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Michael Hamad

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Michael Hamad is the staff music writer for The Hartford Courant.

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  • New Thom Yorke Album To Be Distributed Via BitTorrent

    New Thom Yorke Album To Be Distributed Via BitTorrent

    Radiohead singer Thom Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich announced that a new album called "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes" will be distributed "using a new version of BitTorrent," according to a Nasty Little Man press release. "The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files," Yorke and...

  • Watch "Vintage Portrait," A New Video By Hartford Hip-Hop Artist Royal

    Watch "Vintage Portrait," A New Video By Hartford Hip-Hop Artist Royal

    Earlier this week, Hartford native Royal (Tyshawn Gillespie) released "Chandeliers Castle View," a new album that's available on iTunes and the Google Play store (yes, there is one of those). Downloading the album, and take a look at the video for "Video Portrait" while you're waiting. More info...

  • Ain't It Funny How Bob Seger Keeps Returning To Connecticut?

    Ain't It Funny How Bob Seger Keeps Returning To Connecticut?

    Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band announced a tour in support of a new album, "Ride Out," which becomes available on Oct. 14, Rolling Stone reports. Right in the middle of that run is a Dec. 6 show at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, where Seger and the Band last performed in May of 2013. (I...

  • Listen to Led Zeppelin Performing Live in New Haven in 1970

    Listen to Led Zeppelin Performing Live in New Haven in 1970

    Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham died on this day in 1980. He was only 32 years old. That just seems crazy now. Anyway, rummaging through YouTube clips led me to this bad-sounding bootleg of Led Zeppelin performing on August 15, 1970 at the Yale Bowl in New Haven. They played "The Immigrant Song,"...

  • Neil Young Records "Who's Gonna Stand Up?" With A 92-Piece Orchestra and Choir

    Neil Young Records "Who's Gonna Stand Up?" With A 92-Piece Orchestra and Choir

    Neil Young can perform alone, backing himself only with an acoustic guitar, piano or organ. Or he can do the Crazy Horse rock-band thing. Our ears are pretty used to hearing both formats. It's a little jarring, then, to hear Young backed by a sprawling orchestra and choir, which is what you'll...

  • Watch Brazilian Guitarist Diego Figueiredo Tear It Up

    Watch Brazilian Guitarist Diego Figueiredo Tear It Up

    The Connecticut Guitar Society welcomes formidable guitarist Diego Figueiredo to Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 ($25 for members). The floppy-haired phenom has won a bunch of competitions (Montreux, VISA Prize) and has recorded nearly...

  • Battling Pneumonia, Diana Krall Cancels Fall Tour, Postpones Album Release

    Battling Pneumonia, Diana Krall Cancels Fall Tour, Postpones Album Release

    Citing "a severe case of pneumonia," Grammy-winning pianist and singer Diana Krall has cancelled all of her upcoming fall tour dates, including a Dec. 3 show at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, according to a Live Nation press release. Krall will also postpone the release of "Wallflower,"...

  • Watch Dawn of Midi Perform "Dysnomia"

    Watch Dawn of Midi Perform "Dysnomia"

    As part of CTNow's music coverage this week, I got to speak to Dawn of Midi bassist Aakaash Israni about their 2013 album "Dysnomia," which you can purchase directly from the band on 2 LP vinyl. Check out this clip of DoM at Boston's Cafe 939, a venue that's affiliated with Berklee College of Music,...

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