Bishop Allen @ The Outer Space (Ballroom), 10/14/14

Whimsically catchy indie pop is something of a mastered craft for Kingston, NY band Bishop Allen. With simple, effective hooks and melodies, we were sucked into a live performance of theirs for the second time in a couple of months. Their latest album, Lights Out, had just been released when we saw them at Glasslands. This […]

Alvvays @ The Outer Space, 10/11/14

Toronto’s Alvvays performs some of the most infections lo-fi pop rock you could possibly come across. They played last  Sunday at The Outer Space in Hamden, CT, which offers up a lounge-like setting with tables in the audience. That scheme was ditched as the audience preferably settled in right at the stage on foot. The […]

J Mascis @ The Outer Space (Ballroom), 9/24/14

If you weren’t able to catch a solo performance by J Mascis this year, you really missed out on something special. The Dinosaur Jr. frontman is an absolute legend, and seeing him in all of his glory by himself on stage at a Connecticut venue was too cool. There was a certain mystical aura about […]

Diane Cluck @ The Outer Space, 9/13/14

An eclectic array of instrumentals, cool but simplistic background stories, and soft, powerful vocals are what made Diane Cluck‘s set at The Outer Space on September 13 a strong showing. Taking to the stage all by herself, she cycled through her guitar, toy accordion, zither, and a family handcrafted instrument derived from a xylophone, among […]

J Mascis Performs at The Outer Space in Hamden, CT on Wednesday

Legendary guitarist J Mascis is in the middle of a slew of American tour dates and will make an appearance at The Outer Space (Ballroom) in Hamden, CT this Wednesday, September 24. The main cog of 90s powerhouse, Dinosaur Jr., has been keeping busy thus far in 2014. His name cropped up first when we heard […]

Nick Waterhouse @ The Outer Space (Ballroom), 9/11/14

When Nick Waterhouse picks up a guitar and microphone, you get serenaded into the old school days of soul and blues. There is a contemporary void in the music industry when it comes to vintage R&B territory. Waterhouse remedies that by performing with a band that features his vocals/guitar with a saxophonist, keyboard player, bassist and […]

S. Carey, Califone @ The Outer Space (Ballroom), 9/5/14

When Sean Carey isn’t drumming for Bon Iver, he fronts a five-man project simply called S. Carey. Its output is deep, harmonic material with beautiful instrumentals. Heavily reliant on keyboards and a variety of percussion, S. Carey set a relaxing ambiance in place for their co-headlining bill with Califone at The Outer Space in Hamden. The […]

Zammuto @ The Outer Space (Ballroom), 8/28/14

The Books have always been one of the coolest listening experiences I have come across. Their experimental style and samplings were totally fascinating, and their 2012 breakup was a huge bummer. At the very least, that paved way for other projects for the former members. Vocalist Nick Zammuto has wasted no time in shifting focus […]