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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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Southington Youth Summer Theater performs ‘Xanadu Jr.’

July 21, 2015
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Nick Breutzmann and Eva Bilodeau play the leads, Sonny Malone and Kira.

The Southington Youth Summer Theater, middle school students, performed the musical Zanadu Jr. last weekend.  The production is set in the 80’s and includes characters from Greek mythology.  The show was performed at Southington High School.  This coming weekend, the high school students will perform the musical All Shook Up.  Performances run Friday and Saturday at 7:00.  General admission is $8.00…

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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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Stranger on the beach inspires Life of Dillon

July 8, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR A mysterious stranger on a beach gave David Keiffer and brothers Joe and Robert Griffith a name for their band. And it gave them a philosophy by which to live their lives—thereby inspiring their musical sound. That stranger’s name was Dillon. And Life of Dillon is the name he lent…

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Styx’s bassist Ricky Phillips in midst of labor of love for late Ronnie Montrose

July 3, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Bassist Ricky Phillips returns with his fellow rockers in Styx this weekend. But in addition to preparing to perform classic rock tracks such as “Renegade” or “Too Much Time on My Hands” with the band from Chicago, Ricky has had his ears tuned onto another rocker. Ronnie Montrose. Although Ricky…

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