M.T. Bearington plays Friday in Hartford as part of a show to raise money for the band's trip to SXSW in March.
Performances this weekend by area bands that are well worth checking out:
FRIDAY, Feb. 24
M.T. Bearington, Elison Jackson and Space Orphans at Arch Sreet Tavern, 85 Arch St., Hartford. Doors at 8:30 p.m. It’s a classic local-band-makes-good story: New Haven’s M.T. Bearington is one of several Connecticut acts accepted to perform at this year’s South by Southwest festival next month in Austin, Texas. There’s just one catch: going to Austin is expensive. To help the group out, Chip’s Unnamed Local Band Show (which, like the Courant, is part of CT1 Media) put together this benefit show to raise money for the trip. It’s a worthy cause: M.T. Bearington’s 2011 album, “Love Buttons” (reviewed here), a well-crafted blend of folk, rock and psychedelia, was one of the best albums a Connecticut band released in 2011. If that weren’t enough, Elison Jackson and Space Orphans are on the bill, too. $5 cover, with all money going to the bands.
Stop Exploding You Cowards! with the Defcon Five, the Hulls, the Royal Swindle and Pickpocket at The Space, 295 Treadwell St., New Haven. Doors at 7 p.m. First, Stop Exploding You Cowards! has a great acronym, SEXYC. Also, the South Windsor band seeks to push its 3rd-wave ska style beyond what it calls “the typical cliche ‘ska/punk’ sound,” and that’s a noble goal for sure. New Haven garage-punks Defcon Five, veteran New Haven punk band the Hulls, ska/reggae band the Royal Swindle and Meriden punk band Pickpocket. Tickets are $10.
The Groomers, One Hundred Year Ocean and Osier Bed at Storrs Congregational Church, 2 North Eagleville Road, Storrs. 5:30 p.m. WHUS-FM (91.7), the University of Connecticut radio station, hosts its first concert of the semester with New Haven punks the Groomers and a pair of Willimantic bands: One Hundred Year Ocean, a dirgey indie-pop band; and Osier Bed, which has a punkier sound. The show is free, though organizers will collect donations for the Covenant Soup Kitchen.
SATURDAY, Feb. 25
Winterpills and Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion at the Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center St., Northampton. 7 p.m. OK, so it’s not a Connecticut show, but Northampton is just as close to Hartford as New Haven. Plus, it’s Winterpills, another local-ish band headed to Austin, with a passel of songs from the the group’s gorgeous new album, “All My Lovely Goners.” Though the album came out Feb. 14 (reviewed here), the band plays its local CD release show this weekend, with support from friends and recent tourmates (and Berkshires residents) Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 at the door.