In case you haven’t looked at Facebook in three months, Alternative Control would like to remind you that Opus’ B-Day Blizzard Bash is happening this Friday at Toad’s Place in New Haven. The “who’s who” night of Connecticut metal will begin at 6 and feature 13 bands on two stages: “So Jessie May, you’ll… Continue reading This Friday, The Blizzard Continues at Toad’s Place
When Christian Lawrence, a.k.a. Opus, asked me to review his new solo album Opus Unplugged, I automatically said yes – because that’s what Alternative Control does when anyone asks us to review their album/tuba quartet/nude performance art. But then I got worried. Here’s this dude who makes a lot of things happen in “the scene,”… Continue reading Review of Opus Unplugged
… And I mean “blow” in the best possible, positive, and windswept way. Remember when I said that one of my guilty pleasures was annoying alliteration? But I digress. Friday January 24th is a lineup that Connecticut metal fans will not want to miss: Alcoholica, Earth, Curse the Son, Nightbitch, Kings & Liars, Nasty Disaster,… Continue reading Opus’ 72nd Annual Blizzard Birthday Bash to Blow into Toad’s this January
Two years ago, Alternative Control described Mindsnap Music’s Metal-Rock Mania as “fun, free, and flowing with cheap beer,” a relaxed bi-weekly event that welcomed bands from many genres. But shortly after we wrote that article, the bar that hosted the event closed down and the all the metal-mania was put on hold… Until now. Christian… Continue reading Mindsnap is Back!
A reader posed an interesting question to Alternative Control last week: what should the role of successful, established bands be in guiding younger bands that are coming onto the scene? And honestly, I didn’t know how to answer. First, what makes a band “successful” or “established”? Success for my own bands means that our friends… Continue reading Working Together: The Drummers Weigh In