The Infamous Stringdusters Perform New Material In Return To ‘Jam In The Van’ [Watch]

first_imgThe Infamous Stringdusters are the latest band to appear on the popular Jam In The Van performance series. The progressive bluegrass outfit made their return to the mobile performance space as they continue to promote the new material from their latest studio effort, 2019’s Rise Sun.Related: The Infamous Stringdusters Share Behind-The-Scenes Video Of Recent Recording SessionTheir recent performance on Jam In The Van marks their first time on the web series since 2016 when they were then joined by guest vocalists Aoife O’Donovan and Nicki Bluhm, with whom they’d been on tour. This time around, they were on their own to play a trio of new originals which appeared on Rise Sun. As for the performance itself, the recording actually took place on site during last year’s Huck Finn Jubilee, just as fellow artists Yonder Mountain String Band and the Kitchen Dwellers had done in their own respective JITV episodes recently.For their return to the series, the band began their performance with a rendition of “Long Time Going” with banjo player Chris Pandolfi leading the way on vocals.The Infamous Stringdusters – “Long Time Going” – Jam In The Van[Video: Jam In The Van]For the next song, the band started the lively performance of “Rise Sun” with some group hand rhythm before tearing into the title track from their new studio album. This time, it was bassist Travis Book‘s turn to lead the way on vocals, and he didn’t disappoint as he belted out the lyrics while Chris Pandolfi furiously plucked away on that banjo of his.The Infamous Stringdusters – “Rise Sun” – Jam In The Van[Video: Jam In The Van]The third song that the band played during their return trip to The Van was the new folk ballad, “Truth and Love”, with guitarist Andy Falco stepping up to lead the charge on vocals before the rest of the band joined during the impressive, harmony-filled chorus.The Infamous Stringdusters – “Truth and Love” – Jam In The Van[Video: Jam In The Van]Rise Sun acted as the band’s first release on their newly-launched record label, Tape Time Records. The business move is the latest in a series of successful career projects which have taken the band to Grammy-winning status within the bluegrass community.The band spent much of the winter and early spring on tour alongside Midnight North, Shook Twins, and John Craigie. Late next month the band will head to Colorado for a show at Red Rocks Amphitheater in support to Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band on May 29th. Fans can head to the band’s website for tickets and info for all of their upcoming performance.last_img read more

The Afterword: The thinly-veiled charade of celebrity is breaking down

first_imgCelebrities “are stuck inside, but can’t read the room”, as The Guardian eloquently pointed out. As I would put it, the divide between the celebrity ideal and the masses has never been more obvious. The famous have long played the role of “ambassadors of the meritocracy” by serving as success stories of the American Dream and the pursuit of wealth through talent and hard work, yadda yadda. They are not the richest of Americans by a long stretch, but they have often acted as a middle ground between the elite and the masses, with a unique ability to be both unattainable and relatable.  Yup, celebrities are on the chopping block, and no, that’s not hyperbole — #eattherich and #guillotine2020 have become rallying cries of the digital generation. I mentioned in a column earlier this year that growing anti-capitalist sentiment has led to criticism of the highly-publicized lives of the rich and famous. People were already fed up, and quarantine just might have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. I brought up the role of women in the workforce in WWII to introduce the idea that initially reactive changes can become instrumental to a system, a country or an ideology. Only time will tell whether the widespread disillusionment toward celebrities is a temporary coping mechanism or a permanent cultural shift.  In fact, this all feels strangely and poetically ironic coming off “Parasite”’s (2019) legendary Best Picture win at this year’s Oscars. For those who haven’t seen it, the film tells the story of how a poor South Korean family cons their way into a rich home, shedding light on the vapid nature of the uber-wealthy without missing a beat. Its powerful message of class warfare, as one Twitter critic put it, was that “when you try to beat capitalism at its own game, you’ll always shed more blood of the working class than the elite.”  There is a cultural equivalent to this situation: In times like these, veils are lifted and bare, ugly truths are revealed. When the economy is at a standstill and we are collectively forced to hole up in our homes, class inequality becomes impossible to ignore and pandering can’t do much to offset that. Among the social impacts of the virus, as one New York Times article so aptly put it, “is its swift dismantling of the cult of celebrity.”  Rachel McKenzie is a junior writing about pop culture. Her column, “The Afterword,” runs every other Tuesday. The rich ate “Parasite”  up, lauding its astute social commentary without realizing — doy! — that they embody the same invulnerability and obliviousness that characterized the wealthy Park family. In a sense, that’s what’s happening now: Over the course of this pandemic, celebrities have tried to embed themselves in a narrative of sacrifice and resilience that is humorously misplaced. It’s like that one scene in the movie where a flood destroys the Kim family’s home while the Park family laments they can’t go camping anymore because of the rain — highly metaphorical, uncomfortably disparate and impossible to forget.  I hope I’m not overgeneralizing, but there’s something to be said about Madonna calling this pandemic “The Great Equalizer” from a bathtub filled with rose petals. I mean, come on.  Well, as it turned out, we never looked back. Women’s roles continued to expand in the postwar era, and what was once a compensatory shift quickly evolved into a persisting societal norm. That’s not the only occurrence of its kind; in fact, wars and pandemics tend to bring with them large-scale changes that otherwise might not have breached the mainstream. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, for one, the idea of universal basic income has transitioned from fringe to buzzword status.  I don’t know what I believe, but I do think that this might be the end of “We Are the World”-esque pandering. Hey, it’s a small victory, but a good one and likely not the only positive one that will come of this mess.  When men across the country went off to fight in the Second World War, women filled the gap they left in the labor force — as a temporary measure, of course.  That idea has always been a thinly veiled charade, sure, but it is clear now that it has disintegrated altogether, giving way to the realization that, no, we’re actually not “all in this together” and, no, not all of us can afford to “stay positive” all the time. Some are unemployed, late on rent and trapped in crowded, conflict-ridden apartments while others are sitting pretty in heavily-staffed palatial mansions. All that considered, corny one-liners and awful song covers aren’t doing much to convince us we’re all facing the same beast.   Shockingly, a recently-deleted Instagram post from Kylie Jenner sending us her “love and prayers” in a pair of $2,000 Dior Jordan 1’s isn’t the light at the end of the tunnel we were looking for. Surprisingly, Gal Gadot telling us that “staying home is her superpower” from her walk-in closet is not easing our existential stress. Oh, and plot twist: Celebrities’ joint cover of “Imagine” by John Lennon was incredibly tone-deaf — in more ways than one: Turns out that the sheer presence of celebrities didn’t cure all our ailments and we don’t want millionaires singing to us about “no possessions” in a period of acute financial stress whose reverberations will likely alter the course of our careers and lives. Who’d have thought?last_img read more

Los Angeles Clippers are no-shows in Game 3 loss at San Antonio

first_imgAnd so it went in an utterly disappointing 100-73 Spurs beatdown the Clippers simply decided they wanted no part of.What a waste.And what a predicament.The Clippers essentially handed the Spurs Game 2 in one of the more frustrating losses in franchise history.It was the kind of loss that kicks you in the stomach then rips out your heart. But that’s playoff basketball. Big boy sports. It’s supposed to hurt.Good teams come back from letdowns like that.But rather than turn exasperation into anger and anger into action, the Clippers wallowed in their misery, threw up their hands and hid in their rooms. They never showed up in Game 3, despite the Spurs practically sending gold-plated invitations to the party.And when it was obvious the Clippers were in no mood to fight, the Spurs threw a third-quarter right cross and knocked them out.“They put it to us all game,” Clippers point guard Chris Paul said. “We never recovered.”Now they head to Game 4 in the deafening, ominous house of the defending champions needing a win to avoid falling into the kind of deep hole they have no history of climbing out of.“We believe in ourselves and we know we have to come out on Sunday and fight like it’s our last game,” Clippers forward Matt Barnes said.Good luck with all that.Not once this series have the Spurs consistently played on top of their game.Yet is there any question who is in control?They looked vulnerable and wobbly for long stretches Friday, yet the Clippers never took advantage.Tony Parker is playing with a sore Achilles that knocked him out of Game 2 and limited him in Game 3.It barely matteredAfter playing spectacularly just 48 hours before, Tim Duncan operated on the edges Friday while scoring just four points.Yet by the end of the third quarter, the Spurs had a 21-point lead.Kawhi Leonard celebrated his Defensive Player of the Year award in front of his loud, adoring fans at AT&T Arena, then showed everyone he has the offensive dazzle to go with all that defensive swagger with a game-high 32 points.Of course, it’s easy when the other team goes through the motions like it’s a regular-season game on a back-to-back in the middle of December rather than a critically important playoff game. “We missed a few shots early, a few calls didn’t go our way, and I saw a collective head drop,” Barnes said. How did this happen?Why did it happen?Because all the Clippers’ fight, all their will, all their mettle took a stroll over to Riverwalk outside their downtown San Antonio hotel, jumped in and floated away.“We tried,” Paul argued. “We fought.”The scoreboard said otherwise.If you have any hope at all they can gather themselves after throwing their little pity party Friday, then Sunday can’t come fast enough so they can reassert themselves.But then, when have the Clippers ever shown they can climb the kind of steep mountain facing them in Game 4.The Spurs, one of the oldest teams in the league, aren’t exactly looking for reasons to make this a long series.Rest assured the Clippers will get the champ’s best shot Sunday.Can they respond?“We’ve got to show some resolve, come back ready to win a game,” Paul said.Said Barnes: “This is going to test our character — to get blown out on their court then come back on Sunday and see what we’re made of.”But after locking themselves in their rooms like a heartsick teenager Friday night, I’m not even sure they want to [email protected] @DailyNewsVinny on Twitter SAN ANTONIO >> Like that annoying kid from down the block who keeps showing up at all the wrong times, the San Antonio Spurs practically knocked down the Clippers’ door Friday night, begging them to come out and play .The Clippers just hid behind the curtains and pretended not to hear.All night long, the Spurs kept knocking and knocking and knocking, offering the Clippers chance after chance after chance to come join them in Game 3 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series.But the Clippers had neither the desire, the will nor the nerve to accept.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Jorginho’s agent explains when the Man City transfer could happen

first_img Jorginho has played eight times for Italy Jorginho is one of the best passers in Serie A Since making his name in Italy he has been touted as the heir to Andrea Pirlo, a player he idolised along with Kaka and Xavi.As a player he likes to be in the thick of the action and dictate play in front of the defence.He only made his Italy debut in 2016 and so far has played eight times. 2center_img 2 There is a verbal agreement between Manchester City and Napoli for the transfer of Jorginho, the player’s agent has claimed.Joao Santos believes that despite nothing being signed yet, a deal may still happen next week.“Jorginho is now in Fortaleza with his family on vacation,” he told Calcio Napoli 24 Live.“In football you need signed documents, without this you can do little.“We have a verbal agreement with City, now we are waiting for Napoli to find the agreement and Manchester [City] to define the deal. Everything depends on this aspect, next week could be the one.”Manager Pep Guardiola has been keen to add the 26-year-old Italy international to his Premier League winning side and fees ranging between £40m and £60m have been mentioned.Jorginho was born in Brazil, but moved to Italy when he was young and made his name at Verona before joining Napoli in 2014.name at Verona before joining Napoli in 2014.last_img read more