Steve Rodgers outside his newest venue in Hamden, Connecticut. Photo by Marilyn Catasus.
By Laurie Lawless
Originally published in The Mercurial.
Moving away from making music to providing an outlet for it was a crucial turning point in Steve Rodgers’s life. It was 2003 when he decided to open The Space, an all ages concert venue, in an old, beat down 1960s industrial park in Hamden, Connecticut. Now, almost a decade later, The Spaceland Ballroom is set to open this Friday – Rodger’s third music venue in the same industrial park. Read more »
If you’re trying to get a girl to sleep with you for the first time, Heavy Breath’s Muddy Life is not the album to put on. But if you’ve got an Al Qaeda operative tied up in your basement and you need to find out where the bomb is RIGHT NOW – or if the CIA is tied up in your basement and you need to know if Obama’s next drone strike is coming to your neighborhood — turn that shit on full blast.
Muddy Life is not subtle or agreeable. It’s abrasive. It’s fucking loud. I’d say it’s “raw,” but the recording quality is very clear. Speaking of explosives, the three-song EP begins with “Chekov’s Bomb,” a foreboding scream into the universe. Read more »
By Christopher Baldwin and Carrie Johnson
On a Saturday afternoon, Carrie, Jim Clegg of Pink Missile fame and myself decided to take a little day trip up to Cheshire, CT to visit the Barker Character, Comic and Cartoon Museum. We didn’t really know what to expect, riding on a recommendation from a couple of friends of ours who said the place was worth the trip. After working around Jim Clegg’s world-domination schedule (which I might add usually keeps him thoroughly detained), we set up the date and off we went on a surprisingly enjoyable non-alcoholic adventure. Some red Gatorade, anyone?
First things first, we all met up at Seaside Tavern for some tasty sliders. You can read more about the food at Seaside here. After gorging ourselves at the capacity and speed of Hungry, Hungry Hippos, we piled somewhat uncomfortably into my truck and took off for the highway. Read more »
The people have spoken, and they want to hear about New Britain punks Cry Havoc! These guys have been tearing it up since mid-2006, opening for old-schoolers like DRI and Leftover Crack, as well as contributing to Connecticut’s thriving punk scene. (Maybe Stamford’s metal crowd could take some cues…) Alternative Control talked with lead singer Jonny Disaster last week to find out what makes Cry Havoc tick. Read more »