Billy Strings Releases New Track, “Away From The Mire”, Off Forthcoming ‘Home’ LP [Listen]

first_imgUp-and-coming bluegrass phenom William Apostol—better known as Billy Strings—recently announced his forthcoming studio album, HOME, which is due out on September 27th via Rounder Records. The new album marks Billy’s second full-length studio release.Premiered via The Boot earlier this week, Strings has now released “Away From The Mire”, the second song off of his forthcoming record. “Away From The Mire” follows up Strings’ previously released lead single, “Taking Water”. “Away From The Mire” opens up with a mixture of String’s twangy guitar and lush vocals before his backing band joins in for a full-on pickin’ party. The new tune showcases String’s multi-faceted musical abilities, from songwriting to ripping up the guitar to handling a tender vocal lead.Listen to Billy Strings’ new single “Away From The Mire” below:Billy Strings – “Away From The Mire”[Audio: Billy Strings]Strings will make appearances at a mix of festivals around the country throughout the remainder of summer with some of his own headline dates sprinkled into the schedule before his fall tour begins on September 5th with a pair of shows at Atlanta’s Terminal West.See below for a full list of Strings’ upcoming tour dates. For ticketing and more information, head to Billy String’s website.Billy Strings 2019 Tour Dates:8/3 Buffalo, NY – Cobblestone Live Music & Arts Festival8/10 Lexington, KY – Railbird Music Festival8/16 Hamilton, OH – Whimmydiddle Country Music Festival8/17 Cockeysville, MD -Hot August Music Festival8/18 Wellston, MI – Hoxeyville Music Festival8/30 Beaver Creek, CO – VPAC Summer Concert Series8/31 Pagosa Springs, CO – Four Corners Folk Festival9/1 Steamboat Springs, CO – Steamboat Summer Concert Series9/5 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West – SOLD OUT9/6 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West – SOLD OUT9/7 Athens, GA – Georgia Theater9/11 Nashville, TN – Americanafest9/15 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre9/17 Salt Lake City, UT – Commonwealth Room9/19 Crystal Bay, NV – Crown Room9/20 San Francisco, CA – The Independent9/21 San Francisco, CA – The Independent9/22 Santa Cruz, CA – Santa Cruz Sol Music Festival9/26 Portland, OR – Revolution Hall9/27 Portland, OR – Revolution Hall9/28 Seattle, WA – The Showbox10/3 Paso Robles, CA – Barrel House Brew Co.10/4 Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room10/6 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Music Festival10/9 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom10/11 Eureka Springs, AR – Hillberry Music Festival10/13 Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole10/17 Dallas, TX – Deep Ellum Art Co.10/18 Austin, TX – Scoot Inn10/19 Houston, TX – Last Concert Cafe10/30 Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre10/31 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel – SOLD OUT11/1 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle11/2 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle11/6 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa11/7 Charlottesville, VA – The Jefferson Theater11/8 Charlottesville, VA – The Jefferson Theater11/9 Washington, DC- 9:30 Club11/10 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony11/13 Boston, MA – The Sinclair11/14 Boston, MA – The Sinclair11/15 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl11/16 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl11/19 Cleveland OH – Beachland Ballroom11/21 Madison, WI – Majestic Theater11/22 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall11/23 Covington, KY – Madison TheaterView Tour Dateslast_img read more

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Roll Into Legend Valley For ‘Time To Drive-In Tour’ [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images On March 11th, I drove down to Covington, KY to see Pigeons Playing Ping Pong at the Madison Theatre. The following day, March 12th, the music world stopped turning.That was the single worst day of my now nearly one-year tenure at Live For Live Music, and it wasn’t just because of the hangover—though that certainly didn’t help. A lot has happened in the intervening seven months as not just concerts but the entire world at large adapts to the new post-COVID society. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong are one of the many public institutions to have been forced to confront these modern times, doing so in the form of a drive-in concert at Legend Valley in Thornville, OH on Saturday.The cyclical feeling of seeing Pigeons—the final “real” concert I saw before the PPE curtain came down—on the Time To Drive-In Tour fall tour was overwhelming. First off, it was easily the furthest I had ever been from the Baltimore-bred bird band while they performed. Then, here I was at Legend Valley—the home of The Werk Out (and, formerly, of Resonance), a venue that was instrumental to my formative years in the live music scene—hardly recognizing this sterilized incarnation of my old stomping grounds.But when the band took the stage, the lights came down, and they fired up “Havana”, it all came flooding back. Though Pigeons is certainly not regarded on the heavier side of the jam spectrum, the show unfolded in a particularly mellow direction as the band segued into “Julia”. Though unfinished, the feel-good singalong got the blood pumping out there on the cold Ohio night. Things kept rolling on with “White Night”, as the set continued with rather cursory jams as the sensation of live music was delivered via quick-hit fan-favorite tunes.As guitarists Jeremy Schon and Greg Ormont rattled off the opening notes to “King Kong”, the tempo of the evening finally began to shift into second gear. However, it wasn’t long before that momentum snowballed into the onslaught of Black Sabbath‘s “War Pigs”, seemingly out of nowhere. Things had finally begun in earnest—nearly halfway through the first set—and the show was on.After segueing back into “King Kong” to complete the sandwich, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong cooled off for a spell with “Lowdown”. The fairly recent composition, debuted November 17th, 2019 at a VIPPPP show at Denver’s Globe Hall, is built around a melodic riff from Schon that is faintly reminiscent of the opening from Dopapod‘s “French Bowling”. Though the song, much like Pigeons, is diametrically dissimilar to Dopapod, the poppy tune is a welcome first set addition to Pigeon’s continuously-growing arsenal.After a roaring “Kiwi” that reverberated through the Valley, at long last the first big jam vehicle of the Time To Drive-In show came with a fitting “Time To Ride”. Emerging as the initial highlight of the evening, the reliable mode of transportation into improvisation served up exactly what the jam-hungry audiences were starving for after a slew of brief—though beloved—staples. Then, to top off the feat, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong brought “Julia” back around from earlier to finish that last verse and close the first set.One of the most convenient things about drive-in concerts, though this may go without saying, is the luxury of having your car right there. As temperatures dipped just below 50 degrees in central-Ohio, it was refreshing to get back in the car, crank up the heat, and blast Sum 41‘s All Killer No Filler for a setbreak recharge.As the band returned for set two, it was immediately clear that the “Time To Ride” from set one was merely a warning shot fired across the audience’s bow as Pigeons queued up “Henrietta” for yet another sonic exploration. After a thorough telling, the band dropped straight into the instrumental “Weightless” that served for a downtempo improv session, reminded the crowd that the band was in no rush and there was still plenty of game to be played.Before long, “Weightless” gave way to the stomper “Fade Fast” which teed up another driving jam that took a brief detour through the theme from Knight Rider. Though many millennial audience members may not have recognized the score from the 1980’s David Hasselhoff-led TV drama, the song was a fitting cover for Pigeons Playing Car Songs.After segueing back into “Fade Fast” for one more run through the swan dive of a chorus, the band dipped into another instrumental with “Avalanche”. The tune, featured on PPPP’s most recent album, Presto, was one of the last big feats of the evening as the band drove home the roaring track as the clock began to wind down. Up next came Scrambled Greg‘s ode to hydration, “Water”, for a refreshing quick hit.Fulfilling many fan’s requests—and supplying a must-have for any great Pigeons show—came the always-reliable “Poseidon”. One of the band’s quintessential songs, it came as the last notable jam of the evening and was reminiscent of many Pigeons shows throughout the years, some of which may have even occurred at Legend Valley under more felicitous circumstances.With time for one more before the break, Pigeons went with “Snake Eyes”. Coming in after “Poseidon”, the tune had some big shoes to fill but served the purpose of giving the crowd every moment of music before everyone—band and audience alike—returned to the dystopian reality of 2020. A simple encore “Doc” added passionate punctuation to a rejuvenating and inspiring evening.Though this was certainly no ordinary Pigeons Playing Ping Pong show—nor a typical trip to Legend Valley—the success of the evening put on display the perseverance of the band, the fans, the venue promoters and organizers, and the live music scene in its entirety. Pigeons, in a rare sight for this day and age, is out on the road every weekend in October as the Time To Drive-In fall tour rolls East through Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Virginia. For tickets and tour dates, head to their website.Scroll down to check out a gallery of images from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong at Legend Valley on October 3rd, courtesy of photographer Adam Berta.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Legend Valley | Thornville, OH | 10/3/20Set One: Havana > Julia > White Night, King Kong > War Pigs > King Kong, Lowdown, Kiwi > Time To Ride^ > JuliaSet Two: Henrietta, Weightless > Fade Fast > Knight Rider Theme > Fade Fast, Avalanche, Water, Poseidon, Snake EyesEncore: DocNotes:^ UnfinishedPigeons Playing Ping Pong | Legend Valley | Thornville, OH | 10/3/20 | Photos: Adam Bertalast_img read more

Sodium Warnings Are a Nice Idea, Which Is Why It’s Too Bad They’re Probably Useless

first_imgNew York Magazine:Should you find yourself at a New York City location of a chain restaurant this week, you will find something new on the menu: menacing little black triangles, each encasing a white salt shaker, meant to signify that the dish in question contains an excessive amount of sodium. The warning labels are in accordance with a rule passed by the NYC Board of Health earlier this fall, and they’re intended to alert consumers that an item on a chain restaurant’s menu contains at least 2,300 milligrams of sodium.…Instead, research from Cornell University’s Brian Wansink (and others) has shown that a better way to get people to eat healthy may be to use environmental cues — tiny, almost imperceptible nudges. Wansink’s research has found that something as simple as soft lighting and soft music can implicitly encourage people to order healthier food; even where you are seated in a restaurant has an affect on how you order. More information about what’s in our food is great, but most people aren’t likely to make changes to their eating habits just because they know better.Read the whole story: New York Magazine More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Research priorities, possible placental transmission, infected animals, flu-fighting proteins

first_imgDec 17, 2009Modelers list H1N1 research needs to help form policyA World Health Organization working group of mathematical modelers has presented a list of research needs to help inform policy choices related to the H1N1 pandemic. Leading the list of data needs are serologic surveys to assess what proportion of the population remains susceptible to the virus, says the group’s article in PLoS Currents. The group also calls for monitoring the time course of the incidence of severe cases to help assess the effects of steps such as school closures. Currents reportIndia suspects placental transmission of fluA finding of H1N1 flu infection in a newborn, tested immediately after delivery because her mother was ill, has led Indian health authorities to suspect placental transmission of the flu virus, according to The Hindu newspaper. Placental transmission of influenza is thought to be rare but has been recorded with the H5N1 avian flu virus. 17 The Hindu reportThailand, China report novel H1N1 in pigs, dogsTwo countries recently confirmed novel H1N1 viruses in animals: Thailand in pigs and China in pigs and two dogs, according to reports filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). All cases were detected during enhanced surveillance. The Thai outbreak involved piglets at a farm in Saraburi province. In China the virus was detected in pigs at a slaughterhouse in Heilongjiang province and in dogs at an animal hospital in Beijing. 17 OIE report from ChinaScientists identify natural flu-fighting proteinsWriting in Cell, Boston researchers report the discovery of a family of natural antiviral proteins that help protect human cells from influenza, dengue, and West Nile viruses. In human and mouse cells, the proteins, called interferon-inducible transmembrane (IFITM) proteins, prevented most virus particles from infecting cells or slowed their invasion. The proteins were active against the pandemic H1N1 virus and other flu strains, according to a Harvard Medical School press release. reportlast_img read more

Cavs to sign Canton guard Marcus Thornton to 10-day contract

first_imgWith his signing, the Cavs still have one open roster spot. Thornton is averaging 18.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists while shooting 40.4 percent from deep in 37 games for the Charge this season.The 25-year-old guard was selected for the 12-man FIBA World Cup Qualifiers USA Basketball squad, and will play in first round first round of the qualifiers.  Thornton played collegiately at William & Mary and was selected as the 45th overall pick by the Boston Celtics in the 2015 NBA Draft. CLEVELAND– The Cavaliers have agreed to sign Marcus Thornton of the Canton Charge to a 10-day contract, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski. Ashley Bastock Related TopicsCanton ChargeCavsCleveland CavaliersMarcus Thronton Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42last_img read more