The Shellye Valauskas Experience, Tracey Gardens
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General Admission Standing Room Only
***Out of an abundance of caution surrounding the ongoing Omicron surge, Ted Leo has decided to postpone his upcoming shows. This includes his show originally scheduled for Saturday, February 12, 2022 at Space Ballroom in Hamden, CT.
The new date for this show is Saturday, March 12, 2022.
All original tickets will be honored and refunds can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org any time before February 24, 2022 at 12PM EST.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact email@example.com***
COVID-19 Vaccination (14 days past second shot) OR proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test (received within the past 72 hours) required for entry. If vaccinated, please bring your vaccination card or clearly legible photo of your vaccination card on your phone and a valid photo ID. If unvaccinated please bring printed or digital proof of your recent negative PCR test. Masks are strongly encouraged.
By purchasing tickets to this event, you agree to abide by the State of CT, City of Hamden, Artist, and Space Ballroom's Health and Safety measures in effect at the time of the event, which may include, but not be limited to, providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination status for patrons ages five (5) and older and/or providing proof of negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of event time.
Guidelines and entry requirements are subject to change. Any changes or updates will be posted on individual event pages and ticket links.
Ted Leo is one of the finest songwriters of our generation, even if it’s not entirely clear what generation that is. Starting in New York Hardcore with Citizen’s Arrest, making the ‘90s safe for power-pop and Weller-esque hair with Chisel, then singing our turbulent lives like we were smarter than we were with The Pharmacists, and most recently providing equal parts sweetness and solace with Aimee Mann as The Both, Ted never let us down. And now, seven years after The Brutalist Bricks, he has a new solo album. And it’s wonderful.
The songs on The Hanged Man, recorded at a home-studio-in-transition in Wakefield, RI, with Ted playing almost all the instruments, are some of the finest and most finely wrought of Ted Leo’s career. Ted describes the time working on the album as one of “personal desolation that felt fallow but was actually very fertile” and, indeed, lyrically, The Hanged Man is suffused with hope of sorts but crushingly heavy. The concerns addressed, whether personal trauma or the national disaster we’re all currently existing in, matched with the range and vitality of the songcraft is inspiring, even uplifting.
The Hanged Man offers the sharp bursts of skinny tie pop-punk fury one would expect from Ted—and even these feel streamlined like never before—but they are offset with an adventurousness in both tone and structure. The intention was to upend expectations but, on songs like the bookends of “Moon Out of Phase” and “Let’s Stay On The Moon,” the intention never gets in the way of the result. There’s no strain of effort in songs that are unlike anything Ted has done previously. The Hanged Man is a career high, born through industry soul sickness, nausea-inducing crisis, and a talent that feels like secular grace.
THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE
Based in the New Haven area, The Shellye Valauskas Experience writes meticulously crafted power pop songs, with an emphasis on “power.” The songs hearken back to the finer moments of the 1970’s and 1980’s and are filled with sparkling melodies powered by sharp and often jangly electric guitars; think Big Star, The Raspberries and Aimee Mann. SVE’s latest release, History of Panic, is a collection of catchy choruses, swirly guitars and melodies that instantly draw you in and satisfy on every level.
295 Treadwell Street
Hamden, CT, 06514