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The turmoil lurks beneath Melanie Martinez’s surface

September 4, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Melanie Martinez’s music is an unexpected mixture of music box melodies, Grade Z movie soundtracks, 1990s alt rock, and jazz chanteuse. The sound on her first full-length album, “Cry Baby” lulls you into moments of contentment,  followed by the chills. Her personal sartorial style underscores a performance artist dipping her…

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All ‘bad things’ end pretty well at Motley Crue show

August 29, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If you’re going to go out, you might as well do it big and go out with a bang. And that’s exactly what metal merchants Motley Crue did on Aug. 16 at the Mohegan Sun. Out on the road for their final tour ever (they’ve signed the legal docs to…

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Hitting the thrift store when shopping for school

August 28, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When it comes to back to school clothes shopping, convention dictates parents and kids head out to seek brand names at the mall, and if the parents prevail, items will be acquired at a sale price. But, ever consider shopping at thrift store, such as Savers Thrift Store at 657…

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Baring his soul from the heart of Texas

August 27, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If you think about music in Texas, you might think of the blues. Or you might think of Tex-Mex music. Or you might even think of country music. Typically, you don’t think of soul music. But Luke Wade is the exception to that Texas musical stereotype. The former contestant on…

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Bea Miller wants to be the girl who tells you the truth

August 21, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Bea Miller’s music offers up more emotional heft than you would expect from a 16-year-old singer. On her hit single, “Young Blood,” Bea—who first came to national attention on “The X-Factor”—sings, “But in dark times when we close our eyes/ It’s a nightmare, it’s a nightmare/ When the sun don’t…

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Carousel museum hosts BARC art show

August 18, 2015
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The New England Carousel Museum and the Bristol Adult Resource Center will present an exhibit called “Innovative Lives” featuring work created by artists at BARC, a non-profit organization that provides services to adults with special needs. The art work will be presented on Thursday, Aug 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Carousel Museum,…

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Showcasing eternal quality of the music of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd

August 17, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In an interview with the Observer, singer Bruce Lamont said the music of Led Zeppelin is the classical music of the future. And given the performance last Friday at the Toyota Oakdale Theater, the lead singer of Led Zeppelin 2 is right. Led Zeppelin 2 and headliners, the Australian Pink…

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Cirque Eloize flashes their ‘iD’ and enchants

August 16, 2015
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  by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR I am not a connoisseur of circus entertainment. I’ve interviewed lots of circus performers. But, I can count the number of circus type performances I’ve seen on one hand. I’m not adverse to the world of circus. I just had few opportunities to indulge into that artform. So when…

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Cirque Eloize finds the talent to please your ‘iD’

August 14, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Acrobats, jugglers, and aerialists, to those outside of the world of circuses, may seem like rare animals. They are creatures that you are unlikely to find in your neighbor’s house or hanging out at the local suburban mall. But for troupes such as Cirque Éloize—which has set up a month-long…

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Lucid Empire joins pack as live music takes stage at Rockwell festival

August 14, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Live music always has been a hallmark of the now annual West End Association Summer Festival at Rockwell Park. This year will be no different with acoustic bands taking the stage at the gazebo at the West End park and amplified acts taking the stage in the amphitheater bowl. The…

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