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Styx offers full-bodied experience

September 23, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Styx had already released “Styx: Live at The Orleans Arena Las Vegas” as a CD. But earlier this month, the classic rockers offered the visual component of that performance with a new DVD. The decision to release the DVD is a reflection of the view that “Styx is a full…

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50 years with Zenobia and the Witch’s Dungeon

September 13, 2016
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By TOM DICKAU BRISTOL HISTORICAL SOCIETY Fifty years ago in 1966, a sickly 13 year old youngster began an adventure that this year culminates in its 50th anniversary. Cortlandt Hull could, at that time, be accurately described as the “boy in the plastic bubble.” Health issues separated him from his peers on a daily basis…

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Prophets of Rage bring the power and passion to Mohegan

September 13, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The music is loud. The guitarwork is scorching. The rhythm section rumbling and persistent. The vocals are insistent. Prophets of Rage—which is built upon the bones of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill—has all the earmarks of heavy metal. In fact, looking around at the crowd at…

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British blues great John Mayall always has had an ear for talent

September 13, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR As a scout for talent, one could say John Mayall’s track record in music is as impressive as the New York Yankees in baseball. Among the seminal talents who have played in John Mayall’s bands—from his Bluesbreakers to his self-titled efforts—are guitarists Eric Clapton, Peter Green (of the early Fleetwood…

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Forestville woman has role in new series thriller on Crackle

September 2, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In the new web television series, “StartUp,” the tension and mood begins to crank up right after the opening credits of the first episode. And as the series unfolds over the first episode and the next, the intensity doesn’t let up. The main characters are introduced one by one. Their…

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A little bit of conversation leads to Prophets of Rage

August 26, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR One conversation led to another conversation and that led to yet another conversation. And, with those discussions, Prophets of Rage—built upon the bones of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill—was born. The self-described “elite task force of revolutionary musicians determined to confront this mountain of elect year…

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Foghat cranks up the energy while ‘Under the Influence’

August 26, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The energy crackles out of the speakers when you cue up Foghat’s latest album, “Under the Influence.” One of the reasons for the energy boost, explained the band’s original and continuing drummer Roger Earl, is the roster of special guests they were able to pull in to supplement the core…

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A comedic blast from the past at CTC

August 19, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR A slice of humor from the 1960s will grace the stage at Connecticut Theatre Company this month. The local theater troupe will be performing 1962’s “Boeing-Boeing” by Marc Camoletti (which was later turned into a movie in 1965). The comedy also was revived on Broadway in 2008 and included actresses…

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Cirque Eloize’s ‘Saloon: A fine slice of circus with a theatrical flavor

August 14, 2016
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With its Wild West setting, intriguing and versatile set design, elaborate Western costuming, carefree dance choreography, and the use of live music, we can understand why the audience at Cirque Eloize’s “Saloon” were a bit confused. When the curtains rose on the show at the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino on Saturday night, some…

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Musical buddies Counting Crows, Rob Thomas draw different crowds

August 12, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Counting Crows and Rob Thomas may be two peas in a pod—buddies on tour together who hit the alternative music scene of the 1990s at the same time—but their audiences definitely are of two different minds. At the Mohegan Sun Arena on Aug. 6, the differences between Counting Crows’ and…

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