Category: Features

Justin Moore captures lightning in a jar

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR They say lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice. But country artist Justin Moore has proven to be the exception to the rule with his latest album, “Kinda Don’t Care.” And for Moore, lightning didn’t…

Airing out the fairy tales’ dirty laundry

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The musical “Into the Woods” takes audiences into the world of fairy tales. But the characters find themselves in a much darker corner of the forest than the original story tellers had pondered. The musical…

Dashboard Confessional resets its journey with upcoming release

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Over seven years have passed since Dashboard Confessional released its last studio album, 2009’s “After the Ending.” However, Chris Carrabba, who essentially is Dashboard Confessional, hasn’t exactly been a hermit during that time. Dashboard Confessional…

Britain’s The Selecter continues to voice its 2-Tone message

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In the post-punk haze toward the end of the ‘70s, following the crash and burn of the Sex Pistols, the British music scene started to embrace a mix of ska music and punk attitude in…

‘Finding Neverland’ is crowd pleaser

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When it comes to the arts—performing, musical, or visual—there is a time for masterpieces. And there is a time for very good. While a masterpiece might fill your soul or push boundaries, very good will…

Artists, models, fashion showcased Saturday

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If you’re vying for a career in the public eye, either in fashion or entertainment, the door is being opened for you. And if you’re looking to help those who need a helping a hand,…

Rod Argent of The Zombies is more interested in today than yesterday

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Rod Argent isn’t interested in dwelling in the past. Argent is the keyboardist for The Zombies, which was part of the British Invasion and gave the world hits like “Tell Her No,” “She’s Not There,”…

Singer for HSO concert seems destined to sing Bowie

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Tony Vincent seemed destined to be part of a musical tribute to David Bowie. Vincent performs with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra on Friday night in “The Music of David Bowie.” Vincent’s career found him singing…

‘Priscilla…’ pumps out your favorite dance hits

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The score for the musical “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” is like a dance party jukebox. The stage show, which is being performed this weekend and next by Connecticut Theatre Company, includes such infectious favorites…

Kasey Chambers strikes motherlode of inspiration

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Most artists these days release a single, maybe an EP, and if they’re lucky, a single length album. But Australian Kasey Chambers’s latest, “Dragon Fly” is a double-length album that not only offers twice the…