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You Thought I Was Real

By Robert Rae

by Mother Brother The first in a series of four EPs from the one-of-a-kind Bridgeport noise rock band. Enjoy. by Mother BrotherAdditional words and photos of “The B” by Amanda Bloom     {vsig}youthoughtiwasreal{/vsig} PEOPLE HAVE A HARD TIME DESCRIBING MOTHER BROTHER.   “I can’t… Read more »

WXCI Dances All the Way to the Grave

Robert Rae

WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY’s radio station, WXCI 91.7 FM, is throwing a massive Halloween dance party on Thursday, October 27 at Danbury, Connecticut’s Heirloom Arts Theatre. “Rave to the Grave” will feature four outstanding DJs, including Belgium’s The Magician and Connecticut’s own Elzwerth and Symetrex… Read more »

Witness The First Greater Danbury Open House Day on June 9

Caressa Pittman

  ON SATURDAY, JUNE 9, the Arts Network of Danbury (AND), a think tank of Danbury artists, arts and culture businesses and institutions, welcomes all to be a part of the very first Greater Danbury Open House Day. Eleven venues representing the Greater Danbury area… Read more »

Why You Should Visit Austin Anytime but During SXSW

Joseph Benedict

  If you haven’t been to Austin, you probably have the wrong impression of Texas’ capital city.  If you imagine it as a hipster mecca and foodie paradise, you have the definition right, but the picture in your head needs some adjustment.  And, if you’re… Read more »

What Is a Ber, and Why Does It Have a Fest?

Robert Rae

What is a Berfest, you ask? BER is short for Rachel Berliner, a small girl from Connecticut who knows how to throw a big party, and Berfest is the annual “ber”thday music extravaganza she throws at the end of January each year. Ber and longtime… Read more »

Watermelon Slim’s 12th Blues Record Debuts Today

Mike Farley

  Legendary Mississippli singer-songwriter Watermelon Slim’s 12th album Bull Goose Rooster, set for release on NorthernBlues Music on June 25, is an expansive masterpiece that stretches his deep blues-based roots in a multitude of directions. The disc’s 16 songs, most buoyed by the powerful sound of… Read more »

Water & Wood Exhibit at Art and Frame Opens Sunday

Robert Rae

from Art and Frame of Danbury Art and Frame of Danbury presents “Water & Wood”, original watercolors by Dennis Stuart and Zhu Aihua and hand made wood bowls and sculptures by Michael Aguis. The exhibit’s opening reception will take place on Sunday, January 8 from… Read more »

Vinyette is Inspired

Robert Rae

VINYETTE is a band that brings much more to the table than the ‘Ambient Rock’ genre that it fits within. Vinyette is inspired by the interconnection of being, the similarities and differences of experience and diversity of life. Vinyette infuses many loves and arts to… Read more »

Vegan Bacon Pancakes: An Interview with Jenny Owen Youngs

Amanda Bloom

  An incredible girl rock extravaganza will be taking place at The Space in Hamden this Sunday, November 11.  Mirah, Jenny Owen Youngs, and Jaymay are on the bill, all big-names in the world of female singer-songwriters.  Mirah, a West Coast-hailing folk musician well-known for… Read more »

Twists and Turns Abound in Soderbergh’s Penultimate Film

Sean Walsh

  I have a very love-hate relationship with Stephen Soderbergh. He made my least favorite film of all time, Bubble, and my least favorite film I shut off halfway through, The Girlfriend Experience (which also ‘legitimized’ Sasha Grey’s career), but he also made the Ocean‘s… Read more »

Three Local Arists, One Great Show

Robert Rae

from the Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance THREE LOCAL ARTISTS have been selected to display their creative talents in one of four venues as part of the 2012 Accessible Art Project sponsored by the Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance (HVCA). Kateleen Foy, Deanne Komlo, and Aparna Phadnis… Read more »

Those Mockingbirds and Paper States Stop at Heirloom on July Tour

Christian Wagner

  New Jersey’s Those Mockingbirds and Pittsburgh’s Paper States are on tour this month, taking the bands north to Maine and as far south as Washington DC.  The two will perform at Danbury, Connecticut’s Heirloom Arts Theatre on Saturday, July 20, along with The Offseason, Reckless Serenade,… Read more »

The Sound of Ghosts

Robert Rae

by Brown Bird Brown Bird has a tendency towards the dark side. Pulling from the influences of the blues, outlaw country, roots rock, early American folk, gypsy and eastern European music, they offer harmonized voices, haunting lyrics and diverse rhythm and instrumentation, which surges in waves… Read more »

The Protomen Will Put the Joy Back in Your Joystick

Robert Rae

by Brian Connor   Listen. The Protomen, an indie-rock band inspired by the video game series Mega Man, will return to Danbury, Conn. at all-ages venue Heirloom Arts Theatre on Tuesday, April 3. The band is touring in support of their latest concept record, Act… Read more »

The Palace Danbury to Host Hank Williams Biopic

Carol Spiegel

  On Saturday, January 19, The Palace Danbury, located at 165 Main Street, in downtown Danbury, will host the premiere Connecticut screening of the film The Last Ride. The film chronicles the final three days of country music legend’s Hank Williams life and stars Henry Thomas, Jesse… Read more »

The Microcosms are Upstairs

Leah Glazer

  The Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance presents ‘Details’, a collection of prints and photographic works of imaginary and microscopic environments at Molten Java’s Upstairs Gallery in downtown Bethel, Connecticut.  Bethel resident and artist, Sarah Hutchinson, will be featured as part of the Cultural Alliance’s 2012 Accessible… Read more »

The Flixist Award for Best Actress

Robert Rae

by Sean Walshfrom Flixist I love the ladies. When I was tasked with deciding Flixist’s Best Actress, I was overjoyed that I got to write about the talented women of 2011, and the category’s six competitors all deserve to be on this list. Of course, there… Read more »