| Nov 25, 2013
| 12:00 PM
The final verse of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 1974 hit single “Sweet Home Alabama” — “Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers / and they've been known to pick a song or two” — probably confused generations of pre-Wikipedia radio...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 3:09 AM
When my oldest son, Sam, was just shy of two, it was summertime and I was very pregnant with his brother. I decided to leave work for awhile...to slow down before the birth of the baby and then adjust to my growing family.
On my last day, a good friend...
| Jan 12, 2014
Exit, Mr. Goodspeed
It's going to be strange not to see Michael Price in his office tucked away off the cozy lobby of the Goodspeed Opera House, sitting in his barber chair, holding court with guests during intermission. Or stationed at the bottom of...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 3:38 AM
When both of my sons were babies and toddlers, we loved attending our local Music Together classes and have such fond memories of singing "Tingalayo" and "All Around the Kitchen Cock-a-doodle-doodle-doo"!
Now, this wonderful organization, committed to...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 9:08 AM
The parking lots of Rentschler Field, usually quiet on a midweek summer's night, became an international playground Tuesday night uniting thousands with one common interest — soccer.
American flags worn as capes, flags of Costa Rica flying high,...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 9:55 AM
John Ridley's Hendrix biopic, All Is by My Side, starring dead ringer and Outkast member André Benjamin as Jimi (but without any of Jimi's actual music), premiered last month at the Toronto Film Festival (to mixed reviews). On Nov. 5, Bloomsbury publishes...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 10:55 AM
The jazz singer Giacomo Gates has taken some roundabout journeys. But they've served him well. He grew up in Bridgeport. Then he moved up to the frozen tundra when he was in his 20s.
"I split from here for like 15 years," says Gates, who spoke to the...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 8:15 AM
It's unsettling when you find out an album you really like isn't well-regarded by its creators.
In 2012, the Montreal-based trio Plants and Animals released The End of That, 11 tracks of frayed nerves, jangly guitars and singer Warren C. Spicer's...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 2:10 PM
It's hard to believe, but Taj Mahal has been around long enough to have a listing — squeezed between Mad River and Mamas and the Papas — in Lillian Roxon's seminal 1969 Rock Encyclopedia. Harder to believe that, every year, his name never...
| Nov 21, 2013
The point of assembling Broadway Idiot, a new documentary opening on Friday, Nov. 22 at Real Art Ways in Hartford, one quickly realizes, was to get people excited about the newest touring season of American Idiot, the musical, which commenced in Portland,...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 5:07 AM
My nine year old son came home one day: "Can we go on YouTube and watch 'Dumb Ways To Die'? My friend was singing it at school!"
I had no idea what he was talking about...and whether or not this oddly-named video was remotely appropriate for kids to...