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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.

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

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

    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 off amid demands for an encore. On a dreary Saturday, facing a sparse audience at this year's Meriden Daffodil Festival, the Right-Offs — singer and guitarist...

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

    Adam Matlock's Accordion Compositions All About Improv, Irreverence

    The accordion is an analog machine, an assemblage of manuals, buttons, bellows and reeds, manipulated by arms and fingers, usually heard in traditional and folk-music settings. Adam Matlock's "Lungfiddle," an album of seven single-take improvisations (four songs and three "sketches"), sounds at...

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

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

    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 years ago. Puleo had enrolled in a doctorate program at the University of Connecticut. Shaw and Kaminski didn't want the band to fold, even as three other...

  • Zach Rowden Uses His Double Bass As An Acoustic Playground

    Zach Rowden Uses His Double Bass As An Acoustic Playground

    On "Wellhead," a collection of seven improvisations, Zach Rowden prepares his double bass with a cowbell, binder clips and wooden dowels. He places bubble wrap on the strings, or weaves it in-between. He bows and plucks; muted pitches hang briefly in aural space, next to harmonic-filled squeals...

  • 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...

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