high bar for all the new music that will follow in 2016 with the release on Jan. 1 of “Goodnight, Spacegirl,” their first new album in 10 years.
When he was first coming up as a solo act, Kurt Vile seemed like the musical embodiment of Gertrude Stein’s famous epigram about visiting her hometown, Oakland, Calif., years after having moved away: there is no there there. Sure, Vile had chops as a guitarist, but his songs meandered and his live shows often verged on dull. Times have changed.
It’s not that Lys Guillorn is a recluse: she’s always playing out around Connecticut, on her own and as part of other bands, and it’s not uncommon to bump into her in record stores or taking in a show where she isn’t playing. But Guillorn has always been elusive as a recording artist.