Category: Features

‘America’s Got Talent’ singer returning to public eye

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Noah Guthrie first found national attention as a cast member on the TV show “Glee.” Then he reentered the public eye as a contestant on “America’s Got Talent.” Now, the singer –who has been opening…

Turning her fashion into art

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When Kristin Costa showed her fashion collection at an event in Connecticut last year, her show was more walking art gallery than mobile department store. Costa’s creations would have looked more at home on the…

Kiss goes out with a bang

  by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR I was a little too young for the beginning. But at least I got to see the “End of the Road” before I was too old for rock and roll (but too young to…

Discovering Blake Shelton

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR One of the bonuses of being a music critic is that you get a chance to discover new music. I’m not just talking about discovering an opening act just waiting to break it big on…

Shining the light on some funny women

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Women going through the “change” aren’t typical inhabitants of today’s pop culture where the sun shines brightest on the 18 to 34 demographic. But “Menopause the Musical” redirects the spotlight to women going through, well,…

Kelly Clarkson brings ‘the voice’ and exudes the charm

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If you’re going to be a judge on a show like “The Voice,” you better have some vocal chops. And Kelly Clarkson, a second season judge on the reality competition show, set off a significant…

Marketing the Kiss brand

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Kiss may be known for singing “I wanna rock and roll all night and party every day.” But the four-man group also can add “I wanna excel at marketing all night and branding every day.”…

Fans of ‘Rent’ can take comfort

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Although I am not a “Renthead,” one of the loyal followers of Jonathan Larson’s stage musical, I have seen “Rent” several times thanks to friends were passionate about show set in the 1990s. I saw…

Southington’s Gibney releases song about heartache

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Heartache drips from the lyrics of the new single, “King of Hearts,” from Connecticut country singer Erin Gibney. The Southington native and Nashville transplant sings on the song, which was released on March 1 across…

Comic books and metallic sounds collide with September Mourning

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Art forms meld together and become one under the guidance of singer Emily Lazar, the creative force behind the band, September Mourning. The group mixes a graphic novel worthy story with metallic music. Through the…