Category: Features

Busting out of Birmingham into the rock hall of fame

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When it comes to rock and roll Ground Zero in the U.K., London gets most of the attention, with Liverpool a close second. But Birmingham, U.K. was no slacker when it came to launching the…

It’s a Mr. Piffles’ world in Piff’s magic kingdom

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR It’s Mr. Piffles’ world. Piff the Magic Dragon just gets to share it. Fortunately, he does get to keep the cash. Piff the Magic Dragon, complete with his crayon-colored dragon costume plus his deadpan magic…

Tegan Marie belts out the future hits

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Tegan Marie has an impressive set of pipes. At her Sept. 30 show at the Infinity Hall in Hartford, the young country star proved that she can belt out a song with the best of…

Something’s weighing on Janet Jackson’s mind

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITOR EDITION Clearly, Janet Jackson had something on her mind and she wanted to share it with the audience. But, she also knew her fans wanted to party and dance. So, she gave the audience some of…

CT country singer Erin Gibney is off to see America

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Connecticut singer Erin Gibney is hitting the road. The country artist from Southington is stepping out on a concert tour that will take her all over the United States for the next 38 weeks. Along…

Overachiever Tegan Marie taking her country sound to CT

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Country singer Tegan Marie is the very definition of an overachiever. She has appeared on national television. She’s already had her debut on the holiest of country music sites, the Grand Ol’ Opry. She has…

No longer ‘Barenaked,’ singer Steven Page gets serious

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Steven Page’s previous group, Barenaked Ladies, was known for its tuneful whimsy—which is best exemplified in songs such as “ If I Had $1,000,000” and “One Week.” But Page, who left the group in 2009,…

Oh, so ‘… Wrong,’ but oh so, right

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Most comedies will have laughs. After all, that’s the nature of a comedy. Some comedies will have a lot of laughs. Again, if the humor gods bless the audience, that’s a given. But there aren’t…

Alonzo Bodden makes a point about current events

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Comedian Alonzo Bodden does not shy away from poking at the powers-that-be in America and the issues of today. Social commentary is his raison d’etre. But even for someone like Bodden who takes great delight…

Darik and the Funbags bring the fun to the Mum

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Darik and the Funbags will serve as the climax to a day’s worth of music at the Mum Festival this Saturday. The Connecticut-based rockers are headlining on the musical stage from 8:30 to 11 p.m.…