Manic Presents / Premier Concerts Update 10-03-2019

Manic Presents / Premier Concerts Guest Post:

Hello and welcome back to Manic Presents’ weekly Redscroll Blog! As always, we’re here to update you with newly announced shows and upcoming events for the week. Monday, we announced They Might Be Giants’ 30th Anniversary Flood Show at Space Ballroom – where the band will be performing the internationally popular album in its entirety on Thursday (2/6/20). Tickets for this concert are on sale NOW at our website and on Eventbrite. Also coming to Space Ballroom on Thursday, (3/26/20) is the indie band with a cult-like following, Murder By Death – who will be playing setlists that are curated by their fans, including songs from all eight albums in their catalog. Tickets for this show will be on sale Friday, (10/4) and details for those can be found on our website!

 If you find yourself in Hamden any night this weekend, make sure to come to Space Ballroom for a great show! Tonight (10/3), NYC dream pop band Luna and psych-folk band Olden Yolk will be playing the Ballroom stage. Tomorrow night (10/4), stop by Space Ballroom to see the indie pop husband and wife duo Mates of State while they celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album ‘My Solo Project’ along with folk band Goodnight Blue Moon. Finally, on Saturday (10/5), psych-rock band Psychedelic Porn Crumpets from Perth, Australia are touring with garage rock band Meatbodies and will be bringing the noise to Space Ballroom with local New Haven two-piece Tate & Silas. After taking a short Sunday break, we’re back to the grind on Monday night (10/7) with Cafe Nine’s Manic Monday event which is being taken over by the south, featuring alternative rock band Walden, hailing from Athens, GA and hip-hop artist TAME, The Aspiring Me from Houston, TX with support from Connecticut singer-songwriter, RØY & the Echoes. Next Tuesday (10/8) at College Street Music Hall in New Haven, multigenre band Lake Street Dive will bring the sounds of 60s R&B, pop, and rock to the stage and are being joined by dazzling singer-songwriter Madison Cunningham. Last but not least, iconic 80s rock band, Melvins, are touring the re-release of their classic record “10 Songs,” and are ripping up the stage at Space Ballroom following classic punk band Redd Kross, and Japanese noise artist, Toshi Kasai next Wednesday, (10/9). Tickets and details for all of these events and more can be found at our website. Make sure to grab them before it’s too late and we hope to see you at one of these shows this week!

CONTEST TIME! Enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Mates of State at Space Ballroom (10/4) and a CD copy of “My Solo Project”! Enter here:

Upcoming Shows

Thursday, October 3rd

 Luna w/ Olden Yolk

 $25 / All Ages / Doors at 7:00PM


Space Ballroom – Hamden, CT

 INFO: Luna was a New York band formed in 1991 by singer/guitarist Dean Wareham after the breakup of Galaxie 500. The band made seven studio albums before disbanding in 2005. After a ten-year break, they reunited and toured in 2015, and in 2017 released a new LP — A Sentimental Education and an EP of instrumentals — A Place of Greater Safety.

Other recent reissues include a deluxe 2xLP version of their classic Penthouse album (on Rhino) and another 2xLP set Lunafied that collects all the covers the band record-ed in the 1990s.

Now scattered around the country (Los Angeles, New York and Austin) the band re-tains the same lineup that operated from 1999 to 2005: Dean Wareham on vo-cals/guitar, his wife Britta Phillips on bass, Sean Eden on guitar, and Lee Wall on drums.

Friday, October 4th

  Mates of State w/ Goodnight Blue Moon

 $15 / All Ages / Doors at 7:00PM

 Space Ballroom – Hamden, CT

 INFO: How does a band keep evolving and moving forward after 20 years? First up, embrace the modern age and the way that people are consuming music these days. “I don’t like it, but the long play album format is probably dead,” says Mates of State singer/drummer Jason Hammel. “Now we just want the hits. Don’t bother me with filler; get me your best songs straightaway.”

Rather than lamenting this shift in listening preferences, Hammel and his bandmate Kori Gardner are taking a very KISS-like approach with their new music: you wanted the best, you got the best. TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE HERE:

Saturday, October 5th

 Psychedelic Porn Crumpets w/ Meatbodies, Tate & Silas

 $15 / All Ages / Doors 7:00PM

 Space Ballroom – Hamden, CT

 INFO: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – a powerful, melody driven psychedelic rock band from Perth who’ve been quoted as “resembling Jimi Hendrix fresh off the end of a light globe” – The Music. Highlights so far include supporting King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Dune Rats, Black Mountain, Goons of Doom, Skegss, releasing their debut album “High Visceral {Part 1}”, releasing their sophomore album “High Visceral {Part 2}” and completing a national tour around Australia. TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE HERE:

 Monday, October 7th

 Walden w/ TAME, The Aspiring Me, RØY & the Echoes

 Free w/ RSVP ($5 at the Door) / 21+ / Doors at 7:00PM

 Cafe Nine – New Haven, CT

 INFO: In late 2012, four schoolmates joined together to form something that would become much larger than the sum of its parts, Walden. Hailing from the musical mecca of Athens, Georgia, Walden emerged as the city’s newest rock sound. The band quickly captured the college town’s attention, taking them from a debut performance at a Pizza Hut to a headline show at the historic Georgia Theatre just two years later. RSVP AVAILABLE HERE:

 Tuesday, October 8th

 Lake Street Dive w/ Madison Cunningham

 $39.50-$44.50 / All Ages / Doors 7:00PM

 College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT

 INFO: The title of Lake Street Dive’s Free Yourself Up is both an exhortation to listeners and a statement of purpose for the band. The songs have an infectious swagger, even when dealing with awkward breakups or the unsettled state of our world. Free Yourself Up is Lake Street Dive’s most confident album yet, seriously soulful and exuberantly rocking. And, in many ways, it is Lake Street Dive’s most intimate and collaborative, with the band itself taking over the production reins and working as a tightly knit unit to craft these ten songs. In addition, the quartet drafted touring keyboardist Akie Bermiss to join them in the studio, literally freeing the band up to explore a wider range of instrumental textures, construct more full-bodied arrangements, and build stacks of lively background harmonies. TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE HERE:

 Saturday, September 28th

 Melvins w/ Redd Kross, Toshi Kasai

 $25 / All Ages / Doors at 7:00PM

 Space Ballroom – Hamden, CT

 INFO: It hasn’t been a year since the last bona fide Melvins album but nonetheless, slated for release is yet another album… However, this here new one is actually a RE-release of the classic Melvins record “10 songs”. Of course the NEW one has a NEW super deluxe cover and has been expanded to 26 songs. That’s 16 more than the original! The record even includes a secret recording of one of their hometown buddies out of his mind on Angel Dust. This added historical window should fully explain their origin and current message in a way never before captured on record.

Redd Kross have always been too good, too perfect, too true, to believe. Mythic. Could this tuneful hardcore punk EP really be the work of a brother band with the 15-year-old on vocals and guitar and the 11-year-old on bass? Did Redd Kross really open for Black Flag? Could Jeff and Steve really have been born and raised in the Beach Boys’ hometown of Hawthorne, California, and did Jeff really see the Beatles live in 1966? Did one of them, dressed in Gene Simmons makeup, really kill a Bruce Springsteen impersonator onstage? Is that really their hair? Could Researching the Blues, their first studio album in 15 years, be not just the hottest thing since Cher went solo but the best start-to-finish Redd Kross record ever? TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE HERE:


Thursday, February 6th

 They Might Be Giants

 $25-$35 / All Ages / Doors at 7:00PM

 College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT

 INFO: In honor of the album that made them an international act, They Might Be Giants is celebrating Flood’s 30th anniversary in 2020 by performing the album, in its entirety, on stages in select cities across the US. The show is “an evening with” and TMBG will play two full sets with their barnstorming live band featuring the show-stopping Curt Ramm on trumpet. How will it be presented? In sequence, in reverse sequence, alphabetical, or mixed into additional repertoire? It could be different on any given night. But, in addition to Flood, the song selection in the “evening with” show will span the band’s entire career from early favorites to brand new tracks, as well as the live improvisations that have become a highlight of TMBG shows. TICKETS AVAILABLE  HERE:

Thursday, February 21st


 $15 ($13 adv) / All Ages / Doors at 7:00PM

 Space Ballroom – Hamden, CT

 INFO: Founded in Athens, Georgia by twin brothers Reid and Blaze Bateh, and bassist William Brookshire, Bambara have been steadily attracting attention since the release of their 2013 debut. Earning praise from places like Pitchfork, NPR, VICE, Bandcamp, Spin, DIY, BrooklynVegan and The Quietus, and touring non-stop in the US and Europe with like-minded artists like IDLES, METZ, Girl Band and Daughters, the band released their most celebrated album to date in 2018 with Shadow On Everything, a release that NPR dubbed a “mesmerizing western, gothic opus.” Today, Bambara are announcing their follow up Stray (due out via Wharf Cat on February 14th, 2020), with the premiere of the album’s first single “Serafina” on the FADER. TICKETS AVAILABLE  HERE:

Thursday, March 26th

 Murder By Death

 $20 / All Ages / Doors at 7:00PM

 Space Ballroom – Hamden, CT

 INFO: Cult-indie band Murder By Death is hitting the road this winter to celebrate 20 years since their first show.

Setlists each night will be curated by fans and the band will be playing songs from all 8 records in their catalog.  Every ticket comes with a free zine at the show, looking back at the last 20 years of MBD.  Don’t miss this chance to sing along, stomp your boots, and sip your favorite libations in celebration.


**Tickets are available for all these shows in the shop without the online fees. **