Wednesday, April 20, 2011

4/20 Concert Preview - M.T. Bearington and Grandchildren @ BAR New Haven

For free!
Another amazing free show in Manic Productions' Wednesday concert series brings local favorites M.T. Bearington and Philadelphia's genre-bending rock outfit Grandchildren to BAR New Haven.  And did we mention it's free? And did we mention it's Manic's 9th Anniversary concert? Congrats, Mark!

We've seen M.T. Bearington a number of times across Connecticut, and they never disappoint in bringing their unique flavor of folky-psychedelia (or is it psychedelic folk?).  We finally acquired their first LP, Cloak of Nouns and Loss, at Redscroll Records' Black Friday sale.  It was great to finally have an LP, some songs having only been in our possession from their Hope EP, a CD-R we'd picked up when they opened for Mates of State in 2008.  Their follow up album, Love Buttons, also released on New Haven-based Safety Meeting Records, drops tonight, with the show doubling as an LP release party.  Only 300 copies (hand numbered!) are available, so act fast.  Embedded below is a cut from Love Buttons, "When We Climb".  We'll be featuring songs from Cloak of Nouns and Loss on a future Vintage Vinyl post, so you fellow Bearington faithful should check back soon.

Tonight's headliner, Grandchildren, left me speechless.  I had to listen to their debut album, Everlasting, 3 times before I could even begin to describe it.  I still feel ill equipped to do so.  You could say they sound like Animal Collective remixed by RJD2.  You could say they sound like Roxy Music went acoustic, but retained Brian Eno as a member (along with his production wizardry).  I guess all I can say is for sure is they sound like Grandchildren, and it sounds great.  Hear for yourself with the tracks embedded below, "Cold Warrior" and "Anthill", and come out tonight to BAR!  The festivities begin at nine, and we hope to see you there.

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