| Oct 16, 2013
| 1:19 PM
If folks showed up to see best selling authors the way they do best selling pop stars,R.J. Julia would need a stadium and not a small house-sized space in a suburb.
It's the fall books season, and R.J. Julia, the well-run and neat-as-a-pin independent...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 1:45 PM
When New Haven third-wave ska legends Spring Heeled Jack reunited for two shows at Toad's Place in 2010, every member of the band during its prime era ('96-'00 or so) returned to celebrate — aside from their drummer, the late, great Dave Karcich....
| Jul 9, 2013
| 12:15 PM
8:30 p.m. July 12 at the Spaceland Ballroom, 295 Treadwell Street, Hamden. (203) 288-6400, spacelandballroom.com. With The Mountain Movers, Jounce and the Backyard Committee.
7 p.m. July 13 at the Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center Street,...
| Sep 11, 2012
| 8:30 AM
w/ Circa Survive, Balance and Composure, and O'Brother. $20 adv., $23 doors. 6 p.m., Sept. 13. Toad's Place, 300 York St., New Haven, toadsplace.com
When put on the spot, Jeremy Bolm's first pick is "Undercovers On" by reflective post-...
| Sep 18, 2012
| 8:08 AM
Best Cover Band: Shakedown
When it comes to cover bands and tribute bands, there's probably no group more frequently covered than the Grateful Dead. Which is why it's all the more impressive that Shakedown, a Dead tribute act, stands out from the pack....
| Sep 25, 2012
| 10:35 AM
The Melvins Lite
Wed., Oct. 3, 9 p.m. Toad's Place, 300 York St., New Haven. (203) 624-8623, toadsplace.com. $18, $15/advance. with Tweak Bird.
There's nothing "lite" about the Melvins Lite lineup playing at Toad's Place this Wednesday night. It's...
| Jul 31, 2012
| 9:10 AM
w/ Sheek Louch, Saigon, Rowdy City, Debo and Krystyle. $25 adv., $28 doors. 8 p.m., Aug. 4. Toad's Place, 300 York St., New Haven, toadsplace.com
Dennis Coles has never let a good opportunity go to waste. The Staten Island, N.Y.-bred...
| Aug 14, 2012
| 12:30 PM
La Coka Nostra
w/ DJ Rob Swift. $20 adv., $25 doors. 8 p.m., Aug. 18. Toad's Place, 300 York St., New Haven, toadsplace.com
Ill Bill on the phone and Ill Bill on the mic are two different people. Speaking recently, the man born William Braunstein...
| Jun 11, 2013
| 8:50 AM
Texan indie rock melody makers Eisley are not even a month out from the release of their latest record Currents (it dropped on May 28). It was the first of the band's releases recorded and produced entirely on their own, and they credit that freedom...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 6:45 AM
It's about sharing the experience.
That's what Mary Lou Aleski, executive director of New Haven's 18th annual International Festival of Arts & Ideas that begins Saturday, June 15, has found in data of who comes — and why— to the annual two-...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 7:04 AM
Crusty old-school punks: here's one's for you.
Lelaneia and Tom Dubay of 131 Elizabeth St., Hartford, are hosting a barbecue (3-6 p.m.) and four area punk bands (6-10 p.m.), including the 509ers, the Radiation, 420 Blackbirds and the absolutely...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 6:54 AM
The show: "Lucky Me" at Off Broadway Theatre in New Haven.
First impressions: At the end of the premiere of this solo show by Sachi Parker, Shirley MacLaine's 56-year-old daughter, the audience is likely to feel as dazed, confused and full of...