The Rundown: Live Music For August

Lucinda Williams (Credit: Danny Clinch)


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It’s hard to believe that we’re only weeks away from the end of summer. That means that now is the time to hit up outdoor shows and indoor venues around the state. Here are some great opportunities to check out some pristine sounds in this August edition of The Rundown.

Oneida (credit: Nina Westervelt)

August 5 @ The State House
310 State Street, New Haven
8 p.m. All Ages.

Touching on styles of punk, noise, psychedelic and space rock, Oneida has been a fixture in independent music since the late ‘90s.

Along with the rock club circuit, they’ve played the Guggenheim, MASS MoCA, and the Institute Of Contemporary Arts in London. Oneida has also collaborated with the likes of Portishead, Yo La Tengo, Boredoms and Mike Watt from Minutemen.

Opening this show are local acts More Klementines and Psychic Newborns.

Khruangbin (Credit: Pooneh Ghana)

August 6 @ Westville Music Bowl
45 Yale Avenue, New Haven
7 p.m. All Ages.

Few bands can bring a live music experience quite like Houston-based Khruangbin. The trio of
bassist Laura Lee, guitarist Mark Speer and drummer Donald “DJ” Johnson blend psychedelic, funk and surf rock with influences from around the world ranging from Thailand to Brazil to West Africa.

Montreal dream pop act Men I Trust has been on the road with Khruangbin as part of their
“Space Walk Tour” and they’ll be opening.

Elvis Costello (Credit: Mark Seliger)

Elvis Costello & The Imposters
August 13 @ Foxwoods Premier Theater
39 Norwich-Westerly Road Ledyard
8p.m. All Ages.

Elvis Costello is a legend and when he’s with his backing band of Imposters it’s going to be a heck of a show.

His latest album, The Boy Named If, came out back in January and marks a stellar return to form for Costello and his cohort. Be prepared for an electrifying performance that’ll feature songs off the release and most likely hits such as “Pump It Up”, “Alison”, “Watching The Detectives” and “Radio Radio”.

Thundercat (Credit: Ninjatune)

August 16 @ College Street Music Hall
238 College Street, New Haven
8 p.m. All Ages.

The moniker of Los Angeles bassist Stephen Bruner, Thundercat is a fairly enigmatic musical entity. An abstract melding of funk, acid jazz, R&B and at times even yacht rock, Thundercat makes for an intriguing sound that’s all his own.

His performance at the Newport Jazz Festival a few summers ago is still on my mind.

Lucinda Williams
August 25 @ Wall Street Theater
71 Wall Street Norwalk
8 p.m. All Ages.

Another legend on this list, Lucinda Williams is one of those artists who has her own take on country, folk, Americana or whatever else you want to call it. She’s always had her heart on her sleeve and her influence on the current generation of songwriters is boundless. She’s also a pleasure to see live and her and her band consistently put on a fantastic show.