About

This is a blog about the New England indie music scene, centered on New Haven, Connecticut.

Why?

I love the regional music scene here.

Are you a musician?

Nope. On a good day, I’m a mediocre piano player, and we’re never discussing the time my mom thought it’d be a great idea to have me sight-read 1920s blues sheet music. The piano should have slammed its cover closed on my fingers.

Will you cover my best friend’s band?

I love suggestions and recommendations. I won’t write about bands whose music I dislike, as I don’t want to be the person who’s a bitch to musicians doing their best. If my tastes aren’t yours, that’s not a judgment on you — it’s just a thing where people differ.

There are also some practical limits on how far I can travel, what I can spend, and how much free time I have, so I may skip something for logistical reasons that have nothing to do with the music.

If you’re not critical, why should I trust you?

Oooohhhh, I can be critical… but it’s in the context of “I like this act a lot, and this one song is probably the weakest on the EP for reasons X, Y, and Z.” Some musicians can’t handle even that much criticism, though, so I don’t expect to be liked by every act I cover.

Why emus, though?

Back around 2010-2012, I had a music blog that covered indie acts nationally and paired them with recipes, which was honestly a stupid thing to do, but I was stuck in Phoenix and bored at the time. It got the “emu is emo” name as some sort of joke or pun, and I’ve just… kept the emu thing. It’s easier to spell than “aardvark,” anyway.