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PCS Youth Theater to present ‘No No Nanette’

August 4, 2015
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The PCS Youth Theater, now in its 30th season, will be presenting the musical “No No Nanette,” on Friday. Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Plainville High School Auditorium, Robert Holcomb Way, Plainville. The curtain time is 7:30 p.m. on both evenings and admission is only $15 per person. Tickets will be available…

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Fashion, fitness combine to help the kids

August 1, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Fashion was the draw. But helping kids was the inspiration. Local fitness icon, Lori-Ann Marchese of Body Construct LLC in New Britain, was tapped as a brand ambassador for Athleta—the fitness wear retailer. And Marchese said Athleta wanted to throw a celebration party for her at its store in the…

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Walter Trout is back, healthy, and playing the blues

July 31, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Walter Trout is honest. “I thought I was done,” said the blues guitarist in a phone interview earlier this year. He recalled how he was in a hospital in Nebraska. His liver had failed. He had just had a transplant. He had lost more than 120 pounds, half of his…

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Girls Night Out offers up 3 fantastic performances

July 24, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Three artists. Three fabulous performances. That’s the best way to sum up the opening night of the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too Tour at the nearly full Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10. The package features headliners Christina Perri and Colbie Caillat, and chart newcomer Rachel Platten. As…

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Idina Menzel gives her fans a fabulous show

July 24, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR For the fans of Idina Menzel, the Broadway diva could walk out and sing a bunch of sea shanties and they’d be happy that they shared the same air as their heroine. Menzel’s fans are a devoted lot if the Facebook posts I saw the night of, and the morning…

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With The Devil Wears Prada’s latest fans will be sent soaring into ‘Space’

July 18, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR “Star Trek” may have espoused that space is the final frontier. But “Space” is also the latest release from Ohio’s The Devil Wears Prada, which has set its launch pad up on the main stage of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival this summer. The tour stops into Hartford on…

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Sister Sin takes its classic metal sound to the Mayhem hordes

July 16, 2015
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Sister Sin takes its classic metal sound to the Mayhem hordes

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Swedish band Sister Sin demonstrates that the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival is committed to bringing fans all dimensions of the music known as heavy metal. Sister Sin, which is touring behind its latest album “Black Lotus,” has a definite 1980s metal feel to it. Sister Sin –which is fronted by…

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These boys know how to put on a rock and roll show

July 11, 2015
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UPDATED FOR CORRECTION INSERTED JULY 18 By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR James Young of classic rockers Styx told me in an interview several years back that bands no longer survive on their recorded output. They survive on their live performances. Chris Carrabba of indie band Dashboard Confession told me a similar tale when I spoke…

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Rachel Platten proves she has a lot of ‘Fight’ left in her

July 10, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR “Fight Song” has grabbed everybody’s aural attention this spring into summer. As of last week, Rachel Platten’s song had reached no. 13 on the Billboard pop charts. It reached no. 5 on the iTunes chart. Rachel had a chance to perform the song on the Radio Disney Music Awards. She…

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One decision made the difference for singer Ken Will Morton

July 10, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR One decision could have made the difference as to whether or not Ken Will Morton’s album, “Alls’ Fair in Love and War” would ever have seen the light of day. But that decision had nothing to do with the actual recording or songwriting. And it was nothing that the former…

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