Category: Features

Review: The deeper genius of Squeeze

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If you were a music fan looking for flash, the Squeeze show at the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino on Aug. 23 was not the place for you. The band’s leaders Chris Difford and…

Review: The Jonas Brothers keep winning over new fans

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR You have to hand it to the Jonas Brothers. When I last photographed the siblings, it was 2007. The group’s first full-length album, the self-titled “Jonas Brothers,” had just been released and they were on…

Australian Pink Floyd keeps the original’s flame burning

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Pink Floyd, the original, has been on the sidelines for several years now. Keyboardist Richard Wright passed away. Drummer Nick Mason is touring solo. Guitarist David Gilmour is taking it easy. And original bassist Roger…

Squeeze celebrates 40 years of clever songwriting

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In 2019, there have been a slew of rock bands celebrating 50th anniversaries of one kind or another. Yes, Jethro Tull, and Led Zeppelin are among the notable acts waving the flags of a half…

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…