The Rundown: Live Music In April

Anvil (Courtesy of the artist)


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April 4 @Space Ballroom
295 Treadwell Street, Hamden
8 p.m.

Few bands have lived the ups and downs of the rock & roll lifestyle quite like the Toronto heavy metal legends Anvil. The founding duo of guitarist and lead vocalist Steve “Lips” Kudrow and drummer Rob “Robbo” Reiner have been considered pioneers of the modern metal sound since the late ‘70s and the band has had a resurgence in popularity ever since the documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil came out in 2008. With Chris Robertson completing the power trio on bass, this storied musical entity will be taking the stage with New Jersey thrashers Midnite Hellion and Hartford rockers Balkun Brothers rounding out the bill.

Annie in the Water (Credit Shawn Allard)

Annie in the Water

April 8 @ Arch Street Tavern
85 Arch Street, Hartford
9 p.m.

With a sound described as “the feeling of driving down mountain roads with longtime friends,” Annie in the Water plays a blend of folk, progressive rock and experimental jamming. The Albany-based band have been building a solid following in the jam band scene around the Northeast and beyond and people will get to see and hear why when they show up to perform. Norwalk improv-focused dance rockers Residual Groove will be opening up the evening.

Boyscott (courtesy of the artist)


April 16 @ State House
310 State Street, New Haven
6 p.m.

It’s always sad and heartbreaking when a local music venue closes its doors for good, and unfortunately that’s the reality for the State House located in the heart of New Haven’s downtown. To make way for apartment buildings, the establishment will be shutting down at the end of May but it does mean that live music will be taking place there for the time being. Presented by Tiny Box Booking, Nashville indie rockers Boyscott will be headlining a stacked bill with Providence dream pop act Nova One and Trace Mountains featuring former LVL UP member Dave Benton also gracing the stage.

GZA (Courtesy of the artist)


April 21 @ Webster Theater
31 Webster Street, Hartford
9 p.m.

A founding member of the legendary hip hop act Wu-Tang Clan, GZA has been one of the best rappers alive for over 30 years. His seminal album Liquid Swords is one of the most heralded and acclaimed hip hop albums of all time and he’ll be performing it in its entirety with a live band backing him up. This is a must-attend experience for anyone who considers themselves an enthusiast of beats, rhymes and the entire hip hop artform.

Sgt. Scag (courtesy of the artist)

Sgt. Scag

April 28 @ The Cellar On Treadwell
295 Treadwell Street, Hamden
7:30 p.m.

Ska-punk might be considered a lost art these days, but nobody has told New Haven-based Sgt. Scag about that. This is a good thing because this musical style usually guarantees a fun time and this show will be exactly that with Austin’s Hans Gruber and the Die Hards, Providence’s The Brunt Of It and fellow New Haven band The Simulators performing as well. The show is 21+, but anyone of younger age can attend as long as they’re with a parent or guardian.