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Review: Steely Dan’s complexity comes alive in concert

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If you’re a fan of Steely Dan, you know how complex the group’s arrangements can be. Donald Fagen’s and Walter Becker’s affinity for jazz – and the many genres that feed that musical stream –were…

Review: Third time’s a charm for ‘The Book of Mormon’

by MIKE CHI’m of the opinion that good comedy should hold up after multiple viewings. There should be laughs that will get you every time. And there should be nuggets that you might have missed the first time around and…

Review: Having fun with Foreigner

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Although the song itself is about a rough and tumble bruiser, there is a line in the Foreigner song, “Head Knocker,” that clearly sums up vintage rockers’ show at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Thursday,…

Review: Shawn Mendes exceeds pop star expectations

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The music of Shawn Mendes is undeniably catchy. The young singer is also easy on the eyes, especially if young male singers capture your fancy (and you’re a teenage girl). But these factors alone aren’t…

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: Why Don’t We gives its fans a night to remember

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Concerts, especially when you’re young, are about making memories. If you go with your parents, it’s about a shared moment with mom and dad. If you go with your friends, it’s about the crazy moments…

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…