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Press Play: Connecticut's Underground Music Scene

 Press Play is a column by music writer  Michael Hamad exploring the underground musicians of Connecticut. If you have new music to share, send it to  him at mhamad@courant.com.

  • Tang Sauce: A Young Rapper's Journey To 'Maturity'

    Tang Sauce: A Young Rapper's Journey To 'Maturity'

    Four years in the life of Hartford rapper Tang Sauce unfold across the 17 tracks of "Maturity," a debut album that marks time, memory and connection. There are mentors — rapper Self Suffice, for example, who joins Tang Sauce on "The Key" — and hip-hop elders: Abiodun Oyewole, founding member of...

  • Ruby Nightingale's Melodic, Mournful Vibrato Provokes A Fragile Intimacy

    Ruby Nightingale's Melodic, Mournful Vibrato Provokes A Fragile Intimacy

    Ruby Nightingale has an unforgettable voice — hypnotic and warm, articulate as it unravels into long, clear tones of gently wavering vibrato. Going forward, technology will play an important role in how Nightingale's music evolves; at a recent show at the Space in Hamden, she sang stretched-out...

  • Ports Of Spain Walks Tightrope Of Recording, Performing

    Ports Of Spain Walks Tightrope Of Recording, Performing

    Juggling professional commitments with an artistic life, while trying to figure out whether to go all-in on either end, is a struggle many young musicians face. "That's part of why it took so long to make it," Ports of Spain's Sam Carlson says of "Tea Leaf Bloom," his band's third self-released...

  • Landing's New Incarnation Gives Way To Layered, Ethereal Tones

    Landing's New Incarnation Gives Way To Layered, Ethereal Tones

    You can listen to Landing's music and get lost in the gentle tug-of-war between the weightlessness of ambient textures and the added gravity of pulse and meter; between the arresting sound of a drone and how it shape-shifts into a chord (or, for that matter, how a chord gradually turns into a progression);...

  • Quiet Giant: A Band That Belongs To The People

    Quiet Giant: A Band That Belongs To The People

    Danielle Capalbo is prolific. She writes a song a day, or tries to — a habit inspired by Dolly Parton. The Bethel resident wakes up some days knowing exactly what she wants to put on paper. Other days, she struggles. When she isn't writing music, she creates collages. She's into volume. "It gets...

  • Power-Trio Limo Impresses With First Album 'Hands Free'

    Power-Trio Limo Impresses With First Album 'Hands Free'

    The dynamics of power-trio rock — guitar, bass, and drums, and usually one vocalist, locking in on a variety of grooves, in concise bursts — haven't changed much over the years. Maybe that's good. The Limo — three guys who share a house in Plainville — released an album of power-trio rock on Bandcamp...

  • Zanders' Pianist Paints Complex But Lean, Emotional Stories

    Zanders' Pianist Paints Complex But Lean, Emotional Stories

    When you learn what's behind music you like, does it change the way you hear it from then on? It would be challenging to listen to "Buried Men," the sophomore album by the Connecticut trio Zanders, and not pick up on certain themes: love and addiction, mental illness and depression, unhealthy relationships...

  • Krem On Wool's Loop Compositions: From Sinister To Comforting

    Krem On Wool's Tape-Loop Compositions: From Sinister To Comforting

    Several tracks on "Shlubby Dreamer," an album of 13 wordless, ambient, occasionally disturbing tape-loop compositions by Florida=Death bassist Greg Fraulo (who records as Krem on Wool), serve up a single musical idea, and then invite you to witness its dissolution. In the opener, "Millennial Wet...

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