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Michael Hamad
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Finding a hook on "iii," the new Miike Snow album, is like locating a needle in a stack of needles. After four years of lag-time, "iii," the third offering from three well-established producers — Swedish producers Pontus Winnberg and Christian Karlsson, who've worked together as Bloodshy & Avant; and American musician Andrew Wyatt — arrived earlier this year, offering falsetto vocals, bright pianos, electronic glitches and transmogrified vocal sa...
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Write acoustic-leaning, drone-based, melodic pop songs that often don't rise above the volume-level of a whisper. Cover classic material by Gene Clark, Cat Stevens, the Kinks, the Cure — anyone, really. For good measure, pick up electric instruments, kick on some weird effects pedals and improvise freely, in 30-minute, feedback-filled stretches. Your fans will still dig it.
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The release date for “They Don’t Know,” country superstar Jason Aldean’s seventh studio album, is Friday, Sept. 9 — the same day he teams with Kid Rock for a show at Boston’s Fenway Park. The fall leg of Aldean’s Six String Circus Tour then kicks off on Sunday, Sept. 11, with a show at Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, with Thomas Rhett and A Thousand Horses opening.
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The 10 songs on "Beloved," alto saxophonist Kris Allen's new quartet album featuring tenor Frank Kozyra, bassist Lucques Curtis and drummer Jonathan Barber, are studies in ambiguity and clarity, mixing spirituality with cool precision.
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Trombonist Rick Parker often travels to Shanghai with his wife, a college professor who studies internet gaming and youth culture in China.
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In 1980, Wesleyan archivist Jody Cormack and her husband, the late musician and teacher T. Viswanathan, purchased a home on a quiet Middletown street with the idea of hosting small house concerts.
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Julien Baker, 20, recorded "Sprained Ankle," her debut album, in just two days. On stage, she performs alone, with a Fender Telecaster and a bank of effects pedals, or with Matthew Gilliam, the drummer from Forrister, her previous band.
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If you've ever been to a Dinosaur Jr. show, you might still be able to dial up the sound of J. Mascis' guitar — creamy, distorted, dry and loud, it's like getting bashed over the head with a twin-size mattress — in your head.
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P ress Play is a column exploring the underground musicians of Connecticut. If you have new music to share, send it to mhamad@courant.com .
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On Friday, Mercy Choir, a New Haven band that was never really a band, begins a monthly residency at Never Ending Books — a New Haven bookstore that's not really a bookstore.
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With a bit of context, listening to Laura Gibson's "Empire Builder," her terrific new album, becomes an even richer and more nuanced experience.
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Staff Music Writer at Hartford Courant and CTNow.com
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  • University of Hartford
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  • Colgate University
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