Thu 3 Jan
Mdou Moctar (Niger), Rob Noyes (MA), Major Stars (MA)
Did you miss the two sold out shows Mdou Moctar ripped to shreds in town last year? Maybe don't miss this one. Go get a facemelting.
State House, 294 State St, New Haven
Fri 4 Jan
Eel Tank (PA), Stone Jaw, Munki x Gutwitch (LA/NY), Amnesiac
This is that classic NOIZE that we need so hard. Never a dull moment with Stone Jaw aka TERRY-FYER on the bill. So good to see the spot getting its sea legs back. Support 'em if yr not a cop! Also: they're sending extra bucks to Elm City Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement's Legal/Bail Fund for Two Survivors of Police Murder. So you can do that at the link even if for some cockamamie reason you don't get to the gig.
C_____ H____, West Haven
Sat 5 Jan
Space Camp, Kissies (NJ), Ultra Deluxe (NY), Horsechoker
I believe I'm on record on here gushing that Space Camp blasts off like holy rocket fuel. I don't know Horsechoker but I'm firmly against choking horses and you'd THINK the vegan buddies at The Cool would be too! Shaaaame. I am always for kissies, tho. Winky face. (Oh btw these are some heavy freak bands.)
Never Get To Be Cool, New Haven
(There's also a old tymey folk session all day at the Water House in Hamden. Heaven knows who's gonna be pickin' n fiddlin' besides Brian Slattery, but do you really need more? The shindig doesn't really fit the format of the noiseletter, which I support [because darn my 'labels' and 'boxes' maaan]. I just don't really knowing how to write about it, hence this rather out-of-place paragraph. If yr interested, ask, or follow any Emmet Otter looking fools you see wandering around with a washboard or jug or similar.)
Sun 6 Jan
Pearl Sugar, Sinecera, Xavier Serrano
Sunday night's a good time to settle in for some good good local boys doing their songcraft. Some of it's synthy, some is prog-folk, and so forth. Just chill like a second can you please.
Cafe Nine, 250 State St, New Haven
Wed 9 Jan
id m theft able (ME), Underwear, Ross Wightman, Nicholas Serrambana
One of the most unique and delightful performers working today. Released an album on OKCupid a while back, for example. He seems to always stop in NHV when he's passing through, and we're lucky for it. Supported by a murderer's row of local out-there dudes. NTBM.
Never Ending Books, 810 State St, New Haven