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Meet The A Capella Society: Fermata The Blue


Fermata the Blue’s first EP is now on iTunes and Spotify

by Jacob Carey

Fermata the Blue is an all-male A Capella group on Central Connecticut State University’s campus. They are a group of fun loving guys who enjoy to sing.

They are founded on the belief of brotherhood, as Tevin Jourdain, the group’s Assistant Director said, “we have a sense of comradery.” He further explained how an older brother can make fun of their siblings, but when someone else tries to, the older brother stops it, specifically what is to be expected from this group.

They are a very close group of guys that joke around with one another, while being there for each other as well. This fosters an environment that inspires creativity within the group, as no one feels that they are going to be judged. This allows the group as a whole to push the limits on what they do, and always attempt to try new things that will “wow” their audience.

Even though these guys love to goof off, when it comes time to perform, they know how to put on a show. They frequently start off their concerts with a comedic video created by the members of the group. On top of that, their music is well performed and hits an emotional core. They do an excellent job of picking an array of songs that displays their vast talent, while also taking their audience on a journey. On top of that, they are very particular about who they would like to arrange a piece, as they want to make sure the song gets proper treatment. They often will pick very popular tunes that pulls their audience in. Once they have control of their audience, they sing an incredibly emotional song that brings people to tears. They are not afraid to show their emotional side, which audiences love.

Looking to the future, they are excited to grow as a group by continuing to attend Boston Sings (BOSS), and possibly competing at the ICCA’s again. Additionally, they are looking to compete more in general. They hope to continue to get exposure so they can get feedback as a group, using those critiques and applying it to develop their sound. This is an important technique that they use to make sure that the group keeps a fresh sound, and to make sure that they continue to put on high quality shows.

The “Boys in Blue” recently released their first EP on iTunes and Spotify. They are currently trying to raise the money to record and release another EP in the future. Make sure to check out their EP, as well as follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Their next concert is Monday, Apr. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Torp Theater. If you cannot make the concert or just want to hear more, you can also check them out on YouTube. If you are interested in auditioning, feel free to contact them, or go to the A Capella Society’s “Welcome Back Concert” in the Fall, and check out all the groups on campus and sign up for auditions.

Meet The A Capella Society: Chromachord

by Jacob Carey

Chromachord, founded in the Fall of 2015, is Central Connecticut State University’s newest and only co-ed A Cappella group. The group was founded on the concept “equality for all”.  They want to be a place for anyone to feel welcomed, despite race, gender or sexual orientation.  The group strives for a group dynamic that could make anyone feel at home.

Within their brief period of performing, they have already proved to be an excellent group.  Originally starting the group with eighteen people, they have drastically downsized to nine members.  Even though this may seem like a bump in the road, the group was ready for the challenge.  They were able to take the opportunity to work on becoming more vocally tight.  That is why they perform like groups that have been around for a lot longer than them.  This makes for a very promising future for the group, as each concert they give, they have grown exponentially.

As a co-ed group, they have the ability to sing in a much larger range than other groups.  They can sing a larger variety of songs, as they have soloists in multiple ranges.  This means they are not limited to picking songs with primarily male or female vocalists.  This gives them opportunity to appeal to a much larger audience than other A Cappella groups.

They are looking forward to going to Boston Songs (BOSS) next year to learn more different aspects of A Cappella, in order to grow as a group.  This workshop event will hopefully lead them to an even brighter future than already promised.  They hope to keep as much of the work “in house” as possible.  Primarily, this means getting arrangements for songs from members within the group.  They also hope that this will eventually lead to competing in competitions, and eventually the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella.  Before they get that far, they want to try out smaller competitions first.

Unfortunately, Chromachord is losing a lot of members from their small group next year.  They are looking to grow the group a bit and encourage anyone to audition.  Their next concert is Saturday, Apr. 22 at 7:30 in Torp Theater in Davidson Hall.  It promises to be a great show with incredible music. They will also be performing, as well as Fermata the Blue (another one of CCSU’s A Cappella groups), at the Beecher Condom Carnival Wednesday Apr. 19.

As of right now, the group has no official recordings on iTunes or Spotify. However, the members of Chromachord are all very interested in the possibility to recording an album or EP.  They have no solid plans set for the future, but are eagerly looking into what it will take to get something recorded for their fans. They can be found on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to check them out on YouTube.

The Underdogs Rise in the Pop-Punk Scene


The pop-punk band State Champs.

by Natalie Dest

Springing up into the 2010 music scene, State Champs started their musical journey off as the underdogs.

Originating out of Albany, New York, this American pop-punk band has a similar sound to bands such as All Time Low and Mayday Parade, engaging fans with their fast punk-rock tempos and intense vocals.

Before signing to Pure Noise Records in 2012, State Champs were filling basements and small venues before their opportunity in releasing four EPs and two albums, including their most recent album released back in 2015, “Around the World and Back.” This pop-punk group has quickly dug their way out from the bottom, and are finally establishing their name within the music scene. However, their success didn’t spark overnight.

Although the band has received much support from bands such as 5 Seconds of Summer and All Time Low, State Champs’ musical success is undoubtedly because of the band themselves. Big thanks are in order to “The Finer Things,” an incredibly catchy and gripping album debut from the band back in 2013.

This was the release that spiraled State Champs’ recognition of their energy and innovation in the pop-punk genre. However, with an album such as “The Finer Things” setting the bar very high, this makes the task of creating a follow-up album of the same stature quite difficult.

Although the band’s most recent LP doesn’t quite hit the benchmark in terms of surpassing their past release, “Around the World and Back” features just enough catchy hooks, unique melodies, and musical proficiency that without a doubt impresses both fans and outsiders of the pop-punk genre.

Featuring their most recent hit single “Secrets,” “Around the World and Back” undoubtedly helped State Champs land the title of Best Breakthrough Band at the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards. If anything is to be recognized about the band’s newest LP, it’s that the band successfully gave their record a pop-fueled style, while still incorporating the punk edge undertones that one would expect.

Their most notable single, “Secrets,” is a perfect example of this, starting the album off right by showcasing the strong musicianship within the band. The strong guitar progression and energetic drumming is distinct from their powerful instrumentation, much similar to the track “Eyes Closed.” Although this record is heavily influenced from this particular sound and the material is highly rhythmic, State Champs keeps fans interested with its varying meanings and lyrical content behind each song.

The track “Back and Forth” is very charismatic and toe-tapping, largely similar to the young and exhilarating attitude that comes from All Time Low’s release of “Nothing Personal” back in 2009. “Back and Forth” makes it clear the band’s capability to create memorable songs, even if the pace may be slowed down from their typical up-tempo tracks.

“Breaking Ground” follows the band’s musical variation between tracks, as the tone is much more edgier and empowering with its heavily punk guitar instrumentation, keeping the essence of pop punk alive and well.

Although this record has more musical variety when comparing to past LP “The Finer Things,” it can be said that “Around the World and Back” has a few tracks that are too similar to each other. As that may be the case, State Champs’ “Around the World and Back” is a record that should proudly stand on its own two feet regardless.

The continuous solid hooks, inspired songwriting and fresh lyrical ideas plant this album comfortably within the pop-punk scene. Whether a die-hard fan, or completely new to the genre,  “Around the World and Back” showcases State Champs’ ability for the big time.

Catch State Champs on their 2017 U.S. Tour, featuring bands such as With Confidence and Against the Current. Tickets are currently on sale, with the tour kicking off on Apr 7.

Meet the A Cappella Society: Divisi

by Jacob Carey

Brotherhood. That is the core of Central Connecticut State University’s oldest all-male a cappella group, Divisi.

No matter what member of the group you talk to, they always bring up the brotherhood and unity of the group. To these men, Divisi is more than a singing group. It is a place to express themselves in a comfortable environment; a family.

This foundation of brotherhood is incredibly important to the group. They pride themselves on being more than just a group of singers, but a family that will never forget one another. This brotherhood is united to spread the joy and love of their mutual passion of music.

When Divisi placed second in the quarterfinals in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, the group was in total shock. They had not thought they were going to make it that far. There was a sense of surrealism for the group while they performed at the ICCA. With having hundreds, perhaps thousands of people watching them, the group was not nervous, but in awe of the experience that they are grateful to have. With their final concert in the books for this year, CCSU has to wait until the fall to see the award-winning Divisi perform again at the A Cappella Society’s Welcome Back concert.

Their spring 2017 concert was a hit. The group gave an incredible performance to a very large and enthusiastic crowd. With a surprise appearance by DANCEntral to close out the night, this concert was truly a production like no other.

Leading up to the concert, the group was excited to get on stage one more time. Their excitement was clear as they left it all on the stage; they held nothing back for the audience. For some of the members, it was the last concert they would perform on stage with Divisi.

This group is steeped in history. With each era, marked by the group’s director, they look to grow and improve. This adaptation is how the group has been able to continue for over ten years. With each passing year, the history of the group only gets richer.

Divisi has learned that, to have a successful group, they need members who are more than just good singers; each member has more to contribute which helps the group grow. For example, when recording an album, Divisi is able to keep the work in house, because they have members who can arrange music, record songs and produce the music. This impressive set-up allows for creative control to stay within the group.

Most importantly, each member fully believes in the brotherhood concept. The main foundation that the group is built on, having a group of guys who share that belief ensures that everyone will get along well — which also contributes to the group’s longevity.

This remarkable group has been around for a while, and shows no signs of leaving anytime soon. The foundation of brotherhood unites these men through the love of singing. If you are interested in auditioning to join Divisi next fall, keep an eye out for the Welcome Back Concert, where you can see them and all the other a cappella groups from CCSU perform, as well as sign up to audition. Divisi is currently in the process of recording their third studio album. Make sure to check them out on Spotify and iTunes.

Ten Essential Concept Albums For College Students

by Kayla Murphy

A concept album is one that features an idea or theme expressed through a cycle of songs. Whether rock or rap, concept albums have been perfected by artists of many different music genres.

Personally, concept albums are the most unique and interesting. My favorite part is dissecting the message and following it up with a personal interpretation. I’ve compiled a list of concept albums from an array of genres and artists that every college student should check out.

  1. “The Wall”- Pink Floyd (1979)

“The Wall” is a rock opera that touches on themes of abandonment and isolation, symbolized by creating a metaphorical wall. Follow the life events of the main character Pink, whose father is killed during World War II. Pink grows up with an overprotective mother and is tormented by abusive teachers. He later grows up to become a rock star, but develops a drug and relationship problem. After his marriage crumbles, he sinks into a deep depression. Tormented by his own guilt, Pink places himself on trial for showing human emotion and is ordered to “tear down the wall.” If one seeks a visual aid to this masterpiece, check out the movie Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.”

  1. “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”- The Beatles (1967)

On a return flight back to London, Paul McCartney had an idea about an Edwardian-era military band, which led to his idea of the “Sgt. Pepper” concept. The Beatles dedicated an entire album to the fictional Sgt. Pepper. The creation of this alter ego allowed The Beatles to express the freedom of experimenting with music. Songs most known on the album include “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “A Day in the Life,” and “With a Little Help from My Friends.” One can check out the movie inspired by this album.

  1. “Lemonade”- Beyoncé (2016)

“Lemonade” is divided into 11 chapters named Intuition, Denial, Anger, Apathy, Emptiness, Accountability, Reformation, Forgiveness, Resurrection, Hope and Redemption. The concept behind “Lemonade” was described as “every woman’s journey of self-knowledge and healing.” Beyoncé was inspired by her grandmother, Agnez Dereon and Jay Z’s grandmother, Hattie White. One can hear a sound clip from Hattie White saying “I had my ups and downs, but I always found my inner strength to pull myself up. I was served lemons, but I made lemonade.” One can also watch the hour-long film that features Beyoncé and all of her songs on the album.

  1. “American Idiot”- Green Day (2004)

“American Idiot” is a punk-rock opera that follows the story of Jesus of Suburbia, a teen anti-hero who is divided between rage and love. Throughout the story, listeners begin to understand the album’s expression towards disillusionment and dissent of a generation that came in the age of military turmoil, with events like the Iraq War. Known songs off the album include “American Idiot,” “Holiday,” “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “Wake Me Up When September Ends.” This album inspired the Broadway musical: “American Idiot.”

  1. “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders of Mars”- David Bowie (1972)

Ziggy Stardust is David Bowie’s alter ego, as the album tells the story of Stardust. Ziggy Stardust is a rockstar alien who wants to spread his messages of hope, peace and love to the human race. The album centers around Ziggy’s glam-rock influences, themes of sexual exploration and social commentary. In real life, this reflected Bowie’s sexuality and one of his greatest and most controversial pieces of all time, “Starman” was created.

  1. “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City”- Kendrick Lamar (2012)

This concept album follows the story of Lamar’s teenage experiences in drug usage, gangs, and the lifestyle that surrounded him in his hometown of Compton. With production aid from Dr. Dre, this album was nominated for four Grammys, including Album of The Year. Songs most known from this album include “Swimming Pools,” “Poetic Justice” featuring Drake, “Backseat Freestyle,” “The Recipe” featuring Dr. Dre and “Don’t Kill My Vibe.”

  1. “American Gangster”- Jay Z (2007)

Jay-Z was inspired by the film American Gangster, which was about Harlem mobsters in the late 1960s. Jay-Z even stated that almost every song is based on a specific scene from the film based on the character, Frank Lucas, head of the mob. The album charted number one in the U.S. and the songs most popular on the album include “Blue Magic,” “I Know” and “Roc Boys.”

  1. “Tommy”- The Who (1969)

The plot to “Tommy” is a little complex. British Army Captain Walker goes missing during an expedition and is believed to be dead. Years after, Mrs. Walker gave birth to their son, Tommy. Captain Walker returned home and discovered that his wife found a new lover. The Captain then murders the man and Tommy watches. Tommy’s mother convinces him that he did not see or hear the incident and must never tell anyone about it. As a result, he becomes deaf and blind to the outside world and relies on his sense of touch and imagination. Some of The Who’s most popular songs on this album include “Pinball Wizard,” “I’m Free,” “See Me, Feel Me” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”

  1. “The Black Parade”- My Chemical Romance (2006)

The Black Parade is a rock opera about a character known as “The Patient.” The concept album is about his life and memories as he is on his deathbed. “The Patient’s” fondest memory was seeing a parade as a child. My Chemical Romance also used this concept album as an opportunity to perform as an alter ego, where at concerts they would perform in all black marching band uniforms. This album included many hits, such as “Famous Last Words,” “I Don’t Love You,” “Teenagers” and “Welcome to the Black Parade.”

  1. “Watertown” – Frank Sinatra (1970)

In 1969, Sinatra’s sales reached an all-time low; to combat this decline, he wrote a concept album about the story of a man whose wife leaves to raise his two young sons in Watertown. Sinatra’s rich and classical vocals will serenade you, especially his classics on the album “For Awhile,” “Michael and Peter,” and “Elizabeth.”

Mayday Parade Celebrate The Tenth Anniversary Of Their Debut Album

by Thomas Redding

Florida based pop punk/emo band Mayday Parade, celebrated their 10th anniversary by re-releasing their debut album, A Lesson In Romantics.

The band originated as two separate bands called Kid Named Chicago and Defining Moment.

The release included five demo songs originally featured on the album, and one unreleased demo called “Coming Back With Winter.”

The song sounds like a B-side because it doesn’t really fit in with the original 12 tracks that made the album. It has a similar sound seen from the band, but it doesn’t have that one good hook that the other 12 had. It is noticed why it didn’t make the album, but is still a great song. The song had its use, however, just a few years later.

The track was salvaged during the writing of their next album Anywhere But Here two years later. They pulled the lyrics and melody from the chorus of “Coming Back With Winter” to create “Save Your Heart,” which was featured as track 7, It then occurred to most fans why they might have included that demo on the re-release; it was a very nostalgic touch.

This was not the only change that was heard. In the demo recording of “Champagne’s For Celebrating (I’ll Have A Martini),” the chorus was sung in a different way, contrary to what many fans are used to hearing.

The change was truly a good one, although the demo has its perks as well. The bridge in the demo was sung with a different melody than the final song and some fans prefer this version to the much cleaner, polished studio recording.

During the recording of A Lesson In Romantics, the band had a sixth member, Jason Lancaster, who later left due to what he claimed as not having a larger role in the band. When the album was released, he left the band to start his own project “Go Radio,” who ended up signing to the same label.

One can easily understand after listening to the six demo tracks, that Lancaster must have felt a bit mistreated. Four of the six demos were entirely sung by him, but only one remained that way in the finished product.

It’s can be assumed he wrote the songs, but didn’t agree when producers wanted other lead singer, Derek Sanders, to be the lead on these tracks. The reason he left the band has become much more apparent after the release of these demos.

However, some fans are wondering whether he may join the band on their upcoming ten year anniversary tour. It would be the icing on the cake for long time Mayday Parade fans, which have yet to see the band play with all six original members. Many think it is highly unlikely because Lancaster’s band Go Radio broke up about a year ago, based on his decision to focus on his family life.

If anyone is interested in attending one of these anniversary shows, the closest stop on this cross-country tour is on May 6, at College Street Music Hall in New Haven, CT. Tickets are available online, and are selling fast. Joining them are pop-punk favorites Knuckle Puck, and an on the rise UK band, Milestones.

Tiger Jaw Return With New Song And Members

by Thomas Redding

Three years since the release of their previous studio album “Charmer,” the band Tiger Jaw is picking up right where they left off with the release of their new song “Guardian,” featured on their upcoming album “Spin” to be released May 19.

After the release of “Charmer” in 2014, three of the band’s longtime members left the group, leaving only guitarist/ vocalist Ben Walsh and keyboard player Brianna Collins.

The two decided to carry on with normal operations by adding a temporary-backing band for their upcoming tour that year. Fans were unsure on the future of the band, as it seemed they might be on a path to the end.

After about a one-year hiatus, the band has now been teasing the possibility that they have been working on new music, by putting up a blurred photo of what was assumed to be artwork for a new album.

After a few days, the album, alongside the new single and an upcoming summer tour, was announced.

The new song has many similar qualities to tracks off Charmer. It’s hard hitting, yet mellowed out in a way that allows to still be catchy, and has many fans hooked on what to expect from the album.

The band mentioned on social media that the new song, “Guardian,” was a good preview of “Spin.”

The lyrical content is about the effects of dealing with anxiety, while being a support system to others around.  The band, typically known for using metaphors, has included some in the chorus when singing.

“Burn a candle to my skin / Turn the handle, let me in / I cannot be your medicine anymore.”

The lyrics are what drew in a lot of fans at the start of the band. This has definitely been furthered into more meaningful topics, which can be seen in the production of “Charmer.”

With the loss of three-fifths of the band, the recording process was definitely going to be different than what was previously seen from the band.

The now duo went into the studio with producer Will Yip, who has worked with Tigers Jaw on almost all of their releases. Walsh was the original drummer of the band, so his capabilities were, without question, acceptable for being at the loss of a drummer. Walsh also recorded bass, as well as guitar for all of Spin. Collins has control of the piano/keyboard and even some vocals.

It has been rumored that Collins, who’s voice has typically been heard as a background vocal, will be singing lead on quite a few songs. This would definitely give a different sound.

Her voice is soft and quiet, meaning there may be a few mellow songs on the album, which is not a bad thing. Many fans prefer their more melodic slow songs to their fast, indie rock jams. Some think there will mostly likely be about a 50/50 ratio between the two.

As for live shows, the band will most likely continue with the musicians they had been using on their previous tour. Anyone interested in seeing Tigers Jaw can now buy tickets to their show at Webster Hall in New York City.

This is the closest to Connecticut that they will get, but it will be quite worth the trip. Joining them on this tour will be alternative rock bands Saintseneca, and Smidley,  both great for fans of the indie-punk scene.

You can pre-order the upcoming album Spin by Tigers Jaw at their website,, or digitally on iTunes. Overall I would rate “Guardian” a solid 10/10. I highly recommend pre-ordering this album, and also recommend taking a listen to their previous LP, “Charmer.”


All Time Low Takes Experimental Shift with New Single

by Thomas Redding

All Time Low is a pop punk band that originated in Baltimore, Maryland, formed in 2003. They have been a part of Hopeless Records for most of their career, but will now be releasing their upcoming album on Fueled By Ramen Records, which is also the home of bands such as: Paramore, Panic at The Disco, Young The Giant, and Twenty One Pilots. They announced this surprise record label switch just a day before the new single and music video for the single was released on Feb. 17. Based on fan reviews of the new single, there is excitement in this change of sound for the band, giving them assurance that the label change was the right choice for them.

Their new single, “Dirty Laundry” sounds somewhat experimental for the band. Typically known for pop-punk hits like, “Dear Maria Count Me In,” this song takes a different route for the first half. They are starting to add more electronic features with the release of each preceding album, and are speculated to head towards a total pop sound. This new track is still a song you can jam out to, yet the verses and first two choruses are softer and more eerie than anything the band has released before. The electric guitars don’t kick in until the last chorus, giving it a burst of energy. This ending gives it a small trace of the pop-punk genre that their albums once consisted of.

The band had mentioned that there was some experimenting being done during the recording process, which is understandable for a band that is now close to 15 years old. They are looking for something different to play live, while also trying to market themselves and differentiate themselves in a highly formulaic genre. So far, fan reactions to the track have been mostly positive, and the pre-order merchandise bundles have been selling fast. These sales further the notion of success with the experimentation in the upcoming album.

Some believe that this track may just be one of its kind, and that there will still be pop-punk songs on the album. There is a chance of this, and that would be quite interesting to hear a wide range of sounds coexist cohesively on their album. However, each of All Time Low’s albums have a distinct sound. One can tell the difference between albums almost right away, so one might assume that this album will have similar sounding tracks to that of “Dirty Laundry.” This is most likely to happen because the first single typically is a summary of what the album will sound like.

Overall, fans are quite excited to see a “new” All Time Low. Their previous album, “Future Hearts” debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, selling 75,000 copies in its first week. It’s expected to see around the same, if not more. While All Time Low isn’t necessary “mainstream,” they can sell out stadiums fairly easily. Their fans are typically “die- hard fans” that will pay almost $200 to see them. For a band in the pop-punk genre, they are on the high end of popularity and recognition.

All Time Low is about to embark on a large tour this summer, hitting almost every House of Blues venue across the United States, along with some large concert halls along the way. The closest stop for anyone around here would be in New York City on July 31, at the Central Park Summerstage. Their new album, “The Last Young Renegade” will be available June 6, and pre-orders are available on iTunes and at I would rate this track an 8/10.

blink-182 Announces Deluxe Edition Album with New Songs


by Matt Balogh

After the release of their album “California” last July, blink-182 had been met with all types of attention: among the band’s fan base, the new followers, and the unforgiving group of fans that bash any post-Tom Delonge recordings. Delonge was blink’s former guitarist, co-lead vocalist and founding member of the band. After complications with scheduling for an upcoming album between the band members, the unthinkable had happened for the group.

Delonge had notified the group that he was leaving to focus on his own projects around mid-2014, leaving the band without their guitarist. Soon after, Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio filled in, and later was confirmed a full-time member of the band.

Considering Alkaline Trio’s style in the punk rock genre, fans expected blink to completely return to their roots in energetic fast punk music. As a very talented guitarist and vocalist, Skiba fit in perfectly, but fans had grown upset over the absence of Delonge’s signature slurred vocals.

“California” gave the band a massive popularity spike and even earned them their first Grammy nomination for Best Rock Album. Compared to their past albums, this one lacked in strong songwriting. The songs were catchy, however, very basic and songs didn’t differ much from track to track.

Under the production of Goldfinger’s John Feldmann, the 16-track album seemed to feature a little too much filler. The 30-second joke tracks seemed to only be placed in there just to get old fans off their back about losing their sense of humor. The album did spawn a handful of solid songs that will work very well blended in will their usual live set-list.

To promote the release of the upcoming deluxe edition of “California,” the band had released a new single, “Parking Lot.” The song is more upbeat, in the vein of “Cynical,” appealing to the band’s old fans who crave Travis Barker’s faster drumming. With lyrics putting even more “west-coast glorification” into the album, the band doesn’t cover any new ground. A nice homage was paid to Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” was paid in the chorus lyrics, adding a quirky spin on it.

The deluxe edition adds 12 extra songs to the album, making it worth the money. Pre-orders will be available through the band’s official site, expected to be released May 19.


Upcoming Concerts in CT

by Corey O’Neill

Connecticut is scattered with great concert venues. Whether at a local bar or at a much larger scene, there seems to be an intriguing show almost every weekend. Here are some of the notable upcoming shows around the state to look out for.


Bastille – Friday, March 31, Mohegan Sun

British indie pop band Bastille, sky-rocketed to the mainstream back in 2013, thanks to their radio smash-hit “Pompeii,” from their first LP “Bad Blood.” After a few years touring and recording, the group is back with a new record entitled “Wild World,” which was released this past September. Catch them at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday, March 31. Tickets are still available from as low as $29, but act fast!

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Big Sean – Friday, April 7, Toyota Oakdale Theatre

Detroit rapper Big Sean is currently touring his newest album “I Decided,” which was released by GOOD Music and Def Jam Recordings last month. Known for putting on a great show, Big Sean will look to put on another exciting performance at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre on Friday, April 7. Tickets are currently available by Live Nation for around $50.

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The Decemberists – Saturday, April 15, College Street Music Hall

College Street Music Hall is a relatively new location in New Haven, and it is rapidly growing in popularity. Since its opening back in May of 2015, the venue has hosted many favorite artists among young adults. Tickets usually go for around $20, regardless of who is performing. Indie band The Decemberists, will be taking the stage on Saturday, April 15. Other notable upcoming shows include Mayday Parade in May, and City and Colour in June. Great shows at a great venue for a cheap price!


Eric Church — Thursday and Friday, April 27 and 28, Mohegan Sun

For country fans, Eric Church will be performing back to back nights in later April. Church is currently touring his sixth studio album, “Mr. Misunderstood” for his “Holdin’ My Own Tour 2017.” Church has no opener for this tour and is playing two sets per show. Tickets are a bit pricey for this one, with prices starting from as low as $100.


The Fray – Sunday, April 30, Foxwoods

The Fray will be playing The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino on Sunday, April 30. The group may not be releasing new music anytime soon other than their most recent single “Singing Low,” but they are touring to promote their greatest hits album, “Through the Years: The Best of the Fray.” Tickets start at $60.

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