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  • Reggae Outfit John Brown's Body At Arch Street

    Reggae Outfit John Brown's Body At Arch Street

    American roots reggae outfit John Brown's Body has been a serious student and player of reggae for more than 20 years, drawing on a tradition and yet making its own version of it, connected to the present and to its own sense of place and culture. Playing Jamaican reggae as an American band requires...

    • All In All It's Brit Floyd At The Oakdale

      All In All It's Brit Floyd At The Oakdale

      There are enough Pink Floyd tribute bands out there now that one could reasonably start a sort of World Cup of Pink Floyd cover bands. Different countries could pit their best interpreters of the catalog of David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Syd Barrett, Richard Wright and all against each other. (For...

      • Def Leppard To Pour Some Sugar At Mohegan

        Def Leppard To Pour Some Sugar At Mohegan

        Def Leppard's 1983 record "Pyromania" basically defines a certain strain of pop metal from the early MTV era. It was crunchy, hooky, aiming for the arena, vaguely androgynous, and yet somehow stinky with testosterone, too. Sort of silly, and sort of awesome. Def Leppard's real gift was in making...

        • Outspoken Big Sean At The Dome

          Outspoken Big Sean At The Dome

          Big Sean embraced the role of Kanye West protege, releasing his debut "Finally Famous" in 2011, after signing with West and working with a number of Kanye's network of collaborators. He's even more famous now. You may have heard his recent single, "Bounce Back," which went gold, off his 2017 record...

          • Bold Morgan James At Infinity Hall In Hartford

            Bold Morgan James At Infinity Hall In Hartford

            Singer Morgan James went from her formative years in the West, in Utah, Idaho and California, to Juilliard, to Broadway and to the New York club scene. Her first solo album was a record of Nina Simone covers — a bold choice for a young singer, but one that showcases the overlap of clubs and conservatory...

            • Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival Returns To Hartford

              Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival Returns To Hartford

              The Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival has been drawing attention to the global reach and spread of hip-hop since it started in 2006. The festival was ahead of the curve in highlighting some of the dynamic hip-hop coming out of other continents — particularly Africa, Europe and South America....

              • Guitarist Vieux Farka Toure At The Ballroom

                Guitarist Vieux Farka Toure At The Ballroom

                When people says Malian guitarist and singer Vieux Farka Toure plays desert blues, it's part of a complicated story. The connection between the music of West Africa and the many strains of African-American music is fairly obvious in some ways. Enslaved Africans brought their rich musical culture...

                • Vans Warped Tour In July; Lady Gaga At Mohegan Next Fall

                  Vans Warped Tour In July; Lady Gaga At Mohegan Next Fall

                  The Vans Warped Tour 2017 ($42.50) arrives at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford on July 9 at 11 a.m., with appearances by Sick Of It All, CKY, GWAR, the Adolescents, Strung Out, T.S.O.L, Hatebreed and others, followed by Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows ($29.50-$99.50) on Sept. 2 at 6:45 p.m.,...

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