GEORGE HAKKILA - Pizza Records recording artist also known as Ham Steak. Influenced by Devo, Captain Beefheart, Minutemen, Volcano Suns, the Girls, Neil Young. Reliably great (and always very funny), you'll be happy you left the house.

AN HISTORIC - "is the songwriting alias of composer/accordionist/vocalist Adam Matlock, focusing on frenzied and narrative songs with elements of Balkan music, cabaret, many varieties of art-song and American soul and punk."

Guitarist & singer for the excellent POINT BONITA.  Don't miss his   Willimantic Records "bored, sad, and alone" debut.

Tuesday, September 16th: GOAT OF ARMS, STRAIGHT TO VHS, and SARALEE at Willimantic Records

SARALEE is Sara and Lee from Allston, Massachusetts (02134). 

"The silkscreened cover is not lying to you when it sends off those early K Records vibes... I am telling you now, don’t pass this one up only to realize too late that you need a copy." - Dave Martin (Matador Records)


GOAT OF ARMS records for the phenomenal 100% Breakfast label out of Cambridge, MA. 

"Effortlessly wonderful accordion & drum duo of ladies who play cumbia. Nell owns this ridiculous souped-up accordion that can play midi or spit out a bunch of casio noises. Ivanna can rock everything from electronically generated handclaps to tin cans... Buckets of good times." - Angela Sawyer (Weirdo Records)


STRAIGHT TO VHS - Garage Rock from New London, CT

“It used to be that too few bands sounded like The Wipers—other than Hot Snakes and early Nirvana—but like Ready the Destroyer, StV has Greg Sage’s unrelenting riffage prowess in spades on this five-song debut EP produced by Fatal Film’s Matt Potter. Having also rocked Cosmodemonic’s double-CD Powers New London, CT sampler harder than any band this side of 30-year vets The Reducers, the trio bust a fuzzy, sweaty garage punk with nasty bass in an early punk-ish attack, with 70’s Detroit tough guy vocals. It’s only five songs in 11-and-a-half minutes, but its rough and ready, full of piss, vinegar, and vigor, ripping it up like an update on The MC5’s “American Ruse.” And like an MC5, Radio Birdman, early Damned, or Wipers record, when they chant “Hey” every few seconds, you chant with them, fist in the air.” - The Big Takeover 


A free show with donations to the bands encouraged and very much appreciated.

Normally only open Wednesday through Sunday, and closed on Monday & Tuesday, Willimantic Records will open at 5pm on Tuesday, September 16th.

August 29th: ROOSTER at Willimantic Records (second band still t.b.a.)

Special 4:30pm ROOSTER show at Willimantic Records for folks headed to, or from, the Coventry Regional Farmers’ Market pop-up "Happy Hour Market" with the Willimantic Brewing Company on Jillson Square in Willimantic.

This is a free show with donations to the musicians welcome. 

August 2014 Live Music Schedule

Saturday, August 2nd at 6pm:
EMPTY FLOWERS (ex-Cable members with great new remix LP out on Redscroll)
LANDING  (shoegaze drone pop masters, MOJO gave ‘em 5 out of 5 stars)
KOHOUTEK  ("psych improv with noise abstraction "from Philadelphia)
UNCLE JESSI ("poetic spirituality," includes two thirds of INSTANT FAMILY)


Sunday, August 3rd at 3pm:
MORNING ARMS (out of Chicago, post-rock, folk, and baroque pop)
BAG OF BONES ("ambient emo post-rock" from New York)
BIRTH OF FLOWER  (Inflluenced by Neu!, Wire, Television, Can, Mission of Burma)
JACKET THOR  (Singer/songwriter Ryan K comes back to Willimantic Records)


Thursday, August 7th at 7pm:
DR. MARTINO (EP release show for Willimantic jangle pop surf combo)
SPECTRAL FANGS (Danbury based "noisy power pop”)
KAM KAMA  ("new-wave/darkish post-punk band from Bloomington, Indiana)
OCTOPHANT  (from Hartford, CT - formerly known as The Vaporized)


Saturday, August 16th at 5pm:
FLORIDA=DEATH (great new LP from one of  the best bands around)
BLOODPHEASANT  (Tor Johnson recording artists - “doom folk grunge”)
PATCH KIT (Broken World Media  band with excellent recent cassette)
OMEGA VAGUE (Dream pop band from Hartford)
WEAK TEETH  (hardcore "screamo" from Providence)


Monday, August 18th at 7pm (store will open at 5pm):
SPIT-TAKE (first show back in Willimantic since moving to New Haven)
CRAB LEGS (“energetic punk from Fargo, North Dakota”)
THE FRIENDLY GHOST (“New London county folk rock”)


Friday, August 29th at 4:30pm:
ROOSTER (groove heavy music with lots of swingin' percussion)
A second band will play as well, details still to be announced. This show will happen in conjunction with the Coventry Regional Farmers Market's special Willimantic pop-up Happy Hour event on Jillson Square.

Always all-ages,  all shows are free with donations to the musicians encouraged.