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Meghan Trainor has talent to be more than just a top 40 hit

September 30, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The temptation is there to just categorize Meghan Trainor as a simple pop singer with a resume of clever songs. After all, tracks like “Me Too,” “All About That Bass,” “Lips Are Moving,” “Dear Future Husband,” and “No,” are clever, sugary pop confections. They don’t pretend to be anything more…

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Grandpaville, and ‘Brooke and Carly’ visit the drive-in

September 30, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Homegrown family entertainment will take over the big screen in Southington on Saturday as the world of Grandpaville is projected on the Southington Drive-In Screen. Michael T. Lombardi, the creator of the children’s web series “Welcome to Grandpaville” is bringing the show’s latest episode (and season finale) as well as…

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New Orleans Suspects have come into their own

September 28, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Sometimes a musical busman’s holiday for a group of musicians with homes in prominent bands sounds like it’s merely a diversion to fill time between projects. Other times, it feels like a record company’s marketing effort – a musical Fantasy Football game. And the manufactured aspect of these groups often…

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Miike Snow offers up a musical twist on a tyrant

September 27, 2016
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by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Typically, when a recording artist references a historical figure, there is a certain romanticism to it. Think, Elton John singing “Candle in the Wind” for Marilyn Monroe, or Don McLean’s “Vincent” about Vincent Van Gogh, or even Taylor Swift singing “Tim McGraw.” But there aren’t too many artists who would…

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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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