Gang of Thieves Release “The Way I Feel” From Upcoming EP

first_imgGang of Thieves just released their new single “The Way I Feel,” from their upcoming EP TOTEM. Produced and recorded by Grammy-winning Michael Rosen (Rancid, Santana, Less Than Jake, AFI) in Berkeley, CA, TOTEM will be released in full in late November.Packing their live performances with high energy and unforgettable showmanship, the Vermont funk rockers bring forth a new breed of Rock and Roll to create a powerful sound palatable to audiences of all kinds. Featuring an electric violin tastefully woven into solid rock grooves, the Gang blends a variety of genres into memorable tunes that beg listeners to sing and dance along.“The Way I Feel” was initially written at Mountain Star Recording Studio in Black Hawk, CO during the Gang of Thieves’ “Work Together” tour. “We had been away from home for a while, the song is definitely a reflection of that,” explains vocalist/violinist Michael Reit. “It represents the feeling of being stuck between a rock and a hard place, or when you are faced with a difficult choice. Whether it has to do with work or family, any event or situation we may be involved in. We all can relate to feeling as if we have our ‘back up against a wall’.”TOTEM is set to be released late November. The EP will serve as Gang of Thieves’ debut recorded performance in their current lineup, which is comprised of original members Michael Reit (lead vocals / electric violin), Nick Wood (guitar), and Tobin Salas (bass), joined by the most recent addition, Taylor Whipple (drums, formerly of The Lynguistic Civilians). After numerous lineup changes, the band has solidified themselves again as a four piece rock and roll outfit, so naturally the band wanted to showcase their new sound in these recordings. “The 4 piece arrangement allows us all much more space. We feel like we can read each other’s minds, there’s so much kinetic energy around,” emphasizes Nick Wood.Listen to today’s release of “The Way I Feel” below:GANG OF THIEVES WINTER TOUR (more dates TBA)Fri., Oct. 27 – Canton, NY (Java Barn)Sat., Oct. 28 – Vergennes, VT (Vergennes Opera House)Wed., Nov. 1 – Ithaca, NY (The Range)Thu., Nov. 2 – Rochester, NY (Flour City Station)Fri., Nov. 3 – Geneva, NY (FLX Live)Sat., Nov. 4 – Whitehall, NY (TBD)Fri., Nov. 10 – Saratoga Springs, NY (Putnam Den)Sat., Nov. 11 – Plattsburgh, NY (Olive Ridleys)Fri., Dec. 8 – Burlington, VT (Nectar’s)Sat., Dec. 9 – Burlington, VT (Nectar’s)Fri., Dec. 15 – Bridgeport, CT (The Acoustic)Sat., Dec. 29 – Troy, NY (The Rustic Barn)Sun., Dec. 31 – Burlington, VT (“First Night” at The Flynn Center)last_img read more

Matador! Soul Sounds, With New Mastersounds’ Eddie Roberts & Soulive’s Alan Evans, Announce Debut Album

first_imgBack in fall of 2017, The New Mastersounds‘ guitarist Eddie Roberts and Soulive drummer Alan Evans made waves when they debuted a brand-new project, Matador! Soul Sounds, at Brooklyn Comes Alive. Roberts and Evans tapped keyboardist Chris Spies, bassist Kevin Scott, and vocalists Kim Dawson (Pimps Of Joytime) and Adryon de León (Orgone) for the project, rounding out the lineup for the powerhouse jazz-funk-soul-fusion band. After their highly anticipated debut performance, Matador! Soul Sounds decided to take the project on the road. In December, the group announced a string of upcoming performances in March for those eager to catch the band in action live.Today, Matador! Soul Sounds detailed even bigger plans for 2018 with the announcement of the upcoming release of their debut album, Get Ready. The album is due out on March 12th—a few days before the band kicks off their tour on March 15th at Pittsburgh’s Rex Theater—and will be issued on red vinyl (pre-order here) as well as available for digital download and on all major streaming services.Coinciding with the album announcement, Matador! Soul Sounds has also announced that they’ll be starting a new social media campaign to help fans get acquainted with the new project and its members. Starting on February 5th, fans are encouraged to visit the band’s website and social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) each week for #MatadorMonday. Every Monday leading up to Get Ready‘s release, the band will offer a free download of a track off the album and share personal anecdotes about the band, select songs, and the creation of the album.As a press release detailed, here is some backstory about how Roberts and Evans came together to create Matador! Soul Sounds:Matador! Soul Sounds was formed organically when Eddie and Alan were on tour. Eddie explains, “The idea came about one night while we were drinking wine in a bar in D.C. when I turned to Alan and asked ‘can we start a band together?’ Alan obviously shared the same sentiment as here we are today launching the debut album!” The next step was to come up with a name that encompassed both of their identities and musical inspirations. The naming of the band came about during Eddie and Alan’s Grant Green tribute shows. Both of them liked the Grant Green album Matador, and all that it evoked. Matador! Soul Sounds is a band loosely based on the concept of traditional Spanish bullfighting. However, a common misconception in America is that bullfighting is a feat of one man versus one bull. In reality, bullfighting is largely a team effort by a matador and his cuadrilla – which is the theme that showcases the all-star lineup behind this original band.You can listen to the band’s first two singles off the new album, “Get Ready” and “Mr. Handsome”, and make sure to check out the band’s upcoming tour dates below or on their website.Upcoming Matador! Soul Sounds 2018 Tour Dates3/15 @ Rex Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA – tix3/16 @ Union Stage – Washington, DC – tix3/17 @ [Pacifico Presents] Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY – tix3/18 @ Fairfield Theatre Company – Fairfield, CT – tix3/19 @ Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA – tix3/21 @ The Ardmore Music Hall – Ardmore, PA – tix3/22 @ Martyr’s – Chicago, IL – tix – tix3/23 @ Cervantes’ Other Side – Denver, CO – tix3/24 @ Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO – tix3/26 @ Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA – tix3/28 @ Jack London Revue – Portland, OR – tix3/29 @ Nectar Lounge – Seattle, WA – tixEnter To Win A Copy Of Matador! Soul Sounds’ Debut Album On Vinyl!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

Jonathan Groff & Lucy Liu to Announce 2014 Tony Nominations

first_img As previously reported, the 2014 Tony Awards will broadcast live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on June 8, hosted by Hugh Jackman. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. Broadway productions must officially open by April 24 to be considered eligible for a 2014 Tony Award nomination. Tony nominee Jonathan Groff and Emmy nominee Lucy Liu will co-host the Tony Award nominations announcement on April 29 at the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel. The nominations will be aired live at 8:30AM ET on CBS This Morning and in their entirety at TonyAwards.com. Star Files View Commentscenter_img Also attending with Looking and Frozen star Groff and Elementary star Liu, will be William Ivey Long, Chairman of the American Theatre Wing, Heather Hitchens, Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing, Nick Scandalios, Chairman of The Broadway League and Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League. Jonathan Grofflast_img read more

Tickets Now Available for Off-Broadway Premiere of Stalking The Bogeyman

first_img Adapted and directed by Potter, Stalking the Bogeyman was created from the original true story and subsequent news reports, as well as conversations with Holthouse, lectures he has given around the country and original text by the playwright, with additional writing by Tony nominee Santino Fontana, Shane Zeigler and Shane Stokes. Tickets are now on sale for the off-Broadway premiere of Markus Potter’s Stalking The Bogeyman. The drama will begin performances at New World Stages on September 12 and officially open on September 29. Casting will be announced at a later date. View Comments Stalking the Bogeyman Related Shows Stalking The Bogeyman is based on the true story of David Holthouse and follows one man’s quest for revenge as he comes to grips with the killer inside him. In the spring of 2003, Holthouse was a successful, award-winning journalist. But no one knew that he had two dark secrets—first, that 25 years ago he was the victim of a violent rape, and second, that he was quietly planning the ultimate revenge on the man responsible. Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 9, 2014last_img read more

VTrans launches Web-based road and bridge information tool

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) today launched VTransparency, a new on-line tool designed to help Vermonters easily access information regarding roads, bridges and culverts.Whether a bridge, culvert or roadway is in fine shape, being designed for improvement or under construction, VTransparency allows users to access information about transportation assets they will find useful. With just a few clicks of a mouse, Vermonters from their own computers can now access bridge inspection reports, pavement condition reports, and find out where in the process a future project in their neighborhood now stands.“VTransparency is an innovative new tool that allows Vermonters to access the same information that our engineers use every day to determine whether a road, bridge or culvert is in need of repair,” said VTrans Secretary David Dill. “And for projects already under construction, VTransparency provides information ranging from project cost to when construction will be completed.”Using a map interface, VTransparency asks the user to provide an address as a reference point, and then allows the user to seek information about roads, culverts and bridges as far as five miles from that location. The map will display where the transportation assets are located, and all users have to do is click on the asset icon to view information regarding that highway, culvert or bridge.“The map interface is very easy to use,” Dill said. “And if Vermonters have questions about our projects that the provided information does not answer, the reports contain the names and email addresses of the engineers assigned to every project so that the public can easily seek more information.”Due to database limitations, searches are limited to bridges longer than 20 feet and culverts greater than 6 feet in diameter. Also, VTrans is charged with maintaining only interstate and state roadways, so VTransparency does not provide information regarding town highways and local streets. However, VTrans does inspect all bridges, so VTransparency provides information about bridges longer than 20 feet even if they are municipally owned.Source: VTrans. 9.20.2010. To access VTransparency, the public should go to VTrans’ website at http://www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external).last_img read more

From Wolcott to Readsboro, FairPoint expands broadband in four communities

first_imgSOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (March 24, 2011)’FairPoint Communications Consolidated Communications,FairPoint Communications has expanded broadband to hundreds more homes and businesses in Hartford, White River Junction, Wolcott and Readsboro.FairPoint’s new fiber-based, high-capacity network ‘ called VantagePoint(sm) ‘ offers customers a better, faster way to communicate.‘VantagePoint is enabling us to expand broadband service into areas with no high-speed Internet access and provide enhanced services across the state,’ said Michael K. Smith, FairPoint state president for Vermont. ‘Broadband availability opens the doors to the world for the residents and businesses in Vermont and is fundamental to the state’s future economic growth.’FairPoint’s VantagePoint network, a fiber core, IP-based network, providesresidential speed options as fast as 15Mbps.  Broadband service on the VantagePoint network means customers can smoothly stream live video, play online games and upload photos and large files with ease.  Always-on broadband access provides almost instant connections to information, news and entertainment.In Hartford and White River Junction, FairPoint’s high-speed Internet service will reach customers along all or portions of the following streets: Ammel, Bedell, Delta, Jericho, Joshua, Miller, Sugartop and Wallace.In Readsboro, high-speed Internet service was recently expanded to reach customers along all or portions of the following streets: Alpendorf, Alpenwald, Bachesrand, Bergabhang, Bergblume, Bergrucken, Bergwelt, Heartwellville View, Lebensdorf, Mattenberg, Oberdorf, Oberhugel, Route 100, Rue Madeline, Valley View, Vermont Route 8 and Whitney.In Wolcott, high-speed Internet service was recently expanded to reach customers along all or portions of the following streets: Another, Arnolds, Frazer, Gallup, Greenewood, Gulf, Heath, Hidden Acres, Hill, Jones, Route 15, Sand Hill, Wheeler, Whitetail, Wildermont and Wolcott.Since April 2008, FairPoint has invested almost $47 million in the communications infrastructure and technology to bring broadband to Vermont, including building almost 1,000 miles of new fiber across the state.www.FairPoint.com(link is external).About FairPointFairPoint Communications, Inc. is a provider of communications services to communities across the country. Today, FairPoint owns and operates local exchange companies in 18 states offering advanced communications with a personal touch, including local and long distance voice, data, Internet, television and broadband services. FairPoint is traded on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol FRP. Learn more at www.FairPoint.com(link is external). last_img read more

Suffolk Comptroller, Treasurer Merger Bill Seen as Ploy

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County Treasurer Angie Carpenter, left, and County Comptroller Joseph Sawicki, right.Critics blasted a proposal to merge the offices of the Suffolk County comptroller and treasurer as a political ploy while supporters contend it will save taxpayer money, should voters decide the issue.Treasurer Angie Carpenter and some lawmakers questioned whether the bill is designed to allow Comptroller Joseph Sawicki, who’s term limited, to run for another 12 years under a new title and oust Carpenter, the former Republican rival to County Executive Steve Bellone, a Democrat.“This is not a merger, this is a hostile takeover,” Carpenter told the legislature Monday at a public hearing. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”The comments came at a special meeting of the panel that is expected to decide July 30 whether voters in a November referendum should weigh consolidating the two elected posts into a new office of the chief financial officer.“Sooner or later, with taxpayers wanting leaner and meaner government, this is going to happen,” said Sawicki, a Republican who acknowledged his prior opposition to the same idea in 2006. “The world has economically changed in the last five years. We have to rethink everything.”If approved, Sawicki would lead the new, consolidated office starting in January and would be eligible to run for the post in the 2014 elections.The majority of speakers—including town-level elected officials, bankers and members of the public—voice opposition to the proposal, although a handful of supporters also spoke.“This timing appears politicized and politics and finance are very poor bed fellows,” said Lisa Scott, president of Suffolk County League of Women Voters, adding that the group supports government consolidation, but has doubts about this proposal.“It’s not about politics and it’s not about personalities,” said Huntington-based attorney Paul Sabatino, a former council to the legislature hired by Sawicki. He noted that the comptroller is paying him out of campaign funds and not public money.Republican lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled legislature also balked that an amended version of the bill was submitted less than an hour before the public hearing, which left little time for anyone to digest the changes.Legis. Rick Montano (D-Central Islip) pointed out that since the district attorney, sheriff and clerk sued to overturn the term limits—a ruling that is pending appeal—only the comptroller, treasurer and legislators remain term limited.So is the county executive. But now the Comptroller Sawicki may have a chance to run for an office equivalent to his current title.“If this bill is past and the referendum passes, then [Sawicki’s] able to maintain his current functions beyond the 12-year period that the public voted for,” Montano said while referring to the referendum a decade ago that created term limits. “We have effectively taken the public’s vote and thrown it in the garbage can.”last_img read more

Oyster Bay Town Official Charged With $2M Tax Evasion

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A federal grand jury has indicted a longtime Town of Oyster Bay official for allegedly failing to report more than $2 million in consulting fees over a six-year span, authorities said.Frederick Ippolito, the town’s commissioner of planning and development, was arrested Friday and charged with six counts of tax evasion. He is scheduled to be arraigned at Central Islip federal court before Judge Kathleen Tomlinson.“The public expects their elected and appointed officials to obey the same laws as it does,” said Shantelle Kitchen, special agent-in-charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s criminal investigation unit in New York. “They must meet their tax obligations just like the people they serve.”Federal prosecutors said the 76-year-old Syosset man received the consulting fees from Old Bethpage-based Carlo Lizza & Sons, Paving, Inc. and a principal of that company, then willfully failed to report the fees on his personal tax returns or the tax returns of entities he controlled from 2008 to 2013.Ippolito is the president of CAI Associates, LTD, a consulting and snow removal business, and a former officer of CAI Restaurant, Inc., which used to own Christiano’s, the Italian restaurant that Billy Joel was said to have wrote a song about.If convicted, Ippolito faces a up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.Oyster Bay town officials did not immediately return a call for comment.last_img read more

French Open with fans to begin Sep. 27 as ATP, WTA reveal August restarts

first_imgRoland Garros chiefs said Wednesday that the delayed French Open will get underway on Sep. 27 and with fans in attendance as the ruling bodies of world tennis revealed a new-look calendar for a sport placed on ice since mid-March due to the coronavirus.The French Open was switched from its traditional May-June slot because of the pandemic with Sep. 20 penciled in as a start date.Now, the Paris main draw of the season’s final Grand Slam event will begin a week later and finish on Oct. 11. Fans get Roland Garros OK “It will be a number, a percentage which will be defined by mutual agreement with the public authorities,” said Giudicelli.”This kind of option requires real cooperation with the public authorities. It is still premature to be able to give even an estimate today.”In 2019, there were 520,000 paying spectators at Roland Garros.After Washington, the ATP Tour will skip the now cancelled Rogers Cup in Toronto, and head for New York for the relocated Cincinnati Masters and then the US Open.Once the US Open is over, the tour heads to Europe for clay courts events at the Madrid Open and Italian Masters in the run-up to the French Open.”The calendar is subject to change and continued assessments will be made relating to health and safety, international travel policies, and governmental approval of sporting events,” said an ATP spokesman.”All events will be held under strict guidelines related to health and safety, social distancing, reduced or no fans on-site.”The ATP said a further update the Asia swing ahead of European indoor events, culminating with the season-ending ATP Finals in London, is expected in mid-July. “Our objective has been to reschedule as many tournaments as possible and salvage as much of the season as we can,” said ATP chief Andrea Gaudenzi.Unlike the ATP, the WTA set out plans to visit Asia after the conclusion of Roland Garros with the China Open in Beijing set for October 12, leading towards the WTA Finals at Shenzhen from Nov. 9-15. WTA tournaments will not have fans on site.”For now, the vital energy of spectators in stadiums will be greatly missed, but our broadcast and social media partners are exploring new ways to engage with our fantastic fans,” said WTA chief executive Steve Simon. Topics : “Especially since the qualifying tournament will help to financially support a category of professional players who have been severely affected by this unprecedented crisis.”The responsible decision we made on March 17 to postpone the Roland Garros tournament until the autumn means that the 2020 clay season can be saved, providing the current situation continues to improve.”The French tennis chief also insisted that, unlike the US Open, fans would be allowed to attend Roland Garros. With the US Open already confirmed to start on Aug. 31, the ATP and WTA tours announced their restart dates.The ATP Tour will resume in Washington from Aug.14 while the WTA starts in Palermo, Italy, on Aug. 3.Unlike the US Open in New York, Roland Garros will maintain its qualifying event in the week before the main draw.”In the current, difficult climate, we are well aware that it is a privilege to be able to hold Roland Garros in its usual format,” said Bernard Giudicelli, the president of the French Tennis Federation (FFT).last_img read more

Obama calls for preservation of US democracy

first_imgFormer US President Barack Obama on Wednesday assailed his successor, Donald Trump, as deeply unfit for the office he occupies and argued that voting for his former No. 2, Joe Biden, was necessary to ensure the very survival of American democracy.”He’s shown no interest in putting in the work; no interest in finding common ground; no interest in using the awesome power of his office to help anyone but himself and his friends; no interest in treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves,” Obama said of Trump during the third night of the Democratic National Convention.”Donald Trump hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t. And the consequences of that failure are severe,” he continued, blaming Trump for the 170,000 Americans who have died from the coronavirus, the millions of jobs lost to the ensuing recession and the diminishment of the country’s democratic principles at home and abroad. After avoiding direct criticism for most of Trump’s first term, the scathing broadsides from Obama constituted an unusually harsh assessment of one president by another. His assertion that Trump, a Republican, is incapable of meeting the demands of the presidency echoed the remarks from his wife, Michelle Obama, on Monday, that Trump “simply cannot be who we need him to be.”Biden was formally nominated on Tuesday night to take on Trump in the Nov. 3 presidential election. U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, his choice for vice president, also spoke on Wednesday, while Biden will do so on Thursday.Obama, who remains enormously popular among Democratic voters, also used his speech to offer a personal endorsement of Biden, who served as his vice president for two terms.”For eight years, Joe was the last one in the room whenever I faced a big decision,” he said. “He made me a better president – and he’s got the character and the experience to make us a better country.” Obama’s address was delivered from the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, the city where the US Constitution – and the country’s founding democratic principles – were drafted.”The one constitutional office elected by all of the people is the presidency,” he said. “So at a minimum, we should expect a president to feel a sense of responsibility for the safety and welfare of all 330 million of us. … But we should also expect a president to be the custodian of this democracy.”Trump, he said, had failed those tests.On Twitter, Trump responded to Obama’s appearance with a post in all capital letters: “WHY DID HE REFUSE TO ENDORSE SLOW JOE UNTIL IT WAS ALL OVER, AND EVEN THEN WAS VERY LATE? WHY DID HE TRY TO GET HIM NOT TO RUN?”WHY DID HE REFUSE TO ENDORSE SLOW JOE UNTIL IT WAS ALL OVER, AND EVEN THEN WAS VERY LATE? WHY DID HE TRY TO GET HIM NOT TO RUN?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2020Obama also urged Americans to vote, warning that Trump and his Republican allies can win only by suppressing and undermining votes, rather than on the merit of their policies.”Do not let them take away your power,” he said. “Do not let them take away your democracy. Make a plan right now for how you’re going to get involved and vote.”Topics :last_img read more