Category: Features

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…

Alice and Bob, a macabre musical partnership

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Alice Cooper and producer Bob Ezrin were a hit-making dream team in the 1970s. With Ezrin behind the production board, the original Alice Cooper group stormed up the charts with “School’s Out,” “I’m Eighteen,” “Billion…

Sipping some cocktails where it’s all a ‘Wonder’

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR For those who love a good cocktail, and who are always on the look out for a new taste to add to their repertoire, Foxwoods Resort Casino’s “The Wonder of the Cocktail” was the place…

Take the Yellow Brick Road to Elton’s greatest

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Elton John looms large over the world of pop music. Yes, the new movie “Rocketman” starring Taron Egerton has returned the musician to the public eye. But, over the years, there have been plenty of…

Review: Cast keeps ‘Disaster!’ sailing straight

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Years ago, I read an album review noting that a certain band was just asking for trouble by calling its latest song “Ordinary Day.” The critic said putting the word “ordinary” in the title predisposes…