Here are a few shows by Connecticut bands that are worth your while this weekend:
FRIDAY, Jan. 27
The Mountain Movers at New England Brewing Company, 7 Selden St., Woodbridge. 6 p.m. New Haven psych-rockers Mountain Movers outdid themselves on last year’s ambitious, hazy concept album “Apple Mountain” (reviewed here), a trippy 20-song story cycle chronicling, in impressionistic fashion, a love forbidden to exist outside dreams. The band performs in the latest entry in New England Brewing Company’s “Final Friday” concert series, where $5 gets you the music and a taste of beer (from the makers of Sea Hag, no less). Of course, you must be 21 or older.
SATURDAY, Jan. 28
The Kids Are Alright: A Benefit for the Bastos Family and The Tommy Fund at The Mill at Trinity College, 79 Vernon St., Hartford. 6 p.m. A potent assortment of local bands is scheduled at this record-release show for “The Kids are Alright,” a new Fair Weather Records compilation to raise money for New Haven’s Tommy Fund, benefiting people affected by childhood cancer. Performers include Tigers Jaw, End of a Year (Self Defense Family), the Guru, Baby Grand and New Year’s Revolution, a sort of folk-punk band with shades of Dropkick Murphys in the way the group melds rootsy elements with hard-charging punk energy. There’s a minimum donation of $8 at this substance free event. (Proceeds also benefit the family of Kyle Bastos, 16, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.)
The Sweet Ones, Elm Bar, 372 Elm St., New Haven. 9 p.m. OK, technically the Sweet Ones are a Brooklyn band, but bassist Mike Straus did graduate from the University of Hartford, and he played in the Silent Groove, a long-running Hartford band. Even having moved to Brooklyn and joined up with the Sweet Ones, Straus can’t quit Hartford: the band recorded its 2011 LP, “Big Mistakes,” with Floyd Kellogg at Casa de Warrenton in the West End. The band tagged its music on bandcamp with the label “junk rock,” which seems apt: it’s a gleeful, tunefully chaotic jumble of voices and instruments, lurching ever forward and having a hell of a time doing it. Admission: $5.