Category: Features

St. Paul alum sings about ‘Cycles’ in new video

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The ups and downs – the cycles – of relationships inspired the first song and video of a young Connecticut singer. Jillian Caillouette, a graduate of Bristol’s St. Paul Catholic High School currently attending Western…

Uli Jon Roth looks back at German music scene 50 years ago

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR London and America tend to get all of the attention when rock historians speak about rock music in the late 1960s. But there were other countries with rock scenes as well – including West Germany.…

Review: Justin Timberlake is here, he’s now

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There was a dose of nostalgia in the air as Justin Timberlake settled into the first of two nights at the Mohegan Sun Arena on April 12. Although Timberlake’s Man of the Woods Tour is…

Walter Trout and the blues: Only the strong survive

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Walter Trout, the venerable blues guitarist, was in the car with his wife. The couple were listening to the blues station on satellite radio. At some point, the announcer cued up a brand new blues…

Smart ‘Mormon’ respectful with its laughter

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR “The Book of Mormon” is a funny, sarcastic, and cheeky musical. And its subject matter veers into the scatological‑ even as it rips open your sides from vigorous laughter. But the show, which opened April…

Review: Bad Bunny shakes and quakes at the Mohegan April 7

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Bad Bunny rocked the house Sunday. Actually, he rocked the Mohegan Sun Arena, swayed it, and probably moved it a few degrees to the south. The audience of the Puerto Rican Latin trap vocalist danced…

Playing along with that wizard Harry

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In the era of silent films, especially in the larger markets, the soundtrack to movies often would be performed by a live orchestra. When the “talkies” came around, however, the music became part of the…

Anthony Gomes redeems Johnson, elevates B.B.

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The story goes that blue guitarist Robert Johnson acquired his considerable reputation at the “crossroads” in Mississippi. At this junction, the legend says Johnson met up with the devil and signed away his soul in…

Ariana Grande works it

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR As I stood in the gargantuan line to get past the security check-point at the Mohegan Sun Arena for the March 30 Ariana Grande show, there were two teenage girls behind me talking about their…