By Chris MeyerFor a band that has had its fair share of ups and downs, Stone Temple Pilots are at the top of their game after more than twenty years together. On Wednesday night at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, NY, any worries or concerns that one may have had about the status of frontman Scott Weiland, or the notoriously tense relationships between band members, were easily put to rest. Since reuniting in 2008 after a tumultuous breakup, Weiland’s bouts with drug addiction, and various side projects, the band has never been better! Witnessing the second of two shows at the Paramount was evidence of that.I saw STP several times since ‘99 and know that they put on one hell of a show, there was some curiosity as to whether or not these guys could still deliver the goods. For starters, Scott Weiland’s voice is as good as it has ever been. One would think after 27 years of being on the road (since the band initially came together as Mighty Joe Young in 1986), numerous battles with drug addiction, and the general wear-and-tear that comes with age, he might have lost a little something in his voice or slowed down his energetic stage show. This was not the case whatsoever; he still moves around on stage as well as any twenty-something frontman you see tidy. He is as flamboyant a rock star as they come, moving his skinny torso this way and that with no effort, and his ever-changing wardrobe has become something legendary.On this particular night, dressed in skinny jeans, white shirt, skinny black tie and blazer, Weiland and the trio of Rob DeLeo on bass, Dean DeLeo on guitar, and Eric Kretz on drums, came out swinging with ‘Sin’ from 1992’s debut Core. ‘Vasoline’ and ‘Crackerman’ followed, as the crowd got into the swing of things from the very beginning. Seeing STP in an intimate venue like the Paramount was incredible, as the acoustics in the place are excellent and allow you to clearly hear the bass and guitar riffs of the deLeo brothers. ‘Big Empty’ off Purple (and The Crow movie soundtrack) brought some breathing room to the high-energy set, and allowed for some choice sing-along time. The rest of the set saw some classic songs from their catalogue, and those in attendance were more than pleased with the performance. There was even a small mosh pit going, which for people in their mid-30’s and above, (most of the crowd fit into this category) it just doesn’t work and can be annoying. But, at least they were having a good time, which is better than the alternative of people just standing around like zombies – that is the worst.Having seen around a dozen shows at the Paramount, the chant to get STP back on stage was probably the loudest I had ever heard there. Weiland and company delivered a rockin’ encore of ‘Unglued’ from Purple, and ended fittingly with ‘Sex Type Thing’ off Core, as they must have known what was on our minds. We cheered for more! For a band that is in their third decade of existence, this was definitely no nostalgia act; it was quite the opposite. This is a band that is still an important part of today’s rock music scene. They are still writing good music, and still bring it to the stage. Rock is very much alive!
Looking for some authentic, down-home rock ‘n roll? Well, who better to play it for you than some Hard Working Americans, the true champion of the southern rock music.The Hard Working Americans are making a splash with their self-titled debut album, and, well, credit earned where credit is due. Hard Working Americans is a strong showing of musical prowess and enthusiasm, capably bouncing between high-octane rockers and bourbon-soaked ballads. The cohesion of this album lies in its honesty; this is a band eager to share their music with the world.First thing’s first. H.W.A. was created by Southern rock singer Todd Snider, and features bassist Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), guitarist Neal Casal (Ryan Adams/Chris Robinson), keyboardist Chad Staehly (Great American Taxi), and drummer Duane Trucks (Derek Trucks’ brother, Butch Trucks’ nephew). Of the band, Snider said, “I’ve been standing in between these two worlds (of Americana and jam bands), thinking that the people in each of them were meant for each other.”He further elaborated, saying that “the songwriters in the Americana world were spending as much time on their poems as the jam bands spend on their tones and their solos. Why not put these things together? Why not combine the best songwriters with the best musicians?”It’s a good point, considering that “bag it, tag it, sell it to the butcher in the store” isn’t the most profound of sentiments. On the album, the band reinterprets blue-collar tunes, drawing from renowned artists like Randy Newman, country musician Frankie Miller, and many more. It’s groovy, to say the least.The album kicks off with a beckoning electric guitar riff, quickly accompanied by a rolling drum beat and smooth singing. “When the lord made me, he made a simple man/ Not much money, and not much land/ He didn’t make no banker, no legal charmer/ When the lord made me, he made a blackland farmer.” Yeah. “Blackland Farmer” is that kind of bluesy groove, accentuated by poignant piano and sliding guitar fills. All smooth, all the time.But Hard Working Americans isn’t entirely gritty southern blues. Two songs later, we get The Hard Working American’s rendition of Kevin Gordon’s “Down to the Well,” a slower, more contemplative track. While some songs on the album are rockers, this (and others) are swayers… moments made for holding up a lighter and dancing along. The slide guitar work and piano accompaniment on “Down to the Well” draw out the emotion, with sweet, lingering tones that soothe the soul.I can’t do this album justice without mentioning “Stomp & Holler,” a Hayes Carll song brought to life with a boogie-woogie piano line and powerful harmonica playing. Maybe I’m a sucker for the harmonica solo, but it gets me every time. Here, just listen to the song for yourself:Hard Working Americans is a real tribute to Southern rock and blues music, in the tradition of bands like the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd. But, rather than sounding derivative, The Hard Working Americans infuse this earnest genre with life. It’s a great, great album.You can stream the album in its entirety, through PopMatters, by following this link.-David Melamed (@DMelamz)
In a recent interview, Andre 3000 acknowledged that he felt like a sell-out for reviving OutKast, but claimed that his open admission of that feeling helped him justify his decision to tour. Along with that open admission came the jumpsuits – 47 in total – with a new thought-provoking catchphrase for each performance.Now, Andre 3000 plans to take his sell-out-ness to a new level, as he intends to market the designs as a t-shirt line. He discusses the plans in an interview with Hard Knock TV, which you can watch below:The interview touches on a number of topics, including touring with OutKast, Andre 3000’s upcoming acting role as Jimi Hendrix, and how he intends to retire from music at the age of 40. So, will you buy an “art or fart?” t-shirt?
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Foundation recently hosted its fourth of six popular Speediatrics Fun Day Festivals, and this one was extra special. It actually took two days.Similar to the foundation’s other Fun Day Festivals, 250 local children participated Friday in a variety of NASCAR-themed field day activities: “Looking for Lug Nuts” … “Pit Stop Challenge” … “Gas Can Relay” … “Goodyear Tire Race” … and “Pinewood Derby.”But there was a wonderful Daytona-specific wrinkle this time around.RELATED: Photos from Speediatrics eventThe children were surprised with new bicycles. And to make sure they were able to safely operate their bikes, The NASCAR Foundation partnered with the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma to provide each child with a bike helmet, fitted to them by volunteers who are certified helmet-fitters from sheriff departments in Flagler and Seminole counties and other organizations. There were also bike safety demonstrations that included the proper use of hand signals, reflectors and helmets.Bicycles were built Saturday and will be given next week to the children who attended the event. Specially-invited teams were on hand to complete the build process, including squads with NASCAR crew members from the Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing organizations.“We love it,” said Jeremy Bullins, crew chief for Team Penske’s No. 12 Ford driven by Ryan Blaney. “Most of us have kids at home, and this is something we can do to give back to these (local) kids.”For some of the children receiving bicycles, it’s about more than fun. In select area school districts, children living within two miles of their school are ineligible to ride a bus.“So the bikes will not only help them stay active, but will serve as a mode of transportation during the school year,” said Nichole Krieger, executive director of The NASCAR Foundation. “We have 250 kids, 250 helmets and 250 bicycles we are matching up. We needed two days. The bikes are going through ‘inspection’ (Saturday), to make sure they are ready.“What a gratifying project. When we told the kids on Friday about the bikes, you could see their eyes light up.”MORE: The NASCAR Foundation siteA number of current NASCAR drivers took part in the two-day event, including four from Richard Childress Racing. That group included the 2018 Daytona 500 champion Austin Dillon, who helped fit children with helmets Friday. Dillon was joined at the festival by teammates Daniel Hemric, Tyler Reddick and Joe Graf Jr.Three other NASCAR drivers also participated — Joey Gase, Austin Hill and Scott Lagasse Jr. — as did 15-year-old Pro Late Model driver Daniel Dye.“It’s just giving back,” Dillon said. “It’s cool to see The NASCAR Foundation and the Childress Institute coming together to give away bikes to all these kids, to let them have fun but teach them about safety, too. Any time you can give back to the future … that’s what this is. These kids are the future of our country.”
Kodi Lee, the singer/pianist who captured the hearts of viewers across the country with his stunning rendition of Leon Russell‘s “A Song For You” earlier this year, has been crowned as the champion of America’s Got Talent season 14. For winning the competition by way of a national fan vote, Kodi will receive a $1M prize and a four-night run of headlining shows at Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.Kodi Lee, 23, is blind and has autism, but has used music as a way to connect with the world and the people around him. As his mother explained ahead of his initial AGT audition, “we found out he loved music really early on. He listened and his eyes just went huge. He started singing and I was just in tears because that’s when I realized, oh my gosh, he’s an entertainer! … Through music and performing, he was able to withstand living in this world, because when you’re autistic, it’s really hard to do what everybody else does. It actually has saved his life, playing music.”Kodi Lee Wins America’s Got Talent Season 14[Video: America’s Got Talent]Below, you can watch a cut of all of Kodi Lee’s performances on America’s Got Talent this season including his “A Song For You” audition and equally breathtaking takes on Simon & Garfunkel‘s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and Calum Scott‘s “You Are The Reason”. He also performed a duet rendition of “You Are The Reason” with British singer-songwriter Leona Lewis.Kodi Lee on AGT – “A Song For You” [Leon Russell cover], “Bridge Over Troubled Water” [Simon & Garfunkel cover], “You Are The Reason” [Calum Scott cover], “I’m Lost Without You” [Freya Ridings cover], “You Are The Reason [Calum Scott cover, with Leona Lewis][Video: America’s Got Talent]Congratulations, Kodi! Here’s to a long, successful, and fulfilling career as a professional performer. We’re all (still) rooting for you.
Load remaining images The New York City-based rock outfit High Time has spent the last 18 months establishing itself as one of the more talented Grateful Dead tribute acts since they began hosting sold-out monthly performances at Brooklyn’s Union Pool starting in February 2018. Since then, the five-piece group has been forced to relocate their monthly Dead-themed shows to nearby Brooklyn Bowl, where the sizable performance space permits the equally larger number of NYC area Deadheads, which the band continues to attract.Following their phenomenal two-set performance at Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday, it’s become impossible to ignore High Time–in a scene populated with Grateful Dead-inspired bands–as one of the standout acts which carries on the legacy of Jerry Garcia and company. With larger draws like Joe Russo’s Almost Dead now simply too popular to fit into their old Brooklyn Bowl home, High Time has managed to find their own niche corner of the Dead universe to become the venue’s new hometown heroes with the ability to impressively pack the popular music hall even on a Sunday.High Time, which specializes in the “Primal Era Dead” live catalog of 1965-1974, opened up their show with high-energy, but mostly contained performances of “Jack Straw” and “Brown Eyed Women”. The start of the set continued with their take on Noah Lewis‘ “Big Railroad Blues” followed by a lively “They Love Each Other” and “Beat It On Down The Line”. The band finally began to channel the psychedelic watercolor light show which flooded the crowded venue by unleashing their first lengthy jam of the night following the first verse and chorus of “Playing in the Band” as they grooved their way right into a lengthy “Eyes of the World” before returning to “Playing in the Band” to close the two-song, three-part segue. The set came to a close with a very fun rendition of “Cumberland Blues”, which featured guitarist Michael O’Neill and drummer Adam Kriney along with keyboardist Kevin Uehlinger really stepping up to knock the choral harmonic vocals out of the park.The band returned following set break to open the second half of the show with a pair of tunes themed around weather of the warmer variety beginning with “Here Comes Sunshine”, which jammed its way into the familiar opening notes of “China Cat Sunflower”. As Deadheads celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s first “China Cat Sunflower” pairing with “I Know You Rider” earlier this week, it was only fitting that High Time charge its way into their cover of the blues standard after a wonderful transition out of “China Cat Sunflower” to launch the second set into orbit.The packed venue was, by this point, all-in on staying out late for a Sunday performance as the band continued into “Scarlet Begonias”. Afterwhich, Yo La Tengo guitarist Ira Kaplan made his way to the stage to help the band charge into a wildly psychedelic take on “Dark Star”. Following some jamming into the cosmic rock anthem, Rabinbach sung out the first verse before leading the music’s transition into “Wharf Rat” and “The Other One” with Kaplan’s added guitar only fueling the high levels of psychedelia oozing its way around ‘The Bowl.’ The music continued right into the thunderous drum intro of The Crickets‘ “Not Fade Away” and followed by “Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad” before moving into the more intimate “We Bid You Goodnight” to close the set. The band returned for a one-song encore of “Bertha”–sans Kaplan–to send fans into the work week with a dance in their step.Watch the performances of “Dark Star”, “Wharf Rat”, and “The Other One” featuring Kaplan’s sit-in below.High Time feat. Ira Kaplan – “Dark Star” – 10/6/19[Video: High Time]High Time feat. Ira Kaplan – “Dark Star” > “Wharf Rat” > “The Other One” – 10/6/19[Video: High Time]High Time continues to climb the ranks of New York City’s larger music venues as their next show will take place at Bowery Ballroom across the East River in Manhattan in a few month’s time. Fans should take the initiative to purchase their tickets for the show sooner than later, as High Time continues to pile on new fans with each show by the dozens. Make no mistake–High Time is the real deal.Scroll down for a gallery of photos from Sunday’s show, courtesy of Tom Coyote.Setlist: High Time | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 10/6/2019Set One: Jack Straw, Brown Eyed Women, Big Railroad Blues (Noah Lewis cover), They Love Each Other, Beat It on Down the Line, Playing in the Band > Eyes of the World > Playing in the Band, Cumberland BluesSet Two: Here Comes Sunshine > China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider (Traditional cover), Scarlet Begonias, Dark Star* > Wharf Rat* > The Other One* > Not Fade Away* (The Crickets cover) > Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad* (Woody Guthrie cover) > We Bid You Goodnight* (Traditional cover)Encore: BerthaNotes:* w/ Ira KaplanHigh Time | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 10/6/2019 | Photos: Tom Coyote
Jagged Little Pill, a new Broadway musical featuring the songs of Grammy winner Alanis Morissette, kicks off preview performances at the Broadhurst Theatre on November 3. Diane Paulus directs the production, which will officially open on December 5.Featuring a book by Diablo Cody with additional music by Glen Ballard, Mike Farrell and Guy Sigsworth, Jagged Little Pill tells an original story about a family grappling with uncomfortable truths about many of the urgent issues deeply affecting our communities and our world today. It is inspired by the themes and emotions laid bare in Morissette’s Grammy-winning album that introduced beloved anthems including “Ironic,” “You Oughta Know” and “Hand in My Pocket.”Repeating their performances from the musical’s world premiere at American Repertory Theater are Lauren Patten (Fun Home) as Jo, Derek Klena (Anastasia) as Nick Healy, Elizabeth Stanley (On the Town) as Mary Jane Healy, Broadway.com vlogger Kathryn Gallagher (Spring Awakening) as Bella, Sean Allan Krill (Honeymoon in Vegas) as Steve Healy and Celia Rose Gooding in her Broadway debut as Frankie Healy.Completing the Broadway company are Annelise Baker, Yeman Brown, Jane Bruce, John Cardoza, Antonio Cipriano, Ken Wulf Clark, Laurel Harris, Logan Hart, Zach Hess, Max Kumangai, Heather Lang, Ezra Menas, Kelsey Orem, Yana Perrault, Nora Schell, Kei Tsuruharatani and Ebony Williams.Jagged Little Pill features choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, with musical supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Tom Kitt, scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Justin Townsend, sound design by Jonathan Deans and video/projection design by Lucy Mackinnon. Lauren Patten Sean Allan Krill Celia Rose Gooding Elizabeth Stanley Derek Klena View All (6) from $49.00 Star Files Kathryn Gallagher View Comments Related Shows Jagged Little Pill
Meg Shermer, center, leaves the Indian Hills campus for a training run the first day of cross country practice. Several students have volunteered to serve as her guide.On Sept. 6, Meg Shermer and Kristine Tardiff hustled toward the finish line of the Greg Wilson Classic cross country meet at Johnson County Community College.“We’re almost there,” Tardiff said, running step for step with Shermer.“I think your ‘almost there’ isn’t the same as my ‘almost there,’” Shermer joked back.Soon enough, though, the two crossed the line. Their time didn’t put them at the front of the pack, but Tardiff still credits the event as one of the more emotional and gratifying finishes in her running life.As the two finished the race, each held the handle of a specially made guide tether. Shermer hasn’t been able to see since she was a young child, but with the help of teachers like Tardiff and her teammates on the Indian Hills cross country team, she’s been able to compete alongside her sighted peers.“It was an amazing experience,” Tardiff said. “I was really blessed to be a part of that and experience it with her. Whether she realizes it or not, it changes us to be able to support her.”More opportunity for Meg was one of the reasons the Shermers moved from Ozark, Missouri, to Westwood this summer. When Indian Hills opened sign ups for cross country, there wasn’t much doubt that Meg wanted to be on the team.“I’ve always loved running,” she said. “I was in a running club when I was in third grade, and it’s just something I’ve always been into.”But chances to participate in sports alongside sighted students haven’t always been abundant. So Meg’s mother Aundrayah was blown away by the support of the district and administrators at Indian Hills when Meg registered.“There wasn’t even a question,” she said. “They said, ‘Meg wants to go out for cross-country? Okay, what do we do?’ Nobody freaked out. It was just, ‘We’re going to figure out what we need to do. We’re going to make a few accommodations. We’re going to make it happen.’ No big deal.”On the first day of practice, Mark Craig, the district’s mobilization orientation specialist, showed up with the guide tether he’d constructed to help Meg run: A stick with two handles on it, one for Meg, and one for a guide. Craig and the coaches asked the team if there were any volunteers who wanted to learn how to be a guide. Several hands shot up. Since then, Meg has had more than a dozen different guides among her peers and the coaches.The system isn’t flawless. Working with different guides during practices over the weeks, she’s run into a fence and tripped over curbs.“The rule at our house is ‘no blood, no foul,’” Auydrayah said. “She’ll say to me, ‘No blood, no foul, right?’ And I’ll have to say, ‘Well…there is a little blood.’ But it’s okay!”But as the weeks have gone on, the guide system has gotten better and better. Tardiff and the other guides have learned how to communicate the terrain to Meg in ways that help her navigate during their training runs. They’ve found that attaching a time to each description helps both Meg and the guide work around obstacles — “We’re going to turn right in 10 seconds,” for instance, or, “There’s a low branch coming up in five seconds.”Still, there are stumbles. On Tuesday she had a band-aid on a freshly skinned knee.“It just makes me tougher,” Meg said.“She shakes it right off,” Tardiff said. “You know, everybody has got their own obstacles. It’s really inspiring to see her overcome hers every day.”On Thursday, Meg will participate in her third meet, running at SM East. Just a few weeks into the season, though, the fact that she isn’t able to see seems secondary to the fact that she’s a member of the team, just like all of the other students.“We’re a team,” Tardiff said. “We all support each other.”“She not a visually impaired cross country runner, now,” said Aundrayah. “She’s a cross country runner who just happens to be visually impaired.”Meg Shermer and Kristine Tardiff running at the Greg Wilson Classic at Johnson County Community College. Photo courtesy Doug Jones.Mark Craig, in orange shirt, devised the guide tether Shermer uses at cross country practices and meets.
The Overland Park Police Department is investigating after a man was killed in a motorcycle crash late Thursday afternoon.Recorded radio traffic states the male motorcyclist rear-ended a stopped car and was thrown from the motorcycle at the intersection of East Frontage Road and Farley Street about 4:25 p.m. The impact caved in the roof of the car.Johnson County Med-Act rushed the man to Overland Park Regional Medical Center in critical condition.In a news release, Overland Park Police Captain Kelly Hasz says the motorcyclist has since succumbed to his injuries.The Overland Park Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit is on scene investigating.Hasz says officers have East Frontage Road closed in both directions from 75th Street to 79th Street. The road will remain closed until the on-scene portion of the investigation has been completed, likely several more hours.No other injuries were reported.Check back with this report for updates as more information becomes available.
Boston Globe:Additional reading (and listening) on the “irreconcilable differences” of politics, football, and Tweet seats, for those who are interested. This article in the Chronicle of Higher Education explores the research of social psychologist Jonathan Haidt.Haidt (pronounced like “height”) made his name arguing that intuition, not reason, drives moral judgments. People are more like lawyers building a case for their gut feelings than judges reasoning toward truth.How much of moral thinking is innate? Haidt sees morality as a “social construction” that varies by time and place. We all live in a “web of shared meanings and values” that become our moral matrix, he writes, and these matrices form what Haidt, quoting the science-fiction writer William Gibson, likens to “a consensual hallucination.” But all humans graft their moralities on psychological systems that evolved to serve various needs, like caring for families and punishing cheaters.Read the whole story: Boston GlobeSee Jonathan Haidt at the 24th APS Annual Convention More of our Members in the Media >