click to enlarge Pretty much anyone who fancies themselves a musician, singer, band, or artist can coin pretty much any genre they want — cuddlecore, horrorcore, comedy rap, and cock pop come to mind. However, when it comes to Spiritualized, the genre “space rock” doesn’t seem ridiculous — in fact, it’s beyond fitting. Led by Jason Pierce (aka J. Spaceman) Spiritualized has been a pioneer of emotive shoegaze for more than three decades, anchored by the band’s seminal record, 1997’s Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space. Though a bit of a revolving door, the band’s current lineup delivered 2018’s And Nothing Hurt. Wistful, reflective, and distant in the way a comet hurtling through the atmosphere is distant, And Nothing Hurt is Spiritualized actualized. Spiritualized will perform at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre; 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980; royaloakmusictheatre.com; … [Read more...] about Ground control to Jason Pierce — Spiritualized will defy gravity at Royal Oak Music Theatre
Imagine trying to balance in the air a few feet off the ground while standing on a shaky, skinny nylon line stretched between a couple of trees in your backyard. Just thinking about it probably makes you feel a little wobbly. Now imagine if that line were two football fields long and suspended between two cliffs more than 100 feet above Lake Superior. Mark McKee doesn’t have to imagine. The 29-year-old Minneapolis man has done it. It’s called slacklining, a niche sport that’s getting its footing in the Twin Cities area and around the state. “It’s very scary at first,” he said of being on a high slackline. “It’s very nerve-racking. Your palms are sweating.” Slacklining resembles tightrope walking, except that instead of walking on a rigid, tensioned high wire, you’re trying to balance on a length of flat nylon webbing an inch or two wide. And that webbing has stretch and bounce.Unlike tightrope walkers, slackliners don’t … [Read more...] about Minnesota slackliners test balance (and gravity) high above Lake Superior
ENTERTAINMENT 08/06/2018 11:08 am ET The "Wicked" star is an unpredictable chanteuse on her new album and tour. By Curtis M. Wong Shoshana Bean may be indebted to the work of Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand, but she’s just as forward-thinking as she is nostalgic. The 40-year-old singer and actress says she delved into the music of those greats as she recorded her latest album, “Spectrum.” But a traditional, by-the-rules jazz record just wouldn’t be her style. “I always thought this kind of album would be what I would do way later in my [career],” the Olympia, Washington, native told HuffPost. “It was months and months of conversation and listening and getting together, playing through stuff, before I realized, if I’m going to do a big band album, it has to be big band my way. It has to incorporate all of the colors of who I am. It’s got to have shades of soul, R&B and a little bit of an edge … [Read more...] about With ‘Spectrum,’ Singer Shoshana Bean Defies Gravity — And Musical Convention, Too
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Baseball Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today's Paper Advertisement Supported by On Baseball ByTyler Kepner Aug. 3, 2018 BOSTON — It has been four decades since the Yankees and the Red Sox met later than this while holding the two best records in the majors. The last time was a big one: Game 163 in 1978, the Bucky Dent Game, when the Yankees capped an extraordinary comeback to steal the American League East. The Red Sox finished 99-64 and went home for the winter. There is not as much at stake anymore, of course, even with the wild-card winner sentenced to a one-game knockout round instead of a five-game division series. No big deal, the Yankees insist. “If we have to play a wild-card game, we’ll play a wild-card game,” said David Robertson, the veteran Yankees reliever. “We did last year — it was fun, it was exciting. We’ve just got … [Read more...] about The Yankees Have Come Down to Earth. The Red Sox Are Still Defying Gravity.
DETROIT — Neither higher gas prices nor rising interest rates could put a damper on U.S. auto sales during the first half of the year. Sales rose 1.8 percent during the period, with June sales increasing about 5 percent compared with a year ago, according to Edmunds.com.Analysts said the boost was fueled by strong consumer confidence and low unemployment. But analysts at Cox Automotive, which includes Kelley Blue Book, issued a cautionary note on the numbers, saying that much of the increase was due to low-profit sales to fleet buyers such as rental car companies, and retail sales to individual buyers were propped up by rising incentives such as rebates and subsidized leases. Sales are “defying gravity,” said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for Cox. “Retail sales have been flat, and even those sales have been supported by incentives being up 6 percent.” Cox analysts also said rising interest rates and a possible trade war because of tariff threats by … [Read more...] about U.S. vehicle sales rose 1.8 percent in first half of year, ‘defying gravity’