7pm Friday, February 28th: Bad Braids, Tick Hive, Jacket Thor, Maggie & Dan at Willimantic Records

("Philly dreamy experimental folk, returning to Willimantic")

("East Haven sample-fueled electronics, ex-Osier Bed")

("New Haven gloomy pop")

("local indie pop, members of Spit-take and Secret Parts")

Thanks to Dan Katz for setting this show up. The info above was taken from his FB event page.

Willimantic to Storrs by way of New London

Saturday, February 15th looks to be a good day to get off the couch for something other than shoveling snow. In addition to the Willimantic Chocolate Festival, Saturday also offers an opportunity to see several bands who've played here, or who I've wanted to play here, perform nearby, or somewhat nearby, in Willimantic, New London, and Storrs. 

The Willimantic Food Co-op celebrates their 34th birthday with 34 birthday cakes and music from 11am to 5pm by Dawn Cook, Echo Uganda, Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards, Poor Old Shine, Dan & Liz, and Uncle Jesse. 

Next, starting at 5pm,  The Telegraph in New London hosts Downtown Boys, Powerblessings, and Shady Hawkins. Downtown Boys and Powerblessings have brand new vinyl out, so it is somewhat of a double record release party.
Then at 7pm at the Congregational Church on North Eagleville Road in Storrs, WHUS Radio hosts about as solid of a line-up, start to finish, as you're likely to see this year: Guerilla Toss, Priests, Birth of Flower, and Furnsss.

Willimantic Records is open 11am to 5pm on Saturdays.  I won't be able to catch the Willi Food Co-op shindig, or historian/time travel guide Bev York's 11am chocolate talk upstairs at Rajeans. Probably won't have time to get to New London, either. I'll be here, if you're passing through and have a few minutes to check out the latest used LP arrivals, and I'm looking forward to the absolutely stellar show in Storrs Saturday evening.

Sunday, February 16th at 2pm: Dr. Martino, Greenleaf, So Sorry, Smoke From the Clearing

Dr. Martino released a video to promote their show here on Sunday with So Sorry, Greenleaf, and Smoke From the Clearing.

Wednesday, February 12: SHAHMAN + COP + BALMY WIND + JOE KATZ

("Canadian twins making heavy and noisy punk")

("UConn's most handsome, playing weird hardcore")

("New London folks doing something different")

("spit-take front person playing solo")

Free show with donations to the bands encouraged.

Music starts at 7pm.

Willimantic Records celebrates two years two days early - Sunday, February 9th

Flyer by Dawn Cook

Greg Conte from Nerve Stew & Mi6

Tinniens - First live show for Daron's and Aaron's, from Landing, new "loop based drone beat" project.

Kath Bloom - Reducing audiences to tears with her beautifully heart-wrenching performances since the 1970s, you may know Kath from her records with Loren Mazzacane Connors in the 1980s, or the use of her music in the 1995 film Before Sunrise, or the 2009 tribute CD comprised of her songs covered by Bill Callahan, Mark Kozelek, Devendra Banhart, Mick Turner & Peggy Few, Scout Niblett, Josephine Foster, and others; or maybe you caught her show last year at Willimantic Records.

The Guy From Beastmaster - Dave, from Florida=Death, is The Guy From Beastmaster. His solo performance last November was one of my favorite sets in the two years the shop has been open.

Colorguard - Kryssi Battalene is a New Haven experimental angel who channels the sound of cosmic snowbirds through the physical friction of ferrous oxide tape against smoldering tapeheads. She also plays an astoundingly wicked guitar both traditionally and out of this world. We first saw her perform as a duo with Danny Moore in the amazing Heaven People, since disbanded, and she has been currently soloing every once in a while under the name Colorguard.  - Byron Coley & Thurston Moore

Malportado Kids - Victoria Ruiz and Joey L. DeFrancesco from Downtown Boys are Malportado Kids, a raucous multimedia electronic mix of cumbia & punk.

Olivia Neutron-John - "Aggressive bedroom pop," from Phoenix, AZ with a member of Neonates.

Dawn Cook - A solo set from the awesome flyer artist and  Shrinnirs singer/guitarist.

Malcolm Tent - Acoustic punk rock raconteur  from Ultrabunny and the much missed Trash American Style.

Spit-Take -  Excellent "indie pop-punk" trio from Willimantic.

One or two more bands still to be announced.

Music starts at noontime and runs until whenever (probably about 8pm).