It’s hard to believe that we are only weeks away from the end of summer. That means now is the time to hit the outdoor shows and indoor venues in the region. Here are some great options to check out some pure sounds in this August edition of the Rundown.
Oneida August 5 @ State House310 State Street, New Haven 8 p.m. All ages
Touching styles of punk, noise, psychedelic and space rock, Oneida has been a fixture of independent music since the late 90s.
Along with the rock club circuit, they played the Guggenheim, MASS MoCA, and the Institute of Modern Art in London. Oneida has also collaborated with the likes of Portishead, Yo La Tengo, Boredoms and Mike Watt from the Minutemen.
Opening this show are local acts More Clementines and Psychic Babies.
Khruangbin August 6 @ Westville Music Bowl45 Yale Avenue, New Haven 7 p.m. All ages
Few bands can deliver a live music experience like Houston-based Khruangbin. The trio of bassist Laura Lee, guitarist Mark Speer and drummer Donald “DJ” Johnson combines psychedelic, funk and surf rock with influences from around the world from Thailand to Brazil to West Africa.
Montreal dream pop act Men I Trust have been on the road with Khruangbin as part of their “Air Walk Tour” and they are opening.
Elvis Costello & The ImpostersAugust 13 @ Foxwoods Premier Theatre39 Norwich-Westerly Road Ledyard8p.m. All ages
Elvis Costello is a legend, and when he’s with his backing band the Imposters it’s going to be a show.
His latest album, The Boy Named If, came out in January and marked a great return to form for Costello and his band. Get ready for an exciting show that will feature off-release songs and mostly hits like “Pump It Up”, “Alison”, “Watching Detectives” and “Radio Radio”.
ThundercatAugust 16 @ College Street Music Hall238 College Street, New Haven8 p.m. All ages
The moniker of Los Angeles bassist Stephen Bruner, Thundercat is a fairly well-known musical phenomenon. An eclectic mix of funk, acid jazz, R&B and sometimes even yacht rock, Thundercat creates an exciting sound all his own.
His performance at the Newport Jazz Festival a few summers ago is still fresh in my mind.
Lucinda Williams August 25 @ Wall Street Theatre71 Wall Street Norwalk8 pm All ages
Another legend on this list, Lucinda Williams is one of those artists who has her own take on country, folk, Americana or whatever else you want to call it. She always kept her heart on her sleeve and her influence on the current generation of singers is immeasurable. She is also a pleasure to see live as she and her band consistently put on an amazing show.