All posts by Phil Akre

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  • ‘Big Mouth’ season three explores growing up, puberty…and beyond

    “Big Mouth” is a great show, depending on who you ask. Some think its unabashed approach to explaining teenage years is indeed unconventional, yet tastefully done. Others may view it overdone or too profane, even a little...

    • Posted October 22, 2019
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  • John Mayer at 42: looking ahead to what’s next

    Pop star, bluesman and Grateful Dead ally John Mayer turns 42 today. A review from the Telegraph of his recent show in London’s O2 Arena summed up his current status with praise, saying he is “Ed Sheeran...

    • Posted October 20, 2019
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  • Celebrating John Lennon’s 79th Birthday

    It’s not necessarily hard to predict what John Lennon would think of the world we live in now. He was witty, sarcastic and not afraid to say what was on his mind. In the age of social...

    • Posted October 13, 2019
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  • A night at the Beacon: Tedeschi Trucks Band continues residency in fine form

    Just a few blocks from Central Park, the Beacon Theatre stands out from other New York City venues. It seats 2,984, massive for a play, but relatively small for a concert. So you could imagine what it...

    • Posted October 7, 2019
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  • John Mayer finishes triumphant U.S. Tour at the height of his powers

    John Mayer hasn’t released a studio record since the critically-acclaimed “The Search For Everything” in early 2017. In the time since, it appears the 41-year-old has come to terms with his polarizing past, while he’s fully embraced the...

    • Posted October 2, 2019
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  • The Philosophy of Black Music: QU Gains a deeper look at music, race and society

    Lewis Gordon, a philosophy professor at the University of Connecticut, began his lecture on Monday (Sept. 23) night with a simple, yet timely reminder for the students in the jam-packed Mount Carmel Auditorium.  “A professor is someone...

    • Posted September 25, 2019
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  • Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter dies at 78

    The music community has lost one of its true wordsmiths. Poet, author and lyricist Robert Hunter, who penned many of the Grateful Dead’s most memorable songs, passed away on Monday, Sept. 23.  In a statement released to...

    • Posted September 25, 2019
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  • What’s on deck: upcoming concerts

    Connecticut’s concert scene extends far beyond the confines of New Haven. A handful of prominent artists, from hip-hop, to alternative and rock, will be coming to the Nutmeg state over the next few months. New York City...

    • Posted September 24, 2019
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