The Rundown: Live Music In April

The Sadies (Photo: The Sadies)


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The Sadies

April 4 @ Cafe Nine
250 State Street, New Haven 
8 p.m. 21+ $20

The Canadian metropolis of Toronto has an extensive history when it comes to rock & roll, and one of the premier bands that hail from there while abiding by the timeless artform is The Sadies. The Juno award winning band consisting of vocalist & guitarist Travis Good, bassist Sean Dean and drummer Mike Belitsky have a sound that’s influenced by both country and alternative rock that’s ideal music for folks who either like to wear a cowboy hat or a leather jacket when they go out. Local act Bronson Rock will be kicking the night off in an electrifyingly soulful manner so show up early. 

The Obsessed (Photo: The Obsessed)

The Obsessed

April 11 @ Space Ballroom
295 Treadwell Street, Hamden
8 p.m All Ages $20-$22

When it comes to heavy metal in the ‘70s, everyone knows about Black Sabbath but there are a ton of bands that came directly after those legends who bring just as much intensity and amplification. One of them is The Obsessed, which initially started in Potomac, Maryland as a quartet led by vocalist & guitarist Scott “Wino” Weinrich, who is currently the only original member. Nashville fuzz-psych power trio Howling Giant and Boston shredders Gozu are going to be rounding out a stacked bill. 

Action Bronson (Photo: Action Bronson)

Action Bronson

April 18 @ The Webster
31 Webster Street, Hartford
8 p.m All Ages $47.50-$55

Along with being one of the best people to watch on Youtube, Action Bronson is also one of the best rappers in hip hop. The New York City native has been performing live with a full band project titled Dr. Baklava and Human Growth Hormone that’s been getting rave reviews. Be prepared for a one-of-a-kind experience and there’s nothing like hip hop with instruments being played while rhymes are being relayed. 

Atmosphere (Photo: Dan Monick)


April 20 @ Toad’s Place
300 York Street, New Haven
7 p.m. All Ages $41.25

There’s going to be a lot of fun things happening in Connecticut once 4/20 rolls around and one of the best things to check out that night is Minneapolis hip hop icons Atmosphere taking the stage at the most legendary venue in the entire state. Slug and Ant are going to be rolling through as part of their “Tour De Friends: Part Deux” with fellow Minnesotans HEBL and Los Angeles music collective NOFUN! rounding out the lineup. Last year the duo released their 13th full-length record “So Many Other Realities Exist Simultaneously” along with their “Talk Talk” EP, so whoever attends can expect a bunch of the songs off of those records to be performed at the show. 

Ben Folds (Photo: Alysse Gafkjen)

Ben Folds

April 23 @ College Street Music Hall
238 College Street, New Haven
8 p.m All Ages $54.99-$116.79

Music fans know about Ben Folds from his various hits that include “Brick”, “Army”, “Rockin’ The Suburbs”, “Landed” and “Still Fighting It”, but he’s done a lot more than that. Folds is also a New York Times best-selling author and podcast host while composing for film, TV and theater and serving as the Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. For this upcoming show, it’s just going to be him with a piano and it’ll be a great opportunity to experience his music in its most real form.