| Dec 26, 2012
| 7:15 AM
There are countless Grateful Dead tribute acts — great ones, the Dark Star Orchestra, for example — who get it right: Jerry Garcia's treble-heavy tone and mixolydian meanderings, Phil Lesh's restless, rootless bass, dual drummers driving the...
| Jan 6, 2012
| 4:23 PM
The Mickey Hart Band is all about the groove, as it showed Thursday night in the Musikfest Café at Bethlehem’s SteelStacks. Hart, a former drummer for the Grateful Dead, brought in a lot of his former band’s sound, while adding original...
| May 22, 2012
| 4:36 PM
On John Mayer's new album "Born and Raised," he travels to Montana to get away from the city, and the result is expert musicality filled with charm and honesty -- and an impressive level of self-absorption within his lyrics. Times pop music critic Randall...
| Apr 11, 2012
| 6:30 AM
There are loads of famous musicians who have painted on the side. Miles Davis, Jerry Garcia, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan. The list keeps going. David Bowie, Iggy Pop, John Mellencamp, David Byrne. The connection between visual art and musical talent is...
| May 22, 2012
| 12:30 PM
1) Sons of Cream feat. Kofi Baker, Malcolm Bruce and Godfrey Townsend, $35-$45. Thurs., 8 p.m. Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, Norfolk.
2) Alvin Carter Project (jazz), Fri. 8 p.m. Tools Bar and Grill, New Britain.
3) Dave Matthews Band, $53-$89.90. Fri. 8...
| Sep 6, 2012
| 8:04 PM
The temptation is to define the man, or at least his body of work, by 140 character messages.
Yes, the Colts' owner is an active and wildly popular tweeter with more than 180,000 followers.
But the owner of the Colts is Jim Irsay, not @JimIrsay.
| Jun 21, 2012
Rob Fralick and Marc DeTour, who first met in pre-school 38 years ago, grew up listening to the classic rock music of their parents' generation. Fans of 1960s' greats such as Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead, the business partners decided to add music...
| Jun 18, 2012
| 12:20 PM
Gov’t Mule and moe.
June 24, 7 p.m., $38.50, Toyota Presents Oakdale, 95 South Turnpike Road, Wallingford, (203) 269-8721, oakdale.com
If jam bands were NFL teams, guitarist and singer Warren Haynes would be a first-round draft pick, maybe even...
| Jan 31, 2012
| 12:56 PM
Savitt Jewelers, G. Fox, Elder Beerman, Connecticut Bank and Trust, and Bernie's to name a few, and now Grote and Weigel. Another one bites the dust. Sad day for longtime locals.
I played around with a couple ideas for this cartoon. For the first one, I...
| Sep 18, 2012
| 8:08 AM
Best Cover Band: Shakedown
When it comes to cover bands and tribute bands, there's probably no group more frequently covered than the Grateful Dead. Which is why it's all the more impressive that Shakedown, a Dead tribute act, stands out from the pack....
| Feb 24, 2012
| 7:24 AM
If you Google “Top Mandolin Players,” pretty much every result you get will have David “Dawg” Grisman in the top five. The man is a living legend. Go ahead and try it. I’ll wait…
Over the course of his 50-year career,...
| Apr 13, 2012
| 11:39 AM
Every spring, I listen to the Grateful Dead with fresh ears, not to the exclusion of everything else, but close to it. (I'm not alone in this. How many people in the Northeast associate the Dead's music with thaw, both literal and spiritual?)