Category: Features

Singer Max Frost gets to chill with the Rocketman

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Recording artist Max Frost said it was one of those crazy moments in his relatively young career. Frost wrote a song in tandem with producer Michael Schultz. The pair had already teamed up for Frost’s…

Review: Rob Thomas is just a regular guy who can rock

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Rob Thomas is a rock star. If the earring and skinny jeans weren’t enough to clue you in, the fact his name flashed on a computer billboard as you drove into the Mohegan Sun was…

Review: Lady Antebellum leaves them smiling

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Sometimes when you’re reviewing a concert, you have to take a look around you to see how a performer is doing. You may be the greatest fan of the artist as a critic. But if…

Singer Savannah Conley defies her musical preferences

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR With her dreamy languid sound and mature songwriting, one would reasonably expect Savannah Conley’s musical influences to draw from a similar stylistic vein. However, Conley’s sound apparently comes from slightly center of left field. In…

Art can wait, the ‘Jam’ can’t

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Krysten Anderson had a career in art in mind. But when the chance came to drive her dad’s legendary monster truck, Grave Digger, she knew art would still be waiting for her when she was…

Teens help ‘Pippin’ find his ‘corner of the sky’

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR A group of teens have gathered this summer in Bristol to work on their theatrical skills. And in the process of doing so, they will be breathing life into the story of one of their…

A rock and roll tribute

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR On any given weekend across America, music fans will likely find a tribute band taking over the local nightclub. And on many theater stages across the country, groups playing note for note renditions of Pink…

Review: The magical vocal blend of Little Big Town

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The party tunes like the opening song “Pontoon” and its immediate follow-up “Day Drinking” are fun and engaging. But when country act Little Big Town slows things down and turns up the harmonies, that’s when…

Bluesman Montgomery pays homage to Butterfield, ‘East-West’

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Ultimate Classic Rock magazine, in a retrospective article, described the 1966 album “East-West” by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band “as a swift kick to the doors of convention.” Contemporary blues artist James Montgomery agrees. And,…

Ra Ra Riot, never the same way twice

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Ra Ra Riot is not a band content to repeat itself. Some bands may be satisfied with working within a narrow band of its musical identity, said Ra Ra Riot’s lead singer and lead songwriter…