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Press Play: Connecticut's Underground Music Scene

  • Indie-Classical Composer Molly Joyce Explores Hidden Collaborations

    Indie-Classical Composer Molly Joyce Explores Hidden Collaborations

    Editor's note: Press Play is a column exploring the underground musicians of Connecticut. If you have new music to share, send it to mhamad@courant.com. "Lean Back and Release," Molly Joyce's debut EP for New Amsterdam Records, gathers two compositions similar in length and scope, for violin and...

  • Indie Rock Band Brazen Youth Dares To Be Perfect

    Indie Rock Band Brazen Youth Dares To Be Perfect

    Editor's note: Press Play is a column exploring the underground musicians of Connecticut. If you have new music to share, send it to mhamad@courant.com. Artists: Never compromise. Just don't. "The Ever Dying Bristlecone Man," the second album by the New London group Brazen Youth, took two years...

  • Political Animals Channel The '90s On 'Egobese'

    Political Animals Channel The '90s On 'Egobese'

    Editor's note: Press Play is a column exploring the underground musicians of Connecticut. If you have new music to share, send it to mhamad@courant.com. As 2016 winds down (thank god), I find myself revisiting "Egobese," an LP by New Haven hip-hop/rock band Political Animals, released in September....

  • Soulful Quartet Vinegar Mother’s Original Songs Yield To Rich, Visceral Vocals

    Soulful Quartet Vinegar Mother’s Original Songs Yield To Rich, Visceral Vocals

    Editor's note: Press Play is a column exploring the underground musicians of Connecticut. If you have new music to share, send it to mhamad@courant.com. Vinegar Mother, a jazz-pop-soul quartet from southern Fairfield County, has a few things going for it. There's Julia Zivic's voice — rich, pitch-perfect,...

  • Music As Therapy 'Until Her Body Breaks' For Olive Tiger

    Music As Therapy 'Until Her Body Breaks' For Olive Tiger

    Press Play is a column exploring the underground musicians of Connecticut. If you have new music to share, send it to mhamad@courant.com. "Until My Body Breaks," the title of Olive Tiger's debut album, also serves as a mission statement. "I'm here to make music for the long haul, and this is really...

  • Mercy Choir Owes Its Steady Presence To Its Flexibility

    Mercy Choir Owes Its Steady Presence To Its Flexibility

    On Friday, Mercy Choir, a New Haven band that was never really a band, begins a monthly residency at Never Ending Books — a New Haven bookstore that's not really a bookstore. "It's a local hangout that's barely open," says singer-songwriter Paul Belbusti, who's been recording and performing as...

  • The Right-Offs: A Straight Out Rock Band, Unrestrained

    The Right-Offs: A Straight Out Rock Band, Unrestrained

    Editor's note: Press Play is a column exploring the underground musicians of Connecticut. If you have new music to share, send it to mhamad@courant.com. God ropes off a special green room in heaven for musicians who play to less than enthusiastic crowds, who leave a pint of blood onstage and walk...

  • Adam Matlock's Accordion Compositions All About Improv, Irreverence

    Adam Matlock's Accordion Compositions All About Improv, Irreverence

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Press Play is a column exploring the underground musicians of Connecticut. If you have new music to share, send it to mhamad@courant.com. The accordion is an analog machine, an assemblage of manuals, buttons, bellows and reeds, manipulated by arms and fingers, usually heard in traditional...

  • Dr. Martino Morphs Into A Trio Exploring An Off-Beat Musical Universe

    Dr. Martino Morphs Into A Trio Exploring An Off-Beat Musical Universe

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Press Play is a column exploring the underground musicians of Connecticut. If you have new music to share, send it to mhamad@courant.com. Simone Puleo, Amy Shaw and Mike Kaminski — at that time, half of a South Florida indie-rock band called Dr. Martino — moved to Willimantic three...

  • Zach Rowden Uses His Double Bass As An Acoustic Playground

    Zach Rowden Uses His Double Bass As An Acoustic Playground

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Press Play is a column exploring the underground musicians of Connecticut. If you have new music to share, send it to mhamad@courant.com. On "Wellhead," a collection of seven improvisations, Zach Rowden prepares his double bass with a cowbell, binder clips and wooden dowels. He places...

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