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At 60, Newport Jazz Fest looks to the future

 July 29, 2014; Updated: 5:13 pm

Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein is more interested in where jazz is going than in where it's been as he marks the 60th anniversary of the granddaddy of all outdoor jazz festivals.

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For a reunited Phish, balance is key

 July 26, 2014; Updated: 4:34 pm

At every stop on Phish's summer tour, bassist Mike Gordon and his 5-year-old daughter, Tessa, ride bikes around the town where the jam-band heroes will take the stage that evening. The simple routine reflects the new priorities of four...

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Premium Content Live Lunch Break Flashback - The Sue Menhart Band

 July 25, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

Do you feel sad because you didn't see "Live Lunch Break" on Thursday in New London's Hygienic Art Park? We featured the Sue Menhart Band, one of the absolute finest blues-rock bands in the entire region. Fortunately, we archive all of our "Live...

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‘Weird Al’ on his weirdly successful week in music

 July 24, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

Attention pop stars: If "Weird Al" Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your personal email address, you're likely his next parody conquest.Such was the case for artists like Pharrell and Iggy Azalea, who are covered by...

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Premium Content Disc tip: "Time, Tension & Intervention"

 July 24, 2014; Updated: 3:52 pm

This is the debut album of a British progressive act headed up by the ludicrously talented Adam Warne

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Premium Content Lionel Richie plays the hits at Mohegan Sun

 July 24, 2014; Updated: 1:07 pm

No matter what happens in our miserably troubled world, Lionel Richie can at least rest happily knowing he wrote and sang "Easy," which is possibly the most perfect R&B ballad ever. What could be better than that mellow chorus:...

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Premium Content Adam Kolker Quartet plays the Side Door Jazz Club

 July 24, 2014; Updated: 1:05 pm

By its nature, jazz demands a sort of revolving-door approach to performance, with artists seeking out and playing with other musicians and in varying situations and ensembles. Sidemen become leaders; band membership rosters change frequently for...

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Premium Content The Oh, Hellos at the Wolf Den

 July 24, 2014; Updated: 1:05 pm

Since Texas actually occupies 72 percent of the Earth's surface, folks not from there perhaps aren't aware of how many great, hidden aspects there are to the state.One would be San Marcos, a very cool college town 35 miles south of the...

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Premium Content Django All-Stars play the Kate

 July 24, 2014; Updated: 1:05 pm

Emerging from the annual Django Reinhardt Festival in New York's immortal Birdland jazz club, a group called the Django All-Stars tours internationally - and performs Tuesday at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center.The spirit...

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Trent Reznor contemplates the future, the road

 July 22, 2014; Updated: 4:30 pm

Trent Reznor is in a race with technology, from the way he presents his music to fans on the road to how he approaches his job as chief creative officer at Beats Electronics.

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Blues legend Johnny Winter dies at 70 in Zurich

 July 17, 2014; Updated: 10:20 am

GENEVA (AP) _ Texas blues icon Johnny Winter, who rose to fame in the late 1960s and "70s for his energetic performances and musical collaborations including with childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died. He was 70.

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Premium Content Disc tip: "Platinum"

 July 17, 2014; Updated: 12:13 pm

Miranda Lambert

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Premium Content Road trip tip: An Evening with Procol Harum

 July 17, 2014; Updated: 12:12 pm

Friday, Ridgefield Playhouse

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Premium Content The Baseball Project return to the Hygienic

 July 17, 2014; Updated: 12:00 pm

One of the tremendous things about the sport of baseball is its ability to inspire a sort of fanaticism that could result in a band like The Baseball Project - several big-shot musical pals who formed a side project act to write and play songs...

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Premium Content Mohegan Sun welcomes Sarah McLachlan

 July 17, 2014; Updated: 12:00 pm

As a Professional Writer About Music (PWAM), I always dread it when Sarah McLachlan comes to town or releases a new album.This has nothing to do with whether I enjoy her music - I love the Grammy award-winning "Building a Mystery," for...

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Premium Content Rockabilly double-bill at 33 Club

 July 17, 2014; Updated: 12:00 pm

The folks who play and enjoy rockabilly are almost cult-like in their enthusiasm of the admittedly infectious form - and their pack-like mentality is all part of the fun.To become initiated, head Friday to the 33 Club in New London for a...

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Hilary Hahn: A star turn at URI

 July 17, 2014; Updated: 12:00 pm

When first we saw Hilary Hahn, she was a mere stripling of a 15-year-old performing Prokofiev at Summer Music in Waterford. It was a revelation. She was a commanding presence as a teenager, and you could sense what was coming ... Now, at...

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Premium Content Justin Timberlake sings at Mohegan Sun

 July 17, 2014; Updated: 12:00 pm

Justin Timberlake comes to Mohegan Sun Arena for a concert on Friday ... and then returns to do the same on Dec. 13.Much better than the usual two-night stand that happens one night after the next, right? There's time for local fans...

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Premium Content Adam Lambert leads Queen at Mohegan Sun

 July 17, 2014; Updated: 12:00 pm

Yes, I'll take a bow. Way back when Adam Lambert made his early appearances as a contestant on "American Idol," I announced on the record that he was an ideal fit for the band Queen.It'd be a tough gig - how does anyone replace...

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Premium Content Cabaret & Performance Conference kicks off at O'Neill

 July 17, 2014; Updated: 12:00 pm

John McDaniel's second year heading up the O'Neill Center's Cabaret & Performance Conference boasts some significant names - most famously, Broadway luminary Betty Buckley - and an entertainingly wide range of artists.This event, which...

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Dave Grohl brings rock n’ roll touch to TV tour

 July 12, 2014; Updated: 5:39 pm

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl brought a rock n' roll sensibility to the usually buttoned-down atmosphere of the summer TV critics' tour.

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Brooks’ music coming to digital via his own site

 July 12, 2014; Updated: 4:33 pm

Garth Brooks is finally embracing digital music, but he's doing it his own way.Brooks, one of the last holdout big-name musicians still refusing to put his music on iTunes, said Thursday he will make his back catalog of hits and his new...

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Premium Content Live Lunch Break Flashback - Vince Thompson & Friends

 July 11, 2014; Updated: 6:21 pm

So you didn't see "Live Lunch Break" Thursday in New London's Hygienic Art Park with Americana singer/songerwriter Vince Thompson & (his all-world musical) Friends - guitarist/vocalist Bob Metzger, drummer Steve Peck and standup bassist Lou...

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Premium Content The James Hunter Six in concert at Knickerbocker

 July 10, 2014; Updated: 2:10 pm

The New Yorker being, well, The New Yorker, anyone favorably profiled therein is going to reach a new audience.That's presumably true for James Hunter, the British soul singer-songwriter who was indeed favorably featured in the magazine...

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Premium Content Damien Dempsey performs at Hanafin's

 July 10, 2014; Updated: 2:10 pm

Irish music hero Damien Dempsey is in the U.S. touring behind a newly released "Best Of" album. If some of us Americans aren't aware that Dempsey even had any hits, well, that's how the music world sometimes works. The great ones are often...

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