Regardless of the exact reason, it’s a good time to be out and about even as the winter chill grows as each day passes. An ideal way to keep warm while being social is to hang out at your favorite music venue. Here are a few opportunities to do just that around Connecticut.
November 4 @ Café Nine
250 State Street, New Haven
9 p.m. 21+
Rhett Miller from Dallas alt-country icons Old ‘97s is an incredible songwriter and his solo material is a stellar way to see the widening of his artistic scope. His latest album The Misfit that came out Sept. 16 has him incorporating elements of psychedelia, dream pop and electronic tones. Blairstown, New Jersey singer-songwriter Anthony D’Amato, who’s collaborated with musicians and bands including Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst from The Faint and Cursive, will be opening up the evening.
The English Beat
During the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, The English Beat were part of a ska movement burgeoning within the United Kingdom. While being involved, they set themselves apart by fusing Latin, punk, soul, reggae and pop with the style while having a unique take on a cover of Smokey Robinson & The Miracles’ “Tears Of A Clown” along with original hits including “Mirror In The Bathroom” and “Save It For Later”. These legends are playing twice around these parts and neither show should be missed.
Pocket Vinyl’s 1000th Show
November 18 @ Strange Brew Pub
86 Water Street, Norwich
8 p.m. 21+
Playing 1000 shows is a rare feat for any band and Norwich piano rock act Pocket Vinyl will be accomplishing that with their upcoming hometown gig. The duo of Eric Stevenson and Elizabeth Jancewicz have a unique set up with Stevenson playing piano and singing while Jancewicz paints on stage, which makes the longevity of the band even more special. There are plans for some special aspects to this spectacle and the only way to experience it is by showing up.
The New Motif
November 20 @ Park City Music Hall
2926 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport
8 p.m. 21+
Cape Cod jam-funk band The New Motif have an evolving vision and an eclectic style. They know how to lay down some killer grooves and it’s evident in their live performances while guaranteeing an immersive experience. Be prepared to dance if you’re coming out to this one and show up early to see the New York City improvisational electro-rock powerhouse Microcave kick the night off.
Anxious’ Holiday Show
November 25 @ State House
310 State Street, New Haven
6 p.m. 21+
I think the majority of us can agree that Black Friday is a horrible thing. Rather than hustling, shoving and perusing your way for discounts that don’t even matter, head to this killer show that Fairfield County punks Anxious are putting on. They are going to be playing their latest album Little Green House that came out in the beginning of the year on Run For Cover Records — with Canadian indie rock act Arms Length, West Springfield hardcore punks Restraining Order and fellow Connecticut act Wreckage rounding out the bill.